The coast is your host

Get on the water at Essex Outdoors Bradwell

Bradwell is our specialist RYA powerboat and sailing training centre in Essex

Bradwell is a Royal Yacht Association (RYA) Training Centre and a leading provider of sailing, yachting and water sport activities for schools, groups, businesses and individuals on the East Coast of England.

A purpose-built outdoor centre, Bradwell is situated on a magic spot on the River Blackwater Estuary, a lovely stretch of sheltered tidal water with panoramic views and stunning sunsets. Essex Outdoors Bradwell small waterside site packs in a lot: a full suite of residential and overnight facilities with new Nomadic bell tents, and dedicated toilet and shower block.

And with our new family experience days on the water, the world is your oyster.

For Schools and Groups

Bradwell delivers outstanding outdoor education for schools and groups. Discover excellent waterside residential and day trip options for groups of up to 130.

For Families and Individuals

Enjoy exciting sailing and powerboat experiences, learn how to sail and gain your RYA qualifications On the Water with us. Discover our exhilarating School Holiday Activity Days and Birthday Party packages.

For Businesses

Take your team on a thrilling adventure On the Water at Bradwell, a world away from the office. Conference facilities also available.

Residential centre

The main building’s first floor accommodation is fully accessible by lift and also offers a specialist accessible bedroom with connecting carers room. We also have some en suite rooms suitable for staff.

We offer an excellent catering service for all our residential groups in the main building, and can also provide catering for day groups, meetings and conferences.

Pewet Tent Village

Our tent village – named after the nearby Pewet island –  is located in the Bradwell centre grounds and is available from May-September; the perfect option for groups of 14-45 (excluding group leaders). Our large and comfortable bunkhouse-style frame tents all have hard-standing floors, bunk beds and lighting. Group leader tents benefit from additional lighting, single beds, storage and power points. During your stay you’ll also have exclusive use of a large marquee which can be used as a break-out space for games and evening activities.


We are also able offer camping for large or small groups; either in clients’ own small tents, or in our tents. Toilet and shower facilities are provided within the main residential building and via a separate block on site. Catering can be provided form the main dining room or in a large marquee.

Large classroom, small classroom with tea and coffee making facilities, games room, lounge with TV & DVD, dining room as well as drying rooms for wet clothing.

We offer an excellent catering service for all our residential groups of up to 62 in the main building, and can also provide catering for a day groups, meetings and conferences.

At a glance


Coastal / Rural

Travel times

London 1.5 hours – Norwich 2.5 hours
Nearest station – Southminster
Nearest airport – Stansted or Southend

Size and capacity

130 residential – 130 activity


Residential centre, Safari tents


Dining room, classroom, games rooms and wheelchair accessible


Sailing and over 10 further activities, see full list below.

What Bradwell offers for…

Dinghy Sailing

Schools and Groups

From day trips to residentials and field trips to sailing schools, we have outstanding value trips to suit every school – and every appetite for adventure.

Primary schools
Secondary schools
Colleges and FE
Youth groups
National Citizen Service (NCS)

RYA Courses

Take to the water and learn the ropes on our RYA sailing powerboat or shore based courses

RYA Sailing courses
RYA Youth sailing week
RYA Powerboat courses
RYA Shore based courses

young people sailing a dinghy

Families and Kids

Follow your passion – with thrilling courses and activities for both individuals and families.

Family sailing and powerboating days
Kids summer sailing camp
School holiday activities
Birthday parties and celebrations

group of adults congratulating each other


Want your team to work better together? Our activities show them a new way to identify and amplify their strengths.

Conference facilities
Team building

Why Essex Outdoors?

Find out why 85% of visitors keep coming back – and why 90% happily recommend us.

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“Thank you for making our trip to Bradwell an amazing experience. The accommodation was superb, the food was amazing and the activities have left us with experiences that have made a lasting impact which we won’t be forgetting for a very long time. The students have returned with a sense of maturity and team camaraderie, which was the aim of our trip and this was facilitated and supported by your team”

Andrea White, Director of Inclusion, Redded Court School

Activities at Bradwell

So much choice – from a wide variety of water sports, to high ropes, challenges for teams and much more.


Indoor & outdoor archery in Essex Aim for gold on our outdoor and indoor archery ranges. With its unique mix of fun and competition, archery is a popular activity for all ages and abilities, helping to build confidence and improve coordination skills. Sessions are tailored to meet the experience of the group and can offer …
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Boat trips and crabbing

Boat trips & crabbing in Essex Say hello to Sammy the seal! Discover the enchanting river Blackwater by taking a boat trip from the jetty at West Mersea or Bradwell. These excursions can be for fun or as part of a lesson on local marine life. They allow groups to experience the natural wonders of …
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Bridge build

Bridge building games in Essex Can you work as a team to build a bridge across the water? Using the kit provided and skills taught in the session you’ll become budding bridge engineers. Succeed and your team will stay dry, but if you fail to work well together and you may get wet and muddy! …
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Bushcraft in Essex Marshmallows at the ready! Depending on the centre we offer either coastal or woodland-based versions. These exciting and informative sessions are very flexible and can incorporate; fire lighting using fire steels and natural materials shelter building and knotwork camp craft . You can also combine a longer session with an overnight camping …
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Coastal discovery

Coastal discovery activites in Essex Blending the best of environmental education and forest school principals with fun activities. Find out the fascinating seashore life of the Blackwater estuary. Sessions can include learning about tides, beaches and marshes finding and identifying coastal plants and sea creatures creating beach art The world really is your oyster in …
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Dinghy sailing

Dinghy sailing activities in Essex It’s all-aboard our Dufour Drakkar boats which combine speed and excitement with stability and capacity. This modern hybrid craft has great upwind performance and an asymmetric spinnaker for exhilarating downwind sailing. Crews can assist with hoisting and trimming sails, helming the boat and learning the basics of sailing. Each boat …
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First aid

First aid training in Essex Our highly interactive introductory First aid lessons for young people are based on British Heart Foundation guidelines. Sessions include plenty to keep the mind and body active and the group will learn everything they need to know to be confident in a basic first aid situation. Areas covered include how …
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High ropes

High ropes adventure obstacle course in Essex Each of our centres’ high ropes courses offers a variety of challenging and exciting elements designed to push your comfort zone to see what you can really achieve. Walk the catwalk, take on the Leap of Faith or work alongside your friends to get to the top of …
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Off road biking

Off-road cycling activities in Essex Enjoy the ride. Our centres are perfectly situated to cater for all levels of off-road biking. Each site presents plenty of challenges, from obstacle courses to build your skills to gentle woodland trails and more technical routes. And our proximity to some of the best single-track in the country allows …
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Orienteering and map skills

Orienteering activities in Essex This activity teaches the important life skill of map-reading. Our instructors will guide groups through a series of mini-exercises to introduce; points of the compass and orientating a map interpreting symbols features using scale and pacing Participants then head off to complete courses and challenges of increasing difficulty around our beautiful …
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Power kites

Power kiting activities in Essex Learn the ropes then take to the skies with one of our powerful aerofoil kites. An exhilarating experience which teaches participants about wind speed and direction. It also promotes communication and cooperation as well as improves confidence. Learning outcomes Click below to find out which learning outcomes this activity promotes. …
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Powerboating in Essex Whether it's riding the waves on one of our Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIBs) or gaining a nationally recognised qualification on one of our RYA Powerboat courses, Essex Outdoors has the powerboating experience for you! An activity can fill a whole morning or afternoon for up to 20 people. We take our boat …
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Raft building

Raft building activities in Essex Build your own river-going vessel from a selection of tested items such as barrels, ropes and wooden planks. You'll learn some useful knot work and traditional techniques to construct your craft. An ideal session for enhancing team-building skills, communication, planning and resource management. Available during the summer months only. Learning …
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Team challenge and problem solving

Team challenge and problem solving From mental puzzles through to team challenges, we'll test your ability to work together, communicate and think fast. Spider's web, mazes, blindfold trails and sheep pens are just some of the tools used to test your problem solving skills. The activities not only offer the opportunity for groups to go …
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