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A Seaside Camping Holiday Near Southwold

Are you a seaside lover, or do you prefer to have a holiday inland? We live pretty much in the centre of England, so the seaside is sadly not close to us. So any chance we get, we head to the coast! Over the Easter bank holiday, we went on a bit of a last-minute jaunt to the Suffolk coast, to make the most of the glorious weather that was forecast. Our favourite campsite, Haw Wood Farm, managed to squeeze us in for a couple of nights, so we borrowed my dad’s campervan. I think this is our fourth time staying there. I thought I’d write up a little review, in case you ever go to Southwold and need a great campsite.

Generous grassy pitches with electric hookups

What Facilities Are There at Haw Wood Farm?

Haw Wood Farm campsite is SUPER family-friendly. The site is run by a lovely family with kids of their own, who know how to provide a fun and stress-free holiday environment! First up, they have the most amazing wooden play area, with a zip line. Our girls spent hours there whilst we sat with cups of loose-leave tea and proper coffee from the cafe. Oh and breakfast!

There are tonnes of special touches at Haw Wood Farm, like being able to borrow wellies and blankets. And there’s plenty going on. We had fish and chips in the cafe one night, and the girls loved their brilliant nature-themed Easter Egg Hunt.

So What About The Basics?

Washing Facilities

For washing yourself, there are warm, spacious and clean toilet blocks, with four showers in the ladies’, two of which are very big so good if you have kids. They use eco-friendly cleaning products, and those are fresh flowers you can see near the sink. There are also two family bathrooms which make camping with kids so much easier. The hairdryer is great for helping you pack light.

For washing dishes and clothes, there’s a washing up area with washing machines.

Shop and Cafe and More

There’s a great cafe and shop filled with essentials and treats. It’s super easy to recycle your waste and you can even make your own firepit or BBQ.

Haw Wood Farm's shop and cafe with outside and indoor seating

The pitches are very spacious and level and have hookups. All in all, there is everything you need to be a very happy camper.

So What Can You Do in Southwold?

There is loads to do in the Southwold area, where the campsite is, and I highly recommend it for a lovely British holiday. The beach is mainly pebbles, but there is some sand.

Southwold beach

There are also loads of beautiful beach huts and ice creams to enjoy.

A fun weekend at the seaside in Southwold

There is a pier with fun activities, and Southwold has lots of nice shops to browse. And as for food, you’ll be spoiled for choice! Our favourites are the Two Magpies Bakery, which generally has a huge queue, and Adnams Cafe and Shop. Two Magpies has actually just opened a new branch within walking distance of Haw Wood Farm, and we had scrumptious pastries for breakfast one day. We had drinks, then lunch at the Adnams Cafe, as we do every time we go – we always enjoy it!

Adnams cafe and shop in Southwold

There are also plenty of nice pubs in Southwold (I think they are all Adnams pubs, as that is the local brewery) We like the one near the sea front, with a large village green outside, where customers sit and enjoy a drink in the sun. I also enjoyed my Adnams G and T!

Family cuddles outside the pub in Southwold

You can go on a tour of Adnams brewery, though do book in advance as it gets booked up. There is a little museum, though we haven’t been there yet, and a historic church.

Southwold Museum

So all in all, Southwold is one of the loveliest Seaside towns in the UK and we are already looking forward to our next visit to Haw Wood Farm.

Fun on the campsite in Southwold


  1. Nicki

    30th June 2019 at 5:45 pm

    Great review we’re looking for places to try and this is going at the top of the list

    1. Becky Pink

      30th June 2019 at 6:00 pm

      Ah great, they’ve thought of everything there and it’s a good location too! Hope you love it xx

  2. Donna

    30th April 2019 at 10:50 pm

    This looks like such a lovely place for a family break away x

    1. Becky Pink

      1st May 2019 at 7:47 am

      It’s idyllic Donna! We went for may half term a few years ago too and there’s loads to donxx

    2. Becky Pink

      1st May 2019 at 5:19 pm

      It’s wonderful, especially when the weather is so gorgeous xx

  3. Kelly Burton

    27th April 2019 at 10:40 am

    Lots of information and pictures, really good review!! I want to pack my bags now and go!!!!

    1. Becky Pink

      27th April 2019 at 12:32 pm

      Ah thanks so much Kelly, I’m glad it’s helpful! Hope you can get there soon xx

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