01702 965959



01702 965959


01702 965959


Steps Ahead Life at The Hive


The Hive Nature School is delivered in partnership with Steps Ahead – Creative Journeys, Colourful Destinations.

Steps Ahead warmly welcome you to the Hive Nature School - An inspiring outdoor nature base, providing a blend of Outdoor, Educational, Creative and well-being experiences for all ages and abilities.

Individuals and organisations are able to either hire the space to deliver their own programmes of activity and learning or can book a specially developed activity session to support the enjoyment and understanding of the natural world. Our specialist leaders and teachers are able to inspire and support children and adults to achieve a greater appreciation and understanding of nature, conservation and our part within it.

Please see the Steps Ahead Website for more information.



Steps Ahead combines 40 years of experience working within education, a knowledge of how creativity inspires and a passion to nurture and protect the planet. We believe there is no time like the present to be providing enriching opportunities through nature and creativity to promote the wellbeing of each and every one of us.
Feature List
  • Parking including coach parking
  • Disabled toilet facilities
  • Shelter for rain and sunny weather!
  • Resource storage
  • Logs for a sitting area
  • Sensory Garden
  • Wildlife pond
  • Wilderness Walk
  • Herbie Man
  • Bird feeding station
  • Bug hotels
  • Insect and invertebrate observation areas
  • Hedgehog feeding station
  • Magical environments


Can I hire the Nature School area to run my own activity

Yes, of course we have a "Hive Hire" package which enables individuals or groups to use the Nature School space for their own activity.

I work at a school. Do you have any programmes for schools?

Yes, of course. We run a creative programmes that capture the essence of enriched learning in the natural environment. They are available Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and should be booed half termly in advance. Please talk to us about what you are interested in and we can provide costings.

I run an organisation and would like to offer activities to the public using your space. Is this possible?

Please contact us to discuss. We want as many people as possible to experience the great outdoors so will work with you to see if this is possible.

Can I just come and look round?

The Nature School is open to the public on a Sunday afternoon. Why not come up and have a look round. It really is an amazing space.


Membership info
For booking information please contact www.stepsahead.life

Sponsors and supporters

Contact information

The Hive Nature School, Wellbeing at Garon Park, c/o The Cricket Pavilion, Garon Park, Eastern Avenue, Southend SS2 4FA

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