Meadow Camping

UK England East Anglia Norfolk Hunstanton

  • 10m + spacing between camping pitches
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
Back-to-basics camping in rural Norfolk, with views of a working windmill and within driving distance of the beach.

Home to some of the most fertile soils in the UK, Norfolk is fabled farmer country and, as a result, it’s beautiful camping country too. Big skies, big views, fields of barley shimmering in the breeze and, here in Bircham, a picture-perfect windmill to gaze out upon as you stride across the footpaths. It’s a timeless scene, best enjoyed from a rather timeless campsite, which, though it may only have opened in 2020, is exactly what Meadow Camping is.

The simple, no-nonsense name of the campsite is perhaps symbolic of what you’ll find here. This is classic camping of old with a spacious eight-acres of meadow to spread out on and only tents allowed. Open for just 56 days in 2020, this is a true ‘pop-up’ campsite, with portable toilet facilities, a couple of showers and a few fresh water taps to get your drinking and washing-up water from. Otherwise it’s all about space, freedom and enjoying a good campfire.

It’s around six or seven miles to the beach, depending on which one you chose. The semi-circular hump of North Norfolk and the inland location of the campsite mean that, whichever direction you radiate out on, you’ll eventually come to a good sweep of sand, be it Hunstanton beach (best for a little town life), Brancaster Beach (best for nearby pubs) or Holkham (best for space and all-weather wandering, with woods to shelter in if it rains). The Sandringham Estate is also nearby – it’s possible to cycle – but no stay here would be complete without following the footpath to the windmill and climbing to the top. You can see the milling wheels at work and even try baking your own bread with their flour. It’s a timeless experience indeed. And rather tasty too.

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Toilets are of the portable kind and there are two gas-powered hot showers. Water taps dotted around. Campfires are permitted but must be raised off the grass. Good access to footpaths.

Suitable For

Tents, dogs (on a lead) – yes. Campervans, caravans – no.


It's a one-mile walk to Bircham Windmill, the only working windmill in the area and the main attraction locally, with family activities, an excellent bakery where you can bake your own bread and the opportunity to climb the windmill to the balcony behind the sails. Brancaster offers the closest beach (it's about a 10-minute drive). Walk half a mile left from the entrance and you can sometimes spot grey seals, who reside in the marshes around Titchwell Nature Reserve (01485 210779). Hunstanton beach is also easily reached from the campsite or, in the opposite direction, head to famous Holkham – a haunt of the royals with a ginormous stretch of sands and an equally beautiful backing of pine trees. Just inland, Holkham Hall (01328 710806) is well worth exploring, particularly if you bring a bike to pedal around the estate grounds. Nearer still is Sandringham (01485 545400).

Food & Drink

Try the tearoom and bakery at Bircham Windmill or walk down there in the morning for a cracking full English (available from 9am). There are also plenty of good pubs in the vicinity. The nearest is in Great Bircham itself – The Kings Head (01485 578265) – but driving (or cycling) to the cost pays dividends. The White Horse (01485 210262) in Brancaster is fantastic – sea views from the conservatory dining area – and it's slightly more relaxed neighbour, The Jolly Sailors (01485 210314), just down the road has a great pub atmosphere, beer garden and proper pizza-oven cooked pizzas. Try Thornham Deli (01485 512194) for lighter bites or enjoy fresh seafood from the crab hat in Brancaster Staithe harbour.

Opening Times

Open for 56 days only.

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The Owner Says

Beautiful 8-acre meadow with young fruit tree plantations in West Norfolk. Ideal location for beaches, bird watching and attractions. Spacious with big skies at night, views of Bircham Windmill and footpaths leading directly off the field.

This is a back to basics campsite, we called it Meadow Camping as that is what it is, no frills, no glamour, just a lovely meadow to camp and chill on. Bring your own mod cons if needed as all that is on site is a Tap, Toilets and if you have your own sanitation units we have an Elsan Tank to empty your own Toilets into.  Tents, Dogs and small camper vans are acceptable, motor homes and caravans unfortunately are not allowed.

We also now have showers. Two hand built gas heated hot showers for you to have a proper wash in.  Both have perspex roofs and no windows so light and airy with no peeking possible! 

Fire Pits and Barbecues are allowed as long as they are off the ground, no scorching or putting fire to the grass please. and water tap onsite.

Bircham village has a tearoom, bakery and tourist attraction at Bircham Windmill where you can get a full English breakfast every day from 9am, fresh bread or a cream tea. Visitors can climb to the top and make their own bread and in the village you will find a pub, shop and play ground. Nearby are various beaches, from Hunstanton dunes to pinewoods and rolling waves at Wells. Lovely rural pubs, local shopping, Sandringham House and much more.

Beautiful lanes to walk along - however, please do not walk on adjacent farmland and please pick up after your dog - or simply take a 'flick stick' with you and flick any mess into the hedgerows.  Do not put poop in plastic bags and leave it behind.

All dogs must be kept on leads when walking along the lanes - there is wildlife and  many nesting birds in the hedgerows that are easily disturbed.

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A maximum of around 15 tents at any one time in a spacious eight-acre meadow.

Spacious Grass Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 30 Available
Spacious grass pitch with great views towards Bircham Mill, and starry skies at night. Mown paths to reach the tap and toilets on and wild patches to explore.

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Contact Meadow Camping, Docking Road, Great Bircham, Norfolk

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Getting There

This campsite uses What3Words so that you can find its precise location. Meadow Camping is located at:

Follow the B1153 out of Great Bircham village towards Docking and you will find the site on the left hand side. Please note: There is one entrance and one exit. The entrance is the second gate as you drive out from Great Bircham, not the first one on the bend. This allows for easy one-way traffic and also ensures drivers have a clear line of vision when turning into and exiting the campsite.

Bus number 21 stops at Great Bircham from either King's Lynn or Fakenham.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 17 reviews


Old school camping perfection.

We (2 adults + 4 children) have just camped for 3 nights at Meadow Camping and enjoyed it thoroughly. We loved the beautiful setting and simplicity of the campsite. The layout and size of the pitches was great. Loos and showers were clean. One large pitch in the middle was assigned as a play area which is a very thoughtful touch. The proximity to great beaches is fantastic. We hope to return soon again. Thank you Stevie and team. Hilary, Ted & family

Clean and spacious - excellent location!

Large pitches, quiet site. Excellent facilities which where always clean!
Aug 2, 2020 by Ind

Serene simplicity

What a lovely, back to basics campsite 🏕 it was! It is great to prove to yourself that a clean water supply, a toilet and a shower is all you need to have a good time! The pitches were well marked and spaced well for safe distance and privacy. We managed to find the way to the windmill along the paths behind the camp and spotted a deer 🦌 in the process! Lovely soothing nature and fields around. We had a great time at Meadow Camping and definitely recommend it!
Aug 2, 2020 by Emilia

Relaxing, beautiful escape!

We really enjoyed our stay at Meadow Camping, back to basics escape from it all! The meadow is well maintained with really large pitches, portaloos clean and the hot showers were lovely. Short drive to beautiful Brancaster beach and Bircham windmill is a must visit for breakfast/cream tea. The kids baked bread and we climbed to the top, they loved it. Our stay was really relaxing, my kind of camping, chilled, quiet and spacious, we will definitely be back!

Simply lovely

This was what I needed. Peace and space and simplicity for a few days. Location was excellent with easy access to the beautiful northern coast line. See you again soon

Decent facilities, clean area

Clean facilities, newly put up showers(nice n hot water), toilets, available drinking water, really tidy field. Hand sanitizer next to toilets. Road is right next to field so can hear cars zooming by but not a biggie for us as went out to seaside and drove around area while we camped there. Not overly busy road anyways but still. We weren't as lucky as rest and be able put tents further away from road, first come first serve basis. Think i read somewhere which said pick the pitch to your tent size and leave bigger ones for others who has larger tents but we saw tiny tents being setup in larger pitches and vice versa again not a biggie but would be nice if people pick the size they require, the pitches didn't differ much in size but still, we had large van and Vango Keswick tent and had still plenty space on ours. We ended up on pitch right next to road but close to water and facilities. Had morning traffic from toothbrushers and shower people walking by but didn't bother us at all. Dog friendly. There's footpath just as you exit the field on your right. Co-op 10min away. Narrow roads so bare that in mind. We were under pitch No;30 so I assume that's how many pithes is there?! Fires allowed but don't leave marks, we had £12 foldable bbq from Aldi and worked like treat. Didn't hear anyone blasting music nor did we, was really quiet. Not had much network, barely could make a call but hey that's might be just my Iphone although wife did find difficulties with social media too. We saw guy turning up in 4x4 in morning when we were leaving collected rubbish bags which were tidy left near toilet blocks.He did advise to better take rubbish with you tho. Better take rubbish with you home as there's no bins as I didn't ask if he collect them all the time or it just happened he came around in that morning to check site or something. All in all ok space to camp. Stayed there July 24,25,26/2020
Jul 28, 2020 by Alvis

Clean, quiet campsite near the beach!

We really liked the tidy, spacious layout and appreciated the pitch being clean and flat! Essentially the campsite is a large field with pitches laid out at good intervals. The grass is left to grow a little between pitches. Great location, only 15 mins to beautiful Brancaster beach. Spa is en route to the beach and well stocked. Showers clean and hot. Portaloos but clean. Would be nice if a couple of sinks could be provided for washing up.
Jul 28, 2020 by Ruth Jackson Verified Review

Brilliant back to basics camping!

Really lovely, peaceful meadow with huge mown pitches which were good for social distancing with clean porta-loos, hand sanitiser, taps, showers. A back to basics campsite which allows campfires (off the ground) which was just what we wanted! We will be back!
Jul 28, 2020 by Emily

Fabulous dog-friendly site

What a gem. Big pitches, warm and friendly staff. The walks from the campsite were amazing - including a walk to the windmill for cream tea. Fabulous beaches nearby Can’t wait to come back
Jul 28, 2020 by Louise

Back to nature complete break in a very relaxed atmosphere

Simple and hassle free- bags of space with mown pitches, space for your own set up of small/large tents and shelters. Easy to book and easy access, great communication, basic facilities and the opportunity to sit round a fire at night, great stars! Short drive to loads of lovely beaches, walks, villages and nature reserve - worth bringing your own supplies to cut down on the driving and enjoy staying put and chilling. Very Covid safe - I work for nhs and it was fantastic to get away safely from it all , highly recommended if you’re happy with the basics.
Jul 27, 2020 by Fran


We had a great time - huge pitches meant we could accommodate our whole party in one. Very friendly staff, fantastic hot breakfast in the morning. Gorgeous surroundings. Better than expected from its humble description and perfect for getting to the beach the next day. Thanks so much, highly recommend and hope to come again.

Does what it says on the tin! Basic but lovely camping, with the added bonus of four toilet and two new showers.

Would recommend it to families, people with dogs, those wanting peace and quiet and all within a short drive to some lovely beaches, churches, stately homes etc.
Jul 25, 2020 by jill Verified Review

Lots of space

We had a fantastic time at this campsite. Generous space between pitches made it much more easy for our nervous dog. Relaxed atmosphere & beautiful scenery. It hit the spot for us.

Big sky big meadow big find!

Enjoyed three awesome nights at Meadow Camping and we were no 2 in the brand new hot shower unit erected whilst we stayed. Location is superb with quick access to Old Hunstanton, Holkam and Brancaster beaches. Pitches are enormous allowing for top social distancing, loos clean and site lovingly maintained by Stevie and team. We will certainly be back...

Simply brilliant.

Fantastic field and a brilliant price. Can't beat the fact that it's just a field with some portaloos and a tap! Very spacious pitches with plenty of room away from other campers. Definitely booking again for the family for a longer stay.

Simply brilliant.

Massive field, plenty of space, decent distance between other campers. It's so nice just being in a field with nothing but some portaloos and a tap for drinking water. With the windmill so close by that serves breakfast and serves as an activity too, it's just perfect. Going to visit again with the family soon. Perfect.

Great stay!

Massive field. Lots of space. Peaceful. Short car journey to the wide expanse of Brancaster Beach. Highly recommended.
Jul 20, 2020 by Greg Wolton Verified Review

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