User Groups 
& Associations

The existing BCP Licenced User Groups

The Hengistbury Head Outdoor Activity Centre closed in 2020, and many of the activities, events and training courses stopped at that time, effectively closing the door to local education and the bulk of the wider community from access to the centre at all.

However a small number of the community user groups and clubs were given special dispensation by the council to carry on operating from the centre, albeit with no access to the main centre building and only very rudimental facilities and storage. 

These are all fantastic local community groups, who have very kindly pledged their support to Hengistbury Head Outdoors, and many of their members have already joined the new community benefit society. They are all passionate about the centre and vocal in their collective support to see the centre open again and acting as a fantastic community asset, for all.


The centre has had such an impact on so many people over the last 60 years, its such an inspiration to us to hear of those stories.

We've added just one of those stories* here, have a read of a remarkable local lady, Margaret Norris and her journey with the centre and the user groups.

* republished with the kind permission of Margaret & Practical Boat Owner magazine




Hengistbury Head Sailing Club

HHASC now HHSC was formed in 2011 to provide a facility that would enable more adults to take part in the fantastic sport of sailing on a regular basis without the need to own a boat and at limited cost to the individuals concerned. 

The club have been a mainstay of the centre for many years.   FACEBOOK

Pink Champagne Dragon Boat Team

Pink Champagne Breast Cancer Survivors Dragon Boat Team was established in 2008 by a group of breast cancer patients, in collaboration with the breast cancer team at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital and a team of exercise therapists. Based in Dorset we are now one of 195 teams worldwide, hoping to inspire and encourage other breast cancer survivors.

Southbourne Canoe Club

Southbourne Canoe Club (SCC) is a small and friendly canoe and kayak club based on the south coast of England in Bournemouth.

Club members with at least the British Canoeing Discover qualification (or already paddling to this standard) go for a paddle together every Thursday evening during the season, from May to September.

Bournemouth Outriggers

Formed in 2014 we represent a growing number of Outrigger Canoe paddlers in the Bournemouth, Poole & Christchurch area. 

We meet for training, skills development and are looking to help grow & develop the sport within the UK as part of a network of other Outrigger clubs in the UK. 


10th Christchurch (Mudeford) Sea Scouts

We are the Sea Scout Group of Christchurch with our HQ on the edge of Stanpit Marsh and close to Christchurch Harbour. We are run by Adult Leaders and Young Leaders and we get support from parents and from around our community

TSO is our base "Training ship Orestes" , naval bases are called ships , HMS Orestes was a naval cutter (a Sloop of war) involved in the battle for Mudeford in 1784.

Christchurch Harbour Ornithological Group

Christchurch Harbour Ornithological Group, inevitably known as CHOG, is an independent organisation and registered charity, which is dedicated to recording, promoting and conserving the wildlife of the Christchurch Harbour area.

CHOG is primarily an advisory conservation group. 

Download their Christchurch Harbour Watercraft User Guide and lets all use the harbour responsibly

Prospective New Users Groups and Associations

As we plan for when we are able to open and operate the centre as a community asset, we have already started to have discussions with other prospective user groups, clubs and companies of the centre and its facilities.

We welcome the opportunity to talk to any and all groups who would wish to offer their services to the society, and we see this as a vital part of our ambitions and business plan to have a long term viable operation at the centre. 

We have already had some very interested discussions with some fantastic local organisations, who would wish to have the centre as a great base. Let's hope we can make this a reality for them and the community.



Christchurch Harbour Watch

The aims of the CHW include:  

Quality of the environment for the harbour user community

Communication of policy, guidance and good practice

To ensure awareness, safety and security for all users within the harbour and its environs.

Download their Harbour Code of Practice



 The Royal Yachting Association is the national governing body for boating in the UK offering training, publications and performance for dingy, motor, sail, RIBs, windsurfing and personal watercraft. 

The centre has a long history with the RYA as an accredited training centre, a relationship we wish to continue and build into the future.

Paddle UK

Paddle UK the new name for British Canoeing are the national governing body for paddlesports in the UK. British Canoeing's mission is to Inspire people to pursue a passion for paddling; for health, enjoyment, friendship, challenge and achievement.

We happily share that mission as some of the HHO Directors and many of our members have their training accreditation

BH Activity Junkies

The BH Activity Junkies is a group for like minded people in Dorset/Hampshire and surrounding areas that enjoy doing active activities and trying new things

Whether that’s kayaking or paddle boarding, surfing, climbing, road or mountain biking, running, walking, coasteering, camping, activity weekends away or whatever your event or activity hopefully you will find it here.

Ripple Rebels

 The Ripple Rebels is a registered Community Interest Company who are environmental adventurers connecting people to their power & creating an activated, curious & compassionate community making an environmental & societal difference.



Educamps provide outdoor activities such as archery, climbing, bushcraft and mountain biking along with excursions to local attractions. Book a day pass or a full week with overnight stay in the cabins. All this combined with tasty tucker, fresh air and a healthy dollop of fun! We offer camps throughout the UK School Holidays and for overseas kids throughout the year!

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