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Woodmill We’ve got a choice of some great outdoor activities and cater for all age groups. woodmill southampton

canoe shop and cafĂŠ

0300 0200 135

023 8091 5740

OPENING TIMES: Monday - saturday 9am - 5pm Sunday 10am - 4pm

Summer opening Please note during the summer months we operate an evening programme, please check the website or contact the centre for details.

Woodmill facil ities

 On site lake   River and weir access   Salmon pool   Four fully equi pped training room s  Changing room s with group lock ers  Free parking   A self catering kitchen   Camping ground s and equipment

woodmill is proud to be part of the ACTIVE NATION family. Our message is important and our charity’s purpose is simple...


”to persuade the nation to be active!”

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PE lessons Environmental studies Team building sessions Reward days Enrichment days Skills training Residential breaks

* Terms and conditions apply.


Woodmill’s 17 acre site offers its own lake for our water sports, two climbing towers, a variety of high ropes activities and other activities such as orienteering, archery and low ropes. This variety of activities mean we can cater for a wide range of needs. Our sessions are charged at a per group rate and start from just £79 for a half day visit for up to 12 participants. That’s equivalent to £6.60 per person! Woodmill’s secure grounds also hold a campsite area and self catering kitchen and can include all camping equipment you will need* to make your trip into a residential visit.


Camping only £8 per person per night. (Teachers and leaders go free) Please contact the team to discuss your requirements and how we can help your group learn and develop.

Families Woodmill isn’t just for the kids. We run a variety of sessions throughout the year to get the whole family active together.

Family Paddle session On Sunday morning we run our family paddle session. A great way to get the whole family out on the water on a regular basis.


£20 per adult (18+) £10 per child (under 18)

This session is included in our membership package.

Family Active Adventure Every school holiday we run our Active Adventure for young people and often hear parents saying: “I wish I could have a go!” Now you can! The Family Active Adventure day is a great way to come along with the kids and experience some of Woodmill’s activities together. The day will include activities such as archery, climbing and canoeing.


£30 per adult (18+) £25 per child (under 18) £80 for a family of four


Family Summer Camp

At the end of the school summer holidays we are running our first family summer camp. This overnight experience combines some of Woodmill’s favourite activities along with a nights camping in a beautiful and secure location in the heart of Southampton. Activities will include archery, climbing, canoeing/ kayaking and crate stacking. In the evening Woodmill will provide a BBQ and a campfire for parents and children to relax and share stories from the day.

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A full day and half day outdoor activity programme A BBQ on Saturday evening and breakfast on Sunday morning A secure campsite set in Woodmill’s stunning 17 acre grounds Tents can be provided* Camping on the Friday night can be added to your adventure**

£50 per adult (18+) £35 per child (Under 18) £160 for a family of four

*Woodmill can provide tents at a cost of £10 per tent **Camping only £8 per person per night


PARTIES Give the kids a birthday to remember with a party at Woodmill. Our birthday parties run at weekends all year round and weekday evenings during the summer months. Each activity session is 90 minutes and multiple activities can be combined to make a whole morning or afternoon.

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Kayaking Canoeing Raft building Kata Kanus

Climbing Archery High ropes Crate stacking Abseiling Leap of Faith

£99 per 8 participants

£99 per 12 participants

If you’re looking for a party that KIDS will remember and impress their friends... book it at woodmill. We offer a number of different party activities, party meals, party invites and for those wanting to bring their own food, table hire option. Bookings for parties can be made at almost anytime but please check as party times and options do vary.

Party Food We offer a room for post activity food which you can bring yourself or we are happy to provide on request.


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Holiday activities


Active Adventure Schools out at Woodmill so why not come and join us for an Active Adventure. This multi activity programme provides a range of different adventurous activities each day. We run the Active Adventure days during all school holidays throughout the year.


£25 per day £99 per week (Mon-Fri) Ages 8-16

Sleepover A great extension to the Active Adventure day is our sleepover. The sleepover is a great way to link two Active Adventure days together and spend the night camping with new friends.

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An evening activity such as a campfire A BBQ for dinner (weather dependent) Overnight accommodation in single sex 2 or 3 man tents The next day we will provide breakfast and lunch before another full Active Adventure day.

To participate in the sleepover you must attend Woodmill on the Wednesday. If you are not staying for Thursdays Active Adventure day then pick up for sleepover participants is 09.30 on Thursday.

£20 per person



Woodmill runs our Paddlepower days every school holidays as well as a number of weekends throughout the year. The Paddlepower days are aimed at beginners and improvers and each day will be tailored to the needs of the young people on the course using a variety of craft.

£30 (Ages 8-16)

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DISCOVER DISCOVERY Sessions Woodmill’s Discovery courses are a great way to come and try a new sport, see the centre and meet some of the team. We run discovery sessions every Saturday alternating between Archery, Climbing and Paddlesports. At the end of the session your instructor will talk you through the next steps should you want to continue taking part. All specialist equipment is included and sessions are available for ages 8 upwards (under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult). £10 per person.



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Discover Climbing Discover the excitement of rock climbing using Woodmill’s artificial climbing towers. This 1 hour session will soon have you scaling the wall as well as learning the skill of belaying, (operating a climber’s safety rope).

Discover Archery This 1 hour introduction to the Olympic sport of archery takes place on Woodmill’s covered archery range. After a short safety brief you will soon be trying to hit the target and hopefully the gold!

Discover Paddling This 1 hour session is the perfect way to discover the world of canoeing and kayaking. Your instructor will teach you the basics of boat control and deliver some great activities to ensure you have as much fun a possible at the same time. Woodmill will provide all specialist equipment and clothing that you will require.

DISCOVERy DAYS woodmill runs discovery days throughout the year. These days give the local community and people from further afield the chance to come and enjoy Woodmill’s activities and the beautiful grounds. Entry to the site is free of charge and we will have activities for all the family from as little as £1.

Activities on the day include ¡ Archery ¡ Climbing ¡ Highropes ¡ Canoe/Kayaking ¡ Leap of Faith

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learn to paddle Age 16+ Woodmill’s learn to paddle course is designed for beginner paddlers who would like to be able to paddle their boat safely and proficiently. Whether you have completed one of our discover paddling courses or have just bought your first boat, our fully qualified instructors will introduce you to the foundation skills required for paddlesports and get you to grips with the basics of boat control. You can bring along your own boat for the day or take advantage of the range of boats Woodmill has to offer. The day will follow the syllabus for the British Canoe Union 1 star award meaning that on successful completion you will get a nationally recognised certificate. Course costs £99 and can include all the equipment you require.

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Paddlepower Paddle Power is the British Canoe Union’s award scheme for young people. It’s colourful and youth centred approach aims to:

¡  Encourage more young people to come into and stay in the sport ¡  Provide progression and reward achievement in a wide range of topics

¡  Show all aspects of the sport – both competitive and adventurous ¡  Provide signposts into clubs where their skills and development can be nurtured ¡  Provide a flexible structure for delivery according to venue/situation


The Paddle Power scheme has 5 awards, each with a colourful, fun and easily identifiable progression tick list so individuals can see their progress. Woodmill offers Paddle Power days every school holiday and on a number of weekends throughout the year. Each session will be tailored to the requirements of the participants to enable them to progress as efficiently as possible.


£30 (Ages 8-16)

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Canoe Club Woodmill runs recreational paddling through our adult and youth canoe clubs. These clubs run at weekends throughout the year and on weekday evenings during the summer months. Each session will be fully supervised by our instructors and can provide all the equipment required.




YCC 16.30 – 18.30

YCC 16.30 – 18.30 ACC 18.30 – 20.30 (Apr-Sept)

YCC – Youth Canoe Club (Ages 8-17)



ACC 18.30 – 20.30 (Apr-Sept)



YCC 09.00 – 11.00

Open session for ACC, YCC and families.

ACC 14.00-16.00

10.30 – 13.30

ACC – Adult Canoe Club (Ages 18+)


PAY as you Go options

Active Nations Legacy membership is our top sports and exercise package which will give you access to activities at all Active Nation sites across Southampton including: ƒƒ Access to all the canoe club sessions at Woodmill ƒƒ Gym access at Chamberlayne, Bitterne and the Quays ƒƒ Exercise classes at Chamberlayne, Bitterne and the Quays ƒƒ Swimming at Bitterne and the Quays ƒƒ Recreational sailing at Southampton Water Activities Centre (SWAC) on achieving the minimum required standard ƒƒ Recreational skiing/snowboarding at the alpine centre once the minimum standard is achieved ƒƒ Use of tennis courts and crazy golf at the outdoor sports centre

From Memberships are available entitling 12 month access to all of the above Pay As Y sessions plus ou Go members only trips and discount off courses for an annual fee. Please contact our campaign team for more details on this option.

You can attend Woodmill canoe clubs on a pay as you go option for £10 per youth and £15 per adult per session.

We have adult, youth and family legacy memberships so please contact our campaign team to discuss these brilliant packages.


explore Archery

Explore Archery is the next step on from the Discover Archery session, runs on a Sunday for 2 1⁄2 hours and you will continue the skills you have learnt. These sessions have lots of instruction, practice and progression and is the next step in this Olympic sport.


£25 Adults


£15 Children

explore Climb The Explore Climb session is the next step on from the Discover Climb session, runs on a Sunday for 21⁄2 hours and you will continue the skills you have learnt. Using both our wooden tower and our artificial rock climbing wall you will be taught some handy tips and get lots of practise in climbing and belaying.


£25 Adults


£15 Children

BCU 2 star

Ages 16+

The BCU 2 star is for paddlers who have completed our learn to paddle course (BCU 1 star or equal ability) and have experience in both kayaks and canoes.

private tuition Available on request.

The award is an improvement award that helps a paddler develop fundamental paddlesports skills on flat water. The emphasis is on gaining a breadth of experience, creating the desired movement of the boat and developing an understanding into how the paddle, boat and water interact. The award is obtained by taking the assessment in both kayak and canoe. The 2 star will be run over 2 days giving paddlers plenty of opportunity to practice in a variety of craft.

£ £149 (Ages 16+)

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EXCEL’re serious about the water! You practice regularly, go on regular paddle holidays and get the odd bit of Input to improve your technique. But are you really pushing your boundaries, or staying within your comfort zone? Excel sessions are a great way to stretch your abilities to the max!

BCU 3 star Woodmill offers training and assessment in the following 3 star disciplines:

¡ Open Canoe ¡ Touring Canoe ¡ Touring Kayak ¡ Sea Kayak ¡ White Water Kayak

Our 3 star courses are run over 2 days. Both days of the course will be learning days and assessment will happen continuously throughout the course. Those who fulfil the requirements of the BCU 3 star syllabus including the required pre requisites at the end of the 2 days will achieve their 3 star award. Some of these courses are held away from the centre to find the correct water conditions. In these cases, transport and overnight accommodation are not included in the price.


£149 (Ages 16+)

For details on the syllabus and training notes for these awards please see

BCU Foundation Safety and Rescue Training (FSRT) The BCU FSRT course is designed for paddlers and coaches irrespective of their chosen craft. The objective is to teach simple and safe rescue skills that can be applied appropriately. This course is ideal for those wanting to move onto looking after other paddlers or those that just want that piece of mind when out on the water. To attend the course you should hold the 2 star award or be of equal ability. The course will involve rescuing a variety of kayaks and canoes.

£ £95 (Ages 16+)

Instructor Training For more information about these instructor courses including how to register with the BCU, please see

BCU UKCC Level 1 certificate in coaching paddlesports This 4 day training and assessment course is the first step on the paddlesport coaching pathway. It will introduce you to the fundamentals of good coaching practice and help you to understand and coach technical and tactical aspects of your sport. The level 1 coach is a multi boat award so candidates should be proficient in both canoe and kayak. Woodmill is a perfect venue for the coaching awards due to our large range of boats, multiple paddling venues and excellent classroom facilities.

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BCU 2 star award BCU FSRT Pre-registration with the BCU

£ £249 (Ages16+)

BCU UKCC level 2 certificate in coaching paddlesports – Training This 4 day training course is the second step on the paddlesport coaching pathway. It focuses on progressive coaching, helping you to develop your students within their first 3 years of paddling, through a series of sessions. The level 2 award is a multi boat award so candidates should be proficient in both canoe and kayak. Woodmill is a perfect venue for the coaching awards due to our large range of boats, multiple paddling venues and excellent classroom facilities.

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BCU UKCC Level 1 coach BCU 3 star award Pre registration with the BCU


£249 (Ages 16+)

BCU UKCC level 2 certificate in coaching paddlesports – Assessment This assessment day is the final observation for your BCU/UKCC level 2 award. This part of the course will require a completed level 2 assessment portfolio which may be required to be sent to the assessor prior to the assessment day.

£ £99 (Ages 16+)

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Throughout the year, Woodmill runs a variety of paddling trips for all levels of paddlers.

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Sea trips – Old Harry’s rocks, Hengistbury head, Lulworth Cove, The Solent and Southampton water. Touring trips – River Hamble, River Wye, River Severn. White water trips – River Dart, River Usk, River Barle.

Cost of trips starts at £30 dependent

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River Wye Canoe Expedition This 2 day trip down the River Wye is a great introduction to canoe expeditions. We will be self contained throughout the trip carrying all camping equipment with us and will be camping at sites with basic facilities on the river bank. Participants of the expedition will be invited to attend an introduction evening at Woodmill, prior to the expedition, where you will get the chance to meet your instructors and the other members of the group before setting out. Price includes: All equipment required including tents, stoves and gas. Return travel from Woodmill and campsite fees. Price does not include: Food for the trip, sleeping bags.


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Whether you are a first timer or experienced hand we have the largest range of hire equipment in the South. Choose to take out one of our Sit-on-tops, Tandems, Kayak, Canoe or Stand-up paddle boards for an hour or more at your own leisure. We’ll show you the ropes and make sure you are happy before taking to the water. If you’re new don’t worry, you can book a learn to paddle course. Woodmill is a great day out for the family so come on down and see Southampton from the water. Example as of the trip destinations we have run previously are: ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ

Never been before – no worries paddle on the boating lake. Have a bit of experience – try exploring the river itchen. Seasoned paddler – take the boat away for a day.

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BOOKING Making a booking with us couldn’t be simpler and our team are here to help and advise you every step of the way.

Register Register your session:  Online  By phone  In person

Book and pay Once you have booked, we will email you confirmation along with all the necessary instructions and paperwork.

Phone 0300 0200 135 or visit

Enjoy You will be welcomed by your instructor, who will give you a brief introduction to the centre followed by a short health and safety briefing.

Let the fun begin!

Bookings terms and conditions are available online or from the centre.

What’s included?  Full instruction by our dedicated instructors  Use of all equipment needed for your course  Where applicable all prices include VAT, unless otherwise stated

Note: Some courses have additional fees for certificates and books. These costs will be identified in your joining instructions.

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QUALITY ASSURED Safety is of paramount importance and creating a culture of safety is at the heart of everything we do.  O  ur centre undergoes annual inspections by the British Canoe Union (BCU) and is licensed by the Adventure Activities Licensing Service (AALS). In addition the centre is accredited as a Duke of Edinburgh activity provider and is AAIAC Adventuremark quality assured.

 W  e continually monitor, assess and develop our team, facilities, equipment and procedures to ensure that safety standards are upheld.

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Don’t worry! Our Woodmill team are experts in tailoring activities to suit your needs and budget. Give the centre a call or even better pop in for a visit and we can help you make any occasion memorable. The centre does get very busy so if you need something bespoke try and speak to us in advance so we can make sure we can fit you in.


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Our message is important and our charity’s purpose is simple ...“to persuade the nation to be active.”

Our Initiatives


Our unique projects and initiatives help us to celebrate all of the great things that happen in our local communities, and ensure that we are able to give something back through creating and supporting projects that make a difference to the activity rates and health of the nation.

Our paddleabilty programme exists to give everyone the chance to canoe or kayak regardless of their disability. By creating challenging, fun and rewarding sessions adapted to suit each participants needs these weekly sessions have contributed to so many peoples lives. This is one of our key community programmes and is supported by dedicated volunteers.

Special needs Getting out in a boat is a great sport for everyone and at Woodmill we are proud to work with local groups with disabilities, schools and youth organisations to offer opportunities for people to learn to paddle. We have some specialist equipment which allows us to teach those who would normally not be able to participate because of a disability or additional need.

Sat 12:00 - 01:00pm & Thu 5:00 - 6:00pm. During summer £8 per person

We need you! Our paddleability programme is supported by volunteers and we are always looking for people who can give some of their time to support our work in this key area. We can help to train you as a coach in exchange for you helping to create paddling experiences for our supporters.

Get in touch for details.

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