One of many campsites in Norfolk, Clippesby Hall is a great place from which to explore the Norfolk Broads and the lovely Norfolk countryside and coast.
In fact, this open-all-year park is an award winner, as it features in the Top 100 Sites Guide 2014, compiled by Caravan Sitefinder in collaboration with Practical Caravan and Practical Motorhome magazines. And it has become a regular in this guide, visitors consistently rating it as one of the best campsites in Norfolk. It has also won AA awards, a five-star award from the tourist board and gold awards for conservation from David Bellamy and the Green Tourism Business Scheme.
Clippesby Hall welcomes tents, caravans and motorhomes to stay at its 120 pitches. These pitches are split across eight distinctive areas including open grassy areas, more secluded woodland settings and an orchard-style area. Electric hook-ups are available depending on which section of the site you choose to stay in, along with drainage for chemical toilets.
Prices for pitches include access to the campsite's toilet and wash room facilities. These are clean and modern blocks with central heating and free unlimited hot water – the site also offers a family bathroom for those with younger children.
In the autumn and winter months, the owners of Clippesby Hall recommend that people look at staying on the campsite's serviced pitches at the Old Orchard. The ground has good drainage and therefore does not become muddy, and the area is close to the centrally heated toilet block. Pitches for this time can be bought for a reduced price and are available with electric hook-up for an additional charge – great for cheaper, off-season camping, motorhome or caravan holidays!
Looking for holiday cottages in Norfolk? Then you won't be disappointed. There are also a range of self catering holiday cottages at Clippesby Hall. There are one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom holiday lodges – bed linen, Wi-Fi and access to the site's swimming and tennis facilities are included, dogs are extra.
Clippesby Hall plays host to Susie's Coffee Shop which serves breakfast to guests. Freshly baked bread and pastries, lunches, snacks and takeaway pizzas are available to order. Later in the day visitors may wish to take a look at The Muskett Arms pub and restaurant – this on site building offers locally produced ales and ciders as well as food, made with local ingredients wherever possible. Family entertainment is offered in the evenings and in the autumn, the pub plays host to the Beer in the Broads beer festival.
But that's not all. This campsite in Norfolk features a number of activities to please all members of the family. Most prominent is the outdoor swimming pool, which is heated using environmentally friendly solar power. Open from May to September, the pool can be used free of charge by guests, depending on the weather. Surrounded by an attractive, grassy seating area, children can run off their excess energy whilst the adults relax in the calm atmosphere.
There's also an 18-hole mini golf course that the whole family can enjoy for a small charge. In addition, there are two tennis courts that are free for guests to use if they have their own equipment – racquets and balls can be rented from reception. Again, these are open from May until September. Or how about archery lessons? The fee includes all the kit you need, plus tuition.
There are surely few campsites in Norfolk with such great facilities for those on camping, motorhome or caravan holidays, because also at Clippesby Hall, for younger members of the family, there is an extensive play area featuring zip wires, a cargo net, monkey bars, a fireman's pole and a climbing wall. A little beyond the play area is the tree house which is ideal for impromptu picnics or for unwinding. Closer to the main pitches is a larger play area featuring a sandpit, swings and a climbing frame. This area also serves as a place to play ball games such as football, cricket or rounders, plus the campsite has a cycle hire centre and its own on site cycle trail.
Guests that stayed at Clippesby Hall have praised the site for its size and amenities, and that despite its size it manages to maintain the relaxed atmosphere of a smaller campsite. They were also impressed by the range of activities that were offered making for a relaxing holiday with children.