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The Brickyard
Wells Next The Sea
Norfolk   (Browse area)
NR23 1RR
Tel: 01328 730663
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Open: Early April To End September

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 13 Reviews
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 Families Welcome   Club Members Only   Rallies Welcome   Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome   Motorbikers Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   Bathroom 
 Baby Changing Facilities   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   Battery Charging   Gas Exchange   Recycling Facilities 
 Kitchen Facilities   Freezer Available   Motorhome Point   Fully Serviced Pitches 
 Shop <5 miles   Bar <5 miles   Restaurant <5 miles   Wifi Access 
 Kids Playground   TV Room   Games Room   Evening Entertainment 
 Fishing <1 mile   Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool   Outdoor Pool 
 Horse Riding <5 miles   Cycle Hire <5 miles   Golf   Tennis <5 miles 
 Beach <1 mile   Watersports <1 mile   Boat Launch / Mooring <1 mile 
Other Features
 Sea Views   Working Farm   Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 Waterside Pitches   Public Transport <5 miles  Dog Walk 

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Date of Visit: June 2018 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Lesleyaal 1 review from this member

We had a lovely spacious pitch with a great fire pit. Drop loo was handily nearby. The first evening we saw a lot of birds and thoroughly enjoyed the peace and quiet. The next two nights (Friday and Saturday) a very large group arrived on the large pitch next to us. They were very noisy, playing music and revving their engines. It didn’t spoil our stay but it’s worth noting that the facility to accommodate very large groups means that the site can be very noisy - not peace and quiet, as advertised.

Date of Visit: May 2018 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Naich 16 reviews from this member

An absolutely beautiful site, with all the pitches secluded and nestled amongst the trees. The pitches are well spaced so you don't get any disturbances from your neighbours and although there is no play area, there is plenty for the kids to explore. There is a communal barn and pizza oven, which is lit 24/7 to cook pizza, potatoes etc. It also houses a freezer for ice packs. There are plenty of water stand pipes around the site.

Obviously nowhere is perfect, but this site has one major problem: the toilets. There are two toilets and only one of them is flushing. I've used long drop toilets before on other sites and they didn't stink like this one. When the flushing toilet was out of order for 24 hours and the whole site had to use the long drop, it wasn't pleasant. Both toilets also had large knot holes which made some people feel uncomfortable, and no toilet paper was provided.

Although he seemed pleasant at first, the owner was a bit off-hand with us on several occasions. Once, I think he was grumpy because someone put out his pizza oven fire, but there was no need to take it out on us.

Washing up facilities are always useful on sites, but this one doesn't have any. Also bring plenty of Deet because there are mozzies galore.

I actually really liked this site, but I have a very thick skin and very little sense of smell. For other people in my party, the issues with the toilets and the owner mean we that sadly, won't be coming back again.

Date of Visit: August 2016 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Hairless 1 review from this member

Haven't been camping in years (not since kids) but decided last minute to give it a go. My older two boys wanted a campfire so that criteria, the weather forecast and the fact it was rather last minute led me to discover this campsite.

Despite the lack of facilities I loved the look of the site and the fact that each pitch was secluded so we enquired about spaces and to our delight they had spaces so off we went.

I wasn't disappointed. The site is exactly as the pictures show. The friendly owner (Tim) met us near their house and walked down to the pitches with my husband with me following slowly in the car. Tim pointed out the various aspects of the site then we stopped and Tim pointed out several pitches we could choose from. To our unexpected delight a flushing toilet and a hot shower had recently been installed so we didn't have to use the compost loo or the 'brickyard shower' which I have to say I was very grateful for.

We chose what seemed to be the largest pitch as we had a big tent and a big car. Unfortunately it did also seem to be on a route to the shower and toilet and while most people did respect our privacy and went down a slightly different way there were a few people who just walked straight through although it was to the side of our pitch. All pitches have a firepit and we bought some firewood from Tim (be warned though they included very large pieces of wood so you either need something to chop them up a bit or smaller pieces to burn). Tim had told us to supplement the fire with twigs and things we could collect around the site but we couldn't find much and we ended up buying some kindling wood from a shop in a nearby village.

When we arrived we could see only one other car in a neighbouring pitch but couldn't see their tent from our pitch and although a few more cars turned up the most we could see from our pitch were a couple of cars parked up. The first night was lovely and peaceful and we kept having to tell the kids to keep it down as we felt they were disturbing other people. Unfortunately the next night was a friday and a change in people in nearby pitches resulted in lots more children around who were running round the site playing hide and seek and not caring about going onto other peoples pitches, however when darkness fell they went back to their own pitches and were quiet so they didn't disturb us too much. The second night was a clear night so we got a great view of the night sky (take your binoculars or small telescope if you are a bit of a star gazer).

As I said a flushing loo and hot shower had recently been installed and the toilet was a lovely toilet and wouldn't have looked out of place in any house. It is in a little wooden hut as is the shower so although you get hot water you are still quite exposed to the elements. The water for the shower was lovely and warm and the pebbled fl oor was a lovely feature.

I was worried about accessing the site but the track is not too bumpy or narrow and is not very long so even I could cope with it.

There is no play area but Tim said the kids were welcome to explore the site as long as they were careful to stay within the boundaries of his land but as we only really were around first thing in the morning and last thing at night we didn't really get chance to explore.

The guide for the review says to say about nearby facilities. Mmm. To get to the site my husband took me through Burnham Market in the middle of the afternoon. While a pretty village it was also very popular so their were lots of parked cars on the roads making it very tricky to drive through. I can however recommend the chip shop (be prepared for a wait though) and the chinese next to the chip shop. On the first night we tried to go to Wells in the early evening looking for a chip shop but couldn't find anywhere to park. There is a very large car park on the edge of the village but annoyingly it closes at 7 so as we arrived after 6 it wasn't worth the money. The second day we decided to go to Sherringham. At all costs avoid the A149! It goes through a couple of villages where the road is so narrow you can barely get two cars passing and then they allow cars to park on the road as well meaning we were having to wait several minutes each time for cars coming the other way. If there weren't parked cars then there were no pavements meaning there were people having to walk on the road which again meant you had to wait for cars coming through the other way. On the way back we took the A148 to Fakenham and then got back to the site from there, a much better way. We tried to find a pub the second night to have a birthday meal but were disappointed by the lack of pubs meaning the ones were found were all full so we ended up at the aforesaid chinese.

Overall the site was lovely and I would go again like a shot but the roads around Norfolk have put me off going back again but I think I have been spoilt and will have a hard time finding another site as lovely and peaceful as this.

Date of Visit: August 2016 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Mrs C R Heron 1 review from this member

I stayed at The Brickyard from 14th to 20th August.

I was met by Tim, the friendly owner and given a choice of sites to accommodate our party of large RV, tent and campervan.

Each pitch was spacious yet private and close enough to all conveniences. We loved the electric shower with its wide housing warm water and beatiful views. It felt truly outdoors. We were intrigued by the bucket shower, I shall try it next time.

The water points were easily accessible.

The wild pitch borders held plenty of wildlife, including beautiful butterflies and moths. On our first day I collected enough brambles to cook with. Every pitch had a firepit. Logs were £10 a bag, very good quality dry wood delivered by Tim to you pitch.

The site is below the flight path of many geese and ducks at dawn and dusk, so take your camera.

The site itself is unusual and historical with crumbling ruins used in innovative ways as well as some just waiting to discovered. There is a barn with information points, armchairs and books for bad weather. There is also a double buggy for parents to borrow for small children. Tim is open to suggestions for ways to use the barn. At night it is not lit, great for star gazing.

Locally we visited Holkham beach, wonderful for swimming and walking. Wells next the Sea was great for shops and harbour activities.

I want to return to this site.

Date of Visit: August 2016 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Musikate 3 reviews from this member

This campsite is one of the most expensive I've stayed in for what you get. That said it was a beautifully secluded and private site. When we went there was some building work going on which meant that one morning our peace was shattered quite early, but apart from that we had peace and quiet. The pitches are separated from each other by bushes and trees in this woodland setting. Each has its own fire pit loosely constructed from bricks, it's an old brickyard. You can buy logs from the owner - very small bag for £10 - or you can bring your own and forage for bits and pieces of dead wood in the surroundings. There is a newly constructed shower and flushing toilet very quirkily designed for a campsite. There is also a long drop toilet. While we were there it looked like the owner was preparing a glamping tent. I would give this campsite 10/10 if it was not so expensive. 3 nights and a minuscule bag of wood cost us £85. We were two adults with a small tent. We did have a van with us due to car troubles but even so it seems expensive. If you want to get away and get back to nature and don't want the facilities that normal campsites have then this is for you - as the price was per unit rather than per person I'm also guessing that if there were more of you it would work out more economical. The equivalent bag of wood you would pay £5 for from a garage. There are no other facilities, no playground etc so do not come here if you want traditional camping clutter.

Date of Visit: July 2016 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Jonevin 2 reviews from this member

Stayed here for one night, and absolutely loved it. Sat round a fire looking at these geese flying over in perfect peace and quiet. Fantastic place, Tim is lovely and will help you find your way around the site. We will definitely return asap. Please note they do now have an open air shower and a mains toilet. I loved having a hot shower in the open air. Look at their website and you will know if it's for you or not.

Date of Visit: August 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: TB1970 1 review from this member

THE BRICKYARD is probably the nicest camping site I have been to! If you enjoy camping close to nature in amongst trees, bushes, long grasses and a few brambles (we gathered a whole bowl of blackberries) then this campsite is for you. Pockets of short grass have been created to accommodate your tent and camp fire but the rest is rustically managed which we loved. The facilities are VERY basic but it all added to the fun for us. Particularly loved boiling our own water for a shower (the shower turned out to be more than adequate, although need to go in pairs as a good idea for partner to stand in door way to fully protect privacy). Not being shoulder to shoulder with other tents was a definite bonus and the hour spent in the morning foraging through the woods for firewood was great fun for all the family. The toilet was as expected and the only thing I struggled with (husband was fine). Clean but a compost/long drop loo at the end of the day so say no more!

Turn right out of entrance and its 10 mins drive to wells-next-the-sea and a few mins in the other direction and your in a beautiful village.

We are looking forward to going back next year and will be telling other like minded campers that we have found a real gem.

Many thanks to Tim for opening up his land to us.

Ps. The only reason I have given less than 10 for facilities is that they are very basic and nothing to do with the cleanliness. Less than 10 for child friendliness is for the fact that you really need wellies because of woods and brambles and you have to make your own entertainment (not a problem for us)

Date of Visit: August 2014 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Piratememory 1 review from this member

Our party of four were really looking forward to staying at the campsite, and were not disappointed with the location.

It was exactly we’d expected, and the photographs on the website provided us with enough information about how “wild” the campsite and facilities would be.

The Brickyard is in a secluded area of North Norfolk, and is a few miles drive from the coast, where you can enjoy walking along the beach from Holkham to Wells, followed by a refreshing drink on board the Albatross at Wells harbour. Burnham Market is close by, and its an attractive little town with a nice hotel bar.

There are directions to the site, but you really have to keep your eyes open to spot the campsite's entrance.

The campsite is an ideal location for a spot of peace and quiet, and although there were a few small parties staying there (including a larger group of teenagers), the separate camping areas afforded us enough privacy and peace.

As the Brickyard is advertised as a ‘no frills’ site, don’t expect a lot of home comforts, and be prepared to wholeheartedly embrace the simplicity of a wild camp.

The site has very basic facilities, such as the long drop toilet (Google it if you don't know) and no frills outdoor shower (which is essentially a bucket hoisted up a tree growing in a old outhouse) and a sink with water to replenish water. That was just as described online, and we enjoyed being able to heat our own water and have‘outdoor’ showers.

We parked the campervan and pitched our awning, and after scavenging round for fallen deadwood, we built a cosy fire (there are small firepits dotted about here and there). Although we had to forage the wood ourselves and heat water for washing up and showers only adds to the experience- it helped that we had a gas cooker and fridge for some home comforts.

However, if you are considering booking a pitch with a campervan awning, a word to the wise. Before you book, its probably worth emailing the site owner to provide information about the exact size of your awning, so that you both understand what price to pay for a pitch, thus avoiding any unnecessary or awkward conversations debating the difference between a tent and an awning.

All in all, an enjoyable and relatively relaxing experience, and recommended for anyone wishing to escape from it all.

Date of Visit: May 2014 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Warthog1959 1 review from this member

We took a small Vintage Hymer onto this site without issue. It is a lovely secluded spot, with the opportunity to light fires, warm your own shower water and shower from a bucket with a tap on it, suspended on a block and pulley, inside a secluded old farm building with no roof. Fun is the best way to describe this site, (especially if you've seen enough pristine shower blocks and perfect hard standings). Basic water supply and toilets, more than adequate, unless you should be in a Travelodge. We cooked on the fire and had a ball. It was only for 3 nights but very memorable Birthday weekend. Yes, we showered under the bucket and have pictures to prove it

Date of Visit: August 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Camp Hunt 1 review from this member

This campsite is exactly what real camping is all about! It is such a gem and we were so pleased to find it last year. The owners are very friendly and helpful and obviously care about the environment. We just love the basic but clean and environmentally friendly facilities, and the unspoilt setting. It allows us to get close to nature, and get away from everything else!

The long drop loo may be basic, but its a lot cleaner than most modern facilities on big campsites. Difficult to rate on facilities as there aren't many, but that's what we like about it!

The location is great for exploring the north Norfolk coast, although the notoriously windy norfolk roads aren't great for walking, but it's great once you get off the beaten track. It is located between the gorgeous chic burnham market and beautiful holkam. We took bikes, abandoned the car for the week and cycled through the holkham estate every day to wells and holkham beach. There are plenty of local shops scattered around nearby, and some lovely pubs but these can be pricey, so we like to cook ourselves.

We are heading back this August and cannot wait! Excited to see the new showers :-) Highly recommended, but as long as you respect it for what it is. You don't get many campsites as unspoilt as this one.

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