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Church View Campsite at Suffolk Academy

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General

  • Friendly, simple site half a mile from pubs in the village of Barrow
  • In the grounds of a fitness centre with hairdresser and gym on site
  • Couple of minutes' walk to archery, horse riding and assault course

Back to school for your hols (gasp)? Panic not – Church View Campsite at Suffolk Academy is an entirely blackboard-free zone. In fact, this fab four-acre site is attached to a well-established fitness centre and event space in the little village of Barrow, 15 minutes’ drive from Bury St Edmunds.

Fitness fans, active types and those who just want to have a chuckle at their mates trying to scale sizeable obstacles should all have a whale of a time at this place. The on-site gym’s available to guests on a pay as you go basis, and open 24 hours a day for the hardcore types; if you’d rather work out in the open, drop in next door to the assault course at The Playground, fire a few arrows at the archery club or wander up the road to the local riding stables.

Activities are offered at additional cost and mostly suitable for adults or older kids; away from these, the site is simple, quiet and basic with no additional facilities for kids... just plenty of space to make your own entertainment, play or relax.

Yes, it’s possible that all this activity might mess your hair up... but no, you can’t use it as an excuse to duck out, for there’s a barber and hairdresser on site to restore your barnet to a beauteous state. And it’s worth bearing in mind that (as long as you’re not on some sort of self-inflicted bootcamp) you can reward your efforts with something tasty from the chippy, café or pubs 10 minutes’ stroll away.

Or if it’s all too much, just stay put for an evening’s cookout over a barbecue or a gathering at the campfire area (sometimes with a spectacular sunset to boot – fingers crossed).

Please note

No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

Facilities/activities including gym are subject to extra charges payable on arrival.

Group bookings of 3 or more units (e.g. tent, touring caravan, motorhome or accommodation hire) travelling together are not permitted via Pitchup.com.

The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act.

Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work-related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.

Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

On the 1st Sunday of every month the site hosts the start and finish of five- and 10-kilometre running races: this may include some amplified music from around 9am, kept to a reasonable level. In addition, the site hosts the start and finish of marathon events, beginning at 8am and finishing at 4pm and also including some music. These events are on 19/20 April and 5/6 October.

The events are part of the Great Barrow Challenge: guests are welcome to sign up.


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9.4

Overall rating based on 52 reviews

 

100% would recommend this site to a friend.

96% would stay here again.

  83% described as Peaceful ?

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Very warm welcome from Julie who guided us to a …24/02/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomJohn D.Confirmed

  • Electric grass touring pitch (water hook-up)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Very warm welcome from Julie who guided us to a section of the access road as the grass pitches were too wet. It's a lovely site with plenty of dog walks nearby. Tea rooms and post office just down the road with two dog friendly pubs in the village and two shops and a chippy!
    What more do you want?
    Would like to return in the summer with better weather.

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Excellent site, good facilities open and welcoming staff17/02/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomMichael B.Confirmed

  • Electric grass touring pitch (water hook-up)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Could not have asked for more, very welcoming and friendly site, due to the strong winds and risks of towing back on the Sunday morning, when asked if we could leave the caravan on site the response was a swift YES. no hassle. Will be back next weekend and staying over Friday & Saturday. There is even an assault course and Bow and Arrow or air rifle shooting available next door to the site

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Will be returning in the near future.05/01/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomDAVE C.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric grass touring pitch (water hook-up)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Ideal campsite location for visiting friends and family. Very clean site with loads of activities on site. Great for local amenities and long walks with the dog. Due to being the only vehicle on site and weather conditions we parked on the hard driveway and still able to reach the electric plug in. Very helpful and friendly owners.

    Disliked: 

    None.

From the manager...

It was lovely to see you again.

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I’m sure they will improve with hard standing ASAP25/11/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric grass touring pitch (water hook-up)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Very friendly and helpful owners

    Disliked: 

    Getting bogged in the grass pitch

From the manager...

We are aiming to have hard standing on some pitches very soon and will then make them available. With all the rain recently even our well drained land did struggle a little but these were clearly allocated as 'grass' pitches. Despite getting a little bogged in we hope you enjoyed the xmas market and hope to see you again :)

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Made to feel very welcome.18/11/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomGeraldine R.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric grass touring pitch (water hook-up)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Great site. Glen the owner is lovely. He has great visions for the future of this site. Would love to go back again in the warmer months. Near to the pubs in the village, lovely cafe nearby. Not far from Ickworth National Trust. Plenty to see and do in the local area. We had a fabulous time.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

From the manager...

We are glad you had a lovely time. Hope to see you again

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Suits us as a family.22/10/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomIan H.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric grass touring pitch (water hook-up)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The owners were friendly and helpful and on hsnd if needed.

    Disliked: 

    Wolud like the barrier to open automatically on leaving.

From the manager...

Thanks for the feedback. Our barrier is new and will be automatic very soon. We look forward to seeing you all again.

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Quiet ; convenient for the village ; excellent toilet / …30/09/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Quiet ; convenient for the village ; excellent toilet / shower facility ; excellent pitches; friendly, very helpful owners .

    Disliked: 

    Perhaps a little untidy in the ‘common’ area ?

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Easy to book, warm welcome, good facilities29/09/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomVikki N.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric grass touring pitch (water hook-up)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Easy to book, warm welcome, good facilities

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Nice peaceful site in Suffolk countryside.22/09/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomLee K.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Nice and peaceful. Tucked away in the Suffolk countryside. A short walk to the local shops and pubs.
    Facilities were adequate and of no issue.
    Informed of local facilities on arrival and told all we needed to know.
    A little bit of noise during the day from the Obstacle course next door, but hardly warrants a mention.
    If you’re a runner straight past the church is a good hill session!
    Overall worth a visit.

    Disliked: 

    The washing up hot water was a bit hit and miss for some reason. But only a minor point.

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Very clean site17/09/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomMike M.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric grass touring pitch (water hook-up)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Everything hosts nothing was a problem to help

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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Features

Coronavirus

Activities/entertainment run in smaller groups

Capacity reduced to increase social distancing

Check-in: contactless (in person)

Check-in: self check-in (unattended)

Dedicated toilet per pitch

Disinfectant sprays and wipes provided

Single sports (e.g. singles tennis) only

Staggered showering times

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Shop nearby

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

Pétanque

Play area

Take away

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Touring and motorhomes

Hard standings

Motorhome service point

Tourer storage facilities

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Nearby leisure

Horse riding nearby

Restaurant nearby

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Type

Small (11-25 pitches)

Themes

Peaceful

Location

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  • Suffolk Academy, Church Road, Barrow, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England, IP29 5AX
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 52.2515°N 0.5758°E

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Bury St Edmunds: Bus Station — 5.8 miles
Mildenhall: King Street Coach Stop — 6.9 miles
Newmarket: High Street Coach Stop — 7.3 miles
Train stations
Kennett Rail Station — 4.0 miles
Bury St Edmunds Rail Station — 5.8 miles
Newmarket Rail Station — 7.3 miles
Ferry ports
King's Lynn Ferry Landing — 35.7 miles
Airports
Cambridge Airport — 17.3 miles
London Stansted Airport — 28.3 miles

Directions


The entrance is opposite the church and through a Japanese archway.

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

Up for a challenge? The Playground, just next door, has a huge assault course to tackle, along with a collection of more kid-friendly obstacles. If that’s given you an appetite for such antics, follow up with a zip through the trees on the canopy trails at Go Ape!, half an hour away by car.

If that’s not really your style, perhaps trot up the road from the site to Barrow Hall Stables for riding lessons, countryside hacks and summer-hols activity days that should please pony-mad nippers. Want to see the gee-gees going full pelt? The famed racecourse at Newmarket is a 15-minute drive away.

Too much adrenaline? Calmer times are around too – perhaps in the cafés, gardens and abbey of Bury St Edmunds, or with a wander through the stunning gardens at Ickworth (even if you’re not usually one for a stately home, this one’s worth a visit – if only to marvel at its perfectly round Georgian rotunda building). Both are about 15 minutes away by car. The pretty half-timbered houses of Lavenham (half an hour away) are worth a look too.

Must see

  • Ickworth House, Park and Gardens (4.0 miles)
  • Newmarket Racecourses (8.3 miles)
  • The National Stud (9.9 miles)

National Trust

  • Ickworth House, Park and Gardens (4.0 miles)
  • Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds (6.0 miles)

Cycle routes

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

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

Policies

Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  12 p.m. –  9 p.m.
Depart by:  12 p.m.

Church View Campsite at Suffolk Academy cancellation policy

No refunds within 12 weeks of arrival date.

Changes cannot be made once you have booked.

No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.

Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.

Payment

A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. Church View Campsite at Suffolk Academy will debit the balance from your card 12 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 12 weeks then the balance will be taken immediately.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.

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Terms and conditions

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  • Does Church View Campsite at Suffolk Academy have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Church View Campsite at Suffolk Academy dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Church View Campsite at Suffolk Academy? Up for a challenge? The Playground, just next door, has a huge assault course to tackle, along with a collection of more kid-friendly obstacles. If that’s given you an appetite for such … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Church View Campsite at Suffolk Academy?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  12 p.m. –  9 p.m.
    Depart by:  12 p.m.
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  • How much does it cost to stay at Church View Campsite at Suffolk Academy? From £10 (for 1 night, 2 adults) - prices may change depending on your dates and party. Check prices and availability

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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the Pitchup.com terms and conditions.

Admission
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Arrivals and departures
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

Changes to your holiday
Changes cannot be made once you have booked.

Dogs
Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.
Guide dogs are allowed on site free of charge.
The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act.

Extras
Facilities/activities including gym are subject to extra charges payable on arrival.
Motorbike(s) can be brought instead of the car(s) included.

General
Quiet hours must be respected between 11 p.m. and 8 a.m..
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behaviour is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

Occupancy
Group bookings of 3 or more units (e.g. tent, touring caravan, motorhome or accommodation hire) travelling together are not permitted via Pitchup.com.
No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.

Vehicles
Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work-related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.
No vehicle movement between 12 a.m. and 6 a.m..
Only one car is to be parked by the pitch. Extra vehicles must be parked in the designated area.

Visitors
Visitors’ cars are not permitted on site.

Additional terms

On the 1st Sunday of every month the site hosts the start and finish of five- and 10-kilometre running races: this may include some amplified music from around 9am, kept to a reasonable level. In addition, the site hosts the start and finish of marathon events, beginning at 8am and finishing at 4pm and also including some music. These events are on 19/20 April and 5/6 October.

The events are part of the Great Barrow Challenge: guests are welcome to sign up.

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