Bike hire included in fee
Picnic on the farm
Walking in Suffolk
Milden Hall
Playing on the farm
Playing outside on the farm
Tudor costumes
David Porteous-Butler artist
Americana singing workshop
Tennis court hire included

Activities for self catering guests

On booking, we send you a list of activity ideas (with contacts) suitable for the time of year you are visiting and that your group might be interested in. Here’s a taster of some activities that will suit adults and children alike - and most will keep your carbon footprint fairly low during your stay at Milden.  None of the on-site facilities are shared .... except the 500 acre farm.  For further ideas go to

Fine weather options

  • Guests can borrow our 40+ adult road bikes (included in hire charge) to explore the historic Wool Towns and villages with a bike trail quiz or just follow our planned short or long quiet road circular routes that take in nature reserves and friendly pubs
  • Play badminton, outdoor table tennis, croquet and boules – and in between laze in the sun and barbecue in the garden
  • Barn guests can organise a tennis tournament amongst themsleves
  • Potter or orienteer around the farm tracks or further afield - around nearby medieval wool villages and nature reserves on planned footpath routes
  • Take your binoculars and enjoy the buzzards and barn owls
  • Borrow the moth trap and see what moths are flying
  • Work with willow – get a tutor into help make trugs, spheres, birds, spiral plant trainers
  • Go painting – bring your palette and easel and find a quiet place to paint ancient buildings, trees and flowers, pretty villages further afield or ... bring a tutor or hire in a model for the afternoon
  • Families can try some ideas from the family activity pack – build a den, put a meadow in a matchbox, do tree hugging, leaf weaving or pond dipping
  • Hire in garden games such as sumo wrestling, quoits, giant chess
  • Play football or rounders on one of our fairly rough meadows - if the lambs have gone or the hay has been cut!
  • Play cricket - for a small fee on the nearby Milden village cricket pitch
  • Bunkhouse guests can hire the village hall (£5 per hour) to dance or do yoga
  • And in the evening enjoy a barbecue and eat outside

Further afield

  • Kayak or canoe down the River Stour from Sudbury (the Outdoor Hire Centre) or hire a rowing boat from Flatford Mill
  • Paddle board down the River Stour (the Paddle Company)
  • Walk to beautiful Lavenham for pub lunch and come back the other side of the valley
  • Take a coastal river cruise – birding, seals or pub
  • Antique hunt - in Long Melford and Lavenham
  • Go Ape in Thetford Forest
  • Pampering sessions at local spas
  • Play a round of golf – at Newton Green and Stoke by Nayland
  • Organise combination ‘adventure days’ locally – clay-pigeon shooting, archery, fly-fishing
  • Local courses – book onto a painting or natural history course at Flatford Mill Field Studies Centre

Wet weather, winter or indoor options

  • Bunkhouse guests can play table football in their covered area (but the table tennis is outside), and barn guests can play table tennis & table football - and keep fit on a wet day!
  • Barn guests can delve in the children’s dressing up box or adults' Tudor costume cupboard – and put on a play or a dance
  • Board & quiz games, puzzles – have a rummage in the cupboard for some giant puzzles, Monopoly, Cranium, Trivial Pursuits, Scrabble or Twister – and play a family game
  • Barbies & lego – plenty of these for children
  • Food safari - work with a professional chef and try your hand at making a curry, plucking a pheasant, and learn how to match the wine with your food
  • Willow weaving – get a tutor in to make trugs and baskets
  • Have a wine-tasting in the barn with a local expert
  • Visit local sports centres on a rainy day – for swimming, team games such as indoor football or basketball, or a session in the gym
  • Visit local museums – Ipswich, Stowmarket, Lavenham or further afield in Cambridge
  • Go cheese-making, have a pampering session at the nearby spa or do life drawing with a model
  • Yoga – take some time to enjoy the peace of the place

Singing & dancing in the Tudor barn

  • Borrow our keyboard – bring a guitar and create a mini-concert
  • Bring your ipod – and plug it into our sound system but please not loud late at night
  • Get a dance tutor in – for Tudor, Tango or Street dance
  • Try out the barn dance-with-caller CD
  • Get a fiddler and caller in - for barn dancing
  • Organise a singing workshop
  • Borrow our costumes and enjoy a Tudor evening - put on a feast, do our quiz and dance Tudor style

Local visitor attractions

  • Enjoy the history and architecture of the famous medieval Wool Towns and villages of Lavenham, Long Melford, Kersey, Clare ....
  • Antique & junk shop in Lavenham, Long Melford and Clare
  • Visit National Trust properties – Flatford Mill, Ickworth House, Lavenham Guildhall, Melford Hall, Sutton Hoo
  • Paint in the local pretty medieval villages and churches – Kersey, Monks Eleigh, Chelsworth
  • Visit the coast – an hour or so to Dunwich, Aldeburgh, Southwold – and Frinton for sand
  • Visit a Kentwell Hall Tudor re-enactment, WWII or Halloween event
  • Visit National Trust local properties – Melford Hall, Ickworth House, Sutton Hoo, Flatford Mill
  • Take a tour of the National Stud at Newmarket
  • Visit local, national, Suffolk Wildlife Trust and RSPB nature reserves including Bradfield Woods, Redgrave & Lopham Fen, Minsmere
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Croquet included in hire
Walk on the farm
Kayaking on the River Stour, Suffolk
Dance & yoga at Milden
Arts and crafts, Milden Hall
Ponds in Milden, Suffolk
Circular walks in Suffolk

Juliet and Christopher Hawkins, The Hall, Milden, Lavenham, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 9NY
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