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.
Looking to visit Gilwell Park to find out more about it's fascinating 600 year history? We welcome UK and international day visitors to explore the estate, discover its historic landscape and deep connection to Scouting. Plan your visit by checking out our heritage trail, guided tours, talks and more.
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 tents, marquees for dining and events, wooden collapsible tables and benches, ring burners, urns 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. 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.
Available badge programmes
Cubs Pioneer and Backwoods Cooking Activity Badges
Cubs Our Adventure Challenge Award
Scouts Master at Arms
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 three 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.