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Dower House Touring Park

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General

  • Award-winning park on the edge of Thetford Forest Park
  • Zoo, whisky distillery and nature reserve within 15 minutes' drive
  • Outdoor heated pool and games facilities; pub open in high season

Quality over quantity is the ethos at award-winning rural Norfolk site Dower House Touring Park, 40 minutes’ drive from Norwich. With sizeable grounds but limited numbers on site you can be assured of spacious pitches with plenty of room for all your kit and lots of breathing space.

And you’ll be wanting to breathe pretty deeply at this splendid woodland site – it’s right on the edge of Thetford Forest Park, with mature trees all around the pitches and direct access to the forest for such things as long peaceful walks (grownups) or building dens (kids… although no one’s stopping you…)

So far, so peaceful – but there’s activity on hand too should you want it. All guests have the use of a free heated open-air pool (open from the end of May), a playground and an activity area with badminton/volleyball net, a cricket area and football goals (these last few are all collected together in an area with log benches that often prove handy for parents tasked with supervising/refereeing).

All this, and a pub too… The site’s own hostelry opens up in busier periods for food and drink (plus TV watching and games of pool); if you’re going down the self-catering route you’ll also have access to a dishwashing room and a freezer for ice blocks; other amenities on site include a laundry room and modern bathroom blocks with accessible facilities and a baby bath/changing room.

Gold David Bellamy Conservation Award

Please note

Group bookings of 4 or more units (e.g. tent, touring caravan, motorhome or accommodation hire) travelling together are not permitted via Pitchup.com.

The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act and/or any of the following: Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Rottweiler, any Mastiff or Tosa.

Discount cards and gift vouchers cannot be applied to bookings made via Pitchup.com.

Group bookings of 4 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).

The site caters for families (immediate members) and couples only - bookings from all other forms of groups are not accepted.

No bachelor/bachelorette parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

Dogs are not allowed in the on-site accommodations.

The swimming pool is closed due to restrictions imposed by the coronavirus outbreak.

Guests are advised to bring a good quality torch with them as parts of the site are unlit.

Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Bookings must not be for more than 28 consecutive nights.


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8.8

Overall rating based on 8 reviews

 

75% would recommend this site to a friend.

75% would stay here again.

 

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Overall the facilities on the site were ok. Pub, children's play area.08/01/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomPhil L.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric grass touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Facilities

    Disliked: 

    Drive into the site.
    Booked as two units to be together, but was told in arrival that we were not together, despite 2 pitches being available next to the swimming pool area.
    When we arrived we were around 5 minutes before they closed for lunch at the reception, the lady saw we where there but just locked up and left until 2pm.
    We asked if we could stay an extra day as the weather was going to be very good. Was told not possible unless we moved our van as the pitches were booked out. I asked why they could not put the new arrivals on the available pitches. They said that was not possible.

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Loved campsite, generous size pitches. Great walks and cycling.07/23/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomCraig M.Confirmed

  • Electric grass touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Loved campsite, generous size pitches. Great walks and cycling.

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Very clean Hospitality brilliant Pitch brilliant07/20/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomSamantha B.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric grass touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Very clean
    Hospitality brilliant
    Pitch brilliant

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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Nice setiing, needs some work.07/19/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomNigel S.Confirmed

  • Electric grass touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Friendly helpful staff
    Beautiful setting
    Great forest walks
    Very clean amenities

    Disliked: 

    Takeaway food was well below standard, lukewarm at best, after waiting for ONE HOUR .!
    Difficult to find waterpoint for motor home ( only 1 in site)
    No grey water emptying point for motorhome, was told to open drain, on access road, on way out !

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Lovely site, friendly staff and good facilities07/13/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomJudy S.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Loved our stay at your site, friendly welcoming staff, well kept grounds with lovely forest walks. The showers and toilets were cleaned to a high standard, very impressed. This was our first camping trip with family including 2 small children and we all loved it and will come again hopefully

    Disliked: 

    Nothing really

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A great place to stay and well setup following reopening.07/08/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomKaren S.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric grass touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Great location, love the meadow pitches

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Friendly and welcoming staff (especially due to the difficult circumstances …07/08/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomKate W.Confirmed

  • Electric grass touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Friendly and welcoming staff (especially due to the difficult circumstances of first weekend opening after lockdown).
    Beautiful and quiet location. We've been many times to this park and will continue to return.
    Shame no facilities were open this time due to restrictions but it was still a lovely visit never-the-less

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Very well organised for Covid. We have stayed at this …07/08/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomKathryn S.Confirmed

  • Electric grass touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Very well organised for Covid. We have stayed at this site several times and always had a great stay. Very friendly and welcoming staff putting us at ease despite the restrictions. Obviously its a shame the pool has to be closed at the moment, but it's still a great site in the heart of the forest.

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Features

Coronavirus

Capacity reduced to increase social distancing

Check-in: contactless (in person)

Disinfectant sprays and wipes provided

Distance markers in shared facilities

Extra spacing in seated areas

Hand sanitizing stations

Meal delivery to unit/pitch/outdoor seated area

More frequent emptying of bins

Shared spaces: daily deep cleaning

Shared spaces: more frequent cleaning

We're Good To Go (VisitBritain accreditation)

Themes

Bush

Peaceful

Spectacular scenery

Wildlife haven

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Convenience store nearby

Leisure on park

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Playground

Recreation room/arcade

Takeout

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Amenities on park

Bath available

Composting toilet

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Laundromat

Local produce

Parent & baby washroom

Payphone

Pick-up from public transport

Portaloo

Restrooms

Shower available

Washing-up area

Wheelchair access

Wifi

Touring and motorhomes

Seasonal sites

Tourer storage facilities

Utilities

Charging facilities

Dump station

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Tennis nearby

Rules

Barbecue grills allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Type

Large (51-200 sites)

Location

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  • Thetford Forest, East Harling, Norwich, Norfolk, England, NR16 2SE
  • Timezone Europe/London +0100 (GMT+01:00)   GPS 52.4284°N 0.8948°E

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Thetford Bus Station — 10.2 kilometres
Stanton (Suffolk): Old Bury Road Coach Stop — 11.5 kilometres
Attleborough: Queens Square Coach Stop — 13.0 kilometres
Train stations
Harling Road Rail Station — 3.0 kilometres
Eccles Road Rail Station — 7.0 kilometres
Thetford Rail Station — 10.2 kilometres
Ferry ports
Reedham Ferry North — 46.8 kilometres
Reedham Ferry South — 46.8 kilometres
Airports
Norwich International Airport — 37.4 kilometres

Directions


The site's postcode is NR16 2SE – please note that this covers quite a large area of forest so do not turn off the tarmac road onto a forest track until you see the site's name sign at the head of the track (your sat nav may tell you otherwise).

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

Once you’ve taken a few wanders or bike rides around Thetford Forest, set off for riverside rambles or picnics (with paddling should you wish) at Knettishall Heath nature reserve (10 minutes’ drive) or take to the treetops to see it from above at Go Ape Thetford (25 minutes).

You may see some local wildlife as you roam, but for rather larger beasts you’ll need to head to the World Horse Welfare park at Hall Farm or get up close to the critters at Banham Zoo – both are about 15 minutes away by car.

For manmade attractions, get set for speedy times with races and driving experiences at Snetterton Circuit (15 minutes) or something a little more laidback at Bressingham Steam & Gardens (20 minutes). And if you like a tipple or two you can’t miss the chance to visit England’s oldest whisky distillery, St George’s Distillery (10 minutes).

If you fancy a change of scenery from all the rural goings-on, take urban days out strolling the cobbled streets of Norwich (40 minutes) or punting your way between the colleges of Cambridge (50 minutes).

Must see

  • Banham Zoo (9.0 kilometres)
  • Bressingham Steam and Gardens (12.0 kilometres)
  • Grimes Graves (16.3 kilometres)

National Trust

  • Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds (24.2 kilometres)
  • Oxburgh Hall (27.8 kilometres)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

Policies

Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  2 p.m. –  9 p.m.
Depart by:  12:30 p.m.
On-site accommodation
Arrive:  3 p.m. –  9 p.m.
Depart by:  10:30 a.m.

Dower House Touring Park cancellation policy

No refunds within 1 week of arrival date.

21 days - 8 days before arrival : 50% of the balance will be retained.

Bookings cannot be amended within 21 day(s) of arrival.

No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

The site is not liable for any refund in the event of force majeure.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, customers can amend their dates with the campsite/holiday park free of charge for all stays up to, and including, Oct. 31, 2020.

If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.

Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.

Payment

Deposit transferable during COVID-19. Dower House Touring Park will debit the balance from your card 3 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 3 weeks then the balance will be taken immediately.

Hired accommodation: £100,00 (R2 124,47) damage/cleanliness/bracelet deposit is required on arrival and will be refunded on departure after inspection of your unit should no damage/losses be found.

Deposit transferable during COVID-19.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.

Payment methods accepted on the park

Cash
American Express
Visa
MasterCard
Maestro

Terms and conditions

Site booking terms and conditions

  • Does Dower House Touring Park have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Dower House Touring Park dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Dower House Touring Park? Once you’ve taken a few wanders or bike rides around Thetford Forest, set off for riverside rambles or picnics (with paddling should you wish) at Knettishall Heath nature reserve (10 minutes’ drive) … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Dower House Touring Park?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  2 p.m. –  9 p.m.
    Depart by:  12:30 p.m.
    On-site accommodation
    Arrive:  3 p.m. –  9 p.m.
    Depart by:  10:30 a.m.
    Read more
  • How much does it cost to stay at Dower House Touring Park? From R333,50 (for 1 night, 2 adults) - prices may change depending on your dates and party. Check prices and availability

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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the Pitchup.com terms and conditions.

Admission
Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.

General
Bookings are nominative and non-transferable.

Changes to your holiday
Bookings cannot be amended within 21 day(s) of arrival.

General
Bookings must not be for more than 28 consecutive nights.
Discount cards and gift vouchers cannot be applied to bookings made via Pitchup.com.

Dogs
Dogs are not allowed in the on-site accommodations.
Dogs must be kept on leashes and supervised at all times.

Coronavirus
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, customers can amend their dates with the campsite/holiday park free of charge for all stays up to, and including, Oct. 31, 2020.

Occupancy
Group bookings of 4 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).
Group bookings of 4 or more units (e.g. tent, touring caravan, motorhome or accommodation hire) travelling together are not permitted via Pitchup.com.

Safety
Guests are advised to bring a good quality torch with them as parts of the site are unlit.

Hired accommodation
Hired accommodation: £100,00 (R2 124,47) damage/cleanliness/bracelet deposit is required on arrival and will be refunded on departure after inspection of your unit should no damage/losses be found.

General
In the event of a complaint, please speak to reception immediately. Complaints which are not brought to the management's attention during your stay cannot be dealt with once you have left the site.

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.

Occupancy
No bachelor/bachelorette parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

Arrivals and departures
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

Safety
Open fires are prohibited.

General
Quiet hours must be respected between 10:30 p.m. and 7 a.m..
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and trunks must be closed quietly.
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behavior is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

Occupancy
The site caters for families (immediate members) and couples only - bookings from all other forms of groups are not accepted.

Dogs
The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act and/or any of the following: Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Rottweiler, any Mastiff or Tosa.

General
The site is not liable for any refund in the event of force majeure.

Coronavirus
The swimming pool is closed due to restrictions imposed by the coronavirus outbreak.

Admission
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Visitors
Visitors are not permitted on site.
Visitors must leave the premises by 8 p.m..
Visitors must register at reception and pay their fee.

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