The Mill Residential Fieldwork Centre Surrey
Region: South EastDisabled Facilities: Yes
Category: Accommodation & Residential Trips
Address: Mill Lane , Forest Green, Dorking, Surrey RH5 5SJ
Contact: 01306 711 005 & 01306 621 452
The Mill is an old converted corn mill. It is today a Residential Field Study Centre, situated in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, hidden away in its own 10 acres of grounds. It is ideal for school and youth groups, either for field studies, specific interest groups or for active leisure pursuits.
Why you are great for educational visits?
Hire the Mill for the day, overnight or for several days. You can opt for self-catering or full catering.
You can organise your own “DIY” education or leisure trip or allow ACH ( http://www.holiday-adventure.com/ ) to organise activities to suit your requirements.
ACH can plan the whole trip for you. You can take part in outdoor activities; walk or cycle in the hills, fish or make sail boats to race in the streams, build survival shelters, pedal go-karts, practice your circus skills, learn to kayak, sail, windsurf or build rafts, go mountain biking, orienteering and much more.
For educational visits, you can study the flora, fauna and environment of woodland and wetland habitats, the topography of the chalk downs and measure river systems, or inspire art or photography projects, all either on site or in the local area.
Nearby there are historical places of interest, children’s farms, leisure & theme parks to visit.
What size groups do they cater for?
The Mill building can accommodate up to 40.
For larger groups, there is space and facilities for organised camping groups to hire the grounds and have the use of the Mill facilities.
It is an ideal location from which to base your Duke of Edinburgh expedition.
Please provide location information?
The Mill is six miles from Dorking and 8 miles from Guildford. There is a British Rail station at both places, but no public bus transport to the Mill itself. The location is out in the country so your own transport would be advantageous. If required, minibus and driver hire for transport during your stay can be arranged.
Is there anything you offer specifically for educational visits?
Group visits can be tailored to meet the needs of each group.
The Mill does not run “Field Study Courses”. It offers accommodation and choices for each group.
1. Formal Study - Schools bring students to the Mill to study geography, biology, travel & tourism, art, and photography. They also bring groups to do revision and quiet study. These are organized by the teachers themselves.
2. Organised Adventure Activities - Schools and groups come to the Mill to take part in “Team Building” exercises, to build survival shelters in the woods, to traverse low ropes courses, to learn new skills in mountain biking, kayaking, sailing, climbing etc.
3. Informal - Groups come to stay and organize their own activities, to take part in local sporting events, to run drama groups, to relax and enjoy the countryside, to offer children support and new experiences.
Can you provide information regarding room sizes and room facilities?
Accommodation is bunk bedded bedrooms with brand new communal showers and toilets.
We have five 4-bedded rooms and one 2-bedded room and one 18-bedded dormitory. There are communal toilets and showers on each of the 3 levels, allowing for separate male and female facilities, and individual showers and toilets for male and female staff.
Are visitors allowed to take photos, video or audio, if appropriate?
What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?
There are Mill Risk Assessments in place, updated annually, available on request.
Most organised activities are risk assessed and are available on request.
Fire equipment, alarms, emergency lighting, gas and electrical equipment is inspected/serviced annually or twice annually in line with Fire and Safety requirements.
Fire drill and safety procedures are explained at the outset to each group.
What is the cost of the accommodation?
Prices vary according to the group's requirements:
To hire the Mill for up to 40 self catering, the charge is £377 per 24 hours, sole use.
To hire the Mill for 8 hours (day) the charge is £164.
To hire the Mill for 4 hours (half a day) the charge is £110.
Meals can be booked by arrangement with Adventure and Computer Holidays - please enquire.
To camp at the Mill, minimum of 15, self catering, own equipment with access to showers, toilets and washing up facilities - £12.30 per person (this can only booked up to 6 weeks in advance).
Duke of Edinburgh campers have a special, lower rate:
D of E camping with use of Mill (£377 sole use for 24 hours) - £4.10 per head
D of E camping (large group of over 60 heads) - £6.80
D of E camping (minimum of 15) - £10.25 per head
(All campers have access to showers, toilets and washing up facilities).
Are there disabled facilities?
The accommodation is on 3 floors, but there is disabled access to the ground and first floors via ramps. There is a fully fitted bathroom/wetroom for the disabled on the ground floor. Please be aware that all beds are bunk beds, which may limit access.
Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?
The Mill accommodation is basic, on the “Youth Hostel” pattern, with shared bunk-bedded rooms and (new) shared bathrooms (separate male, female and staff)
Age of Children / Pupils: 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 Hostels Outdoor Residential Centres