Cakes & Ale Holiday Park

Leiston, Suffolk

3.0 stars out of 3 reviews

Open from
1st March to 15th January
Leiston, Suffolk, East England, IP16 4TE
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Last updated
02 Apr 2024
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Motorhome pitches55£20.00
Touring pitches55£22.00
Tent pitches55£22.00
Serviced pitches55£22.00
Seasonal pitches10

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For holidays in Suffolk, the award-winning Cakes & Ale Holiday Park is a wonderful family-run campsite set in 45 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds on the Suffolk Heritage Coast. It is a family-friendly campsite which also has a separate adults-only area for anyone looking for a little more peace and quiet.

Established in the 1960s, the park is named after a quote by Shakespeare that refers to the good life. And it's certainly the good life at this friendly, well-kept and peaceful park where you can relax and unwind in scenic surroundings with a variety of activities and attractions nearby.

The Suffolk Heritage coast is on your doorstep at this campsite, while the pretty, arty town of Aldeburgh with its Blue Flag beach is only a 15-minute drive away, and the small, seaside town of Southwold about a half-hour drive away.

There are plenty of things to see and do on your holidays in Suffolk, quite apart from the stunning natural beauty of this county. The predominately 14th century remains of Leiston Abbey are very near this campsite, RSPB Minsmere just a 10-minute drive away, plus the famous Anglo-Saxon royal burial site of Sutton Hoo is about half an hour away by car.

As you sweep into this former airbase, you see a model propeller plane and a statue of an airman with a cup of tea in his hand outside reception. Behind reception is the Yoxford Boys' Bar which overlooks the children's play area and pitches. It's a quirky and unusual welcome to a campsite that you will want to return to year after year.

Since the campsite is on a former airfield, there's a lot of history to uncover which you can find out more about during your stay. The airfield in question was Leiston Airfield, which at one time was occupied by the 363rd Squadron, 357th Fighter Group of the United States Army Air Forces. Much of the airfield is now farmland, but you may wish to visit the Leiston Airfield Heritage Centre during your holiday to learn more about where you're staying.

Touring caravans, motorhomes and tents are welcome and the owners ensure there are never too many people on site at a time, preferring to give guests a good amount of space in which to enjoy their camping, motorhome and caravan holidays. All the pitches boast water, electric and grey water connections with Wi-Fi available for a modest fee. Visitors also have the use of a refurbished amenities block, with individual wet rooms, showers, toilets, an indoor washing up area, washing machines and tumble dryers.

There are also three log cabin style holiday lodges to rent which are all double glazed, have free Wi-Fi and all the linen is provided. The Blyth and the Deben sleep four, with a double room and a double/twin room, family bathroom, fitted kitchen and Sky TV. For larger groups, there is also a five-berth option at The Minsmere.

Make this tranquil park your regular retreat when you create your own holiday home-from-home to visit almost all year round. You can design your second home to suit your taste, wallet, size, specification and even colour scheme when you buy a holiday home in Suffolk at Cakes & Ale Holiday Park.

Please enquire now to book a holiday at Cakes & Ale Holiday Park or to find out more about holiday homes for sale in Suffolk.

More about the parkHide
  • Child friendly holiday homes
  • Disabled access
  • Family park
  • 2 Pets allowed
  • Caravans to buy
  • Holiday caravans
  • Lodges
  • Children's play area(s)
  • Family fun parks
  • Chemical disposal point
  • Designated / private parking
  • 55 Drainage hook-ups
  • 55 Electric hook-ups
  • Laundry
  • LPG stockist
  • Sanitary block(s)
  • Shop
  • Take away food
  • Visitor parking
  • Washing up facilities
  • 55 Water hook-ups
  • Wireless internet
  • Bar
  • Club house
  • Breaks near water
  • Coastal breaks
  • Park home sales
  • Walking breaks

Tennis Courts
Yoxford Boys Bar
Golf Practice Range
Outdoor Play Park
Football Area
Wet Rooms & Showers


Cakes & Ale Holiday Park (www)

Abbey Lane
Suffolk, East England
United Kingdom
IP16 4TE


Take the B1122 into Saxmundham from the A12. At traffic lights turn right onto the B1119 after 3 miles Cakes and Ale is then sign posted.

Nearby attractions

  • Beach
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Horse riding holidays [3 km]
  • Swimming (Indoor)
  • Tennis
  • Sports Ground
  • Internet Access
  • Leisure Centre [3 km]

Things to do in Leiston, Suffolk

Visit Southwold, Aldeburgh & Thorpness
Minsmere Bird Sanctuary
Leiston Abbey
The Aldeburgh Treasure Trail
Coastal Voyager
Southwold Pier
Fralingham Castle
Adventure play areas
Volley Ball and Boules


  • 5 Stars
    5 Stars
  • TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2017
    Caravan and Camping Awards 2017-2018 - Campsite of the Year Heart of England Winner
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Overall rating

3.0 stars

Based on 2 review(s)


2.0 stars

My wife and I stayed at this site for 11 days in June 2011. It is about 2 miles inland from the coast with many opportunities for walking and it is a bird lovers paradise.
We stayed on the 'Adults Only' area.
It is a level open site. Plenty of space and a huge playfield for children.
It is quiet and very relaxing.
The pitches are hardstanding each with power, water and drainage. There is also a TV outlet but this was analogue only.
The only real downside are the toilets and showers. As mentioned by other reviewers the toilet block is dated and in urgent need of refurbishment.
Upon arrival we were told that the toilet block would be closed from 10am the following day for a deep clean.
The showers were cleaned the toilets/washroom were not.
After a busy weekend the shower area was not cleaned again unti Wednesday. We will not stay there again and would reccomend anyone looking for toilet facilties on a par with those provided by the caravan club to look elsewhere.
Which is a pity given the location.

Property manager response (16 Jul 2011)

After having the toilets deep cleaned we have reviewed and increased our cleaning rota. The block has now been redecorated giving them a general lift. Modern hand dryers have replaced the paper hand towels and the mens urinals replaced.


4.0 stars

I am pleased to be the first person to review this site, and it does exactly what it says on the tin. A small shop provides the basics, and a very charming bar has a pool table in a side room. No restaurant on site, (which is made obvious on the particulars), but there are some charming pubs around providing excellent food. Pitches were a good size with hard standing, water, electricity and waste laid on. A well maintained site with lovely open areas of grass, and hedges separating groups of pitches made for a tidy look. Some pitches even had wooden picnic benches - a very nice touch. It made the whole experience very relaxing.
At the time of our visit, there were people stopping for just a night or two, which surprised me, I would have expected people to stay longer as there were plenty of interesting things to see within a reasonable distance from the site.
We booked for a week, but stayed an extra night, as it was so relaxing.
The only thing was, that the toilets, though on the whole clean, were looking a bit tired and dated, and in need of a makeover. This won't however stop us from wanting to visit this charming site again.

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