Birds & Bees Campsite

UK England East Anglia Suffolk Saxmundham

  • Campfires allowed
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Eco-friendly, family-centric, tents-only camping nestled among the long grasses of Suffolk's Alde Valley

Know the difference between a brimstone butterfly and a common holy blue? Recognise a chaffinch from a blue tit? Well, as the name suggests at this wild, car-free campsite in Eastern Suffolk, cohabiting with the birds, butterflies, bugs and bees is what life is all about. You needn’t be able to name all the species – indeed there are probably so many here you never could – but if you want to immerse yourself in the native wildlife of Suffolk’s wild grass meadows, there’s no better place to be.

Conscientiously mown into the long, green-blonde grass, Birds & Bees Campsite is comprised of 15 individual tent pitches, connected via weaving pathways that meander across the field. Abundant hedgerows divide the entire campsite up into three separate meadows, with a facilities block and reception building – affectionately known as ‘The Beehive’ – inside an old dairy barn by the campsite entrance. The result is a perfect choice between convenient proximity to the showers (pluck for Clover’s Corner), the best views (the Meadow Rise field) or complete seclusion in the campsite’s furthest pitches (Nature’s Way meadow). For added convenience, there is also an extra composting toilet and freshwater point where the three meadows converge.

There truly is something to suit campers of all persuasions at Birds & Bees. Children lose themselves among the thick flora, hiding and seeking in the deepest patches of grass, while family groups gather around their evening campfires. Older couples and nature lovers pop out for the day to nearby RSPB Minsmere and Dunwhich Dunes – well-known for the appearances on BBC Springwatch – while cyclists assemble two-man tents as they stop off from the nearby national cycle route. Whatever your tenting tastes, campers here can't fail to appreciate the campsite's thoroughly laid back feel and traditional, back-to-basics ambience. Throw in a collection of East Anglia’s best beaches, less than half an hour away, and it’s easy to see how Birds & Bees Campsite is much more than just a very, very grassy field.

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Facilities

Campfire pits at every pitch and firewood sold on-site. 3 separate male, female and family/disabled rooms provide a total of 5 showers and 5 toilets, with hand dryers and electric sockets, too. A communal kitchen has a washing up area, a kettle, microwave (on request), a freezer and a large fridge/freezer. Drinking water is available from the tap just outside the kitchen and outside the Tree Bog – a composting toilet situated mid way between the 3 camping meadows. Separate car park keeps the meadow car-free and trolleys are provided to move your luggage. Pitches range from 100m–400m from the facilities block, so you have the choice of absolute seclusion, picturesque views or family convenience. Just select your preference when booking and James and Emma will do their best to accommodate it.

Suitable For

Tents, couples, families – yes. Campervans, caravans, dogs, noisy folk after 10pm – no.

Nearby

The ancient market town of Framlingham (15-minute drive) was noted as far back as the Domesday Book and, today, along with the market every Tuesday and Saturday (which first began back in 1285) its history lives on in the magnificent 12th-century fortress (01728 724189), which makes a fascinating family day out. You can walk the wall and enjoy a picnic, play and shop. Your kids might already recognise it from Ed Sheeran’s, Castle on the Hill music video. Nature lovers, meanwhile, should head to the RSPB's Minsmere Nature Reserve (01728 648281; 20-minute drive) or on to Dunwich Heath and Beach (20 minutes), which is looked after by the National Trust and houses a myriad of species among the dunes. Other coastal treasures include the artsy seaside town of Aldeburgh, famous for its fish and chips, vibrant art and music scene and its range of boutique shops; and bustling Southwold, with its beach huts, lighthouse (01502 724729) and renowned pier. Both are around 25-minutes by car. Thorpeness Meare and Boating Lake (01728 832523; 20-minute drive) offers the best inland spot to lay in the sun with a picnic. The island-dotted lake and parkland covers some 60 acres – kayaks, rowing boats, canoes and sailing boats are all available to hire.

Food & Drink

James and Emma provide a selection of delicious meat in the campsite's reception freezer at The Beehive. Remember to get it out in the morning so it’s ready for your campfire feast that evening. They also grow a selection of fresh herbs for you to pick and season your supper with. It's a 1-mile walk (or drive) to the Juniper Barn, Village Shop and Café (01728 663773). It's just down the road from Birds & Bees, so you can stroll down for your morning coffee or indulge in one of their delicious homemade treats, while gathering goodies for a picnic. Juniper Barn is family friendly, offers bike storage for cyclists and is wheelchair accessible. The White Horse (01728 663497), meanwhile, is the local pub in Rendham – a traditional spot serving pub grub in substantial portions – or it's a 10-minute drive to Saxmundham, the nearest town with a selection of mainstream shops and further dining options.

Opening Times

April–September.

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The Owner Says

We are a family run Eco Campsite in the heart of Suffolk’s Alde Valley. We pride ourselves in offering spacious pitches with real campfires on secluded ancient pastures, you’ll be surrounded by giant hedges, mature trees and an abundance of wildlife.  You can stay at the campsite all day and night or set off on an adventure of Suffolk's gorgeous Heritage Coast and surrounding attractions, we're just 20 minutes from some of the finest beaches

Wind turbines help to generate electricity and solar panels help to heat the water. We work in partnership with Natural England and the Forestry Commission planting wild flower and nectar plots, encouraging a wide variety of Birds and Bees!

Experience real camping with the luxury of plush showers, toilets and kitchen facilities in our converted dairy buildings (known as the Beehive). Feel free to contact one of the family with any questions, we look forward to welcoming you at Birds and Bees Campsite.

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Pitches

15 tent pitches individually carved out of the long meadow grass and scattered across 3 different meadows (around ½-acre per pitch). Maximum 6 people per pitch.

Buttercup - Clover's Corner

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 4 Available
Situated in Clover's Corner this is one of the closest to the Beehive and just a stones throw from the meadow's Tree Bog. Facing West the hedgerow is behind you allowing great views of the sunset in Clover's Corner.

Cuckoo - Meadow Rise

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 7 Available
This is one of seven in our largest meadow just 250m to the car park and the Beehive (The Main Building) you'll be tucked in at the base of the rise with a large blackberry hedge behind you, facing East you'll get a great view of day break over Meadow Rise.

The Badger - Nature's Way

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 4 Available
Nature's way is a special little meadow and The Badger is positioned in a way that it would suit our less able adult guests. Although your car still needs to be parked in the car park the pitch is only 20 meters from our drive way so loading and unloading is much easier. It's also only 50 meters from the central Tree Bog.

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Location

Contact Birds & Bees Campsite, Rendham Hall, Rendham, Saxmundham, Suffolk IP17 2AW

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Getting There

We’re less than a 2 hour drive from the M25 and located centrally between Aldeburgh, Framlingham and Halesworth.

There are some excellent local taxi firms and if you have any other questions about how to reach us please just call anytime. 01728 573563

Have a safe trip!
National Cycle Routes pass either side of the farm, one runs to Saxmundham (or follow it north to link up with National Cycle Route No1), while the other is the regional route 41 that heads south to Snape, Orford and finally on to Felixstowe. The nearest train station is in Saxmundham (0845 748 4950) 3 miles away, with direct links to London Liverpool Street (0845 748 4950).

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Why book with I Love This Campsite?

  • Best Price Guarantee, with no fees
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