Region: East of England

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: The Secret Nuclear Bunker, Ongar Road, Kelvedon Hatch, Brentwood, Essex CM15 0LA

Contact: 01277 364 470



We offer a wide range of Adventurous activities to support all stages of the National Curriciulum. Activities on offer include: High ropes, Archery, Air Rifles, Water Zorbing, Tunnelling, Teambuilding Games, Orienteering, Pond dipping and Bushcraft.

Based at the Secret Nuclear Bunker, we are also able to provide insight into the three lives of the Bunker, from just after WWII to it’s life as the home of national government in the event of a Nuclear War with Russia.

Why is this venue great for School Trips and Educational Visits?

We are the only high ropes journey course in Essex. We cater for children from the age of 6, but we recommend our ropes course for School Year 5 and over.

We can tailor a full or half day package to suit your needs. Our standard ropes course session fits nicely into a school day –a real consideration with Primary School ages where parents may have other children to collect from the school.

Ropes course safety systems were reclassified in 2015 and in 2016 we reinvested in our safety system, installing a new Type E (the highest classification) safety system. This is a continuous belay system, where participants are permanently attached to the safety cable, so teachers can be confident that students are safe from falls while participating.

What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?

Our range of activities underpins many parts of the National Curriculum.
Aside from the personal development offered by our challenging ropes courses, we can support subjects such as Geography, History and Travel and Tourism.

Schools that use us currently often visit us for the following reasons:

Year 6 Leavers trips,

Reward and Recognition for attendance or behaviour.

As an alternative to Residential trips (for those not going away with the rest of the year group).

Pupil enhancement days

Teambuilding for newly appointed Prefects, House Captains etc.

Extra curricular activities for combined cadet forces.

Teambuilding for new 6th form students/further education colleges.

Teambuilding (with meeting and catering  facilities if required) for academic away days or ancilliary staff training.

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What size groups do they cater for?

Our maximum group size on the ropes course is 72 participants in any one session. We can accommodate larger groups by adding in other activities or staggering group arrivals.

Can you take photos, video or audio? Are there any copyright restrictions?

Children are welcome to take photos, video or audio for their own personal use in the course of their coursework.

How do you arrange a risk assessment?

Our standard ropes courses are available and can be sent on request. Pre visit inspections are welcome.  We are approved Adventurous Activity Providers, registered with many local Councils, reducing the amount of work involved in organizing the trip.

What are the contact details for their education officer?

Contact: JO ELLIS

Call: 01277 364 470 or Email:

What does it cost?

Ropes Course Sessions start from £15 per student. Other activities start from £3.50.
Discounts apply for  booking multiple activities.

Teachers go free in the ratio of 1:6 when participating in activities.

There is no charge for spectating.

Is specific clothing required?

Old comfy clothes, tracksuit bottoms, sturdy shoes or trainers for climbing.

Waterproofs are a good idea.

No fashion boots, wellies, Croc type shoes or sandals.

All Personal Protective Equipment is provided.

Do you have first aid on site?

Qualified first aiders on site at all times.

What facilities do they have for school trips and educational visits?

We have plenty of outdoor space and picnic tables for packed lunches. We have a heated chalet that will accommodate around 30 students.

There is a vending machine on site selling hot and cold drinks and cold snacks.  Prices range from 70p  - £1.20.

We have a range of souvenirs, starting from £1.50.

The Bunker Canteen may be open (pre booking required). They also have a large range of souvenir goods.

Are there disabled facilities?

We have an all inclusive policy and will make adaptations wherever possible to allow children with a disability to participate.

Please speak to us before you book if you have any queries.

What are your opening days and hours?

Every day, in daylight hours, subject to booking.

Do you have any testimonials from previous customers who have visited you on an educational visit?

Just a quick email to say thank you for producing such an excellent enhancement day for us yesterday. The range and quality of the activities that you put on for us were fantastic, as well as how accommodating you were to our late arrival!

I've had an enormous amount of positive feedback from staff, boys and parents about how much everyone got out of the trip.

Mr W, Hertfordshire.

Age of Children / Pupils: 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: High Ropes Museums Outdoor Education Outdoor Pursuits Personal Development-Mentoring Picnic Areas Residential School Trips SEN Team Building

Curriculum Topics Covered: Business Studies Environmental Studies Leisure & Tourism PE PSHE

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December

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