FSC | Field Studies Council

Field Studies Council: Bringing Environmental Understanding to All


The list below shows the current Family Courses available at Flatford Mill Field Centre. Full details of each course can be found by clicking on the title.



2019 Flatford Nature Days

Flatford Nature Day events held around the grounds of Flatford Mill. These are community events involving different local conservation and heritage organisations. There will be a variety of environmental and nature-themed activities on offer for all the family running from 11am - 4pm on each of the days. No booking required however a 'Nature Day Passport' will need to be purchased for £3 per child (from the National Trust car park) to access as many of the activities for free as you like!

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2019 Dates:

28 May

20 August

22 October

Check out everything you could take part on and who is running activities below...

> Dedham Vale AONB - practice your green woodwork skills and carve yourself a wooden spoon to take home with you or rely on your inner navigator for a mini map reading challenge! Tweet @DedhamValeSVP

> RSPB - activities in the wildlife garden will include Bird Behaviour (put on a mask and go out and find food), Fill a Frame (make bugs out of leaves, cones etc.), Stepping Twigs (a race with hoops & twigs) and the Nature Trail! Tweet @RSPB_S_Suffolk

> Field Studies Council - take a dip in the Mill Stream or have a peek in our freshwater tank to investigate the strange creatures living in our ponds! Can you find the animal that breathes through a snorkel? Children will immerse themselves in life beneath the surface and explore how invertebrates survive in this habitat. (Wellies advisable - children may get wet and muddy!) Tweet @FSCFlatfordMill

> National Trust - discover the 'Life, Work & Inspiration' of the famous artist John Contable in the newly opened exhibition, pop into the gift shop or enjoy an afternoon cake break in the tearooms. Tweet @FlatfordNT

> Herbaculture - Herb Walks will be running at 2pm and 3pm from the National Trust shop with medicinal herbalist, Dan Wheals. Tweet @herbaculture

> Daws Hall Nature Reserve - have a scavenge for natural and recycled materials and construct a Bee or Bug Hotel to encourage pollinators and other insect friends into your garden!

> Travels in Time - be a history investigator and delve into an archeological dig or get crafty using wool.

> Essex Bat Group - check out what the bats eat for breakfast in the moth trap, go on a bug hunt with nets and magnifiers in the meadow or make your own bat crown! Tweet @EssexBatGroup

In addition, the River Stour Trust will be running boat trips from Flatford Bridge to Dedham at an extra cost.




Easter at Flatford

We have special Easter events running on the 16th and 18th April 2019: Eggs-plorers and Millpond Madness:

Easter At Flatford Mill

Call Reception or email us at [email protected]


August Activity Week

2019 Activity Week

Five Fun filled days of activities for children 6-12yrs

£12 a day or get the whole week for £50  

Packed Lunch can also be ordered at the cost of £3

Monday 12th August- Super Science Discoveries: Get hands on with outdoor science experiments and setting off hand- made bottle rockets.

Tuesday 13th August- Bushcraft Survival: Make shelters and see if can survive the elements make your own fire and cook damper bread.

Wednesday 14th August- Walk on the Wild side: Explore the wildlife around Flatford with bug hunting, pond dipping and nature safari’s. 

Thursday 15th August- Flatford Time Travellers: Travel back in time to the Romans and Celts and the days of John Constable through fun games and art based games

Friday 16th August- Marvellous Maps: Discover how to use a map on our compass orienteering trail and make your own


Phone: 01206 297110 Email: [email protected]