About a mile from the river at Thurne, this site, fashioned by John Lindsay out of the wooded grounds of his home at Clippesby Hall, pretty much has it all: a wonderful location with lots of trees for secluded camping, and a position that’s perfect for cycling and walking and exploring the Broads by boat. It has great facilities too – its own pub, a very nice outdoor pool hard up against the hall, bike rental and a well-priced café – and, what’s more, the people who run the place are passionate about their site and the Broads, for which they have lots of suggestions for cycle route, boat trips, walking routes and more. They have built some great wooden lodges in the trees, too, and they’re putting in more gravel pitches for year-round camping while managing to keep the sheltered, marvellously bucolic feel of the site. They offer trips with the CanoeMan too, so you can easily get out on the water, while the coast at Winterton is just a short distance away. Camping and glamping heaven.
The Owner Says
Our award winning touring and camping facilities are spread over 8 distinctive areas, providing you with a choice between more secluded individual pitches set into the natural woodland, and more open, family-oriented lawns, most with electricity connection available.
All of our camping and touring pitches are individually numbered and set around the perimeter of the various areas of the park, ensuring that you and your family have sufficient space to fully enjoy your stay with us. Each pitch has space for you to park your car alongside, with a large car park available for additional vehicles.
We have invested in high quality toilet and shower facilities, all centrally heated and providing free, unlimited hot water. One of our shower facilities includes a family bathroom particularly suitable for younger children not yet comfortable using a shower.
Facilities on the park include a swimming pool, tennis courts, mini golf, cycle hire, Wifi access, coffee shop, bar and restaurant. Combined with the coveted '5 pennants' awarded by the AA together with inclusion in their list of 'Premier Parks', the 5 star award from the Tourist Board, a gold award for conservation from David Bellamy and a gold award from the Green Tourism Business Scheme, you can be confident that helping you enjoy your holiday is our number one priority.
Our favourite spot
Tents, campervans, caravans, dogs – yes. Big groups, young groups – no.
The local area
The Broads National Park is Britain’s largest protected wetland, and Clippesby Hall's welcome pack includes a booklet all about discovering the area, including lots of ideas for days out on foot, and bike, boat or canoe. One of the best means of exploration is in a Canadian canoe with knowledgeable ‘CanoeMan’ Mark Wilkinson (0845 4969177), who runs all sorts of wildlife-spotting and bushcraft tours. For something bigger, head for Potter Heigham – ‘the Blackpool of the Broads’ as Mark likes to call it – 4 miles north of the campsite, where there are boatyards hiring out all sorts of vessels by the hour or day, as well as pleasureboat trips. There are glorious dunes and sandy beaches at Winterton-on-Sea, about 6 miles away, and then at Horsey, a few miles north, where you’ll also find the 19th-century Horsey Windpump (01263 740241). Climb its 5 flights of steep steps for views over the coast and broadlands landscape, then walk along the dyke to Horsey Mere; or hike across the fields for half an hour or so to the dunes and beach, where you will almost certainly see members of the local grey seal colony. Get some one-to-one angling tuition and catch yourself a monster pike. Professional angler Charlie Bettell (01603 714352) can arrange everything you need.
Best local places to eat and drink
Onsite, Susie’s Coffee Shop serves hot drinks and croissants for breakfast, and sandwiches and cakes throughout the day. You can order freshly baked bread or pizza to take away, and the shop sells local and fair-trade produce. Susie also sells ice cream from her summerhouse by the pool on sunny days. The campsite pub, the Muskett Arms, serves decent meals and local real ales and ciders. Off site, the Lion Inn (01962 670796) in nearby Thurne village is a decent pub, there’s also a good pub in nearby Winterton-on-Sea, The Fisherman’s Return (01493 393305), which serves food, and The Nelson Head (01493 393378) in Horsey village, is a good spot for a pint of locally brewed ‘Wherry’ and a hearty lunch after a seal-spotting trip. In the other direction, south towards Acle, The Ferry Inn (01493 751096), right on the river in the pretty village of Stokesby, does great food lunchtimes and evenings, and is the perfect spot to down a pint of ale while checking out the traffic on the river. In Acle itself, right on the main road into the village, The Hermitage (01493 750310 ) is a legendary local fish restaurant, serving up everything from regular fish and chips to superb scallops and mussels, all locally sourced – sometimes by the chef himself.
Why stay with us?
Plenty of entertainment and things to do on site, including an outdoor heated swimming pool, grass tennis courts, mini-golf, archery, children’s play areas, a games room, bike hire, shop, café, and even an onsite pub. The facility blocks are dotted around the place and have modern showers, toilets, basins, and washing-up sinks with draining boards outside. There’s even a family room with a bath. Plenty of staff members on site mean that everything is kept clean and well maintained. No campfires permitted. The swimming-pool area is protected by gates to keep unaccompanied children away. Unlike the ice-cream freezer in the shop.
115 pitches, spread across eight distinctive areas, ranging from the open grassy spaces of the Cedar Lawn and the South Park, more secluded glades in the Dell, and all-weather pitch areas, the Rabbits Grove, the Old Orchard and the Heath. All except the Dell have electricity connections available.
PricePrices range from £12 per night in low season for a tent, car, and 2 people to around £30 in high season. Extra adults cost £5.85, children £2.95, under-3s free; dog £4; hook-ups £3.75.
Opening TimesOpen all year.
Safe, comfortable, highly organised Clippesby Hall is the first-time family-campers' delight. From the mini-golf to the swimming pool, from the well-stocked shop to the family-friendly pub, it's all here, like a posh holiday camp. Hi de hi, campers!
Follow the A47 from Norwich to Great Yarmouth and take the A1064 at Acle (signposted Caister-on-sea). After a mile or so turn first left at Clippesby on the B1152. Clippesby Hall is signposted, opposite the village sign.
It’s easy to reach Acle station by train on the Wherry Line from Norwich, though from there it’s either a long walk or a short taxi ride. The owners can pick you up from the station at Acle if you book in advance.
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