Cakes & Ale Holiday Park Leiston, Suffolk, East England, IP16 4TE (Location map)
1st March to 15th January
As you sweep into this former airbase, you see a model propellor plane and an airman with a cup of tea in his hand outside reception. There is the 'Yoxford Boys' Bar' at the rear of this, the campsite's own bar, which overlooks the play area and pitches. It might not be the most conventional welcome to a campsite, but this is a very tranquil place to enjoy your holidays in Suffolk.
Established in the 1960s, Cakes & Ale Holiday Park is a family run campsite set in 45 acres on the Suffolk Heritage Coast. It is a family friendly campsite but it has an adults only area too, for those visitors after a little more peace and quiet.
Touring caravans, motorhomes and tents are welcome at this campsite in Suffolk, and the owners are keen not to cram too many people on site at one 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, plus guests can enjoy the use of Wi-Fi 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 two static, log cabin style holiday homes to rent at Cakes & Ale Holiday Park – both are double glazed, have free Wi-Fi and all the linen is provided. The Blyth sleeps four, with a double room and a double/twin room. With a bathroom, a fitted kitchen and Sky TV, this could be your holiday getaway from £420 a week. Or how about the five-berth option? Again, prices start at £420 a week at The Minsmere.
Or you could buy a holiday home. Create your own home from home that you can visit almost all year round – the campsite is closed from mid January until the end of February. You can design your own holiday home to suit your taste, wallet, size, specification and colour scheme.
We said this campsite was on a former airfield – and you can find out more about this during your stay. The airfield in question was Leiston Airfield, which at one time was occupied by the 363rd Squadron, 357th Fighter Group USAAF. Much of the airfield is now farmland, but why not spent some time at Leiston Airfield Heritage Centre during your motorhome, camping or caravan holidays at Cakes & Ale Holiday Park, to learn more about where you're staying.
The Suffolk Heritage coast is on your doorstep if you're pitched at this campsite, while the pretty, arty town of Aldeburgh with its Blue Flag shingle beach is only about a 15-minute drive away, 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.
Close to Southwold, Aldeburgh & Thorpness. Minsmere bird sanctuary, Leiston Abbey.
There are also:
The Aldeburgh Treasure Trail
adventure play areas, Volley Ball, Petanque
Based on 2 review(s)
Derbyshire 15 Jul 2011
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.
Bedfordshire 30 Sep 2010
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.