Set in beautiful countryside and sheltered by tall conifers, the grounds and modern facilities are excellently maintained. Pitches accommodating touring caravans, motorvans and tents are available. New accommodation consists of 4 centrally heated rooms that sleep up to 4 people in each at our Hunters Lodge. Prices per night on a room only basis. Ideally located for visiting Norfolks coastline resorts, stately homes, wild life and bird sanctuaries, and many other attractions
: April in 2011
The first thing that strikes you, as you enter Fakenham Racecourse Caravan and Camping Site, is the way the pitches are ingeniously dotted between the quaint buildings and other racecourse facilities. There are large grassy vistas to settle down upon, or snug little sheltered pitches alongside the grandstand or paddock (a mix of grass and hard standing). Situated on the intersection of the A148 and A1065, midway between Kings Lynn and Norwich, and only 10 miles from the coast, the historic market town of Fakenham is superbly placed for exploring North Norfolk’s plethora of delights. The racecourse and site are on the southern edge of the town, a quiet, remote spot surrounded by beautiful scenic countryside but within easy walking distance to the town centre.
There has been horse racing at this course for over 100 years and with only a handful of winter National Hunt meetings Fakenham retains the charms of a quaint, old fashioned course - the haunt of those more interested in the horses than parading their latest designer outfit (green wellies the order of the day at this track, not stilettos and a fancy titfer) Being as it hosts only 14 races or so between October and May this makes for an ideal location to double up as a camping ground. The setting is stunning and the 120 roomy pitches are nicely spaced around the beautifully manicured, landscaped race course facilities (there are also 4 lodge rooms available). All pitches are serviced with 15 amp electrical supply and TV cable connection (for which you have to supply your own cables, though these can be purchased in the on site shop). The toilets and shower facilities are excellent, spotlessly clean with hairdryers, shaving points and mother and baby rooms. There is a food preparation and washing up area, as well as a laundry. The reception boasts a small on site shop and off licence which stocks the basics - milk, tea, coffee etc and sells newspapers between Easter and October.
Being our first time out, in our newly acquired motorhome, the staff could not have been more helpful or friendly. They ran through all the campsite’s facilities with us and came outside to orientate us as to where everything was situated, including the Sports Centre - which all campers have complimentary membership to whilst on the site. This boasts a restaurant and bar alongside a 9 hole golf course, hard tennis court, squash, archery, bridge club, indoor bowls and small bore rifle shooting – all of which are all available to campers, for separate charges and arranged at the sports centre.
The site is very peaceful with large areas for you to stroll around, dogs are welcome (on the lead at all times) and there is a large, dedicated dog walking area, although you are surrounded by countryside and footpaths aplenty from the campsite. There is a very pleasant short walk by a river into the town centre which has a large range of local shops, pubs and restaurants, plus two large supermarkets. There is a good bus service connecting you to all the major towns and places of interest as well as great walking and cycling routes. Fakenham boasts a very good market held in the town every Thursday, along with an extensive flea market which compliments the auctions held on the same day at the Jakes Beck Sales room, a short distance from the site. There is also a farmers market held on the fourth Saturday of the month.
Not really a family site, as there is not much to amuse youngsters but is a large, quiet, unusual location and an excellent base for seeing the wonders of North Norfolk, as well as a good spot for a quiet few days. The camp site is open on race days, however campers are required to move to the centre of the course by 9am, though 2 complimentary course enclosure tickets are provided to soften this inconvenience. It is easy to check with the camp when race meetings are scheduled to be held and avoid these, or not – depending upon your inclination. There is a full list on the website or a phone call to the site will give you the current dates. All in all, a first class facility, excellently positioned and highly recommendable. I know we shall be going back again and again.