The start of the school summer holidays and we made the long drive to East Anglia to spend three nights camping in Norfolk at Manor Farm Campsite.
Manor Farm Campsite
Manor Farm Caravan and Campsite is on the North Norfolk coastline, just outside the traditional seaside town of Cromer. It’s a family-run site with seaside and woodland views. It’s a large campsite with three fields to choose from, including one which doesn’t allow dogs. Despite the size of campsite, it doesn’t feel big. The fields are nicely divided into smaller sections using hedgerows. The fields are gently sloping but spacious enough to be able to find a relatively flat pitch.
Pitches are only reserved if you have booked an electric hook up, otherwise you are free to choose your own spot. This is great if you are a small group who would like to camp together. We camped in the Marl Pit field which allows tents, caravans, motorhomes and campervans but no dogs.
Each field has two modern amenity blocks, with free hot showers and washing up facilities. One of the blocks also has an accessible/family shower room with WC and there is also a laundry room. The facilities were kept clean and there was never a queue!
The kids loved this campsite as there was plenty of space to run free! Each field has it’s own play area, with well constructed equipment. Plus there are small pockets of woodland for exploring, tree-climbing and den making! There is also a large field for ball games and kite flying.
I absolutely loved this campsite, it had a really lovely vibe and the facilities were excellent. The only negative was no fire-pits, but this did mean that people tended to go to bed earlier and so there was little night-time noise. We paid £78 for two adults and two children for three nights, which is excellent value for money for high season camping in a good location with great facilities.
The Local Beaches
Camping in Norfolk is all about the seaside. From Manor Farm Campsite It is possible to walk to the beaches at both Cromer and East Runton (although we didn’t has we had little ones with us).
This traditional seaside town is full of everything you would expect; amusement arcades, charity shops, fish and chips and cafes. Complete with a pier and lifeboat station. The long sandy beach stretches down the coastline. Plentiful parking at the top of the cliff, so it is a steep descent to the bottom, but on a well made path (no steps). We were lucky enough to see a seal on the beach whilst we were there!
The village of East Runton sits between Cromer and Sheringham and offers a quiet, unspoilt beach with rock pools to explore and plenty of space to play.
We loved out short-break in North Norfolk, if you want to escape the crowded South-West during the busy summer months this corner of the UK is definitely worth exploring. More of our camping adventures can be found here.