Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre
Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre has been providing outdoor education, training and recreational opportunities for over 45 years. The Centre has come a long way since its early days when kayaking sessions 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 relocated to brand new purpose built waterside facility on Exeter’s historic Canal and river side in July 2013.
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, including the school holidays and being part of Exeter College, the Centre now also provides full-time further and higher education outdoor and adventurous activity courses for 16-19 year olds.
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 and outdoor learning experiences, with the health, safety and welfare of our customers and students being our number one priority.
If you are considering a visit to the centre and have any questions or would like to arrange a visit or meeting to discuss our activity programmes, please get in touch.
Haven Banks has a dedicated team of experienced outdoor professionals who focus on offering customers an exceptional service and experience.
Our Team of instructors hold a variety of National Governing Body coaching, leadership and skills based qualifications, ensuring that at all times activities and courses are enjoyable, informative and above all safe.
To us, this isn't just a job, its a love of the outdoors and a passion of seeing others enjoy their experiences, develop their skills, their confidence and love and respect for the outdoor environment.
Ben HeddenCentre Manager
Ben holds a variety of National Governing Body coaching and leadership qualifications and is also a qualified youth and community worker and qualified post 16 years teacher. Having worked previously in residential, public and private sector outdoor adventure centres, Ben is responsible for all areas of the centre’s business and business development. Ben is passionate about the outdoors and the wealth of benefits it offers participants. If you would like help or advice organising an activity programme or would like to discuss any aspect of the centre's provision Ben will be pleased to meet with you.
Chris is a multi-skilled outdoor activity instructor and has been a member of the Team since 2017. Chris enjoys mountain biking, canoeing, hillwalking, target shooting and archery. He has been involved with the scouting movement for some years and this has led to wonderful adventures, hikes, camps and expeditions to such places as Iceland and the south of France. These experiences have led Chris on to do further challenges such as Ten Tors where he has completed all routes up to 55 miles. These experiences have boosted Chris’s passion for the outdoors and he has a strong belief that everybody should have the opportunity to experience what outdoor adventure has to offer.
Harry NewmanChief Instructor
Harry is multi discipline qualified. Beginning his outdoor career as an apprentice at Haven Banks in 2010, he has since gone full circle, taking him through outdoor education in local schools, holiday camps and ski resorts, returning to Haven Banks in 2019. Harry continues to be involved in scouting, joining annual group camps and other adventures. Outside of work Harry takes trips to coastal destinations to surf, kayak and SUP. Harry has a passion for inclusivity and takes pride in working with a wide range of groups and individuals. Harry is extremely invested in the reputation and continued development of Haven Banks, and is always looking to implement creative ideas to develop dynamic, educational and fun experiences for all those coming to the Centre.