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Swattesfield Campsite

UK England East Anglia Suffolk Stowmarket

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
Chilled-out campsite in a very special, very rural location.

Deep in the wilds of north Suffolk, keen camper Jonathan set up this seven-acre campsite with his dad in 2011. It’s a simple site exuding a very cool vibe, with two grassy fields – one for camping, the other for glamping – separated by a small lake. There is some adjoining woodland to explore, and the position is perfect for bucolic strolls across the 12 miles or so of well-marked paths and bridleways of nearby Thornham Walks, and for exploring the historic Walled Gardens on the estate, which has recently been restored and is open on weekends. For food and drink, the Four Horseshoes pub (said to be the oldest pub in Suffolk!), Forge Café and Coach House restaurant are within walking distance, although it’s a great place to do nothing and get into nature. You can pitch your tent in the bottom field or the woodland beyond, or take up residence in a boutique bell tent (large enough for 5) or a well-equipped pixie hut (for 2) with its own outside decking and cooking area. Plus there’s a converted hay cart that's large enough for two adults and two children. There are men’s and women’s shower and toilets with plenty of hot water, a communal fridge, freezer and food prep area with double sinks – plus they have some ingeniously suspended firepits for cooking, and some of Jonathan’s mates recently built him a fabulous outdoor pizza oven out of recycled materials. Overall, it’s a site with a lovely chilled-out atmosphere situated in a very special location.


Pixie Huts from £185, Boutique Bell Tents from £160, Hay Cart from £185. Tent pitch from £12, and Campervans from £17 per night.

Opening Times

Open Easter–end of October.

Family Friendly

Bring bikes or good walking shoes to wear the kids out or head to the playground on the local village green. Then enjoy the wildlife and the peace and quiet of this smallsville rural campsite run by a father and son team.


Around 20 unmarked camping pitches, 5 bell tents (sleeping 4/5), 2 pixie huts (sleeping 2 adults and 2 children) and a converted Suffolk hay cart (sleeping 2 adults and 2 children).

Grass Pitch for a Campervan/Tent

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 15 Available
Pitch your own tent or campervan in our lovely countryside camping field, with plenty of space, and campfires allowed in fire pits.

The Chestnut Bell Tent

Bell tent Sleeps 6 3 Available
There are 3 quality furnished Bell Tents made in the UK available to rent on the main field, They are 5 metres in diameter and each able to accommodate up to 2 adults and 4 small children. Each Bell Tent is equipped with a comfy double bed, the mattresses are made from memory foam and there’s coir matting throughout for extra comfort and warmth.

The Kestrel Pixie Hut

Cabin Sleeps 4 2 Available
You’ll love our cosy Pixie Huts with full sized double beds, your own south-facing decked outside space, all your cooking equipment and fire pit to relax around in the evenings.

Suffolk Hay Cart

Gypsy caravan Sleeps 4
This unique, rustic converted Suffolk Hay Cart offers cosy glamping accommodation for up to 4 people.

Pre-Pitched Empty Bell Tent

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 4 Available
Rent an unfurnished, pre-pitched bell tent in our lovely countryside camping field, with plenty of space, and campfires allowed in fire pits.

Ash the Woodland Bell Tent

Bell tent Sleeps 6 2 Available
High quality Bell Tents made in the UK. The tent is 5 metre in diameter and able to accommodate up to 2 adults and 4 small children. Your Tent comes equipped with a cosy and comfy double bed and mattress. There’s astro turf throughout for extra comfort and warmth.

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Swattesfield Campsite, Gislingham Road, Thornham Magna, Suffolk IP23 8HH

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Getting There

The market town of Eye is only 5 minutes away and all this with an easy train ride from London Liverpool Street and only an hour from Cambridge, 30 minutes from Norwich and 55 minutes from Southwold and Aldeburgh.

The nearest station is Diss (6 miles away) which is on the direct mainline from London Liverpool Street and often stops at Manningtree, Colchester, Stowmarket, Diss and Norwich. It's only an hour and a half from London and there are usually cabs waiting at the station (although we would advise to book in advance) or you can put your bike on the train and cycle.

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Rated ★★★★★ over 1 reviews


What a lovely place to stay,

Just got back from a amazing 3 night stay in this lovely campsite, they have good clean facilities, a little shop with a few bits and pieces if you forget to pack something, the campsite is nice and quiet and lovely nearby walks, the site manager David was so helpful making sure our stay was a pleasure and was more than helpful when it came down to looking for place to visit we had a lovely time and definitely be going back. Many thanks Rob..
Aug 11, 2016 by Robin

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