Little Wild Wellie Campsite

UK England East Anglia Norfolk Norwich

  • Campfires allowed
  • Good walks nearby
A simple summer site in the Norfolk countryside with abundant wildlife and super sunsets for tent campers only

A lot of footprints have been left on Potash Farm in the Norfolk village of Hethel. There are the bootprints of US pilots who were stationed there in the Second World War. There are the delicate patterns left by the free range chickens who lay the farm’s Happy Eggs. And there are the fancy formal prints of brides and grooms who get married on the farm. But now, a new set of prints are joining the mix; the impressions left by little wellies on the feet of happy campers. They’re headed for the farm’s latest enterprise: a back-to-basics, family-friendly, tents-only campsite.

Little Wild Wellie Camping opens for the first time in 2021. It’s a simple, summer site that aims to offer low-impact camping. There will be 30 pitches mown into the long grass of a huge, 10-acre meadow that’s been left to grow wild. Birds, butterflies and deer are among the more permanent residents of this place and the aim is for the camping to give people a chance to connect with wildlife. And enter in the farms summer photography competition. With that in mind, naturalists and photographers will be as at home here as the young families that the campsite name suggests.

On site, there's family yoga sessions every Wednesday morning and family fitness on Fridays. If you want to stretch your legs further, there's a footpath that crosses the farm fields, through woodland and past two pretty churches. For little legs, there’s a play park a half-hour walk away. Longer ones can keep on striding and choose where to go. The country roads and flat countryside make the area popular with horse riders and road cyclists too. But if you’ve come in the car, the best of Norfolk is within easy reach. Norwich, The Broads and the coast at Cromer are all great day trips from here.

Facilities are basic but just enough for those who enjoy proper camping: water taps, a washing-up sink and a few new composting toilets. Campfires are allowed in off-ground fire pits. Bring your own or hire one of the five fire pit packages for your stay that includes everything you need, including the marshmallows. There are no showers and no shop (although fresh eggs can be ordered) and you’ll need to take your rubbish away at the end of your stay. That’s the wild in Little Wild Wellie Camping. Michelle and Michael, who run the place, say the traditional camping code is important here. Campers are asked to tidy up, remove all traces of their pitch and to leave only footprints.

Details

Facilities

The site's simple facilities include four compost loos, drinking water tap and a washing-up sink. Campfires are allowed – but only in off-ground fire pits which campers can bring themselves or hire as part of a fire pit package (which includes giant marshmallows). A limited amount of logs are for sale on site and the farm's Happy Eggs are available to order.

Suitable For

Tents – yes. Campervans, motorhomes, caravans, large groups, stag and hen dos, dogs – no.

Nearby

Family yoga sessions take place on Wednesday mornings and family fitness on a Friday (both available to book for an extra charge). There's a small museum on site commemorating the US Air Force's 389th Bomb Group who flew from here during the Second World War. It's open only once a month so do have a look round if it's opening coincides with your stay. There's a footpath that crosses the farm if you fancy a local walk. A half-hour wander (for little wellies) takes you through the woods to the play park at Bracon Ash. Ladybelt Country Park is another local delight, a five-minute drive (two miles) from site. The charming and historic city of Norwich is nine miles from site with its cathedral (hosting the Natural History Museum's Dippy the dinosaur skeleton in 2021), castle and the Tudor buildings of Elm Hill. The coast is about 30 miles from site. You can reach bustling Great Yarmouth with a drive through The Broads National Park or head north to the more charming Mundesley or Cromer beaches.

Food & Drink

It's a ten-minute drive (just under four miles) to the nearest pub, The Bird in Hand (01508 489438) and there are plenty more to choose from in Wymondham (five miles away), though your hosts recommend The Green Dragon (01953 607907), said to be one of England's oldest pubs. There are also shops and supermarkets in Wymondham for campsite supplies.

Open

July and August only.

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The Owner Says

Welcome to Little Wild Wellie Camping. We are delighted to offer camping in one of our wild fields this summer for you and your family to switch off all technology, relax and reconnect with nature. Our site is full of natural wildlife, you may spot our resident wild red deer, a cuckoo or even Old Brown Owl himself. We offer an excellent open space for those wanting to take their little ones camping for the first time, those who love photographing nature and wildlife. The big open Norfolk sky Norfolk offers a spectacular display of sunrises and sunsets and on clear nights you can lay back and stargaze.

Situated just 10 minutes form the historic market town of Wymondham, 20 minutes from the beautiful City of Norwich and the stunning Norfolk Broads, this is the ideal location for a relaxing holiday. There is a public footpath surrounding our farm which will take you through some lovely woodland and past two churches and a newly refurbished children's playground in the village of Bracon Ash (with a small car park).

Little Wild Wellie Campsite is around 10 acres offering 30 well-spaced tent pitches around the edge, making social distancing easy and a large open area for children to play.

We are a wild off grid campsite with 4 clean compost loos and running drinking water. There will be a small car park on the edge of the site. No cars are allowed on the field. We will provide help to bring your equipment to your pitch.

Each child will receive a Little Wild Wellie welcome pack with some wild activities (aimed at ages 3-10 years). Look in the added extras and you will find children's Yoga sessions on Wednesdays and a Friday family fitness boot camp. You can also now book one of our 5 fire pit packages which includes everything you need, even giant marshmallows to toast!

The farm gate will be locked at 10pm and opened again between 6am and 7am. A code will be text to the person who booked to unlock should you need to leave.

Pitches

30 off-grid pitches in a huge meadow.

Camping Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 5 30 Available
Approx 10m by 10m Grass Camping Pitch- some are a lot bigger!

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Location

Contact Little Wild Wellie Campsite, Potash Farm, Potash Lane, Hethel, Norfolk NR14 8EY

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Getting There

Little Wild Wellie Campsite is not far off the A11. There is only one entrance to the site through the farm gate on Potash Lane.
No access from Hall Road- either end.
If approaching from the A11 take the exit for Mulbarton. At the roundabout, take the first exit on to the B1135 (Browick Road) signed towards Mulbarton and Lotus Cars (Wymondham Road). Turn left onto Potash Lane. The campsite is signposted and on the right at the deadend.

The closest train station is at Wymondham, five miles from site on the London to Norfolk route. There's a taxi rank outside for the onwards journey to site.

Reviews

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Beautiful, friendly and relaxing

We had a wonderful long weekend at Little Wild Wellie. The owners were friendly and helpful. We enjoyed singing around the campfire, barbecues under starlit skies and bike rides around the local lanes. A quiet and simple Campsite that is great for reconnecting with family and nature.
Aug 31, 2021 by Laura Davey Verified Review
★★★★★

A lovely wild site

What a lovely wild campsite. We only stayed here a couple of nights, and it was our first experience of wild camping, but it was a really relaxing visit. I love the fact that no cars are allowed on site, and having to carry everything to our pitch encouraged us to pack more lightly too! The hosts Michael and Michelle are super helpful; the pitches are large and spaced out so you really feel you have your own space and don't hear too much noise from other campers; the compost toilets are great and easy to use, although people need to read the instructions carefully so they don't block them! There is also no running water at the toilets, just hand sanitiser. We struggled to find the footpaths at first, there is a road which appears fine but is actually private. We eventually found the real footpath outside the site entrance and were rewarded with lots of blackberries ready for picking. We just wished we had longer to explore further afield. The firepit was a luxury and allowed us to sit out until late looking at the stars, including shooting stars. We saw deer, and heard owls nightly. It's a 10 minute drive to the nearby town of Wymondham (pronounced Windum) where there is a fascinating museum, beautiful Abbey, shops and cafes. Parking is very reasonable, and free on Sundays and Bank holidays. It's worth noting that the site is next door to the Lotus racetrack. One of our days coincided with an owners track day so there was loud noise from the racing throughout the day, although we were able to watch the cars through the fence so found it more exciting than annoying. It's also not a daily occurrence! In summary we'd definitely recommend the Little Wild Wellie Campsite and hope to return next season to try out the yoga sessions. Even our outdoor-phobic teenager admitted it was a lovely place and just about coped with the toilets!
★★★★★

Amazing

Nice and friendly staff absolutely amazing place so peaceful could of lived there forever
★★★★★

Nature and space

We had a great time camping here for a couple of days. We knew what to expect with the basic eco toilets and they were fine to use, fairy lights at night were a lovely touch. Did enjoy a flushing toilet, sink and a shower when I got home! If you don't mind being a bit dirty for a few days then not having a shower block onsite is fine. There is so much space here and the children loved looking for wildlife in the tall grass. We found crickets, saw loads of butterflies and bees, a couple of bats, birds of prey and an owl flew over our heads on our last night, just wonderful. Good sized pitches, which feel private and spaced out well. We also really enjoyed falling out of bed and doing yoga in the sun, a great start to our day, and the children enjoyed it aswell. Had fun sitting by the fire and spotting shooting stars at night, the mist on our second night added to our spooky stories too. Important to go knowing that it is basic campsite so just remember to bring hand sanitizer, wet wipes, washing up bowl and a sense of adventure and you will enjoy the peaceful, laid back camping experience.
★★★★★

Lovely stay in the wild

Lovely campsite with beautifully mown pitches in a really well thought out design. The owners Michelle and Michael were very welcoming and made us feel at home. We saw lots of butterflies, birds of prey and even sheep in the field right behind our tent! It's a vast field so beautiful sunset views are really easy to find with spectacular night sky displays. The pitches are mown in circular designs with tall wild grasses and wild flowers growing in between so you get a feeling of privacy. But there is also a giant triangular play patch in the middle for children to play, great for a kick around and if you like socialising. The toilets are cleaned once a day and have been decked out beautifully. We loved the added touch of fairy lights and solar lights lighting up each of the pitches, it makes the campsite look really beautiful at night. You can see a lot of thought has been put into this site. It could do with a few more wheelbarrows as we did have a lot of stuff in our set up to transport to our pitch and could only find one spare so it took a few trips. Unfortunately we didn't find the walk across the farm (in hindsight I think the pathway was right next to the entrance gate) so a signpost for this might be beneficial for future. Thanks for a great stay!!

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