A Weekend in Norfolk Glamping and 4 gorgeous places to visit nearby

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Are you looking for the perfect great British countryside escape? Then Norfolk is the perfect place for you! Located just a few hours from London and only a couple of hours from my hometown in Essex, you can’t miss it.

I spent 2 blissful nights glamping in the woods at the Deer’s Glade campsite. Honestly, this is one of my favourite places I have ever, ever stayed. There are a variety of pitches and types of accommodation available but I was in a Mega Pod and to put it simply, It’s pretty much my dream home.

Glamping in Norfolk gives you the chance to experience the great outdoors, as well as the beautiful city of Norwich which I cannot recommend enough! Deer’s Glade is perfectly located close to some of the most beautiful little towns and villages that you absolutely have to check out.

Holt

Holt is a small village just a few miles away and is the perfect example of the postcard picture village. It’s tiny but it’s full of quirky alleys and cafes and has a very calming, cake eating, mooching around kind of feel to it. It’s full of those super pretty cosy shops full of loads of homely bits that I love to look at but never actually buy from.

Cromer

Now for some reason, even though Cromer is famous for Crab, I didn’t actually have some. I’m not sure how this happened but I guess the thought of having anything other than good old Fish n’ Chips was just something I couldn’t handle. I’m a creature of habit sometimes and I just don’t care. But anyway, the beach at Cromer is beautiful! With a lovely pier to walk along and beach huts a bit further down, it’s the stereotypical British seaside which I just love. For me, the seaside is where I can switch off and just enjoy being somewhere.

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Wells-Next-The-Sea

As the name suggests, Wells isn’t quite right on the sea. The town is actually a mile from open water but it has been used as a port of hundreds of years. The one annoying thing about Norfolk is the cost of parking so time was pretty limited here. To be honest, it is a lovely place but a quick mooch along the water side was enough to get a flavour of the place.

Horsey Beach

This was my favourite, favourite, FAVOURITE place I visited in North Norfolk. I’m a sucker for a cute animal so when I learnt that they were a colony of Grey Seals at Horsey Beach, there was no way I was going to miss out. And I was not disappointed!

The beach is surrounded by dunes and is absolutely stunning. It looks like it stretches on for miles. It’s one of the cleanest beaches I have seen and the sand was amazingly soft.

From the second I reached the top of the dunes I could see the seals in the water. Their cute little heads popping up and groups of them playing together. I was just amazed that it was so easy to find them. Absolute bliss!

As I had hopped over the dunes, I walked along the beach towards the main colony. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this but there are literally hundreds of them basking in the sun right on the shore. No barriers penning them in. No man-made signs shoved everywhere warning you to not be an idiot and get to close. No huge crowds making lots of noise. Nothing. Just the chance to watch the seals with the respect that animals in their habitats deserve.

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Deer’s Glade was just the best place to be based. The forest, the seaside, the wildlife, the tranquillity and of course the price. This was by far one of the cheapest places to go Glamping that I have come across, which probably explains why I’m well behind on doing this. So it doesn’t have a hot tub like some places do, but you just don’t need that here. There’s the chance to explore in comfort but not to be so sheltered from nature. It was perfect!

 

North Norfolk in the UK is simply stunning. Find out about Glamping in Deer's Glade and 4 stunning places you have to visit nearby

22 Comments

  1. That mega pod looks so comfy!! I’ve been camping a lot, but never “glamping”! I’ll have to give it a try some time 🙂

    • Laura - Escapes Etc on

      It was lush! You definitely should give it a go some time- I regret leaving it so long before I did!

  2. We stayed there last year and had a brilliant time. It’s even closer to home for us (in Norwich) but I love exploring our county 🙂

  3. That megapod is adorable!! Does it happen to be on AirBnB by any chance? It looks really familiar to me. And I love how cute the villages are too. There’s something very appealing about them 🙂

    • lsell1991 on

      They are super cosy Ella! I don’t know if they are on airbnb to be honest. It’s quite a big campsite with yurts and gypsy style cabins and space of campers and tents as well. We booked direct through the Deer’s Glade site

  4. So my Dad just moved to Norfolk and, if I’m honest, I hadn’t seen the appeal yet. I am going to beg him to take me to Horsey Beach next time. A seal colony? What a win!

  5. Omgoodness the megapod is so cute! I would love to glamp here!! I also think the village of Holt looks so quaint. Such great ideas for my next trip to the UK 🙂

    • lsell1991 on

      Thank you Steph! Honestly, my little weekend away there was one of my favourites! All just so cute haha

  6. There really is so much more to England than London. So love adding more quaint places like this to my travel list.

    • lsell1991 on

      It’s beautiful there. I was there back in September. Got very lucky with the weather!

  7. What a lovely place to stay! It’s quite often the case that we dont’ appreciate what we have close to us! I really like the picturesque villages and hamlets in the UK! postcards-ready indeed 🙂

    Ioanna (A Woman Afoot)

    • lsell1991 on

      It was soooo nice there! And that’s definitely the case! I will be having a look closer to home more often, that’s for sure!

  8. I’m definitely going to be adding this to our list of places to visit in the UK! We are starting to travel domestically more and more and are absolutely loving it. North Norfolk looks like the perfect weekend getaway!

    • lsell1991 on

      It’s so good to find amazing places close to home! Good way to get a travel fix without a massive journey. Let me know what you get up to when you go, I loved it here!

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