Welcome to my local’s guide to the best campsites in Norfolk England. The fantastic county of Norfolk in East Anglia is the perfect place for a holiday or break, with activities, attractions and adventures to suit couples and families alike. Pick from sites on the coast, to inland meadows and Norfolk Broads views.
My family live in Norfolk and I grew up on it’s borders. I’ve spent years visiting with both tent and motorhome, so know all the best campsites from first-hand, personal experience. This really is a local’s guide of where to camp in Norfolk.
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Top Five Norfolk Campsites
Address: Hall Road, Clippesby, Great Yarmouth NR29 3BL
This award winning holiday park, tucked between Norwich and the beautiful North Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, has a great family atmosphere and is well-deserving of it’s AA Regional Campsite of the Year award.
With acres of green space, with woodland and meadow settings, a small swimming pool and the impressive Basecamp complex, you could easily spend your whole holiday here and never leave!
Basecamp offers family friendly dining, a small farm shop, cafe and bar. You can buy your morning paper and fresh bread here, enjoy a pizza on the deck, grab an ice-cream or sit-down to a delicious Sunday roast.
There’s a pool table inside and a mini-golf course outside to keep people entertained. There’s also an information centre, where you can find out more about things to do in Norfolk.
Close to some of the best beaches in Norfolk, the medieval city of Norwich and the lively seaside town of Great Yarmouth, Clippesby Hall is well located for a Norfolk holiday.
Camping & Touring
As one of Norfolk’s premier camping and caravan parks, camping and touring facilities are as good as you’d expect them to be.
There is a choice of grass or hardstanding pitches, with or without electric hook up, depending on how you camp. Even though this is one of Norfolk’s best dog friendly campsites, there’s also a dog-free zone!
I love the fact that some of the sanitary facilities have a bath – brilliant for smaller kids and great for warming up if you’re camping in poor weather. Yep, it’s factor of camping holidays in Norfolk!
Also one of Norfolk’s best known glamping sites, pine lodges for six (complete with hot tub!), country cottages for two and a shephard’s hut make up the holiday home accommodation.
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Whitlingham Broad Campsite
Address: Whitlingham Lane, Trowse, Norwich NR14 8TR
If you’re craving the simple way of life, with minimal fuss and facilities, then Whitlingham Broad Campsite, on the doorstep of Norwich will most definately deliver.
Set in a country park just a few miles from Norwich, the Norfolk Boards National Park and the North Norfolk Coast, this family run site is the perfect place to get back to nature and enjoy a fire pit at night, before you nod off to sleep listening to the sound of owls.
On the banks of Whitlingham Broad, the campsite is the ideal place for kayaking and stand up paddle (there are hire places close by on the Broad), boating adventures, walking and bird watching. You can also cycle into the centre of historic Norwich, just 2.5 miles away, on a Beryl Bike (which can be picked up at the site) or explore the many Norfolk attractions in the surrounding area by car.
Camping & Touring
Whitlingham Broad Campsite is ideal for tents and smaller campers – in fact, they prefer smaller motorhomes as there is no hard-standing. Caravans and trailer tents are not allowed due to planning restrictions.
There are no grey waste or chemical toilet disposal points, so the excellent site facilities will have to suffice. There’s no EHU available either, so you’ll need solar, or, get back to basics and chill for a bit with traditional camping lights.
This all makes for the kind of camping I remember as a kid – sleeping bags, UHT milk and the heaviest canvas tent imaginable! Although I prefer a decent quilt, fresh milk and a lightweight tent these days, the nostalgia of those simple holidays remains, and this is exactly what Whitlingham Broad Campsite offer.
If you’re looking for a ready-made roof, book a yurt, converted goods wagon, shepherds hut, bell tent glamping or a stunning tree-house style woodland den. With all the amenities you need provided, this is a great alternative to booking a hotel for a Norwich break.
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The Old Vicarage Campsite
Address: Moulton St. Mary, Norwich NR13 3NH
With a Cool Camping Certificate of Excellence, The Old Vicarage Campsite is three acres of grass meadows sandwiched between the River Yare and River Bure, where the owner Bernie is passionate about good old-fashioned camping.
The spacious site means you can pitch wherever and however you want, with loads of space for activities, running about (kids and adults!) and social distancing around every tent. Family oriented and dog friendly, you’ll often find larger groups camping here together.
Fire pits are a popular feauture here, with the owner providing a ‘Bernie’ brazier and actively encouraging people to light a camp fire as a integral part of their camping experience. Bring on the marshmallows!
The enviable position means the nature reserves of the Broads, the lively town of Great Yarmouth and historic Norwich are all within easy reach.
Camping & Touring
The Old Vicarage is a tent only site. As long as your roof is made of fabric, you’ll be able to pitch here. Caravans, campevans, motorhomes and trailer tents are not accepted and cars are parked in the field next door – with wheelbarrows provided for you to move all your gear!
The approach is refreshing – pitch where you like, with as many tents as you want (within reason obvs!) all for one flat rate regardless of holidays or high seasons. There are no extras or hidden costs.
Sanitary (eco-friendly composting toilets) and dish washing facilities are basic, but clean and do the job! You’ll also find hot showers, drinking water taps, rubbish and recycling bins, a USB charging point and a freezer for re-freezing ice-blocks. There is no electric hook up on site.
Fully furnished classic canvas bell tents and simple wooden pods provide self-catering accommodation.
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Address: Heath Road, Hickling, Norwich NR12 0AU
Hickling Campsite is at the heart of the largest and most beautiful Broad in Norfolk, and is the perfect base to pitch up and go exploring the region’s incredible coastline and beaches, and of course, the Norfolk Broads!
With a back to nature camping philosophy, the couple who run the site, Tom and Jo, have built a place they would want to stay. With no fixed pitches, camp fires encouraged and the best of the Broads on the doorstep, this is a really delightful campsite.
The Hickling Hut camp shop provides fresh locally sourced produce like milk, bread and Norfolk ice-cream, as well as barista coffee.
The campsite is a 20 minute cycle ride or 10 minute drive from the vast sandy beaches of the North Norfolk Coast, and under ten minute stroll to Hickling village, with a couple of good pubs to choose from. Hickling Broad and the Norfolk Wildlife Trust national nature reserve is a haven for birds and wildlife and there are lots of boat trips for visitors to explore the area.
Camping & Touring
Hickling Campsite is a tent and trailer tent only site. There is lots of space for both, with no set tent pitches and no specific check-in or check-out times.
The facilities are basic, but the shower water is hot and plentiful, with no annoying push-buttons. Washing up sinks are outside. Fire pits are provided and you can buy wood on site. You’ll also find drinking water taps, rubbish bins for recycling and general waste, a freezer for ice blocks and a couple of plug sockets for charging your devices.
Glamping at Hickling Campsite takes place in their shepherd’s huts or a wooden pod, both of which are fully insulated, with a proper bed!
Tom and Jo also run Canal Camping near North Walsham. We haven’t included the camspite on our best camp sites in Norfolk list because we have yet to stay there!
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Baconsthorpe Meadows Camping
Address: Pitt Farms, Baconsthorpe, Holt NR25 6LF
Baconsthorpe Meadows Campsite is a friendly site nestled close to the North Norfolk Coast, just outside the pretty Georgian market town of Holt.
This tranquil spot provides the perfect place for a Norfolk camping holiday, where easy access to the beaches, seaside towns, nature reserves and attractions of the wonderful Norfolk countryside make for a great family adventure.
On the edge of the North Norfolk AONB, Baconsthrpe Meadows is the perfect place to soak up nature and enjoy a slower pace of life. With no light pollution, the dark skies of the area will reward star gazers – you can even light the brazier on cold evenings.
Camping & Touring
Baconsthorpe Meadows Campsite is a tent camping only site. There are a few serviced pitches with electric hook up, but there must be booked in advance.
The sanitary facilities are super clean and well managed. There is a small shop and playground on site. You’ll also find washing up sinks, a chemcial waste point, a freezer for ice block, a washing machine and tumble dryer, a microwave, phone charging points and free WiFi in reception.
Self-catered accommodation is provided by wooden camping pods, equipped with double or twin-single beds and an outside deck.
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Deepdale Camping & Rooms
Address: Deepdale Farm, Burnham Deepdale PE31 8DD
A quiet and friendly campsite, Deepdale Camping is located near the sea in the stunning North Norfolk countryside. The campsite has also just been named as the most popular campsite in the UK!
This dog friendly campsite is located in the village of Burnham Deepdale, in the North Norfolk Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There is fantastic walking on the doorstep and nearby bike access to the National Cycle Network at Burnham Market, and the fabulous North Norfolk beaches within very easy reach. With abundant bird and wild life and the big open skies, which are breathtaking, particularly at night, this is a great campsite for outdoor enthusiasts.
There is also ample opportunity to chill out and relax on site at the Deepdale Cafe, or try one of the traditional nearby pubs which serve local Norfolk beers and locally caught seafood.
Camping & Touring
Deepdale has 85 pitches suitable for tents, campervans, motorhomes & trailer tents, but no caravans due to a planning restriction, set in six well-maintained grassy paddocks. The site is a haven of peace & quiet, and not suitable for large groups.
There’s been a lot of development since 2016, with fantastic newly built facilities, including 16a electric hook-up, chemical toilet disposal points, fully serviced hard standing pitches, and underfloor heated toilet & shower blocks, together with lots of landscaping including hedging, trees and landscaping for the farm paddocks. There’s also a laundry facility, free Wifi and fire pit hire.
If you’re planning a self-catering holiday without a tent, Deepdale will supply you with a fully equipped and erected safari tent on a large grass pitch, or check out their basic, but comfortable, private en-suite rooms.
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