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
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.
What makes us a great choice?
Whether schools visit for a day's programme or a residential, children can expect:
- a very warm welcome
- nurturing empathetic staff
- child led and child centred activities that re-connect children and young people with the world around them.
- wildness, drama, costumes, stories, and survival skills
- 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)
- the use of our Art Barn, Games Room, Chapel, campfires, and emerging Music Studio
Accreditation and Awards
Yes we have the LOtC Quality Badge, and we're members of the Institute of Outdoor Learning.
What is typically included?
We offer bespoke programmes that are mapped against a variety of subjects and curriculum outcomes for all Key Stages, from Early Years upwards, and tailored to the needs of each group. Activities can be offered according to themes, e.g. The Very Hungry Caterpillar for Early Years and Reception, or Bear Hunt, Gruffalo, Shipwrecked, and Journey Through The Forest for other age ranges.
Group Sizes Catered For
Between 20 - 100 for day visits
Materials, Resources & Information Provided
Additional materials and resources can be provided for different programmes, with session plans provided in advance.
Photography, Filming & Audio Restrictions
Yes, but usually if commensurate with the activity at hand.
Risk Assessment Details
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.
Education Officer Information
Mell Harrison, Education Coordinator
Otherwise ask for Eloise or Kat.
Half Day (2.5 hrs) = £8 pp (min. £160)
Full Day (2 x 2.5 hrs) = £12 pp (min. £240)
Supervising adults are free.
Drinks /Refreshments provided on arrival.
Lunch is an additional £5 pp (incl. supervising adults), but groups are very welcome to bring packed lunches.
General outdoor clothing and wellies or sturdy shoes. Specific kit-lists will be provided otherwise.
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 and 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. There are numerous locations to eat a packed lunch or have a picnic, but we also offer delicious freshly prepared food.
Accessibility & Disabled Facilities
We are committed to being as accessible as possible, but invite schools to visit the site or discuss needs in advance in order to assess the feasibility of outdoor activities.
Opening Hours & Information
we're open throughout the year. Day visits typically take place anytime between 0900 and 1500.