A Foodie Glamping Adventure in Suffolk
A L starts school this September this has been out last summer to holiday before the price hike that comes with school holidays. Next year we could be simply pitching up in the Peak District with our trusty Vango tent for sleeping and a Trangia for cooking.
Last year we took Lily for her first camping trip – 4 nights in a safari tent through Lantern & Larks at Kittisford Barton, Somerset. We enjoyed it so much we decided to do the same this year, but seven nights at their Sweffling Hall, Suffolk site.
Our week in Suffolk coincided with the beginning of the epic heatwave England experienced throughout June & July. Being in a canvas safari tent near the coast is pretty perfect in this weather. The orientation of the tent meant we always had a good place to sit in the shade and the temperatures dropped into single figures during the night meaning we were all snuggled up and warm in our beds. The wood fire even got used most evenings to keep us warm. We even got a glimpse of the resident barn owl.
Just like last year Lantern & Larks didn’t let us down with the fabulous tent and site. Laura who runs the site was a mine of knowledge for the local area. It’s location is great for discovering Suffolk. Amenities close by, yet it felt we were miles away from civilisation.
By the end of the holiday we had our little routine. Breakfast before heading out the tent by about 9:30am to head to first place of the day, buying lunch when out, on to second venue (usually with ice cream) then usually back to tent by 3pm to stop for tea & cake.
Our National Trust & English Heritage cards got good use on the this holiday. On the way there we stopped at Ickworth for a picnic and Houghton Mill, in the village where I spent some of my childhood, on the way home. Although the Mill was closed we were still able to have a perfect little picnic next to the Mill Pond that was full of people wild swimming.
Our favourite day of the holiday. Although L is a bit of a water baby, being Derby born means she’s a bit suspicious of the beach/sea. When she realised the sea was cold she was a bit peeved. With a bit of encouragement we were soon paddling, building sandcastles and flying kites. All topped off with delicious fish & chips from The Little Fish & Chip Shop and a 99 flake on the pier.
NT Dunwich Heath
They have a lovely little 1 mile trail for kids around the health. While we were picking up little clues along the way we saw lots of different terrains as well as a multitude of wildlife. Most importantly for L she got a sticker and wrist band at the end.
Suffolk is a haven for foodies. Staying just outside Framlingham meant we were only a short drive from so many great places. As you’ll see from our favourites list below bakeries very much dominated the list.
The only form of refrigeration in the tent was two cool boxes. Given the temperatures we were experiencing that week food was often picked up on the way home from a day out then thrown on the BBQ.
The Penny Bun Bakehouse
We discovered The Penny Bun Bakehouse at a food fair on our first day. I lost count of how much we bought from their stall. English muffins, sourdough, baguette, an amazing smoked pork bun and some bostock.
2 Magpie Bakery
I’ve been following 2 Magpies Bakery on Twitter since they set up. The amount of people we saw carrying paper bags for this bakery in Southwold meant we had to visit. The cake selection was so good we couldn’t pick just cakes for that day. The cakes kept us going for our traditional tea & cake break for a few days. The Eccles cakes from here are something special.
Pump Street Bakery
Any fan of bread making knows of Pump Street Bakery. Not cheap, but worth every penny. We picked up some picnic items here one day to eat at Sutton Hoo and it was possibly one the tastiest picnics of the holiday. Their savoury tarts and sausage rolls are great.
A bar of their chocolate is worth picking up too,try the one with sourdough crumbs. Sounds odd and admittedly took a few bites to get used to but tastes like a posh chocolate rice krispie cake or nutella spread on a nutty loaf.
Snape Maltings Food Hall
The food hall at Snape Maltings is foodie paradise, full of some great options if you’re self catering.
It was that quality time that is so precious. Life is so digitally connected now it can be hard to switch off. With no way to charge our phones, apart from when out and about in the car, it was digital detox time.
I read two books in a week (usually takes me a year to read two), we flew kites, played lots of board games and had the most sleep I’ve had in a long time. Going camping with a 3yo over midsummer did mean early starts thanks to sunrise, but we were all so exhausted by the evening we headed to bed not long after L.
Not sure what the summer holidays will hold for us next year, but I know where ever it is, it’ll still be an adventure.