Whitlingham Broad Glamping

UK England East Anglia Norfolk Norwich

  • Campfires Allowed
  • Short walk to the pub
  • Walking
A truly peaceful waterside glamping experience with the Broads National Park your doorstep.

Set within the green and spacious confines of Whitlingham Country Park, on the edge of the cathedral city of Norwich, Whitlingham Broad is as welcoming a place to go glamping and camping as you could imagine. Set next to the large watery expanse of Whitlingham Broad, on the edge of the Broads National Park, it offers a truly peaceful waterside experience, plentiful activities, plus the delights of one of England's nicest cities on your doorstep.

Whitlingham has a decent number of grassy pitches to pitch a tent spread across its upper and lower fields, with a magnificent play area built on the slope in between. But the real jewels in its crown are the glamping options here, which include bell tents, a yurt, shepherd’s hut and a couple of converted railway wagons along with some superb new luxury tree-houses nestled with views over the country park and the Broad.

These 2 'Woodland Dens', as they're known, are the ultimate in glamping escapism, raised on stilts among the trees and perfect for a couple – there's a big double bed on a mezzanine floor – or a young family (there are pull-out beds down below).  They're cleverly built into the slope, so thatyou climb the steps and enter at ground level and then walk through to the raised deck at the front to find yourself among the woodland canopy.  Once here, you can snuggle around the cosy log burner, or chill on the large hammock on your private deck, and basically enjoy being enveloped in your own private bit of woodland, with the birds and wildlife all around you.

The other glamping options are more conventional but equally dreamy and tranquil in their way, each with plenty of space and easy access to all the site's facilities. The 6 bell tents come fully furnished and can sleep up to 6 on futons or comfy floor mattresses, while the shepherd's hut sleeps up to 3 in a double and a single bed. All linen is provided and the hut is warmed by a cosy wood-burning stove – as is the yurt, which sits in a tranquil spot on its own and sleeps 4 adults in comfort on 2 double beds. The two goods wagon – or Bernie and Ronnie as they're known – sleep 2–4 and have their own kitchen as well as a wood-burner.

If you can tear yourself away from Whitlingham, it's worth remembering that you're in the Broads, where the wet and wild delights of many nearby navigable rivers and waterways are inescapable. The park’s award-winning Outdoor Education Centre provides a host of activities including kayaking, sailing and windsurfing – and there's plenty more of that as you get deeper into the heart of the National Park at nearby Wroxham, Horning and beyond. If you’d rather keep your feet strictly on terra firma there are countless scenic walks and bike rides to enjoy, plus you can also nip in to Norwich for the day to walk the café-dotted lanes and visit the grand Norman cathedral - it's Britain's only city situated within a national park. Or just wander down to nearby Trowse village, where you'll find a couple of local pubs, a microbrewery and an excellent veggie restaurant!

Details

Facilities

Our loos are modern and spacious and boast 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.

We have a small adventure play park with balance beams cargo net and a whizzy side. The site is surrounded by established woodland and in a country park setting with lots to explore in all seasons. The country park has a cafe, watersports centre and a dry ski slope just a stones throw from site.

Campfires are welcome in raised pits at all pitches. during the summer months we host a variety of pop up caterers including wood fired pizza and churros. There is a great calender of events ran by local buisnesses within the country park and city for you to enjoy

Suitable For

Our glamping options are around the upper meadow - check out our site map for details.

 Your friendly pooches are always welcome to site, just add your furry friend to your booking - there are some great sniff spots and walking trails to enjoy. If you can arrive to site by cycle - we are right on national cycle route 1 we are happy to offer you a cyclists discount!

We welcome all guests of all ages to site, well behaved grandparents, your newbies, old and friends and new friends alike to site - we cant wait to meet you!  school leavers and groups are welcome - we do ask you contact us with your requirements before booking. We have a countryside camping code for all - a camping or glamping break of a quiet countryside nature is the order of the day here at Whitlingham

Nearby

We are surrounded by 80 acres of gorgeous country park within the Coleman estate - there are walking trails a plenty - we are in the Bodicca way and  Wherryman's Man way footpaths plus national Cycle Route One path. Whitlingham Adventure just a 3 minute walk away from site offers plenty of broad-based aquatic activities including canoeing, dragon boat hire, sailing, windsurfing. You can hire hand made canoes from Thorpe Island boats and paddle through the city, Self drive boats from Bishy barnebees, paddles boards from Norwich Paddleboard hire for water based activities. Borrow a Beryl bike from the park or head out on foot.

The Broads will be your back garden for your stay with us - you can hit the beach within 20 minutes, explore mashes and nature reserves or check out the tourist attractions such as BeWILDerwood, Wroxham, Or Great Yarmouth for seaside fun and world class circus. A must see is a trip to Winterton on Sea or Sea Palling so see our seal colonys

Norwich has attractions galore as well plenty of places to eat and drink. A vibrant and arty city - you can wander the lanes for independent shopping, catch an arthouse movie or theatre production akin to the west end, drink a rooftop cocktail or storm the castle for your fill of local history - birdwatches may be intrested to see the resident Pergrine Falcon in the catherdral tower


Food & 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.

Open

Open all year.

Pricing

Woodland Dens £180–£250 a night ; Bell tents £70–£110; Yurt  £110–£130; Railway Carriages £90–£130;  Shepherds Hut £55–£95. Camping £5–£12.50 a night per person.  

The Owner Says

Simple boutique camping with Norwich on the doorstep and the Broads in the back garden. We are a peaceful site situated within the 80 beautiful acres Whitlingham Country Park. Within a few minutes walk you will be able to hire canoes and kayaks to explore the Broads, enjoy woodland and waterside walks. We have pre-erected accommodations in the form of boutique woodland dens (treehouse accomodation) railway carriages, bell tents and a yurt - or bring along your own tent or campervan.

Accommodation

1 Yurt, I Shepherd's Hut, 2 treehouses, 6 Bell Tents

Location

Contact Website  07794 401 591  Whitlingham Broad Glamping, Whitlingham Lane, Norwich, Norfolk NR14 8TR

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Getting There

From A47 (Norwich Southern Bypass) exit signposted Norwich, Lowestoft, Trowse A146. At traffic lights at bottom of slip road turn left and at the end of dual carriageway get in the right hand lane. From here on in follow brown signs to Ski Club and Country Park - this will mean a right turn at the roundabout, over the rail bridge and a left into Whitlingham Lane. Come down into the country park and we are on the right just after the Visitor centre

If you are following Sat Nav postcode is NR14 8TR - Whiltingham Lane TROWSE

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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