Outdoor activities

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Mountain biking, canoeing, climbing, archery and more...

Have you ever thought you might like to try something different? Wondered what it might be like but weren’t sure? Now’s your chance to give it a try!

Our Outdoor Activities programme runs throughout the year and there’s something happening most weeks. The activities are designed so that anyone can have a go. Please see our timetables below.

Chelmsford Outdoor Activities Timetable

Date  Activity  Depart  Return 
Sunday 1 October  Canoeing
River Chelmer 
12.30  16.30
Wednesday 4 October  Horse Riding
Chelmsford Equestrian Centre
14:15  15:45 
Saturday 14 October  Archery
Mildmay Sports Centre 
9.30  12.00
Wednesday 18 October  Climbing
The Lock, Harlow 
13.00  18.00 
Wednesday 25 October  Canoeing
River Chelmer 
13.00  16.00 
Wednesday 1 November  Skiing
Brentwood Ski Centre 
17.30  22.00 
Saturday 11 November  Mountain Biking
Hadleigh Park 
12.30  16.30 
Wednesday 15 November  Horse Riding
Chelmsford Equestrian Centre 
13.30  16.30 
Thursday 30 November  Climbing
The Lock, Harlow 
17.00  21.00 
Sunday 10 December  Mountain Biking
Hadleigh Park
9.30  13.30
Tuesday 12 December  Skiing
Brentwood Ski Centre 
17.30  22.00

* Please note that Mountain Biking is on Saturday 11 November.


Cambridge Outdoor Activities Timetable

Date  Activity  Depart  Return 
Saturday 30 September  Canoeing
Grantchester Meadows 
9.30  13.30 
Wednesday 4 October  Horse Riding
The Old Tiger Stables 
13.00  17.00 
Wednesday 18 October  Climbing
Big Rock Climbing Centre
13.30  19.00 
Saturday 28 October  Canoeing
River Little Ouse 
9.30  14.00 
Tuesday 31 October  Skiing
Brentwod Ski Centre 
17.30  22.00 
Saturday 11 November  Mountain Biking
Thetford Forest 
9.30  14.00 
Wednesday 15 November  Horse Riding
The Old Tiger Stables 
13.00  17.00 
Sunday 26 November  Archery
Kelsey Kerridge Sports Centre 
14.30  17.00

Tuesday 28 November  Climbing
Big Rock Climbing Centre 
17.00  22.00 
Saturday 9 December  Mountain Biking
Thetford Forest 
9.30   14.00
Wednesday 13 December  Skiing 
Brentwood Ski Centre 
17.30  22.00

Get involved

Activities cost £10 per student and £15 per staff member. This includes all necessary equipment, and transport from campus to the venue and back.

All the activities are run by fully qualified professional instructors, who make sure everyone has a fun and exhilarating experience. 

You don’t need any previous experience and the sessions cater for a wide range of fitness and abilities. However, please read the Essential Information below. This gives details of any specific requirements, and advice on what you should wear or bring for each activity.

Outdoor Activities essential information 

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Book a session

You can join in whenever you want. There’s no need to commit to more than one session, and you can take part in as many of the activities as you want. There’s no membership and no need to sign up, but it is essential to book a place. You can book at either Mildmay Sports Centre or Helmore Gym.

If you already have some involvement in an outdoor activity, you'll still get a lot from our sessions as the instructors are good at finding a suitable challenge. We’re keen to support ongoing training and development, so please get in touch to discuss your interests. We have good links with clubs, facilities and instructors. 

If you have any instructor qualifications, or an interest in setting up a club, we’d also like to hear from you.


Further Information

To keep up to date with what’s going on you can now join the Outdoor Activities Facebook groups. You’ll be able to share your experiences, photos and videos, see what others are doing and make new friends. 

If you have any questions please contact us:

Email us: active@anglia.ac.uk
Call us: Chelmsford: 01245 684321 / Cambridge: 01233 698199
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