Information for parents

Everything parents and students need to know

As a parent or carer you can be assured that all of our activities, although adventurous, are also educational, safe and delivered by competent staff. In line with our Codes of Practice, all of the activities offered by Essex Outdoors are delivered by staff that have been trained in accordance with both Essex County Council and national governing body (NGB) guidelines.

All staff who work with young or vulnerable people are subject to enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks before employment with us.

Our centres are inspected and approved by the Adventurous Activities Licensing Authority (AALA) and hold the Learning outside the classroom (LOtC) Quality Badge, ensuring we maintain the highest standards of safety and delivery in the industry.

Essential Information

Codes of Practice 2024-25

Safeguarding policy 2024-25

Kit list and what to bring on you visit

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Safety and security

We have many years’ experience of putting the safety and security of our visitors first.

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Accommodation & Catering

Face the wider world by embracing the wilder world. The great outdoors helps children feel they can tackle anything in life.


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Leisure and recreation

Do something different. Give school holidays a rousing boost – or make birthday parties and celebrations even more special.

All-ability adventure
Birthdays and celebrations
Pay and play
School holiday activities

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Looking for a one-off course, starting a new hobby or advancing your qualifications? You’ll find a range of courses to suit your needs.

Climbing courses
First aid courses
Paddle sport courses
Powerboat courses
Sailing courses

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The Lock Climbing Wall

For serious climbers and absolute beginners alike.  Feel the thrill as you get to grips with Essex’s largest climbing wall.

Visit The Lock
Climbing courses and events