Whitlingham Broad Campsite
Whitlingham Lane, Norwich, Norfolk NR14 8TR
Whitlingham Broad Campsite is a brand new campsite in a county with no shortage of magnificent spots to pitch up. Situated on the spacious 80 acre Country Park, this is both a useful gateway to the Broads, and a perfect base for exploring the medieval delights of Norfolk's county capital.
The spacious grass pitches are spread over the upper and lower fields. You can park up tent-side in the lower field while the upper is a car-free haven meaning there's plenty of room for a run and a play (pooches are welcome too!). There's also a couple of fully furnished bell tents, and two cute and cosy shepherds huts, with views overlooking the Great Broad.
The lure of the Broads is inescapable in this part of the world. With scores of visitors flocking to enjoy the wet and wild delights of Norfolk's many navigable rivers and waterways, Whitlingham Broad is ideally situated to join in the fun. The park's brand new Outdoor Education Centre provides a host of activities including kayaking, sailing and windsurfing. If you'd rather keep your feet strictly on the old terra firma, there's countless scenic walks and bike rides to enjoy. Why not nip in to Norwich for the day and visit its grand Gothic cathedral?
The Owner Says
Simple boutique camping with Norwich on the doorstep and the Broads in the back garden. We are a peacful site situated within the 80 beautiful acres Whitlingham Country Park. Within a few minutes walk you will be able to hire canoes and kayaks to explore the Broads, enjoy woodland and waterside walks . We have pre-erected accomodations in the form of boutique Shepherds huts, Bell tents or a yurt - or bring along your own tent. or campervan
Ticks the boxes
This site has everything you need and lots more. It's friendly and easy to find. However it just doesn't do it for us as it was not the wild peaceful setting that we love and hoped for. It really is an open space- on a slope where everyone camps around the edge. You can't even see the water. It does have a great location for walks and access to Norfolk and it is well managed and good at dealing with noisy campers. No complaints just not a favourite. Sorry!
Norwich - who knew?
We went here because all the places we wanted to stay on the north Norfolk coast were full - and didn't regret the decision for a minute! It's a lovely campsite, just getting going, set in a vast wetland park to the south of Norwich. There's a watersports centre, the Norfolk Broads, a cafe/visitor centre, woodland walks, picnic meadow - and all that Norwich has to offer just a short walk (or open-air ferry!) ride away.
The upper field has a no-car policy which makes it very pleasant - there's a track running up the outside of the field where you can drive the car just for unloading though, as well as barrows for carting your stuff. Facilities are basic but kept very clean, and they say they are building more comprehensive bathroom / washing facilities soon. The fires policy was great - no worries that we were breaking the rules just to eat from the Biolite stove, and renting a fire pit didn't break the bank and kept the kids amused in the slightly chilly evenings.
Did I mention Norwich? Interesting historic city centre, very compact, with plenty to do on rainy (or not) days. This summer they had Go-go Dragons dotted around the city centre - a brilliant way to get the kids interested in walking around town. We got 44 on our foray...
An absolute must!
This is one of the best run campsites I have been to, not just in England, but globally. It is placed in a delightful setting and is very close to both Norwich (though it certainly doesn't feel like you are close to a city) and the Norfolk broads are very accessible. The hosts were lovely and very helpful. The facilities were clean and well maintained. Renting a fire pit is a great idea and a great way to spend the evening!
Lovely little city getaway
i liked this site as i'm a norfolk girl and Norwich is my home, it is situated on some lovely walks, which we did,
people have commented on the road which they probably came in on....you can hear but so much in the distance it didn't disturb us at all, we stayed in the top field which does say no cars but you have access to drive around to unload.
The toilet blocks are perfect and are cleaned at least twice a day from what I seen. You can have campfires in the hired pits which were maybe a little overpriced but we did it anyway. My kids loved the space they had.
Super cool campsite
We recently stayed in the beautifully situated Whittingham Broad campsite, The location is brilliant not far from the city and many great attractions, The campsite facilities were very clean and modern.
We also had a very warm welcome and great hospitality from the campsite owners Who were very knowledgeable about the local area.
The campsite is dog friendly and our dog had a thoroughly great time playing with the campsite dog Murphy!
I would definitely recommend this as a great family getaway.
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This was my first time camping and noone ever thought i would go even my dad laughed! However going to this site i would go back in fact we are already planning out next visit. The showers were great beter than what i thought and the toilets were clean. i cant say anything bad about this site but it has deffinutly changed my mind about camping.
There are loads of walks to do around the woods if you can keep on the right path, we managed to walk in a circle for an hour :) great place and great location couldnt fault it.
Owners Couldn't be more helpful
The owners couldn't have been more helpful. The site is accommodating of groups and were okay accommodating a group of 18 year olds.
We stayed in 2 bell tents, both were extremely spacious yet cosy. The mobile phone/electronic device charging and freezer block freezing was extremely useful, as well as the board game and fire pit rental.
Unfortunately when leaving we encountered mechanical issues. The owners couldn't have done much more. They offered to help resolve the issue and when this was not possible they then found, phoned and arranged a mechanic for us.
Helpful owners, brilliant camping facilities, stunning location, overall an EXCELLENT stay!!
Thank you Whitlingham broad campsite for a fantastic stay!
Happy hippy camping!
Situated in the beauty of the broads, this campsite combines quirky with quaint. You'd never guess you were only a 10 minute drive from the city with the lake by your side and the fields all around. The owners are SO lovely and have the friendliest dog who is just as happy to meet you. Toilets were clean and cool with lovely rustic furniture (and also full of hooks, there's nothing worse than dumping your clothes on a dirty wet floor!) We stayed 2 nights, one in their luxury Shepherd's Hut which was one of the best sleeps I've ever had; it had everything we needed including a set of travel books to read in bed and a little fire to keep warm. The tent pitches were flat and smooth...no rocks here! And you can't turn down the offer to rent a fire pit to sit and watch the stars in this magical place. This is definitely worthy of the title 'cool camping.'
a lovely easter
having found the site on cool camping we booked for the Easter weekend, meeting my brother and his family. this could be a very long review telling you all the good things about this site, but to cut a very long story short - its absolutely lovely! from the owners, their fabulous dog, the setting, everything - we loved it and aim to return. there, thats all you need to know. the only negative (and no fault of the campsite) but as dog owners we get really fed up not being allowed into pubs and the local pub made us sit in the 'garden'. at least that was better than the other pub which wasn't even open!
A Brilliant Family Campsite
This was our first camping trip all together (2 families - 9 of us in total) and we ALL had an amazing time from the youngest to the oldest. We had booked one Bell Tent and a normal tent pitch so we were on the upper field. Upon arrival we were warmly welcomed by Fergus and Mr Murphy. We were guided to the Bell Tent and informed that we could use the wheelbarrows to unload (the kids absolutely loved doing this). The Bell Tent was perfect with loads of little touches that make them that little bit special. We pitched up our tent next to the Bell Tent and made ourselves at home. The kids loved playing in the woodland area and we had games in the middle of the field. Nights were spent around the fire pit chatting, laughing and generally enjoying our short break. We found the shower/toilet facilities to be clean at all times, even in the early morning or midnight dash through the rain. Upon our last day (which came far to quickly) we all decided that we would all definitely come back again, the kids had already planned new games to play in the woods. I myself was totally surprised that I enjoyed myself quite so much as I am not a camper at heart, and despite the continuous English rain thoroughly enjoyed myself. We have no complaints about the campsite at all and only believe that as the years go by the campsite will only improve for the better. We will all be booking again and are already planning our trip.
A very good site
We found this site via cool camping and it was a good honest camp site in a convenient setting. We wanted to have a go at Kayaking and on the broad next to the site you can hire a canadian canoe for £10 for a hour if you mention you are camping.
The site was basic but this is not a bad thing, you have the choice to park next to your tent in one field or car free in the other. It is flat-ish and on a busy bank holiday weekend we found a good spot by the shepherds huts and set ourselves up. We didnt have kids with us but the kids that were there safely played close to the site in young woods or between the tents. In the evening you can have a fire pit or barbeque either way it was quiet and fellow camper were considerate.
Obviously with Norwich so close you have tons of shops but the camp site had a small shop with a very friendly couple running the whole thing. It did us well for 3 nights we then moved on to a very commercial site called Kelling Heath which in stark contrast seemed impersonal and a bit corperate.
brilliant simple campsite
We spent 2 weeks camping at this site in August when it was just 10 weeks old. We loved the site and would thoroughly recommend it to those that like to get back to simple unspoilt camping. The 2 fields are different in nature with the top field benefiting from not allowing cars on site. Little wheelbarrows were provided to move bags etc around and the kids loved wheeling each other around in these. The beauty of there not being fixed pitches was that you could spread out nicely and didn't feel cramped. Most people pitched around the edges which left lots of play space for the kids and quite a few energetic adults! Night time games of hide and seek in the dark seemed incredibly popular. At night most tents had fire pits (hired from the site) and people sat around chatting and toasting marshmallows while some strummed gently on their guitars. This site was one of the most relaxing we have camped on in our 20+ years of camping. Fergus and Linda were the most amazing "hosts" .Their patience knew no bounds as the kids all gravitated towards them and would either be found perched on the barstools in the office putting the world to rights or playing outside with their very gentle dog; Mr Murphy. The site is well situated, close to the beautiful city of Norwich (5 min drive) and yet in the centre of beautiful countryside, with good transport networks to get out and explore the water ways (sadly the main road was audible at night). The broad next door, provides a good range of water sports for kids Mon-Fri (we would recommend booking these in advance as they can get full mid holidays). Facilities on this site are basic but but that really adds to the beauty of cool camping. The shower water was hot, toilets were clean and sufficient and there was dish washing facilities (although we preferred to wash up by the tent)...really what more do you need?
Just had 2 nights at Whitlingham Broad Campsite and have had the most relaxing time. We stayed in one of the exquisite and comfortable Shepherd's Huts. They are very comfortable and have been positioned in prime spot so as we prepared dinner under the handy gazebo on the equally handy picnic table, you get a wonderful view across the campsite down to the flint barn visitor centre.
Everyone was friendly and helpful and couldn't do enough for us, and the whole site had such a happy and relaxed vibe. The fire pits are great and at night there was the flicker of fires all around and groups of campers huddled around chatting and laughing, but we never felt disturbed by any noise, just added to the atmosphere. The park itself is a lovely spot, loads of walks for the dog and just surrounded by trees as far as you can see, yet only a half hour walk to the centre of Norwich. Loved it, will be back in the winter to take advantage of the log stove in the Shepherd's Hut.
We had a wonderful weekend here. This campsite is well located next to some walks by the broads and canals of Norfolk, and on Saturday and Sunday, between 1 and 5pm, there is a local activity centre where you can rent kayaks, canoes, and sail boats.
We stayed in a bell tent, which was excellent. It slept 4 comfortably (on 2 double futons) with an option for 6 (on two provided fold out cushion chair thingies) which would have been a squeeze, but sure, but possible.
The shop is stocked with essentials. The showers are hot.
Apparently, this place has opened only recently. Certainly, I noticed lots of new saplings about the camp site.
My only complaint, would be that this campsite is not quite as secluded as I normally like (the silence of the night is tarnished by the endless drone of the A47 which connects Norwich to Great Yarmouth).
Additionally, the price (£130 for one night) was a little expensive. Actually, it is quoted as being £65 per night, but the minimum reservation is for 2 nights. This is of course common in the camping game, but I still find it irksome.
Great site. Recommended.
This campsite was lovely. A peaceful and charming spot right at the start of the Broads. What was amazing was that despite the tranquility, Norwich was so close that we were easily able to pop into the town for a meal one night and use the trains when we needed to with our bikes. There were some good biking into the Broads from this spot and its a perfect place for walking. Linda and Fergus couldn't have been more helpful and friendly and we wish them every success with their excellent new campsite.
Perfect weekend of camping!
Camping here was amazing. We turned up with our tent and everything to find a very pretty and spacious camping field. We picked our favourite spot which had a great view up the top not far from the shepherds' huts. The camping pitches were very nice - not rocky, very grassy and flat. Also there were not set spaces which meant everyone was free to kind of spread out.
The owners, Linda and Fergus, were very friendly and welcoming. They helped us book a cab at one point when we had to duck into town and when we left to go back to the station. They also provided portable fire bowls/bbqs which was great - nice and warm to sit around at night.
The location was very nice. The broads are just 2 minutes walk away and there is an information centre just across the street with a cafe where you can buy coffee, tee, ice cream, etc...
Whitlingham Broad Campsite
We stayed in one of the shepherds huts. It was very pleasant and well furnished. The log burner made it very warm and it was cosy with the tealights in the holders provided. Facilities are functional and it was nice to be able to have a fire pitt. Would recommend to friends and would stay again.