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Parks review: Cakes & Ale Holiday Park


Cakes & Ale is a family-run holiday park, set in 45 acres of stunningly landscaped grounds close to the Suffolk coast.

This park has a fascinating past; it’s on land that was once an American air base so, as you drive around the park, you’ll be taking the very same route as that once used by American P-51 Mustangs!

It’s an award-winning holiday park which is family and dog-friendly, ensuring that every member of the family thoroughly enjoys their time here.          

The park is spaciously designed and has everything you would expect and more, from its modern facilities to the bar and play area, and it’s worth mentioning that its landscaping programme began back in 1968. In the time since then, a well-designed array of trees, hedges, shrubs and seasonal flowers have been established, combining to create a natural ambience that is only broken by the sound of birdsong.

Fascinatingly, the park takes its name from the novel by William Somerset Maugham. That novel’s title was inspired by a reference in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night to cakes and ale being synomymous with the ’good life’ – which fits perfectly with the ethos of Cakes & Ale Holiday Park!

The park has space for children to play and facilities to keep them entertained, all conveniently viewable from the bar’s al fresco seating area. There are two tennis courts plus a golf practice range, a large recreation field and an adventure playground.

The Suffolk coast offers plenty to do and see and Cakes & Ale is the perfect base from which to explore; Aldeburgh, for example, an enchanting seaside town with bijou shops, art galleries and restaurants, is just over five miles from the park. This town is world-renowned because it was the home of the composer, Benjamin Britten, the founder of the Aldeburgh Festival, which takes place in June.

This is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with stunning scenery, wide beaches, wetlands rich with wildlife, ancient heaths and a number of towns and villages – beautiful Southwold and Woodbridge are within a half-hour drive.

The park is open from 1 March to 15 January. Holiday homes start in price between £30,000 and £40,000.