Plum Camping at White House Farm

UK England East Anglia Norfolk Norwich

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
Family camping with campfires on a fruit orchard near Norwich, with a farm shop, café and butchers

Think farm, farm shop and campsite and you probably think of the open countryside. So it’s fair to be surprised when you learn that this campsite, set near a secluded fruit orchard surrounded by plum and apples, is actually secreted away on the outskirts of Norwich. The result is a prime location not just for exploring the Broads and rural Norfolk but also for hopping on a bus and venturing into the historic city centre. You can visit a cathedral and busy market by morning and be padding the beaches with an ice-cream by the afternoon.

Three miles from the city centre and four miles from Wroxham (the unofficial ‘capital’ or the Norfolk Broads), White House Farm is a farm shop, butchers and café that’s been a popular pick-your-own location for generations. The new campsite, set in a meadow just beyond the public farm shop area, is home to around 30 camping pitches, along with a clutch of bell tents you can hire if you’re too lazy to pitch your own. Facilities consist of all the basics – flushing, hot gas powered showers and washing-up stations – while campfires are very much allowed and offer a rustic way to cook the fresh produce you buy in the shop.

A bus stop near the farm entrance makes for a handy way to reach the city centre but, if you don’t mind paying for parking, it’s also a very easy five-minute drive. In the opposite direction, meanwhile, adventures in the Norfolk Broads await. Hire boats in Wroxham for a day out on the water or head to Horstead and Cotishall where there are good pubs and a nice riverside walk upstream and, at Horstead, the site of a former watermill where you can swim in the old mill pond. Further afield, it’s a half-hour to the coast, with good beaches at Sea Palling, Happisburgh and Cromer, to name but a few, with National Trust properties en route including Blickling and Felbrigg Hall.

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Facilities

The campsite has loos, gas-powered showers, washing-up stations, taps for drinking water and a communal barn area with fridges and freezers for use but if you walk over to the public farm shop area there's also a host of other facilities. These include a farm shop, a butchers, a coffee shop, a fenced picnic area, a beautician’s and a dance studio.

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, kids, dogs (on leads) – yes. Caravans, larger motorhomes and noisy groups – no.

Nearby

A lot of people come to Norfolk for the coast and it's a 30-minute drive to the nearest beaches around Walcott, Sea Palling and Happisburgh and a little further to the likes of Cromer and Mundesley but, from White House Farm the two major options are actually far closer. Firstly there's Norwich, a compact city with a castle museum (01603 493625) and grand cathedral (01603 218300) and, along with plenty of well-known shops and big names, a host of good independents in the Lanes portion of the city. You can take bus number 11 from a stop near the entrance to the farm and get into the city centre in half an hour. Secondly, you can skip the city in favour of the watery countryside and explore the Norfolk Broads. It's a 10-minute drive to Wroxham where you can hire day boats or canoes and explore the waterways – take a picnic and motor along to Wroxham Broad where you can enjoy food on the boat as you watch the sailing boats race on weekends. Those with kids should also try BeWILDerwood (01692 633033), a famed Broads family attraction with tree bridges, boat rides and all sorts of creative mysteries.

Food & Drink

Grab food to cook over the campfire from the farm shop or have a bite to eat in the café. Off site, take the bus in to Norwich where there are endless options – Frank's Bar (01603 618902), Café 33 (01603 626097) and Harriet's Tearooms (01603 614848) are particular favourites if you can get a seat or try something from the market. For a good pub, book ahead for The Recruiting Sergeant in Horstead (01603 737077), 15 minutes' drive away.

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The Owner Says

Camp within a secluded and stunning fruit orchard at Plum Camping, White House Farm... set within 250 acres of fields and woodland, a hop, skip and a jump away from Norwich city, close  to Norfolk's award winning North and East coastline and plenty of attractions ...

Accommodation

Six pre-pitched bell tents and around 25 grass camping pitches.

Plum Camping Bell 1

Bell tent Sleeps 5
Unfurnished Bell Tent - 2 Adults and 3 children capacity

Plum Camping Bell 2

Bell tent Sleeps 5
Unfurnished Bell Tent - 2 Adults and 3 children capacity

Belle de Louvain Bell Tent

Bell tent Sleeps 5
Unfurnished Bell Tent - 2 Adults and 3 children capacity

Czar Bell Tent

Bell tent Sleeps 5
Unfurnished Bell Tent - 2 Adults and 3 children capacity

Opal Bell Tent

Bell tent Sleeps 5
Unfurnished Bell Tent - 2 Adults and 3 children capacity

Jefferson Bell Tent

Bell tent Sleeps 5
Unfurnished Bell Tent - 2 Adults and 3 children capacity

Mirabelle de Nancy Bell Tent

Bell tent Sleeps 5
Unfurnished Bell Tent - 2 Adults and 3 children capacity

Avalon Bell Tent

Bell tent Sleeps 5
Unfurnished Bell Tent - 2 Adults and 3 children capacity

Camping Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 27 Available
A beautiful, small piece of land to pitch a tent - capacity of 6 per pitch

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Location

Contact Plum Camping at White House Farm, White House Farm, Wroxham Road, Rackheath, Norwich, Norfolk NR7 8RN

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Getting There

On the A1270 dual carriageway, follow signs for Wroxham but, once at the roundabout to turn off to Wroxham, take the exit for Norwich and head towards Norwich on Wroxham Road. One mile later you'll hit another roundabout where there are brown tourist signs to follow to White House Farm. Once you reach the White House Farm car park, head to the far left of the car park and drive on up to Plum Camping.

There are two regular options for public transport. Bus 11 stops at the entrance to White House Farm (you'll still need to walk down the entrance driveway) and takes about 30 minutes to reach the very middle of the city centre and the train station. Or you can head over to the Sprowston Park and Ride Station (a couple of minutes by car or a 25-minute walk) and then go on the number 502 park-and-ride service.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 16 reviews

★★★☆☆

Okay camping experience

Plum Camping is a fairly decent campsite, particularly for exploring Norwich. However, I'd like to point out a few gripes we had during our time camping here. Firstly, the communication is rather lacking. There is conflicting information between the Cool Camping description, Terms and Conditions, and signage and leaflets at the campsite. For example, the sign posting at the site says "make yourself at home" whereas the Terms and Conditions say "check in at the blue reception" - we could not find a "blue reception". The fridges available also say there are plastic bags available for storing food, again we could not find them. Additionally, the camp site states it sells coal which we were relying on but were unable to find. A map of the campsite would be appreciated as not all facilities are clearly signposted or obvious where they are. For example, you are suppose to pay for wood at the "horse box" which is nowhere to be found. The farm shop is a bonus and the produce is good. However, the products are rediculously expensive for a contemporary farm shop and most products didn't have matching price labels. For a couple nights, the nearby manor had an outdoor film festival which meant we were treated to excessively loud noises all evening till 10pm. It scared the life out of us the first time we heard it! It certainly ruined the illusion of having escaped the city. Be aware the front gates do close sometime in the evening if you intend on experiencing Norwich's night life or need to nip to Tesco. While I find it difficult to recommend Plum Camping, that's not to say you wouldn't have a nice time there.
★★★★★

Awesome camping experience!

Perfect for a bit of comfort (great loos and showers) surrounded by beautiful orchards and fields. Farm shop ha everything u need too! We had a very chilled weekend, loving being out in nature but so close to the city. Recommend the bus too and a stop at St Giles pantry when in town! Will Def be back!
★★★★★

Lovely few days away!

Plum camping is set within a working farm which is lovely. There's a brilliant shop with fresh produce and everything we wanted to get to during the days we were there were easily accessible. Showers were a bit temperamental but that was because there had been a sewage issue in the area so completely out of the hosts control! Would definitely visit again.
★★★★★

Spacious and Great location

Great location, close to Norwich centre. Great base for visiting broads and beaches too. Spacious between tents. Lovely cafe and farm shop on site. Clean facilities and great added bonus of fridge and electricity to charge phones etc. Will be back.
Aug 28, 2021 by Samantha Adams
★★★★★

Nice campsite

We had a lovely weekend at this campsite, despite the weather! There was loads of space, and everyone was generally very considerate. A few things to note: - we received very little info before we came, for instance nothing to tell us what time we could arrive and had to leave. As it turned out, we could do both any time, but as most campsites have a time restriction that would have been good to know in advance. - the site only allows you to use wood they provide on your campfire, which is great, but the pieces are all big and there’s no kindling provided, so cue everyone spending the early evenings trawling the hedgerows for twigs to get fires lit! Some smaller pieces in the boxes would be really useful, or take your own kindling! - two of the showers were out of order, the third door doesn’t lock, and the family shower floods massively, but were nice and hot! Other than this we really liked it. A nice-to-have would have been a fenced area to exercise dogs off lead, as there is lots of space adjacent which could have accommodated this, and which would have reduced the amount of people ignoring the dogs-on-leads rules! Would definitely visit again.
★★★☆☆

Good location, but …,.

A good location with a great farm shop, holds the promise of a 5 star stay. However, basic issues with the shower and toilet doors not locking, except the family shower is not good considering the cost of the stay for a week. The pics of the amenities look great and are new, this basic necessity of a locking door should have been fixed immediately. The family shower offers privacy but the drainage is poor and by the end of the shower you are paddling in an inch of water. Given that it’s high season an investment of extra fridge would be a good move, one large fridge and one small fridge is not enough for a 15 pitches! These are relatively small issues but after a weeks’ camping it is tiresome.
★★★★☆

Nice campsite

We spent 3 nights at Plum camping. We had a good time overall and the campsite is big without marked areas so people can spread out with lots of room for kids to play. Facilities were clean but the showers we used were cold and some of the shower/toilet doors could not be locked from the inside as the doors had dropped slightly. Also, no lights in the toilets or showers (apart from 1 family shower). These were only minor niggles though. A great base for exploring the Broads and coast.
Aug 4, 2021 by Mark Smith Verified Review
★★★★★

Lovely

We loved this campsite. The facilities were clean and not too busy and the fridge access was very useful. The atmosphere around the campsite was super relaxed which meant we could relax and our dog loved it as well. Very handy for getting to the broads or the coast or even into Norwich.
★★★★★

Lovely campsite

What a lovely find this place was. Lovely and clean, facilities were clean , we really enjoyed our stay and will be 100% coming back soon x
★★★★★

Peaceful and relaxing, with very clean facilities.

A perfect place to camp, lots of nature and beautiful sunset views to enjoy. Facilities were very clean and easy to access. Stayed midweek for a couple of nights which was lovely and quiet. It was starting to get busier when I left Friday, as you would expect in the summer holidays. Great farm shop on site and other craft shops too. Purchased some Norfolk Raider cider to take home from the onsite brewery, which was a bonus. A short drive to Wroxham and a great afternoon out on the Broads Boat trip. Would highly recommend this gem of a campsite 👍
Jul 24, 2021 by Nina Allen Verified Review
★★★★☆

A little gem of a campsite

Super little campsite with plenty of space and freedom to pitch where you like. Toilets, showers and washing up facilities on site, all spotlessly clean. Added bonus of a farm shop adjoining, great for fresh produce and the odd treat. My only gripe is not with the campsite but with some guests that think site rules don’t apply to them and unfortunately we were pitched next to some of them so had to endure 3 badly behaved dogs causing havoc off lead and music blaring all day. Next time hopefully the owners will have found a means of dealing with guests who flout the rules. All in all a super little site
Jul 19, 2021 by Jill Ellis Verified Review
★★★★★

Lovely peaceful campsite

We loved our stay here, the campsite was peaceful, and we like that it was sheltered by hedges on each side to help block the wind. They also kept areas of the site with long grass to break it up and this added a nice feel to the site. The facilities were fantastic, with open air showers and toilets, plus a shower/toilet that is 'inside' too. We loved the outside sinks too, it was just perfect for a covid safe weekend away. There were also fridges and bbq/fires to use which was a nice touch. The farmshop on site was an added bonus. We bought some fab fresh produce for our breakfast/dinner (it's just a shame they didn't do a fry up breakfast in the cafe there, but the cake was lovely!) All in all, a great site and we would love to visit again!
Jul 19, 2021 by Laura Davis Verified Review
★★★★★

Absolutely perfect!

We have been to several campsites and this site we found perfect. The location on the edge of the broads gave access to so many potential activities, within 30 minutes you can be canoeing on the broads, letting the children run wild in Bewilderwood or grabbing some inner city entertainment in Norwich. The site provides ample space and the facilities were clean and all worked well, it was the perfect middle ground between the new craze of wild camping and the highly commercial expanses of tarmac and pea shingle you find at other sites. Would highly recommend it to anyone as it made the ideal base for our weekend away as a family.
Jul 12, 2021 by Ben Larter Verified Review
★★★★★

Great experience

Very nice place, clean bathrooms and toilets, kitchen area and great place to camping. We had a wonderful experience and are planning to come back in the future! 5 stars
★★★★★

Lovely friendly campsite in great location

This is a great little campsite just outside Norwich. The owners were v accommodating allowing us to arrive late in the evening. Toilets and showers were sparkling clean. And you’re at the home of Norfolk Raider cider, an unexpected bonus.
Jun 29, 2021 by Lily Rice Verified Review
★★★★★

Great stay, super friendly owners, amazing farm shop and pottery shop available!

We had a lovely 2 night stay at White House Farm. Free pitching is great to choose your favourite spot, brazier available for camp fire including bbq function and the farm shop is absolutely brilliant and great for little treats 🤤 they even have a pottery studio on site so we made our own pottery as a memory for our first family camping trip. 🤗 very close to Norwich for days out and close to the Broads and the coast. Can very much recommend staying at White House Farm.
Jun 28, 2021 by Theresa Copland

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