Activities

Across Essex Outdoors we have a wide selection of challenging and exciting outdoor activities activities to participate in.  Most activities can be run as taster sessions as well as developmental courses, and all activity sessions are delivered by our qualified and experienced instructors. Please click here to see our section on Inclusion for activities suitable for participants with disabilities.

Please find a selection of the activities we offer below.

Archery, Aerial Runway,  BMX, Bridge Build,  Bush Craft,  Bumble,  Canoeing, Caving,  Climbing, Climbing Wall - Mobile, Coastal Discovery,  Environmental, Forest Schools, High Ropes,  High Ropes - Tree Tops, It's a Knockout, Kayaking, Kit Karts, Low Ropes, Mountain Boards, Obstacle & Adventure Courses,  Off-Road Biking,  Orienteering, Pioneering, Powerboating,  Problem Solving & Team Challenge,  Quad Biking,  Raft Building,  Sailing, Scavenger Hunt, Scramble Net, Speedboating & Crabbing,  Swimming, Rock Climbing, Canyoning, Mountain Walking, White Water Rafting, Hydrospeed, Wild Swimming, Pony Trekking, Gorge Walking


archeryArchery: Aim for gold on our outdoor archery ranges. With its unique mix of fun and competition, this is a popular activity for all ages and abilities, with powerful benefits for the participants.
Available at: Bradwell, Danbury, Harlow, Mersea




aerialAerial Runway: A fun personal challenge. Participants are connected to a wire 12 metres above the ground, before stepping out into thin air and embarking on a 100m descent. The experience will have you pleading for a second go!
Available at: Mersea




BMX: Our purpose built BMX track allows you to experience the thrill of the jumps, twist and turns usually reserved for professional riders, under the watchful eye of our instructors. Winding 250 metres through natural woodland, you must keep your nerve as banks, lips and jumps appear around each bend; alternatively the track can be used to practice your skills before progressing to mountain biking. 
Available at: Danbury

Bridge Build: This is a team activity for years 11 and above. Using equipment provided and skills taught in the session, groups build a bridge to enable them to cross the stream on the edge of the site. The session will develop skills including communication, working as a team and leadership.
Available at: Mersea


bushcraftBush Craft (Minimum 3 hour session): With either beach or woodland based versions these exciting sessions are flexible and can incorporate a variety of skills and techniques including; fire lighting using fire steels, shelter building and knot work and camp craft including basic knife and axe work.  Sessions generally culminate in cooking a simple meal over the fire you have made. Longer sessions and overnight wild camping can also be arranged.

Available at: Danbury, Mersea

bumbleBumble: This unique activity is a great way of building confidence in and around water. It involves sliding on weirs, playing team games in the river, jumping from the river bank, river crossings and bridge jumping.
Available at: Harlow (summer months only)




canoeCanoeing: Essex provides an ideal environment to take your first paddle strokes in this wonderful sport, or refine your technique as you work towards a British Canoe Union (BCU) award.
Available at: Bradwell, Danbury, Mersea, Harlow




climbingClimbing: Climbing is a physical and intense experience unrivalled by other sports. Our climbing complexes provide a purpose built environment in which our instructors can teach you basic climbing techniques and introduce you to essential climbing equipment. We are also within driving distance of the sandstone outcrop in Kent, allowing staff to provide progression from the climbing wall to real rock.
Available at: Bradwell, Danbury, Harlow, Mersea


caveCaving: Test your nerve as you take on the underground challenge of the Letterbox, the Washing Machine and the Corkscrew, all under the guidance of our trained and qualified instructors. 
Available at: Mersea




wallClimbing Wall - Mobile: Our 24' mobile climbing wall can be hired out to groups, youth clubs, schools, fétes, fun days, adult taster sessions and more.






childCoastal Discovery:  A newly developed activity on the beach adjacent to our site at Mersea. The session blends environmental education and forest school principles with fun activities; learn about the seashore life of the Blackwater estuary, find crabs and sea creatures, create some beach art é the world really is your oyster on this activity!
Available at: Mersea


childEnvironmental: At Essex Outdoors we provide a wide range of environmental programmes, from 'Wild & Crafty' taster days through to full Forest School programs.
For more information please click here.




highHigh Ropes: Our centres offer various high ropes courses, with challenging and exciting elements such as The Leap of Faith,  Jacob's Ladder, All Aboard, The Vines and the Catwalk!
Available at: Bradwell, Danbury, Harlow, Mersea




treeHigh Ropes - Tree Tops: This course is for those looking for the big challenge! The course consists of bridges, tight-ropes and other challenges suspended 30ft above the forest floor. Available at: Danbury





iakoIt's a Knockout: It's bouncy, wet and loads of fun. Providing every group with an excellent ice-breaker activity or an even better finale to their stay with us. A range of up to 10 games emphasise teamwork skills with lots of fun elements mixed in. Try and conquer the water tower, or reach the end of the bungee run. Test your combat skills on the gladiators or pillow fight!  The whole event is run by enthusiastic instructors who will ensure that your whole group get involved and have a great time. Leaders may be required to assist in the running of activities but don't worry - it's the perfect opportunity to get your own back!! The event can be run just for fun or as a competition and can cater for all group sizes from 20 to 200.

Don't forget - a change of clothes is essential - YOU WILL GET WET!
Available at: Mersea

kayakingKayaking: Our BCU qualified staff will guide you through all the basic strokes and allow plenty of time to practice your technique, before giving you the opportunity to explore the waterways and get up close and personal with some fascinating wildlife!
Available at: Bradwell, Harlow, Mersea


kit kartsKit Karts: A newly developed activity created by us, kit karts are the perfect mix of team building coupled with the excitement of riding your creation down one of our hills.  Groups will work in two teams to build soap box style go-carts from the kit of parts and instructions supplied by the Instructor.  Once the challenge is completed, group members will take it in turns to ride the karts down 3 slopes of varying inclines.
Available at: Mersea


netLow Ropes: This continues to be a great activity to promote teamwork skills whilst having a fun experience. Involving a series of ropes and wires close to the ground, the aim is to move around the course as a team without touching the ground with the support of each other. A great activity for the development of teamwork skills whilst having fun!
Available at: Harlow, Mersea, Danbury


Mountain Boards: Mountain boarding is an up and coming sport a combination of snow boarding and skateboarding off road. Clients are protected by knee, elbow and wrist pads as well as helmets and are taught how to protect themselves in a fall. Excellent access to progressive slopes from beginner's hills to full on gradients. Great for balance and coordination skills.
Available at: Harlow


obstacleObstacle & Adventure Courses: The perfect environment for group work, team building, or just a bit if fun. Our purpose built obstacle courses will test your ability to work with friends and colleagues, make decisions, and handover trust in a safe but challenging environment.
Available at: Danbury, Mersea




bikeOff Road Biking: Our centres are perfectly situated to cater for all levels of mountain biking, and our sites present plenty of challenges, from gentle woodland trails through to more technical routes. And our proximity to some of the best single- track in the country allows us to stretch you even further.
Available at: Bradwell, Danbury, Harlow, Mersea


mapOrienteering: This activity teaches the important life skill of map-reading. After thorough tuition in the basics,  including orientating the map, symbols, and scale, participants can head off to complete a variety of courses. For the more experienced, this can include orienteering by mountain bike and canoe.
Available at: Bradwell, Danbury, Harlow, Mersea.


Pioneering - Ballistas: An activity for groups of all years, the group works to create two medieval style catapults from equipment provided. The session finishes with the ballistas used to fire balls onto a target. A great team building activity, group members learn new skills including communication and working together in a group.
Available at: Mersea


boatPowerboating: Essex Outdoors provides a superb environment in which to develop your powerboat skills at all levels.
Available at: Bradwell, Mersea





teamProblem Solving & Team Challenge: Spider's web, mazes, blindfold trails and sheep pens are just some of the tools used to test your problem solving skills! Ranging from mental puzzles through to team challenges, we'll test your ability to work together, communicate and think fast.
Available at: Bradwell, Danbury, Harlow, Mersea.


quadsQuad Biking: Our fully trained Instructors focus on building basic skills like steering, braking and acceleration, until the excitment reaches its peak and you can't resist roaring around our tracks. We endeavour to to fill our sessions with fun whilst always opperating in a safe environment maintained by our ever-vigilant coaches. We provide full safety equipment. This activity is suitable in most weathers and in some cases some have even said "the wetter, the better!!!"
Available at: Danbury


raftRaft building: Build your own river going vessel from a selection of tested items such as barrels, ropes wooden planks and the rubber chicken!! Knots and knot tying can be instructed although its more fun making it up as you go along. All clients are given buoyancy aids and helmets. Ideal session for enhancing team building skills, communication, planning and resource management
Available at: Bradwell, Harlow



sailingSailing: From dinghies to yachts, our dedicated sailing centre at Bradwell offers a comprehensive range of of RYA courses to help you learn to sail or develop exisitng skills.
Our fleet of 3 Sonata keel boats offers a taste of larger boat sailing.
Available at: Bradwell 



scavengersScavenger Hunt: (suitable for younger groups of 10-50)
This orienteering based activity sees group members using their map reading skills to navigate around our 64 acre site and collect information to help them find the secret location of the treasure!
Available at: Mersea




Scramble Net:
Scramble over the river with nothing but a cargo net to protect you (and some handily placed safety ropes). A number of different elements from tramlines to tight rope all protected by safety ropes, harnesses and helmets. Great for balance, coordination, agility and confidence.
Available at: Harlow


crabSpeedboat & Crabbing: (3 hour session only)
Ride the waves on our 21ft Rigid Inflatable Boat and fish for crabs in West Mersea. An activity to fill a whole morning or afternoon for up to 20 people, we take our 21ft Rigid Inflatable Boat out into the Estuary to provide the group with the experience of travelling across the water at speed, trying to catch the waves.
Available at: Mersea


swimSwimming: At Mersea our 25m long, 1 metre deep heated outdoor pool can be hired for a swim or with our pool games for a fun session. All sessions are supervised by a qualified Lifeguard.
Available at: Mersea




climberRock Climbing: Climb on real rock. Try out your climbing skills whilst taking in breath-taking views on real rock faces on various mountains in the UK and abroad.

Available at: Essex Schools Expeditions




canyoningCanyoning: Explore caves and canyons. Prepare yourself for an adrenaline rush and a big splash. Please note this activity is only available by special arrangement as part of an Expedition and not available at our Essex Centres,

Available at: Essex Schools Expeditions





hillMountain Walking: Trek across various terrains and challenge yourself to new heights. Reach the top of the UK and even further afield. 

Available at: Essex Schools Expeditions




white waterWhite Water Rafting: It is as easy as falling off a log, whilst hurtling down white water rapids. This is great fun and very, very wet. Please note this activity is only available by special arrangement as part of an Expedition and not available at our Essex Centres,

Available at: Essex Schools Expeditions




hydrospeedHydrospeed: Ever wondered what it must be like to swim in a washing machine? This isn't that but it's close. Swim down white water rapids with the assistance of floats.
Please note this activity is only available by special arrangement as part of an Expedition and not available at our Essex Centres, 

Available at: Essex Schools Expeditions



swimming wildWild Swimming: Swimming gone wild! Take the plunge without the annoyance of chlorinated red-eyes. Swim in natural lakes and pools. Please note this activity is only available by special arrangement as part of an Expedition and not available at our Essex Centres,
Available at: Essex Schools Expeditions






poniesPony Trekking:
View the sights of fantastic locations from a different perspective. Ride along bridal ways in the UK and abroad.Please note this activity is only available by special arrangement as part of an Expedition and not available at our Essex Centres,

Available at: Essex Schools Expeditions






gorgeGorge Walking: Scramble, jump, slide and abseil your way across rocks, rivers and waterfalls in this non-stop high-adrenaline activity.
Please note this activity is only available by special arrangement as part of an Expedition and not available at our Essex Centres,
Available at: Essex Schools Expeditions






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