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Your fledglings will love this farm site – and we think those in charge of the flock will too… Park Farm Camping near Dereham in Norfolk is simple, affordable and no-frills – but doesn’t skimp on the amenities either: the heated shower and loo block even has free hairdryers in the ladies for those of us who like to keep barnets shipshape at all times.
Owners Julie and Derek have set up Park Farm as a traditional and safe camping experience for small fry and their tribes: it’s in meadows around a working farm, with wildlife all around and farm animals to see in the next field. There’s heaps of space even in the height of summer for all the herd (including the dog) to run around, a wood to explore and a small play area to swing around – with everything secluded away from main roads for chicks to be safely free range. All this, and campfires are allowed too.
The farm is partially sheltered and has roomy grass pitches for tents, tourers and motorhomes. Other creature comforts at Park Farm include a launderette, free wifi, public phone and a shop to pick up essentials.
Off site, there’s a pub, deli, village shop, bakery, post office, grocer’s and butcher’s in Swanton Morley a couple of minutes’ drive away.
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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
Touring and motorhomes
Motorhome service point
Tourer storage facilities
Water hook-up points for tourers
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Leisure/theme park nearby
Mountain biking nearby
D. of E. welcome
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Public transport nearby
Large (51-200 pitches)
Jumbo tent pitches
- 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 — 25.4 miles
25.4 miles Reedham Ferry South — 25.4 miles
25.4 miles King's Lynn Ferry Landing — 25.8 miles
Norwich International Airport — 12.0 miles
From Norwich, take the A47 towards King's Lynn or the A1065 Fakenham, and take the B1147 to Swanton Morley. At Darby's Free House, take the Elsing Road. Take the second right to the junction, then turn left for Hunter's Hall.
Warning: do not follow satnav directions if you are in motorhomes or touring caravans or if towing any trailer. Do not use Norwich Road - use only Elsing Road from junction with B1147 (Darby's pub).
Use Park Farm Camping as a base to explore north Norfolk and Norwich, or stay close to home and explore the paths and lanes for walking and pedalling around the Wensum Valley: there are leaflets and brochures on acres’ worth of visitor attractions at the Park Farm reception.
The River Wensum is on the edge of the farm estate with free fishing for Park Farm Camping guests on the two miles where the river flows through nearby Castle Farm (not available during season from 16 March – 16 June), or cast off at the Norfolk coast about half an hour away to try your luck at landing mackerel, bass and cod.
You could pick a beach or seaside town to drive to every day of your holiday at Park Farm: the Pleasure Beach (and racecourse) at Great Yarmouth; the crabbing, funfair and zoo at Cromer; seal spotting boat trips from Morston and Blakeney, and the somewhat swanky Wells-next-the-Sea and Burnham Market, aka Chelsea-on-Sea. From Great Yarmouth, you can reach the Norfolk Broads for boating and several good golf courses.
Or just pack a picnic and explore parts of the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with its miles of paths for all abilities, bridleways and cycleways. The North Norfolk Coastal Path passes through Wells, Blakeney, Cromer and Hunstanton on its 45-mile stretch from Hunstanton to Cromer, and the award-winning Coasthopper bus goes from Cromer to King’s Lynn for those who prefer to save their feet.
Inland, the city of Norwich is within about 25 minutes’ drive and worth spending at least a day at: shoppers should make their way to The Lanes, Royal Arcade and the biggest six day indoor market in England, while history fans will find plenty to see (including a peregrine falcon) at the spectacular Norwich Cathedral, voted Norfolk’s favourite building and one of the ‘Norwich 12’ – twelve listed buildings in the city.
Take some time out too to see the Grade II-listed Plantation Garden with huge Gothic fountain: it’s known as the Secret Garden as not many people find it (beside the Catholic cathedral on Earlham Road, but don’t tell anyone). To fill up afterwards, the Animal inns, Raffles restaurants or The Wine Cellar and The Lawyer pubs should hit the spot.
Other eclectic options within accessible reach of Park Farm Camping include many more historical highlights such as padding around Liz II’s pad at royal Sandringham and other old houses like Holkham Hall, and exploring old Norfolk settlements like the Georgian market town of Holt, seventh century Dereham, Nelson’s birthplace Burnham Thorpe and Fakenham (there’s a nicely modern racecourse at Fakenham too).
For family fun, take the critters to the county’s animal attractions at Hunstanton’s Sea Life Sanctuary, Pensthorpe Nature Reserve and Gardens, and the Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens at Great Yarmouth. Award-winning BeWILDerwood, a wild park for adventurous sorts, has zip wires, treehouses and jungle bridges to whirl around.
- Blickling Hall, Gardens and Park (11.8 miles)
- Mannington Gardens (11.9 miles)
- Castle Acre Castle (13.1 miles)
- Blickling Hall, Gardens and Park (11.8 miles)
- Sheringham Park (16.7 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.