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Imagine a tent of magically massive size, all ready for you when you arrive, with luxury furnishing including carpeted floors, lighting to read Harry Potter by, and you lounging among luxury bedding on cosy comfy beds… our crystal ball says you’ll have a spellbindingly charmed time at Magical Camping.
Accommodation at Magical Camping is in luxury bell tents furnished to beguilingly high standards, all snuggled in meadows surrounding the working Park Farm at Swanton Morley near Dereham in Norfolk. Each tent has all you need for your hol from shabby chic furniture to pots, pans and utensils – and an open dining area with barbecue outside each one. It’s all rather enchanting really…
Say ‘abracadabra’ and open your eyes to have more good fortune right at hand: Magical Camping is among four acres of wide open Norfolk space, has five miles of farm walks direct from the site and comes with two pubs, butcher, deli and post office a simple and scenic saunter away. Fancy some fishing? Turn on the charm from Magical’s own private stretch of the River Wensum.
All guests have free access to the on-site solar heated modern shower block and laundry room, and the friendly team don’t miss a trick in making guests as comfy as poss – they’ll even provide a fire bowl for you to conjure your own flames on a nippy eve.
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Large tents/caravans: check the restrictions on unit dimensions to ensure your unit is suitable for the space you will be provided with.
Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Tents for hire
Gas cylinders available
Commercial vehicles allowed
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Public transport nearby
Medium (26-50 pitches)
Tipis, yurts, or wigwams
- Coach stations
Dereham: Eckling Grange Coach Stop — 2.5 miles
2.5 miles Dereham: Market Place Coach Stop — 3.2 miles
3.2 miles Hockering: The Street Victoria Coach Stop — 3.7 miles
- Train stations
Wymondham Rail Station — 11.1 miles
11.1 miles Spooner Row Rail Station — 12.6 miles
12.6 miles Attleborough Rail Station — 13.5 miles
- Ferry ports
Reedham Ferry North — 25.3 miles
25.3 miles Reedham Ferry South — 25.4 miles
25.4 miles King's Lynn Ferry Landing — 25.8 miles
Norwich International Airport — 11.9 miles
From the A47, follow the signs for Swanton Morley. Enter Swanton Morley on the B1147. When you reach Darbys pub, turn right into Elsing Lane. Follow this road until you see the signs for Park Farm Campsite. Follow these signs and you will find the campsite on the left of the track.
Shoppers and sandy sorts rejoice: both the city of Norwich and the north Norfolk coast are within 30 minutes’ drive of Magical Camping. Norwich city centre should be known for more than Alan Partridge: we challenge anyone not to find a needful thing in the Chapelfield shopping centre or The Lanes and Royal Arcade with independent shops (Norwich is ranked among the top ten shopping cities in the UK).
If shopping’s not your bag, the captivating Norwich Cathedral, started in the eleventh century and with one of the biggest cathedral closes in Europe, is easy to spot from most places around the city centre and has regular events and free guided tours. Norwich Castle and Norwich market, one of the biggest outdoor markets in the country, are also popular with visitors, as is the library, the most visited in the UK by the well-read populace. Ah ha!
Closer to home are the shops and restaurants of ancient market town Dereham; if it gets drizzly, roll along to the cinema, bowling or to dive into the pool at the well-equipped leisure centre. On kindly weather days, the area around Magical Camping and Dereham has miles of walks and bike rides – pick up some leaflets and maps at the Park Farm reception – or take a sightseeing trip from Dereham to Wymondham on the heritage Poppy Line of the North Norfolk Railway.
The beaches and seaside towns of the north Norfolk coast are worth at least a few days: upmarket Wells-next-the-Sea and Burnham Market for feeling posh; Cromer for crabbing and its historic pier; and Great Yarmouth for its racecourse, Pleasure Beach and Golden Mile with amusements and sandy beaches. Great Yarmouth is also a gateway town to the Norfolk Broads, worth at least another day trip for messing about in boats.
The Coasthopper bus goes from Cromer to King’s Lynn along the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, but if you do want to walk, the North Norfolk Coastal Path, 45 miles of beauty from Hunstanton to Cromer, passes through Wells-next-the-Sea and Blakeney. Naturalists can stop off at the Stiffkey salt marshes of the Blakeney National Nature Reserve along the coast path; look out for carpets of lavender in summer.
If you have small people on your trip (or even if you don’t), a trip to Dinosaur Park at Lenwade, ten minutes’ drive from Magical Camping, is a mighty good choice; tiddlers can also try Great Yarmouth’s Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens, Hunstanton’s Sea Life Sanctuary or getting wild at the adventure park BeWILDerwood.
- Blickling Hall, Gardens and Park (11.8 miles)
- Mannington Gardens (11.9 miles)
- Castle Acre Castle (13.1 miles)
- Blickling Hall, Gardens and Park (11.7 miles)
- Sheringham Park (16.6 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.