Experience an adventure on the water at Croft Farm!

Boasting its own 12 acre lake with easy access to the River Avon, Croft Farm waterpark is the ideal activity centre for schools seeking a specialist watersports adventure.

View across accommodation blocks at Croft Farm | JCA

Nestled in the heart of the Cotswolds, near the historic town of Tewkesbury, is the JCA Croft farm waterpark. The idyllic setting with an adjoining footpath meandering through to the River Avon provides groups with a range of options for enjoying outdoor activities on both land and water. 

Suitable for:Primary Schools, Secondary Schools, Non-school groups
Group sizes:Up to 180
Open:April to July
Length of stay:2-4 night midweek, weekends, activity days
children sailing

Expert tuition by our on-site team of watersports specialists, the family-run centre provides the perfect base for groups to engage in a broad range of water- and land-based activities that support their growth and development.  

  • On-site Royal Yachting Association School
  • 12 acre lake (only chest deep)
  • Access to the River Avon
  • Sports fields
  • Lakeside café
  • On-site adventure playground and games room
  • Marquee area
  • Campfire
  • Chalet and Scandinavian-style heated cabin accommodation options

Under the expert tuition of the Croft Farm team, children have the opportunity to experience a comprehensive range of watersports ranging from sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, plus many more!

One dedicated instructor per group

At JCA we operate an instructor to child ratio of typically 1:12 (this can increase to 15 should this be deemed necessary as per BAPA guidelines). We believe in working on the unique policy of one dedicated instructor per group throughout the group’s stay with us. Please note, some activities may require specialist instructors and consequently a different member of staff may be required to oversee the group. 

Getting to know the ability level and targets for each child forms part of our instructor assessment and how our team can best support your group. Our policy helps ensure children are suitably supervised at all times in line with our on-site safety guidelines. 

River kayaking water sports

30 activities available

Providing children with varied learning experiences is all part of supporting their development. The Croft Farm waterpark offers school groups an unmatched environment allowing children to engage with a course of incredible watersports. Under the expert tuition of a Royal Yachting Association approved school, children can grow in confidence, conquer fears and achieve new things on the water at Croft Farm.

Book a free preview visit

Party Leaders, Governors, Educational Visits Coordinators and Local Authority Advisors are welcome to join us at Croft Farm for a preview visit. This provides an opportunity to carry out risk assessments and explore our facilities.

Most visits last between one and two hours and must be pre-booked with head office. Those without a pre-arranged date and time will be refused entry due to security reasons.

Book your preview visit

See what happens on a typical trip

While all JCA residential trips are tailored to the needs of each group, we have provided a sample itinerary, menu and kit list to give a clearer idea of what to expect: 

Sample Itinerary

Sample Kit List