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  • Comfy secure park near RAF Mildenhall
  • Plane spot from your pitch or the site viewing platform
  • Dogs allowed and barbecues welcome

There’s never a need to wallow at The Willows; the perfect place for plane spotters to touch down. Green, green grass, plenty of trees and hedgerows for all the privacy and shelter you need, and even a purpose-built viewing platform so you can look up at the aircraft zooming to and from RAF Mildenhall.

You’ll be sky-high with a stay at this welcoming site, where the owners themselves live all year round to ensure everything is kept in check. When you’re not looking out for some pretty spectacular military planes overhead, you can take in the many perks of this comfy and secure park.

Level, soft grass means a great night’s sleep for campers and no problem at all if you’re visiting with a motorhome or tourer. The site’s immaculate facilities - loos, hot showers and even shaver points will keep you well-groomed, while the electric hook-ups, washing-up basins, chemical disposal points and ice-pack freezing and mobile/camera-charging services make a trip to The Willows a real breeze.

Dogs will be barking up the right tree at The Willows as the site welcomes pooches. The site stocks Flogas propane and butane cylinders in a range of sizes (6kg to 47kg to be exact) for you to buy whenever you need, so no guest will miss out on sizzling stove-cooked sausages, because we all know that would just be the wurst…

Please note that there is a small charge of 50p for the showers: this gives eight minutes of hot water.

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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

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access


Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport


Pub toilets

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area


Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

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

Camping pods


Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Communal fridge

Gas cylinders available

No drinkable water point

No hot water

No running water

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby


Small (11-25 pitches)

Nearby leisure

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Touring and motorhomes

Tourer storage facilities

Water hook-up points for tourers


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  • Hurdle Drove, West Row, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England, IP28 8RB
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 52.3641°N 0.4586°E

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Mildenhall: King Street Coach Stop — 2.7 miles
Newmarket: High Street Coach Stop — 8.6 miles
Brandon (Suffolk): Old Forge Court Coach Stop — 9.0 miles
Train stations
Shippea Hill Rail Station — 5.0 miles
Kennett Rail Station — 6.2 miles
Lakenheath Rail Station — 6.6 miles
Ferry ports
King's Lynn Ferry Landing — 27.2 miles
West Lynn Ferry Landing — 27.3 miles
Cambridge Airport — 16.1 miles


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

Stratotankers, Hercules, Globemasters...Aviator types, you’ll know what we’re talking about and you can see them all here as the end of the RAF Mildenhall runway is a fence-hop away (but we can assure you no hopping will be necessary).

The US Air Forces in Europe touch down right here at their military transport base - known as ‘The Gateway to Europe’. The snapshot opportunities for avid photographers are second to none, and best of all, you don’t even have to leave the campsite. Picnic in hand, planespotting list to tick off - it doesn’t get more satisfying. Along with the wide variety of aircraft at Mildenhall, RAF Lakenheath is just six miles away for more photo opps, too.

It’s plane to see upon arriving at The Willows that there’s more to this super little setting than aircraft alone. The Suffolk countryside offers walking and cycling for those who like to go the distance and the relatively flat terrain means there'll be no stopping you.

Countryside walks should be completed with a countryside pub. With the Greene King brewery just half an hour away in the historic town of Bury St Edmunds, why not take a trip, enjoy a tour and sample the best hoppy, fresh and bitter ales the area has to offer? We’ll take an Old Speckled Hen, please.

Twitchers will be ruffling their feathers with excitement with a trip to Weeting Heath National Nature Reserve (around 25 minutes by car) - one of the best sites in the UK to spy the rare stone curlew along with woodlarks, woodpeckers, little owls and kestrel. Nature lovers will also enjoy the fishing and horse-riding opportunities just a couple of miles from The Willows.

Trot to Newmarket (just an hour’s drive south) if you fancy a flutter at the races or to the cities of Ely, with its gothic cathedral (half an hour away) or Cambridge (around 45 minutes away) with its world-famous university, punting and bicycle fun, and shopping and dining options. Swing past the golf course within a mile of the site on your travels, too.

If you want to see something with more oomph than a buggy, Mildenhall Stadium is just two miles from The Willows and shows speedway, greyhound and banger racing.

For adrenaline junkies (or should we say, adrenaline monkeys?) adults and kids (over ten years and 1.4m tall) can Go Ape! at Thetford Forest’s high ropes course. Perfect for those bananas enough to give it a go, but for anyone who prefers to stay grounded, segwaying is also available.

Must see

  • Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve (8.0 miles)
  • Ely Cathedral (8.5 miles)
  • Newmarket Racecourses (9.8 miles)

National Trust

  • Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve (7.8 miles)
  • Anglesey Abbey, Gardens and Lode Mill (12.8 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.

  • How much is payable upfront? A 15% transferable deposit is payable when you book, with the balance payable on arrival. Read more
  • Does The Willows have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is The Willows dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near The Willows? Stratotankers, Hercules, Globemasters...Aviator types, you’ll know what we’re talking about and you can see them all here as the end of the RAF Mildenhall runway is a fence-hop away (but we can … Read more


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Terms and conditions

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Additional terms

Please note that while we don't have a long list of terms and conditions, we do have a few campsite rules that we ask people to abide by to make your stay and the stay of others more enjoyable.

Do not use the viewing platform, or allow others in your group to do so, unless you have signed a disclaimer.

Disposable barbecues must be off the ground. Bricks are available for this purpose. Please note that campfires are not allowed.

Ensure dogs are kept on leads at all times and do not annoy other campers. No dogs are allowed in the pod.

Keep noise to a minimum between the hours of 11pm and 9am.

The owners of The Willows will not be held responsible for the loss or damage to camping equipment, vehicles or personal property whilst on site.