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Norfolk residential activity centre for young people

The Horstead Centre near Norwich provides young people with the best opportunities for educational, personal, social, and spiritual development through an exciting programme of residential stays or activity days.

Open to all young people, The Horstead Centre will work with you to plan tailored programmes for all ages and abilities. We welcome small groups and families, and we specialise in residential school visits for years 2-9.

The centre sleeps up to 60 and is run on behalf of the Church of England (Diocese of Norwich).

Get active by trying rock climbing, canoeing, high-ropes or archery or more mindful activities like Environmental Art or Wild Camp Cookery. Then make the most of opportunities for rest, reflection or meeting in small groups in the homely Georgian rectory.
The Horstead Centre is a long-established provider of challenging activities delivered by a qualified, professional and dedicated team in a safe, homely and welcoming environment.


HorsteadBloc350Activities and facilities

  • Canoeing (taster session or journey)
  • Stand Up Paddle boards (SUPS)
  • Archery
  • Climbing
  • Zip wire
  • Crate Stack
  • Low ropes and Caving-tunnels
  • Bushcraft
  • Environmental Art sessions
  • Wild Camp Cooking
  • Night line trail
  • Raft building
  • Sit on top Kayaking
  • Night walks and Nature Trails
  • Team & initiative tasks
  • Jacobs ladder
  • Bonfire area
  • Games room

At the heart of our homely residential activity centre is the majestic Georgian Rectory retaining some of the original features. We offer up to 60 bed accommodation across a variety of rooms including single and twin rooms for leaders and a variety of size dormitories for our visitors. Attic rooms, the original grand staircase, large imposing fireplaces and a labyrinth room layout all adds excitement and a sense of history to the Horstead residential experience. The back lounge overlooks the garden and has a selection board games and activities. It can also be used for quiz nights, talent shows, film night and more.

The front lounge can be used a quiet space or provide the opportunity to spread out for students to relax or write reflection diaries of their experience at Horstead. We have a specially designed room dedicated for prayer and reflection; an exciting addition to our centre where relaxation and quiet contemplation can take place.

We have a fully equipped games room offering table football, table tennis, pool and a range of games guaranteeing something for everyone. Our spacious light dining room can seat 45 comfortably and for full house groups of 60 we have two meal servings. 

Where to find us

The Horstead Centre, Rectory Road, Horstead, Norwich NR12 7EP

Contact the Horstead Centre on 01603 737215 or email the manager at: william.mills@horsteadcentre.org.uk for more information or to enquire about booking.

Website: www.horsteadcentre.org.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/HorsteadCentre

Instagram: www.instagram.com/horsteadcentre

Twitter: @horsteadcentre








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