Letton Hall Shipdham Norfolk Residential

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Shipdham, , IP25 7SA

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PreSchool, 5 to 7 years, 8 to 10 years, 11 to 13 years, 14 to 16 years, College, University

As well as the historic nature of the house and the beauty of its surroundings we can offer a range of easily tailored on-site activities including a History Tour, team building and problem solving, outdoor activities such as den building and camp fires.

Listed under: Accommodation & Residential | Outdoor Residential Centres

What we offer

Set in a truly historic country house (built by Sir John Soane - the world famous architect - in 1873) with large and grand rooms, Letton Hall offers safe and secure accommodation for school groups in two venues; the Main Hall and Dolphin Court (the old stable block). Both venues are well equipped for residential stays and have plenty of space for educational activities, both indoors and out.

The building offers excellent facilities for all of your group's needs, whether meeting, eating and sleeping or simply relaxing together and having fun. Sleeping accommodation is in a variety of rooms, ranging from double or twin rooms to multi bed dormitories.

Our duty managers, who live on site, are present throughout the duration of a residential stay.

On site, we can offer some educational and group activities, including team building and problem solving around the house and grounds; picture orienteering; den building and making camp fires.

We can offer the History Tour that introduces Letton Hall as an historic house in an entertaining way and can arrange educational visits to the original freshwater spring, just a short walk away. The Spring once provided all of Letton Hall's water and is complete with the remains of four different pumping methods, it provides a remarkable insight into the history and social life of the original residents of the hall and how the industrial revolution changed our lives.

In association with our outside providers we can offer archery, airguns, circus skills and dance workshops.

What makes us a great choice?

Letton Hall provides an excellent venue for school groups. The big, rambling house creates a lovely backdrop for a range of activities and a great base for trips out. Within the grounds there are large areas for play and sports (including our own go-kart track) with attractive woodlands, where young people can enjoy camp fires, den building and other fun activities.

Thetford Forest is on our doorstep, including the High Lodge Park with a range of outdoor activities. We are in striking distance of several lovely coastal resorts and destinations; the City of Norwich is 30 minutes away. Mid-Norfolk abounds in historic houses, outdoor activity centres and of course, the Norfolk Broads are not far away.

Group Sizes Catered For

The Main Hall can accommodate between 70 – 80 people and Dolphin Court will accommodate up to 55. These are maximum numbers and optimum numbers for the comfort of a group may be less. Call us to talk over your needs!

Photography, Filming & Audio Restrictions

There are no restrictions on photography or video of your own activity on our premises – and we are happy for these to be used in your school websites or newsletters.

Risk Assessment Details

Letton Hall has comprehensive risk assessments in place for the buildings and facilities. Risk assessments can be provided on request for specific activities and we can provide a general risk assessment for the site. Teachers bringing groups to Letton Hall are welcome in advance to conduct their own assessments if required - please contact us for details. We conduct regular checks of our fire alarms and safety according to guidelines.

Pricing Information

Prices for 2014 range from £10.50 - £12.50 per pupil for each 24 hour period if you are a self- catered group. Catered prices range from £23.50 – £28.50 for 24 hours. These prices depend on the venue in use and the ages of the pupils. Adult prices are a little higher, but we make a special offer of one free adult place with every 15 pupils. We are always happy to discuss costs with you.

First Aid Information

Although we have First Aid stations in all of our facilities, we advise all groups to bring their own first aid and have a nominated first aider.

Available Facilities

Letton Hall is equipped with two good kitchens and it is possible to self-cater or alternatively we can cater for you. We serve good, home-cooked food, prepared by our own team on site. Packed lunches can be prepared for groups taking trips out. The cost of meals is built into the catered tariff. We also have a small shop, selling a range of ‘tuck’ items and a small selection of gifts and books. There are plenty of large rooms for eating and gathering. Wi-fi is available in both venues.

Accessibility & Disabled Facilities

Please contact us to discuss your requirements.


'Letton Hall has been the base for our Year 5 residential for many years now. It is a truly wonderful place where our children, many of whom come from the inner city, can experience a huge range of activities within a friendly and secure environment with a real 'home from home' ethos.

The children are welcomed with open arms by the staff at Letton Hall. They go above and beyond to help make our stay as enjoyable as possible. The huge beautiful grounds with adventure playground, walled garden and games room means the children have plenty of different areas to explore safely.

The food at Letton is legendary at our school as 'delicious'. It is all home cooked and eaten with gusto by our children. Roast dinners, treacle tart, a selection of packed lunches and a never ending supply of baked biscuits are just a few of the delights the staff at Letton prepare.

The surrounding area provides many visits such as Gressenhall Workhouse, Ecotec, lovely walks and of course a day at the beach. Without a doubt our children would be happy and perfectly content partaking in their own adventures within the grounds such as bonfires, torch walks and a tour around Letton Hall itself.

The rooms and bathrooms are spotless and well equipped, our children refer to them as the 'hotel'. Without a doubt Year 5 at Walter Halls would not be the same without our visit to Letton Hall. For us it is like returning to visit old friends, safe in the knowledge that our children will be truly valued as individuals and treated with pure kindness.

Thank you Letton!

Walter Halls Primary School

As I walked up the grand staircase I felt as if I was a Victorian Lady


You were all so kind and welcoming; the contrast between karting archery and the history tour was brilliant. It was excellent to see such different activities engaging and inspiring the children. You made us feel as if ensuring we had the very best experience was top of your own wishes.

Thank you
Head Teacher at Cavendish Primary School

I felt like royalty and you really did make me feel at home


All the meals were scrumptious and delicious but the best dinner of all was the roast dinner.


Location Information

The nearest towns to Letton Hall are Dereham, 6 miles to the north and Watton, 7 miles south. Letton Hall is 1 mile outside the village of Shipdham. The nearest railway station is at Attleborough.

Room Sizes and Facilities

Letton Hall is a beautiful Georgian country house and offers secure and comfortable accommodation for school groups. Bedroom sizes vary from double or twin bed accommodation up to six bedded rooms in the Main Hall; Dolphin Court is similar but also has two 10 bed dormitories. Bathroom facilities are mainly shared.

There are ample meeting rooms and break out spaces around the buildings, with good dining rooms and two large kitchens.

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