We had a great time staying on this site with our 3 young children. It appeared to be a site that attracted a mixture of types of campers including young groups, couples and families.
On arrival at the farm we were given an information sheet and were told we could pick where we wanted to pitch as long as not in the caravan/eh area. All the pitches are within one huge field and although it was busy when we visited and the field edge/hedgeside pitches were taken we were still able to find a pitch with lots of space in the centre of the field.
It was extremely windy so make sure your tent is well pegged!
A major plus for us was the option to have an open campfire. Wood was available to purchase by the bag from the farmhouse.
The washing facilities were good. There were lots of toilets and plenty of washing up sinks. The showers used tokens- and although I would have preferred just to have this added to the pitch cost to avoid hassle they were not too busy.
Plenty of hot water at all times and always toilet roll in the cubicles.
There are lots of great places to visit nearby and we ran out of time to see everything.
The Poppyline railway is nearby-believe walking distance from the site and there are beaches within a short distance.
The farmhouse also sold eggs and potatoes from the farm and marshmallows for cooking on the campfire.
Overall a great site - laid back and totally relaxing. You can't beat sitting under the stars next to a fire!
We went to this site on the spur of the moment, having seen some photos on UKCS.
When we arrived on the Saturday afternoon the site looked like a festival field, it was quite busy. However, after a few minutes driving around we realised that there was a lot of space, just further away from the facilities.
There is a designated campfire field here, but the owner said that they had decided to let people have fires anywhere, which stopped the `Wood Field` becoming packed.
It is essentially a huge field on a slight slope. The facilities are all new, and have the air of incompleteness about them, but they were always clean, if dusty. The showers are token operated. Over the weekend several became jammed, but the owners were trying to repair the quickly. When the site is full.Five washing up sinks are just not enough.
Come Sunday night the site emptied out considerably.
There are no pitch size restrictions, which some people take advantage of to the extreme.
The surrounding area of Norfolk is lovely, the beaches are great.
Strange why we chose this site but it was the first one looked at on UK campsite and it ticked all the right boxes. Our family of four and our camping friends Neil and Tracey with their dog Buster. It was our annual camping holiday and we had decided on Norfolk. Had a fantastic week and the weather was great whilst the rest of the country was suffering. Main reason for choosing the site was we could have a campfire and we like to take the brazier. They do provide fire baskets and you can buy logs. Vast area for camping and we chose the lower field away from the facilities near the wood. The facilities are new and there about 20 toilets and four showers which you use tokens bought from the farm for 50p. Built very basic breeze block in a large barn construction not painted nor tiled and concrete floor. No soap or hand drying facilities which was concerning with the swine flu. Plug sockets for hair dryers or charging mobiles etc. Freezers for ice blocks and none went missing despite previous reviews. Information board and leaflets with daily weather forecast printed. Farm sells jams sweets eggs and potatoes. Fantastic value £16 a night for four of us.
The campsite backs onto Kelling Heath caravan and camping park and you can walk through the woods for a drink at the bar or watch and listen to the entertainment.
Ideally situated for the Norfolk coast. Nearest beach is Weybourne which is pebbles. Best beaches are Wells on the sea and Holkham both sandy although quite a walk to the sea, about 45 mins in the car. Wells and Blackney quay great for crabbing. Coastal path superb for walking. Sheringham is walkable from the campsite and a lovely seaside resort offering all you need. A must to try is the crab sandwiches. We also went on the Steam train Poppy line, caught the train from Weybourne went to Holt. Station is half an hour walk from town. Bus runs in line with train times. We then caught the train and went into Sheringham. Fish and chip lunch on the front and an afternoon wandering aroud before we caught the train back to Weybourne 20 min walk to campsite. Family of four for the day £35 with a £5 token to be spent in station shops.
Two pubs in walkable distance from campsite only went to the Ship at Weybourne. Took about 30 mins to walk careful it is uphill on the way back. Ran out of time to do a day trip on the Broads. Will have to visit Norfolk another time!
Overall a good site, we will return. Nice to be able to choose your own pitch and avoid the regimented sardine style parks that are too common these days. Shower/toilet facilities are new and functional, 50p tokens for shower, unpainted and breeze block walls/concrete floors - could do with finishing. Great touch being able to have campfires and super walks in the forest nearby. Lots of groups the weekend we were there so a little noisy but hey it's only people enjoying themselves - and it seemed to be well observed by a the site managers.
We really enjoyed our stay and if you are looking for something a little more rustic give it a go - avoid the CL pitches next to the chickens.
We stayed at Breck Farm for one night and even though it was clearly a very busy time we didn't feel at all cramped. The area for tents is a massive field - you just pitch where you want once you're on the field which means you can choose whether you want to be in the shelter of the trees or more out in the open. Site quiet time is supposed to be from 9.30pm onwards and while the majority of people seemed happy to respect that there were a few who just continued shouting and shrieking regardless. Didn't worry us too much but I felt sorry for the mum with two small kiddies next to us! In dry weather a mallet is an essential item here - we'd forgotten ours and had to borrow one!
The main toilet/shower block is in a purpose built block at the top of the field - quite a walk up but not too much of a problem and a lot of people ride their bikes up. There were plenty of toilet cubicles in the ladies at least, and they were clean enough if fairly basic. Ideally it could do with a few more sinks as there were short queues for these in the morning. My husband tells me that there were queues in the gents as well, but in fairness it was a busy weekend.
The site allows campfires and bags of wood are available at the farm shop. Once night falls the fires add a really nice atmosphere, but bear in mind if you're at all sensitive to smoke (asthmatic etc) you would do well to check the wind direction when choosing your pitch.
We loved this site and are already planning a return trip!
We booked to stay here as other nearby sites were cliff top and too windy or cliff top and crumbling cliffs, so this site looked ok. I had checked out the reviews before going. We did move the tent so we were almost on the camp-fire line, but too be honest gathering around a wood fire in the wind and wearing coats and hats doesn't really appeal to me. The weather was cold, windy and rainy for a lot of our holiday which detracted from the enjoyment.
The site was huge and the facilities are up at the top of the field, so you could have a very long walk in the morning. There were lots of loos for the ladies - I never had to queue. Showers are untiled so you definitely needed fipflops or cloggs, and you needed a token for 50p but the owners didn't always have enough tokens to give out, a couple of times this happened to us and £2 a night spent on showers is quite a bit of money spent over 2 weeks too.
Unfortunately there weren't many hand washing sinks: only five and 4 showers for the ladies too on a campsite that could easily take 300-400 tents, no soap was provided, more worrying was that the electrical sockets for hairdryers were right about the handwash sinks! Often we had to queue for those sinks - more would be handy
Also the washup sinks had no draining area, so the worktops were always dripping, often over you!
My 9 year old was happy on the site, he joined up with some other children and were always to be found in the woods on their bikes having fun.
The site was very large, with no marked pitches so you could spread out as much as you wanted. It did look really nice in the evening seeing the smoke spiral up from the fires, however the site was very open to the elements and there was no shade at all.
Unfortunately although the grass wasn't long it did have lots and lots of clover growing in the grass. The clover was flowering and attracting lots of bees, - it wasn't long before I got stung and ended up in Cromer MIAMI unit, so unfortunately for us that is a good reason for not going back.
I think with some more facilities elsewhere in the field and some alterations, the facilities and site would be much better: needed is better washing up facilities and lots of them and better arrangements of sinks in loo areas, people need a separate area of mirrors for makeup, hair drying etc with plug sockets too, that are not near to water.
This site is very laid back. Large field with no marked out pitches, which is great, especially for those with large tents.
The new toilet block is in dire need of finishing. The breeze block design feels unclean, as does the poor draining concrete floor. Hurry up with the tiles etc. Sometimes there was a very unpleasant smell of effluent, so wouldn't advise pitching too near the loo block.
We had a nice stay until the last night when a group with huge unruly dogs pitched up beside us. Dogs barked and did their business beside their owners caravan. Big group of loud teachers talking loudly until 4.30am. Site could manage this type of carry on better.
But don't be put off. If you can don't mind basic facilities, this is a very nice site. Nice location near Holt and beaches of north coast.
This was our second years visit to the site and we'll be back again next year for more!
Being relatively new to camping (4 years) and having visited several other campsites and never been totally happy with the style, attitude and social aspects of the sites, we do at last feel that with Breck Farm we've found perfection.
We arrived to a relatively empty site and set up our tents in the campfire field. There was plenty of room and we were quite a distance from the next tents. There are no pitches marked out, you can set up wherever you want over a vast area. The electric hookup area is a lot more cramped and is much smaller than the campfire area.
We were really pleased to see that the new toilet block had been completed and at no stage during our ten day stay did it ever seem too busy. Plenty of womens loos, wash basins etc. (according to the boys, the same can be said for their side.) A single token worked well for us, but we always took 2 just in case. Don't put the token in until you are undressed and ready to go!
What was really great was the notice boards and information available. (Weather forecast updated daily and mostly accurate within a couple of hours.) The information about the farm itself was also really great to read.
There is also a washing up room with several sinks. We didn't use this facility but no one seemed to be queueing up to use them, so they must have been adequate.
We were also there when the Scripture Union mission was and that actually worked very well for us. Our daughter went along to a couple of the sessions and had a really great time. (hopefully next year we'll be there for longer when that's there. For those not into 'that sort of thing' you wouldn't even be aware of it as it's located away from the main site.
The setting is stunning. Beautiful managed woodland frames the campfields and the children all join together playing and having a great time in them. There are also walks through the woods and maps are available in the tiolet block. (now why didn't we take one when we went walking and managed to get lost!)
The people who run the site are really great. Very friendly and always there to help out, answer queries etc. It was very reasuring to see that each evening a friendly guy in a van drove round the site to check that all was in order. We had fun waving to him each night!
Being able to have a campfire is fantastic and there are sensible rules regarding it. You need a ring (just check out where the other people have camped before. They are just lying around.)
You are also not allowed to take wood from the forest.
The farm sells wood, firelighters and marshmallows at very competitive prices.
As other reveiws have pointed out, Saturday's are busy times and we did have a group of about 30 people set up near to us. They were young and having fun. The rain put stop to that though and so I don't think we saw the worst! They'd gone (as had all the other weekenders) by sunday night.
We explored the coastal area both up and down:
Cromer: small town (with cinema -great for hiding from the rain!) We used the Morrisons store here for our main shopping. They do the hot raost chickens and other meats which was useful for the days when we felt that cooking was too much effort.
There is also an argos and halfords (for emergencies)
Beaches: Sherringham, cromer, overstrand, Mundesley (life guards for body boarding, surfing etc)
Fishing: Weybourne and Salthouse (great fish and chip shop) both stoney beaches but we saw seals on a couple of occassions.
We also visited Norwich and had a nice day out exploring.
There's really so much to do and Breck Farm is the perfect base for exploting it all. So if good honest camping in a perfect setting is what you are after then this is the site for you.
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