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:
• Kayaking
• Canoeing
• Stand-up Paddle Boarding
• Dragon Boating
• Raft Building
• Mountain Biking
• Mountain Boarding
• Indoor Climbing and Abseiling
• Problem-solving
• Orienteering
• Low Ropes
• High Ropes
• Archery
• Offsite and overseas expeditions

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

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Why you are you a great place for educational visits?
We are a small, friendly, river-based centre, discretely located close to the main routes into Harlow as well as being a 2 minute walk from the town train station.

We offer a flexible approach to building your visit to the centre, allowing you to choose or develop your programme. 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.

There are a large number of activities to choose from at Harlow all of which are accessed form the site itself.

Do you have the LOtC Quality Badge or any other accreditation such as AALA?
Our Harlow centre is an AALA licensed, BCU approved paddlesport centre which also holds the LOtC Quality Badge and Adventure Mark.

What does a typical educational visit include?
For educational visits, we are able to cater the content of our programmes 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 programmes 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 programmes.

The centre offers a number of technical courses where participants can build up their personal and professional qualifications. CWA, CWAA, BCU star awards up to 3 star, FSRT, UKCC level1, UKCC level 2 training and assessments and BCU SUP bolt on days are all available.

Harlow is also a National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme provider. NICAS is a nationwide scheme where young people learn and develop climbing skills. Harlow is an awarding centre for levels 1-4.

The centre also offers expedition packages in the UK and further afield. Please contact the centre to discover the possibilities.

What group sizes do you cater for?
We can take up to 100 clients onsite at any one time based on groups with a 1 instructor :10 students ratio.

Do you provide projects, teacher’s packs, work sheets or any useful information?
We can supply teacher packs and resources if required for specific visits or projects. Please discuss this with the bookings team prior to your visit.

Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio?
We ask that you discuss any requirements for photography videos etc. with our team prior to arrival with us.

What is your process for booking pre-arranged risk assessments?
We can supply, on request, any necessary risk assessments and codes of practice 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.

Does your venue have an 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 is the cost of the visit?
Single activities start at £8.50 per head for a group of 10 young people, £11 per head for 10 Adults per 90 minute session while School Holiday Activity Days (SHAD) start at £30 per head, aged 8-16 only.

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 for the trip?
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 or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?
All of our instructional team hold first aid qualifications and have been trained to high standards relevant to both paediatric and outdoor scenarios. There is always a duty first-aider available when groups are on site.

Please list facilities available.
• café
• vending machines

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

What are your 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