Region: East of England

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Accommodation & Residential Trips

Address: Gislingham Road Thornham Magna Suffolk, , IP23 8HH

Contact: 01379 778 3208

Website: http://www.suffolkcabins.co.uk

Description

It is in the heart of Suffolk, what more is there to say!  Suffolk is quite close to London (about 2 hours by car and train) but almost unspoiled by development.  It is mostly a farming county with great places to eat, stacks of history and a beautiful coastline to explore.

Twelve miles of unspoiled walks in superb countryside. Relaxation, or for the more energetic there are many nearby attractions and sites of historical interest. The superb Suffolk coast is also within easy reach.  It is a location that is perfect for religious retreats, schools, children’s groups, ramblers, societies, as well as being an ideal venue for team-building or training with lots of outdoor potential and indoor meeting and studio space. This peaceful setting is where we know you will find inspiration, or if you prefer, tranquil space in which to take time out to meditate!

Are you on Twitter, Facebook or any other social media?

https://twitter.com/SuffolkCabins

https://www.facebook.com/artactiv.co.uk

What group sizes do you cater for?

Up to 26. Camping is also possible (April to September) and some groups have done so, enabling up to 50 to stay.

Please give information regarding room sizes and room facilities?

There are 13 rooms, 12 with two bunk beds, and one with four (suitable for wheelchair users).  They are all equipped with washbasins and heating, there are toilet facilities close to all rooms as well as a large wheel chair friendly wet room. Further showers and toilets are located in the elsewhere in the building. The dining room is 7.6 x 4 meters and the living room 5.28 x 4.1 m., bedrooms are 2m x 2.06 m.  There is no air conditioning, the building is easy to ventilate through large windows.  There is a shared T.V. with DVD and satellite box in the lounge.

What is the cost of the accommodation?

Two night weekend prices are £800 for the whole group. Assuming that there is a full house this equates to £30.76 per person. A three night weekend is £900 and a full week is £1300. Weekdays - Sunday to Thursday are £320 per night.

Our prices are normally inclusive of all bedding and towels being provided, if a group wishes to bring their own kit then we offer a discount of 10%.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?

Just call and arrange a convenient time to come and visit and carry out a risk asessment

Do you provide risk assessments for the teachers?

We do provide risk assessments. Fire alarm checked weekly and serviced annually. Fire drill procedure is prominently displayed. Assessments by group leaders in advance of a stay are welcome, we understand the need for safety.

Does your Accommodation have a booking contact?

Tom Lund-Lack 01379783208 (diverts to my mobile) or info@suffolkcabins.co.uk

We also use a booking system called Super Control which is accessed from the accommodation page of the Suffolk Cabins web site http://www.suffolkcabins.co.uk/.

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?

A first aider will be required, there is not one on site

Please list facilities available.

Free Wi-Fi is provided throughout the premises.

We do not provide catering ourselves, but we can help with a caterer who will deliver hot or cold meals and packed lunches to order. There is a great little café across Gislingham Road within 3 minutes’ walk of the cabins who are more than happy to provide snacks and meals.  They do need to be warned in advance which can be arranged on behalf of any group wishing to use their services.

There is a well-equipped living room with plenty of comfy chairs and sofas for relaxing and unwinding after your fun-packed day it is equipped with a flat screen TV, satellite box and a blue-ray DVD player.

For self-catering there is a well equipped kitchen with dishwasher, fridge, freezer, microwave and a range cooker.  The large workroom/meeting room doubles as a pleasant dining area that can seat up to 21 people, but can also be arranged to suit whatever training or team building activities you require.

What are your disabled facilities?

Most of the building is on one level and is wheel chair accessible as are two bedrooms, one toilet and the wet room.  Access into the building is via a gently sloping paved pathway from the car park, which is graveled but fairly well compacted.

What are your opening days and hours?

We are open throughout the year and have no restrictions on hours, although I do ask that groups provide an eta so they can be met, departure times are usually quite relaxed as I rarely book groups back to back.

Do you have any testimonials from previous schools we can include?

Véro Foucart, Ecole Michelet a French elementary school – ‘Thanks a lot. Everything was fine, nice, quiet, and peaceful.  We’ll certainly be back’.

Sam Mason MTM Youth Services – ‘Thanks again for another great time away.  Y.P. really love this place’.

Tom, ‘All went fine and nobody got lost in London. The nights were cold even with the heater, because the wind peeped under the tent and sleeping bags were too thin.  Apart from that all was great and the atmosphere in class is still great because of the trip. Thanks for helping us and sorry for the grass.  Kind regards, Peter van Gastel coordinator IFM and lecturer Tuinbouw en Akkerbouw HAS University of applied sciences, Holland.

From Janice Warren ‘It is a little gem!  It is just perfect for my needs with my different little crafting groups - and word is spreading!’

From Jackie Holland - Grapevine Essex ‘Thank you again for letting us stay at the Woodland Lodge, we had a marvellous time.  Members were giving it 1000 out of 10 today!!’

Beth Johnson – Cry in the Dark ‘Thanks so much for the use of the building over the weekend we all had a great time!’

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?

At Suffolk cabins we are able to provide the opportunity for small groups of children and young people to take advantage of art and photography workshops run by professional artists.

Art workshops run by Tom Lund-Lack, professional artist.

These art workshops can help students make imaginative use of arrangements of shape, line and colour utilising traditional and non-traditional materials to construct unique artwork.  The basics of drawing can be incorporated helping them to understanding perspective. The workshops are not teaching in a formal sense but are run by a working artist aiming to help young people explore their creativity in new ways.

About the Artist

Tom Lund-Lack, who also runs Suffolk Cabins, is a self-taught painter whose work uses the power of imagination to seek out the core elements of the subjects he paints.  His work is grounded in the need to celebrate life, and to express our sense of existence through the recognition of the transforming power of colour and light.  Arrangements of shape, line, pattern and colour conjure up powerful expressions, sometimes dreamlike and at peace sometimes exciting and dramatic. The pieces do not always represent an actual moment in time, but are rather the result of a process of reflection, recollection and reinvention, a distillation of his experiences.

He founded ArtActiv a group that offered art workshops bringing the joy of creativity to disabled children and young people across the county of Suffolk. He is also the immediate past chairman of Suffolk Open Studios, having lead the group of creatives since 2009

Tom’s paintings have been seen, exhibited and collected in Galleries, Art Fairs, Marine and Equestrian Shows in the UK and the USA as well as being featured in Equestrian publications throughout England

Tom is represented by Creative Coverage. Southampton, Hampshire SO311AZ and by Really Very Nice Ltd, Suffolk (please look them up on Facebook!)

Tel: +44 1489 564536 E: info@creativecoverage.co.uk

Photography Workshops by Lucy Kane & Peter Foster of Beyond the Image studio

Students can be encouraged to discover hidden talents, learn new skills or hone existing ones, during a residential course at Suffolk Cabins.  The photography workshops cater for all ability levels, tailored to individual needs and guided by experienced professional photographers, providing practical photography training at a range of stunning locations across Suffolk.  The courses are a must for anyone who would like to compose better pictures, get artistic with their camera, or discover the immense potential of the DSLR.  Whatever your photographic experience we will help you develop your skills.

•                  Each course will take a minimum of 5 students up to a maximum of 10.

•                  Plans, syllabus, handouts and slideshows will be provided.

•                  The workshops will be fully equipped but students should bring their own laptops, cameras.

•                  A bound set of notes and certificate will be given to each student at the end of the course.

About the Tutors

Lucy Kayne is a Suffolk-based commercial and fine art photographer, and photographic tutor with fourteen years of photographic experience. She says that her passion was ignited whilst studying for an art degree at Brighton University, where she spent hours developing prints in the darkroom, and taking her camera out and about documenting the quirky city streets.

Patrick Foster has been a professional photographer and photography lecturer for over thirty-five years. He has taught at colleges and universities as well as lecturing on the photo club circuit. He is still a working photographer, but now concentrates on private tuition and producing work for picture agencies like Camera Press, Alamy and EWA.

His first exhibition was in 1992, and he has been showing his work ever since, exhibiting in England, Germany, Ireland, Switzerland and America. His work can always be found at Beyond the Image Gallery.

Patrick was awarded a MA in photography in 2000.  He is also a member of the Royal Photographic Society.

Groups wishing to book an art or photography workshop are invited to call and discuss their individual requirements.  Bookings should be made well in advance to allow plenty of time for preparation and best results are achieved with small groups although it may be possible to work with larger groups depending on the lage and level of teacher support.

Are you on twitter or facebook? If so what are the links for our users to follow?

https://twitter.com/SuffolkCabins

What size groups do they cater for?

Up to 26

Please provide location information?

There is a bus service but it is not hugely convenient, the route 456 runs from Stowmarket railway station and is timetabled to takes 44 minutes.  In truth, best access is by car or taxi from either Stowmarket station (10.6 miles) or Diss station (6.8 miles). Trains from London are frequent.

Diss Parking on site for about fifteen cars and it is free.  There is no transport from airports, sorry!

why you are great for educational visits?

Aside from the natural beauty of the immediate environment and the 12 miles of very attractive managed walks, there is much more to do and see.  We are not far from the Broads and the lovely Waveney valley with its many walks is very close by.  There is so much to see and do it is impossible to list it all here.  The list below does help to illustrate the huge variety of things to see and do with having educational and/or leisure content.  All are within a reasonable distance from your base at Thornham.

• Mid-Suffolk Light Railway (4 miles) -Small but perfectly formed, the Mid-Suffolk light railway, the only operational preserved steam railway in the county. http://www.mslr.org.uk

• Bressingham Steam & Gardens (10 miles) - A steam museum, gardens and garden centre located in the village of Bressingham, west of Diss in Norfolk, England. The site has several narrow gauge rail lines and a number of types of steam engines and vehicles in its collection and is also the home of the national Dad’s Army exhibition. http://www.bressingham.co.uk/home.aspx

• Museum Of East Anglian Life (11 miles) - Located in Stowmarket, this excellent open air museum set in 80 acres of countryside, with over 20 historic buildings and collections of over 45,000 objects exploring the rural and social history of East Anglia.  There are some fascinating displays including steam traction engines, reconstructed historic buildings and lots of animals, including a newly acquired Suffolk Punch horse, rare breeds sheep, cattle and pigs.  It’s also a lovely place to take a picnic and go for a walk with three kilometres of riverside and woodland walks. http://www.eastanglianlife.org.uk/home.html

• Baylham Rare Breeds Farm 15 miles) - Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm is in the middle of the beautiful county of Suffolk in Eastern England and is a small livestock farm breeding farm animals that were once common but are now very rare. http://baylham-house-farm.co.uk/

• Banham Zoo (16 miles) - Banham Zoo is part of the Zoological Society of East Anglia, a registered charity, 50-acre zoo in Banham, Norfolk, England, UK, home to over 2,000 animals. http://www.banhamzoo.co.uk

• Snetterton Motorsport Circuit (16 miles) – Snetterton Motorsport Circuit – Drawing inspiration from iconic motorsport corners such as Monza’s Parabolica and the Montreal Hairpin, the Snetterton 300 circuit hosts the British Touring Car Championship, British Superbike Championship and British F3 and GT Championships. http://www.snetterton.co.uk/

• Framlingham Castle (18 miles) - An English Heritage property and a fantastic example of a 12th century Norman castle, built in 1148 on the site of an earlier motte and bailey. For historians this is well worth a visit. http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/framlingham-castle

• Ipswich Museum (19 miles) -  a registered museum of culture, history and natural heritage located on High Street (off Crown Street) in Ipswich, the County Town of the English county of Suffolk. It was historically the leading regional museum in Suffolk, housing collections drawn from both the former counties of East Suffolk and West Suffolk, which were amalgamated in 1974.  The original foundation of 1846, devoted primarily to Natural History, was moved to new premises in High Street in 1881. In about 1895 Christchurch Mansion, a large 16th-century house near the town centre in Christchurch Park, was given to the town. It was developed as a second venue under the same management and curatorship, devoted particularly to fine and decorative arts. Both are parts of one institution and draw on the same central core of collections. https://www.ipswich.gov.uk/museums

• St. Edmundsbury Cathedral (20 miles) - Suffolk’s Cathedral for nearly 1,000 years. http://www.stedscathedral.co.uk/

• West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village (23 miles) - One of England’s great archaeological sites, West Stow has extensive indoor galleries and a stunning recreation of an Anglo-Saxon village surrounded by 125 acres of unspoilt countryside. West Stow Country Park features 125 acres of woods, heathlands, a river and a lake, plus nature trails, walks and an adventure playground. Visitors to West Stow can explore history and nature, watch a film, dress up as an Anglo-Saxon or say hello to the rare breed pigs and chickens. As part of the annual Ring Quest event, you could even meet a Hobbit, among other Lord of the Rings characters! https://www.weststow.org/west-stow

• Jimmy’s Farm (23 miles) – nature trail, restaurant, farm shop, children’s events. http://jimmysfarm.com

• Sutton Hoo (24 miles) - This hauntingly beautiful 255 acre estate, with far-reaching views over the river Deben, is home to one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time.  This is a must for students interested in Britain’s ancient history. To quote the National Trust ‘a magical and enchanting experience awaits your educational group at Sutton Hoo. Anglo-Saxon history comes alive with guided mound tours, guided activities and an interactive exhibition hall. Our friendly fully trained volunteer guides are eager to share their passion and love of Sutton Hoo with you. We hope you have a wonderful and inspiring visit with us exploring our ancient royal Anglo-Saxon site.’ http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sutton-hoo

• Grimes Graves (27 miles) - A prehistoric flint mine http://english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/grimes-graves-prehistoric-flint-mine

• Ipswich Transport Museum (26 miles) – The Ipswich Transport Museum has the largest collection of transport items in Britain devoted to just one town. Everything was either made or used in and around Ipswich, the county town of Suffolk. The museum sees education as one of its main aims and are keen to build relationships with schools and further education establishments.  Many school parties visit the museum coming from all over East Anglia. They have programmes for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 children and can also tailor our Key Stage 1 programme for Pre-School children although it is not suitable for children under around 3½ years. Their aim is that all children have an enjoyable, memorable and informative visit. They can arrange visits for other school or college groups and will be pleased to explain what is on offer and how visits can be tailored it to meet your needs or ideas. http://www.ipswichtransportmuseum.co.uk/contact.htm

• Norwich City & Norwich Castle & more (27 miles) - One of Norwich’s most famous landmarks, Norwich Castle was built by the Normans as a Royal Palace 900 years ago. Explore the Castle's history as a palace and later as a prison, and enjoy their fabulous collections of fine art, archaeology, and natural history as well as the Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum collections.  Norfolk Museums Service’s learning team delivers award-winning programmes for schools and all ages in ten museums across Norfolk. Their museums are in amazing historic buildings with wonderful collections and top class displays and they specialise in bringing history and learning to life. http://www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/Learning/index.htm

• Flatford Mill & Willy Lotts House (27 miles) - Flatford Mill is on the River Stour close to the Suffolk-Essex border. The Centre buildings, particularly the Mill and Willy Lott's House, are instantly recognisable since they feature in many paintings by John Constable. http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/flatford/

• Gainsborough’s House & Museum (30 miles) -  Thomas Gainsborough (1727-88) was born in Sudbury and was baptized at the Independent Meeting-House in Friars Street on 14 May 1727, the fifth son and ninth child of John and Mary Gainsborough. He lived in Sudbury until around 1740 when, as a young teenager, he was sent to London to pursue a career as an artist. He returned to Sudbury in the spring of 1749 where he painted his celebrated Mr and Mrs Andrews (c.1750, National Gallery, London). His search for patronage and critical success led him to move to Ipswich around 1752 and subsequently to Bath and London, although he never lost the influence of his native town and county. 'Nature was his teacher, and the woods of Suffolk his academy,'noted an obituary after his death in 1788.   In 1958 Gainsborough's House Society was formed to purchase the house and establish it as a centre for Thomas Gainsborough. The Museum opened to the public in 1961 and has remained open for over 50 years. The beautiful garden is at the heart of Gainsborough's House. It is maintained by a devoted body of volunteers who garden exclusively with plants that were available in Gainsborough's lifetime. http://gainsborough.org/

• Orford Ness Nature Reserve (30 miles to Orford Quay) – Internationally important nature reserve, with a fascinating 20th-century military history. Take a short boat trip to this wild and remote shingle spit, the largest in Europe. Follow trails through a stunning landscape and a history that will both delight and intrigue. Discover an internationally important nature reserve littered with debris and unusual, often forbidding, buildings from a sometimes disturbing past.  Please note: charge for ferry over to the nature reserve (including members)  http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/orford-ness/

• Orford Castle (30 miles) - Discover one of England’s most complete and unusual keeps, at this fascinating visitor attraction in Suffolk. The unique polygonal tower keep of Orford Castle stands beside the pretty town and former port, which Henry II also developed here.  The castle is remarkably intact allowing visitors to explore from the basement, through the lower and upper halls to the roof where there are magnificent views seaward to Orford Ness. Around the rooms is a maze of passages leading to the chapel, kitchen and other chambers in the turrets. http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/orford-castle/

• Sizewell Nuclear Power Station Visitor Centre (31 miles) - EDF Energy has seven visitor centres across the UK. The interactive exhibitions explore nuclear power generation, helping visitors to understand more about nuclear power generation. Individuals and groups can book a station tour free of charge.  The visitor centres all have an interactive exhibition, a classroom and offer pre-arranged tours of the power station. The exhibition, with the use of interactive models, touch screen computers and information panels explains how electricity is generated in a nuclear power station. It also covers safety on site, radiation, nuclear waste and other forms of electricity generation. www.edfenergy.com/energy/education/visitor-centres

• Suffolk Punch Trust (31 miles) - The Suffolk Punch Trust is an ideal place for school groups to enjoy a stimulating and educational day out. Children learn a great deal from experiencing farming and rural life in days gone by and how it relates to today. http://suffolkpunchtrust.org/days-out-in-suffolk/school-trips

• Snape Maltings (32 miles) - An arts complex on the banks of the River Alde at Snape. It is best known for its concert hall, which is one of the main sites of the annual Aldeburgh Festival. http://www.snapemaltings.co.uk/

• Minsmere Bird and nature reserve (32 miles) – stunning views and some of our rarest wildlife. www.rspb.org.uk/Minsmere

• Suffolk Wildlife Trust (distances from Thornham vary) – The trust’s nature reserves are some of Suffolk's most inspiring wild places. From tiny meadows to rolling heaths, they are as varied as the animals and plants that live in them. You are welcome to enjoy them all, free of charge. www.suffolkwildlifetrust.org/nature-reserves

• National Horse Racing Museum (34 miles) - The National Horseracing Museum located at 99 High Street in Newmarket is open to the public, it contains collections and records of people and horses involved in the sport of horse racing from its Royal origins to modern heroes. Exhibits include the history of horse racing, horse racing in Britain, trophies, paintings of famous horses, trainers and jockeys, jockey uniforms, betting, and horse racing memorabilia. The Vestey Gallery of British Sporting Art is located in the museum, and features changing exhibits of art relating to sports, including hunting, shooting, fishing, boxing, archery, rowing and horse racing. The museum has an archive collection of information and images of early horses, jockeys, trainers, breeders and owners.

It is a signatory to the Kids in Museums Manifesto. 

Is there anything you offer specifically for educational visits?

We are able to provide art workshops for younger children up to the age of 10-11yrs, facilitated not by teachers but by professional artists.

Can you provide information regarding room sizes and room facilities?

We have 13 rooms, 12 with two bunk beds, and one with four (suitable for wheelchair users).  They are all equipped with washbasins and heating, there are toilet facilities close to all rooms as well as a large wheel chair friendly wet room. Further showers and toilets are located in the elsewhere in the building. The dining room is 7.6 x 4 meters and the living room 5.28 x 4.1 m., bedrooms are 2m x 2.06 m.

Are visitors allowed to take photos, video or audio, if appropriate?

No restrictions.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?

We do provide risk assessments. Fire alarm checked weekly and serviced annually. Fire drill procedure is prominently displayed.

What is the cost of the accommodation?

Two night weekend prices are £800 for the whole group. Assuming that there is a full house this equates to £30.76 per person. 

A three night weekend is £900

A full week is £1300

Weekdays - Sunday to Thursday are £340 per night

Our prices are normally inclusive of all beds being made up and towels provided if a group wishes to bring their own kit then we offer a discount of 15%.

Please list facilities available?

Free Wi-Fi is provided throughout the premises.

We do not provide catering ourselves, but we can help with a caterer who will deliver hot or cold meals and packed lunches to order.

There is a well-equipped living room with plenty of comfy chairs and sofas for relaxing and unwinding after your fun-packed day it is equipped with a flat screen TV, satellite box and a blue-ray DVD player.

For self-catering there is a well equipped kitchen with dishwasher, fridge, freezer, microwave and a range cooker.  The large workroom/meeting room doubles as a pleasant dining area that can seat up to 21 people, but can also be arranged to suit whatever training or team building activities you require.

Outside there is a large grassy paddock (1500 sq. m. approx.) sheltered by mature trees it faces northeast and benefits from sunshine for pretty much most of the day and is warm even in cool weather. 

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?

A first aider will be required, there is not one on site

Are there disabled facilities?

Most of the building is on one level and is wheel chair accessible as are two bedrooms and one toilet and of course the wet room.

Do you have any testimonials from previous customers who have visited your Accommodation?

Véro Foucart, Ecole Michelet a French elementary school – ‘Thanks a lot. Everything was fine, nice, quiet, and peaceful.  We’ll certainly be back’.

Sam Mason MTM Youth Services – ‘Thanks again for another great time away.  Y.P. really love this place’.

Tom, ‘All went fine and nobody got lost in London. The nights were cold even with the heater, because the wind peeped under the tent and sleeping bags were too thin.  Apart from that all was great and the atmosphere in class is still great because of the trip. Thanks for helping us and sorry for the grass.  Kind regards,  Peter van Gastel coordinator IFM and lecturer Tuinbouw en Akkerbouw HAS University of applied sciences

From Janice Warren ‘It is a little gem!  It is just perfect for my needs with my different little crafting groups - and word is spreading!’

From Jackie Holland - Grapevine Essex ‘Thank you again for letting us stay at the Woodland Lodge, we had a marvellous time.  Members were giving it 1000 out of 10 today!!’

Beth Johnson – Cry in the Dark ‘Thanks so much for the use of the building over the weekend we all had a great time!’

Simon Murphy – ‘Fantastic place, perfect for our requirements as a group and in a lovely setting’.

Justin Bend Ramblers Assoc.  – ‘Perfect venue for workshops - lovely area - kids and adults had an absolute blast!!! Thank you’.

 


Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December

Accommodation Type: Bunkhouses


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