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Travel just four miles inland from the sunny Suffolk coastline and you’ll arrive at this little gem on the outskirts of Wenhaston. Heathside Caravans is an all-year-round delight, especially seeing as the prices here stay fixed throughout its 365-day opening. So there really is no ‘bad’ time to book yourself into one the deluxe pods on offer. The newly planted hedges and excellently maintained grounds at this smart Suffolk site have been put in place by the site’s friendly, hands-on owners, and attention to detail like this will be sure to make you smile.
With one double and two bunks, a sink, kitchenette, table and chairs and heating, the snug, efficient and wonderfully self-sufficient up-to-the minute pods available at Heathside are little TARDISes that the Doctor himself would be proud of (bet he wishes he’d made time to stay in one too). Open (what looks like) a cupboard door and low and behold, an ensuite awaits - you needn’t ever leave! We highly recommend you do though, if only to check out the well-kept surroundings and refurbished shower block or to stock up on goods from the handy on-site shop and off licence.
See Heathside Caravans and you’ll see greenery - so it’s well worth stepping out from your uber-modern pod to take in the traditional sights on the doorstep. Set in the heart of Suffolk’s finest scenery, this small and pretty site has its own nature trail and lake - so you and the kids can really get up close with nature. Children will be occupied for hours as they take to the play area on site - perfect for tiring them out, just a little, to make the quiet night’s sleep you’ll get here even better. Grown-ups can hop in a buggy for a round of golf at Halesworth Golf Club, where guests of Heathside can also enjoy 10% off.
Acres of land surround the site entwined with footpaths for all abilities, but if rambling isn’t for you, fear not! You can hire bikes from the site to make getting around that much brisker and the flats of Suffolk mean you can venture all the further as you pedal away on your days out. For the really adventurous, horse riding is very popular in the area too. All that fresh air worn you out? The perfect remedy is close by. In fact, three perfect remedies are close by. Local pubs offering ales from the IPA brewery in Bury St Edmunds (just over an hour away) and many more satisfying tipples, are just down the road - including one recommended by the all-knowing, all-powerful Good Pub Guide.
History buffs head to Aldeburgh, Snape, Beccles and Halesworth; animals lovers prowl to Southwold’s African Adventure; thrill-seekers check in at Lowestoft’s Pleasurewood Hills; twitchers flock to Minsmere. After a beach? You’ll be hard to pressed not to find one with the coast just four miles away. Either around the corner or slightly further afield, Heathside is neatly placed in the middle of plenty to see and do which will ensure the dreaded ‘I’m bored’ will never be uttered on a stay here.
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Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Touring and motorhomes
Drainage hook-up points for tourers
Fully serviced pitches
Motorhome service point
Water hook-up points for tourers
Commercial vehicles allowed
Horse riding nearby
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Public transport nearby
Small (11-25 pitches)
- Coach stations
Beccles: Old Market Coach Stop — 9.9 miles
9.9 miles Bungay: Earsham Street Coach Stop — 10.8 miles
10.8 miles Harleston (Norfolk): Broad St Coach Stop — 12.2 miles
- Train stations
Halesworth Rail Station — 2.8 miles
2.8 miles Darsham Rail Station — 3.3 miles
3.3 miles Brampton (Suffolk) Rail Station — 5.4 miles
- Ferry ports
Walberswick Ferry Landing — 4.9 miles
4.9 miles Southwold Ferry Landing — 4.9 miles
4.9 miles Reedham Ferry South — 16.6 miles
Norwich International Airport — 27.0 miles
Coming from Wenhaston village turn right after the Star pub into Blackheath Road, and carry on until you come to us on the left.
From A12 come into Wenhaston turn left into Blackheath Road just before the Star pub, and carry on until you come to us on the left.
History enthusiasts with love staying at Heathside Caravans - the ideal base for getting around the towns and villages of Halesworth, which is less than a 15-minute drive away, and Aldeburgh, Snape and Beccles which are all about half an hour away (in their respective directions). Dating back to Anglo-Saxon times and dotted along the River Alde, each of their quiet streets is great for gently brushing up on your English history and heritage knowledge and swanning in and out of antique shops. We think they’re pretty attractive for tucking into a coffee and slice of cake too. Framlingham Castle, just 30 mins from the campsite, will also keep young Horrible Histories fans entertained - and grown-up ones too. The twelfth century fortress was once the refuge of Mary Tudor and you can explore over 800 years of life at the castle at the ‘From Powerhouse to Poorhouse’ exhibition. The themed trails and audio tour explain the castle’s colourful past making a royally good day out.
Suffolk is Constable country, so enjoy some time taking a few snaps or trying your own sketches of the countryside, harbours and coastal views that scatter the area. The Snape Maltings is home to an impressive arts complex on the banks on the River Alde and bursting with events and activities, check out the concert hall for evening entertainment. Arts and music fans - the annual Latitude festival takes place just four miles away too. Southwold’s pier with it’s very English multi-coloured beach huts, and Aldeburgh’s beach, are perfect for an ice cream or fish and chips (or both) and reminding you just how much you do like to be beside the seaside. Lowestoft, 30 mins north, is slighter bigger with traditional seaside amusements and Pleasurewood Hills, a nifty tucked-away theme park complete with rollercoasters and attractions for all. With family-friendly activities all over, the littlest (and often hardest-to-please) family member, right up to the eldest, will be taken with the charm of the Suffolk coast.
The harbour at Old Felixtowe, which is about an hour’s drive from Heathside, runs boat trips to the nature reserves on Bawdley Island. With wildlife popping up every which way, the things to spot are endless. If you fancy a slightly more adventurous nature scout, Southwold’s African Adventure is a walking safari set in 100 acres with giraffes, chimps and cheetahs - not your average Suffolk sights. Children can get really hands-on as they grab their nets and get rockpooling at Walberswick beach (around a 15-minute drive from Heathside) - a spot popular for crabbing. Twitchers should visit the RSPB reserve at Minsmere to catch sight of a variety of rare birds. The woodland, wetland and coastline here are impressive too - we’re told you may even glimpse a shy otter.
If you’re staying at Heathside for a little while, set off early and spend the whole day on the Norfolk Broads (approx 1h 15m north) or drive south for around an hour and a half to the villages of Long Melford and Lavenham with their beautifully preserved, medieval timber-framed houses. If you’re feeling really wild, Go Ape! in Thetford Forest (1h 30mins west) will have you swinging (and shaking) between the treetops - don’t look down and you’ll be just fine.
- Framlingham Castle (10.9 miles)
- Somerleyton Hall and Gardens (15.0 miles)
- Orford Castle (15.4 miles)
- Orford Ness National Nature Reserve (15.6 miles)
- Sutton Hoo (17.9 miles)
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