Where memories are made and dreams come to life

Why choose Essex Outdoors?

Welcome to the natural choice for outdoor fun and learning.

Over 100,000 visitors a year have embraced their passion at our 4 thrilling activity centres in Essex for over 50 years.

Why do people keep coming back? It’s not just the exciting pursuits – from archery and climbing, through to power boating and sailing. It’s not simply nature’s inspiration, with pristine air that energises the spirit either. It’s not even the sense of achievement, of conquering challenges with style alone. Only by bringing all these things together do we offer you a truly rewarding experience.

Book with confidence

book with confidence logoWhilst none of us can predict what is coming over the coming months or even next year, we think it’s important to keep creating memorable moments for children, so we have created a COVID-19 booking guarantee.

Book with Essex Outdoors and we guarantee full cancellation and refund for your school and parents. This applies to both Activity Days and School Residentials.
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“Excellent instructors- All read the needs of the group quickly and adapted their approach accordingly. Great balance of challenge and support…and fun. All combined to really help all of our children shine.”

Kingsfleet Primary School

Eight great reasons to book with us

Fantastic value packages

With activity days from just £38 per person and five-day/four-night residential visits from just £259 per person, you’ll find our offer hard to beat.

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Great adventures,
closer to home

With four centres across Essex, from Harlow in the west to Bradwell in the east, we offer high-quality outdoor learning experiences in a range of environments, without the cost or hassle of travelling long distances.

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activity choice

From archery through to zip wire, all our 40+ activity programmes are challenging and fun, and include numerous links to the national curriculum – all delivered by our friendly and qualified instructors.

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Accommodation and facilities for a range of budgets

Whether you’re looking for a fun day of outdoor learning or a summer camp experience for a whole year group, we have the accommodation and facilities to meet your needs.

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Excellent customer service

Our passionate team are on hand before, during and after your visit to ensure it runs smoothly. This care may explain why over 85% of visitors keep coming back – and why 90% happily recommend us.

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Experience that matters

Our team have 100s of years of combined experience. Through carefully honed activity and relevant skills training programs our team sharpen their acumen and safety standards to meet the needs of all our visitors.

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Accessible to all

Specialist accessible facilities include hoists, lifts and wet rooms. Our specialist staff have disability awareness training from Calvert Trust which help us meet the needs of our regular disabled and SEN visitors.

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Tailored options for you

Our continued reinvestment lets us be flexible. We can carefully design a program for you specifically with your aims in mind, whatever that is – to help you meet your goals.

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Need help with planning your next adventure?

Our dedicated team is here to help you along the way.

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0345 200 4220

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Outstanding outdoor education for schools, colleges and FE

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Primary schools

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

Residential trips
Day trips
Forest schools

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Secondary schools

For memories that won’t fade. Help young people reach new heights, increase their confidence and get a massive boost to their spirits.

Residential trips
Day trips
Field trips

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Colleges and FE

People never stop learning, and never stop realising their potential. Discover why there is no better place to do both.

Residential trips
Day trips