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"This campsite is just over a mile from the beach & next to Africa Alive wildlife park. "
A mile and a half from the beach, our Kessingland campsite is ideal for exploring the coast of Suffolk and Norfolk. Inland there are plenty of places to visit and you will be surrounded by wildlife, including the lions at the wildlife park next door. Please note: There are no grass-only pitches at this campsite so an additional pitch fee applies. There are also wind turbines near the campsite so you may hear some noise from them.
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Kessingland is a perfect setting for a tranquil
stroll through the countryside or on the shingle beaches.
- Jane Harris
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Kessingland Camping and Caravanning ClubAfrica Alive Wildlife ParkWhites LaneKessinglandNr LowestoftSuffolkNR33 7TF
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Tricia Crump, Mark Crump
Very friendly welcome, conveniently nestled by Safari park which enjoyed. Pub serving carvery close by and fish and chip shop near beach, not that we tried either.
DATE STAYED: April 2013
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Groups,Peaceful break
As a single female out in her old motorhome for the very first time I was made to feel very welcome by the managers & HSA. I was slightly nervous as I didn't know what half of my buttons & switches did but my friendly neighbours offered advice & words of wisdom. Spent a week exploring the area & my MH. Just loved the huge wind turbines and lying in bed listening to lions roar & monkeys scream was quite surreal, a bit like Jurassic park, but great fun. Site was not too full when I was there so no problems with accessing the facilities. Man those showers are hot! Would definitely stay again!
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Peaceful break,Younger couples
Have just returned from 10 day break.Was impressed with this site the staff were very friendly and helpful always smiling.Grass was kept nice and short all parts of the site was spotless.We were aprehensive prior to booking because of wind farm and tv reception wind farm is 2 windmills no problem at all need satalite for good reception some people had no trouble at all with their tv will most definately go again.Africa Alive Zoo next door and good beaches close by Morisons 3miles away so everything you need not far Pub just outside entrance .
MEMBER FOUND TOWING: Easy
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Groups,Peaceful break,Younger couples
Site staff were very friendly and actively inspected the site at least twice a day, even though it was very quiet.
Shower block was spotless at all times - family shower room, disabled facilities etc. all very good.
Small children's play area was enough to keep our three occupied before dinner and whilst we were setting up/taking down. Very close proximity to Africa Alive means you can walk in and come back out for lunch with a hand stamp so you can re-enter the same day. Word of advice - get a local attractions brochure before going as you can find money-off coupons inside - we didn't get them 'til the next day! Also, definitely make a point of visiting Fritton Lake at Somerleyton Hall - tonnes for the kids and very cheap at Â£3 per person.
Only down-side on-site for us is the reason for 4-star facilities - the Wi-fi and TV reception. There isn't any! Even purchasing daily site Wi-Fi didn't help, so take plenty of DVDs and cards/puzzles to entertain the troops.Wind turbines didn't bother us at all.
Overall - great site, lovely people. Definitely would return.
DATE STAYED: April 2008
Thanks for a great weekend, your wardens Tricia Crump, Mark Crump, should be commended for their frendly attitude, as a club this has not changed over the years, we have just come back to caravanning after a break of 15 years, re-joined the club... great to see you provide a great service to your members.. once again thanks.
DATE STAYED: March 2013
Excellent site with spacious level pitches. Facilities are kept spotless by the owners with piping hot water at the sinks and private wash cubicles. Stayed over the chilly easter weekend, but Mr & Mrs Crump gave us a warm and friendly welcome. We shall be back!
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Active break
nice and flat for setting up. "windmills" are a super feature ...... much better than all the main road traffic where we live!!!! Out of Africa, the sounds are like Jurassic Park (the movie). laying in bed hearing the birds is a real bonus. Mr and Mrs Crump were SUPER, nothing too much trouble. Will certainly go again.
DATE STAYED: September 2012
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Groups,Active break,Peaceful break,Younger couples
On our trip through East Anglia we stayed four days at the Campground in Kessingland. We like to thank Tricia and Mark for the very nice and warm welcome on this beautiful Campsite. The whole site is well cared and also the facilities were clean and tidy. We explored Kessingland and the beach by foot and were lucky with the beautiful weather. We can highly recommend this Campsite and we will certainly come back on our next trip to England.
Tricias fruitbred was yummy, we eat each crumb :-)
SUITABLE FOR: Older couples,Groups,Active break,Peaceful break,Younger couples
This was our first visit to a club site after joining and we were very pleased with the standard of this site. Very clean and well maintained site with very clean, modern facilities. The showers had plenty of hot water and if like me you like a powerful shower you will not be disappointed. Very helpful staff and a handy little shop for the essentials. The site is a short walk from the HighSt which has everything you would expect (newspapers,groceries,pubs serving food and fuel etc). We would have no hesitation in recommendutes you won't notice them even in a strong wind, which we had on our third night. We would have no hesitation in recommending this site and will use it again when visiting the area.
Very nice and clean site ideal for visiting Southwold and Lowestoft. Managers friendly and well informed. Site flat so pitching awning is easy. Wind turbines are clearly visible and dominate the site but depending on your view are beautiful or an eyesore, personally I think they are quite impressive but they can be a bit noisy when the wind blows but you do get used to it, its only wind noise.
I would definitely go again if I were over on the east coast.
The animal sounds are unusual , no sparrows here just lions and I think a Minor Bird but I did`nt go in Africa Live.
SUITABLE FOR: Older couples
The site has only a couple of children's play area items and the tiniest dog walk imaginable but it is thoroughly recommended because it is just down the road from that remarkable thing; a dog friendly beach. Next to that is the outstanding Lowestoft South Beach that is A1 plus for families.
The welcome from the wardens was excellent and it isn't fair their hosta's don't get slugs! An impressively kept site indeed.
The wind turbines. It seems to be what direction the wind is blowing as two nights we never heard them at all but the third night the wind had changed and there they were rumbling in the background. If stopping at Kessingland just take some ear plugs with you (if a light sleeper) in case the wind is in the wrong direction.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Active break,Younger couples
Recently stayed at the site, the wardens were extremely helpful and pleasant. The site was spotless and even though the assistant warden had had to move to another site, the couple in charge maintained everything really well on their own, and appeared to be working very hard. The site was good for buses with just a short walk to the stop. Africa Alive proved interesting at night as I a lay in bed listening to lions roaring, not usual in this country.
The only complaint is the wind turbines, when the wind was up they were noisey and television was impossible, which drove me mad as I wanted to watch the Olympics.
On the whole would recommend this site but the wind turbines can be a pain and it depends on your tolerance levels.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Groups,Younger couples
Really liked the site, it was very clean and quiet and the welcome was lovely. The walk to the beach is a pleasant one, through Kessingland itself, and we were blest with a lovely day so it was most enjoyable - we didn't rush and it took about 40 minutes. There is a restaurant by the beach which we were told is good, but we just went for a pint at the pub which was most enjoyable.
Spent a very enjoyable day at the Wildlife Park as well with the convience of being able to wander back to the van for lunch !
There is a small shop on site, with just a few essentials - including lovely fresh eggs. The showers etc were spotlessly clean and there is a laundry room and dishwashing area which looked fine although we didn't actually use it.
Only downside are the wind turbines - one each side of the site. They are quite noisy on a windy day. And the TV signal is pants ! We were worried that it was our (brand new) van not working the TV properly but other people had the same problems it seems.
And if you are a light sleeper you may hear the sounds from the zoo, but I really enjoyed that so I am far from complaining about it !
There is no traffic noise at all, which is a bonus, and on Sunday morning (don't know if it is every Sunday, but got the impression it is frequent) there is a big car boot sale in the next door field, which we had a very enjoyable wander round. Lots of veg stalls selling what I think was local produce, also a big butchers van and a small fish van, which could prove useful.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Active break
What a lovely surprise my sister & myself had when we arived on site. The tubs & hanging baskets were beautiful that is a very nice welcome, well done Mark & Trisha, & Nigel & Anne there assistents. We were there in May when you started to plant them up,your hard work was worth it well done to all of you. As always the site was very clean & tidy, the toilets & showers spotles. We came in August at the start of the bank holliday & the site was packed but there was no rubbish in or around the toilet or shower blocks or around the bin areas. We were pleased that you have put the dustbins back as those big bins were to awkward to use. A lovely site, wind turbines no problem, animals & birds in the wild life park made you feel you were in the wilds & not in Suffolk. We will be back in October, have the sunshine ready. Well done all of you.
DATE STAYED: August 2012
In contrast to our earlier stay at Kelvedon Hatch, this site has restored our faith in the Club. Facilities were up to date, well cared for and spotlessly clean. The grass was kept short (usually cut within 1/2 hour of a pitch becoming vacant) and the Managers/Assistants friendly and helpful even when we were visited by several friends for a Bank Holiday BBQ. The flower display at the site entrance was particularly impressive and drew much favourable comment from our visitors.
If only all sites were as good and well run as this.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Active break,Younger couples
The good points, a very tidy campsite, well maintained and with excellent toilet and shower facilities.
The not so good, we have two children aged 6 and 4 and we were camping with friends who have two children of 10 and 8.
With no ball games permitted the freedom to play was restricted and it seemed the minute our children so much as trod on the wrong blade of grass the wardens were out issuing a telling off.
A nice site for guests without children, not so for the modern family wanting to enjoy the freedom of camping with games and laughter.
MEMBER FOUND TOWING: Moderate
just like to say this site is excellent , we stayed for 7 nights, the wind turbines were ok , they didnt disturb us at all ,ok you can hear them but you get used to it, as for the africa alive next door not a problem laying in bed listerning to those birds and other animals you could be on a exotic holiday. the staff greeted us when we arrived very friendly , had a choice of where to set up, showers and toilets very clean and plenty of hot water all the time, well kept grass etc, fish n chip van ok took a while to get our chips but it was freshly cooked to order 1st class too. overall 100 % pleased will be back again for sure . thanks to all the site wardens . the Millars
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Peaceful break
Our first camping trip. Went alone with my 3 year old daughter,so was apprehensive.Welcome was warm and welcoming.little on site shop stockingnthe essentials (pity they didn't sell newspapers,but I'm nitpicking really).The toilet/shower block was spotless, constant (boiling hot!) water and showers were free,which were a real bonus.Play area was a little small (2 swings and a climbing frame/slide)mbut the kids didn't seem to mind and all played nicely together.Only slight issue we had were the 2huge and turbines.Didnt notice them during the day,but loud enough on the first night to keep me awake.Was used to them by the second night,Will definitely be returning,A lovely campsite with a lovely feel to it.
On arrival we found that the welcome was friendly . The managers mark and Tricia were helpful in finding us a pitch,and explaining the rules and conditions of the site, the amenities and local interest. Although the wind turbines we a bit of a worry we found we had no problem with them the same goes for the zoo,which we ended up visiting on the recommendation of the managers.Your surrounding areas are beautiful and cycle paths are great.I would definitely visit the site again if you had managers like mark and Tricia in charge.brill holiday thoroughly enjoyed it...
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Younger couples
When we arrived I was a bit concerned to see two very large wind turbines but must admit we found that they did not bother us at all and did not disturb us at night even though we were in a tent. The site managers, Tricia and Mark, were extremely friendly and very welcoming giving us all the information about the site and surrounding facilities on arrival. We had a very enjoyable stay and enjoyed being close to the see and lovely surrounding areas. Will definitely be going back to this very clean and friendly site.
DATE STAYED: August 2010
Mark, his wife and two assistants were very friendly and helpful. Although some campers complained about the windmills,they didn't bother us, even though we were underneath one. It sounded like a distant aeroplane when it was turning except for one very wet and windy night when it was loud. we stayed almost three weeks and were sorry to leave.
DATE STAYED: June 2012
SUITABLE FOR: Older couples,Groups
Just like to say that me and my husband stayed at this site for the 2nd time in two years and it is a brillignat site. Clean, friendly, nothing too much trouble for the "hosts". To illustrate how wonderful these people were I had an accident whilst on the site tripping over my guide rope on the awning and having a nasty fall (dislocated shoulder) which was very ouch! My husband went to the office an explained what had happened and Jackie site manager rang for me an ambulance and then came to the caravan and stayed with me whilst the ambulance arrived. I was taken off to Yarmouth hospital but my husband was worried about our dog so Jackie and her husband looked after her for us whilst we returned 5 hours later. They couldn't have been more helpful and supportive than they were, they came back the next morning to see if I was OK. Where else would you get this kind of help, consideration and comfort?
The site is near to Yarmouth, Oulton Broads, etc. and of particular interest ios Africa Alive which is right next to the camp. Brilliant!
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples
Very nice site will certainly be going back. The couple who run it were very helpful and friendly.
No complaints really and if I had to pick any holes it would be that the dog walk was not really a dog walk and that the shower block was cold and the water was far too hot for my 11yr old daughter but I was told that as the owners had just taken over that this was being looked into already.
DATE STAYED: April 2012
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Groups
I have been to kessingland site in the past and have had a very enjoyable time, I have had reservations about booking this year with regards to the wind turbines, I am so sorry that this year we will not be staying there as we are very light sleepers and reading the reviews think we will have to look elsewhere. So sorry that they have spoilt a very good site.
DATE STAYED: July 2012
A lovely site, didn't realise the entrance is also the entrance to Africa Alive so we missed it first of all! Will most definately stay again, lovely added bonus of family bathrooms, this was very useful. Lovely staff and members who were happy to stop for a chat. Only recommendation if you have children but don't want to be by the play area, tell them as they situated all the families around it. However it wasn't an issue for us but could be if children are out playing until late and you are trying to get children to sleep! Don't be put off by the wind turbines, we stayed on a very windy weekend and although they did make a continuous humming it really wasn't an issue. Africa Alive is worth a visit, was quite expensive and would recommend taking a picnic but in all a lovely few hours spent with the family.
Superb hospitality from the camp site managers here. We arrived a little later than planned and they were very helpful in getting us on site and giving us all the required info for our nights stay by the sea. Highly recommended! A+!
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Groups,Active break,Younger couples
When we arrived the site wardens ( Mr & Mrs Crump ) were busy cutting the grass but came over and welcomed us straight away and booked us in. They showed us the facilities on site before showing us to our pitch. Originally We were only staying for 2 nights, but because of the sites location and easy access to public transport we stayed longer.
I would recommend this site to anyone looking for a quiet and relaxing break.
Many Thanks to the Wardens for all their assistance with Buses and directions.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Groups,Active break,Peaceful break
Both the managers and assistant managers were friendly and ready to help. The wind turbines did not cause a problem you could hear them but they didn't stop the kids from sleeping in the awning. The site was kept clean and tidy. Would recommend it to anyone.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Groups,Active break,Younger couples
Very friendly and helpful welcome as new to caravanning. Site very child friendly and clean. Nearby trip to Southwold North Beach perfect as dog could run free and we could watch the birds nesting in the sandstone cliffs whilst we picniced on a sandy beach. Dog also welcome on Southwold Pier and prom. on lead. Sunday morning carboot was great and noise from wind turbines just blended into the background. Hope to be back soon.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Peaceful break
We stayed with friends over the Jubilee weekend and had a great stay (despite the wind and rain!) The staff were really welcoming and friendly and quickly got us to our pitch despite being really busy. The noise from the wind turbines next to the site was only really noticeable at night, when it sounded like a distant aeroplane going over. Not too disruptive but would make us think twice about staying or more than a couple of days.
Facilities were excellent, clean and well kept. There were only four showers in the ladies block and on 2 of the days there was a 10 minute wait during the peak morning time but this is probably to be expected on one of the busiest weekends of the year.
As other reviews mention, there were some ball games taking place near the play area but we did see wardens stopping this on a couple of occasions. However, as this is a family site perhaps creating an area where ball games are allowed would be a good idea.
Overall a good site and a great base for exploring Suffolk and Norfolk.
We took a last minute cancellation, the only pitch available in the east of england, well it was friday 1st of june.
So no preconceptions, well the staff were very friendly & helpful & soon got me on our pitch. We took no notice of the wind turbines & the noise blended into the background as far as we were concerned. Loved the site loads of kids having fun for the jubilee.
A good base for exploring Suffolk & Norfolk. The bonus was winning 3 raffles prizes, does'nt get better than that. Would return without a doubt.
A reasonable site. We enjoyed a pleasant stay over the Jubilee weekend. The shop sold sweets and ice cream at very reasonable prices for the kids plus eggs and milk etc.
However, despite a very friendly welcome our break was ruined by other families flouting the no ball games rule. Our van was hit regularly as was our awning. We felt that the site staff should check the play area in the evening to stop this. We were pitched next to the play area so if we go again we shall ask to be pitched far away from it!!
SUITABLE FOR: Families
My sister & myself stayed at this site in March as we like to be there at the start of the season. I would like to add my comments to some i have seen in the reviews. The wind turbines are a lot quieter now, yes you do get the shadows when the sun shines but who wants rain? As for ball games etc around the site would these people like it if a child or adult kicked a football or through a frisby and it hit there unit? I dont think so, and as for the birds and animals i like the sound of them, thats why we go camping isn't it? There is not a lot in Kessingland but you do have a good bus service just outside the camp site. A good site will be coming back in May.
DATE STAYED: March 2012
Kessingland,What a pleasant site,2 new wind turbines were no bother to most people,just a bit of wirring noise nothing too loud to keep us awake.We were there for 2 weeks in September and hope to be back again in May 2012,loooking forward to that.Easy bus routes not too far from site entrance,Chip van comes on site and shops including Morrisons very easily accsessed......The Barkers.
Farewell Jackie & Terry,We hope the new managers are as friendly,hard working and as helpful as you have been to the club customers and members.You will be missed by us all. Kessies Mum & Dad
DATE STAYED: September 2011
A pleasant 4 night break here for the first time. We were prepared for some noise from the wind turbines but were surprised how noisy they were. Other than that the site and staff were up to C&CC standard. Poor location rather let it down and for this reason it is a bit too expensive at low season. Other sites nearby in better locations at similar prices.
DATE STAYED: October 2011
We have just returned from a four night stay in a tent at Kessingland. It was our first visit and we have just become members of the Club. We were very disappointed with the noise from the Wind Turbines when we booked we were not told about them - as we were in a tent there was no escape from the noise!!! We were close to the toilet block which was helpful but thought the times of closing for cleaning were a bit excessive 10.30-12.00. We also had problems with the Wi-Fi connection it was expensive and practically a waste of time. Needless to say we won't be staying again which is a shame now that we have joined thank goodness there are plenty of other sites to choose from.
was a lovely site the wind turbins could be a little noisey at times.Would like to thank the staff for all they did for us they went above the call of duty to help us out when our grandaughter had a accident on site i would like to say thank you once again.also thank you for sending my dog tags back
DATE STAYED: August 2011
SUITABLE FOR: Peaceful break
Super site - thoroughly enjoyable time had by my husband and I and our three sons. Seaside at Southwold is a short drive and absolutely beautiful. The site is next door to a Safari Park which is only 2 mins walk and we spent the whole day there. Would definitely stay there again.
Kessingland is everything we would expect from a campsite endorsed by the Camping & Caravanning Club and we enjoyed the site so much we stayed an extra night....however.....and it is a big however......very close to the camp are a couple of wind turbines that (during the day) did not cause any problems. During the night they were a NIGHTMARE! The droning noise constantly disturbed our sleep and the sleep of other campers. To add insult to injury we were told that the turbines were not yet connected to the National Grid and that they were at the "testing" stage. To be charged peak rate and have to put up with this discomfort is a joke and left us bitterly disappointed.
This was our Second visit to Kessingland the last one August 2009, But this time we had asked to be at the top of the site behind the toilet block rather then at the bottom of a wet field if it rains, like our previous visit, we were surprized to see two very large wind turbines that had recently been install,the wardens very helpfull & willing to pitch you where you would like to go.
We had lots of rain during our August Bank Holiday Again. But it was much better being up the hill, but we didnâ€™t get much wind so although we were concerned about the wind turbines, they didnâ€™t actually cause us any problems.
On the other hand the Car Boot Sale on Sunday morning I found was more noise, at 6am on Sunday Morning Cars arriving and parking in the field right behind our caravan, so I just got up and went for a wonder around the boot sale.
ALSO there is ONLY ONE TOILET BLOCK not very good for such a big site there was people queuing up for showers everyday Luckily being at the top of the field ,meant we could come back when it was busy.Also they only have two wash hand basins with PRIVACY DOORS, there were other wash hand basins, BUT WITH NO PRIVACY DOORS ON, A visit to Africa Alive is well worth it, itâ€™s right next door, so can be noise with the bong drums being played for half an hour several time a day, which is part of the Zulu dancing show, the lions roaring at feed time around dusk every other night was the most unusual experience, Overall we enjoyed staying at this campsite.
Stayed here for a long weekend over the August bank holiday. There had been a lot of rain in the few days before we arrived and it continued during our first day - the site held up well considering! It was very wet underfoot and the play area was waterlogged but it drained very quickly once the weather dried up! The site was very well maintained, facilities very clean. We were at the bottom end of the site near the play area which was great for the kids but they do cram you in abit down there, the middle area of the site was definately better if want abit more space. We visited Africa Alive which is next door just a couple of minutes walk away which was a great day out. Didn't rate Kessingland at all, very little there and the beach was quite bleak. The site is in a good location for a number of both Suffolk and Norfolks attractions and coastal towns. The only downside to this site is unfortunatey a big one - the two wind turbines which are situated either side of the camp. We were pitched almost underneath one of them. When we arrived there was no wind so they moved very slowly and caused no problem but once a breeze picked up - and it was only a breeze, no real movement in the tents around us, they became very annoying. I live 8 miles from an airport and so am used to regular air traffic noise but this sounded like an aircraft up above contantly. I felt sorry for those in tents as at least
I got a break when I went into the caravan. During the morning when the sun came out you had the shadow of the blades going round and round across the site. I found them too annoying in the end to consider returning to this site which is a real shame.
This site was fabulous. Spacious with good facilities for all ages, all well maintained. The wardens couldnt have been more helpful, they were knowledgeable and cheery and matched pitches expertly. Great coastal area to tour, site convenient and central.The busy zoo nearby did not cause any problems and the lions roaring at dusk were a surreal experience.
DATE STAYED: May 2011
was not happy were we were put was not ask were we would like of gone . there is only one toilet block not very good when you are at the end of the site.
SUITABLE FOR: Older couples,Younger couples
The site staff were friendly and helpful, but the facilities ie the play park area was rubbish with just 1 swing and 1 slide and it wasn't secured from traffic or vehicles.
I would not recommend this site for families as there were no ball games, frisby, badminton allowed anywhere on site.
Also there was a constant noise from the wind turbines and being woken up by monkeys at 5.30am!! by the safari park next to the site.
The pitch wasn't really flat either but didn't cause us to much of a problem
This was our first camping experience and having read the latest reviews regarding the wind turbines, we were slightly concerned. We neednt have been as everything else made up for it. Yes the turbines can be annoying but it didn't stop us from booking an extra night as we liked the site so much. Can't comment much on attractions as we were just happy to stay on site and let the kids play. Did enjoy the African drums from Africa Alive each day though. We will be going back again as the site managers were great. One of the ladies even opened the shop specially so one of my boys could buy something. Loved the whole experience.
This is a very clean site and even at 10pm, the toilets were being spot cleaned. The location if you have children is perfect, the Africa Alive offer is well worth it. We visited the zoo on our first day and paid the small extra fee - we then popped in every day after that to use the soft play facilities and see the animals put to bed after 4pm. The car boot sale on Sunday morning is also worth a look. The site is close to Kessingland Beach (wild and stony), Southwold (charming) and Great Yarmouth's traditional attractions and lovely beach. We didn't rate Lowestoft and don't waste your money on the carvery at the top of the road - terrible service and food. The campsite's only downside is there was only one toilet block so being next to the playground meant we had a bit of a walk but we could hear the lions roaring and various birds! The wind turbines are an imposing sight and they do make a noise on windy nights but you get used to it. We would definitely visit again - we had a great holiday.
lovely site a shame about the wind turbines.
the young children cycling aroud the site (the wrong way of the traffic)was very dangerous i saw a few very near misses
it was lovely to wake up during the night and hear the lioms roaring!!
i would recommend this site to any one, To the person who said the wind turbines sent them insane, We were right next to them and to me you will never get a camp site with no noise at all. We went with our children aged 11 and 15 and they loved it. i would like to say the facilities where spotless and the staff were friendly and helpful. Would stay at this camp again
Appeared to be a really nice site and the wind turbines are only a nuisance if its really windy weather.
One of the family rooms had a shower broken and the other one was locked ( not being used, just locked) when we needed it at 6.30pm. As my husband was told not to take our girls in the mens toilets, that meant I had to struggle through the main block showers with two under fives (quite difficult when 34 wks pregnant!)
Also the noise from Africa Alive was very loud during the afternoon.
My main problem was that the wifi didn't even register at the far end of the site near the park. Not just a weak connection, i couldn't even detect it with my new ipad.
DATE STAYED: July 2011
You know when you are getting close by the two very large wind turbines you will see and yes you end up staying right below them which is a little disturbing and results in a low continous sound not dissimilar to a light aircraft. Also animal noises from zoo esp birds that wake up at crack of light each day - then at 3.00 in afternoon you will be treated to sound of Africa show from zoo next door. Site is a long way from beach (which is also disappointing) and there is not much else in Kessingland itself which is very disappointing. Site very full and lots of kids cycling everywhere even where signs said not too. Would not return
A well run site completely spoilt by the noise from the wind turbines which, at times, sound like an aircraft taking off continually. Had one really bad night when I had to go for a walk at 3 am to get away from the noise, walked down to Kessingland beach for some peace and quiet.I won't be back, sorry!!
This was our second visit to Kessingland. The first we really enjoyed so booked a few more nights this visit with our two preschool children.on the whole, an enjoyable site, a great base for the local zoo and surrounding attractions, however.....
Those windmills! Oh dear, what a shame. A once lovely site is now cursed with the woosh woos, all day, all night!
In addition. It would appear that the ladies showers are also on the downturn with fluctuating temperatures, mainly lukewarm to cold...
We will be heading elsewhere in future.....
Wonderful site wake up to the sounds of Africa
DATE STAYED: June 2011
Our first site we found it very good, amenities good, a very nice site which I am sure we will return to.
This is a nice, reasonably flat site with good drainage. (we had lots of rain) There is only one Toilet / Shower block on site. Staff very helpful in sorting pitch for you. However, big show-stopper for us was the recently-erected Wind Turbines (one on each side of the site) which emitted a constant "Whoosh..whoosh" which drove my wife to despair, as it did to several of the other campers. If you want peace and quiet, this may well be a problem for some people, so be aware. The only other issue was the closing of the toilets for cleaning. Although there was a sign saying the disabled toilet was available during the cleaning period... it wasn't, which meant I had to get in my car and go elsewhere. Overall a well run site, and in a good location, but probably won't come back to this particular one mainly because of the noise from the Wind Turbines.
DATE STAYED: July 2008
Overall we really enjoyed staying at this campsite. The couple who run it are very friendly and helpful if needed. The only two issues we felt let it down are that they close all the facilities including all family toilets and men and women's toilets for cleaning between 10.30am and 12pm everyday. There were a lot of young families when we were there in the half term and this led to queues outside the only available disabled toilet with families going in with 2-4 people at a time. This was especially an issue as the 12pm leaving deadline approaches as everyone is trying to use the loo before setting off! Our only other issue was with the camp's wifi. We checked the signal strength as advised before buying a days worth of connection but despite it showing as excellent the signal kept dropping off so we weren't able to use it.
Otherwise we would go back but would hope in the meantime that they might reconsider the length of time they close their facilities and in particular the toilets!
found the site unsuitable for my teenage children, there was nowhere for them to play ball, or chill out, the wardens worked very hard in keeping the site clean and the fish and chip van was excellant. caravans too packed in for our liking and spent whole week worrying that kids on bikes were going to collide with car - no controls in place. will not go back prefer set up at kelvedon hatch where kids have seperate play and ball area - zoo was worth the Â£85 we paid for unlimited access all week as nothing to do on park kids spent spare time in there.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Younger couples
Our first visit to this site and can't recommend it highly enough. Managers are extremely helpful and the facilities are spotless. Lots to do in the area, including walking, nature reserves and beach. Will definitely be coming back as a week wasn't long enough.
My self & my sister have stayed at this site 2 or 3 times a year since we joined the club 3 years ago and found no fault at all. I found the wardens very helpfull & willing to pitch you where you would like to go if at all possible. I can not understand why 'camper august bank holliday' did not ask the warden if he could not pitch in another spot before he put his tent up, he would have let him if he could. I would recomend this site to anyone. The only comment i would make is on Sundays there is a large car boot sale on one of the fields next to the site, this may be a problem when towing a large caravan or motorhome as the road going to the site can get very busy when they exit the car boot sale. This is just my comment as i do not tow and i have not got a motorhome. Enjoy your stay, see Africa Alive you will not regret it.
DATE STAYED: April 2011
The campsite itself was spotlessly clean, the facilities are excellent. The shower block and laundry room were always clean and tidy. The on site shop has lots of stock and really reasonable prices.
The village centre is a ten minute walk away with a couple of nice pubs.
The couple who run this site are extremely welcoming and very friendly and could not do enough for us.
SUITABLE FOR: Older couples,Active break,Peaceful break,Younger couples
Superb site, very friendly staff. facilities are very clean, although we camped at the other end of the site, so had a long walk to the showers, could do with another toilet/shower block at other end of site, but this is a minor negative. The location is easy to find,and was a very quiet site, perfect for a relaxing break....
Enjoyed the stay very much, couldn't be more helpful, my daughter and son-in-law along with my 2 young grandchildren 5 and 3 yrs old they being first time campers as a family (my daughter started many years ago with me) My 2 sons 18 and 20 were with me, one in his own tent, the other in the caravan with me, they will be doing it again, every body so friendly Thanks once again it really is a friendly club
This was the first time we have stayed at Kessingland and we were very happy with the site. We were having such a nice time that we booked to stay longer. We were asked on arrival where we would like to be, advised where the sun is during the day and what our preferences are before being shown personally to the pitch. We couldn't have been helped more. We loved being near the Africa Alive, as did our children, and hearing the lions roaring! The facilities on site were very clean and to a high standard. We feel the site offers much for either families such as ourselves or older couples. A very lovely holiday which we and our children thoroughly enjoyed!
Whilst I appreciate we stayed during perhaps the busiest part of the year (August Bank Holiday) we arrived nice and early as we try to scout the sites out for nice locations. We found several good positions along the tree lined fencing nearest to the wild life park and in and around the play area, all having good sun spots and near to the facilities. However, when we were allowed to check-in, we were told we had to pitch in the spot they had selected. Now bear in mind the park is now virtually empty and we got there early so we were 1st in the queue. We were positioned in the far corner nearest to the wild life car park. When I asked if we could move we were advised this was a very good sun trap and the best position on the site. The sun never came into this area rendering the ground very damp thus never drying out during the sunny intervals whereas the other locations did, we were also positioned in a wind tunnel. When I complained, we were told we could move, however as we were in a tent it was not so easy to move! I wouldnâ€™t be writing this poor review had the park listened to my original request. There are much better sites within the club. Personally I wouldnâ€™t visit here again. If you do intend staying at this site ring before booking to confirm that you can select your pitch on the day. Get there early to explore the site.
Very good site very pleasant greeting from warden. Very clean Modern Toilet / Shower block . An open site with no pitch boundary but plenty of space. Good location for visiting Lowestoft and the Broads with a pub by the entrance to the site.
The site shares its entrance with the Africa Alive 'Attraction'. As it's right on the doorstep we visited the animal park, quite a pleasant place but would be better enjoyed with young children.
If in the area again we would not hesitate to stay here again.
DATE STAYED: October 2010
Super little site great access for local area.
If you have young children they will love the zoo and you can't get any closer camp site is on the driveway.You may even hear a tiger or elephant in the night.(Kid's will love it).
If you want a bit more life on holiday Yarmouth is only about 10 mile down the road with all the fun of the fair,night club's and arcades.
If you perfer it a bit more gentle then Southwold is the place to go the land that time forgot lovely little town and great boat yard.
Home to Adams brewery and fish cooked straight of the boat in the harbour.
A great all rounder for all the family young and old.
A large quiet well maintained open site surrounded by trees. 15 minute walk to bus stops outside site entrance that provide access to Southwold, Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth.
DATE STAYED: May 2010
LOCATION: Country,Coastal ,Secluded
Our first camping trip and stay at Kessingland which did not disappoint. Very friendly, hard working team on site, great facilities and ultra clean and tidy. Excellent location (Morrison's and Homebase 5 mins in the car, beach down the road)
Close by to Southwold and Lowestoft (South beach is just great for the kids) Couldn't have asked for more - thanks.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Active break,Peaceful break
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