26 Bed Visitor Hostel and Day VenueThe former Town Fire Station has been updated to create overnight accomodation for visiting groups of up to twenty six people. We offer bunkhouse style accomodation in a unique building in the centre of Harwich close to the tourist attractions and the sea. The main dining and recreational area of the Centre is available for day hire.
The upper floor has access to four cabin style sleeping areas, two with two berths and two with six berths. Additional sleeping accommodation is available on the ground floor, comprising one six bed, and one four bed room with ensuite facilities. All cabins have bunk beds.
The centrally heated building has a fully equipped kitchen, showers, a drying room and ground floor facilities for the disabled. Visiting groups can bring their own sleeping bags, or for a small charge can hire duvets from the Centre.
The Centre is compact and easily managed, and groups will be expected to undertake certain domestic duties during their stay, and be responsible for leaving the Centre in a clean and tidy condition.
LOCATION: The 1912 Centre is located in an attractive conservation area in the town of Harwich, just 50 metres from a sandy beach and promenade, close to Harwich Town train station, bus terminus and the Essex Way long distance footpath. It is ideally placed for access to the coast and town amenities.
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PLACES OF INTEREST: The streets of Harwich are lined with historic buildings overlooking a changing waterfront of visiting ships and yachts. Take a stroll round the town or a guided tour to take in buildings associated with the the Mayflower story, Samuel Pepys and Horatio Nelson. The town museums, lighthouses, lifeboat station and lightship offer an insight into this rich maritime history. Call in at the Visitor Centre on Ha'Penny Pier to pick up information or to book a town tour.
Harwich has a large natural Harbour one of the busiest in the UK perhaps best known as a North Sea ferry port, as well as a safe haven for yachts, ocean going container ships and some of the largest cruise ships in the world.
Ha'penny Pier; ideal for fishing, crabbing, seal spotting trips and excursions by the foot ferry during the summer months to nearby Suffolk - Felixstowe, Landguard Fort, Shotley and the old naval training school of HMS Ganges and museum.
The promenade links Harwich to the adjoining seaside resort of Dovercourt Bay which offers leisure facilities and Blue Flag beach, shops and cafes.
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Harwich offers easy access to the Stour Valley and Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty immortalized by the painter John Constable, Gainsborough's home in Sudbury, and Colchester with its historic castle along with many other attractions and leisure facilities.
The seaside resorts of Walton on the Naze, Frinton and Clacton on Sea are all close by with their many attractions. In particular, the Naze is famous for fossils, and has a wonderful visitor centre, a must see attraction of immense interest.
For visiting Beaver, Cubs and Scout groups we are able to offer on request:
"Meet and Greet"
An activity area specifically resourced with outdoor training material for nature studies and craft activities with a 'scouting theme' - ideal for Pack Holidays or as a base for visiting scout groups.
Signposting to the many activities which take place in and around the area, e.g. leisure facilities including tennis courts, indoor swimming pool, roller rink, boating lake and a sports centre.
Help with activity programming and nature trails.
Collection of shopping on request.
DAY HIRE: The main central dining and recreational area of the 1912 Centre is available for day hire. The venue is suitable for meetings, exhibitions and clubs. The building benefits from being in a quiet residential area and is unsuited to noisy activities.