ESOC - Family Camp 2020

This year the Exploration Society are delighted to welcome families to a camp set in the Norfolk Broads National Park. From our lakeside campsite, there will be the opportunity to learn how to sail and canoe, visit local nature reserves and enjoy many of the favourite ESOC activities onsite.

  • Dates: Saturday 23rd May – Monday 25th May – Arrive from 11am Saturday. Depart by 2pm Monday.
  • Location: Salhouse Broad, Norfolk
  • Accommodation: Glamping tents provided
  • Food: All meals organized by us and all ages and diets catered for.
  • Activities: Sailing, canoeing, bushcraft and target sports over the weekend led by experienced and well qualified Exploration Society instructors.
  • Cost: £295 per camper (free for those below school age). Includes accommodation, meals and activities
  • All ages welcome!
  • Plenty of opportunities for games, exploring the local area and chatting around the campfire.

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We will be camping in a large, partially wooded field adjacent to Salhouse Broad, a small sheltered body of water near Wroxham in Norfolk. As well as canoeing and sailing on the lake, we will also be able to visit the nearby nature reserves by boat.

“Chris, thank you for a truly fantastic weekend. Highlights for me were the happy, kind, patient, engaging and tirelessly professional instructors (especially Dan, Cam, First aider Christabel and Marcus the ferret), the Salmon prep/eating, the great company of the other guests/their kids and last but not least the amazing location on the Getty estate. My son had the best weekend; the freedom he had to enjoy the forest was wonderful, the connections he made with kids and adults alike plus the perfectly paced daily activities meant he was one happy little chap. He wants to be just like Marcus when he grows up. Thank you again for executing a brilliant family camping weekend. We shall be back next year.”


Everyone will be sleeping in our canvas bell tents with sewn in ground sheets, Coire matting, inflatable mattresses and even fairy lights! They can sleep up to a family of 4 comfortably and provide an excellent camping experience. Families of 5 or more will be assigned one of our 5 or 6 meter bell tents.

A small number of fold-out camping beds are available for those who would like a bit more comfort at a supplementary cost of £25 pp. If you would like to hire one or more, please make a note on your booking form. First come – first served!

Event toilets will be installed an appropriate distance from the camp site, and there will be showers available on our motor cruiser moored nearby

“I just wanted to say thanks very a much for an excellent weekend. We had a real blast and it was really fun, rewarding and we learnt a lot. The whole thing was super slick, very impressive and really efficient and you and the team looked after us fantastically well. The activities were great and the food was absolutely fantastic! Thank you for helping us make such special memories”

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Over the weekend we will run an exciting activity programme on and around the water, allowing families to take part as much or as little as they like.


Sailing sessions will be in traditional wooden Broads boats where families can sail together with one of our instructors, overseen by a safety boat. Those that want will get to take the helm, set the sails and play games and race with the other boats. Each sailing session will last around an hour and families can expect to take part in at least 2 and probably 3 over the course of the weekend.


Our fleet of canoes will be available for canoeing adventures around the lake and perhaps even out onto the river to explore the local nature reserve. Each canoeing session will last around an hour and families can expect to take part in at least 2 and probably 3 over the course of the weekend.

Target Sports

Back at camp we will set up some ranges where groups can try their hand at axe throwing, archery, combat archery and rifle shooting, competing with other teams to get the highest scores of the camp.


Instructors will be on hand to teach a variety of bushcraft skills such as foraging, knife work, weaving, natural cordage and fire lighting.

Safety and Leadership

We will adhere to a number of protocols to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable time at camp including:

  • Buoyancy Aids will be worn at all times when on the water
  • There will be a high ratio of well-qualified instructors to lead the activities
  • All staff are First Aid Trained and we will carry a comprehensive medical kit
  • When sailing, there will be at least one experienced sailor per boat
  • Specific Safety briefings before all activities
  • The boats are well maintained and sourced from reputable and trusted Boatyards
  • A detailed risk assessment is prepared for all activities
  • A small, fast rescue boat will be supervising the fleet at all times during the trip
  • A dedicated camp cook will ensure all dietary requirements are catered for


Good food is a crucial part of enjoying the outdoors. The Exploration Society will organise a hot and cold breakfast buffet in the morning, set out a range of picnic food for lunch and help you and your family prepare and cook dinner over a campfire.  In the past we have roasted chickens, hot-smoked salmon, flame grilled kebabs and burgers, and even prepared deer, rabbits and pigeon. There will be a tea tent for adults to help themselves to hot drinks throughout the day. We typically do two servings for dinner with an earlier one for the younger children with a simple menu suitable for fussy eaters, and then a later one for the more culinarily adventurous! We do our best to ensure there is always plenty of food.

Kit List

You may also want to read our general notes on clothing and kit


  • Kitbag / Holdall / Suitcase
  • Warm Sleeping bag + Pillow
  • Small day bag for outings
  • Shoes to wear while sailing (Wellingtons ideally)
  • Shoes to wear for everyday use (walking shoes or trainers)
  • Underwear & plenty of warm socks
  • Thermal underwear (just in case its nippy)
  • Light hard wearing trousers/ warm leggings (avoid jeans – these are almost impossible to dry once wet!)
  • Warm fleeces/Jumpers
  • T-shirts/shirts
  • Gloves, Hat, Scarf/buff
  • Sunglasses in case of bright sun
  • Waterbottle (A plastic/metal Sigg style bottle is best)
  • Full Waterproofs (Trousers AND jacket)
  • General toiletries and Towel
  • Pyjamas
  • Head torch

Booking and Fees

The cost for this trip is £295 pp for those in Reception class and above. This includes:

  • Hire of Canoes, Sailboats, safety boat and Motor Cruiser
  • Staff instructor ratio of approx 1:5
  • Camping fees
  • Camping equipment
  • Food from Saturday dinner to Monday lunchtime
  • All applicable taxes and card fees

A 20% (£59pp) deposit will be charged upon booking with the remaining balance due by 1st March 2020.

(Please note the initial deposit will be charged for all members of the family regardless of age and we will subtract the deposit paid for any children younger than reception from your balance payment.)

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