The Asheldham Centre
Activities, Visits, Courses
Despite our Centre being remote, there is a lot to do - as long as you plan your programme. Youth have come from as far afield as Chernobyl, and Massachusetts, and spent a morning in Maldon visiting the museums, a night exercise with HUNTER Outdoor Training, and then the following day visited the power station, with some survival skills training in the afternoon.....but it's up to the leaders to plan well in advance.
Below is a list of the organisation and groups in the area who can enhance your stay. Maybe you want to use the Centre as a retreat - and do, deliberately, as little as possible! Your choice.
HUNTER Outdoor Training runs courses across the country, based here at Asheldham with offices and workshops in Leigh on Sea. Hunter will run courses from two hours to two weeks covering a vast array of outdoor expedition and survival activities starting at the most basic and progressing through stages until proficiency is reached with more advanced techniques. Other courses include guided day walks, a wide variety of night-navigation and/or scenario-based courses, management 'workshops', winter backpacking campcraft courses over 20 or 30 miles, first aid, leadership, and teamwork / problem solving courses. Many of Hunter's Iceland, Norwegian, and Sweden expeditions are planned and prepared here. See 'Links' for contact or firstname.lastname@example.org
This organisation is a County Council facility which provides a complete range of watersports and some land-based activities. Sailing, sea kayaking, windsurfing, 'power-boating', archery, and highropes all contribute to a very good day's outdoor pursuits. This is one of six County residential activity centres run by Essex CC. Contact through 'Links' menu.
A religious and broadly Christian-based community located near St Peter's Chapel (and also in Dorset). It is very much a contemplative centre, but very aware of its environmental responsibilities being as it is, totally self sufficient and eco-friendly. Othona is a useful facility whether you need emergency help whilst on the marhses / sea wall or a friendly face - and coffee break whilst your group walk out across the Dengie. Othona is a residential centre. See 'Links'
Maldon is a thriving market town steeped in history - going right back to the Dark Ages and Norse invasions. It is well worth a visit if your group has never explored an atmospheric port, historic centre, and market town. It also lends itself perfectly to KS4 Geography Fieldwork on settlements. See: email@example.com.
New Hall Vineyard. An excellent morning's visit! 01621 828343. See 'Links'
Hyde Hall near Rettendon - approximately 30 minutes drive from Asheldham is over 300 acres and a haven of solitude and horticulural excellence. If you group is enthused about gardens, this should not be missed. See: 'Links'
Marsh Farm Country Park is owned and managed Essex County Council. It provides an enjoyable and educational day out for all the family.
Marsh Farm is a working farm where children can get close to farm animals and play safely in the adventure play areas. There is also a Country Park, which boasts excellent coastal walks and superb views of the River Crouch.
Information Line 01245 324191