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.
There are 250 standard and serviced pitches, spread across 18 acres. Marlpit and Moll’s Meadow are the fields that also take caravans, and Gurney’s Plantation is just for caravans and tourers. The site feels sprawling, but the facilities are never too far away, with 2 shower blocks in each field. One block has a family shower and one has a family shower room. There are also 2 laundry rooms with coin-operated washing machines and dryers. Freezers are provided.
Suitable ForTents, campervans, caravans, dogs, groups (max. 4 pitches) – yes.
NearbyThe beaches at Cromer and Sheringham are the main local attractions, and you can walk through the site into the village, with its pretty green, swings and slides, to the beach at East Runton. The beach is pretty quiet, with good rock pools and nice views to Cromer pier. It’s a sweet, old-fashioned village, with a butcher, tea room, fish-and-chip shop, even an excellent Army Surplus store and a hairdresser, so all essentials covered if you are suddenly struck with a desire to get a perm. You can catch the North Norfolk Railway, a steam train in Sheringham going to Weybourne and Holt.
Food & Drink
Cromer is packed with fish-and-chip shops and old-fashioned cafés. The Victorian Tea Room (01263 517154) on Meadow Road is one of the best. No 1 (01263 515983), owned by television chef Galton Blackiston, is generally considered to be the top fish & chip shop in Cromer and also has geat sea views from the updtairs dining room. The Pepperpot Restaurant (01263 837578) in West Runton is fantastic, too, but a little more expensive. For local meat try Icarus Hines the butcher (01263 514541), in Cromer, or the farm shop at Groveland Farm in Roughton (01263 833777).
Opening TimesMarch–end of October.
Catch a train to Cromer. The site is only a 10-minute walk away, though reception is another half mile away.
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Rated ★★★★★ over 21 reviews
Perfect for kids
Lovely Sea Views
Great coastal camping location
Could be so much better
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.
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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