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Day trips for secondary schools

Seize the day – wherever that takes you.

Come to one of our centres for a captivating one-day expedition or an exhilarating multi-activity day with up to four pursuits. Whether the focus is supporting a specific subject area, or just the thrill of finding out what they are capable of – we create the right experience for young people, in the right surroundings.

They’ll form bonds in a group while discovering their personal strengths – advancing their problem solving, teamwork and communication abilities. Young people can better grasp new skills in a fun environment – watch their proud faces as they tackle their fears on a zipwire, or when they get the knack of sailing into a breeze.

One-day expeditions

A one-day expedition also inspires inquisitive minds. Our highly trained and qualified team arrange everything for you – to ensure every angle is covered, and every event is anticipated. Whether on foot, or by bike, boat or canoe, young people can embark on a truly memorable quest – with all the vivid experiences this will embrace.

Our outstanding value day trips start at just £38 per person* which we think you’ll find hard to beat!

“Firstly, can I just say how impressed we were with the quality of teaching and interaction with the students for their GCSE assessment.  The students really enjoyed the sessions and that is testament to the instructors”


Birchwood High School

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Danbury
Harlow
Mersea

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Activities

Our adventurous day trips can include these exciting and challenging activities.

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 adventure

Aerial adventure course Our high-level Adventure Course encompasses a comprehensive set of 11 challenging elements 13m off the ground and is designed to test your agility and your nerve. Take on the course with your teammates and complete the challenges set for you by your instructor; it's time to work together to test your communication …
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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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All-terrain boarding

All-terrain boarding A thrilling combination of snowboarding and off-road skateboarding, ATB’s are great for balance and coordination skills. Start off with the basics of posture, balance and steering and how to protect yourself if you fall, and you’ll be zooming down the grassy slopes with style in no time! Clients are kept safe by knee, …
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Archery

Archery Aim for gold on our outdoor and indoor archery ranges. With its unique mix of fun and competition, archery is a popular activity with 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 the opportunity for further progression …
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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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Boat trips

Boat trips   Say hello to Sammy the seal! Discover the enchanting river Blackwater by taking a boat trip from the quay at West Mersea or Bradwell. These excursions allow groups to experience the natural wonders of the estuary from the water. We ensure plenty of interesting things to see and mini-activities to keep their …
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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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Bumble

Bumble Our exciting urban version of coasteering. This unique activity is a great way of building confidence in and around water. Participants slide down weirs, play team games in the river or jump in from the banks.  Available during summer months only. Learning Outcomes Click below to find out which learning outcomes this activity promotes. …
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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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Crabbing

Crabbing Head for the jetty at West Mersea our out into the creek at Bradwell on a boat. You'll need to use steady hands to see who can catch the biggest or most crustaceans in their bucket, whilst feeding the local crab population. You may even be lucky enough to spot Sammy the seal out …
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Dinghy sailing

Dinghy sailing 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 holds up to …
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Drone flying

Drone flying See things from a different perspective. We’ll introduce the basics of controlling a small drone and you’ll be flying high in no time. Navigate under and over obstacles and even compete against your team mates to complete a series of challenges. Learning outcomes Click below to find out which learning outcomes this activity …
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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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Giant swing

Giant swing At 18m tall our twin Giant Swing (3G swing) is an exhilarating activity which encourages participants to set their own goals and push their comfort zones. They'll also build confidence and trust within their group. The group work together to hoist two of their teammates at a time up in the air as …
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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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It’s a knockout

It's a knockout It's bouncy, wet and loads of fun! A range of up to 10 group games emphasise teamwork skills with lots of fun elements mixed in. Try and conquer the water tower, or reach the end of the bungee run. Test your combat skills on the gladiators or see who can collect the …
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Kayaking

Kayaking Test out our fleet of sit-on-top and traditional kayaks . Our instructors will guide you through all the basic strokes allowing plenty of time to practice your skills through fun games and challenges. You’ll then be able to explore the local waterways and get up close and personal with some fascinating wildlife! Essex provides …
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Kit karts

Kit karts Kit karts are the perfect mix of a team building exercise coupled with the excitement of riding your creation down one of our hills. Groups will work in two teams to build soapbox style go-carts from the kit of parts and instructions supplied by the Instructor. Once the challenge is completed, group members …
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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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Pedal karts

Pedal karts Ride our pedal powered go-karts around the specially designed street circuit and race track. These robust karts are suitable for age 7 to adult and are equipped with forward and reverse gears and brakes. A series of exercises will teach the basic rules of the road and driving etiquette. Riders will also practice …
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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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Power kites

Power kites 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 improving confidence. Learning outcomes Click below to find out which learning outcomes this activity promotes. Confidence Although young …
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Powerboating

Powerboating 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 out into …
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Quad biking

Quad biking Feel the exhilaration of zooming through the trees on one of our petrol powered quad bikes. Start off by learning the basics of turning and stopping safely before navigating around the twists and turns of our skills course, then progressing to our exciting off-road course around the wooded site.   Learning outcomes Click …
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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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Scramble net

Scramble net Test your mettle by scrambling over the river with nothing but a cargo net to protect you (and some handily placed safety ropes). A number of different elements from tramlines to tight rope all protected by safety ropes, harnesses and helmets. Great for balance, coordination, agility and confidence. Learning outcomes Click below to …
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Stand up paddle boarding (SUP)

Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) The latest addition to our paddle sports line-up - the exciting sport of stand up paddle boarding - or SUP - is an excellent way to develop water confidence, build core strength and balance. You’ll be on your feet and exploring the beautiful rivers, creeks and sheltered waterways of Essex …
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Swimming

Swimming At Mersea our 25m long, 1 metre deep heated outdoor pool can be hired for a swim or with our pool games for a fun session. All sessions are supervised by a qualified Lifeguard. Learning outcomes Click below to find out which learning outcomes this activity promotes. Resilience Being able to accept failure at …
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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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Vertical obstacle course

Vertical obstacle course At over 13 meters high, this climbing-based obstacle course will test the physical and mental agility of even the most adventurous participants. There are 7 elements to try in all, including human Tetris and the wall of tyres. What is the best route to the top? Can you find a way to …
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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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* Illustrative pricing is for 6 hours of activity sessions based on groups of 10 young people.