Region: East of England

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Accommodation & Residential Trips

Address: Ringsfield Hall, Ringsfield Beccles, NR34 8JR

Contact: 01502 713 020



School staff and students consistently tell us that the highlight of visiting Ringsfield Hall EcoActivity Centre is ‘freedom’: to explore, question, discover, express, and learn.  14.5 acres of grounds is large and adventurous enough for any school cohort, but with the Hall at the centre of the grounds it’s a safe and contained space. 

Whether schools visit for a day’s programme or a residential, children can expect:

- a very warm welcome

- nurturing empathetic staff

- generous hospitality and great food in a homely environment,

- freedom to explore 14.5 acres of woods and grounds

- feeding our animals (chickens, pig, sheep, guinea pigs, goat etc)

- wildness, drama, costumes, stories, and survival skills

- the use of our Art Barn, Games Room, Chapel, campfires, and emerging Music Studio

- child led and child centred activities that re-connect children and young people with the world around them.

Guests also consistently tell us that they love our hospitality and the house itself: an historic Victorian house that feels really homely.

We offer bespoke programmes compiled by very creative staff that are mapped against a variety of subjects and curriculum outcomes for all Key Stages, from Early Years upwards.  Our premium residential Earth Watch programme (run on an Earth Education model) creates a magical experience involving the key ecological concepts regarding how the earth works.  The programme is like a quest or solving a mystery, drawing students in to the process.  It starts with activities at school, continues at the residential, and continues to be embedded on return to school (resources and materials provided).

The space we create for learning is certainly physical: the grounds, resources, hospitality, food and homely place to stay etc.  But it’s also an emotional and psychological space: a way of being with children that is respectful, child led, and looks to educate the whole child. 

We believe that any educational visit, whether at Ringsfield Hall or elsewhere, should combine these elements of physical and emotional wellbeing.  It’s so important to create a space to disconnect from screens and reconnect with each other, with nature, and with ourselves; to encourage creativity, questions and character building. 

That’s certainly our core aim and mission, and we’ll continue to offer year-round learning experiences that not only remain relevant to an ever changing curriculum, but also do a deeper work of developing children and young people for a sustainable future.

We’re based on the Norfolk / Suffolk border near Beccles, with good access from London and further afield.  There are four staff resident on site, so there is always help and assistance on hand.

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What group sizes do you cater for?

53 in the Hall, up to 100 including additional camping facilities.

Please give information regarding room sizes and room facilities?

We love to offer hospitality and guests often comment on how homely it feels.  We have a total of 13 rooms and can accommodate a total of 53 people in the Hall.  However, we also have additional camping facilities for extra capacity.  Rooms are of varying sizes, with 4 main dormitory size rooms (5-10 birth), and the remainder being twins, triplets and doubles.  Bathrooms are shared. 

What is the cost of the accommodation?

We have low, mid and peak season rates for Fully Catered groups, varying between £35- 41 pp / pn (or a min. payment of between £850 - £975 p/n).  Supervising adults are offered a free place on a ratio of 1:10, otherwise charged half of the student rate.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?

We have general and specific risk assessments for all activities, and for all aspects of the Hall and grounds, many of which are available on our website.  We are signed up to Peninsula Safety Management system and have regular fires safety checks and drills. However, schools are very welcome to visit to assess the site and discuss programmes.

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

There are first aid facilities on site, and most staff are first aiders, but we would recommend that schools ensure their staff / representatives are also first aider trained.

Please list facilities available.

As mentioned above, there are 14.5 acres of woods and grounds to explore, including 2 campfire areas and multiple woods areas for den building or bushcraft; an Art & Nature Barn with resident teaching artist; a Games room with table tennis and table football; a Music Studio; a tree house and small obstacle course; football and volleyball pitches; loads of books; and lots of fresh country air.

We offer varying levels of catering, but most schools opt for fully catered provision.  All meals are freshly cooked and locally sourced where possible.

What are your disabled facilities?

One room is specifically wheelchair accessible, with a dedicated toilet / shower room.  Please contact us to discuss the suitability of the accommodation for children with disabilities.

What are your opening days and hours?

365 days a year.

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: Outdoor Residential Centres