To celebrate Hobbit Day on 22nd September, we have a fabulous Tolkien-inspired prize up for grabs!

We are offering a lucky Hobbit or Lord of The Rings fan the chance to win a one-night mid-week stay at the fantastic Hobbit-inspired Pod Hollow .

As well as the overnight stay for up to 4 people, you will also win a 'Real Middle-earth Tour' which reveals the fascinating Anglo-Saxon origins of The Lord of the Rings story in a visit to a reconstructed Anglo-Saxon Village on its original site at West Stow. 

Pod Hollow

Pod Hollow is a brand-new accommodation at West Stow Pods inspired by the famous hobbit hole story from JRR Tolkien.

Built into the side of a grassy knoll, Pod Hollow promises an enchanting and amazing woodland experience. The accommodation is fully self-contained and will comfortably sleep four in two double bedrooms.

Listed as one of the top 10 best glamping sites in the UK by The Guardian newspaper, West Stow Pods is a small, family run glamping site located in the heart of the Suffolk countryside, around four miles from the historic town of Bury St Edmunds.

Created in 2013 by Jan and Ed Lengyel, West Stow Pods offers the very best in Suffolk glamping accommodation combined with beautiful surroundings. Located on the periphery of the King’s Forest, West Stow Pods is only a stone’s throw away from many of Suffolk’s best loved tourist attractions and nature spots including Lackford Lakes nature reserve, West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village and Country Park and just four miles from Bury St Edmunds with its stunning Abbey Gardens, cathedral, shopping, markets and award-winning restaurants.

Set in a privately-owned woodland copse, in addition to Pod Hollow West Stow Pods has four fully self-contained “Mega Pods” and a woodland lodge. Each ‘Mega Pod’ comfortably sleeps up to four, or five if they are little ones, and provides a kitchenette with toaster, kettle and microwave ensuite shower room, and a brick-built barbecue outside. You need to bring everything with you as if you were going camping.

The Woodland Lodge provides all the creature comforts you might need including a fully equipped kitchenette and wet room with shower. All you need to bring is your bedding and towels, although these can be provided separately.

West Stow Pods is ideal for exploring all the wonderful walks, cycle rides and horse-riding trails the area has to offer.

Real Middle Earth Tour

The 1-hour Real Middle Earth Tour takes you to West Stow Anglo Saxon Village. You can walk on the real Middle-earth and take part in your own riddle battle. 

The Anglo-Saxon Village was also a set used as a Dunedain Village and the birthplace of Aragorn son of Arathorn in the Born of Hope fan film. The film is set before The Lord of the Rings epic trilogy and has been watched by millions worldwide on YouTube. 

The Real Middle Earth Tour is run by Middle Earth Adventures, part of Arnor Heritage Projects, and offers Tolkien fans a range of specially adapted Middle-earth adventures to suit their interests with a knowledgeable Tolkien Society member and fan of the films as your guide.

To celebrate Hobbit Day on 22nd September, we have a fabulous Tolkien-inspired prize up for grabs!


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- Competition closes on October 22nd at 12pm.

- The winner will be contacted by email.

- Entrants to this competition agree to Bury St Edmunds and Beyond using their details in post-competition publicity. Your details will not be used for any other purpose, or passed onto any third parties, unless specified.

- No cash alternative will be offered; the prize is not transferable.

- Only one competition entry per person.

- By entering you are agreeing to our terms and conditions

- Bury St Edmunds and Beyond reserves the right to amend the competition end date at any time.

- This competition is being run by Bury St Edmunds and Beyond: BSE DMO Ltd, 2nd Floor, 2 Woolhall Street, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP33 1LA.

West Stow Pods Pod Hollow:

- Prize must be booked and used by September 22nd 2019

- The winner must be aged 18 or over. Booking dates subject to availability Please note this is a mid-week one-night stay

- Please see West Stow Pods website for full terms and conditions of stay (click through to

Arnor Heritage Real Middle Earth Tour:

- Prize must be booked and used by September 22nd 2019

- Booking dates subject to availability.