• Flatford Mill's Willy Lott's Cottage
  • valley farm house
  • Willy Lotts Cottage
  • flatford mill
  • flatford mill
  • Willy Lotts Cottage

FSC Flatford Mill is the first and original field study centre set up in the UK during the 1940’s. It is the Centre for Constable Country, set amidst the quintessentially English countryside of the Dedham Vale in Suffolk and sits on the banks of the River Stour. Flatford Mill runs residential field study visits for school students and provides a very wide range of natural history and art courses.

Customers stay in our internationally important buildings such as Willy Lotts’ House, (built in the 1500’s and made famous by John Constable’s ‘Haywain’ painting), Valley Farm (a medieval great hall built in the 1450’s) and of course the Mill itself that was owned and renovated by the Constable family in the 1700’s.


  • Capacity: Flatford Mill is made up of four separate accommodation blocks. We have 10 single or twin rooms and a further 15 spacious rooms containing three or more beds, giving a total of 78 beds. There are 19 bedrooms which are either en-suite or have a dedicated suite across the corridor. The remaining six rooms all have their own washbasins and share a new shower and WC suite close by.
  • Car Parking: Coach parking is available for free of charge for FSC customers at the nearby National Trust Car Park. Customer cars and minibuses can use the Centre’s car park at the end of the lane.
  • Children's Facilities: We are an Educational Centre and have games and activities on-site for children aged 8+; however, younger children are welcome.
  • Common Room: We have a Common Room for for schools and adults with table tennis and table football as well sofas, television, DVD player and films, books and board games.
  • Hot and Cold Drinks: We have hot and cold drinks making facilities accessible around the centre.
  • Kitchen: Fully catered services for all dietary needs available, as well as packed lunch making services.
  • Library: We have an extensive range of reference books with an easy reference database, along with chairs and pcs with internet connection
  • Linen: All bedding is provided
  • Outdoor Clothing: You can hire wellingtons, waterproof trousers and jackets
  • Outdoor Facilities: Extensive range on-site and off-site activities including campfire area, river frontage, woodland, grassland, island, vegetable garden nature garden, games field, picnic benches, wildlife pond
  • Shop: Our shop sells drinks, snacks and souvenirs of your stay as well as a selection of FSC publications.
  • WIFI: Free guest WIFI is available through-out the centre.
  • Workrooms: We have five workrooms of varying size seating 16-30 and all are available for hire

Food at our centres

For one day visits you are usually asked to bring a packed lunch unless it is specified otherwise.

Residential visits include freshly prepared seasonal meals, with a cooked breakfast, packed lunch and choice of evening meal. Food is sourced locally wherever possible and we can cater for any dietary requirements.

FSC Accommodation

We want your stay to be as comfortable as possible. Our residential centres offer a range of room sizes and layouts from single and twin up to larger dormitories. Some rooms are en suite and others have shower and toilet facilities close by. Please contact us if you want to discuss your room requirements.

Each centre also has places to relax during any free time such as a lounge, games room and outdoor space.

Explore the centre and surrounding area

Health and Safety

  • Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge
  • Carbon Trust Standard
  • Food Hygiene rating: 5*
  • Investors in People
  • Secondary Geography Quality Mark (Geographical Association)
  • Primary Geography Quality Mark (Geographical Association)
  • Eco Centre
  • Green Tourism Award Gold
  • Met Office active participant
  • Safety Shield Health and Safety Award (Moorepay) Gold

How to find us

Centre contact form