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Things to do: Camping in Norfolk
Camping in Norfolk is the perfect choice whether you are looking for a family holiday, romantic weekend, activity break or fun day out. Pitch your tent on the outskirts of a cobbled city, on the grounds of a royal estate or close to a quaint seaside village.
Norfolk is home to a uniquely stunning environment shaped over thousands of years by both human and nature. Covering over 300 square miles of East Anglian countryside, the Norfolk Broads is a vast navigable network of complex waterways.
The Broads comprise of rivers, lakes and stunning wildlife; all of which can be enjoyed on the peaceful paths and cycle ways that run throughout this area. Dotted around this wonderful environment are unspoilt villages and market towns that make this county so wonderfully unique.
Since the 19th century, The Broads have been a popular destination for boating holidays. Climb aboard a boat, hop on a bike or put on your walking boots and navigate the meandering rivers and glimmering lakes of this area. Pack a lunch, find a comfortable spot to sit on the riverbank, and eat whilst watching boats float past.
Take a trip to the rocky ruins of St Benet’s Abbey and soak up the local area’s fascinating history. More than 1,000 years ago, this isolated spot on the River Bure was a thriving and important monastery.
Take an afternoon to visit the typically beautiful Norfolk villages of Wroxham and Hoveton. Each village sits either side of the meandering River Bure and are collectively known as the capital of The Broads.
Norfolk boasts a variety of royal estates and stately homes teeming with fascinating history, sprawling parklands and lavish architecture.
Since 1977, visitors have been allowed entry into the Queen’s magnificent private estate, Sandringham House. Set in 24 hectares of pristine gardens, the house has been the private home of four generations of British monarchs.
Situated beside the north Norfolk coast, Holkham Hall is a luxurious 17th century country house with a pristine walled garden. The hall exhibits elements of Palladian style architecture and displays a diverse collection of art including paintings by Rubens, Van Dyck and Gainsborough.
Norfolk’s county town is the most complete medieval city in the UK, from the medieval period until the start of the Industrial Revolution; Norwich was England’s second city. In the present day, Norwich is still just as popular with its ancient streets packed full of shoppers, street entertainers, arts and music. The city offers over 1500 historical buildings, an exciting arts scene, and delicious local produce and drink.
Built in the heart of the city by the Normans, Norwich Castle was built as a royal palace rather than a fortification, despite the fact no royalty has ever lived here. In 1984, it opened as a museum and today it exhibits significant East Anglian artefacts and works of art. Just across the city, Norwich Cathedral was constructed in 1096 and is one of the city’s most recognisable landmarks. The surrounding grounds, Cathedral Close, is one of the largest in Europe and its spire is the second tallest in England.
Top things to do in Norfolk
All campsites in Norfolk offer plenty of activities and major attractions within easy reach. From medieval churches, country parks and gardens, wind and water mills and historic buildings, to museums and galleries, camping in Norfolk is the perfect holiday for all the family. Here are our top five things to do in Norfolk:
1. Sandringham Estate
Our Sandringham Club Site is located on in a secluded spot on the grounds of the Queen’s Royal Estate in Norfolk. With over 60 acres of gardens and 600 acres of woodland, it’s no surprise that Sandringham Estate is the Royal Family’s favourite country retreat. Explore the lavish rooms and pristine gardens of this regal estate.
2. Norfolk Coast Path
Running from west to east, from Hunstanton to Sea Palling, the Norfolk Coast Path explores the uncovered beauty and drama of Norfolk’s coastal landscape. Stretching for over 129 miles, through the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the path passes panoramic beaches, rugged cliffs, a diverse collection of wildlife and our spacious West Runton Club Site.
3. Sheringham Park
Situated close to the quaint village of Upper Sheringham, Sheringham Park is a landscape park and woodland garden offering a fantastic day out for the whole family. Explore the park’s vast collection of rhododendrons and azaleas and climb to the top of the towers to experience breath-taking views of the Norfolk coastline.
4. Holkham Hall
Surrounded by 3,000 acres of scenic parkland rich with wildlife, Holkham Hall is a lavish 17th stately home situated just off the Norfolk coastline. Take a leisurely stroll the 18th century, 6 acre walled garden before exploring the house’s indulgent furniture and extravagant architecture.
Situated in rural Norfolk, BeWILDerwood is an adventure park an exciting day out for the whole family and is a short drive from our Norwich Club Site. Take a packed lunch and picnic under the shade of the trees, or grab something to eat at one their locally-sourced eateries. Featuring treehouses, rope bridges and zip wires, there’s plenty to do here to keep the family entertained.