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For over 50 years, Essex Outdoors Mersea has been one of the leading outdoor activity centres in the South East. Located on 60 acres of land on Mersea Island, the unique coastal location and its surrounding habitat offers some special activities and learning opportunities.

With day trips and residential trips available for primary to college and FE pupils, the range of activities available is unrivalled in the region. You can create a custom itinerary based on the desired outcomes for your group, from team-building to outdoor skills.

Activities are designed to encourage learning beyond the classroom, and to help pupils push through their comfort zones, whether that’s taking to the skies with climbing and rope challenges, visiting the coast to learn about local marine life or discovering bushcraft and forestry skills.

If you’re looking for school residential trips in Essex, look no further. Essex Outdoors Mersea offers several accommodation options, from heated cabins to camping pods. Residential visits start from a single night, up to a five-night stay.

The indoor accommodation centre can sleep 48 guests across five bunk rooms and two ensuite staff rooms. The centre also offers a group of nine cabins which sleep 54, camping pods that accommodate 64, and large log cabins sleeping 50.

If you’re opting for traditional camping, up to 300 visitors can camp in tents. Bedding can be included at an additional cost.

As well as the key daytime activities offered, residential students can enjoy evening activities like camp fires, silent discos, and ‘It’s a Knockout’ tournaments.

Teaching resources provided

The centre provides all activity equipment and provides a welcome pack to staff on arrival. Depending on the curriculum objectives, the team will be able to adapt resources accordingly.

Minimum and maximum group size

Essex Outdoors Mersea has an activity capacity of 400 students and an accommodation capacity of 520. Most activities have group sizes of ten students per leader.

Details of risk assessment

Risk assessments specific to sites and activities are available upon request. All staff are enhanced DBS checked and undergo safeguarding training.

The centre holds the Learning outside the Classroom quality badge and is approved by the Adventurous Activities Authority.


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Facilities On-Site

As well as the accommodation facilities described above, Essex Outdoors Mersea has ample toilet and shower facilities, including accessible units. There’s also a laundry room and dining space.

The large main hall is available for activities, as well as a training suite and big-screen cinema room. The catering team can prepare packed lunches, buffets, and full meals. There’s also the option to set up a barbecue by your campsite.

Opening Times

The centre is open 24 hours, thanks to the residential options. Day visits take place within normal school hours.



This will vary depending on the activities chosen and the duration of the visit. For guidance, day trips start from £40 per person (based on six hours of activities for ten young people).

Residential visits start from £74 per person, based on a one-night stay with three meals and four x 90 minute activities. For custom pricing, contact the activities team on 0345 200 4220 or email

Travel arrangements

Mersea Island is 1.5 hours from London, and 1.5 hours from Norwich, making it ideally located for a large catchment area. For those arriving by public transport from further afield, the nearest train station is Colchester, and Stansted is the nearest airport.


Rewsalls Lane, East Mersea, Mersea Island, Colchester, Essex

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