Bircham Windmill

UK England East Anglia Norfolk Hunstanton

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Children’s playground
  • Dogs welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
Flat grassy tent pitches beneath a magnificent working windmill, all accompanied by Norfolk's best bakery

Plenty of campsites claim to offer fresh bread available each morning but none can compete with Bircham Windmill. The scent of the baking, floury dough floods the main bakery room. Even if you intended to munch on that boring cereal you brought, you’ll soon find the smell irresistible. A loaf, a sausage roll and an iced-bun for the road – that’ll get you through the day. Of course, it’s not really the bakery that people come here for. It’s the much earlier stages in the bread-making process that really mark this place out. Standing like a great grandfather of the countryside, is the striking windmill itself, a fully restored and that has stood here since 1846.

It’s in a small paddock beside the windmill that the camping meadow is found – a simple but beautiful affair. There are just 15 pitches in total (plus a pair of shepherds huts), with a limit of five caravans meaning the place always has a family focused, traditional camping vibe. Toilets, showers and a games room are provided specifically for campers, while throughout the day guests have access to the entire windmill site, including a playground and animals to visit. At 2pm each day you can watch the sheep being milked – their excellent homemade cheeses are also available in the bakery shop.

Many people pitch here for the wider appeal of its location. Brancaster, Hunstanton and Holkham beaches are all just a short drive away and the Sandringham Estate is within easy cycling distance (a quiet, family-friendly route). But the windmill is undeniably the main attraction. Visitors can climb the five floors up to the fan stage, peeping their head out of wooden shutter doors along the way, with informative signs giving a little insight into how it all works. By the time you’ve climbed back down you’ve burned off enough calories for another iced-bun too. Now isn’t that convenient?

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Facilities

Shower, four toilets, washing up facilities, kettle and microwave. There is a games room with table tennis. The windmill also has a small playground, sandpit and animal petting corner – all available from 8am–8pm and open to the general public that are visiting the windmill. The attraction itself is open from 10am–5pm from Easter to the end of September, during those hours they have children’s bread baking, windmill tours, treasure trails and lots more.

Suitable For

Tents, caravans, campavans, motorhomes, dogs (max 2 per pitch; on leads at all times) – yes. Large groups – no.

Nearby

Brancaster offers the closest beach. Walk half a mile left from the entrance and you can sometimes spot grey seals, who reside in the marshes around Titchwell Nature Reserve (01485 210779). Hunstanton beach is also easily reached from the campsite or, in the opposite direction, head to famous Holkham – a haunt of the royals with a ginormous stretch of sands and an equally beautiful backing of pine trees. Just inland, Holkham Hall (01328 710806) is well worth exploring, particularly if you bring a bike to pedal around the estate grounds. Nearer still is Sandringham (01485 545400). Bircham Windmill is surrounded by the Sandgringham Estate farm land and the house itself is open to the public during summer. Its a pleasant cycle from the campsite.

Food & Drink

The onsite tearoom and bakery is a delight – the sausage rolls are a must-try during your stay. There are also plenty of good pubs in the vicinity. The nearest is in Great Bircham itself – The Kings Head (01485 578265) – but driving (or cycling) to the cost pays dividends. The White Horse (01485 210262) in Brancaster is fantastic – sea views from the conservatory dining area – and it's slightly more relaxed neighbour, The Jolly Sailors (01485 210314), just down the road has a great pub atmosphere, beer garden and proper pizza-oven cooked pizzas.

Opening Times

April–Sept.

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The Owner Says

Standing in the heart of Norfolk's undulating fields, Bircham Windmill now looks as it did over 100 years ago. At that time over 300 mills ground corn for horse & cattle feed and bread-making in Norfolk. Today, very few windmills are left, and Bircham Mill is considered one of the best still remaining: it is the only windmill in working order in this area open to the public. We welcome tent campers and a handful of caravans to enjoy this magnificent setting on our flat, grass pitches enjoying views of the historic windmill. Our onsite bakery is something of a local institution and serves a whole host of traditionally-baked treats made right here at the mill.

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Accommodation

15 grass pitches (8 with electricity) and two shepherd's huts.  All pitches are suitable for tents/caravans or motor homes.  Maximum footprint allowed on each pitch is 12m x 8m.
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Location

Contact Bircham Windmill, Great Bircham, King’s Lynn, Norfolk PE31 6SJ

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Getting There

Take the A148 from King’s Lynn towards Cromer. Just after the village of Hillington, turn left onto the B1153 to Great Bircham/ Docking. After about 5 miles, this road will take you into the village of Bircham. Turn left at the war memorial and the windmill is 1/2 mile out of the village on the right hand side. The nearest bus station is in Bircham village, the nearest train station is in King’s Lynn (0845 748 4950).

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