About Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre
Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre has been providing outdoor education, training and recreational opportunities for over 40 years.
The Centre has come a long way since its early days when activities ran from two wooden huts located a short distance away on Haven Road.
In an innovative partnership between Devon County Council and Exeter College, the Centre is now located in a brand new purpose built waterside facility on Exeter’s historic Canal and river side.
Haven Banks continues to provide Exeter, Devon and the wider community with an extensive range of outdoor and adventurous activity opportunities and courses throughout the year and being part of Exeter College, the Centre now also provides full-time further education outdoor and adventurous activity courses for 16-19 year olds.
Additionally, Our state of the art facilities and experienced staff team provided and compliment adult and corporate training, staff incentives and "away days", as well as a variety of meeting and conferencing spaces, each with unique views or the River Exe and/or Exeter Canal.
Haven Banks has a continued commitment towards every aspect of outdoor and adventurous activity delivery, with the health, safety and welfare of our customers and students being our number one priority.
Centre Accreditation, Recognition and Membership Includes:
- Adventurous Activities Licensing Service (AALS), Licence holder - L11254/R203
- British Canoe Union (BCU), Approved Paddlesport Centre.
- Royal Yachting Association (RYA), Recognised Training Establishment
- Ofsted registered Childcare Provider (Ofsted) – EY466324
- Mountain Bike Instructor Award Scheme (MIAS), Approved Provider
- Institute for Outdoor Learning (IOL), Member – 5152.
- National Indoor Climbing Wall Awards Scheme (NICAS), Awarding Centre.
- National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS), Course Provider
The Centre is open from 8.30am - 10.30pm, 7 days a week and all-year-round. (Close down for two weeks over the Christmas period only)
Activities take place all-year-round. (Close down for two weeks over the Christmas period only)
During the spring and summer months activities take place from 9.00am - 9.30pm
During the autumn and winter months activities can take place from 9.00am - 6.00pm.
The Climbing Wall, being lit, the Artificial Caving and Caving are not operationally affected by daylight and these activities can operate from 9.00am - 10.30pm all-year-round.
School Holiday activity programmes for 8-16 year olds are available from 9.30am - 4.30pm Monday - Friday, with the option for early drop off and late collection for busy parents.