Region: East of England

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Accommodation & Residential Trips

Address: Darsham Country Centre, The Old Station House, Main Road, Darsham, Suffolk IP17 3PL

Contact: 01728 668736



Darsham Country Centre is situated in the old stationmasters house at Darsham Railway Station just 6 miles from the beautiful Suffolk coast and on the outskirts of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is easily accessable by train – an hourly service runs from London Liverpool Street through to Ipswich and Lowestoft, or by the main A12 road from London. There is a public bus service to and from the station and also an on demand mini bus service.The centre is a non profit making charity offering affordable, self catering accommodation for voluntary,charitable and statutory groups of up to 24 people in 7 bedrooms with overflow camping for an additional 15 people.

Sensor security lights over patio area which is also a secure gated space. Large grassed area usable with supervision.

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What group sizes do you cater for?

24 beds plus 15 campers

Please give information regarding room sizes and room facilities?

7 bedrooms – see floor plan on our website ie.

Bedroom 1 sleeps 1   (leaders room)

Bedroom 2 sleeps 1   (leaders room)

Bedroom 3 sleeps 5    (3 singles + one bunk)

Bedroom 4 sleeps 5    (3 singles + one bunk)

Bedroom 5 sleeps 4    (2 singles + one bunk)

Bedroom 6 sleeps 4    (2 singles + one bunk less abled access)

Bedroom 7 sleeps 4    (2 singles + one bunk less abled access)

2 shower rooms (with shower, washbasin and toilet) and separate toilet upstairs

2 shower rooms (with shower, washbasin and toilet) and separate toilet downstairs

No TV or TV Licence. Free WIFI. Radio/CD player. Table tennis. Pool Table. Piano. Board games.

What is the cost of the accommodation?

Cost for whole house for voluntary and charitable groups £145 per night

Cost for whole house for statutory groups £210 per night

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?

Pre arranged risk assements can be made via Centre Manager

Do you provide risk assessments for the teachers?

Centre has own Risk assessment available on request

Fire checks carried out every 6 months

Groups advised to do Fire Drill on arrival

Does your Accommodation have a booking contact?

Annette Day Centre Manager


Phone : 01728 668736

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

Only Basic First Aid kit available

Please list facilities available.

Separate dining room suitable for mealtimes, activities and crafts.Whiteboard. Outside picnic tables. Self catering equipment. Lounge area with piano, board games, pool table.

Local takeaways – fish and chips etc.

Free WIFI.

What are your disabled facilities?

Basic less abled facilities with wheelchair access only to 2 downstairs bedrooms. Less abled shower rooms only downstairs. No emergency buttons.

What are your opening days and hours?

Open 7 days a week throughout the year.

Do you have any testimonials from previous customers who have visited you on an educational visit that we can include in your section?

We have been using Darsham Country Centre for 14 years, every summer bringing groups of children from Cambridge to enjoy the Suffolk coast and more recently our staff team for our pre summer holiday training.  The centre is well placed for trips to the beach (and there is a good choice!), boating, cinema in Aldeburgh, crabbing in Walberswick, fish and chips in Dunwich!  The Centre is a great building, well equipped, good layout with additional camping space for those who would prefer to be outdoors and of course, the added attraction of the trains.  The management and care of the centre is great, easy to book and always a friendly welcome.

Paula Bishop. Children & Young People’s Services Manager. Cambridge City Council.

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

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the famous Minsmere RSPB Bird Reserve (Springwatch), Dunwich Cliffs and Forest, The Norfolk Broads, Historical Sites such as Sutton Hoo, Framlingham Castle and Orford Castle. Safe sandy beach at Walberswick Local museums, Southwold Lighthouse and many other popular tourist attractions.

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: Hostels

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