Popcorn Camping Woolverstone Hall Popcorn Camping

UK England East Anglia Suffolk Ipswich

  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
A tents-only, pop-up campsite with campfires on a peaceful peninsula in Suffolk

Hands up who wants to go to school in the summer holidays? The idea is not as daft as it sounds once you realise that the school in question is a rather nice, independent one that’s giving up one of its playing fields for use as a pop-up campsite. The man behind the plan is entrepreneurial events organiser, Scott Doane. He realised that an unused field coupled with some unused school sports-hall facilities on a peaceful peninsula in Suffolk was the perfect place for his next pop up.

Popcorn Camping will open at Woolverstone Hall as soon as the last pupils have cleared out of the Grade I Palladian mansion they call home during term time. Extra toilets are brought in, pitches are marked out and soon enough the campers will begin to arrive. The camping field is actually a short walk away from the school buildings and all the better for it. It’s peaceful location is edged by trees and next to St Michael’s Church, just a half-mile walk from the banks of the River Orwell.

As you’d expect for a pop-up campsite, things are kept pretty simple but it’s all been carefully thought through. You can park at your pitch for easy unloading and the super-spacious size (10m by 15m) means there’s plenty of room. During set hours campers can access the school sports hall (the rest of the grounds are out of bounds). Where there are hot showers and flushing toilets, with extra loos in the camping field. Campfires are allowed in off-ground fire pits, which you can hire on site, and logs are for sale too. It all makes for an easy but fuss-free classic camping experience in a location that’s new to the camping scene.

This is the Shotley Peninsula; separated from the rest of Suffolk, to the north, by the River Orwell and from Essex, to the south, by the River Stour. It’s a flat and mostly rural location where you can never get too far from the water. Riverside walks, boat trips, cycling and pub lunches on the water’s edge are all pleasant ways to idle away time. The foot passenger ferry offers a fun way to get to the industrial side of Felixstowe or you can drive round to explore the town and beach. Families, who this site will suit well, will, no doubt, be seduced by Jimmy’s Farm and Wildlife Park, which offers a full day out just a few miles from site. Now, let’s try this again: hands up who wants to go to school in the summer holidays?



All pitches are 15m by 10m, giving you lots of room, and allowing you to bring an extra pup tent plus 1 gazebo or awning. We allow 1 car to be parked on each pitch. Fire pits are allowed if they are off the ground.   Facilities we offer: 6 Hot showers (3+3) in the nearby Sports Hall • Toilets on the field and in the Sports Hall • Dish washing points • Grass Pitches • Drinking water taps on the field

Suitable For

Tents only (no campervans / caravans). No dogs allowed. Quiet time is from 10:30pm until 8am, to allow for a peaceful nights sleep


The Shotley Peninsula is a beautiful part of Suffolk surrounded on three sides by the River Orwell and the River Stour. Nearby are beaches such as Felixstowe and Aldeburgh - made famous by Benjamin Britton and the world famous concert hall at Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh Music

On the peninsula (which is just 5 miles from Ipswich, the county town of Suffolk) we have:-

Numerous footpaths which follow both rivers
Sailing opportunities with Neptune Marina, Woolverstone
Sailing and water sport opportunities at Alton Reservoir, Stutton
Hill Farm Equestrian Centre at Chelmondiston
Walking, photography workshops with Anthony Cullen who is based at Pinmill
A foot ferry from Shotley Gate  to Harwich and Felixstowe
A drive away there is the market town of Bury St Edmunds and picturesque places such as Lavenham and Woodbridge.

Food & Drink

Jimmy’s Farm and Restaurant at Wherstead (that is Jimmy Dougherty from TV, Jamie Oliver fame)
The famous Butt & Oyster pub at Pinmill
Suffolk Food Hall and the Cookhouse at Freston


July and August only.

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The Owner Says

Our campsite is in the grounds of Woolverstone Hall on the banks of the River Orwell, in the glorious Shotley Peninsula. Part of the Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB. The campsite occupies "Church Field", a lovely quiet field next to a church and woodlands in the grounds of the hall.


75 grassy camping pitches.

Grass Pitch, Non-Electric, Max 6 people

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 20 Available
Large grass pitch (15m by 10m) in a very spacious field. Parking included on the pitch for 1 car, and you may have 1 pup tent plus 1 awning or gazebo per pitch.

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Contact Popcorn Camping Woolverstone Hall, Woolverstone Hall, Woolverstone, Ipswich, Suffolk IP9 1AZ

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Getting There

Woolverstone Hall is easy to find on Google Maps and other maps. Please use the main entrance to access the campsite which is sign posted as you come into the grounds. The nearest train station is in Ipswich, just 5 miles from the Campsite


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