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Mill Hill Farm Blog
What's happening on the site and in the local area...
How to winterise your caravan
It’s that time of year again! The season is winding down here at Mill Hill Caravan and Camping Park and we’re starting to put away our customer’s caravans for the winter. Here are some top tips for caravan hibernation.
1. Remove batteries from smoke and CO2 alarms.
2. Secure all doors, windows and skylights.
3. Disconnect the battery and remove gas bottles.
4. Invest in some dehumidifying salt or crystals.
5. Cover your caravan with a breathable, waterproof material to protect it from the weather.
6. Drain all the water from the system to stop it from freezing.
7. Empty and clean out the cassette toilet with plenty of water.
End of Season BBQ 2022
On Saturday 22nd, at 6pm, the LEGENDARY end of season BBQ returned once again for an evening of food and merriment.
There was a selection of food on offer: Paella, curry, burgers, sausages and chips all served from the airstream catering wagon. Benches were set up for eating in the barn and later we were joined by the band Silmor who played a range of folk music for us.
Tickets cost £5pp (minimum donation) with all the proceeds going to Macmillan Cancer Support. But many donated far more than the ticket price.
Ticket sales and donations for the event raised £615
On the night David's hat was taken round by Sue who collected another £188.21
The final total for the night was £803.21 which is fantastic.
THANKYOU, THANKYOU, THANKYOU
A huge thank you to:
Our staff and helpers, for all their hard work.
Emmerdale Farm Shop who donated the sausages.
Silmor who entertained us
Everyone bought tickets and donated to Macmillan.
Haunted places on the Suffolk Coast
Spooky season has arrived! If you’re visiting us at Mill Hill Farm Caravan and Camping Park this October, then you could check out these haunted places on the Suffolk Coast.
1. Dunwich Greyfriars
Dunwich was once the largest port in Suffolk until it succumbed to the power of the sea. In 1154 Dunwich had 19 churches, 2 monasteries and 2 hospitals but now you’ll only find a small coastal hamlet.
Greyfriars Monastery was built in 1277 when there were 20 friars living on the site. You can still visit the ruins on the edge of Dunwich Cliffs and walk around the nearby woods. It’s rumoured the ghosts of monks haunt the site and at night you can hear the bells of distance churches ringing from under the sea.
While you’re in Dunwich, visit the museum to learn more about the village’s remarkable history and then pop to The Ship Inn for a pint. Apparently there are tunnels from underneath the pub to Greyfriars and the church, but this is unconfirmed.
2. Blythburgh Church
Blythburgh Church is a beautiful building on the banks of the River Blyth. It is said that the ghostly dog, Black Shuck, which roams the countryside in East Anglia, haunts the church. It is believed that in 1577 the Black Shuck burst into Blythburgh Church, killing a man and boy before causing the steeple to collapse. A must-visit for ghost hunters and those that enjoy folklore.
3. Sutton Hoo
Sutton Hoo, near Woodbridge, is the site of an Anglo-Saxon burial ground. Described on the National Trust website as ‘hauntingly beautiful’ the 255 acre estate features burial mounds, including one of an Anglo-Saxon King within a ship.
In the 1930s, the owner of the estate, Edith Pretty, became curious about the mounds and said to friends that she saw lights and movement in that area at night. She decided to commission an excavation of the site and what they found was of huge historic significance.
You can visit the burial mounds, walk around the estate and learn more about the discoveries at the museum.
A day out in…Snape and Aldeburgh
While you stay with us here at Mill Hill Farm Caravan & Camping Park, we highly recommend a day out in Snape and Aldeburgh.
Snape is a beautiful little village just a short drive from our site. Nestled on the River Alde, Snape is well known for its Maltings and connection to Benjamin Britten.
Snape Maltings is now a classical concert hall but it also has a brilliant array of boutiques, galleries, a café and pub. You’ll find homewares, artisan food and drink, floristry, clothing and much more.
After your visit to Snape Maltings, head down the A1094 to Aldeburgh. The coastal town has plenty of charm and is a popular tourist destination. Of course you must try the famous Aldeburgh fish and chips and eat them while sitting along the sea wall – just watch out for those pesky seagulls!
The high street is full of independent shops and well-known names. Locally brewery, Adnams, has a shop in the town selling Southwold ale and the Two Magpies has recently opened a delicious bakery in the town.
Take a walk along the pebble beach to the Scallop, a sculpture by local artist Maggi Hambling. No visit to Aldeburgh is complete without a photo beside it!
We hope you enjoy your day out in Snape and Aldeburgh – do ask us at reception for more recommendations.
Things to do in Suffolk in the autumn
The weather is looking decidedly autumnal here in Suffolk, but there’s still plenty to see and enjoy nearby. Pack a jumper and a waterproof and explore these top 5 things to do in Suffolk in the autumn…
1. Orford and/or Framlingham Castle
Our local castles offer an interesting indoor activity if the weather takes a turn. Framlingham Castle is known for being Ed Sheeran’s Castle on the Hill, but it was also a powerful Tudor stronghold. Walk along the battlements and imagine life in Suffolk 500 years ago. Orford Castle is filled with myths and legends. It is said to be one of the oldest and best preserved castle keeps in the country and you can explore from the basement to the roof. Keep your eyes peeled for the ghost of the Orford Merman who was apparently captured and kept in the castle many years ago.
2. Long Shop Museum
The Long Shop Museum can be found in Leiston, a short drive from our campsite. Learn all about the industrial revolution in Suffolk – the building was formerly Leiston Works until its closure in 1981. Its historic core was preserved and opened as a museum in 1984 to allow visitors the chance to see an early example of an assembly-line production.
3. Southwold Pier
Southwold is your archetypal British seaside town with beach huts and a fantastic pier. Enjoy the classic arcades games, fish and chips and beautiful views. There's a gift shop and an ice cream parlour, alongside the eccentric machines made by Tim Hunkin that offer lots of fun for all the family.
4. Landguard Fort
If you fancy a drive up the coast to Felixstowe, you can visit Landguard Fort which was built in the 1740s. It has been modified throughout the years and was functional during the Cold War. Discover the history of the fort and its maze of rooms, tunnels and passageways.
5. Christchurch Mansion
Christchurch Mansion, in Ipswich, houses over 500 years of history. Currently the Tudor mansion has a exhibition called ‘Power of Stories’ featuring Marvel Studios’ costumes from the Black Panther film. The house also has a Victorian Natural History gallery and Ancient Egypt exhibition.
We hope you enjoy your stay in Suffolk and at Mill Hill Farm Caravan and Campsite this autumn!