Fairlop Outdoor Activity Centre • Vision RCL

Fairlop Outdoor Activity Centre

Fairlop Outdoor Activity Centre, Forest Road, Barkingside,
Contact Details: Phone: 020 8708 2858Email: foac@visionrcl.org.uk
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Opening Times:
Today: Closed

About the centre

Fairlop Outdoor Activity Centre holds Royal Yachting Association and Paddle UK approval as well as being licenced by the Adventurous Activities Licencing Authority. You can join in the sessions on a pay as you go basis or we offer an all inclusive annual membership, please contact us for more details. We run courses regularly throughout the year, but if you would like a course on a specific date we can put one together for you and two other people at the advertised price for the year. Whether you want us to provide a development programme, one off taster session or a multi activity day; FOAC can help. We have experienced and friendly staff that can provide assistance on GCSE Modules, BTEC sport courses, Duke of Edinburgh Awards, Scout badges and more. We are part of the RYA sailability scheme which encourage and support people with disabilities to take up the sport and facilitate sites to develop sailing opportunities.

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Stand Up Paddleboarding

Stand Up Paddleboarding is a fun and exciting water sport activity that will test your balance as you move through the water using a board and a paddle. You’ll use your arms while standing or kneeling to propel you and your board forward.

We run adults only sessions (18+) on Wednesday evenings between 6pm to 8pm (May to October).

Got your own board? You can pay and play when the centre is open!

Group Hire

Group hire is available for all from schools, scouting and youth groups to businesses looking for team building events. Activities include Sailing, Paddling (Canoeing & Kayaking), Raft Building & Orienteering. For more information contact us here. 

Stand Up Paddleboarding

Water Sports Camps

During school holidays, we run popular Water sports camps to keep your kids entertained. The multi-activity week includes sailing, kayaking, canoeing, raft building, bell boating and orienteering. Ages 8+
Please note: There is no daily booking option available.

Next courses:

We are now live for bookings in the May Half Term & Summer Holidays, via the link below.


Throughout the year we offer sessions and Paddle UK courses. From beginners to those with experience we have a variety of craft to suit your style – including our fleets of Kayaks and Canoes. Courses can be run throughout the year (subject to availability).

Our partners at Fairlop Paddlesport operate a canoe club on Saturday mornings all year round from 10am-1pm.

sail boats in the water


Throughout the year we offer sessions and RYA courses. From beginners to those with experience we have a variety of dinghies to suit your style – including our new fleet of Hartley 10s and Fusions. Courses are run throughout the year (see below), and we run weekly sessions as follows: Wednesdays (Peak season) 4.30pm to 6.00pm for children aged 8 upwards, and March-November on alternating Saturdays (all ages 8+) from 1pm to 4pm.


Throughout the year we will be offering RYA courses for children aged 8+ and adults. From beginners to those with experience we have a variety of courses available. Courses are run throughout the year (subject to availability), and are available to book via the link below:

Junior Sailing Courses: Stages 1 & 2 Courses – 10am-1pm, four Saturdays a month

Adult Sailing Courses: RYA Dinghy Level 1 Courses, one a month running April-October; RYA Level 2 Courses running in August & October

Adult Power Boat Courses: RYA Powerboat Level 2 Course, running April-October