For Schools, Youth and other Groups, etc

Available Dates for schools & organised groups – See Free/Busy Information page

Barton Turf Adventure Centre was originally set up by Herts Education Authority to provide outside of the classroom activities for school parties. We specialise in sailing courses, but can arrange canoeing, raft building, team building sessions etc. There are also opportunities for pond dipping days, birdwatching and other field studies, or for groups with their own transport, trips to local beaches, etc. We can provide fully catered residential accommodation under canvas (11 tents, four beds in each), and the kitchen has a five-star rating from the local authority.

We have 17 acres of reed marsh available for pond dipping days, birdwatching and other field studies. The land is part of a Ramsar-designated wetland and Site of Special Scientific Interest
The Centre is part of the Broads Environmental Education Network. For more details and a view as to how we can fit into your “Education Outside the Classroom” programme, please contact Di at the Centre. Email:


We are an Royal Yachting Association Registered Training Centre, and our teaching methods etc are inspected annually.

We also hold an AALA Licence for Sailing, Open Canoeing, Kayaking and Improvised Rafting, Reference R1496, and are currently inspected tri-ennially.

We have an excellent relationship with Norfolk County’s Adviser for Outdoor Education.

All our instructors hold the appropriate level of National Governing Body qualification for the activities they run. (RYA, BCU, Archery GB, etc)

We have adequate third party insurance through the Activities Industry Mutual.

We are members of the Broads Environmental Education Network also.

Further Information

More information for schools and group visits is available via the links below

Schools & Groups Brochure

Consent forms for school & group members

Or by email to

Risk Assessments:

These are kept under constant review in response to incidents and near-misses and also have a more stringent review each winter.

The following Risk Assessment documents are currently available on this website.

Other documents will be published as they are revised and signed off.

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