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Grafham Water Centre

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We have over 50 years experience in delivering educational outdoor adventurous activities for primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities. Our fully qualified instructors will make sure that your students thrive at Grafham Water Centre.

Come for the day or stay for up to 5 days! We have indoor accomodation or bell tent camping experiences!

Want to come to us but need more information? Please contact us to find out more.

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Whether you are looking for a family fun day, professional development courses, personal tuition or instructor courses we have something for everyone!

We are an accredited RYA Training Centre, Paddle UK Delivery Partner, Mountain Training Approved Courses and MIAS Mountain Biking Instructor Provider. 

We offer land and water activity courses throughout the year from family mountain biking and climbing to RYA Level 1 Sailing and Wingfoiling - sustained flights courses.


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progressive sailing at grafham

groups and clubs

We host a diverse range of of groups and clubs that we encourage you to get involved in.

This includes specialised groups including Jazz weekend, school holiday and weekend kids clubs, RYA squads event weekends and community clubs including an accessible sailing club - Sailability 

Want to hire the space or start your own club, get in touch to find out more information.

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people development

We will develop both team and individual skills through our tailored package for your company. 

Your tailored package can focus on team development, leadership development and wellbeing and resilience.

We offer on-site days where we can come to your place of business or you can take the day off-site and come to us. 

Need a place for meetings? Need lunch? No problem!

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What activities could you do and where should you stay? Will you be one with the outdoors and camp or choose our indoor accomodation

Having visited Grafham Water in a previous school, I knew when we were looking for something new for our Y6 it was the place to go to. The children love the freedom of the Bell Tent village, which offers a real camping experience (very early mornings are a must). There is a constant flow of conversation between ourselves and the centre which ensures that we always build a trip that suits our pupils’ needs. The instructors bring professionalism, enthusiasm and encouragement to all the tasks…

Olivia Petherick, The King's School, Ely, June 2023

We have been working with Grafham Water Centre team for several years and have built a great business relationship. The team delivers great Team building activities for our clients. The team is professional, and they always make it fun. Our clients take away ideas and knowledge they can implement.

Jeanette Wassersleben, Lifeplus, February 2024

I have been attending Grafham Jazz course since 2008, and have kept coming back to pretty much every course since. What I love most about Grafham Jazz is the friendly, welcoming atmosphere; I have made friends for life there. It is also a really safe space to try new things; after attending for many years as an experienced jazz saxophonist, I’ve recently taken up jazz singing there and have felt so supported in this new endeavour by the tutors and my fellow students! The location of the course…

Lorna Wall, Saxophonist and Singer, March 2024

Another successful trip to Grafham Water Centre. The children enjoy working alongside such enthusiastic and knowledgeable instructors, who take into account the aims and objectives of our visit, ensuring the children are challenged to go push themselves a little bit more, whilst also having fun with their friends and trying out many new activities. The willingness to work alongside school staff and adapt to our needs, both before the trip and during, is very much appreciated.

Andrew Hastings, Colville Primary School, January 2024

I have been bringing groups of ladies to Grafham Water Centre for over ten years, 6 times a year to sew, knit, bead, spin and do scrapbooking. This place is heaven on earth... a place where you are warmly welcomed and looked after so well. The food is superb and plentiful and the staff are very accommodating to any dietary requests. The food is freshly served canteen style with a delicious buffet lunch with homemade soup in the winter to keep you warm. The breakfasts are legendary...better,…

Moira Neal, Patchwork, February 2024