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Reviews of Applewood Countryside Park

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Applewood Countryside Park
Kenninghall Road
Norfolk   (Browse area)
NR16 2HE
Tel: 01953 715319
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Pitches: 160
Open: 01/02/2022 to 31/12/2022

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 55 Reviews
                8/10 from 55 Reviews

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 Families Welcome   Not Members Only   Rallies Welcome   Not Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome   Motorbikers Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   No Bathroom 
 Baby Changing Facilities   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   Gas Exchange   Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   Freezer / Fridge   No Motorhome Point   Wifi Access 
 Shop <1 mile   Bar <1 mile   Restaurant or Cafe or Takeaway <1 mile 
 Kids Playground   No TV Room   Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 No Fishing   No Wild Swimming   No Indoor Pool   No Outdoor Pool 
 No Horse Riding   No Cycle Hire   No Golf   No Tennis 
 No Beach   No Watersports   No Boat Launch 
Other Features
 No Sea Views   Not Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed 
 No Waterside Pitches   Public Transport <1 mile  No Dog Walk 

Reviews:  55 in total, now showing 1 to 10                 Previous 10          Next 10
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Date of Visit: July 2022 Unit:  Campervan
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Young couple
Reviewer: EltonExplorers 1 review from this member

 A wonderful campsite!

From booking through the easy to use online booking system, arriving and staying for 2 nights, we would have to say this has been the best getaway for us so far in our VW.

The campsite wasn't very busy which surprised us (pleasantly), pitches are large and 6m apart from eachother.

The facilities, especially the new shower block, are the best we've visited to date - modern, clean and large!

You can find the zoo next door to the campsite which is a great day out, 2 minute walk to a shop, butchers and pub!

We did a 9 mile pub crawl which was lovely.

We will definitely be returning 10/10! 

Date of Visit: August 2021  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Motorhome
Nights stayed: 4 Travelling as:  Retired couple
Reviewer: Athey 3 reviews from this member

 Very pleasant site

Plenty to do as we have electric bikes so could get around.

Facilities are good with the upgraded shower block

The site has a large field for children to play 

Date of Visit: August 2021  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Touring Caravan
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Family with young children
Reviewer: Seanpl 1 review from this member

 Lovely place to stay,

Spoilt by plenty of drug taking in other nearby tents, not the campsites fault in anyway but it stank.

Facilities we clean and very easy access to the Zoo, which some of our party went to and enjoyed very much. 

Date of Visit: May 2021 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Nights stayed: 4 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Mick S. 36 reviews from this member

 We have stayed here before a couple of times, but I don't think I would return again. There must have been half the site taken up with tents this time, I haven't seen this before - anywhere. And tents, in the main, = noise. Its not their fault that tents have zero insulation, but I don't want to be pitched among them, thanks. And I say this as an ex-tent dweller myself.

This aside, the site was kept very clean - of litter etc. Want it wasn't clean of was grass cuttings. It had been left over-long, then cut and left to let it trail everywhere.

While I saw the female wardens diligently cleaning the blocks - which were spotless, I only ever saw the blokes sunning themselves. Some of the grass among the pods/chalets will have been 9 inches long. And I think where we were had been something similar prior to mowing (they could have bailed it had they left it another week!).

The internet was intermittent at best, and this was before it busied up at the weekend. So it wasn't over-usage.

There is a cracking butchers over the road, and a mini-mart.There is also a good chip shop that sells chicken drumsticks - which were nice. Throw in an array of food vans that visit, and you are spoilt for choice. We took our granddaughters to the nearby Banham zoo.

But I wouldn't recommend a visit till all the restrictions are over, as there is still too much closed for the prices they are charging. Some bits still hiding behind covid - unnecessarily in my view.

Though the site was also on the bandwagon with a 'no guests' rule. We could see our grandkids at the site entrance and zoo, but we couldn't have them at the van. How mental is that! Obviously, we fully complied, and they definitely didn't have their lunch with us in the van prior to attending the zoo. 

Date of Visit: September 2020 Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Family with young children
Reviewer: ScottDJ 3 reviews from this member

 Nice quiet little campsite if you want a peaceful stay. Stayed her for 2 nights in a tent with electric hook up. Pitch was nice and even and grassy, good sized.

Toilets are nice enough, not the best but certainly not the worst. New showers are really nice however. Lovely and modern, with individual rooms with shower/ sliding door then changing area with sink and mirror. Very nice!

Not a great deal to do on site. There is a kids play park. Banham zoo is next door which is a good day out. You do hear the animals making different noises at night, which is an experience in itself!

We used the nearby shop just over the road. Seemed well stocked (in other words, the beer selection was good!) there is a pub and a chippy but we didn't use these.

All in all a decent stay, nice and peaceful 
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Date of Visit: September 2020  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Motorhome
Nights stayed: 1 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: 77k196 1 review from this member

 Nice site. Clean and organised with plenty of facilities for self catering units.

Very close to a shop, chip shop and village pub.

We would definitely come again. 

Date of Visit: September 2020 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Nights stayed: 7 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Hmv4u 53 reviews from this member

 A quite large site situated right next to Banham zoo and you go through zoo car park to access site, as we were on that side of park there was some noise from the zoo, guided tours in the day and animals at night including something that likes to 'bark' into the wee hours-recommend ear plugs if a light sleeper.

The pitches are big and you can select your own on the booking web site. There are separate toilet and shower blocks which appear newish, wifi is provided ACHPUBLIC but is pretty poor fading in and out.

We did see cleaners and staff litter picking on occasions. Visited the local shop and also had a few takeaways from the chip shop (not massively impressed with their chips tho)-

If you are going for a week its cheaper to join the 'club' as its costs 30 but you get 20% off which in high season works out saving 7.

Nearest large supermarkets are Tesco and Morrisons in DISS about 6 miles. There are a lot of country lanes so beware towing via sat nav although the road into Banham from the A1066 is ok 

Date of Visit: August 2020  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Campervan
Nights stayed: 3 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Marge2020 1 review from this member

 Lovely campsite. Spacious pitches, especially the end ones. Lovely new individual shower rooms with dressing area.

All staff very friendly. Cleaners were doing an amazing job, particularly during Covid when they were having to do extra deep cleans regularly.

Facilities were spotless. Also loved the really easy booking system, not available with a lot of sites, where you could check availability and choose your own pitch which is a great idea. There is a One Stop literally across the road with a pub, hairdressers, chip shop and an amazing butchers.

We had sausage and bacon baps 2 mornings, very reasonable and tasted amazing. We bought some of his award winning sausages and bacon to take away with us to our next site. Amazing cakes as well.

Visited nearby Diss and Beccles, both very pretty market towns. Would definitely recommend site. Wish we lived closer, would use it a lot! 
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Date of Visit: August 2020  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 1 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Ladyda 1 review from this member

 We spent a night camping at Applewood, the site itself is absolutely lovely. Friendly and helpful staff.

Plenty of facilities and spotlessly clean too, and Banham zoo right on the doorstep.

Such a shame we couldn't stay longer, but will definitely be visiting again very soon. 
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Date of Visit: April 2017 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Duster 1 review from this member

 Arrived and booked in for Easter weekend and was surprised to be told that reception shut every day at 2pm (tourist info was in here). Wardens were in caravans nearby but on all campsites I've been on for the past 20 years you only go to them if there is a prob.

By Sat evening there was a problem with main shower block which closed them for the duration and were still closed when we left on Wed. Which left 2 showers for male and 2 for female on 160 pitch site.

We were there 4 nights. Every night between 6pm and 8pm electrics went off 2 to 3 times whether field was full (30ish units) or quiet (3 units). Very frustrating. No wardens to explain what was happening just relied on other campers.

Showers were cramped, smallest I've ever been in.

Pitches were good size.

Being near to Banham Zoo was great.

Dog exercise area not enclosed so used Rally field. Was told not to exercise my dogs in there by a camper as there was 20 to 30 Huskies in it. The field was massive. Have met these Huskies at a campsite in Dorset and they were the same there.

Combination of electric outtage and small showers has put me off unfortunately. 

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