Our camp site – a place to get away from the crowds

Rookery Farm Norfolk - play area

Why a camp site is a good option

When lock down restrictions are lifted, there will still be a reluctance to return to packed holiday destinations. With the Covid-19 virus unlikely to disappear anytime soon, where and how we holiday will be something that plays on the minds of people as they plan some time away.

At Rookery Farm Barns, we think our small but perfectly formed camp site offers a solution. It is perfect for people seeking a break while keeping away from crowded holiday spots.

Unspoilt views

The camp site is set in the grounds of our working farm. It does not have huge shower blocks or an on-site convenience store. Instead it offers peace, quiet and some unspoiled views of the North Norfolk countryside.

Around the farm and surrounding countryside there are miles and miles of quiet country lanes and signposted walks. It is perfect for cyclists and walkers. There is also a small play area, with equipment made from wood and natural materials, adjacent to the campsite. This is a perfect, safe space for children to play.

The camp site has room for five caravans and a small number of tents. There is an electric hook-up and a waste disposal point. Toilet and shower facilities are not provided – guests must bring their own. 

Caravan and camping at Rookery Farm, Norfolk

Some advice from the camp site

To help you prepare for your camping trip in our semi-wilderness, here is some advice on how to prepare for a successful camping experience.

First, think about who you are packing for. If you are going on a family camping trip, then either a four person tent or two separate tents (one for the adults and one for the kids) is perfect. It depends on whether you think there will be times when separate spaces – maybe for a bit of quiet time – are required. 

Plan snacks and meals ahead of your trip. There are some lovely farm shops, delicatessens and independent food shops nearby but it is always good to have a selection of snacks and essentials to hand so that you have everything you need for a meal on site or if you arrive at the campsite late in the evening and need something to eat and drink.

Think about the activities you may be doing. If you are planning on taking bicycles, then make sure you have repair kits so your activity isn’t curtailed at the first puncture or broken chain. If you are embarking on some serious hikes, then the correct maps, the right footwear – broken in beforehand – and a light rucksack for snacks, drinks and first aid kit are all essential bits of equipment. 

What to pack

Pack some portable games with you – a deck of cards for example. Some of the most pleasurable evenings can be spent sitting in the gathering dusk playing cards with family and friends. 

Take a look at the long range weather forecast and pack for all eventualities. Sunscreen but wet weather wear; sandals but hiking boots; wide-brimmed hat or cap to keep sun off your head and woolly hat to keep you warm. The British weather is full of contradictions and any type of weather is accentuated when you are camping. 

Bring quick-drying towels and outdoor wear that is made of quick-drying material. 

Consider the environment. Make sure your washing liquids – both for washing up your cooking utensils and personal toiletries – are biodegradable. And please clear up any rubbish and take it home with you.

Camping is such a fun way to take a holiday. Forget the stresses and strain of modern life and, importantly right now, taking some time out at a camp site is a great way to leave the crowds behind.