About Us

Grafham Water Centre has over 50 years experience of providing high quality tuition in a wide range of adventure sports for all ages and abilities.

We strive to inspire all of our customers to try something new, develop existing skills and reach their full potential whilst having fun in the great outdoors!

Based on the shore of the UK’s finest inland sailing venue, the Centre offers an exciting but safe environment to learn in, highlighted by the stunning natural backdrop of the 80 hectare Grafham Water Nature Reserve. The area is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

Whether it’s specialised adventure sports tuition, a conference or training venue, a fun family day out or a residential or day experience for a school or youth group, we have it all.

Grafham Water Centre

ABOUT US

Grafham Water Centre (GWC) is an AALA licensed residential outdoor activity centre, set against the backdrop of Grafham Water Reservoir run by Cambridgeshire County Council (CCC) with recognised external accreditation of AHOEC Gold Standard and CLOTC.  As a Local Authority Service, we wholly subscribe to the Council's ambition of creating a greener, fairer and more caring Cambridgeshire and express its behaviours in all we do: Lives over Services, Collaborative, Creative and Aspirational, and Accountable. The centre is based in Cambridgeshire near to Huntingdon, in the small village of Perry within a quiet residential area. The site is private, enclosed, and secure and is only open to those who have booked with us.  

The centre offers a fully inclusive outdoor learning experiences for schools, youth groups, individuals, and other organisations, with a 160 bed residential capacity in fully accessible dormitory style rooms; a number of our rooms and bathrooms are fully equipped to accommodate those with more significant physical disabilities and provide a sanctuary for individual escape should it be required.  

As part of the residential, we provide high quality 5 star rated catering facilities, providing breakfast, lunch and dinner to meet all dietary needs.

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OUR OFFER

We offer a wide variety of land and water based activities including keel boating, power boating, bush craft, problem solving, raft build, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, climbing, archery, mountain biking, and high ropes. In all this, we make links to the wellbeing and therapeutic benefits of challenging yourself in a safe and inclusive outdoor environment.

Each group is provided with a fully accessible lounge from which they are based for the duration of their stay - this is where they meet as a group during breaks, and receive briefings from their course directors and dedicated members of our instructor team.

The centre also has a fully heated sports hall with capacity for over 150 people, two large marquees and a variety of other spaces for groups to use around site.  

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

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

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

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

Thank you so much to Ed but also the catering team for looking after us so well, our expectations were exceeded and the customer service was better than I have received before in high end hotels, at a fraction of the cost. I would highly recommend Grafham Water as a venue for team meetings and events.

Emma Little, Huntingdonshire District Council, October 2023