The Suffolk Coast
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Our Guide to Family Camping on the Suffolk Coast

Turn back the clock a few years and camping was a far cry from what it is today. Whilst sleeping under the stars has always made for a great family holiday, today’s campsites offer some modern comforts to make your stay in the great outdoors even better!

Now camping has stepped up a notch with the addition of Glamping for those seeking a touch of luxury or simply something a little bit quirky…

Let’s start with Heathland Beach, a family run holiday park with excellent facilities including 3 heated pools, tennis courts, fishing, bar, play areas for children and access to a beautiful sandy beach. Located in the unspoilt seaside village of Kessingland near Lowestoft, this five star David Bellamy gold award winning Holiday Park caters for hire caravans, camping and touring. 

Travelling slightly south along the Suffolk Coast to Saxmundham is Mill Hill Farm Caravan and Camping Park

The peace and quiet of this campsite's surroundings makes this an ideal location for a 'get away from it all' relaxing break, with panoramic views over the farmland for those lazy breakfasts and stunning sunsets as a backdrop for your barbeques after a day’s fishing or sightseeing.

Staying in Saxmundham and with an eclectic range of quirky and unusual accommodation is Alde Garden camp site which is set within a 1-acre wildlife garden with great facilities including bikes, a communal campfire, off-licence service plus clean loos and showers. Oh, and did we mention there’s a traditional real ale pub on site too!

Winner of one of the David Bellamy Gold Award for conservation is Haw Wood Farm. Located nearby the lovely village of Darsham, this peaceful site for touring caravans and tents is known for their spacious pitches, friendly service and Platinum award winning bathroom facilities. The site is particular popular with kids of all ages for its superb play area!

Located right on the beach at Dunwich, and close to RSPB Minsmere and Dunwich Heath sits Cliff House Holiday Park. Cliff House is an award winning 30 acre 5 star EATB rated Holiday Park specialising in lodges, static caravans, camping and touring caravan pitches. Stay here and you’ll be perfectly placed for visiting the seaside towns of Southwold and Aldeburgh.

If you fancy trying something a bit quirky, go for a slice of vintage Americana right here in Suffolk! Happy Days Retro Vacations is a small campsite where visitors can live out their dreams of old Hollywood glamour by renting a beautifully restored Airstream trailer. There are also four camping pitches available for either tents, campervans or retro caravans.

Glamping is all the rage right now, not least of all on the Suffolk Coast…

If you’ve always fancied camping but can’t quite bring yourself to leave all the comforts of home behind, Glamping could be the answer!

Secret Meadows, which is tucked away in the pretty town of Woodbridge takes glamping to new heights. All the accommodation units have a private loo, basin and hot shower, as well as traditional kitchen facilities with Belfast sink and hot and cold running water. Beds are ready-made and organic towels provided.

Luxurious Bell tents and a Shepherds Hut are just two of the eco-friendly options on offer at Wardley Hill Campsite near the Suffolk market town of Bungay.

Wild flowers and grass are left to grow to encourage butterflies and bees, although there is still plenty of space to throw a Frisbee or perhaps have a game of rounders!

Kenton Hall Estate welcomes happy Glampers to its tranquil woodland setting. The Yurt, Shepherds Hut and Bell Tents are set in their own secluded plot and are designed and furnished to an extremely high standard ensuring luxury and comfort. 

And when they say luxury – they mean it! Think king size beds, 100% cotton sheets, log burning stoves and private shower rooms...

When you need a break from cooking over the camp fire or barbeque, find a local pub serving home cooked food or a family friendly restaurant - There’s loads to choose from and many within walking distance of these campsites.

For a full range of self-catering cottages, B&B’s and hotels on the Suffolk Coast check out our ‘Where to Stay’ guide


Things to see and do


Southwold Pier

Southwold Pier

Southwold

Southwold is a popular destination for the many visitors to the East Coast and its most prominent attraction, the pier, hosts a wide range of things to see and do.

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Beccles Lido & Big Dog Ferry

Beccles Lido & Big Dog Ferry

Beccles

Come down to Beccles in the Summer Holidays and enjoy the amazing views and facilities of the Lido. The Lido is open for public swimming from 28th May 2016

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Landguard Fort

Landguard Fort

Felixstowe

Discover the rich military and maritime heritage of Landguard Fort, one of England's best preserved coastal defences, with a history spanning almost 450 years. 

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Long Shop Museum

Long Shop Museum

Leiston

Located at the heart of the original Richard Garrett and Sons Town Works, The Long Shop museum tells an inspiring story of enterprise and endeavor through its stunning collections, hands-on displays and the remarkable family behind the factory.

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Wheelchair Accessible


East Anglia Transport Museum

East Anglia Transport Museum

Lowestoft

The only museum in East Anglia where you can ride on working trams, trolley buses and narrow gauge railway!

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Dog friendly


Pleasurewood Hills

Pleasurewood Hills

Lowestoft

The brain child of a local entrepreneur, Pleasurewood Hills has grown every single year, making it one of the most popular attractions in the East.

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Wheelchair Accessible


RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve

RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve

Westleton

Discover nature together on the beautiful Suffolk coast. Wander among the wetlands and woods, potter along the beach, and pause to watch some amazing wildlife. Explore the Wild Zone with the family, then sample some delicious home-cooked, locally-sourced food in the cafe.

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Sizewell B Visitors Centre

Sizewell B Visitors Centre

Sizewell B is the UK’s only Pressurised Water Reactor (PWR) and also the most modern nuclear power station in the UK. The visitor centre offers a unique insight into this technology in an interactive exhibition, there is also a classroom facility and the opportunity to pre book a tour of the power station.

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Coastal Voyager

Coastal Voyager

Coastal Voyager is the perfect activity for all ages ranging from families with children to work groups.


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Dog friendly


Southwold Boating Lake and Tearoom

Southwold Boating Lake and Tearoom

Southwold

So much more than glorious cream teas and freshly baked cakes and pastries, tasty breakfasts, lunches and homemade snacks - Southwold Boating Lake and Tearoom is one of the gems of Southwold.

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Dog friendly


The Suffolk Punch Trust

The Suffolk Punch Trust

Woodbridge

The Suffolk Punch Trust is an educational and environmental charity dedicated to breeding and preserving the Suffolk Punch horse. Our home, the Hollesley Bay Colony Stud, is the world’s oldest and largest Suffolk Punch stud farm. It is the perfect place to meet out magnificent horses, to find out how they shaped the landscape of East Anglia and helped to develop farming throughout the Eastern Counties.

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Dog friendly


Snape Maltings

Snape Maltings

Snape

Newson Garrett started malting at Snape in 1854 and the site grew to become Suffolk’s largest maltings complex. The striking complex of brick and slate buildings that he established is now Grade II listed and one of the few remaining Maltings complexes in Britain which has retained all of his buildings, spanning some 7 acres.

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Free wifi


Easton Farm Park

Easton Farm Park

Woodbridge

Home to plenty of animals, including a new contingent of ducklings, lambs, foals, chicks, piglets and calves every spring, Easton Farm Park never ceases to be a popular day out for families and school trips.

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Dog friendly


Moth Crafts

Moth Crafts

Bungay

Moth is a charming shop full to the brim of handmade articles from makers across Suffolk and Norfolk.

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Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible


Beacon Rally Karts

Beacon Rally Karts

Woodbridge

Beacon Rally Karts is a great place to enjoy fast, furious, four-wheeled fun. Head out to Beacon Farm in Martlesham, close to the Suffolk market town of Woodbridge and you’ll be warmly greeted by Phil and Louise Abbott; owners of the farm and the karting circuit. They moved to the farm in 1992, started the racing business and have never looked back since.

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Africa Alive!

Africa Alive!

Kessingland

At Africa Alive!, explore the sights and sounds of Africa and discover lions, giraffes, meerkats, hunting dogs and many more animals from the African continent.

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Southwold Railway Trust

Southwold Railway Trust

Southwold

For a fifty year period The Southwold Railway linked the seaside town to nearby Halesworth and the main Great Eastern line.

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WHERE TO EAT


South Kiosk at Martello Park

South Kiosk at Martello Park

A hop skip and a jump from Felixstowe Beach, Suffolk, South Kiosk is described as a 'Great little find' by customers reviews on TripAdvisor. Home made baked goods and cake, organic juices, fruit smoothies and ice cream. Dog friendly, with plenty of outside seating and a picnic area.

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Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible

where to stay


Haw Wood Farm

Haw Wood Farm

Winners of the AA’s Most Improved Campsite 2017! Haw Wood Farm is a peaceful site near Darsham for touring caravans and tents known for their spacious pitches and friendly service. 

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Free wifi Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible


Cliff House Holiday Park

Cliff House Holiday Park

Cliff House is an award winning 30 acre 5 star EATB rated holiday park in Dunwich, specialising in lodges, static caravans, self catering; including investment purchase self catering, camping and touring caravan pitches. 

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Free wifi Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible


Heathland Beach Holiday Park

Heathland Beach Holiday Park

Kessingland

Heathland Beach is a family run holiday park with excellent facilities including 3 heated pools, tennis courts, fishing, bar, play areas for children and access to a beautiful sandy beach.

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Happy Days Retro Vacations 

Happy Days Retro Vacations

Saxmundham

A slice of vintage Americana has arrived in Suffolk. Happy Days Retro Vacations is a small campsite where visitors can live out their dreams of old Hollywood glamour by renting a beautifully restored Airstream trailer.

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Dog friendly


Wardley Hill Campsite

Wardley Hill Campsite

Bungay

Wardley Hill Campsite is a new eco campsite offering unregimented and relaxed car free camping. Luxurious Bell Tents and a Shepherds Hut are on offer for those of you who don't want to pack your own tent pegs. Close to the Suffolk Coast and on the edge of the Norfolk Broads the site is perfectly situated for your East Anglian getaway.

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Dog friendly


Mill Hill Farm Caravan & Camping Park

Mill Hill Farm Caravan & Camping Park

Saxmundham

The peace and quiet of this camp site's surroundings makes this an ideal location for a 'get away from it all' relaxing break, with panoramic views over the farmland for those lazy breakfasts and stunning sunsets as a backdrop for your barbeques after a day’s fishing or sightseeing.

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Dog friendly


Alde Garden

Alde Garden

A tiny site with an eclectic range of quirky and unusual accommodation, set in the garden of an award winning pub

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Free wifi


Secret Meadows

Secret Meadows

Tucked away at a 115-acre wildlife site, Secret Meadows takes glamping to new heights. 

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Free wifi