Ringsfield Hall Eco Activity Centre Suffolk
Ringsfield Hall Ringsfield, Beccles, , NR34 8JR
MONTHS OPENJanuary, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Listed under: Day Trip Destinations | Art and Design | Wildlife and Nature Reserves | Team Building | Storytelling | Outdoor Education | Ecology & Green Awareness | Environment Centres | Bushcraft | PSHE | Music | Geography | Environmental Studies | Drama / Performing Arts | Citizenship | Conservation
What we offer on a school trip
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.
Our baseline for Group Leaders is to be Forest School level 3 qualified, but that's just a starting point. We run regular Forest School groups onsite, and all of our programmes are infused with the Forest School ethos, but we also draw on elements of an Eco-Therapeutic approach, and we're the only centre in the UK that runs residential Earth Education programmes (www.eartheducation.org.uk).
From these foundations we offer a breadth of differentiated programmes to a variety of groups and age ranges, using the space and hospitality here to reconnect children and young people especially with themselves, others and the world around them. We tailor and recommend programmes to suit the cohort, depending on what kind of benefits or outcomes are required, and what curriculum elements should be included.
For example, our programme Shipwrecked places participants in the middle of an island with limited resources and the need to work tightly together to survive. It's really excellent at developing deep team work and communication skills, hitting many PSHE targets. Other programmes better match Geography, Science, English, Maths etc, or help to build the capacity of students with particular challenges or needs.
Earth Education programmes are especially good at providing immersive learning experiences of discovery that feel really magical, combining drama, props and nature work to embed key ecological principles. It's an amazing premium experience of 4-5 days that requires embedded work back in school, empowering children to take better care of our world and encourage others to do the same.
At the same time we also support schools through work on school sites, whether through delivering sessions for classes, providing consultancy, or offering INSET training in playwork or outdoor learning at school or at Ringsfield Hall itself.
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.