Region: East of England

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Bradwell Waterside, Southminster, Essex CM0 7QY

Contact: 01621 776256



Essex Outdoors provides high-quality outdoor learning opportunities from activity days and Forest Schools, through to residential experiences and adventurous expeditions. 

Nestled amongst the creeks and marshes of the Dengie peninsula and surrounded by farmland, Essex Outdoors Bradwell provides a friendly and intimate setting in which school and youth groups can enjoy a variety of land and water based activities.

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.

Activities available at the centre include archery, canoeing, climbing, crabbing, high ropes, off -oad 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.

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Why you are you a great place for educational visits?
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.

Do you have the LOtC Quality Badge or any other accreditation such as AALA?
Essex Outdoors Bradwell has the LOtC Quality Badge, AAIAC Adventure Mark, and is accredited by AALA.

What does a typical educational visit include?
All of the visits to our centre are tailored to the specific needs of the group and the outcomes required by the teacher or group leader. A day-based visit could include a whole day canoe trip or a mix of any of the activities we offer at the centre, including raft-building, archery, climbing, crabbing, high ropes, off-road biking, power kites, problem-solving and sailing.

What group sizes do you cater for?
We can accommodate up to 120 on activities.

Do you provide projects, teacher’s packs, work sheets or any useful information?
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.

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 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.

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?
Costs for each visit will vary dependent on the package of activities and catering options. Activity sessions (3 hours) are from £180 per group of 10. Activity days are from £360 per group of 10.

Is specific clothing required for the trip?
Waterproof clothing is advised. All technical clothing is provided.

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.
A number of classrooms for diary writing or study, games room complete with indoors games such as table tennis and pool as well as a lounge for watching movies in the evenings.

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, where the dining area and lounge are located. The ground floor is accessed by a ramp for the games room and lounge.

What are your opening days and hours?
Essex Outdoors Bradwell is open 7 days a week, all year round.

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