Mike Thurston Water Activities Centre

About Us

The Trust and the Water Activities Centre was born of the sad event – the death of a young Scout leader in the town; Mike Thurston. 

One of Mike’s passions was sailing, and a small group of like-minded people formed the idea of creating a water activities centre in Mike’s memory.  The centre  has provided a safe learning environment since 1982 for groups of young people including scouts, guides, cadets and the round table to enjoy a range of watersports and camping activities.

The site has developed into an attractive location for pre organised day users and campers alike, with a large range of equipment for hire and superb on site facilities including toilet facilities and hot showers.


The centre has a range of equipment available for groups to hire including kayaks, canoes, paddleboards and rafting equipment.

All buoyancy aids have been fully tested.

Club Nights

During the warmer months (usually from mid May to late September) the Centre runs a Tuesday evening club night and training courses. All abilities are catered for from the beginner to the not quite so beginner. For more details please use the contact form below.


A classroom is available to hire on site to provide a dry and practical space for a range of activities. The classroom has tables, chairs, heaters and electricity sockets. It also has a ramp to make it accessible to all.

To hire the classroom, please complete the classroom hire section on the campsite booking form.

Get in Touch

Mike Thurston Water Activities Centre
Little London Road
North Walsham
NR28 0RB

OS Map 133, Red 294 315

To book the site for camps or to book the lake for activities, please send completed copies of the below forms to Dot Langton; bookings@mikethurston.org.uk

For all other enquiries, please use the form at the bottom of the page

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