Guest Blogger assignment November 2019

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Cakes & AleThis month Cakes and Ale Holiday Park are offering a stay for 5 people (children welcome) in one of their rental lodges for a short break (Friday – Monday or Monday – Friday) outside of peak season, which is July and August plus Bank Holiday weekends.

Aldeburgh Yacht ClubCakes & Ale is a little different from the ‘norm’. Peace and tranquillity are the main focus, allowing for a relaxing break that leaves you feeling refreshed and reenergised, rather than frustrated that the children in the tent next door are still screaming at midnight! Whilst families are allowed on the touring field, there’s a strict ‘Quiet after 9 pm’ rule that is observed by everyone, as well as an ‘Adults Only’ area for that extra bit of peace and quiet.

Set in over 40 acres of pristine grounds, it is the ideal base from which to explore the stunning Suffolk Heritage Coast. Southwold, Aldeburgh and Thorpeness are all within easy reach, each with its own offerings. Southwold Pier has a stunning sea view restaurant, the town is full of characterful buildings and boutique shops. Aldeburgh is known locally for the fresh fish that is caught and brought into small wooden huts on the beach front where it can be purchased by the local restaurants and the general public, it can’t get much fresher than that! Thorpeness is well known as a purpose-built Holiday Village, with a Peter Pan themed meare to row around, the famous ‘House in the Clouds’ and some exceptional food in a number of locations.

The rental lodges and touring field are open April – October. The lodges have been recently renovated, making them pet friendly, with their own private garden area. The Minsmere Lodge sleeps up to 5 people, whilst the Blyth Lodge sleeps up to 4. Both are fully furnished, with well-equipped kitchens and a large wooden deck.

Cakes & Ale Rental Lodges
Cake & Ale Minsmere Lodge
Cakes & Ale Blythe Lodge well-equipped kitchen

How to apply for this 'assignment'

In the comments box below, please tell us why you’d like to visit Suffolk and if there’s anything particular you’d like to see. The closing date is 30 November 2019 and we’ll advise the lucky blogger early in December so they can plan the visit next year.

Terms and Conditions: The guest blogger will be liable for any extras at Cakes & Ale Holiday Park – drinks for example. Bookings are subject to availability and agreement by the general manager at the resort.

Our guest blogger will be required to write two articles of about 600 words each: one on Cakes & Ale, the other on the surrounding area, with a few photos to illustrate each piece.

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  • Upstart
    3 months ago
    My idea of a good holiday is having the opportunity to explore new landscapes and ways of living – literally ‘a change of scene.’
    I live close to a holiday resort in England that’s famous for its seven golden miles of sandy beach. It’s surrounded by flat, agricultural land, dotted with villages and farms.
    Which is why I’ve never chosen Suffolk for a holiday. It’s all sea, beaches and flat countryside, isn’t it? Too much like home.
    But reading about Suffolk on the Cakes and Ale Holiday Park website, I realise I’ve been missing a treat.
    The holiday park is close to Southwold with its harbour and lighthouse. Who doesn’t enjoy watching boats sailing in and out of safe harbour while tucking into local fish and chips?
    Adnam’s beer has been brewed in Southwold for over a hundred years. Tea towels, magnets and mugs are all perfectly good souvenirs, but a bottle of local beer opened at home on a dark winter’s evening brings back sunny holiday memories through all the senses.
    Aldeburgh has Snape Maltings for a culture-fix and the flamboyant and mysterious scallop sculpture standing proud on the shingle sea shore. I can almost hear the stones shifting as they’re pummelled by the waves.
    Tucked into the western corner of Suffolk is Newmarket, the home of horse-racing, and a ‘must see’ for me, a keen rider all my life. The Museum and Art Gallery would remind me of my childhood hero Lester Piggott, and what a thrill to see stallions, mares and foals at the National Stud. If I timed it right, I could even have a day at the races.
    But my holiday wouldn’t be all about busy days out.
    At the entrance to a Suffolk village there’s a sign telling motorists who might be tempted to drive too fast to ‘Slow you down’.
    Sounds like my kind of holiday.
  • Rowsie
    3 months ago
    After seeing this article I realised that I have never been to Suffolk! I have travelled the world and visited all the adjoining counties, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex but somehow I can't remember ever setting foot in Suffolk. All I know about it is the rather bizarre Rendesham Forest Incident (a UFO incident that is sometimes referred to as the Britain's Rosswell). This alone should have made me visit Suffolk by now..time to remedy this me thinks?
  • lynne-fordyce
    3 months ago
    Never been to Suffolk; what a failure I am! Well i have looked up all the info available and realise it's about time I put that right. So much to offer, so much to see. and to be able to take along my partner and soul mate would be wonderful. Love the chance to blog about it too...dreamy.
  • LH
    4 months ago
    Suffolk coast is so exciting, a wonderful place to walk and explore watching the light change in the vast skies over the sea, and the muddy creeks and inlets up to Snape, with lots of nature reserves to visit including famous Minsmere - we saw a bittern fly over and land there previously, plus enjoying the sand martins by the restaurant. Holiday lodges are very comfortable and I would love to have the opportunity next year to write a blog on this area and accommodation, and to explore and walk more of this coastline, and see the new exhibition and viewpoint at Sutton Hoo, along with our family. I have always wanted to visit Orford Ness but never been near there at the right time of year.
  • Sararose
    4 months ago
    I would love to go to Suffolk on a nostalgic journey. My husband and I visited over ten years ago and met up with his two nephews who live near Ipswich. We stayed in a beautiful campsite which had a number of fishing lakes. I would like to revisit Snape Maltings , Woodbridge and of course, Southwold. My nephews' children are now nearly grown up so it would be great to see them again on their home turf.

  • Kay9
    4 months ago
    I'd like to go to Suffolk to meet up with a friend a from Ipswich,as we haven't seen one another for 30 years and now we're heading for 65 it would be great to enjoy a few days together.
    The surrounding coast and villages sound pretty and would suit both of us.
  • Classicssportif
    4 months ago
    I'd like to go to Suffolk because I've simply never been, and neither has my Freddy Westie! We both love camping and the outdoors, and I'm pretty good at writing reviews
  • Hunter
    4 months ago
    Sounds really exciting - and who knows what can be discovered - Hoxne Hoard for example. Suffolk - a place of outstanding, natural beauty, as Constable depicted in his famous painting.
  • Hardyplant
    4 months ago
    In Kent we're only 55 miles from Ipswich `as the crow flies` but having to negotiate the Dartford Crossing and motorway traffic delays means that sadly we rarely go to East Anglia. we stayed in Suffolk for a night about 20 years ago and I was entranced by the beautiful wool towns of Long Melford and Lavenham so would love to visit more of these, maybe Clare and Hadleigh. My husband ad I have shared interests of wildlife - birds and butterflies in particular - gardens (we're members of several plant societies), history, archaeology, sketching, antiques and eating out. My adult son might want to come along too and he also likes wildlife parks and anywhere that's been a location for a film or tv programme. Trips to Minsmere, Sutton Hoo, Aldeburgh, Southwold and Orford Ness would definitely be on the list of places to visit - plus Ipswich, where my husband lived for a few years while in his first job. Obviously I'd have to research the area a bit more, as I always do before going on holiday, but with our Ordnance Survey map of the area and my love of writing and photography I think I could produce the required blogs. As a place to stay Cakes & Ale sounds ideally tranquil but with all the mod cons one needs.
  • SilverTravelUser_3493
    4 months ago
    I have wonderful memories of Suffolk from my childhood, visiting Walberswick and Southwold, enjoying the fresh seafood and wonderful coastline. When my husband’s grandparents rented a cottage there we were able to take our children for several nostalgic trips (they did this every year). Now we’d love to show this beautiful area to our grandchildren. I think they’d be fascinated by the walk across Bailey Bridge and would love the colourful beach huts on Southwold beach. The pier would be a great attraction for them too! As they love exploring we’d take them down to Aldeburgh and Orford Ness, photo opportunities galore!
  • June2
    4 months ago
    We would like to visit Suffolk for the scenery,walks photography.

    As well as the broads we would love to explore the coastline as boaters and caravaners this is a part of England we would love to explore.
    Eating out is one of our hobbies when we travel hopefully we would find lovely seafood restaurants around Suffolk and lots of photo opportunities of the wildlife and sunsets.
    Walks for us is important it’s so relaxing getting out to the countryside or seaside away from our desks we also love bike rides when we go away.
    Cakes and Ale sounds amazing this park is somewhere we would love to consider owning a holiday home if that was a possibility after we try one out.
    Being pet friendly is a plus for us we have a little dog that goes most places with us.
  • Lee-and-Kay
    4 months ago
    We had a short break to the North Suffolk / South Norfolk coast last year and found Suffolk fascinating, so are keen to go back and explore more widely. Theberton would be the ideal location, near to the coast, further south in Suffolk to visit RSPB Minsmere, the world famous Aldeburgh Fish & Chip Shop, Dunwich heath and beach, Garrett's Long Shop Museum in Leiston and the historic 'traditional amusements arcade' on Southwold Pier, that evidently uses the old UK 1d pennies in its slot machines! Just so much more to see and experience in Suffolk and so many more colourful beach huts to see along the picturesque coastline - we would love to go back to the area and as a bonus, the ethos of the Cakes & Ale holiday park sounds fascinating!
  • Marmite
    4 months ago
    I remember on my one and only holiday in Suffolk, rowing a boat on the Meer at Thorpeness with my Dad and playing on the beach at Aldeburgh. Apart from that my only vivid memory is being seriously injured when the Aldeburgh lifeboat launched, the launching gear failed and I was thrown by the flying rope onto the surrounding concrete. I’d love to return now, as an adult and in happier circumstances, to experience all the amazing places Suffolk offers. The ancient buildings, wide open spaces, coastline, the bird sanctuaries and much more. Constable country, particularly Flatford Mill and I’d love to hear a concert at Snape Maltings in Aldeburgh. Who knows, I may even be persuaded to return to the Lifeboat Station, scene of my broken skull!!
  • jillwales
    4 months ago
    I just love Suffolk! Those huge skies and Beautiful coastline are mesmerising. Southwold these days is often described as London by the sea but is idylic, think an unusual pier and colourful beach huts with tea shops galore. Aldeburgh has its festival for those looking for a bit of culture and I would love to spend time there. Further along the coast you can find 'the broads', just the job for watching sailing boats and cruisers, or taking one out for a drive-a picnic whilst moored watching the sun setting is delightful. I wouldn't mind the family or adult only part of the camp site although I like the idea of that extra lie in after a day's walking, rowing and eating in one of the super restaurants-not forgetting an ale or two!