Welcome to Danbury

Activities and Facilities at Essex Outdoors Danbury

And breathe… Danbury is a woodland haven in the heart of Essex and is located in seventy acres of prime countryside, just one mile from Junction 18 of the A12.

Danbury offers a wide variety of programmes including activities such as aerial trekking, canoeing, climbing and mountain biking. Duke of Edinburgh and expedition leadership courses are also run from this site.

Danbury’s 70 acre site offers many options for your accommodation, conferencing and room hire needs – catered or self-catering*.

Log cabins

Our recently renovated cabins provide a great alternative to tented accommodation. Heating and electricity allow you to keep warm while you rest or work, and all of the cabins are equipped with separate leader quarters, wet room and porch.

We have 5 cabins which sleep 8 in the main room, plus 2 in the leader’s room; and 5 cabins which sleep 10 in the main room, plus 2 in the leader’s room.

In addition, five of our cabins have fully accessible showers/wet rooms, with shower chairs and toilet support/brace bars.  Our toilet and shower block also has a unisex accessible shower/wet room, with shower chairs and toilet support/brace bars, as well as separate male and female accessible toilets with support/brace bars.

Glamping pods

Details coming soon.

Tents

Groups looking for the traditional camping experience can hire our tents and equipment, and have food supplied, at surprisingly low prices. You’ll also have access to your own dedicated marquee for meeting, eating and socialising in during your stay.

Alternatively, recognised groups and organisations may make use of our site for self-contained camping. Additional marquees, ranging in size from 12′ x 12′ to 80′ x 40′, are also available to hire on-site.

Dining hall

As part of our recently renovated facilites we have a dedicated dining hall and permanent professional catering kitchens. This can seat 80 guests around tables or 100 in a theatre-style setup. It is fully equipped as a dining area, function room, and social area. For larger groups we can provide additional seating for up to 80 diners in our adjacent fully serviced marquee.

Conference facilities

Our two welcoming and comfortable conference areas include air-conditioning, WiFi connectivity,  interactive smart boards and large screen TV’s or digital projectors, and dedicated WC’s as well as flip charts and whiteboards.

The smaller and larger rooms seat  15-20 and 30-45 around tables or in a theatre-style respectively. Our dining hall can also be set up for larger conferences of 80-100 on request

*Self-catering only available for DofE expedition groups.

At a glance

Location

Woodland / Heathland

Travel times

London 1 hour – Norwich 1.5 hours
Nearest station – Chelmsford
Nearest airport – Stansted

Size and capacity

450 residential – 200 activity

Accommodation

Residential centre, cabins and tents

Facilities

Dining hall, fire circle and wheelchair accessible

Activities

Over 15 separate activities, see full list below.

What Danbury offers for…

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Schools

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

Primary schools
Secondary schools
Colleges and FE

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Groups

Watch them thrive – with our residentials and day trips for youth groups from across the country.

Youth groups
National Citizen Service (NCS)
DofE

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Individuals and families

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

School holiday activities
Birthday parties and celebrations
Pay and play
Family adventure weekends

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Businesses

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

Team building
Corporate activities
Conference facilities

Why choose Essex Outdoors Danbury?


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

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Activities at Danbury

We guarantee tranquility, but not rest.
Choose from aerial trekking, to caving and quad bikes, to zip wire and many more.

Adventure and obstacle courses

Adventure and obstacle courses The perfect environment for group work, team building, or just a bit of fun! Our purpose built obstacle courses promote participation, communication and team building, testing your ability to work with friends and colleagues in a safe but challenging environment. Navigate rope swings, tyre squeezes, tunnels, rope bridges, vertical walls, cargo …
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Aerial trekking

Aerial trekking The imposing centrepiece of our Danbury centre is an exciting array of 14 high-level obstacles including cargo nets, balance bars, barrel swings and even a traversing wall,  all designed to challenge your agility and courage. Set out over two levels of increasing difficulty; it is time to stretch your comfort zone! Learning Outcomes …
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BMX biking

BMX biking Our purpose-built BMX track allows you to experience the thrill of twists turns, jumps and berms,  under the watchful eye of our instructors. Winding 250 metres through natural woodland, you must keep your nerve as banks, lips and jumps appear around each bend. Alternatively, the track can be used to practice your skills …
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Bouldering

Bouldering If you like keeping fit and problem solving, bouldering is the sport for you. Bouldering is an exhilarating and sociable sport where climbers attempt low-level routes without ropes or harnesses. Instead protection from falls is provided by pads and crash mats. Bouldering "problems" are usually much shorter than rock climbs and often include a …
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Bridge build

Bridge building 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! The session will …
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Bushcraft

Bushcraft 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 knot work camp craft including basic knife and axe work. You can also combine a longer session …
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Canoeing

Canoeing Test out our fleet of traditional Canadian canoes. Our instructors will guide you through all the basic strokes allowing plenty of time to practice your skills. You'll then be able to explore the local waterways and get up close and personal with some fascinating wildlife! Essex provides the ideal environment to take your first …
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Caving

Caving Work your way through the winding tunnels, chambers and features of our 4 artificial caving courses, avoiding the dead ends to find the exit. Suitable for those with or without a fear of enclosed spaces. Your group will be encouraged to work together to find the quickest way through the maze completing a series …
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Climbing

Climbing Reach new heights on one of our impressive outdoor towers or indoors at our fourteen metre high professional climbing wall – “The Lock”. Our climbing walls provide a huge variety of routes to challenge novices and advanced climbers alike. During our instructed sessions, you’ll learn to use climbing equipment safely, belay your team mates …
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First aid

First aid 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 incident management how to …
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Forest school

Forest school Feel inspired by nature. Forest School involves regular visits to local areas of woodland or coastline. Here children can develop a connection with, and appreciation of, their environment. They’ll enjoy complete freedom – to be creative and explore. They'll also be able to flex their imagination and to play, and to learn using …
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High ropes

High ropes Each of our centres’ high ropes courses offer 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 the Jacobs Ladder or All …
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Low ropes

Low ropes The floor is lava! Our low ropes courses have a series of low-level challenges with interconnected ropes, planks, wires and tyres. The aim is to support your teammates to move around the platforms of the course without touching the ground Designed to test and hone the group's cooperation and communication skills whilst having …
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Off road biking

Off road biking 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 through to gentle woodland trails and more technical routes. And our proximity to some of the best single-track in the country allows us …
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Orienteering and map skills

Orienteering and map skills 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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Pioneering

Pioneering Work together to build various structures from a kit of wooden poles, ropes plus tarps and barrels. You'll learn a variety of useful knots and traditional lashing techniques. A medieval style catapult, a bridge or even a go-kart could be your goal. The session finishes off by testing out your creations - hit the …
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Raft building

Raft building Build your own river going vessel from a selection of tested items such as barrels, ropes 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 summer months only. Learning outcomes Click below …
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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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Zip wire

Zip wire A fun personal challenge. Participants are connected to a wire 12 metres above the ground, before stepping out into thin air and embarking on a 100m descent. The experience will have you pleading for a second go! Learning outcomes Click below to find out which learning outcomes this activity promotes. Resilience Being able …
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How to find us

Essex Outdoors Danbury, Well Lane, Danbury, CM3 4AB
Tel: 01245 223342