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Swattesfield Campsite

Swattesfield is a campsite and a glampsite that’s situated in the Waveney Valley in Suffolk it’s been featured in the Cool Camping guide and named as one of the 10 Best UK Campsites by The Guardian – Ed Byrne stayed here with his son for their very first camping trip together – Camping Magazine Sept 2014. It’s also listed in Cool Camping with Kids and as one of the top 15 “mild” campsites by the Telegraph.

Swattesfield benefits from plenty of space yet has an intimate feel, with only a handful of glamping accommodation and around 15 pitches allowed at any one time, this is a campsite that oozes calm and relaxation. There’s plenty of space with no marked pitches and the option to camp where you’d like; in the woods, under the walnut tree, in the glade or by the hedgerow bursting with blackberries in late summer.

Unique to Swattesfield are our Pixie Huts, each has four peek-a-boo windows, a comfy full-sized double bed and two smaller beds for any little imps. With their own decking area and dining table and over-looking the South facing skies of Suffolk you’ll soak up the best of the sunny days. The huts have their own picnic tables, chimenea and all your cooking facilities including a Pizza Oven for all campers to use. These really are the new way to camp; cosy, cutesy and a great place to watch the kids expend their energy!

Also on offer are three Boutique Bell Tents with all the creature comforts you’d need to have a thoroughly enjoyable stay. At five metres across these are big enough for four or five and have a full-size comfy double bed as well as two or three fold-out child beds. Supplied by SoulPad our Bell Tents have coir matting throughout with torch lanterns, a gas hob and all your cooking equipment, your very own picnic table and fire pit.

Our latest edition is our converted Suffolk Hay Cart a vast improvement on Constable’s offering! It has been converted in the style of a shepherds hut and sleeps four and has all the cooking equipment you’ll need and with its own picnic table and fire pit.

Swattesfield is a delightful countryside campsite in North Suffolk making it the ideal spot to stay and explore the Waveney valley and the local market town of Diss with its popular auction house T.W.Gazes; auctions Friday and specialist auctions on Saturdays, and viewings on Thursdays. Mainline trains are direct from London Liverpool Street to Diss station, which is 6 miles from Swattesfield Campsite.

With 12 miles of walks directly accessed from the site and an 11th Century pub, Forge Cafe and Coach House restaurant within 25 minutes walking distance there’s more than enough to keep you fed and watered. There’s even a play area 15 minutes easy stroll away for the kids as well fishing lakes a little further afield. 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, Swattesfield Campsite is an ideal place to have a relaxing break.

Planning your visit
What can pitch at the campsite?
Campsite Facilities
Campfires Allowed
Camping & Touring Pitches
Grass Grass with Electric Hardstanding with Electric Fully Serviced
Other Accommodation Available
Dogs Welcome
Large Pitch Restrictions

We don’t have a size limit in general for tents.

Shower Details

There is a good-sized toilet and shower block available with a shower in each of the ladies and gents toilets, this is free to use with no limit on the water. There are also three sinks in each of the toilets with three toilets in the ladies and three toilets and three urinals in the mens toilets. There is also outside and covered double sink unit for washing-up and preparing food.
Plus, there is a covered outdoor camp kitchen with blackboard, some games and children books along with a microwave, spare pots and pans and two LPG stoves with free gas for people to use.

Campfire Details

Campfires are allowed in our portable fire pits.

We strictly ask that no damage is caused to the countryside including the trees and hedgerow to burn or for any other purposes.

A hanging BBQ Firepit is £3.50 per night and a standard pit is £2 per night.
Kindling is £3.50 and logs are £6.50.


Swattesfield is open from April to October with glamping prices from £175 off-peak and £205 Peak for Bell tents, Hay Cart and Pixie Huts are £190 off-peak and £235 peak for midweek or 3-night weekend stay.

Camping prices are £17 off-peak or £20 peak for tents and campervans – tent size isn’t an issue.

How to get here

Here’s where you can find Swattesfield.


To find the campsite from the A140, follow the signs to the Thornham Walks and continue past the Walks entrance, continuing along Gislingham Road for about a mile and then turn right soon after seeing a ‘school’ sign and ‘Slow’ marked on the road – there is a Swattesfield Campsite sign marking the entrance on the right. And if you’re travelling through Gislingham, exit the village past the Church and towards Thornham Magna, about 1/2 mile out of the village and soon after travelling under a train tunnel you will see a ‘school’ sign and ‘Slow’ marked on the road – there is a Swattesfield Campsite sign marking the entrance on the left.

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