Region: East of England

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Accommodation & Residential Trips

Address: Bradwell Waterside, Southminster, Essex CM0 7QY

Contact: 01621 776256



Nestled amongst the creeks and marshes of the Dengie peninsula and surrounded by farmland, Bradwell provides a friendly and intimate setting in which schools groups can enjoy a variety of land and water based activities. The centre is located just outside the village of Bradwell-on-Sea, 56 miles from central London and set on the stunning Essex coastline, looking out over the Blackwater Estuary. The centre can accommodate groups of up to 67 and offers high-quality residential programmes, from overnight stays through to five day/four night programmes as well as day-based outdoor education visit.

The nearest train station is Southminster and we are happy to arrange pickups from the station in our minibus, if required.

Activities available at the centre include; archery, canoeing, climbing, crabbing, high Ropes, off road biking, power kites, problem solving and sailing. All of the activities include numerous links to the National Curriculum, so whether you’re looking for activities to support the delivery of the curriculum or just an opportunity for your group to have fun, we can provide the right mix of activities for you.

Our passionate and enthusiastic instructors are able to engage with children and young people at all levels in order to motivate and drive their enthusiasm for the challenges ahead. Their clear style of communication and encouragement also helps to create bonds within the team as they look to support and encourage each other through each activity. Teachers and Group Leaders can focus on ensuring they are getting the outcomes they require and build deeper bonds with their group. All of our activities can help to build trust, responsibility, confidence, interdependence and team work. Whether you are setting sail on the high sea or staying on land, Bradwell is sure to have a package of adventurous activities which will suit your required outcomes, as well as your budget.

As well as being a popular centre with schools and youth groups for over 50 years, Essex Outdoors Bradwell is also a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) training centre, offering numerous professional qualifications in sailing and powerboating.

If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our bookings team on 01621 776256 or email:

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What group sizes do you cater for?

Approximately 67 in the main building, but we are also able to offer camping. For details please contact the centre. We can accommodate up to 100 on activities.

Please give information regarding room sizes and room facilities?

• Ground Floor; classroom suitable for 40+, two drying rooms and a games room (with table tennis, table football, pool table and soft seats).
• First Floor; male dorm (accommodating up to 21 including 18 in bunk beds, staff bedroom with two bunk beds and one disabled suite/staff room), toilets, showers, dining room and lounge.
• Second Floor; female dorm (accommodating up to 22 including 18 in bunk beds and staff bedroom with two bunk beds), bedrooms (5 rooms, one en-suite, accommodating up to 24 in bunk beds), showers, toilets and staff meeting room/tea and coffee making facilities.

What is the cost of the accommodation?

Costs for each visit will vary dependent on the package of activities, accommodation and catering options. Activity sessions (1.5 hours) are from £85 per group of 10. Activity days are from £340 per group of 10. Residential visits start from £110 (3 day, 2 night programme with 10 activities in November - February). We offer one free leader place for every 10 young people visiting. However, visits can be tailored to suit a variety of budgets so please contact us to discuss your requirements and we’ll supply you with an individually tailored quote for your proposed visit.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?

We can supply sample risk assessments for our centre and activities as part of the visit planning process with us. You can also arrange to visit the centres before you book or prior to your visit.

Does your Accommodation have a booking contact?

Frankie Starling, or 01621 775256

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?

All of our instructors hold first aid qualifications and have been trained in relevant pediatric and outdoor scenarios. There is always a duty first-aider available when groups are on site.

Please list facilities available.

Residential catering is provided at a cost of £19.50 per person, per day. This includes three meals. The team can cater for a wide variety of dietary requirements. Depending on other customers at the centre, the classroom and lounge can be used to eat packed lunches.

What are your disabled facilities?

Access to the main building is via a lift to the first floor, which is where the disabled suite, dining area and lounge are located. The disabled suite consists of single bed and disabled shower/toilet room. A separate room with a connecting door is available for up to 2 carers.

What are your opening days and hours?

Essex Outdoors Bradwell is open 7 days a week all year round.

Do you have any testimonials?

Rochford Primary and Nursery School

Our school has been annual visitors to the Bradwell Centre for many years. Each year, we receive the same friendly welcome and have a week long holiday that is packed full of challenging activities, new experiences and an enjoyable outdoor learning adventure. Our children love Bradwell; it is the hot topic of conversation from the moment the first letter goes out until the holiday snaps are printed.

The main attraction of a visit to Bradwell is the ability to provide the children with a sense of independence as the Centre is safe for them to explore. The instructors always push the children to climb that bit higher or attack the steeper slope on a ride or to learn to steer the canoe with a caring approach. There is a sense of team work and individual goals and abilities are included and respected.

For some of our children Bradwell provides experiences they might not receive in environments they may not explore so for us this yearly visit is a must.

Miss Sayer
Ellen Macarthur Cancer Trust

“it’s now our 4th year hear and the experience has never been better. It is extremely rare in life that you can visit a Centre and find the most motivated and fantastic bunch of people who give so much. They really care about the young people and it is always a joy to spend time working with them.”

Dame Ellen Macarthur

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

Type of Visit: Outdoor Education Outdoor Pursuits Personal Development-Mentoring Residential School Trips Sports Water Sports

Curriculum Topics Covered: Citizenship English Geography History ICT MFL Music PE PSHE Science

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

Accommodation Type: Outdoor Residential Centres

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