We like to stay at caravan parks with evening entertainment as we prefer to go out in the evening rather than sit in our caravan. However Deer’s Glade Caravan and Camping park in Norfolk was a step outside of the norm for us. I was a big fan of the place, my husband not so much. To me the site was truly lovely and picturesque compared to some of the sites we’d literally been wedged into.
When it comes to choosing a caravan park I often forget to pay attention to pitch size as I get enticed by everything else. We end up with plenty to do but with a pitch that we’re not particularly keen to spend time at. At Deer Glade we really enjoyed spending some time by our caravan and luckily the weather was warm enough to spend time outside playing in the evening.
More about Deer’s Glade Caravan and Camping Park
It is a 5* campsite and has won my favourite and most important award when it comes to caravan parks. Which is a Gold David Bellamy conservation award. Generally if a site has this I know I’m going to love it. They have pitches for tourers and tents, including a large camping field a short distance away from the main park. You can also rent a pod, bell tent or shepherd’s hut from them. They are even open all year round which is getting to be quite rare for a caravan park. We paid just under £70 for our pitch for three nights. I will talk more about our pitch in my review below.
My Review – Pitch, site and facilities
We had a deluxe grass pitch with a 16 amp electric hook-up and TV point. Hard standing pitches are also available. It was quite honestly the best pitch and size of pitch yet. There was plenty of room around our 7.9 metre caravan plus we had a hedge on three sides which was much appreciated. The pitch was also one of the most level pitches we’ve ever been on.
We were a short walk to the shower and toilet block, which had under floor heating. It was clean and we had no issues with the facilities. The water point was also one of the easiest to collect water from. I won’t talk about the toilet disposal, I’m still traumatised from a previous customer!
The site and facilities
The site itself is set in some of Norfolks most gorgeous scenery. As the name suggests you are out in the countryside and there is access into the woods from the caravan site.
The walk from the woods up to the Muntjac meadow is very pleasant and well worth the effort. This campsite is only open in August. We were told that it is easy to spot Muntjac up here. We were a bit disappointed as all we could see were farmers fields where I couldn’t imagine any deer hanging out at. Still it was a lovely walk.
At the caravan park there is an outdoor adventure playground for the children. Jamie spent quite a lot of his time there.
There’s a lovely fishing lake on site which Mark did attempt to catch a fish at. He failed however it was a lovely spot.
You could also buy some food from the on site shop and feed their resident sheep. I lost count of the amount of times that we did this. Our boy loves sheep!
To be honest caravanning isn’t all about the facilities and the entertainment. After so many stays at busy on the go sites it was nice to just chill and relax. This is the kind of site that we really should visit more often. You really feel like you are camping/caravanning.
One of the evenings they had a hog roast under their canopy (Saturday). The food was fabulous and I’d highly recommend buying something if they have one while you are there. The next morning they also had a fried breakfast in a bap (Sunday) which was also really good.
The local area
There is plenty to do in the local area. There’s Bewilderwood (tree top adventure on a vast scale), National trust properties, the Norfolk broads, Blakeney point seal trips, North Norfolk railway, Dinosaur adventure park and more not too far away.
We chose to visit Cromer during our stay and we passed a pleasant few hours there. We chose to park high up and walk down to the town. This gave us a lovely view of the pier. There’s a few amusement arcades and rides, pubs and of course fishing for crabs off the pier. We managed to catch a tiddler! It was lots of fun though and a first for Jamie and I. Here’s a few photos from our day out in Cromer.
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