Booking a Visit

If your village or community would like a visit from us, simply get in touch by clicking the button below.

Visit slots are Monday to Friday, 10 am – 12 noon or 2 pm – 4 pm.

For outdoor visits, all we need is permission to park and space to set out tables and chairs, with easy access for everyone and enough room to accommodate appropriate social distancing. We’re asking that visitors bring along their own mug and chair for now, but we’ll provide the free refreshments to enjoy with them!

For indoor visits, get in touch with us so we can discuss ways to manage the visit with you, adhering to Covid-19 secure government guidelines.

We will supply you with publicity material for you to share in your village, both digital and printed. Just spread the word so everyone knows we are coming and we will do the rest. Our visits are free but we welcome donations.

If you would like to know more please do get in touch. You can call us on 01379 855338 or email us by clicking on the button below.

What happens on a visit

On a standard visit, we will park up, set out tables and chairs and get the kettle on!

We provide free refreshments and always a warm and friendly welcome!

Our team and our volunteers love a good chat, so don’t worry about coming on your own, there’s always someone to talk to.

We have access to a raft of information on local and national agencies, organisations, activities and support services. If there’s something on your mind then chat with us. If you’ve questions about what’s available locally for you, we’ll help you find the answers.

Our visits comply with government guidance, implementing Covid-19 secure ways of allowing people to meet. We are required by law to take the details of each household attending a visit, for NHS track & trace reporting.

Chat with our community engagement team about us making repeat visits if your community would like them. Some villages host us monthly, and others just 2 or 3 times a year.

We have adjusted our service to adhere to government Covid-19 secure guidelines. We are still able to signpost to all the organisations and information we would previously have distributed printed leaflets for, so please get in touch if you have a query about what support might be available to you. When conducting our visits, we have Covid-19 secure practices for serving the refreshments we provide. If you would like more detailed information about this then feel free to call or email us.

UPDATE: May 2021

We are delighted to be booking our Rural Coffee Caravan Village Visits in the diary again!

From 19th May we will be pitching up and putting the kettle on for you once more! Check our ‘Where We’ll Be’ calendar for dates and to see if a visit has been arranged near you and do come along and join us. If you’re feeling a little out of sorts or out of practice being around people, know that you’ll be guaranteed a gentle welcome, friendly company and chat. We’ll have our usual raft of information to support you with, and some delicious coffee and cake! Feel free to bring your own chair and mug if you feel more comfortable, although we will be providing some. If your location isn’t listed and you think your village might benefit from a ‘Coffee Caravan visit, get in touch via the details on this page.

UPDATE: following second lockdown 5th November 2020

Our village visits are on hold once more during the second national lockdown, and will resume once Government guidance advises we are able to do so again. We are still available to offer support and cheer throughout the year, whether in or out of lockdown. Our community engagement team are checking in with villages across the county, so do get in touch if there is something we can help you with.

UPDATE: following Government guidance revision of 14th September 2020


The Rural Coffee Caravan (RCC) is a charity registered with the Charity Commission (Charity No. 1187423). The law affecting individuals and the size of groups has changed with effect from 14th September 2020. Organisations such as the RCC that are engaged in charitable services and have implemented COVID-19 secure ways of allowing people to meet are permitted to continue their activities. RCC has carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment, and has implemented safe ways of meeting for visitors and staff that fully comply with all government requirements whether published as guidance or a legal requirement. In this COVID-19 secure way we are, therefore, continuing to visit villages hosting up to 30 visitors at one time, but insisting that visitors themselves comply with the government legislation regarding groups of 6. Please ensure that you comply with the legal requirements regarding groupings and the guidance provided by RCC staff and volunteers visiting with you. We are delighted that we can continue to come to see you and want you to have a safe and enjoyable visit with us.


Check to see if we’re already visiting a village near you, via our Visits & Events calendar.

I would like to thank you for your valuable advice about the possibilities available from MSDC for various aspects of funding for our Village Hall project.

As you know our new building is now finished and will be officially opened on July 7th.

Sue, Drinkstone Village Hall
Dave, Roger, Harold & myself attended Shotley, Brandon & Red Lodge with our Meccano, Hornby displays last year.

We had a very enjoyable time at each visit with lots of interest on our respective displays. The organisers went out of their way to ensure our attendance went without a hitch, food & drink was well presented and all attendees where very friendly and helpful.

Hope we can help you all again sometime this year.

Ron Frith
We attended the Coffee Caravan event in Brandon last year, we were very pleased to be invited to such an informative and interesting day!

It was packed full of stands with information and help for the local community. We certainly made some new contacts. We hope to do it again later this year.

The coffee was good too !!!!

Jenny Pease, Scheme Manager, Heathcote House, Brandon
Thank you for a lovely morning and the lift home. I really enjoyed meeting everyone. Please could you pass my thanks also to the gentleman who made me such a lovely cup of tea, I’m afraid I’ve forgotten his name though.

After I’ve finished this e-mail I’ll be searching Amazon for the cookbook you were telling me about.

The Coffee Caravan has been visiting Redlingfield for two years now and from a population of not much more than 100 we get a turn-out of 20-plus for their visits.

I would urge any village – large or small – to consider the benefits of their visits. If they stopped, many villagers would miss the regular meetings with the exceptionally friendly and well informed staff and volunteers.

Mike Ager, Clerk - Redlingfield Parish Meeting
On behalf of the Rattlesden Good Neighbours Scheme I would like to thank the Coffee Caravan and its helpers for visiting Rattlesden.

We feel that the Rural Coffee Caravan is essential as it encourages rural villages, like ours,to do the things they have always done but that somehow were forgotten. It is so good that they are reminding us what “community” is about.

We look forward to further visits.

Jennifer Moore , Secretary - Rattesden Good Neighbours Scheme
Rural Coffee Caravan has given Ashbocking residents a friendly, confidential, impartial source of information for a variety of services and organisations, as well as a good reason to meet and share ideas together, with easy activities, coffee and cake!


Anna, Ashbocking
Thank you so much for your regular visits to our Village Lunch mornings in Stansfield village. Our village lunch attracts people from several of the surrounding villages, as well as residents of Stansfield.

We are most grateful for this useful resource, and its always a pleasure to have you join us, Garry.

Long may the Rural Coffee Caravan continue to enhance our life in this area of Suffolk.

Sally Carter, Organiser - Stansfield Village Lunch