Camp Elwood

UK England East Anglia Norfolk Wells-next-the-Sea

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Children’s playground
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
  • Beaches
  • Walking
Enjoy a slice of retro Americana at this pop-up campsite in one of North Norfolk's most prized coastal locations

Norfolk isn’t exactly short on country estates. The Queen’s holiday pad in Sandringham is usually the first to spring to mind. But ask anyone who knows North Norfolk well and it’s Holkham you’ll be told to visit. This vast estate really is the jewel in the county’s coastal crown, home not only to an 18th-century house, lake and walled garden, but also a vast national nature reserve and the great sweeping crescent of Holkham Bay, a beach-roamers version of heaven. In fact, as if to admit it’s the better spot, the Queen herself even has a beach hut there.

Now, for 2021, there’s another reason Holkham is the place to choose. In a secluded corner of the estate, there’s a superb new pop-up campsite with space for grass pitches, bell tents and a dining hall with a restaurant and fully licensed bar. There’s a cool, American vibe to the camping at Camp Elwood, the name given to this Holkham pop-up. Surf tunes backtrack the bar – think The Beach Boys, Haim and Dolly Parton – and it’s all about slow cooked meats and Texan flavours. Barbecues are still permitted, if you fancy cooking your own food (they must be raised off the ground) and the amenities mean everyone is thoroughly well catered for, with shower blocks equipped with mirrors and hairdryers and an electrical hook-up option for those in campervans. Folks coming for comfort, meanwhile, will also find a few types of bell tent available for hire, some fully furnished with beds and bedding, others, with simple inflatable mattresses, offering a half-way-house where you bring your own bedding.

The laid-back ambience of the campsite lends itself to guests who just want to spend time chilling out. There are lawn games you can play on the grass in front of the dining hall and board games and cards you can borrow too. There's an almost-festival feel to it, with macramé workshops for campers, evening campfire sessions and, if you need to learn your Mojito from your Manhattan, mixology masterclasses. Pair all this with the good food and summertime tunes and you see why it's a nice place to stick around.

You’d be foolish to come here and not make the most of the wider area though. You can enjoy canoeing and stand-up paddle boarding on the Holkham lake or hire bikes to explore the estate and cycle into the seaside town of Wells, a little over a mile away. In fact, the town, the beach and the coastal path are all close enough to link together into a pleasing circular walk from the campsite, which can happily take you all day if you nose in the shops in Wells, play games on the beach and stop for a snack in the Look Out café before walking back to camp. The rest of Norfolk is yours to explore too. But, remember, there’s a reason the Queen has her beach hut here. You’re probably already in the best place.

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Facilities

All campers have access to the campground amenities including washrooms, showers, W.C. disposal point for motorhomes, water point, phone charging and more. There are plenty of activities available on site such as bike hire, watersports, workshops, campfire sessions and much more! Barista coffee is also available on site.

Suitable For

Campers, glampers, motorhomes, campervans, caravans, families and dogs. Groups bookings are welcome.

Nearby

Nestled on the North Norfolk coast, Holkham sits as a true breathtaking gem of the gorgeous British countryside - bringing together spectacular views, incredible landscapes and with the Holkham National Nature Reserve, a raw and untouched peek into a world unlike any other. Everything you could ask for from a home full of natural beauty, Holkham and its surroundings offer the perfect backdrop to your summer escape at Camp Elwood - with nothing but woods, sand, sea and sky for as far as the eye can see. It’s all there and more, taking a trip into tranquillity and freedom in a stunning pocket of the UK.

Food & Drink

The beating heart of our campground, Elwood’s Dining Hall is a highway pit-stop come roadhouse, ready and waiting to host you throughout your stay. A seated restaurant, take-out food and a fully stocked bar are all soundtracked by live music, guest selectors and the odd holiday park classic thrown in for good measure... eyes down for a full house!

Open

Late July–Mid August only.

The Owner Says

Camp Elwood is a pop-up campground and the ultimate summer retreat. A coastal staycation for those with a nomadic spirit and a thirst to escape the city this summer. Elwood is a slice of retro Americana, offering workshops, adventure and banging street food, cocktails and craft beer. The camp is located at Holkham on the North Norfolk coast, amidst a landscape of stunning beaches, pinewood forests and expansive sand dunes.

Social Distancing Measures

  • Please keep a safe, social distance of 2m where possible from other campers.
  • All pitches are marked to ensure safe distancing between groups.
  • All pitches and lodgings are recommended for groups of up to 6 people.
  • Queue management systems are in place to maintain social distancing and limit contact between both campers and staff.
  • The Dining Hall and Bar is COVID-secure and set up to facilitate social distancing. All campers must follow current guidance for visiting the Dining Hall and Bar.

Location

Contact Camp Elwood, Holkham Hall, Holkham Road, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk NR23 1AB

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Getting There

Holkham is two miles west of Wells-next-the-Sea on the main A149, within easy reach of Norwich on the A1067, King’s Lynn on the A148, and London and Cambridge from the M11 and the A10. Brown tourist signs indicate the route from Fakenham following the B1105 and A149 road from Wells-next-the-Sea. The main entrance is via the north gates of the estate on Park Road, then follow signs to Camp Elwood. For SatNav users, NR23 1RH will bring you to the almshouses at the north gates entrance to Holkham Park. From there look for the Camp Elwood signs.

By bicycle:

Holkham Park is on National Cycle Route 1 and is easily accessible from nearby towns and villages with bicycles able to enter Holkham Park via the North, South, East and West gates.

On foot:

Camp Elwood is approximately a 40 minute walk from Wells-next-the Sea, much of which is through the scenic Holkham Park.

By bus:

The coastal bus service runs from King’s Lynn and Hunstanton to Sheringham and stops on the main road in Holkham village. The Hall is reached via Park Road less than a mile's (scenic) walk away. For bus times and walking route see the Good Journey website.

By train:

The nearest train station is King’s Lynn (approximately 27 miles away), which has hourly trains running from King’s Cross, London via Cambridge and Ely. From there you'll need to take the bus service (the Coast Hopper is best) – see above.

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