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Local Area

Holbrook Creek (15mins walk)

Harkstead is a small village with a church, playground and village hall which hosts a farmer's market once a month.  It has a beautiful sandy river beach just 5 mins walk from the site.

We are perfectly situated for exploring the Shotley peninsula as well as the wider Suffolk countryside and coastline.

Below are  a few suggestions of local attractions and amenities.

Village shops/amenities within 5-10minute drive

  • Stutton: community shop and cafe


  • The Suffolk Food Hall Bustling, rustic-style shop which includes gourmet food and wine stalls and a chocolate shop as well as a cafe and restaurant on site overlooking the Orwell Bridge.

Public Houses


  • The Butt & Oyster is one of the best known public houses in Suffolk renowned for its good beer, good food and great views, situated in the hamlet of Pin Mill on the River Orwell. 

  • The Red lion pub


  • The Swan


  • The Rose offers pub grub and drinks in the village

  • The Shipwreck: open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with real ales situated in Shotley marina.

  • The Bristol Arms: riverside pub with views over the Stour in Shotley


  • The Freston Boot offers quality and locally sourced food 



The Bakers Arms : currently closed, awaiting new management


Harkstead Beach:  the campsite site has its own private track giving access to the shore. The sandy area known officially as "Harkstead beach" is just a 5 minute walk, perfect for picnics and watersports. NB the water is tidal. Please check tide times. 

In the neighbouring village of Erwarton, visitors can find Erwarton Hall (and its stunning gate house) once owned by Anne Boleyns uncle. Her heart is rumoured to be buried within the walls of Erwarton church!


· Within a 5-10minute drive (or 1- 1.5hr walk along the coast path) you can reach Shotley which boasts three public houses ( the Rose, the Bristol Arms and the Shipwreck), a marina, and the HMS Ganges museum. The marina is also where guests can catch the ‘foot ferry’ which enables day trips to explore both Harwich and Felixstowe. Close to the marina lies Shotley vineyard where visitors can taste some traditional English wine.



Stutton (5 mins drive) is home to Alton water park: a reservoir set within 400 acres of countryside. Visitors can enjoy over 8miles of walking/cycle tracks, fishingThe Local Area, and water sports. There is a hire facility for watercraft and bicycles.


National Trust sites:

Pin mill,Chelmondiston: home of popular waterfront pub/restaurant, “The Butt and Oyster”. Arthur Ransome lived close to the 'Butt' and used the river as his setting for the Swallows & Amazons book 'We didn't mean to go to sea'. Pin Mill also featured in the popular BBC 'Lovejoy' series. 

Flatford mill is another easily accessible site perfect for walking and cycling through the countryside that inspired John Constable.




Currently, the only dry ski slope in Suffolk is located 8 minutes’ drive away at the Suffolk Ski Centre. It offers a dry ski slope, and a range of outdoor experiences, including Snowsports such as: Skiing, Snowboarding, Tobogganing, Ringos, Climbing Wall and High Ropes Experience. They also offer Golf with the Ipswich Golf Driving Range, Mini Golf Course, and putting green.


Jimmys Farm and Wildlife Park: 10mins drive away. Farm and wildlife park with playgrounds, bouncy pillow, plus restaurant and farm shop.

 Jimmy's Farm


Colchester zoo: 45mins drive  Colchester Zoo




Local GP surgery: “Holbrook and Shotley surgery” Holbrook Surgery, The St, Holbrook, Ipswich, IP92QS

01473 328 263


Closest pharmacy:

“Vision Pharmacy” 4 Rapier Street, Ipswich IP28 JS 01473 689 770


A and E:

Ipswich Hospital

Heath Road, Ipswcich, IP45PD 01473 712233

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