Activities

Our range of activities give both adult and young students the opportunity to explore Saffron Walden and further afield. Children and teenagers can attend classes in the morning and take part in sports and activities in the afternoon. We have something to suit everyone: we have netball, basketball, football, tennis and golf for the sport lovers and for the adventurous and creative we have horse riding and crafts.

All of our activities are in groups of mixed nationalities making sure you have the maximum opportunity to develop your conversation skills. As well as our sports we also have cookery sessions and day trips and excursions.

 Children and teenagers 

Our specially designed courses and activities for children and teenagers cater for all types of learner. We know that it’s important to keep young people engaged and our teachers are all trained to get the best out of the students with our dynamic and interesting lessons.

Activities that you can do with us

Sport

The centre has space for a variety of sporting activities inside and outside. We have a football pitch, tennis, netball, volleyball and basket court and plenty of room for games such as rounders, cricket, badminton.

Science in the lab

Lessons with Cambridge scientists and experiments.

Pottery

An energetic and expert staff will guide you through the ceramic process. Classes are available for all skill levels and focus on a wide variety topics. We provide you an engaging and active learning experience.

Archery

Pupils learn the basics of archery including safety, equipment and technique. It is a great sport to try as improvement is generally rapid and it is fun for all ages.

Bushcraft

Either beach or woodland based versions these exciting sessions are flexible and can incorporate a variety of skills and techniques including; fire lighting using fire steels, shelter building and knot work and camp craft including basic knife and axe work.

Art Work

The classroom and grounds provide space for a variety of artwork activities. Artwork activities are generally lead by a quite famous artist. Sketching, painting, plaster of paris, collages.

Camping

The centre owns a set of tents which can be used during the summer months if groups fancy a night under canvas. Sleeping mats are provided and children bring duvets and pillows from the bedrooms to keep them warm.

Bridge building

Using equipment provided and skills taught in the session, groups build a bridge to enable them to cross the stream on the edge of the site. The session will develop skills including communication, working as a team and leadership. Minimum age 11 years.

Canoening

Our British Canoe Union qualified staff will guide you through all the basic strokes and allow plenty of time to practice your technique, before giving you the opportunity to explore the waterways and get up close and personal with some fascinating wildlife! Essex provides an ideal environment to take your first paddle strokes in this wonderful sport, or refine your technique as you work towards a British Canoe Union Paddlesports award.

Gardening

Gardening is a great activity for all ages and is lead by the SWEC staff. Pupils assist with a variety of gardening tasks including planting, harvesting, leaf collecting, ground preparation etc. It can be done throughout the year in our two poly tunnels. The products of this activity are regularly found on the lunch table!

Punting

The River Cam runs through the heart of Cambridge enabling you to enjoy fantastic views of the world famous Cambridge College ‘Backs’ from the comfort of a traditional Cambridge Punt.

King’s College Chapel, The Wren Library at Trinity College and the Bridge of Sighs, are just some of the famous Cambridge landmarks you can expect to see.

Cinema

Pupils use our new ‘Flip Video-makers’ and computers to create a short movie. The cameras are very simple to use and allow groups to make nature documentaries or souvenir movies to show parents on the return to school.

English Tea Experience

SWEC Tea Experience will give you an introduction to the traditions of English ‘Afternoon Tea’ – a special meal originally created by the British aristocracy but now enjoyed by all.

Camp fire and bread or marshmallow

Pupils collect wood, build an open fire and make bread. Fire safety and science are incorporated into the teaching and pupils love consuming the end product- warm, fresh bread dipped in jam!

Sailing

Our Water Centre is 100 metres from the shoreline of possibly the best inland sailing venue in the Country. The Centre has a large fleet of dinghies to choose from and a team of friendly, qualified and experienced RYA Instructors to guide you. We provide a sailing experience second to none.

Orienteering and map

This activity teaches the important life skill of map-reading. After thorough tuition in the basics, including orientating the map, symbols, and scale, participants can head off to complete a variety of courses. For the more experienced, this can include orienteering by mountain bike and canoe.