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The Friends Of Leiston Airfield Local Area

For those visiting the area, The Cakes & Ale Park Abbey Lane, Theberton, Nr Leiston, Suffolk. IP16 4TE. is situated on a area of the old airfield once occupied by the 363rd Squadron, 357th Fighter Group USAAF who from January 1944 to April 1945 with their Mustangs, flew long range escorts deep into continental Europe protecting the bombers. One of the longest flights undertaken by the Group was a shuttle mission to Piriyatin, Russia involving a flight of just under 1500 miles and a flight time of nearly 7 hours.

The whole area has been landscaped and so much tree planting has been carried out over the years that it is not easy to see that this was part of an airfield. Great touring site, electric hook ups, some on hardstands with, mains facilities and TV links. Very clean showers and toilets. Nice lounge bar serving Adnams Ales. So why not bring your caravan or tent to the touring field on the park, or book one of the luxury cabins and enjoy the delights of this lovely part of East Anglia. Aldeburgh, Southwold, Woodbridge, Bungay, Beccles, Orford Ness and RSPB Minsmere are all within easy reach.

Fergus & Amanda Little on 01728 831655.

Whilst in the area, you must not miss a visit to The Long Shop Museum, at Main Street Leiston, which is housed in part of the factory where the famous Richard Garratt steam engines were produced. Upstairs on the mezzanine floor area is a pictorial display of Leiston Airfield and the 357th Fighter Group. Also on display are an amazing collection of agricultural items and local memorabilia of a bygone age. Regular steam events during the season.

Julia & Stephen Mael on 01728 832189
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If you are self catering, Challis Butchers, of 30 Sizewell Road, Leiston will supply you with all your requirements whether you plan a BBQ or a family feast. A butchers shop like they used to be. Quality and old fashion service.

David Fisk on 01728 830571


There is only one hotel in Leiston but we cannot recommend it at the moment due to works being undertaken. However there are B & B's in the area of the airfield and in Leiston town.

The nearest to the Park and within an 8 minute walk is

Lavender Blue
49 Abbey Road
IP16 4RE
 Tel No: 01728 830461

In the small town of Leiston and a 5 minute drive away are:

Field End Guest House
1 Kings Road
IP16 4DA
Tel No: 01728 833527

The Beeches
117 High Street
IP16 4BX
Tel No: 01728 832451

There are others of which we can furnish you with details but these three are the nearest.
Leiston ia small place and with visitors to the nearby nuclear power station and ornithologists visiting the local bird sanctuaries, the B & B's get booked up quickly.

So please let me know in good time and I'll get you booked in. There are plenty of places for lunch and dinner in the area.