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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 barber on site
  • Couple of minutes' walk to archery, horse riding and assault course

Back to school for your hols (gasp)? Panic not – 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

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

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

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 bachelor/bachelorette parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

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

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

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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8.7

Overall rating based on 28 reviews

 

86% would recommend this park to a friend.

86% would stay here again.

  84% described Suffolk Academy as Peaceful ?

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From arriving to leaving the staff were great, very friendly . 06/19/2019

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Barry T. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

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    Location was wonderful for our needs. Can't fault the place and will use again.

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great owners make you feel welcome and easy to stay and book in 06/18/2019

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom paul m. Confirmed

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    again great easy stay over, lovely surroundings for all family's.

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Would definitely stay again 06/17/2019

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Ian W. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Powered grass tent or trailer tent site
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    Nice are, site was clean and tidy. Owners were polite and friendly.

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    Nothing to dislike

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Nice site facilities need improvement staff friendly and helpful 06/09/2019

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Diane H. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

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    Staff very friendly and helpful

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    Toilets and showers run down

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Close to Bury St Edmunds. Showers were good. Owners friendly. 06/09/2019

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    Close to Bury St Edmunds. Showers were good. Owners friendly.

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    Couldn't have a fire pit even though advertised otherwise

From the manager...

I don't know why you thought you couldn't have a firepit? We just ask that any fires or BBQs are raised off the ground.

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excellent 06/03/2019

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Paul M. Confirmed

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    loved it here, will use all the time when waiting a stay in Suffolk, and will be attending any festivals that they hold they we would like a calendar of anything you have plan for the year, also very friendly too which is nice to have this while staying with them, makes it easier to approach if needed to.

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Excellent site, friendly and welcoming staff, nice level ground 05/22/2019

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Alex V. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

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    Easy location for walking in to the village, all amenities close by on site, toilets, showers etc. Dog friendly

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Great, friendly, convenient, laid back 05/17/2019

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    Great location, lots to do, friendly management. The Suffolk Academy is a wonderfully relaxed site next to a little village with a big attraction in it's two pubs and convenience. If you are staying put or out exploring, the Suffolk Academy is perfectly place for your holiday.

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Grass pitches, electric available, pitches marked out - very spacious 05/13/2019

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Melissa C. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Primitive grass trailer site
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    Incredibly peaceful location, small site, owners stay on site and are very friendly: they recommended local pubs and directions to a small corner shop. Facilities on the simple side, but clean and hot water.

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    Nothing.

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Friendly site with generous pitches 05/08/2019

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Heather L. Confirmed

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    Easy to get to being a couple of miles off the A14, generous pitches, friendly owners, lots of space for games, nice part of the world, lots of places for dog walking in locality, really good takeaway in the village, two convenience stores and two pubs, about 5 miles away from Bury St Edmunds which is lovely.

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Features

Leisure on park

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Playground

Recreation room/arcade

Takeout

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Amenities on park

Bath available

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Laundromat

Parent & baby washroom

Payphone

Pick-up from public transport

Restrooms

Shower available

Washing-up area

Wheelchair access

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Dump station

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Touring and motorhomes

Motorhome service point

Rules

Barbecue grills allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Nearby leisure

Horseback riding nearby

Restaurant nearby

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Scouts welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Convenience store nearby

Type

Small (11-25 sites)

Location

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  • Church Road, Barrow, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England, IP29 5AX
  • Timezone Europe/London +0100 (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

RV, trailer and tent sites
Arrive:  noon –  6 p.m.
Depart:  noon

Suffolk Academy cancelation policy

No refunds within 12 weeks of arrival date.

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

Changes cannot be made once you have booked.

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 cancelations 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. 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.

Payment methods accepted at the park

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Terms and conditions

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

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

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.

Dogs
Dogs must be kept on leashes 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.
Motorcycle(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 behavior 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 bachelor/bachelorette 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 midnight and 6 a.m..
Only one car is to be parked at the site. 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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