Within 20 mins of Haw Wood

Below is a list of popular places to go and things to do all within 20 minutes of Haw Wood Farm by car.

We hope the list will come in useful when staying with us.

Greyfriars Priory

Greyfriars Priory

The Ship Inn

The Ship Inn


Once the capital of East Anglia now lies mainly submerged by the sea. It is rumoured that on occasion the church bell can be heard ringing from the depths! The tiny yet fabulous museum highlights the extent of the loss of buildings to the sea and is definitely worth a look for the small donation they request.

Dunwich has a huge shingle beach that lends itself to long walks. Go North up to Walberswick or South to the National Trust's Coastguards Cottages or even as far as Minsmere. Dogs are welcome on Dunwich Beach year round.

The carpark is suitable for Motorhomes as well as cars and is home to the lovely Flora Tea rooms who offer Ice Creams, Hot Drinks, Fish and Chips as well as other meals, that can be eaten on their new terrace area or taken away to the beach.

As well as the beach you will also find acres of beautiful Woods and Heathland for exploring. Head into the woods from the Carpark entrance and find fabulous views over the cliffs, the Grey friars priory (which is a stunning ruin and was once a leper colony) and a chance to do some den building.

Perhaps you could finish up in The Ship for lunch or a sip of something local? 


Dunwich beach.

Dunwich beach.

Dunwich is a popular beach for swimmers in the summer and when it is windy this is a great beach for kite flying!

You will offen see fishermen line the shores waiting for the next catch.  


This delightful coastal village attracts many visitors through its natural charm and tranquility. It has long been popular to many artists, whilst providing a retreat to national figures and home to celebrities! Walberswick was once a flourishing fishing port at the mouth of the river Blyth.

There are two pubs in Walberswick The Anchor and The Bell as well as several cafes and a fantastic local independent deli The Black Dog.

The beach is a mix of sand and shingle and is popular with surfers, kiteboarders and Paddle Boarders as well as being a great family beach for swimming and relaxing. Definitely a good day out from Haw Wood Farm.

Crabbing on the bridge

Crabbing on the bridge

Today Walberswick is famous for its ‘crabbing’ which provides a fun few hours of entertainment for all the family. All you need is a bucket, a crab line, fishing net and some old bacon! Everything you need for this activity can be found in our onsite shop!
There is a rowing boat ferry that will, for a small fee, take you over the river to Southwold harbour. (You can also walk up the river and cross the foot bridge that once was the railway line into Southwold)

Walberswick is also home to our little beach Campsite.

Thanks to RSPB Minsmere  for sunrise image.

Thanks to RSPB Minsmere for sunrise image.


Minsmere is considered to be one of the best birdwatching sites in Britain and offers families and keen birdwatchers a great day out. It is just 5 miles from Haw Wood farm! Nature trails take you through a variety of habitats and trails to excellent birdwatching hides.
There is a visitor centre where you can find out more about the wildlife, browse in the shop or enjoy a meal in the licensed tearoom.
There are events for all the family all year.
BBC Springwatch in 2014 was held at the reserve and showed the world what Minnsmere has to offer.
Check on the website for events and activities.


Southwold is seen by many as the town that time forgot. Stroll down the unspoilt high street and watch the world go by from one of the many cafes and award winning pubs. Take your bucket and spade on the famous beaches of golden sand, or walk along Southwold pier, marveling at the spectacular views of the town, beach huts, and lighthouse.

Southwold from the pier

Southwold from the pier

Visit the beautiful lighthouse, take a trip around the Adnams brewery in the town centre, Get lost in the maize maze or enjoy the summer theatre. For those who enjoy walking, there are plenty of wonderful areas to explore. From the harbour you can take the pedestrian bridge across the River Blyth into Walberswick.You might like to buy some freshly caught fish or stop for a drink in the pub on your way! For the brave and adventurous, try the Coastal Voyager. Take your children on the boating lake, or buy an ice cream and walk along the promenade and enjoy the unique shops on the Pier including delicious fish and chips. 
Southwold really does have everything you need for a traditional British holiday. 


13 miles inland from Haw Wood Farm, is the popular ancient market town of Beccles, bordering the highly popular Norfolk broads. A street market may be found in the town centre each Friday, along with its array of shops and restaurants. A focal point of the town is its unique church, with tower detached from the main building, providing wonderful views across the marshland area. For some energetic fun try the Beccles Lido, an outdoor heated pool with diving board, baby pools and café right on the river. The Black Dog river boat also leaves from here to Geldeston Lock.

Snape Maltings

Snape Maltings

Snape Maltings

The famous Snape Maltings and concert hall attracts visitors of all ages. A range of crafts and local products may be found as you browse the splendidly furbished shopping area. And don’t expect to leave empty handed once you’ve experienced the Home and Garden shop! 

The concert hall is nationally renowned for its quality of productions. A lovely walk is to leave Snape via the fields and Marsh lands and meander the wooden path through the reed beds toward Iken. If you are feeling adventurous you can keep going along the riverside for some beautiful views. Snape may be found slightly inland from the coastal town of Aldeburgh 20 minutes from Haw Wood farm.

High Lodge

Directly opposite Haw Wood Farm is High Lodge, a 120 acre venue known for being a top destination for sports and events. There is world class clay shooting, archery, fishing and FootGolf ! Call High Lodge directly to book any of these activities just a stroll away from your pitch! 01986 784347.

Have a go at Foot Golf

Have a go at Foot Golf

The Pit Stop Southwold

The Pit Stop Southwold

The Pit Stop Cafe

The Pit stop café is a Southwold secret that the locals like to keep to themselves! It is situated between the Water tower and the golf club on the common and has a small car park for customers up the dirt track.

Every day in the summer you’ll find this full of local families meeting up to offer their children a day of play what ever the age. The Pit Stop is enclosed on three sides, and filled with bicycles, toy cars, slides and a host of other garden games, not to mention books, pens and paper, dolls houses, garages, rocking horses, jigsaws and lots of other things to do on rainy days. 

There are also four tennis courts, which the Pit Stop rent out for a small sum, and visitors needn’t be prepared since there are tennis racquets and balls available for hire too. On Saturdays local children come here for tennis coaching – it’s turn up and play, so anyone can join in. And when the courts aren’t being used for tennis they’re usually full of younger children taking their first shaky turns on scooters and bicycles.The Pit Stop is open seven days a week from 10am – 6pm, from the start of the Easter holidays until after October half term

Cycling in Suffolk

If you can bring your bikes there are some excellent family friendly routes to cycle from Haw Wood Farm for a complete day out or just a quick circular ride. From the campsite you can take the back roads and forest paths towards Walberswick, Dunwich or Southwold and spend the day taking in the sea views at a leisurely pace. Unlike a larger town there aren't any major roads in Southwold, meaning it’s a far safer environment for anyone on two wheels. Plus it only takes a few minutes pedaling in any direction before you are taking in scenic views, whether it’s a breathtaking coastal panorama or Suffolk’s rural landscape.


When summer in full swing, local food producers open their doors for you to pick your own fruit and veg...

Whether it’s an orchard with apples and pears, a field full of strawberries or a bush packed with blackcurrants, ‘Pick Your Own’ is a quintessential British summer experience that you can enjoy on The Suffolk Coast.


In early and mid- summer what better way to spend an hour or two than by Picking your own fruit? You will never taste better Strawberries! Try the Friday Street Farm Shop
on the road to Snape Maltings for a great British Summer experience.





Thorington Amphetheatre

Thorington Amphetheatre

Thorington Outdoor Theatre

We are really excited to anounce the opening of the Thorington Theatre which is a new outside space built in a beautiful Suffolk Woodland close to Haw Wood Farm. It is constructed with the smallest carbon footprint possible; all the timber has been sourced through sensitive and sustainable coppicing of surrounding chestnut trees. The site is a bomb crater from WWII, which left a natural amphitheater.

This summer has a full program of events available to book online here.