Porthpean Outdoor Education Centre
Last updated: 05/02/2013
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Porthpean Outdoor Education Centre is situated just outside
of St Austell and enjoys spectacular views over the sea and local
countryside. Porthpean OE Centre provides more than just a
summer camp as it is itself a centre of excellence for outdoor
pursuits, open all year round, providing an excellent mobile outdoor activity
service across Cornwall. Location map.
The Centre is equipped with its own indoor climbing wall and
equipped to provide water and land based educational activities
throughout the year. The centre has highly qualified and
experienced staff who are able to deliver a range of outdoor
activities to a wide range of age groups and ability levels.
Most activities take place within easy walking distance of the
In the summer months the Porthpean Centre transforms yet again
into a buzzing camp for activity seeking groups where staff provide
hands on outward bound educational activities. Sleeping
accommodation consists of large canvas tents all of which have
floor boards and mattresses. The camping element is supported by a
range of permanent buildings including a centrally heated dining
hall, staff lounge, toilet and shower blocks, drying room and First
Aid room. Tents are arranged in 'villages', accommodating a maximum
of 36 children and up to 4 leaders.
Follow the link below to view the full brochure details of the
Porthpean Outdoor Education Centre, showing facilities and
activities available during your stay.
Bookings and options
To check prices, preview availability and make a booking please
use our Online Booking
The Porthpean Camp can be booked for a range of three options
for residential stay.
- Days: Monday to Friday (5 day/4 night)
- Includes: Accommodation, full catering, 3
full activity days and 2 half activity days, ranging from
adventurous activities to educational/cultural events, plus all
four evenings social activities. Activities can be
increased to 5 full days, subject to availability, for an
- Days: Monday to Wednesday - or - Wednesday to
- Includes: Accommodation, full catering. 1
full activity day and 2 half activity days, where possible the full
day will be a water sports day. Extra activity days may be
purchased subject to availability.
- Days: Weekend - Friday evening to
- Includes: Accommodation, full catering and subject
to availability 'activity days' may be booked as extra
Planning your programme
After your booking has been confirmed you will be sent advice
indicating on which days your Centre led activities have been set.
It will be necessary for some schools to have an activity on Monday
or Friday (travelling day). Centre staff will make every effort to
cooperate with your schools arrival and departure times.
Centre staff can assist in most aspects of
your programme planning so if you require information beyond that
which you have received please telephone in advance of your
- The minimum centre charge is based on a group
size of 22.
- One leader place will be free per 10 child
- Evening activities may be purchased as
additional activities for Option B. Please contact the Centre for
the latest update on programme availability.
- Please note that with Option B, the allocated
activity day may not be on the 2nd day.
- Smoking is not allowed at the Centre.
The Porthpean OE Centre is open all
year-round for activities and during the summer months offer
residential facilities comprising "tented" villages.
There will be 5 villages of 7 floor boarded
tents equipped with vinyl foam mattresses on which to
sleep. Each village has a small cabin for two leaders
All campers should bring their own sleeping
bags and pillows. Each group on site is allocated a village
on the basis of accommodating 36 youngsters in 7 tents and 4
staff. It is possible to accommodate slightly bigger groups
but please note that this will affect the programme planning of
activity days. Group leaders are responsible for the tidiness of
their village and for the children's behaviour at all times of the
day and night.
For your security whenever multiple groups are
in residence the Centre employs an overnight static guard to patrol
the centre grounds.
Residents must make their own travel
Full catering is supplied for all Options.
- Open canoeing
- Sea kayaking
- Sit on top kayaking
- Kayak and canoe expeditions
- Shelter building
- Rock pooling
- Indoor climbing wall
- High and low ropes course
- Environmental coastal walks
- Team building and personal development through problem solving
and adventure challenges
At the Porthpean Centre your evenings are your own. We can
however provide a range of activities to keep your group involved
in the spirit of activity fostered throughout our Outdoor Centres.
If you wish the Porthpean Centre to provide an evenings activity
please inform the Centre staff when making your booking.
For those residents who have booked Option B and wish to take
advantage of the 'Activity Evenings' we will make an additional
charge. Please contact the centre for more information on 01726
72901 or email: email@example.com .
There will be a member of Centre Staff on duty to
co-ordinate the evening activity however he/she will not be on site
overnight, beyond the length of the evening activity
For those booking our low cost Option C -
There are no 'activity evenings' on Friday,
Saturday or Sunday.
Porthpean Centre optional day
The staff at Porthpean OE Centre can organise
various daytime activities for your group. These can be held
at the centre or at a venue of your choice. For more on the
year round activities on offer please see our mobile activities page or
contact the Centre directly on 01726 72901 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Tel: 01726 72901
AALA License No: L9238/R0352