History & eco-activity - outdoor classroom & accommodation


For younger students, we offer somewhere different for a new learning experience - outdoor adventure, eco-challenges, WWII & Tudor activities for schools, residential trips, school day visits, unusual 16th century barn accommodation, outdoor classroom…

For older students, we understand that there are some who might be unsure of their next step in higher education or career.  Our mission is to inspire those already interested in a subject to consider how they can take that forward to the next level.

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 30-50 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 can offer activities related to:

  • History & Archaeology
  • The Environment
  • Art & Photography
  • Music, Dance & Drama

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, ancient meadows, 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 25 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:

The Old Brooder bunkhouse - sleeps 22 (3 x 2, 2 x 8)

The Tudor barn - sleeps 23 (3 x 2, 1 x 1, 1 x 16) + sometimes extras on futons.  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