COVID-19 Update

Due to Covid-19 our site is, understandably, closed to the public. Our admin team are still available to help you with existing bookings or to make bookings for later in the year. During the lockdown easing period we will be looking carefully at the guidelines provided by the government and other national governing bodies to work out when and how it is appropriate and possible to reopen. When that happens customers will recieve notification emails, it will be posted here and will appear on our social media pages.


If your booking is during the government lockdown period you will be be hearing from us shortly.


Everyone who has a booking during the government shutdown will have the option to move it to later in the season or even next year with no impact on cost. We are happy to discuss dates and see what works.


The team at ESSA are currently working very hard to ensure that you guys still have a centre to come back to once this pandemic is over. Many small business and charities are being hit exceptionally hard with many who were in a better position than us already closing. We would ask for just a little flexibility while we try and sort this out while staying afloat.


If you have any questions please do email us.

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One of the best places to take children or adults for water activities, take my brownies & guides each year, the team are amazing.

Took 25 cubs and scouts dragon boating and had a great time.
I found the information before hand great and the staff on the day were very good.
Well worth it!

Good time for little ones and big ones, katakanuing, sailing, wobble boarding and dragon boating.

We take our guides & rangers for evenings & courses. I've done my powerboat licence & love going there, instructors always helpful & very supportive of the children.

Great place to go for various water activities. For absolute beginners with equipment to suit to increasing your skills and abilities in a vast amount of different water activities, volunteers are really skilled fun and professional, great atmosphere.

A fantastic place to take young people out in a safe area, fab work guys.

Great morning spent sailing, everyone was really friendly and helpful

Excellent facilities and volunteers are friendly, am loving learning to kayak

Thank you for a great day rafting yesterday with our cubs. Weather was perfect, volunteers were great. Thanks so much

Took 32 Brownies rafting at ESSA and they had a fabulous time. The information before hand was really helpful and informative and the staff on the night were brilliant with the girls. A great time was had by all, we will be back

Our scout group enjoyed it, thank you. Activities for all ages and abilities from Beavers to Explorers, the instructors were excellent and always felt safe with safety boats always in the water, hope to come again

Brilliant place, my son went here yesterday with beavers to build a raft he had so much fun! Great instructors! Great area! Will definitely be coming back!

Great fun! Went with my Scout group and the sailing was really fun!