Whitlingham Broad Campsite
This Broadland campsite has been tacked onto the spacious Whitlingham Country Park on the edge of Norwich, and is a great place to stay, offering a truly peaceful waterside camping experience, plentiful activities, plus the delights of one of England's nicest cities on your doorstep. It's both a useful gateway to the Broads and a perfect base for exploring the medieval delights of Norfolk's county capital. There are spacious grass pitches spread over two – upper and lower – fields. You can park up tent-side in the lower field while the upper is a car-free haven with plenty of room for a run and a play. Dogs are welcome, and there are also a couple of fully furnished bell tents and two cute and cosy shepherds huts, with views overlooking the Broad.
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The Owner Says
Run by Linda Robey and her dog Mr Murphy, it's The Broads-Lite, if we're honest, but that's no reason not to come here – it'sWashing facilities are good and include 3 ladies and 2 gents loos with washbasins, and 2 shower rooms, one male, one female, each containing 3 showers and a communal changing area with benches and clothes pegs. The country park's Outdoor Education Centre provides a host of activities including kayaking, sailing and windsurfing on the Broad, but if you'd rather keep your feet strictly on the the ground there's countless scenic walks and bike rides to enjoy. Or you could nip into Norwich for the day and visit its lovely old centre and grand cathedral.
The local area
The neighbouring Outdoor Education Centre offers plenty of broad-based aquatic activities including canoeing, dragon boat hire, sailing, windsurfing. The site is right on the Wherryman's Man and national Cycle Route One path. Norwich has attractions galore as well plenty of places to eat and drink.
Best local places to eat and drink
There’s a café inside the Whitlingham Broad Visitor Centre (01603 617332) and there’s a good vegan restaurant, River Green Café (01603 622448), at the entrance to Whitlingham Lane. Norwich is a treasure trove for small bars and cafés. We particularly recommend Frank’s Bar (01603 618902) for relaxed Mediterranean-accented dining, Wild Thyme (01603 765562) for vegetarian food and St Andrews Brew House (01603 305995) for a pint.
Why stay with us?
Seperate male/female washblocks with four toilets (three and urinals in the mens), four showers and four basins apiece, plus two family washrooms (private toilet, shower and basin with lots of room for changing), one of which is fully accessible. Bell tents come with firepits for use. Campfires are allowed at all other pitches in raised firepit only – these are available to hire if required. Bell tents sleep up to 6 people and include: soft furnishings and fairy lights. The Whitlingham yurt includes: log burner, beds, sort furnishings, a gas BBQ and a hammock. The shepherd's hut includes: solar lighting, bedding, log burning stoves, a BBQ and a firepit.
Around 80 grass pitches set over two fields (the upper field is vehicle-free), plus six bell tents, a shepherd’s hut, a converted railway goods waggon and a yurt.
Ronnie - converted Railway Carriage
Boutique Bell tent
'Lola' Shepherds hut
The Whitlingham Yurt
PriceCamping pitches £4–£8.50, children £2.50–£4.50, depending on season. Bell Tents £55–£75, Shepherds Huts £40–£80 for 2 people, £50–£100 for 4 people, including enough kindling and firewood for one fire.
All year (pre bookings recommended at all times, and pre booking only in the winter season).
By public transport, Norwich train station is approx a 35-minute walk away; the site is also reachable by taking bus 58 or 58a from Castle Meadow in the city centre to Whitlingham Lane, from where it's a 15-minute walk. By car, from the A47 around Norwich, take the A146 exit and turn lef at the traffic lights. At the end of dual carriageway get in the right hand lane and from here follow the brown signs to 'Ski Club and Country Park', making a right turn at the roundabout, over the rail bridge and a left into Whitlingham Lane.
Norwich train station is approx 35 mins walk (2.5 miles away). Book a ticket in advance and you can travel from London for as little at £8.
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