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Swattesfield Camp

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General

  • Situated beside a country estate!
  • Dog and child friendly rural Location.
  • Many places to eat and drink nearby!

Swattesfield Campsite is a seven acre site with plenty of space yet an intimate feel, as there are only around 20 unmarked tent and camper van pitches allowed at any one time this is a campsite that allows the freedom to camp where you'd like; in the woods, in the glade, by the hedgerows or by the pond. We do get very busy during the school holiday periods and the site is often at full capacity. If you are looking for a more peaceful stay we would highly recommend visiting during the off peak season or mid week. We only list two tent pitches on PitchUp.com, all other camping options can be booked via our website.

As well as the tent and camper van pitches we also offer Boutique Bell-Tents with all the creature comforts you'd need to have a thoroughly enjoyable stay. At five metres across these are big enough for four or five and have a full-size comfy double bed as well as two or three fold out child beds. Each bell tent has coir matting throughout with torch lanterns, a gas hob, all your cooking equipment, your very own picnic table and a fire pit.

Another option is our two fun and unique Pixie Huts; these octagonal wonders have four peak-a-boo windows, a comfy full-sized double bed and two foam fold out smaller beds for any little imps. With their own decking area and dining table over-looking the south facing skies of Suffolk you'll soak up the best of the sunny days. The huts have their own picnic tables, fire pits and all your cooking facilities including a Pizza Oven for all campers to use. Inside you will find a wardrobe for storage and bedside cabinets along with some lovely and fun finishing touches such as our newly installed log burners with fire guard. These really are the new way to camp; cosy, cutsey and a great place to wind down and relax.

Our latest edition is the converted Suffolk Hay Cart fit for two adults and two children (2 double beds - one above the other). It is another exclusive for Swattesfield and has been converted by Phil, the site owner, and a joiner for over 30 years. Inside you will find shelf storage, a table and two chairs, a toasty multi fuel burner and some pretty finishing touches. You can spread out down the steps into your own awning area located next to the cart complete with all your cooking equipment in the outside kitchen along with a fire pit, bench and a free bag of logs and kindling.

Open fires are allowed in our fire pits and use of our handmade Pizza Oven is free for all to use. Our toilet facilities are clean and there is plenty of hot water for the two showers and the large outside double sink for pot washing.

We also have a small but well stocked camping supplies shop onsite - stocked with a range of camping essentials from pegs to sleeping bags and even some cool camping gadgets likes our Kelly Kettles so don't panic if you forgot to pack the tent, we had it here all along!! You can also visit the local Gislingham village store open everyday for milk, eggs etc - it is barely a 5 minute drive away.

The site benefits from direct access to Thornham Walks and it's 12 miles of marked paths (ask us for the map). We are also within 25 minutes walking distance to The Four Horse Shoes pub (found in the doomsday book), the Forge Cafe (with play area) and the Thornham Coach House Restaurant (with fancy cream teas).

Swattesfield is in it's seventh year and has settled into a delightful countryside campsite in North Suffolk making it the ideal spot to stay and explore the Waveney valley and the local market towns of Eye and Diss (both 10 minutes by car).

Diss is also home to the newly refurbished Corn Hall with events on throughout the year, the Friday market, beautiful park and Mere and the popular auction house T.W.Gaze (the auction is on Friday morning with viewings on Thursdays).

The poet John Betjeman said of Diss:

'Yes, it will be bliss to go with you by train to Diss'

And he was right with direct mainline trains direct from London Liverpool Street to Diss station which is 6 miles from Swattesfield Campsite.

All this with an easy train ride from London Liverpool Street and only an hours drive from Cambridge, 30 minutes from Norwich and 55 minutes from Southwold, Walberswick and Aldeburgh, Swattesfield Campsite is an ideal place to have the perfect break.

We hope to see you soon!

Swattesfield Campsite, Suffolk.


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Features

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Convenience store nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Public transportation nearby

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Bush

Hikers’ paradise

Leave the car at home

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

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

Local produce

Parent & baby washroom

Payphone

Pick-up from public transport

Restrooms

Shower available

Tents for hire

Washing-up area

Wheelchair access

Wifi

Rules

Barbecue grills allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Scouts welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Utilities

Charging facilities

Dump station

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Camping 2.0

Bell tents

Camping pods

Gypsy wagons

Jumbo tent sites

Pre-erected tents

Tipis, yurts, or wigwams

Type

Small (11-25 sites)

Location

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  • Gislingham Road, Thornham Magna, Eye, Suffolk, England, IP23 8HH
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 52.3042°N 1.0599°E

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Diss Bus Station — 5.2 miles
Stanton (Suffolk): Old Bury Road Coach Stop — 7.8 miles
Stowmarket: Bury St Coach Stop — 8.4 miles
Train stations
Diss Rail Station — 5.5 miles
Elmswell Rail Station — 7.7 miles
Stowmarket Rail Station — 8.3 miles
Ferry ports
Shotley Point Marina Ferry Landing — 25.7 miles
Shotley Point Marina Ferry Landing — 25.7 miles
Walberswick Ferry Landing — 25.8 miles
Airports
Norwich International Airport — 26.9 miles

Directions


Where are we:
Swattesfield Camp is located off the A140 and only eight miles from the market town of Diss and its mainline Station. Trains depart regularly from London Liverpool Street, a 1½ hour train ride.

We can arrange for you to be collected using a local taxi.

GPS: 52°18'17.15"N, 1° 3'36.37"E

Further afield you can visit Banham Zoo, Africa Alive, Go-Ape High Wire, Bewilderwood, Southwold and the coast, Sutton Hoo, Museum of East Anglia. The cities of Norwich, Cambridge, Bury St Edmunds and the historic market towns of Diss and Eye!

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

We offer a unique site that directly accesses Thornham Walks within Thornham Estate, which is an ancient parkland, woodland and farm, and provides 12 miles of waymarked footpaths.

Also to be found is the Victorian Walled Garden.

Accessible from the walks is the Forge Tearooms, open daily to offer home cooked specials, cakes and other delicious treats, while youre here the kids could burn some energy on the new play area.

Later you might want to try the Thornham Coach House - a licensed restaurant serving afternoon teas, evening meals and Sunday roasts.

For something more traditional take in the beams and character of the 11th Century pub, The Four Horseshoes which serves meals all day as well as real ales.

Fishing lakes are nearby.

Reach the coast including Southwold, Walberswick and Aldeburgh - around 50 min drive or grab some shopping at the historical city of Norwich or the nearby market town of Diss and Bury St Edmunds.

Must see

  • Bressingham Steam and Gardens (5.5 miles)
  • Banham Zoo (9.9 miles)
  • Framlingham Castle (13.4 miles)

National Trust

  • Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds (15.2 miles)
  • Lavenham Guildhall (17.5 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.

  • Does Swattesfield Camp have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Swattesfield Camp dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Swattesfield Camp? We offer a unique site that directly accesses Thornham Walks within Thornham Estate, which is an ancient parkland, woodland and farm, and provides 12 miles of waymarked footpaths. Also to be found ... Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Swattesfield Camp?
    RV, trailer and tent sites
    Arrive:  noon –  8 p.m.
    Depart by:  noon
    On-park accommodation
    Arrive:  2 p.m. –  8 p.m.
    Depart by:  noon
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Terms and conditions

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

Admission
Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.
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.
Units will be allocated on arrival.

Dogs
Dogs must be kept on leashes and supervised at all times.
Guide dogs are allowed on site free of charge.

Extras
Motorcycle(s) can be brought instead of the car(s) included.

General
In the event of a complaint, please speak to reception immediately. Complaints which are not brought to the management's attention during your stay cannot be dealt with once you have left the site.
Quiet hours must be respected between 10 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 2 or more units (e.g. tent, touring caravan, motorhome or accommodation hire) travelling together are not permitted via Pitchup.com.
Group bookings of 6 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).
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.

Sites
You must follow management instructions when setting up your tent/rig and related equipment.

Vehicles
No cars/motorcycles at the site. All cars must be parked in the designated area.
The car is only included in the rate if you are travelling with a camper, trailer tent or tent. Cars are not permitted when travelling with a motorhome/RV.

Visitors
Visitors must register at reception and pay their fee.

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