If you and your family love spending time in the outdoors, then our Great Outdoor Adventure will be the perfect getaway for you. Channel your inner Columbus!​

This adventure will be spent on the lookout for wonderful wildlife so listen out for rustling in the bushes or splashes in the pond! Together we will be helping our local environment stay nature friendly by taking part in one of our conservation activities. ​

You will be able to get off the beaten track as a family and explore the countryside as you wish. Ask your adventure leader on the best places to visit in the area! We want to hear all about it the following day on our big day out. We will be learning how to navigate the countryside by orienteering and completing one of our nature spotter guides.. from ladybirds and squirrels to wildflowers and animal tracks, how many will you find?​

Our evenings will be just as adventurous as we head out on a night walk, on the lookout for swooping bats. On the final night we will gather around a campfire, lit using the skills you have learnt, whilst enjoying some roasted marshmallows!

For a full list of activities, see our timetable below. Our activities are most suitable for children aged 6 – 12 however younger and older children are welcome to join in. Children should be accompanied by a guardian on all activities. Younger children are welcome, although activities might not be suitable for them. If your child will be under the age of three on time of arrival, please select the ‘Infant’ booking option so they can attend for free!

Tutor: Adventure Leaders

This experience will be led by our experienced and enthusiastic adventure leaders.

  • Purple thistle
  • Frog on a rock
  • Children looking in ground
  • Hand in water

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Example Timetable

All activities are subject to change, due to weather conditions at the time.


  • Arrival and welcome to FSC Flatford Mill
  • Ice breakers - Including our Team building activity area and various problem solving activities
  • Mammals and Moths - Have a go at setting up humane mammal and moth traps ready for us to see what has visited us in the morning.


  • Mammals and Moths - Discover what has been out at night in our centre grounds by opening up our small mammal and moth traps. Learn how traps are used for scientific monitoring and what happens with the data collected.
  • Mini Beast Hunt - Pond dipping in the Flatford Millstream and Ponds around site. Looking for Invertebrates in our woodland sites.
  • Conservation activity - A chance to make a 'take home', practical item to help you practice some conservation at home. There will be the chance to make a bird box, a bat box, or a bug hotel.
  • Nature Night Walk - An evening stroll around the grounds looking for signs of night-time wildlife.  Then find out what it’s like to be a bat and hopefully hear some different species of bats using a bat detector.


  • Free Day - get off the beaten track as a family and explore! Ask your adventure leader on the best places to visit in the area!  There are beaches, nature reserves and boat trips to chose from.


  • Big Day Out with a Wildlife Focus - This will start with a visit to the Essex coastline and including making sandcastles, Fossil hunting, Catching Crabs and visiting seaside shops.
  • Campfire - Come join us for an evening around the campfire on the estate grounds. Toast some marshmallows and have a good time with your new friends.


  • Collect your memories and keepsakes, visit the National Trust shop and wave goodbye!

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Full Board Accommodation
  • Hot and Cold Drinks
  • In Course Transport

Before You Attend

What to bring

  • Waterproof coat
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Lunch box
  • Water bottle
  • Rucksack
  • Towel
  • Sun hat and sun cream
  • Please bring plenty of extra layers and spare clothes

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