East Runton, Cromer, Norfolk NR27 9PR
Your arrival at Manor Farm is just the thing for creating the right atmosphere. As you pootle along between the cobbled and flint barns, and high hedgerows brushing your car on both sides, the site jumps into view. The camping fields are at the top of the hill, with the seaside town of Cromer a mere 10 minutes’ walk away. And in the distance, like an ironed-out pancake, you’ll see the open blue of the sea.
It’s a good view, and feels like a suitably remote spot to pitch your tent, even though you can walk so easily into town. The fact that you reach the campsite via the farm track and there are no roads near by mean you can let the kids run wild without worrying too much about traffic thundering past.
And boy do they have the space to roam around here – this site is seriously sprawling. And while it’s pretty, the pace is far from being twee, so avoiding the blazer-clad crowds of ‘Chelsea-on- Sea’ at nearby Burnham Market. Instead, you can stroll through charmingly old fashioned East Runton village, at the bottom of the campsite’s slope, an on to the local beach – a pebbly affair with excellent rock pools full of glistening sea shells and tiny scuttling crabs.
Manor Farm is a family-owned working farm, so there are lambs and calves to see if you happen to be visiting at Easter, and ponies to pet all year round. The place feels wild, and yet you have all the advantages of a small seaside town on your doorstep. It’s an ideal combination. And, surveyed over a fresh cuppa from the on-site Cabin Café, there are few spots around here we would rather pitch our tent.
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This site ticked all the boxes for me! Very dog friendly, with lovely walks just outside the gate and a beach a 10-20 minute stroll. Very human friendly, with beaches, shops & pubs all within walking distance. There is no shop on site however the Co-op is literally a 5 minute walk round the corner! We were unlucky with our battery failing & having no supplies so therefore we had to walk all the way to Cromer, as it was Easter Sunday, but we just incorporated into our day out! Very clean & functional shower block, no queues & hot water (if you get up there before 10am, had a cheeky lie in one day & missed out on the hot water!). Large sprawling pitches, we chose no EHU option & this suited us to a tee, as we liked to pick our pitch. This site was huge yet felt comfortable & intimate. We do not have children however I noticed a huge playing field where a game of footy was on the go most days & lots of play areas that looked safe. I like the rural feel of this site, it could be far busier however I feel they have the right balance of tents & caravans/campers to stop this site feeling claustrophobic, like others we have visited in this area & for that reason we will return.
Could be so much better
The site is a big site and it does have a lot going for it. There is a good play area for children and a separate field for ball games and kite flying. There are plenty of toilet blocks and they are kept very clean. The site as a whole is well maintained. The trouble is that what it comes to paying for your pitch, they don't accept cards so you have to post a cheque for your deposit and take cash or do a bank transfer to pay the balance. After you arrive and pay, you don't see anyone again unless they are cleaning toilet blocks during the day. There are no wardens and at night on a big campsite, it can get noisy sometimes. The pitches are not clearly marked out either. There are some slabs in the ground with pitch numbers on them but there is no way to tell just how wide your pitch actually is. The biggest problem is the terrible access to the site. Once you pay and are given directions to your pitch far away in the distant fields, you find yourself on a bumpy single track, dirt road and often end up reversing back when another vehicle is coming towards you. When two cars pulling caravans meet, it can take a long time for them to find a way round each other. Add to that, other campers walk along the road and there is nowhere for them to stand at the side. This road also runs in one end of the campsite and out of the other. You don't have to pass through the farm or any form of security to drive through the site. If you have young children, this can be a serious worry. Little mention is made of the very active train line that runs between the farm buildings and the rest of the site. If you're staying in the caravan field, some pitches are within 70-100ft of the train lines and a few people we met said they were going home early as the constant noise from passenger and freight trains made sleep difficult. It's such a shame really. If they had better access and security, this could be a great site. (Other than the train line) as it's close enough to the East Runton beach to walk and Cromer is a similar distance.
Had a perfect week at Manor Farm in the last week of July 2016 in Marl's Pit. The weather held out for the most part with only a couple of showers during the week. We spent most of our time relaxing on the beach in Sheringham, but managed to visit East Runton beach, Blakeney and Cromer for rock pool exploration, crabbing and samphire foraging when the sun wasn't splitting the trees. Although there wasn't a camp shop, we were only half a mile from the Co-Op and Lidl in Cromer for provisions and the nearest cashpoint. Only four miles by the coastal path or by road to Sheringham town centre which appears to have been largely unchanged for the past 30 years (in a good way). The site itself was a bit undulating, and with it being busy, was difficult to find a perfectly flat pitch, so the kids tended to slide down the tent a bit during the night. Otherwise, the site was brilliant. We were pitched between the play area and the playing field, so our kids spent all of their time with the rest of the kids on site in what seemed to be a daily national hide and seek championship while we concentrated on draining another bottle of red of an evening. It was like Lord of the Flies for the most part, in the best possible sense. They had a fabulous time. The facilities were spot on. We were a little bit dubious that we might have to wait for a shower in the morning, but never once had to queue. Washing up and freezers all on hand at the toilet blocks which were mostly spotless. Best meal out was Rocky Bottoms between East and West Runton on the Cromer/Sheringham road. Epic crab sandwiches and the biggest kids menu meals I've ever seen. Very popular, so you need to book in advance. Pro-tip: the campsite reception doesn't take a card, so its cheque or cash only. They were quite happy for us to setup and take the cash along later. I'm certain we'll be back.
We have just returned from a 2 night stay with 2 adults, a teen and a dog in a tent. Overall, it was a positive and pleasent experience. There was plenty of unmarked, unserviced pitch spaces, and although Moll's Meadow (and the other sites too) are sloped, we found a nice flat pitch.
There is a road, running between Moll's meadow and the other field, but it is very quiet and a short walk down that road, and you have the Co-Op which is good for campers. The children's play areas were busy and looked good, although we didn't use them ourselves-there is also lots of land where we could take a walk.
There were 2 toilet blocks on our field, a large one with 4 showers, 9 toilets and 6 sinks for the girls and one smaller block which is older, with 2 showers and toilets but no washing up facilities. There was plenty of cubicles, and adequate showers as long as it wasn't 8 in the morning. The good thing was, the toilets and washing area were always clean.
It was a perfect weekend and (nearly) all the campers were lovely. We only had one issue, and that was the grumpy old man who's wife took their dog on the NO DOGS field, but then proceeded to complain about our dog who was on a 8ft tether and asleep until his dog growled at him while crossing to the other field.
The ice cream van which comes round the site is a nice touch too, with a real gentleman serving and ice cream is of a very reasonable price-a 99 is 99p!
For £19, this site is perfect, (although the weather wasn't)-clean, well kept and a good price-highly recommended.
We spent a long weekend at Manor Farm and really enjoyed it. It is in a great position not far from the beach and an easy stroll into Cromer. The facilities were good and if we were in the area again we would not hesitate to spend some more time at Manor Farm. Thank you to all the team.
We stayed there in August. Lovely pitch, fantastic facilities. The drive through the farm to the camping area reminded me of more expensive holidays in the middle of France. It a great base to use for cycling and only a short walk in to Cromer and the shops. Pubs are a bit odd except for the one that overlooks the pier. Great food and great beer. If you are lazy the main cafe on town, near the church, does an excellent brekky. We will be back. Owners very friendly. If, like me, you live 'oop north', then a visit to Norfolk is a far better use of travel time than Cornwall. Goodbye St Ives hello Wells by the sea.
First full week's outing with our bell tent and we couldn't have chosen better. We stayed the last week in June and the weather was brilliant. Stayed in Marl Pit - loads of space and no public roads so the kids could run and play to their heart's content. Loads to do in local area, easy walk past Co-op and Morrisons into Cromer. Right on some lovely paths into the countryside. Facilities excellent, kept really clean despite being pretty busy at the weekends. Never felt too crowded even then. Lovely beach at West Runton with cafe, toilets and locally run pay and display car park. Can't recommend this site enough.
Just returned from a 2 night stay at Manor Farm. We had a standard pitch on Moll's Meadow - we were able to pick wherever we liked to pitch and tent and had lovely views out to the sea which was great.
I believe that the site was fully booked for the weekend but it certainly didn't feel cramped or overcrowded at all and there was plenty of space for our 2 children to run around.
It's an easy walk into Cromer, facilities are lovely clean and just a really lovely site for chilled out camping. All in all, a great weekend!
Just got back from a great stay at Manor Farm campsite. We had a service pitch and had plebty of room. The wash facilities were kept very clean and it was refreshing to be able to walk to the beach. Showers in Marl pit field switched off automatically very quickly, could do with lengthening the shower time.
Would definitely recommend.
We stayed at Manor Farm for a week from the 14th July 2013. What a fantastic stay we had! (Yes the weather did help!!) The site is immaculate, the staff are friendly, the facilities are second to none. We hired bikes, this was a great experience and the equipment provided were brill. This is the first time I have been camping and not missed my shower, they were fab, and free! We're already planning on going back at a similar time next year. Thanks Manor Farm!
Just back from a three day stay at manor farm, and we couldn't have come back happier. Me and my wife took our three girls and our 1979 VW Campervan for a short break first week of the Easter. Great site, great location. We stayed on the field just for campervans which gave a lovely view of the sea. Toilets and showers weren't anything flash but clean, and plenty of hot water. Warm welcome from those who worked there and there is a real feel that you are on a working farm. You can easily walk into Cromer or East Runton, and it's a short drive to Sheringham which is ideal for a day out. All in all highly recommended.
We stayed at Manor Farm on the bank holiday weekend in late May 2013. The campsite did get very busy, but the site has good facilities and catered adequately for the crowds. The pitches have good grass cover, which is always good for camping, but if you want a sheltered position you need to go towards the boundary of the site, where it's a little more sloped.
Its walking distance to Cromer (about 30mins with kids), so this made for a nice change rather than having to get into the car. The local beaches are just lovely and we are going back to Norfolk this May to further explore. The only reason we are going to another site is just for variety (and also because we like to have the option of a campfire – which this site doesn't provide for).
We visited Manor farm during Cromer Carnival week - which may have been a mistake and coloured our view of the site. The site was very well run and pleasant, there is a lovely view of the sea from part of the field. The bathroom facilities are very clean and spacious. There were 2 blocks on either side of the field we were in so they were close no matter where you pitched your tent. The facilities for children were wonderful - wish we had come here when our children were young!
There were 2 down sides to the site when we visited - we had gone for a quiet relaxing break on our own but the site was extremely full (as I said before it was carnival week) therefore there was not much space to pitch your tent and we ended up having to sit looking at our car. Due to the number of people there it was also quite noisy so it did not feel very restful and as there were so many tents it was difficult to appreciate the views. In addition there were queues for the showers in the morning. The other down side of the site is the road up to the field which is quite bumpy and rutted - we were quite concerned with the damage being done to our quite old car and trailer. Having said all that I would like to go again but at a less busy time of year.
3 men and a baby( and 2 women!)
We chose manor farm after reading reviews on cool camping, and its proximity to the sea. We had planned a family weekend for my husband and me, my 26 yr old son, my daughter and her 20month old son. Our good friend also came along, as he loves that part of the country. We were immediately impressed with the organisation on entry to the site and then secondly by the huge area to pitch in. We had a campervan and 3 small tents and 2 cars to organise but found this wasn't a problem on the Friday we arrived. However as that weekend (12th July) turned out to be one if the hottest of the summer the site soon filled up but we didn't feel encroached upon or that it was too crowded. The amenities were spotlessly clean and plenty big enough even at full quota. There was plenty of hot water for the showers and nice big cubicles for getting the small one sorted out aswell.
It's a short pleasant walk into Cromer itself, with both morrisons and a coop nearby for shopping. The station has regular trains running to sheringham regularly and we had a lovely trip there on Saturday morning, lovely pint in the Lobster, thoroughly recommend it!
We had a full afternoon on the beach on Saturday in Cromer, even venturing into the sea! That evening we had a campside BBQ finished off with ice team from the local van that tootled round the site at just the right time! Went down very well.
We loved our stay at manor farm, very relaxed site, and will definitely visit again.
We think The North Norfolk coast beats even Cornwall for family holidays, praise doesn't come any higher! Sea food lovers must visit Cookies crab shop a few miles down the road and if your kids are into Thomas the tank engine they will love the Poppy line. The broads are close enough for a trip out on a day boat - insist on an electric one the diesel powered boats are no fun with the noise and fumes. Take in a movie at the old cinema in Cromer and finish off the evening with fish and chips on the pier.
Manor Farm was a great campsite for us, a family of 4. Being able to leave your car and walk to the beach is always a huge plus and the walk was very easy. The site itself is fab, we had a sea view and although it was a busy weekend it didn’t feel too crowded. The kids loved playing football on the pitch nearby and they still talk about the site as one of their favourites. The toilets were spotless, staff helpful - all that you need really. We’d definitely like to return one day.
Just visited Manor Farm this Easter weekend. You know, the one with the unseasonably good weather! We are not very experienced campers so don’t have too much to compare this with, but we had such a great time here we will definitely return. We took our 2 children (3 & 5) who thoroughly enjoyed themselves, as did we. There are 3 fields of the farm given over to camping. We stayed on Marls Pit (no dogs allowed on this field but they were permitted on others). We had a non serviced pitch and chose a place which was close to the childrens play area. The play area itself is great, not too big, not too small. Swings and climbing frames and space to play a bit of football. My 5 year old made many friends in the 3 nights we were there. There are a couple of swings suitable for the smaller folk too. We also had a view of the sea, which was great. The location of Manor Farm is fantastic. Once you are camped, you really feel that you are in the middle of no-where. You are, however, an easy walk away from a good sized Co-op (3 year old managed the walk without any trouble) a little further and you are right in Cromer, so if you have left behind anything crucial, you are only a 10 minute walk away from pretty much anything you might need. It was a real treat for us to leave any kind of technology behind and just watch the kids get fresh air and dirty fingernails - which leads me to the fab on-site facilities. The toilet block in Marls Pit was excellent. Both toilets and showers were clean and there seemed to be more than enough available. There are also sockets for you to plug in your hairdryers, great if the only thing putting you off a camping trip is a high maintenance ’do!! We didn’t once have to queue to use toilet or showers. There was also a washing up room which was really useful. As for the local area, there are beaches at Cromer and East Runton and Sheringham is about 4 miles away. They are typical seaside towns, Cromer in particular though is like stepping in to a time warp. I am not saying that this is a bad thing, but it is a little tired and in need of tlc. There are plenty of places that you can visit if you want to get out and about. If you have children I highly recommend a visit to BeWILDerwoods, half an hour away in Wroxham. In summary, Manor Farm is well organised, well maintained, clean and an all round lovely place to spend a few days with the children. We will definetly be going again. For novice campers like ourselves, everything was made so easy it almost felt like cheating!
This was the campsite we chose for our first ever family camping adventure, and we were so spoilt! We visited on the last weekend of June this year and have been back again since - it was that good! Let’s start with the main feature of a campsite that has to be right - the toilets/shower blocks. These were fantastic, the showers were always hot and powerful, clean - more so in the morning than the evening but they were never left in an undesirable condition, a sign of a site full of thoughtful campers. The toilets again were super, some units even had a sink within its little cubicle so if you just wanted a quick wash etc before bed you could do that all in privacy! There were also freezer pack facilities and plenty of other bits and bobs as detailed on this site but we did not make use of these although they all looked in good order. The site itself is beautiful and offers a superb view from wherever you pitch up. The fields are organised with hook-ups and standard pitches intermingled but there is so much room it is hard to feel hemmed-in or suffocated, (our second stay was during a fully-booked up weekend in July). There are some lovely walks from the site to many different spots dependent on how far etc you want to go, you really can lose yourself in the beauty of the Norfolk countryside/seaside! What was truly enjoyable was the ambience on site amongst fellow campers, there was a real sense of community, albeit temporary, which just added to the magic that Manor Farm oozed. Of an evening, there were many a Sky Lantern being sent up into the sky to the view of all below. Children are well catered for here too, initially with the well maintained facilities, but also in the lovely spaces available for children to play. It was easy for children to mingle and make new friends amongst the big open spaces or on the various climbing equipment at the play area.....plus challenge each other on the football pitch. The coastline nearby offers a range of seaside activities so you can do pretty much whatever your children desire! We have been truly spoiled with our visits to Manor Farm, we just hope that with this as a benchmark, we find other sites that manage to keep us just us happy!
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