Region: Greater London East of England

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Burnt Mill Lane, Harlow, Essex CM20 2QS

Contact: 01279 620270



Essex Outdoors Harlow Centre for Outdoor Learning is a compact non residential Outdoor Education Centre based on the outskirts of Harlow. We offer a wide range of activities including but not limited to –



-Dragon Boating

-Raft Building

-Mountain Biking

-Mountain Boarding

-Indoor  Rock Climbing and Abseiling

-Problem solving

-Low Ropes

-High Ropes


-Offsite and overseas expeditions

We aim to provide high quality, educational and fun experiences accessible to all people regardless of their needs.

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

We offer a flexible approach to building your visit to the centre allowing you to choose your program. We will work with you prior to your visit to ensure that your aims are met and that any aspects of your curriculum are covered during your visit.

What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?

With educational visits we tend to cater the content of our programs to the user’s needs, this is done through a period of discussion prior to your visit. Schools and external organisations are welcome to visit the centre first as part of this planning process.

We are open to incorporating any aspect of the national curriculum within our programs and provide a number of schools with assistance in their GCSE PE curriculum.

However many aspects of the national curriculum can be catered for through outdoor education programs.

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This venue has the following accreditation:

Our Harlow centre is AALA licensed and has achieved both the LOtC quality Badge as well as Adventure mark accreditations. It is also BCU paddlesport centre.

What size groups do they cater for?

We can take up to 100 clients onsite at any one time based on a 1:10 ratio of students to instructors.

What can they provide you with to support your school trip or educational visit?

We can supply teachers packs and resources if required for specific visits or projects.  Please discuss this with the bookings team at your chosen centre.

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

We ask that you discuss any requirements for photography videos etc with our team prior to arrival with us.

How do you arrange a risk assessment?

We can supply any necessary risk assessments for our sites and activities as part of the visit planning process with us. If you are an Essex school or youth organisation subscribing to our Educational Visits service, this will be taken care of as part of your submission for the visit.

What are the contact details for their education officer?

Essex Outdoors hosts the Educational visits team for Essex County Council – this is a subscription based service available for any Essex-based school or group.  For further details please contact the Educational visits team on 01245 221022

What does it cost?

Costs for each visit will vary dependent on the package of activities, accommodation and catering options chosen.  Single activities start at £8 per head for a group of 10 young people, full activity days start at £32 per head.  We offer 1 free leader place for each 10 young people participating. Please contact us to discuss your requirements and we’ll supply you with an individually tailored quote for your proposed visit.

We have various special offers and packages available during our off-peak season – please contact us on 01245 221010 for details or visit for details

Is specific clothing required?

We provide an information pack for you to give to your group prior to arrival containing kit lists specific to your visit, which will be dependent on activities and time of year.

Do you have first aid on site?

All of our instructional team hold first aid qualifications and have been trained to high standards relevant to both pediatric and outdoor scenarios.  There is always a duty first-aider available when groups are on site.

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


-Vending machines

A small amount of pocket money for drinks and snack would suffice as we advise our groups to bring packed lunch with them.

Are there disabled facilities?

Our Harlow centre is accessible to wheelchair users and includes specialist equipment, ramps, lifts and hoists where appropriate. We can accommodate users with a variety of special needs on many of our activities and are happy to discuss any specific requirements your group may have, prior to arrival with us.  

What are your opening days and hours?

Monday –        09:00 – 21:00

Tuesday –       09:00 – 22:00

Wednesday –  09:00 – 22:00

Thursday –      09:00 – 22:00

Friday –           09:00 – 18:00

Saturday –       09:00 – 18:00

Sunday –         09:00 – 18:00

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

Type of Visit: Climbing 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

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