Author Archives: Alex

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RYA Centre Recognition

We pleased to announce that we have achieved RYA Centre Recognition and can now offer, dinghy sailing courses.  We’re planning some family courses for next summer with a mixture of sailing, camping and other activities for all ages, so look out for more news or get in touch.

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New High Ropes Activity

This summer we’ve built a high ropes course.  The aim is to work together on a one of three challenges, the only thing is that you’re over five metres up in the air. All the climbers are secured on safety ropes but it is still going to be challenging.  Come and give it a go!

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Summer of Adventure

Have a look at what we’ve been up to this summer.

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Grant Awarded for New Outboard Engines

We like to say a huge thank you to the Minter Family Fund, who, through the Essex Community Foundation, have kindly donated over £1800 for the purchase of two new outboard engines.  These will be put into use on Swallow and Amazon, our two Drascombe sailing boats.  This is really super news and we’re delighted to be able to continue operating our boating and sailing activities in confidence that we won’t be caught stuck in the mud and not able to get home!

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BBC Essex Quest

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Those of you who listen to BBC Essex will have heard us on the radio this morning as part of Essex Quest, where presenters Liana and Ray follow clues to find locations in Essex. Today we were one of the locations.  The clue could only be found after a mini-adventure down into the bunker.  Well done Ray for getting down the ladder and crawling around in the dark!

Listen again at

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Barn Dance Fundraiser

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Barn Dance

Barn Dancing at Birch Hall

Have a fantastic time and support Birch Hall Adventures.  We are holding a Barn Dance on Friday 30th October.  Music by Hunt the Wren.

Come and see what we do, enjoy a dance and a fish and chip supper.

£10 Dancing + Fish & Chips (Sausage & Chips or Vegetarian option also available)

£5 Dancing only

Bring your own drinks – alcohol permitted

Tickets are available from the Post Office in Kirby-le-soken and online 

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AALA Licence

After a successful inspection visit we have been informed that we are due to be awarded an Adventures Activities Licence, which will enable us to run Sailing this year.  Hopefully sit-on-top kayaking and improvised rafting will be added in due course.  We really pleased that we achieved this at our first attempt and look forward to being able to offer sailing from the beginning of June.

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Qualified to Offer Farm Visits

Ever wanted to know where your food comes from?  We produce enough wheat for 16 million loaves of bread at Birch Hall, that’s enough for every household in the UK for one day.

We’re qualified to bring farming and food production alive to pupils at your school. Now recognised by Countryside Educational Visits Accreditation Scheme. Have a look at the plan for a lesson on Wheat Production.




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Amazing Archery at Hamford Primary

This week Birch Hall Adventures spent two days at Hamford Primary Academy teaching archery and then running a Grand Archery Tournament.  90 pupils from Years’ 3 and 4 each came out from class in groups of 8 to 10 to be taught the skills for archery.  The best three from each group got a chance to shoot again in the tournament.

All the pupils made great progress with their shooting and the finalists demonstrated some excellent skills.

If you’ve a big enough school field then Birch Hall can bring its archery equipment to you and run an activity day at the school.

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Archery Activity Available

Centre Director Alex Phillips qualified as an Archery Leader this weekend.  Archery can now be offered to groups either on site or, if a suitable area is available, at your school.

Find out more about Archery at Archery GB