History & eco-activity - outdoor classroom & accommodation


Outdoor adventure, eco-challenges, WWII & Tudor activities for schools, school residential trips, school day visits, unusual 16th century barn accommodation, outdoor classroom…

You can use our Tudor barn, the Old Brooder Bunkhouse and farm as a base to do your own thing or we can provide guidance, support, tutors and help to design activities or local itineraries that suit your particular needs. Our family run farm at Milden Hall can accommodate 30-60 students and staff for

• Day only
• Accommodation only (including occasionally wild camping)
• Activity breaks with accommodation, tailor-made to suit curriculum topics or just fun, confidence- & team-building days away from school

We’re keen on history, the environment and the big outdoors – any time of year!
Click here for details of on-farm activities available for schools.
Click here for the A-Z of other visitor attractions nearby.

Our 500-acre environmentally friendly farm grows arable crops, grassland, happy pigs and wild game, ancient hedges, woodland, ponds and houses the earthworks of a Norman castle – and lots of wildlife! Twice the national winner – and three times regional winner - of the Wildlife Trusts’ Wildlife Watch Award in over seven years, and with 19 years of hosting school visits, we are experienced in looking after and teaching groups of children and using our farm as an exciting outdoor classroom and activity centre.


We offer two options - or combined would sleep over 40 guests.  You can sleep 20 guests in the Old Brooder Bunkhouse in four bedrooms (2 x 2, 2 x 8) with kitchen/dining and sitting rooms.  And/or you can sleep 22++ in our beautiful 16th century Tudor barn which provides very comfortable but highly unusual accommodation (3 x 2, 1 x 16+) in which groups can, if they wish, step back into the Tudor period, or as World War II evacuees. Sleep in oak four-poster beds, truckle beds and box beds and feast at oak banquet tables. For the Tudor re-enactors, you can bring costumes or borrow some, participate in lots of Tudor-type activities, eat off wooden platters with pottery and pewter tableware, learn to dance to Greensleeves, play ‘pig’s bladder football’ – and maybe tie in with a visit to a Kentwell Hall Tudor re-enactment just 10 minutes down the road.

Self-cater or half/full board

You can self-cater or we can provide you with half or full board with seasonal food sourced on farm or locally wherever possible and practical.  If you take both the Tudor barn and the Old Brooder bunkhouse, you can all eat together in the Tudor barn at huge oak banquet tables and get together here for other activities.

Minimise your carbon and water footprint

We are proud of our award-winning environmental policy – the barn is heated by hedge-coppice firewood, we avoid packaging wherever possible, we recycle and compost as much as we can, and encourage you to use your feet and our fleet of bicycles! And we try to pass on an environmental message to all students staying.  The modern bunkhouse is centrally heated and well insulated.


All our activities are risk-assessed and an assessment is provided for each school to amend the risks according to their pupils’ needs.

Thank you for a marvellous time and for looking after us so royally. We loved the food and the barn, and we learnt so much about the world around us. You even summoned up a newt for us and a bat to see by torchlight! (Kate Callegari, Rickmansworth PNEU - now Charlotte House - school, June 2006 and annually ever since)

Meet Bella one of our two farmyard pigs

Juliet and Christopher Hawkins, The Hall, Milden, Lavenham, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 9NY
Tel: 01787 247235      Email: hawkins@thehall-milden.co.uk