Where to go camping in Suffolk this summer

where to go camping in Suffolk - Happy Days Retro Vacations

Due to the pandemic, many of us will be thinking about staying closer to home for our holidays this year. Campsites are now able to re-open, which is brilliant news for those in need of a quick getaway! We’ve put together a list of where to go camping in Suffolk this summer. It just goes to show that you don’t have to travel far to enjoy a nice holiday.

Mill Hill Farm Campsite – Darsham

Unwind at this relaxing and natural campsite, perfect for adults looking for a peaceful getaway. With 50 spacious pitches available for tents and caravans in a tree lined meadow, you can enjoy the panoramic views over farmland.

Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, Mill Hill Farm will not be accepting tent bookings and ask all visitors to use their own toilet and washing facilities where possible. There is an onsite shop which will be open and they sell any last minute essentials and snacks. Mill Hill Farm is also close to Dunwich which has plenty of interesting walks around Dunwich Heath and Beach or the RSPB Dingle Marshes. [Disclaimer: Georgia’s family run this campsite!] 

Happy days Retro Vacations – Saxmundham

Happy Days Retro Vacations is such a unique place to visit and experience glamping at its finest. You have the opportunity to stay in a vintage airstream caravan.

There are 8 caravans available that range in different sizes. There is a large shower and toilet block, a small playground as well as a vintage wood clad red shed which is an onsite cinema that shows classic family friendly films twice a week, this is free for the visitors staying at the campsite.

Happy Days Retro Vacations is close to Aldeburgh and Southwold which is perfect for those who love exploring beaches. Try some of the popular fish and chips that Aldeburgh has to offer or explore Southwold’s amusements on the pier.


Kettles Farm Glamping

Kettles Farm glamping offers a quiet rural countryside getaway to all guests. You are able to stay in one of the 4 glamping pods available. There are 3 large pods, the Kingfisher, Woodpecker, the Robin or the small glamping pod ‘Wren’. These pods are fully insulated and heated with electric and running water.

There is the opportunity to go fishing, just make sure to bring your own equipment. Rattlesden Village is a 20 minute walk away and has a village shop, post office and two pubs; The Brewers and The Five Bells. The Brewers serve wonderful lunch and dinner meals using local and fresh ingredients.

Kettles Farm Glamping is 6 miles from the gorgeous village Lavenham and 10 miles from Bury St Edmunds where you can visit the gorgeous Abbey Gardens.

Windmill Lodges- nr Framlingham

Windmill Lodges offer a range of log cabins with picturesque surroundings designed with couples, families and friends in mind. This campsite has 7 self-catering lodges available at all different sizes. These log cabins have their own private hot tub, coal effect fire, wooden floors, leather sofas, ensuite bathrooms and fully equipped kitchens.

The cabins surround a beautiful lake and the site is a five minute drive from Framlingham. The town has so much to offer from independent shops to cosy tearooms, and of course, the castle!

Kaya Lodge – Stonham Aspal

Go on safari in the heart of Suffolk! Kaya Lodge is a unique glamping experience featuring one beautifully styled, fully furnished lodge. The site is exclusive to you during your stay. If you’re concerned about social distancing then this is the perfect option for you. The safari tent can sleep up to 6 people and has large beds with Egyptian cotton bed linen, a fully equipped kitchen, shower room and WC.

Relax on site with a glass of wine looking over picturesque views of the Suffolk countryside. Enjoy a BBQ or head to nearby Framlingham for dinner at one of the many pubs. The Suffolk Owl Sanctuary and Stonham Barns are just two minutes down the road and the coast is 45 minutes away.

Swattesfield Campsite – Thornham Magna

Swattesfield Campsite has two cosy pixie huts, 5 boutique bell tends and a converted Suffolk hay cart to sleep in! You can also book a pitch for your own tent or campervan.

The site has 7 acres to explore, so plenty of space to distance. Thornham Fishery is close by, as is Thornham Walks with its 12 miles of trails, a playground and café. The Four Horse Shoes is said to be the oldest pub in Suffolk and is an easy walk from the campsite. Nearby attractions include Bressingham Steam Museum and Banham Zoo.

Suffolk Yurt Holidays – Bredfield, nr Woodbridge

Ever wondered what it was like to sleep in a yurt? Well, here is your chance to find out! Suffolk Yurt Holidays has 5 handcrafted yurts, all with comfy double beds and a woodburner. Each is nestled among wildflowers and ancient trees to make it a private experience.

The site has toilets and showers, a fire pit, kitchen, BBQ, play area and play barn. Woodbridge is just two miles down the road, Sutton Hoo and Rendlesham Forest with its UFO trail are a short drive away.

If you’d like your campsite to be added to our list of where to go camping in Suffolk, then drop us an email. We’d love to hear from you!

For more staycations ideas, read our guide to unique places to stay in Suffolk. 

About the Author: Chloe Lamb is a Fashion Communication & Promotion student and writer who focuses on fashion, lifestyle, books and mental health awareness. If she’s not writing for her blog awritedreamer.wordpress.com then you can find her with her nose in a book!