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The Fire Pit Camp

  • Children’s playground
  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Good walks nearby
Nothing beats camping in a gang and this Norfolk site, catering specifically to groups, is a tip-top, green and vibrant space for big parties to hang out, relax and play

If there is such a thing as the perfect campsite for families, The Fire Pit might just be it. Nestled on the fringes of the classic Norfolk village of Wendling, the site is a family-friendly camping extravaganza, inviting young and old alike to play, create and explore the surrounding wild beauty. With not a car or caravan in sight (leave your motor at the car park then trundle your gear over in the wheelbarrows), your little campers can run around the ginormous playing field (conscientiously adorned with 420 sapling trees from the Woodland Trust) till their heart's content.

The main camping meadow has just 15 pitches, along with a magnificent, two-level, Hazel Dome Bender Tent, built using recycled materials and accommodating up to eight people. Alongside, the vast playing field has a mud-kitchen, giant tyre slide and swing and a retro double-decker bus for kids to play on, while, for the parents, a former warehouse space has been transformed into a large, funky coffee and cocktail bar, complete with a pool table, indoor games and sofas. And if all of that's still not enough? There’s even an onsite yoga yurt where, after all those tasty lattes, you’ll can truly power down.

Perhaps the best bit of The Fire Pit Camp is that, owing to its smaller, more boutique scale, it can only be hired out in its entirety, meaning that, if you get a big enough group together, the whole place is yours to enjoy. Through winter you can book the Wren's Nest only, but for the rest of the year it’s ideal for a large-scale family gathering, a big group party and the chance to get creative and have your own annual mini-festival In all there is room for up to 60 people.

When you do break away, there's a multitude of great days out to be had just a short drive for the site. The campsite is situated midway between the pleasant market towns of Dereham and Swaffham and Norwich is within easy reach. The delights of the North Norfolk Coast, too, are just half an hour or so to the north. Explore the the harbour at Wells-next-the-Sea and take the miniature train along to its beach, or hide from rain in the compact Norwich streets if the weather turns bad. There’s an offering for every type of holiday – come sun, rain or a cloudy something in between.

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Facilities

The Wren’s Nest sleeps 8 with a double and single on the mezzanine level, and a single, bunk and double sofa below, plus wood-burning stove, solar lighting and a fully-equipped kitchen area. There’s a playing field, sports pitch, double-decker play bus and yoga yurt, plus the converted warehosue space with games and pool table. Washing up area with 2 butler's sinks and solid oak work tops. Family sized shower room in converted old goat shed comes with hot water and 3 loos. Communal fire pit and free-to-use BBQ.

Suitable For

Glampers, campers, families, large group bookings and whole site hire – yes. Individual tent bookings, caravans, campervans, dogs – no.

Nearby

Wendling is just a short drive from the beautiful North Norfolk Coast. This pristine stretch of coastline attracts countless tourists to its quaint villages and seaside resorts. The nearby Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse museum (01362 869263) promises an informative, interactive time for all. The Green Britain Centre (01760 726100) in Swaffham boasts the only climbable wind turbine in the world. Climb the 300 steps if you dare! The cobbled streets of Norwich are also just a short away, with plenty of places to eat, shop see and do.

Food & Drink

The on-site warehouse bar sells organic coffee, snacks, cakes and treats galore (Slow Food approved). Creake Abbey Farmers Market and the one in Dereham boast some of Norfolk's wonderful local produce. The renowned Greenbanks Hotel and Restaurant (01362 687742) in nearby Great Fransham serves refined local cuisine set in 6 beautiful acres of wildflower meadows and tranquil lakes.

Opening Times

The Wren’s Nest is open all year. Exclusive hire May–September and during school holidays (Easter, summer holidays and October half term).

Family Friendly

Nothing beats camping in a gang and this campsite caters specifically to big group bookings. As the name suggests, campfires are a must, but, by day, it's the long grass meadows, giant-tyre slide and double-decker play bus that keep kids entertained.

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Accommodation

One open camping meadow with a communal fire pit and space for around 15 large tents. No electric hook-ups. Glamping available in "The Wren's nest".

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Location

Contact The Fire Pit Camp, The Firs, Wendling, Norfolk, NR19 2LT

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Getting There

The campsite entrance is on the main road through Wendling opposite a bus stop. Look out for the double-decker bus in the fields beyond.

Nearest train stations are Downham Market and Norwich, both are about an hour away. There is a regular bus service to Wendling from Dereham and you can easily get to Norwich from Dereham via bus too.

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Rated ★★★★★ over 7 reviews

★★★★☆

A Long Weekend of Joy

I spent a long weekend at the firepit camp for my 40th. Alongisde another 15 adults and 8 kids we did very little except enjoy the sunshine, eat some great camp meals and play charades around the fire. The kids loved the freedom and the big bus and the adults loved the clean toilet block, morning coffees and peace and quiet. We hired belltents from a recommended supplier (details from the campsite) and one group stayed in the Wrens nest which was gorgeous. Highly recommended.
Jul 23, 2016 by Janie S
★★★★☆

Kiddie friendly

The campsite is run by lovely ladies and it is really nice and kiddie friendly, very safe and lots for little ones to explore. 

A few minor negatives are that it gets large groups (so not great if you're a one tent camper not part of a group), there is only one shower (but it is only a small site) and a bit of road noise. 

Otherwise a lovely magical place with a nice feel. 

Jul 10, 2016 by Happy campers
★★★★★

We love The Fire Pit!

We went back to The fire pit for a second time this summer as we all had such fond memories of it from last year and our experience was even better than last time. The owners are a lovely family that all live on site during the summer (and beyond) and they have put so much love and attention to detail into the site that it makes the experience so much more special and personal than any other campsite I have been to. There is loads for the children to do (ours are 4 and 8)- play on the swing and climbing frame, roam and explore the meadow, ride their bikes around the bike tracks, play football on the pitch, play on the double decker bus.... And the site is just big enough for them to feel they have their own freedom but small enough for you to know where they are all the time. The facilities are lovely and clean and make you feel you are half way between glamping and camping. This year there was the added bonus of a bar/cafe and as we were putting up our tents on the first evening, the hosts brought us the most delicious home made pimms to helped us get into the holiday spirit. There is loads to do and see nearby as it is very centrally located in norfolk but actually our kids loved just being there and made some lovely new friends to play with. We will definately be back next year again- it's now part of our summer tradition!
Aug 30, 2014 by Katymc77
★★★☆☆

Great for kids...

Having stayed in quite a few campsites over the years we were really excited about staying here. Our friends stayed in 'Wrens nest' while we stayed next to them in our bell tent. The campsite facilities are lovely, lots for children to do but if you have toddlers or under fives they need to be supervised at all times on the upstairs of the play bus as the stairs are pretty scary! The beauty of the campsite is that you can see your children at all times and the toilets etc are really child friendly, for example steps to stand on to clean teeth and sensible doors with non scary locks! The whole place is immaculate and clean and very well looked after. The main problem we had was the wasps, so many that eating on site became a real problem as there weren't any wasp bags or catchers and with small children it became a real nuisance. The other problem was only one shower, this meant when the campsite filled up it took ages to get in and held us up in the mornings. I know they have plans to build more. The pitches are quite small in comparison to other places we have stayed in and found that one small fridge was a bit tricky with all the other campers. I would bring a big cool box next time and use the freezer to swap ice packs over. There is no honesty shop or place to walk to if you need anything- everywhere is a short drive. We also found that after a day at the beach we had no where to hang towels/ dry wet clothes so take a washing line. At £30 a night in high season it is a bit pricey for the lack of showers and facilities but it makes up for that with the children's play opportunities. We didn't see any craft making etc I am guessing that happens on different days. 

Aug 22, 2013 by Bettybell
★★★★★

Absolutely Fantastic

If we had to summarise the collective family view of this wonderful site it would be simple: 'Outstanding'. Sarah and Matt have developed a fantastic, family-friendly site that we will be returning to again (we would never have left if we had listened to the views of our 7, 6 and 3 year olds!). The site is small and young-child friendly and the amenities are excellent (clean, new toilet block, shower with lots of hot water). My fondest memories, though, will remain the children running around all the excellent play areas and provisions (the Bus, table tennis table, and football pitch were firm favourites), making new friends, laughing and playing outdoors. Sarah and Matt, you really have created a wonderful place, and we had a fantastic time. I would heartily recommend it (though I'm almost a little reluctant as I'm sure it'll be far harder to get into year on year, as the good reports spread!!). 

Aug 11, 2013 by Phil Robson
★★★★★

A great place to relax

We stayed for 1 night in the 'Wren's Nest', which is the hazel domed bender at the top end of this well organised but friendly and informal campsite. The Nest looks modest from the outside and the photos struggle to do it justice but the interior is amazing and opens out to provide a very generous living space with 3 sofas, a woodburner, seating and a small kitchen area. The highlight is the sleeping area in the mezzanine above the woodburner. The intricate woven hazel frame gives the structure a real organic feel, reinforcing that you are miles from the rat race of modern life. The owners were very welcoming and made sure we had what we needed and were settled in. The solar lighting worked really well and the opportunity to light the woodburner made for a snug and toasty evening. 

The facilities are excellent with good on-site loos, shower and washing up sinks just a stones throw from the bender. We brought wood for the communal fire pit and it was a relaxing night with other friendly campers, under the stars and far from the madding crowd. If you're new to Norfolk or think you know it well, this is a great place to make your base at the heart of the county.  

Aug 11, 2013 by Spencers
★★★★★

Camping Heaven!

We stayed for 8 nights at this beautiful site, even though we had only initially booked for 4. The lovely family who own the site were so welcoming and helpful and even joined us at the communal camp fire to roast a marshmallow or two. We pitched our tent next to the wild flower meadow which was full of butterflies and ladybirds, heaven for my 14 year old who loves wildlife, and the remoteness of the site meant the night sky was stunning. The facilities are excellent with plenty of hot water, a good washing up space and the helpful provision of a fridge and freezer (meaning we could check out the nearby Norfolk Ice Cream shop at North Tuddenham and bring lots back!).  We had a couple of very wet thundery days during our stay but this was not a problem as the children spent the time playing games on the gorgeous retro bus, so nice not having cooped up children in the tent.  There is also lots to do for younger children such as a mud kitchen and ride on toys.  As the site is quite central, you can take your pick of what Norfolk has to offer.  We spent a day at the beach at Holkham, did a coast walk, visited Norwich as well as climbing the wind turbine at nearby Swaffham. This site has shot to number 1 on our list of favourite sites and we will definitely be returning.  

Aug 7, 2013 by kataG