Little Wild Wellie Campsite

UK England East Anglia Norfolk Norwich

  • Campfires allowed
  • Good walks nearby
A simple summer site in the Norfolk countryside with abundant wildlife and super sunsets for tent campers only

A lot of footprints have been left on Potash Farm in the Norfolk village of Hethel. There are the bootprints of US pilots who were stationed there in the Second World War. There are the delicate patterns left by the free range chickens who lay the farm’s Happy Eggs. And there are the fancy formal prints of brides and grooms who get married on the farm. But now, a new set of prints are joining the mix; the impressions left by little wellies on the feet of happy campers. They’re headed for the farm’s latest enterprise: a back-to-basics, family-friendly, tents-only campsite.

Little Wild Wellie Camping opens for the first time in 2021. It’s a simple, summer site that aims to offer low-impact camping. There will be 30 pitches mown into the long grass of a huge, 10-acre meadow that’s been left to grow wild. Birds, butterflies and deer are among the more permanent residents of this place and the aim is for the camping to give people a chance to connect with wildlife. And enter in the farms summer photography competition. With that in mind, naturalists and photographers will be as at home here as the young families that the campsite name suggests.

On site, there's family yoga sessions every Wednesday morning and family fitness on Fridays. If you want to stretch your legs further, there's a footpath that crosses the farm fields, through woodland and past two pretty churches. For little legs, there’s a play park a half-hour walk away. Longer ones can keep on striding and choose where to go. The country roads and flat countryside make the area popular with horse riders and road cyclists too. But if you’ve come in the car, the best of Norfolk is within easy reach. Norwich, The Broads and the coast at Cromer are all great day trips from here.

Facilities are basic but just enough for those who enjoy proper camping: water taps, a washing-up sink and a few new composting toilets. Campfires are allowed in off-ground fire pits. Bring your own or hire one of the five fire pit packages for your stay that includes everything you need, including the marshmallows. There are no showers and no shop (although fresh eggs can be ordered) and you’ll need to take your rubbish away at the end of your stay. That’s the wild in Little Wild Wellie Camping. Michelle and Michael, who run the place, say the traditional camping code is important here. Campers are asked to tidy up, remove all traces of their pitch and to leave only footprints.

Details

Facilities

The site's simple facilities include four compost loos, drinking water tap and a washing-up sink. Campfires are allowed – but only in off-ground fire pits which campers can bring themselves or hire as part of a fire pit package (which includes giant marshmallows). A limited amount of logs are for sale on site and the farm's Happy Eggs are available to order.

Suitable For

Tents – yes. Campervans, motorhomes, caravans, large groups, stag and hen dos, dogs – no.

Nearby

Family yoga sessions take place on Wednesday mornings and family fitness on a Friday (both available to book for an extra charge). There's a small museum on site commemorating the US Air Force's 389th Bomb Group who flew from here during the Second World War. It's open only once a month so do have a look round if it's opening coincides with your stay. There's a footpath that crosses the farm if you fancy a local walk. A half-hour wander (for little wellies) takes you through the woods  to the play park at Bracon Ash. Ladybelt Country Park is another local delight, a five-minute drive (two miles) from site. The charming and historic city of Norwich is nine miles from site with its cathedral (hosting the Natural History Museum's Dippy the dinosaur skeleton in 2021), castle and the Tudor buildings of Elm Hill. The coast is about 30 miles from site. You can reach bustling Great Yarmouth with a drive through The Broads National Park or head north to the more charming Mundeseley or Cromer beaches.

Food & Drink

It's a ten-minute drive (just under four miles) to the nearest pub, The Bird in Hand (01508 489438) and there are plenty more to choose from in Wymondham (five miles away), though your hosts recommend The Green Dragon (01953 607907), said to be one of England's oldest pubs. There are also shops and supermarkets in Wymondham for campsite supplies.

Open

July and August only.

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The Owner Says

Welcome to Little Wild Wellie Camping. We are delighted to offer camping in one of our wild fields this summer for you and your family to switch off all technology, relax and reconnect with nature. Our site is full of natural wildlife, you may spot our resident wild red deer, a cuckoo or even Old Brown Owl himself. We offer an excellent open space for those wanting to take their little ones camping for the first time, those who love photographing nature and wildlife. The big open Norfolk sky Norfolk offers a spectacular display of sunrises and sunsets and on clear nights you can lay back and stargaze.

Situated just 10 minutes form the historic market town of Wymondham, 20 minutes from the beautiful City of Norwich and the stunning Norfolk Broads, this is the ideal location for a relaxing holiday. There is a public footpath surrounding our farm which will take you through some lovely woodland and past two churches and a newly refurbished children's playground in the village of Bracon Ash (with a small car park).

Little Wild Wellie Campsite is around 10 acres offering 30 well-spaced tent pitches around the edge, making social distancing easy and a large open area for children to play.

We are a wild off grid campsite with 4 clean compost loos and running drinking water. There will be a small car park on the edge of the site. No cars are allowed on the field. We will provide help to bring your equipment to your pitch.

Each child will receive a Little Wild Wellie welcome pack with some wild activities (aimed at ages 3-10 years). Look in the added extras and you will find children's Yoga sessions on Wednesdays and a Friday family fitness boot camp. You can also now book one of our 5 fire pit packages which includes everything you need, even giant marshmallows to toast!

The farm gate will be locked at 10pm and opened again between 6am and 7am. A code will be text to the person who booked to unlock should you need to leave.

Pitches

30 off-grid pitches in a huge meadow.

Camping Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 5 30 Available
Approx 10m by 10m Grass Camping Pitch- some are a lot bigger!

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Location

Contact Little Wild Wellie Campsite, Potash Farm, Potash Lane, Hethel, Norfolk NR14 8EY

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Getting There

Little Wild Wellie Campsite is not far off the A11. There is only one entrance to the site through the farm gate on Potash Lane.
No access from Hall Road- either end.
If approaching from the A11 take the exit for Mulbarton. At the roundabout, take the first exit on to the B1135 (Browick Road) signed towards Mulbarton and Lotus Cars (Wymondham Road). Turn left onto Potash Lane. The campsite is signposted and on the right at the deadend.
The closest train station is at Wymondham, five miles from site on the London to Norfolk route. There's a taxi rank outside for the onwards journey to site.

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