Riddlesworth Park Glamping

Riddlesworth Park, Home Farm, Riddlesworth, Diss, Norfolk IP22 2TD
19 383 33 11 21

Exactly what East Anglia is all about: acres of space and fine country parks.

Welcome to the flattest part of Norfolk… no, scrap that. Welcome to one of the flattest parts of the entire UK – England’s answer to America’s Great Plains or the vast Canadian prairies, where every open stretch of land runs as far as they eye can see, or, more accurately, as far as the next patch of looming woodland, the real variants in this level East Anglian landscape. For camping – or rather glamping – there’s no better terrain on which to push your tents pegs. And when you straddle the bicycle, saddle the horse or simply set off on two fat feet, there are few more ideal places to breeze your way around.

Riddlesworth Park is the prefect base for just such adventures, a pleasant 5-acre site set around the estate of historic Riddlesworth Hall. The field that is now adorned with three luxe bell tents and one cosy pod (do the maths; that does work out to over an acre of space each!) was once an agricultural pasture – an aftermath of East Anglia’s use in the 'Dig for Victory' era. Indeed, the whole area is inextricably linked with the two World Wars: Thetford Forest, despite its reverence, is actually one of the newest forests in England, replanted after World War I to replace fallen timber, and the varied fields of sugar beet, onions, potatoes and pigs were all rapidly expanded around the same time by the cherry-cheeked farmers from those ‘Help the Effort’ posters. It’s a pleasant find for glampers in Norfolk, then, that Riddlesworth is now returning to its parkland origins, replanting the hedges that were once torn up and reseeding wild plants where crops took over.

The glampsite itself makes the most out of this changing locale, with just four different units tucked within the space, free of cars, road noise and all outside intrusions. It feels intimate yet spacious, with loads of room for kids to kick a ball about and run wild, while still huddling privately around the family campfire when evening falls. Accommodation has a rather boutiquey, Cath Kidston-esque style, with colourful bunting decorating the canvas of each bell tent and interior furnishings like old-school lanterns, rugs and cosy scatter cushions. It all has the quaint, homely, retro feel as though you’ve wandered through the local May Day fair and picked up décor as you dance around the maypole. Not that it’s a bad thing – the comforts of Riddlesworth Park are a pleasure and the luxury of proper flushing loos, showers and an uncovered kitchen-cum-shop-cum-dishwashing area are an essential added extra.

Run by affable Lou and Ben Chandler, the campsite is accompanied by the family’s neighbouring livery yard, providing a happy addition for those wanting to take their horse on holiday too. For everyone else, adventures are just as accessible without a trusty steed. Start by talking to the couple themselves, who know the surroundings better than anyone, and then trundle off into, most probably one of the many vast, intriguing woods. Thetford Forest Park couldn’t be more on the doorstep if it tried, though the largest area of it is actually just the other side of its namesake town, certainly the best place to go for pleasant family cycle routes and a chance to spot Norfolk’s diverse wildlife. It’s amongst these pines that the old boys form Dad’s Army march in the credits of the programme, with Warmington-on-Sea the fictional alias for Thetford town – another war-time claim and the reason for the Dad’s Army Museum in the centre of town. It’s a bit more peaceful now, and surprisingly it's a haven for Norfolk wildlife. Keep quiet and there’s deer to be spotted, not just in the park but also back at camp – a real wildlife treat accompanying the comforts of this comfy, modern glampsite.

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We are a family run Glampsite thrilled to be opening our doors in July 2015! Set on our working farm nestled on the Norfolk/ Suffolk border in the beautiful Breckland area, we provide a wonderfully luxurious camping experience.

Our stunning 5 acre site has plenty of space, yet delivers an intimate feel with only 4 pitches. Whether you choose our fully furnished luxurious bell tents or the stylish pod, we can provide you with the best way to sleep under the stars in complete cosy comfort.

With just 3 Bell tents and 1 pod on site, you will have plenty of space and privacy to enjoy Riddlesworth Park.

The accommodation is spread over a five acre field with each pitch sitting in a generous 1 acre area. Your pitch is secreted away from main roads in a car-free, safe and secure place, ideal for little campers. 

We are thrilled to have teamed up with the lovely Zoe and Mark at SoulPad to bring you the very best equipment there is.We have pitched 3 of their extra large cotton bell tents on purpose built decking giving you a warm and dry environment to enjoy your camping experience.  We are also very excited to be able to offer one of their fantastic pods for those who prefer to camp in something a little more solid! Each of our 3 tents and the pod have been named in the local Norfolk dialect after various creatures! We have:

Bishy-barney-bee (Ladybird); Pollywiggle (Tadpole); Jill-Hooter (Owl)And our Hod-medod (Snail) Pod!

Whichever you stay in, all are fully equipped as standard with the best camping accessories there is to offer and to make your stay as hassle free as possible.

Loos are important to us and we think they are to you too! We have proper flushing loos and hot showers. There is also an undercover area with sinks for pot washing and you can buy basic camping provisions (plus a few extras!) in 'The Shed'.

We will leave you to your own devices as much as possible although we are always on call should the need arise.

Riddlesworth Park is a perfect location for your Glamping Break and an ideal spot to explore the wonders of Norfolk and Suffolk. There are acres of farmland and for you to roam free and enjoy, plus we are lucky enough to be on the doorstep of the fantastic Knettishall Heath which also provides access to the famous Peddars Way walk. Further afield there is plenty to do come rain or shine and we are always on hand to help with some local knowledge and advice!

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Glamping in a country park that epitomises East Anglia: acres of rural space, roaming deer and wonderfully convivial hosts.

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Riddlesworth Park Glamping: Glamping in a country park that epitomises East Anglia: acres of rural space, roaming deer and wonderfully convivial hosts.

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Riddlesworth Park Glamping: Glamping in a country park that epitomises East Anglia: acres of rural space, roaming deer and wonderfully convivial hosts.

Glamping in a country park that epitomises East Anglia: acres of rural space, roaming deer and wonderfully convivial hosts.

Riddlesworth Park Glamping: Glamping in a country park that epitomises East Anglia: acres of rural space, roaming deer and wonderfully convivial hosts.

Glamping in a country park that epitomises East Anglia: acres of rural space, roaming deer and wonderfully convivial hosts.

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Glamping in a country park that epitomises East Anglia: acres of rural space, roaming deer and wonderfully convivial hosts.

Riddlesworth Park Glamping: Glamping in a country park that epitomises East Anglia: acres of rural space, roaming deer and wonderfully convivial hosts.

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