ERCA PPE Inspector Course

The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) requires that all Personal Protective Equipment is inspected every 6 months to ensure that is it safe to use and is fit for purpose. Any equipment we use for ropes such as ropes, karabiners and harnesses are all need to be checked under LOLER by a competent person.

LOLER states that:

“You should ensure that the person carrying out a thorough examination has such appropriate practical and theoretical knowledge and experience of the lifting equipment to be thoroughly examined as will enable them to detect defects or weaknesses and to assess their importance in relation to the safety and continued use of the lifting equipment”

We are running an ERCA PPE Inspector course here at Eaton Vale Scout and Guide Activity Centre in Norwich on Tuesday 11th – Thursday 13th April. The cost is £275+VAT per person. The course will teach you the skills to be able carry out the 6 monthly PPE Inspections. It covers all types of PPE from Caving, Ropes courses, Climbing and Arborist. By doing the course you can show that you will be a competent person in inspections.

BOOK EARLY TO GET 10% OFF – offer valid only this week (valid until Monday 20th March)

All equipment for the course is provided and there is plenty of accommodation around Norwich that is a good price. We also offer camping facilities here at the centre for £3 per night. Meals are not included in the price but tea, coffee and biscuits are provided throughout the course.

To find out more, please click here.


We’re Hiring!

We are searching for a group of passionate instructors to join our team for the 2018 season.

Eaton Vale Activity Centre has established itself as a prime location for outdoor adventure in the heart of Norfolk. Our instructors help to leave a great lasting impression with our customers due to their professionalism and willingness to go the extra mile for each and every visit. As one of these instructors, you will be running activity sessions whilst ensuring safety and value for money. You will be catering for a diverse customer base to provide an enjoyable, educational and memorable visit.

We have many different shift patterns available, such as evening and weekend work.

An application form can be found in our downloads section. You can return this application form by email, post, or by bringing it into the office.


Post: Eaton Vale Activity Centre, Church Lane, Eaton, Norwich, NR4 6NN

EVAC Christmas Card (news)

Christmas Activity Offer


It’s been a brilliant year for all of us at Eaton Vale, and we would like to say thank you to everyone who’s visited us throughout the year. Whether you’ve joined us for single activities, events or a residential, we hope it was a memorable one.

We hope you all have a lovely Christmas and a wonderful New Year. To help your New Year start with a bang, we have a very special Christmas present for everyone. Quote ‘CHRISTMAS ACTIVITY’ when booking an evening activity from the start of January to the end of March 2017, and you can get your activity for only £5.50 per person! There’s limited availability for this offer, so book quickly to avoid disappointment!

Don’t miss out!

Iceni House winter

Winter Accommodation 2017

It's not long now until we close for Christmas, so what better time than to book your weekend away for the start of the New Year!

We released our official Price Guides for 2017 just over a month ago, and many of you saw the price change to the Iceni House. Usually, the cost of our 57-person-capacity accommodation is £12pp all year round. However for 2017, if you book from 1st January to 31st March the cost will only be a mere £6 per person per night.

This is an amazing price for our popular Iceni House, and many people have already taken advantage of the dramatic price drop. We only have a few weekends left that are available for you to book, so make sure you get in quick to avoid disappointment.

Our last few remaining weekends are:

6th-8th January 2017

20th-22nd January 2017

These won’t stay available for long, so book now to enjoy a weekend here at Eaton Vale in the New Year! For more information on the Iceni House, please click here. For more information on booking, please go to our How To Book page. See you soon!

House Halloween

Halloween Night 2016

We'd like to start by saying a MASSIVE thank you to everyone who came to our Halloween Night on the 28th October! Whether you participated, came as a leader, or volunteered, the night would not have been such a success without you. We had approximately 250 people attend the night, which is an amazing turnout. We even had to close booking for the event early, as we were oversubscribed. With this in mind, we are working to add more spaces to next year's event to prevent this from happening again.

If you haven't already seen on Facebook or Twitter, we have an online Feedback Form at Halloween Night Feedback Form and we would love to hear your reviews of the night. We've already had lots of lovely compliments as well as some suggestions for next year. Ideas are already being thrown about for next year, and we're sure it's going to be even bigger and better than this year!

“A really good evening, well organised, fantastic site decorations – have you got the date for 2017?”

“My daughter had an amazing time at Eaton Vale, the activities were brilliant, so much to do, she can’t wait to come again.”

“The Guides really enjoyed the range of activities on offer.”

We’ve thrown together a video from the night below, so make sure you check it out! If you head over to our Facebook page you’ll also find lots of photos from the event too.

Christmas Camp

Christmas Camp 2016

We're leading up to that time of the year again – CHRISTMAS CAMP!

Many of you are familiar with our Christmas Camps and many of you enjoy the camps with us each year. We already have one weekend fully booked, and due to the high demand we have just added more spaces, so it's time to book your slot so you don't miss out!

Open to all Scouts and Guides aged 7-18, you'll be in for a weekend full of festivities. For just £55, you will get all of your accommodation, all of your meals, and all of your activities! Whether you're looking to take part or one of the leaders, you'll find this fun and friendly weekend the perfect opportunity to get together with groups. All you need to bring is bedding and warm clothes, and from Friday to Sunday you'll be taking part in our secret list of Christmassy activities, staying in our popular Iceni House, and enjoying our tasty homemade meals, including a big Festive Feast.

Make sure you book by 21st October to secure your space, and we'll see you there!

– Abbie

Mustard TV

Mustard TV

Those of you who have been keeping up-to-date with us on our Facebook page will have seen the posts about our exciting visit yesterday! Eaton Vale Activity Centre were joined by Mustard TV for the afternoon as part of their new and exciting programme about getting the older generation to try something they've never done before.

The star of the episode and the lady partaking in the activities was Jean, who at 81 years young had never had the chance to abseil. Having always had the ambition to try it, Jean arrived ready and raring to go. Shortly after, we were joined by the Mustard TV crew and headed down to the abseiling tower. After a short safety interview, our instructors Aaron and Leo headed up to the tower with the camera man to do a quick demonstration to show Jean what to expect. Like with all of our abseiling activity sessions, we then offered Jean the opportunity to jump from the 7 metre platform or the 10 metre platform. Without hesitation, Jean jumped at the chance to head up to the 10 metre!

The Mustard TV crew and instructors alike were amazed at how fearless Jean was, showing that age is just a number! Jean is now the oldest participant our instructor Aaron has ever taken on an abseiling activity. It was an exciting day for everyone involved, and we can't wait to see the finished product! We'll keep you all updated on any news we hear about it, and hopefully it won't be long until we have a date it'll be aired!

– Abbie

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Winter Residentials 2017

Get away in winter with our winter residential offer for 1 or 2 nights any time during January, February or March 2017.

1 Night = £39 per person

2 Night = £72 per person

(Both options including accommodation, catering and include 4 activities for the 1 night and 8 activities for the 2 night stay)

To book, please contact us on 01603 501228 or e-mail

(Offer open to members of Norfolk Scouts and Girlguiding Norfolk only. Accommodation is in Iceni House. Minimum numbers is 16 (excluding adults). Adults are charged £12 per night for accommodation and catering. All prices include VAT.)


Housekeeper role available

We are looking for an experienced housekeeper/cleaner to join our team to help keep the centre to a high standard of cleanliness including the accommodation buildings, office/meeting areas and staff areas. The role will include working in the centre shop in the summer months.

If you would like to apply for this role, please read the job description below and fill in the job application form.

Closing date: Friday 20th May 2016
Interviews: Tuesday 24th May 2016

Download Job Application Pack

Download Application Form

If you have any questions, please contact Darren on or phone 01603 501228.