An oasis of calm

Cakes & Ale is a family-friendly Holiday Park, with fabulous facilities set in 45 acres of immaculate grounds.

With the emphasis is firmly on peace, quiet and relaxation, our Holiday Homes provide the ideal base from which to discover and explore the stunning Suffolk Heritage Coast.

With an average of just ten pitches per acre, our park follows a natural, organic layout, guided largely by the roads left over from the WWII US air base that once occupied the land.

A family business

Cakes & Ale is owned and run by Fergus Little, and is one of three Holiday Parks in the family. Fergus’s father, Peter, originally opened the park in the 1960s and now runs the Moon & Sixpence Holiday Park, near Woodbridge. The Priory Park, near Ipswich, is owned and run by Fergus’s brother James.

Why are we called “Cakes & Ale”?

The simplest answer is “cakes and ale” is synonymous with the good life! The phrase crops up in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and was also the title of the 1930 novel by William Somerset Maugham, a thinly veiled satire on misguided social snobbery.

A little bit of history

Cakes & Ale Holiday Park is situated on what was Leiston Airfield, once occupied by the 363rd Squadron, 357th Fighter Group of the United States Army Air Force. They flew long-range escorts throughout Europe during World War II.

While the airfield area itself has largely been returned to farmland, there is history to be discovered at Cakes & Ale Holiday Park:

  • Scale model Mustang displayed outside the “Yoxford Boys” clubhouse dedicated to the memory of the 357th Fighter Group.
  • The Leiston Airfield Heritage Centre, known as “Gus’s hut” in memory of Gus Clutten, who worked on the airfield for the duration of the USAAF’s occupation.
  • The Holiday Park bar is dedicated to the “Yoxford Boys”.