The Red Lion

From £27 For 1 night, 6 adults 9.1 183 reviews
The pub (added by manager 12 Sep 2022)
Great times, make lasting memories. (added by visitor 07 jun 2022)
Nice relaxing friendly site (added by visitor 05 sep 2022)
Simple site (added by visitor 26 jul 2022)

  • Pitches behind a traditional country pub in the Waveney Valley
  • A 10-minute drive from canoe hire on the river Waveney and two museums
  • Traditional pub grub menu and playground; close to the Angles Way
Pub grub, canoeing on the river Waveney and waterside wanders might very well make up some of your stay at The Red Lion in the Waveney Valley. With dog-friendly and family-friendly pitches in the grounds of a traditional country pub (where dogs are permitted in the outside area only), this site is not just for the foodies, although it certainly scores highly on that front thanks to its classic menu of pub grub. The site is 10 minutes’ drive away from a couple of museums (aviation and World War II included) and canoe hire for the river Waveney, which runs through the valley. In fact, the site is just 10 minutes’ stroll away from the riverbank, where you can walk right onto the Angles Way, a 93-mile trail along the riverside. On site, there’s an amenities block with a toilet, shower room and an outside washing-up area handy that's handy for dealing with barbecue aftermath. There’s a playground here where kids can run off any excess energy, perhaps while you supervise from over a pint in the pub’s outdoor seating. For snacks and that sort of thing, Harleston’s selection of supermarkets is five minutes’ drive away from the site. Handily, there’s a local bus route that runs past the outside of the pub, so it should be easy enough to get around the surrounding area. Please note the pub's opening hours: it is closed on Mondays, open between 12pm and 3pm on Tuesday through to Sunday and open in evenings from 5.30pm to 8pm for food (and until 10pm for drinks) on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Site type

Touring caravan pitches 11
Motorhome pitches 11
Tent pitches 1
Open all year
Please note
  • Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.
  • Your dog must be tattooed or microchipped.
  • The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act (i.e. Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, and Fila Brasileiro).
  • Bookings must not be for more than 28 consecutive nights.
  • At least one of the party members must be aged 18 or over.
  • Please note that the toilet/shower facilities are unisex.

Languages spoken

English

Reviews

91%

would recommend this site to a friend

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Only showing reviews for the last 30 months.

Great little site

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi 10
Kerry B. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Electric hardstanding and grass touring pitch

Liked: Pitch was little grass area with hardstanding patch and included picnic table...area that was ours well marked out. Toilets and shower clean and stocked lovely little essentials shop and selling hanging basket plants too and Christmas trees !! Lovely little camp site and although did not use the pub looked busy and cosy

Disliked: Nothing

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Excellent site, highly recommended.

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness No rating
Cleanliness 8
Wifi No rating
Tim L. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Electric hardstanding and grass touring pitch

Liked: Quiet location behind a nice country pub. Loads of hot water and very clean facilities. Site owner very approachable and helpful. Well located for Suffolk coast but far enough away from the tourist stuff.

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Great value for a peaceful getaway

Overall 8/10
Location 8
Value for money 8
Accommodation 8
Facilities / Activities 8
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 6
Cleanliness 6
Wifi 10
Anonymous The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Electric hardstanding and grass touring pitch

Liked: Easy going and friendly welcome, basic facilities including HOT water shower. Everything we needed without any fuss. Lovely peaceful site with beautiful countryside around, lots of walks from the site. Shop with essentials and pub onsite, Sunday lunch superb!

Disliked: Nothing!

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Waking up listening to woodpeckers in the trees around the site was…

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi 10
Nathan P. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Electric hardstanding and grass touring pitch

Liked: Waking up listening to woodpeckers in the trees around the site was the best Great place everybody was so accommodating the locals were so nice The pub had a charity coffee morning which was great and even though we broke down on-site they had no problem with us having to wait onsite for recovery on the day we left so we were later than usual leaving If you want a small site in a rural location then this is one of the best places you could go Great small site would definitely go back again

Disliked: Nothing

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Great site, great location and a great experience.

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 8
Facilities / Activities 8
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 8
Cleanliness 10
Wifi 8
Susan S. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Electric hardstanding and grass touring pitch

Liked: Set in an Idyllic location, The Red Lion was a small,friendly sight which enchanted us during our stay. We were greeted warmly by our host , who showed us to our pitch. The pitch was a good size with newly layed turf . We loved to sit out and watch an array of birds flitting through the shrubbery around us. There were 2 toilets adequate for the camp size. There was always hot water , the shower was good and the facilities kept clean. The red lion pub served excellent food. Service was great, staff were attentive and the Atmosphere warm and inviting . It provides a good base to travel . Harleston was 6 minutes up the road with quaint and quirky shops, which we enjoyed browsing. There was a small market on Saturday, well worth a visit. Local Pub, The Cap had live music, and let's face it you can't beat live music! A short walk from the site were , platforms on a local stream where you could lauch your canoes from. Alternatively Captain Cooks Canoes allows you to hire canoes, kayaks and Canadian canoes 2o minutes down the road, if that's what you're in too. I would definable recommend this site and will be returning this year.

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Nice peaceful site the owners were very freindly and helpful the pub…

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 8
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi 10
Neil R. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Electric hardstanding and grass touring pitch

Liked: Nice peaceful site the owners were very freindly and helpful the pub food was excellent and decently priced

Disliked: The pub wasn't open enough but I understand why as it was quiet

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Great pub, lovely food, friendly owners. Excellent stop over

Overall 10/10
Location 8
Value for money 10
Accommodation No rating
Facilities / Activities 8
Customer service 10
Child friendliness No rating
Cleanliness 10
Wifi 8
Emma C. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Electric hardstanding and grass touring pitch

Liked: Nice quiet site behind pub which serves great meals at affordable prices. We only stayed 1 night but would stay again as easy to get to and 10 mins walk from river for kayaking. Toilets were near and handy. Only 2 (one had shower as well) but It’s a small site so wasn’t a problem. Hard standing pitches were good little muddy at far end but to be expected with the amount of rain and flooding we have had over the last 5 months. Would recommend and definitely be back for food as it’s not that far from home.

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Friendly welcome and showed to our pitch. All facilities pointed out…

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 8
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi 10
Sarah E. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Electric hardstanding and grass touring pitch

Liked: Friendly welcome and showed to our pitch. All facilities pointed out to us and all questions answered with good cheer. Although there was some maintenance work going on (it is still early in the season), access to the toilet/shower was always available and there was no shortage of hot water. Pub food was a good standard and good value (note closed on Mondays). Good location for walking/cycling.

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Small, quiet site in a good touring location. It was a rather…

Overall 8/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 8
Facilities / Activities 6
Customer service 10
Child friendliness No rating
Cleanliness 8
Wifi 10
D T. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Electric hardstanding and grass touring pitch

Liked: Small, quiet site in a good touring location. It was a rather cold and damp period for our visit despite the caravan heating, but nevertheless an enjoyable mini-break. The pub was excellent, staff, food and beers. Plenty of hot water for showers and washing-up.

Disliked: Nothing

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A good value, small site, which had everything we needed.

Overall 8/10
Location 8
Value for money 8
Accommodation 6
Facilities / Activities 8
Customer service 8
Child friendliness No rating
Cleanliness 6
Wifi 10
Debbie B. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Electric hardstanding and grass touring pitch

Liked: We enjoyed staying on this small site adjacent to the Red Lion pub. We were welcomed by Mike and directed to our pitch with electric hookup and full WIFI. He told us about the onsite small shop with fresh eggs and honesty box for payment. There was easy access to the Angles Way for Riverside walks and to good cycle routes. I was also able to carry my paddleboard down a nearby footpath to access the River Waveney from a portage point to paddle one hour upstream and back. We both enjoyed the Friday evening early bird offer at the pub for a delicious fish n chip meal and a pint for £12. The shower room with toilet was adapted for the disabled and had hot water and a blow heater with plenty of space. About 10mins drive away is the excellent indoor and outdoor airfleet museum at Flixton.

Disliked: There is one shared toilet, other than the shower room, which was in the process of being decorated. A bit smelly, possibly due to poor drainage.

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Features

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

TV room

Take away

Tennis

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Car parking by pitch/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Portable toilet

Pub toilets

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Peaceful

Walkers' paradise

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Electric car charging point(s)

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Pub campsite

Small (11-25 pitches)

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Leisure/theme park nearby

Outdoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Watersports nearby

Touring and motorhomes

Drainage hook-up points for tourers

Motorhome service point

Seasonal pitches

Location

The Red Lion

117 High Road

Needham

Harleston

Norfolk

England

IP20 9LG

Directions

Timezone

Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)

GPS

52.38419°N
1.26946°W

Nearest transport

Coach
1.9 mi Broad Street
2.1 mi School Lane
6.9 mi Bus Station
Rail
6.2 mi Diss Rail Station
10.3 mi Halesworth Rail Station
11.6 mi Brampton (Suffolk) Rail Station
Ferry
16.9 mi Reedham Ferry South
16.9 mi Reedham Ferry North
17.5 mi Southwold Ferry Landing
Airport
19.8 mi Norwich International Airport

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

Activities on the river Waveney might have already given you a taste for the water… and if that’s the case, you can’t go far wrong with a beach day. While the valley scenery might suggest otherwise, the coast is within driving distance and that includes Southwold beach (45 minutes' drive), a sandy stretch with an amusement arcade on the pier and good windsurfing conditions, and Aldeburgh beach (55 minutes), known for its tasty fish and chips. Those of you who have kids fond of animals, Banham Zoo (half an hour) might be one afternoon out to add to the itinerary, while Camel Park Oasis (15 minutes) is another with camels in the limelight. And for a place with play areas and farm animals, Easton Farm Park (35 minutes) is your guy. To switch things up with a history-geared visit, you’ll have your pick of a few places, including the Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum (10 minutes), The 100th Bomb Group Memorial Museum (10 minutes) for historical accounts of American involvement in World War II and Bressingham Steam & Gardens (25 minutes) for a steam museum and gardens… or steam train trip of your own aboard one of the trains that are in action.

Water quality at nearby bathing waters

Name Distance Type 2020 2019 2018 2017
Southwold The Denes 17.8 mi Sea N/A N/A N/A N/A
Southwold The Pier 18 mi Sea N/A Good Good Excellent
Lowestoft (South Of Claremont Pier) 20.8 mi Sea N/A Good Good Good
Lowestoft (North Of Claremont Pier) 21 mi Sea N/A Good Good Good
Gorleston Beach 23.4 mi Sea N/A Excellent Excellent Excellent

Data source: European Environment Agency

Must see

Bressingham Steam and Gardens 9 mi

Banham Zoo 11.2 mi

Framlingham Castle 11.6 mi

Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery 16.9 mi

Colman's Mustard Shop and Museum 17 mi

National Trust

Sutton Hoo 20.3 mi

Orford Ness National Nature Reserve 23.1 mi

Elizabethan House Museum 24.5 mi

Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds 25.4 mi

Lavenham Guildhall 27.6 mi

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Other

Needham 1 mi

Syleham 2.2 mi

Fressingfield 3.3 mi

Pulham Market - Tivetshall St Margaret 3.6 mi

Hoxne 3.9 mi

Local events

  • Latitude Festival (Thursday 25 July 2024 – Thursday 25 July 2024)

    Beccles, Suffolk 13.9 mi

  • Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival (Saturday 28 September 2024 – Saturday 28 September 2024)

    Aldeburgh, Suffolk 18 mi

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Want to know more about camping in Norfolk?

  • Does The Red Lion have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is The Red Lion dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near The Red Lion? Activities on the river Waveney might have already given you a taste for the water… and if that’s the case, you can’t go far wrong with a beach day. While the valley … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of The Red Lion?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  Anytime –  Anytime
    Depart by:  Anytime
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  • How much does it cost to stay at The Red Lion? From £27 (for 1 night, 6 people) - prices may change depending on your dates and party.