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Porthpean Outdoor Education Centre

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Porthpean Centre Information

Porthpean Outdoor Education Centre is situated just outside of St Austell and enjoys spectacular views over St Austell Bay and easy access to the sea and local countryside.  Porthpean OE Centre provides more than just a summer camp as it is a Centre of excellence for outdoor and adventurous activities. Open all year round, providing an excellent mobile outdoor activity service across Cornwall. 

Porthpean Brochure 2018

Hire Form 2018

Revised for 2017, Bushcraft skills 

Application Form 2018



Centre Description

The Centre has its own onsite indoor climbing wall and outdoor high ropes course and is equipped to provide water-based and land-based outdoor 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 Centre.   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 floorboards 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, and drying room. Tents are arranged in 'villages', accommodating a maximum of 36 children and up to 4-6 leaders.




After your booking has been confirmed you will be sent information about your activity programme. 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 school's arrival and departure times.  The Centre is able to offer the following activities:


  • NEW Stand Up Paddle Boarding
  • Open canoeing
  • Sea kayaking
  • Dinghy Sailing
  • Coastal Traversing
  • Cycling
  • Shelter building
  • Orienteering
  • Rock pooling
  • Indoor and outdoor climbing wall
  • Archery
  • High ropes course
  • Environmental coastal walks
  • Bush craft skills
  • Team building and personal development through problem solving and adventure challenges


Activity evenings

If you book Option A (5 days/4 nights) all the evening programmes are included. With Option B we can arrange evenings programmes at an extra cost .

Activities will include;

  • Monday - Sports night
  • Tuesday - Circus Workshop
  • Wednesday - Mark's Ark Wildlife Show
  • Thursday - Disco


Adventure days with Porthpean Centre

As well as offering residential programmes, Porthpean OE Centre can deliver a wide range of day activities.  These can be held at the Centre or at a venue of your choice.  Depending on the venue activities can include canoeing, kayaking, archery and bushcraft  More details can be found on our Mobile Team page.  For booking please contact the Centre directly on 01726 72901 or email: 

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