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ArtActiv & Suffolk Cabins

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ArtActiv came into being in 2009 as a provider of art workshops to young people between the ages of 8 -18 under the auspices of Suffolk County Council’s aiming high programme for children and young people who have special needs. So here we are having morphed from workshop to a place that is a welcoming retreat from our rather mad world. This change gave rise to the name Suffolk Cabins as it better describes us, although the company name remains unchanged.

The accommodation is comfortable but simple in a Norwegian lodge facing  onto a large paddock of approximately 1400 m2, which is a sheltered suntrap.  The other aspect faces on to a small copse of mature trees which shelter various species of birds and other wildlife.

The cabins are located in Thornham Magna a village on the edge of the Thornham Estate in the heart of Suffolk, the start point for the Thornham Walks. The estate itself covers some 2000 acres criss-crossed by twelve miles of managed walks running through beautiful woodland, interspersed with openings onto wonderful views across the Suffolk countryside.

Suffolk Cabins has proved to be popular with groups of all kinds and we have been very lucky to host several different youth groups including the Prince’s Trust who stayed for a while last summer. Schools both local and from as far away as Holland and France have found this a great destination as it is well situated for exploring East Anglia.

On a different note altogether the tranquillity of the location, surrounded by mature trees and hedging, which in spring and summer shelter our grounds, has been a boon to those involved with spiritual learning and mindfulness training.  In this respect special mention must be made of the river Waveney which is so close and so very beautiful that is a must to explore either on foot, by canoe or on a horse. For canoe hire go to

I am heartened by the great feedback that we get from many of our guests, which we take as proof that we must be getting something right!