The Tedding

From £25 For 1 night, 2 adults
Kentwell Hall's moat and bridge (added by manager 24 Aug 2023)
View to the east across the tedding (added by manager 24 aug 2023)
The tedding facing south towards the church and long melford (added by manager 14 aug 2023)
Pitching field facing west (added by manager 14 aug 2023)

  • Peaceful four-acre field just outside the village of Long Melford
  • A 10-minute drive to Lavenham; 50 minutes to Cambridge
  • In the grounds of historic Kentwell Hall, with shop on site
The journey into The Tedding is rather a fabulous one – you’ll pass through the historic Suffolk village of Long Melford, home to England’s longest stretch of 16th-century houses, go over the Roman bridge, pass the village green and arrive at the gates to Kentwell Avenue, a reportedly haunted avenue of lime trees that stretches for three quarters of a mile down to Tudor Kentwell Hall. It's down here at Kentwell Hall that you’ll arrive at your destination – The Tedding is a four-acre field within the grounds of this historic park, which served as an army camp in both world wars (you may well spot the graffiti of World War II soldiers on the gateposts if you know where to look). These days, this is a particularly peaceful spot, surrounded by trees and rural views and with plenty of wildlife to look out for (raptors overhead and muntjac or moles at ground level). The camping field has been left vehicle free, so it’s nicely safe and quiet for all guests. Gates are locked at night for added security. There’s no electricity here, and no public lighting, so it’s a good idea to bring a torch along to help you find your way around after dark. Toilets, a chemical disposal point and water supply are provided, and there’s a unisex disabled toilet about 300 metres away (alongside the estate shop, which is usually open until 5pm). Back in the village centre (a mile and a half away) there are a couple of restaurants and supermarkets, with a tearoom at the foot of Kentwell Avenue as well.

Site type

Tent pitches 25
Opens 5 July
Please note
  • This site has no on-site shower facilities.
  • Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.
  • The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act (i.e. XL Bully, Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, and Fila Brasileiro).
  • Group bookings of 2 or more units (e.g. tent, touring caravan, motorhome or accommodation hire) travelling together are not permitted via
  • Group bookings of 10 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).
  • Single-sex bookings of 6 or more people (couples and immediate family members excepted) are not permitted via
  • No hen/stag parties permitted via
  • Facilities/activities including access to Kentwell Hall & Gardens are subject to extra charges payable on arrival.
  • Twin axle vehicles are not permitted on site.
  • No cars/motorbikes by the pitch/unit. All cars must be parked in the designated area.
  • At least one of the party members must be aged 21 or over.
  • Minimum spacing of 6 metres between pitches.
  • Guests are advised to bring a good quality torch with them as parts of the site are unlit.
  • Please note that the toilet facilities are unisex.
  • There is no reception on-site: on arrival please contact the number provided on your booking confirmation.
  • Fires, barbecues and/or firepits will not be permitted in dry, windy and/or hot weather conditions.

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Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment


Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

TV room

Take away



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


Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Portable toilet

Pub toilets

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area


Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome


Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Camping 2.0

Jumbo tent pitches



Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Wildlife haven


Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Electric car charging point(s)

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby



Pop-up campsite

Small (11-25 pitches)

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Tennis nearby


The Tedding

Kentwell Hall

Long Melford




CO10 9BA



Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)



Nearest transport

10.6 mi Bus Station
13.4 mi Station Road West
14.8 mi Village Hall
4 mi Sudbury (Suffolk) Rail Station
8.7 mi Bures Rail Station
11 mi Bury St Edmunds Rail Station
23.8 mi Brightlingsea Ferry Landing
23.9 mi Point Clear Ferry Landing
24.9 mi Harwich International Ferry Terminal
24.2 mi London Stansted Airport
24.6 mi Cambridge 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

This part of Suffolk is packed with pretty villages and towns to visit – starting, of course, with Long Melford, which is home to Melford Hall as well as your own Kentwell Hall. The half-timbered houses of Lavenham (10 minutes’ drive) are worth checking out too, as is the attractive town of Sudbury (10 minutes). The countryside is equally gorgeous around here – this is ‘Constable country’, after all, and full of the landscapes that inspired the famous artist. The Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is the place to soak some of this up, and particularly the area around Flatford Mill (40 minutes). Hilly Ridge Alpacas (half an hour) and Boydells Dairy Farm (35 minutes) are the places to take the kids if they’re more into cute animals than scenic walks. For more of an urban day out, head to Bury St Edmunds (half an hour) to see the cathedral and abbey ruins or catch the park & ride bus for a wander around Cambridge (50 minutes) to see its famed colleges and have a go at punting along the river.

Water quality at nearby bathing waters

Name Distance Type 2020 2019 2018 2017
Brightlingsea 23.4 mi Estuary N/A Excellent Excellent Excellent
West Mersea 24.1 mi Sea N/A Good N/A N/A
Dovercourt 26.2 mi Sea N/A Excellent Excellent Excellent
Jaywick 27.8 mi Sea N/A Good Good Good
Clacton Beach Martello Tower 28.1 mi Sea N/A Good Good Good

Data source: European Environment Agency

Must see

Ickworth House, Park and Gardens 9.3 mi

East Anglian Railway Museum 11.8 mi

Colchester Castle Museum 16 mi

firstsite 16.1 mi

Colchester Zoo 16.7 mi

National Trust

Melford Hall 0.8 mi

Lavenham Guildhall 3.4 mi

Ickworth House, Park and Gardens 9.2 mi

Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds 10.1 mi

Thorington Hall 11.9 mi

Cycle routes

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




Long Melford - Stour Valley Way - Glemsford - Long Melford 0.8 mi


Glemsford - Cavendish - Pentlow - Foxearth - Glemsford 2.2 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 Suffolk?

  • Does The Tedding have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is The Tedding dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near The Tedding? This part of Suffolk is packed with pretty villages and towns to visit – starting, of course, with Long Melford, which is home to Melford Hall as well as your own Kentwell … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of The Tedding?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  9:30 a.m. –  7:30 p.m.
    Depart by:  3 p.m.
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  • How much does it cost to stay at The Tedding? From £25 (for 1 night, 2 adults) - prices may change depending on your dates and party.