Review: Hickling Campsite, Norfolk Broads

Review: Hickling Campsite, Norfolk Broads

Due to our work commitments it isn’t really an option to take long holidays, so we prefer to nip off for a few days here and there whenever we can. Due to our love of the sea, Norfolk is a popular choice as it’s our nearest coastline and offers a relaxing change of scenery. We had a brilliant time near Cromer last year, so I thought it would be good to try somewhere a little different.

Our destination this summer, was the picturesque Norfolk Broads, more specifically the village of Hickling.

As always, when choosing a campsite, I start with the location and work from there. Hickling Campsite is ideally situated: walking distance to Hickling Broad, just a few miles from the sea and with a small town nearby for supplies (Stalham).

From the website I wasn’t sure what to expect; It looked like quite a small campsite and I was worried that it might be very basic. In reality although it was small, it had everything we could need. It was also a while since we’ve camped without an electric hook up and I was concerned that we wouldn’t cope without our home comforts. In fact, I think that the simpler experience was much better. It also turned out to be one of, if not the most relaxed site we’ve ever camped at. There are no set times for arriving or leaving, plus you can pitch where you like. It was also reasonably priced, costing us £20 a night (£10 per adult, under 16’s £5 and under 3’s are free). The site is open from May to September.

Our pitch was spacious, even with a large tent and two vehicles

I was very impressed with the facilities at Hickling Campsite. There were four unisex toilets and four showers, which were all spotlessly clean. The owner, Jo, popped around every morning and evening to check everything was ok. The showers were hot and the cubicles were so roomy that all three of us easily managed to fit in one. As is often the case, it got busy in the mornings, so to beat the queues we just washed at night time instead. There were also two small freezers for iceblocks and a washing up area. However, by far the best thing about Hickling, was the braziers that were freely available to use.

The toilet block and showers at Hickling were always clean

I’m picky about showers, luckily these ones were roomy and had a plentiful supply of hot water

The pot wash area, complete with local OS map, which made me smile

It was great to have a fire at night, both for cooking and heating purposes. It was also fantastic to introduce Finn to the delicacy of toasted marshmallows, even if he wasn’t too sure about the strange texture! Firewood was available for £5 a bag, which we both thought reasonable considering the amount we got.

Loved the little hut with marshmallows and firewood for sale, complete with honesty box

Finn had his first experience of toasted marshmallows!

The braziers were a nice touch at Hickling Campsite

If camping isn’t your thing, there are also several glamping options at Hickling Campsite. There is a bell tent, an impressive pod and three huts that are available to stay in.

One of the huts that is available for hire

Overall we had an amazing three nights. The site was busy, and that did put us off a bit to start with. However, we had a big enough pitch and it wasn’t too noisy. I think that it’s just been a very long while since we’ve camped during the school holidays so it was a bit of a shock to the system.

Hickling Campsite may not have acres of space, nor a play area, but what it does have is a lovely, relaxed rural charm and a brilliant location for exploring the area. We will definitely be back!







  • Ashley Beolens Ashley Beolens August 25, at 09:30

    Love hickling broad, so this campsite looks ideal to me, great read.

  • NickyE NickyE September 07, at 06:38

    Thank for your informative review. I wonder if you could help me with an additional question? I have long hair which I like to wash everyday, so it is important to me to have either a hair dryer or access to an electric socket (so that I can plug in my own). It’s not possible to tell whether the showers run on electricity or gas, so I wasn’t sure.


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