Gilwell Park

Gilwell Park

Gilwell Park

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. 

Heritage visits

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

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Camp or lodge? We've got it all.

On-site camping
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. Please note that there is no electric hook up available. 

Equipment hire
Whether you’re completely new to camping, or just need a couple of extra bits and pieces for your group, we can help you with our equipment hire. We have marquees, tables and benches, ring burners, and gas for cooking available.

Tented Village
Why worry about having to bring lots of bulky equipment with you? Our tented village takes care of all the hard work for you (well, most of it anyway!). Our tented village (sleeps 54 people) is a horseshoe of tents already pitched for you, complete with comfy mattress pads. 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.

Indoor accommodation
Choose from three purpose-built modern lodges, a traditional log cabin and two Patrol Cabins.

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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.

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Outdoor adventure

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.

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Adventure 50:50

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.


Want more?

  • 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.

Nearest Station: Chingford
Nearest Town: Chingford
Nearest Supermarket: Tesco Superstore, EN9 1JH, 3.5miles

Gilwell Park

Tel: 020 8138 0191