Activities at Hales Hall

Dining at Hales Hall

Dining in Style

We pride ourselves on the quality of the food and drink we offer at Hales Hall & The Great Barn. Inspired by the seasonal produce from our gardens and the incredible suppliers from the land and coast of Norfolk and Suffolk, our award-winning chefs have curated menus for every occasion. From an informal Friday night supper to a lavish Sunday roast or post-party BBQ in the garden, we can create a feast to wow your family and friends. All enquiries to nwbdhospitality.co.uk

Picnic at Hales Hall

Picnic in the meadow

Make the most of our glorious gardens and meadows in the summer months with a lavishly styled picnic laid on by our team of experts. Vintage furniture, straw bales, cushions, rugs and throws create a stunning backdrop for your family and friends to enjoy and to create Insta-worthy photos. Hampers spilling over with salads, sandwiches, pies and pastries will delight guests young and old. Theme your picnic for added fun, from Downton Abbey to Peaky Blinders, or Day of the Dead to English Seaside Chic. What are you waiting for?! From £35 per person. Minimum 20 people.

Fire pit at Hales Hall

Alfresco cocktails by the fire

When the sun sets on Sunday evening and there is no way you are going to let the fun end, why not celebrate with our cocktails & canapes experience around the firepit. Our master mixologist will create your favourite drinks while our team serve your guests with pre-dinner nibbles or opt for a post-dinner treat with aperitifs and indulgent chocolate and marshmallow s’mores to toast in the flames. From £35 per person. Minimum 20 people.

Cookery lessons at Hales Hall

Cookery lessons

Under the expert guidance of one of our master chefs, you can learn the art of the chocolatier or how to create the perfect patisserie. Or if entertaining on a larger scale is more your thing, then take our dinner party class and enjoy the fruits of your labours once you have finished preparing them. Menus created to suit your taste and dietary needs using the finest local produce. From £120 per person. Minimum 8 people.

Walking at Hales Hall

Country walks

One of the greatest joys of staying at Hales is the ability to walk out of any gate and immerse yourself in the glorious Norfolk countryside. Surrounded, as we are by acres and acres of meadowland and arable fields, you can head out to enjoy some wonderful fresh air and breath-taking landscapes. The easiest circuit is a 15-minute perimeter of our grounds or for a little more effort a 40-minute lap of Hales Common carpeted in buttercups is a must. For the more adventurous still there are multiple circular walks we can introduce you to along a network of picturesque footpaths.

Clay shooting at Hales Hall

Clay pigeon shooting

Experience the thrill of firing a gun and hitting clay after clay in our beautiful grounds in the safe hands of the team from the Philip Thorrold Shooting Academy. These champion marksmen and women will provide all the guidance and equipment you need, including mobile clay traps on remote control, clay targets from multiple angles and speeds, safety goggles and ear defenders. Learn a new skill or brush up on an existing one while building team spirit and a competitive edge! All ages and abilities welcome. No previous experience required. Cost is £90.00 per guest which includes shooting up to 100 clays and all equipment. (+ 30p per cartridge)

Archery at Hales Hall

Archery and Axe throwing

Discover your inner Robin Hood and learn the ancient art of archery. Or release any pent up ‘frustrations’ you may have with a spot of axe and knife throwing (!) in the beautiful grounds of Hales Hall, all in the safe and expert hands of the team at Archery Adventures. Great for team building or just some simple fun in the fresh air with family and friends. All equipment is provided. No previous experience required. From £25 per person. Minimum 6 people. Maximum 12.

Gardening at Hales Hall

Gardening lessons

If wondering around the grounds of Hales Hall has inspired you, why not learn how to take some of the magic back home? Our expert staff offer gardening lessons in our Victorian greenhouses. Discover the art of vegetable growing based on the produce of our own kitchen garden or learn how to create stunning herbaceous borders like those in our Yew Avenue. Cuttings and potted plants to take home. From £45 per person. Minimum 8 people.

Flower arranging at Hales Hall

Flower arranging

Learn the art of floral design with our award-winning floral artists. Explore traditional techniques of selecting and caring for the flowers then be inspired by the craft of transforming them into a masterpiece. From hand tied bouquets and simple buttonholes to table centres or grand creations, we can tailor-make the session to suit the standard and tastes of your group. No previous experience required. From £35 per person. Minimum 8 people. Maximum 12.

Chocolate making at Hales Hall

Chocolate making and tasting

Have an award-winning chocolate maker take you through a single origin tasting, followed by deep diving into the secrets of chocolate making. A hands-on experience, in the stunning Hales Hall kitchen, you’ll learn how to make your own chocolate bar from roasted cocoa beans, tasting at every stage. Created for chocolate lovers, who want to gain delicious insider knowledge. From £45 per person. Minimum 8 people. Maximum 12.

Wine Tasting at Hales Hall

Wine tasting

Sitting in the middle of the East Anglian Wine Route, Hales Hall is the perfect place to enjoy a spot of local wine tasting. Get to know the grape varieties that flourish here and the techniques used to make fine English wine with master growers from nearby Chet Vineyard. During the summer months you can relax on the lawn while trying a glass of rose or sparkling white. Or cosy up by the fire in the house on a winter’s night with your family and friends and taste the magnificent full-bodied reds. (Vineyard tours available too). From £20 per person. Minimum 8 people.

Charcuterie tasting at Hales Hall

Charcuterie tasting

East Anglia is famed for its abundant natural produce from the fertile farmland to the rich seas that surround us. With a passion for creating the highest quality pork products the team at Marsh Pig offer tastings and curing & smoking courses. At their countryside facility just 8 miles from Hales, you can enjoy a day’s course covering: quality meat selection, sourcing, curing, air-drying and smoking. Or enjoy a tasting of their delicious truffle salami, chilli beef jerky and hot chorizo in the comfort of Hales Hall with a talk from the producers themselves. And why not pair it with a glass of local wine? From £175 for a full day course, including an informal lunch. (Private courses and tastings available).

Glamping at Hales Hall


This is your chance to invite a few more of your family and friends to experience the magic of Hales Hall. With our luxury accommodation sleeping 25 guests, our glamping packages are for one night only and enable you to have extra guests to stay over on the night of your wedding day or special party. We create a bespoke campsite of beautiful bell tents decked out with vintage furniture and fairy lights. From £2,320 for five bell tents (sleeping 10 – 20 guests), including luxury toilet facilities.

Spa & Beauty Treatments at Hales Hall

Spa and Beauty Treatments

Unwind with a relaxing treatment from the expert therapists at My Blissful Retreat, our trusted visiting spa company. Choose from a specialist menu of luxurious massages, indulgent body scrubs, seaweed facials, manicures, pedicures and even full bespoke wedding packages. You know you want to! From £39 per person for 30 mins – minimum 6 people. Or £69 per person for 60 mins – minimum 4 people.

Yoga at Hales Hall


Gather friends and family together and welcome in calm and wisdom while dispelling all negative energy with a private yoga class on the lawns of Hales Hall or in the cathedral-like space of The Great Barn. Yoga instructor Gwenaelle encourages an inquisitive and intelligent approach to her holistic practice. She tailors classes to individual students of any age, level of fitness or ability. Her style is eclectic, varied, and fun. From £20 per person. Minimum 8 people.

Private Theatre at Hales Hall

Private Theatre

Private Theatre Create a celebration like no other with Revels In Hand; a private theatre service bringing West End-quality professional productions into the comfort and intimacy of private venues. Imagine scenes from A Midsummers Night’s Dream played out amongst guests at a summer picnic or tailored extracts of A Christmas Carol during a candlelit dinner. Choose from their menu of curated plays or even commission a dramatisation of a couple’s romance story to celebrate their wedding! All prices are completely bespoke so please contact us for more details.

Boating on the Broads near Hales Hall

Boating on the Broads

Make the most of our location on the edge of the world-famous Norfolk Broads National Park. Take to the helm of a pleasure cruiser for the afternoon and explore this unique network of rivers and lakes at your own pace. Take a picnic with you or stop off at one of the many waterside pubs along the way. Collect your boat from nearby Beccles or Wroxham. Suitable for families and friends of all ages. Pets welcome. From £21 an hour per person in a shared boat or £190 for the whole day in your private craft. Capacity 8 people.

Coast trips at Hales Hall

Suffolk Heritage Coast trips

Just a 25-minute drive from Hales this stretch of East Suffolk coastline has been designated an area of outstanding natural beauty. A must for foodies and a wildlife lover’s paradise, the area is also popular with artists, musicians and writers. The seaside town of Southwold and pretty neighbouring village of Walberswick make a wonderful afternoon trip. A little further along the coast is the world-renowned music venue Snape Maltings and the tourist favourite of Aldeburgh.

Norfolk seal colony near Hales Hall

Norfolk beaches and seal colony

For a taste of some of Norfolk’s finest beaches head east to Winterton on Sea. Stroll along the soft sand for mile upon uninterrupted mile, stop for a snack at the charming Dunes Café or head along to the world-famous seal colony at Horsey. Horsey offers a great opportunity to watch the seals from the viewing platform and enjoy some bird watching in this natural wildlife sanctuary.

Hales Hall Activities

Historic Norwich

Often voted the best place to live in the UK, Norfolk’s capital is a charming cathedral city that boasts an imposing castle on a hill, riverside walks as well as a flourishing arts and cultural scene. It also has the honour of being named England’s first UNESCO city of literature. With an impressive array of independent shops and high-street brands, plus a multitude of award-winning bars and restaurants, this city mixes Medieval charm with modernity and is great place to visit.

Hot Air Balloon Rides near Hales Hall

Hot Air Balloon Rides

Take to the skies just before dusk (or just after dawn if you’re an early bird) in a majestic hot air balloon to experience views of the panoramic Suffolk countryside, coasts and heaths – designated a world heritage site of outstanding beauty. Or float over the historic city of Norwich before drifting across the breath-taking rivers and lakes of the world-famous Norfolk Broads National Park.

Helicopter rides at Hales Hall

Helicopter rides

Experience the thrill of flying high above the Norfolk and Suffolk countryside and along our beautiful coastline in a helicopter. The team at Virage Helicopter Academy will ensure you have a flight to remember. With lots of options to choose from, including taking the controls of the helicopter yourself, you are spoilt for choice! From £160.00 shared between 3 people for a 20-minute flight. Trial lessons start at £155 per person.

Skydiving at Hales Hall


Do you dare? Go on! Why not experience your very first skydive with a tandem jump with the expert instructors just down the road from us at UK Parachuting? Soar up to 13,000 ft on board the aircraft, enjoy the thrill of the free fall and then float back down to earth safe in the hands of the experts, enjoying the spectacular Norfolk countryside beneath you. Previous jumpers welcome too. From £215 per person.

Horse-riding at Hales Hall

Horseback Beach Rides

Take the opportunity to visit our beautiful nearby coastline and ride along the sand on one of the magnificent horses from the local stables. With the wind in your hair and the salt spray at your feet this is the perfect activity to blow away a hangover, or just experience the beauty of the ‘borderland’ areas of Norfolk and Suffolk. Open to all ages from two to 92 and beyond! From £38.50 per person in a group or £52.50 for a private session.

A magical medieval escape in the heart of the Norfolk countryside. Stay with us and indulge in five-star comfort surrounded by breath-taking gardens and wild meadows.

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