Want to visit the home of adventure?
Close to London but with the tranquillity of a woodland location, Gilwell Park is famous throughout the world for its Scouting heritage, beautiful setting and stunning range of activities.
With modern lodges, plenty of open camping space and spectacular views of the capital, we have 108 acres available for fun and adventure and for young people to experience the freedom of the outdoors.
See our full activity list here.
See our courses here.
See our prices here.
You may drive through the London Low Emission Zone on your way to Gilwell Park. Please check your vehicle meets the Low Emission Zone standards, or make sure you pay the charge by midnight the day after your journey to avoid a fine. To find out more, please check the Transport for London website here.
FACILITIES AND ACCOMMODATION
Camp or lodge? We've got it all.
Ideal for camping with a wide range of areas on-site to accommodate camps of all sizes from a small group to a large-scale camp of 2,500+ people. With excellent facilities available, wherever you choose to pitch your tent, you’ll never be far from toilets, showers and basins. Many of our camping sites also have fire spots and we can provide altar fires for you to fully immerse yourself in your camping experience.
Why worry about having to bring lots of bulky equipment with you? Whether you’re completely new to camping, or just need a couple of extra bits and pieces for your group, just give us a call and we’ll arrange equipment hire (includes hike tents suitable for two people, larger patrol tents for up to six, mess tents and marquees for dining and events, wooden collapsible tables and benches, ring burners and gas for cooking).
Our tented village is made up four-man tunnel tents with porch and sleeping area and comes complete with comfortable mattresses, so all the hard work has been taken care of for you – well, most of it! There’s also a group tent with tables, benches, lighting and a basic camp kitchen. It’s a great alternative to the standard camping experience or even staying in a lodge. With space for up to 60 people, it's a great alternative to the standard camping experience or even staying in a lodge. Mix it up a bit and book a different option each time you visit. Available to book from May to October.
Choose from three purpose-built modern lodges, a traditional log cabin and two Patrol Cabins.
If you want to grab a snack on the go or want time out in an informal relaxed setting then visit the Adventure Cafe next to the White House reception, offering a selection of pastries and hot and cold drinks. We use Old Spike Roastery, a UK based speciality coffee social enterprise who have a strong community focus providing training and job opportunities to the homeless which makes it all easier to swallow!
Available badge programmes
Beavers My Outdoors Challenge Award
Beavers Explore + Camp Craft Activity Badges
Scouts Activity Centre Service Badge
Scouts and Explorers: Back to basics day
Choose your own School adventure experience
It's your experience, so you're in charge. We believe that you should play a key role in designing your experience. To help, we have four basic products as a starting point:
Original outdoor experience
Immersed in the outdoors, young people will learn skills, work as a team and develop a sense of responsibility.
1-4 nights in our tented village.
Why? Learn new skills, promote team work.
Young people are invited to paddle, climb and think their way through a series of exciting challenges, from canoeing and archery to high ropes and orienteering.
1-4 nights in our lodges or tented village.
Why? Form strong working relationships between teachers and pupils; develop initiative and self-reliance.
Split your time between self-led sessions and instructed activities. We can help you meet your learning objectives by providing activities, skills or simply the space you need.
2-4 nights, full board accommodation in our lodges.
Why? Mix of teacher time and structured activities.
LOCAL AREA INFORMATION
- Explore the capital – there are direct trains from Chingford to London Liverpool Street every 15 minutes.
- Go out with a bang … at the Royal Gunpowder Mills. Get out and about in 175 acres of open parkland, plus discover the history of gunpowder and explosives with activities for all ages.
- Go wild … at Lea Valley. Explore this 26 mile-long 10,000-acre park and enjoy a wide range of sport and leisure activities.
- Follow in the footsteps of heroes… at the Olympic Park and relive the magic of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Great for: access to London, range of activities, modern lodges.