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Join the team at Bawdsey Manor for a fantastic working experience

Located in an area of outstanding natural beauty near Woodbridge on the Deben estuary, there are over 140 acres of grounds to explore at Bawdsey Manor, including a lovely beach with panoramic views along the coastline. Bawdsey Manor is a grade II* listed Victorian mansion built in a range of styles, surrounded by historic parklands and beautiful gardens, laid out between 1885 and 1909 by the owners, Sir Cuthbert and Lady Quilter.

A former boarding school and RAF base, PGL Bawdsey Manor has been developed into an exciting outdoor activity centre, offering a wide range of adventure activities. The centre also has access to private beaches and coastal walks, a local café and ferry to Felixstowe just outside the gates, as well as excellent on-site amenities including gym, tennis courts, basketball courts, and lots of reaction spaces to make Bawdsey Manor a fantastic work environment.

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Staff facilities at Bawdsey Manor include:

  • Gym
  • Laundry facilities for staff
  • Tennis & basketball courts
  • Wi-Fi for staff 
  • Staff recreation room and kitchen
  • Access to private beaches

Activities available at Bawdsey Manor include:

  • Abseiling
  • Aeroball
  • Archery
  • Beach/Coastal walk
  • Buggy Build
  • Challenge Course
  • Climbing
  • Giant Swing
  • Jacobs Ladder
  • Orienteering
  • Problem solving
  • Raft Build
  • Rifle shooting
  • Sensory trail
  • Survivor
  • Trapeze
  • Zip Wire

Local Area

Bawdsey Manor stands on a red crag, Pleistocene clliff overlooking the River Deben Estuary on the Suffolk Heritage Coast. Whether you’re staying on centre or heading out to explore, you’ll never be far from the stunning Suffolk coastline. You can take the short ferry ride to Felixstowe, a well-loved, traditional seaside resort known for its Blue Flag quality sand and shingle beach, long promenade, perfectly kept seafront gardens and variety of seaside attractions. Bawdsey is also located near the Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and, further along the coast, the Orfordness-Harvergate National Nature Reserve. Further afield, Bawdsey is a 30-minute drive to Ipswich, less than 2 hours from London and Cambridge.

Key Facts

  • Bawdsey Manor was built in 1886 and underwent a series of developments as the site’s owner, Cuthbert Quilter, acquired more land around the site. Work in the grounds took place in the 1890s, the Red Tower was added in 1895, the White Tower was completed in 1904, and the two were linked together in 1899 by the existing white frontage.
  • The site was requisitioned by the Devonshire Regiment during World War I and having been returned to the Quilter family after the war, in 1936 William Quilter, Cuthbert’s son, sold the house and grounds to the Air Ministry who used it as a research station working on the development of radar.
  • On 24th September 1937 RAF Bawdsey became the first fully operational Radar station in the world. This was only just over eighteen months after the first experiment, conducted by Robert Watson Watt and Arnold Wilkins, established that by using transmitted radio waves it was possible to detect an approaching aircraft.
  • RAF Bawdsey was closed in 1990 and later became a stunning wedding venue and boarding school, before PGL acquired the site in 2017.

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Need more convincing to apply? Surely not, but if so – here are a few ‘must know’ key facts:

  • we employ over 3,000 people every year
  • over 400,000 guests visit a PGL centre every year
  • we are experienced! We have been providing activity holidays since 1957, more than 60 years!
  • we have the most competitive staff package
  • we are the employer of choice within the outdoor activity industry!