Bures Scout & Guide Campsite

Where is Bures?

Bures village is situated on the border of Suffolk and Essex in an area of outstanding natural beauty and is 6 miles from Sudbury, 25 miles from Ipswich and 12 miles from Colchester and is served by a local bus service and Greater Anglia Trains. Travelling from London by car via M25 corridor is only 1 hour away.

Bures is also situated along the Stour Valley Path which runs from Newmarket High Street near the source of the River Stour to Cattlawade near Brantham where it joins the estuary, a distance of 60 miles and St Edmunds Way [ideal for Expedition Challenge, Outdoor Challenge, Hiker’s Badge, Chief Scout Award, Troop Hikes and Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, (Explorer Scouts)].

About the site

1st Bures Scout & Guide Group has periodic use during the Summer only (1st March-31st October) of an area adjoining their Headquarters in The Croft (off the High Street). The site consists of grazed pasture, with wooded area running down to the River Stour. The camp site is ideal for;

  • Summer Camps
  • Patrol camping
  • Lightweight camping
  • Survival Skills
  • District and County events
  • Paddle down the River Stour

Only one group will be allowed to camp at any one time on camping field. Out of season in the Scout Headquarters Grounds (in front the main hall) flood light for late winter arrivals! DoE groups in the Headquarters Grounds. We have a landing stage and floating pontoon for kayaking, boating, (Classification of River Stour
B1 non-tidal),
swimming and rafting activities.

Please note: This camp site is NOT
for general public hire.

Equipment for hire

  • Kayaks (17), Double Plastic Kayak & Canadian Canoe
  • Rafting equipment (barrels, paddles, poly lashing rope, pioneering poles and buoyancy aids). The River Stour is only 60 metres away.
  • Pioneering equipment: poles and lashings
  • Ropes (aerial runways/boson chair/commando bridge 25mm & 30mm) with block and tackle/aerial runway seat
  • Barbeque & Altar Fires (5)
  • Air Rifle Shooting
  • Slacklining
  • Outside plug for mains electric supply to camp site


Fishing available at the Recreation Ground & Common Land only (when in season). All you need is a rod licence.

Amenities and places to visit

  • Near to village for Post Office, The Village Deli, Grocery Store, Doctors,
    2 Public Houses & Recreation Ground.
  • Wood fires allowed and large wood pile
  • Camp fire circle logs
  • Backwoods fire pits
  • Mains Water point in camping field
  • Bring your own toilet facilities if you wish (elsan disposal point in grounds)
  • 3 Toilets
  • 2 Showers
  • Disabled toilet
  • Main Hall & fully fitted kitchen for hire
  • Gliding (off-site at Wormingford Airfield)  www.esgc.co.uk
  • Local Bus Service (Go Ahead) to Sudbury, Colchester and Bury St Edmunds
  • Group Mini Bus to hire on site from group
  • Bures Railway Station, Marks Tey, Sudbury Branch Line with connections to London, Colchester, Ipswich and Clacton-on-Sea.
  • Kingfisher Leisure Pool Sudbury www.ssleisure.co.uk.
  • Great Cornard Sports Centre open air swimming for hire (summer months only) www.gcsportscentre.co.uk
  • Gainsborough Painting Museum, Sudbury
  • Sudbury Museum at Town Hall
  • Kentwell Hall and Melford Hall in Long Melford and the famous wool village of Lavenham
  • Roman Castle, (off High Street), Colchester
  • Hedingham Castle, Bayley Street, Castle Hedingham, Essex www.hedinghamcastle.co.uk
  • Leisure Pool & Fitness Pool, Colchester www.colchesterleisureworld.co.uk
  • Cinema, Head Street, Colchester
  • Rollerworld, Eastgates, Colchester www.rollerworld.co.uk
  • Duxford Imperial War Museum – just one hour away www.iwm.org.uk/visits/iwm-duxford

How to reach us

Access to The Camp Site is on the B1508. SAT NAV users – nearest house to camp site: CO8 5JN

From Sudbury, after passing the 30 mph signs and the Black Barn (right), the entrance is on a left hand bend, turn right just after the ‘Bures St Mary’ village sign. The gates to the camp site are in front of you. NO ACCESS VIA THE CROFT ROAD.

From Colchester, pass through the village going over river bridge and into Suffolk. Turn left at church (sign posted Sudbury), go up the hill (High Street), round a narrow left bend and down hill just beyond cottages (Croft End Cottages). Entrance is on your left at bend just before exiting the ‘Bures St Mary’ village sign. NO ACCESS VIA THE CROFT ROAD.

Map OS Sheet: 155 (Bury St Edmunds & Sudbury) Reference TL906343.

We welcome site inspections.


Conditions of use

The Scout Law is accepted as the Law of the site. However, there are some guidelines that MUST be made for the safety and comfort of all site users. Please park cars, vans, trailers inside the camp site at the top of the site after unloading of equipment. Vehicles must be well away from tents and fire pits etc (fire risk).

DO NOT block the entrance to the Sudbury Road or park your vehicles along the top track. Only guide DOGS are allowed on site.

KEEP ALL GATES SHUT AT ALL TIMES. Sheep/cattle could be grazing in next field! Access to River Stour straight in front of the container for Kayaking and Rafting etc. Use the slip way and landing stage.

KEEP OUT of Allotment areas. Mains water on camp site. Altar Fires allowed. Camp Fire Area. Use designated area.

NO AIR RIFLE SHOOTING ON SITE – unless the activity is run by Qualified Leaders.

HAND AXES should only be used in your own Chopping Area for kindling only. Trees and Shrubs should not be touched. NO PITS allowed wet or dry on Camp Site. Please place your rubbish in the headquarters wheelie bins (green general rubbish) (blue recycled). When disposing of ash, place onto the Camp Fire circle area.

Use of toilet and shower rooms in extension building. Please clean after use. Cleaning materials and mops provided. Empty bins. Blue tissue paper should be placed inside the green wheelie bin ONLY or burn during your camp. Lock up before leaving and put key through letter box at the end of your camp, please.
If off site – please lock all doors.

When clearing up, please leave your site how you would expect to find it. It is essential the site users do not leave grass level obstruction such as tent pegs in the ground. These can cause damage to mowing equipment etc. The wood pile should be kept tidy and any tins on the camp fire should be disposed of. Make sure fire is out. Close all gates.

Arrival and departure: Weekend and week day camping: Any time.

Summer Camps run from Saturday to Saturday. Arrive after 14.00hrs.
Depart before 12 noon.

Please remember you have neighbours, the site has a 10.00pm-7.30am curfew, by which time your site MUST be quiet. Radios, ipods, mobile phones, DVD players etc should not be heard on your campsite at anytime during your stay, please.

1st Bures Scout Group does not accept liability for loss or damage to cars,
tents or any property belonging to the user of the camp site (including property belonging to the Hirer) etc.

Camp Site Fees etc to be paid on arrival or during your stay.
Cash or Cheques.

Cheques should be made payable to 1st Bures Scout Group.




Fly in a Glider at
Wormingford Airfield, Essex

Use The Croft Camp Site, Bures as your base to FLY in a GLIDER.

Have you ever thought what it is like to fly in a two seater glider with a fully qualified pilot? Well now is your chance to try a new exciting activity for your Scout/Explorer/Guide Group.

Bures Scout Group has teamed up with The Essex and Suffolk Gliding Club based at Wormingford Airfield, Fordham Road, Wormingford, Essex – just
3 miles from Bures Camp Site. The airfield is situated just off the B1508
(sign posted Fordham) and is ¼ mile from the junction – entrance on right (concrete road way).


How can I get there?

You can reach the airfield either by:
– own transport

Hiring out our 17 seater mini bus

along part of the River Stour Valley path/Wormingford Hall to Airfield

(circular route)

Using public transport (Go Ahead Buses)
Bus to Wormingford Village (Bus stop next to Church Road) and take footpath to airfield


Address of Gliding Club

Essex and Suffolk Gliding Club, Fordham Road, Wormingford,
Essex CO6 3AQ

Flights are a winch launch using the old Second World War Airfield once used by the RAF and United States Air Force.


When can I Fly?

Glider flights are ONLY available on Tuesdays or Thursdays during School Holidays due to the availability of pilots/marshalls etc. and the time of flying. They can accommodate groups of up to 30 with sessions starting at 10am in groups of six and for smaller groups from 4.00pm in summer time.

The Glider Club does NOT offer flights at weekends as this is their club days nor during other evenings – the ONLY day is Tuesday or Thursday.


This activity can go towards their Adventure Challenge and Air Activity Staged Badges

How Much?

Charges for Scout/Explorer/Guide Groups are:

Up to 10 participants            £25.00

11 – 15 participants                  £23.00

16 and over                                 £2 1.00


How to book

For further information email: glide@esgc.co.uk
See club rules on visit to air field for Scout/Explorer/Guide Groups
View Essex and Suffolk Gliding Club web site at www.esgc.co.uk

How to book in 4 easy steps

  1. Telephone Site Warden Paul Snelling on (01787) 370301
    Mobile: 07817 463331 or
    email: paulsnelling78@gmail.com for confirmation of available date etc.
  2. Fill out Booking Form
  3. Deposit and make a Cheque payable to: 1st Bures Scout Group.
  4. Send Booking Form with cheque in post to Paul Snelling, Site Warden, 24 Layzell Croft, Great Cornard, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 0JY.
  • Confirmation will be via email:
    PDF attachment information when cheque has arrived. No cheque – No confirmation.
  • If deposit cheque does not arrive – your camp date will be re-allocated to another group.

Deposit Charges

  • Weekend Camp 2 nights  £50.00
  • Bank Holiday weekend 3 nights  £70.00
  • Bank Holiday weekend 3 nights and hire of Headquarters Hall  £100.00
  • Weekend Camp over 2 nights and hire of Headquarters Hall  £80.00
  • Week Summer Camp 7 nights  £100.00

Note: All deposits are non-returnable.
For one night camping there is a minimum charge of £30.00 for small groups.










































































On arrival at
the Airfield

Please read notice at the entrance gate.  Proceed to Visitors Parking area adjacent to windsock. If full find a club official to see where it is permissible to park.

Report to the clubhouse, please read notice to the right of the entrance doors.   The maximum speed limit on site is 15mph.


All MEMBERS to be supervised at all times

Any pets must be on a leash

Always keep a good lookout when on the airfield

Access to Launch Point Area

With larger groups, no more than 6 SCOUTS should go to the launch point at any one time.  Where the SCOUTS are accompanied; then generally no more than 2 others would be allowed with each participant.

Ideally groups will be taken to the launch point at the Eastern End (Clubhouse end of airfield), by a club official.  Access to the launch point is around the perimeter track keeping a good LOOKOUT for gliders coming in to land.  If a glider is on approach do not continue, it is safer to backtrack.

Launch Point Area

The Launch Marshall will advise the group where to stand; this will normally be well behind the launch area.  Scouts must keep together and not wander about. Only the Scout, who will be under instruction from the Instructor, will be by the glider, unless the Instructor is undertaking a briefing for the group who are at the launch point. Those accompanying the Scout may be able to take photographs following instructions from the Instructor/Launch Marshall.

Once the student has flown, they will wait until they are escorted back to the clubhouse, unless directed otherwise.

The Launch Vehicle itself is out of bounds to visitors except in exceptional circumstances and authorised by the launch marshall.

Other Facilities

There is a small kitchen in the Clubhouse – where it is possible to purchase drinks, chocolate bars and various other snacks. There is an honesty box to place cash for the purchase of these items.

These notes have been prepared as a guide.  If in doubt about anything please ask an official of the Essex and Suffolk Gliding Club.