Gorsey Meadow

UK England East Anglia Norfolk Dereham

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Good walks nearby
Gorsey Meadow is a tranquil site where wildlife is the most frequent resident
Smack bang in the centre of Norfolk, surrounded by perfectly manicured gardens and acres of parkland, sits the charming Hockering House, home of the Berney family. Bordered by ageing oaks, Gorsey Meadow is a new campsite in the grounds of the estate and, with the opening day of their first season just moments away, Cool Camping peered through the trees for a sneaky first glimpse of what’s on offer.

Made up of five bell tents (pre-pitched to order), Gorsey Meadow is a tranquil site where wildlife is the most frequent resident. Garden birds flutter through the long grass, barn owls and pheasants hoot from the woods, and deer stand camouflaged amongst the trees. The five tents are accompanied by two newly built huts, one housing the compost loo, the other housing the piping hot eco-shower, and are furnished with air beds and bedding, vintage furnishings, gas hobs and a BBQ, along with plenty of kitchen utensils. Those willing to forego such luxuries can also pitch their own tents in the meadow, making use of the ample space available.

While huddling around the campfire or knocking a ball about on the Hockering House tennis court are relaxing ways to pass the time onsite, Gorsey Meadows is also well placed for exploring the rest of Norfolk. The county city of Norwich is a 20 minute drive away, while the pleasant local market town of Dereham has an attractive independent feel and hosts a large market every Friday. Further afield the outstanding North Norfolk coast, with its sweeping beaches and patchwork of dunes, marshes and forests, is just over half an hour by car and well worthy of a seaside day trip.

Gorsey Meadow may be a new campsite, but in its timeless rural setting you’ll feel it was always destined to be. The well-furnished bell tents and colourful wildflowers beckon you down the tree lined driveway to the private field that has been there for years, seemingly waiting for campers to arrive.

Details

Facilities

2 separate loos and 1 hot shower, each in their own purpose built huts, a butler sink with cold water outside the shower. There is a fire pit with natural log seating around and wood/charcoal for sale onsite (campers cannot bring their own). There is an tennis court onsite to hire (£15 per hour) that must be pre booked. Guests must provide tennis balls but racquets can be hired. Each bell tent has it’s own small BBQ and gas ring to cook on, with beds, bedding, and furnishings all provided. Plenty of space for playing football, climbing trees, catching butterflies or swinging on the rope swing.

Suitable For

Glampers, tents, campervans, families, dogs, groups and private hire bookings – yes.

Caravans, touring vans – no.

Nearby

Hockering Village is small with a general shop that sells essential amenities, but venture further to Dereham and you'll find a charming town with two regular Markets a week on a Tuesday and Friday, held on the Market Place and Church Street. Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse (01362 869251) is just beyond, one of only three Victorian workhouses in the UK open to the public. East, Norwich boasts a magnificent cathedral (01603 218300), hilltop castle (01603 493625) and a cluster of good museums, all around the River Wensum. Sportsmen will enjoy the excellent fishing at Billingford Lakes (01362 788111) or golf at The Wensum Valley Golf Club (01603 261012) and Weston Park (01603 872363). Meanwhile, families should head straight for The Dinosaur Adventure (01603 876310), 2 miles from the campsite, with 100 acres of Jurassic themed wood and parkland. The North Norfolk Coast is just over half an hour by car and is a spectacular coastline boasting a wealth of further activities.

Food & Drink

Hockering village shop sells general groceries, fresh bread, papers and magazines, and is just a short drive around the corner. There is also a large retail park 10 mins drive away with a supermarket. Gorsey Meadow has handily negotiated discounts for glampers at The Lodge (01362 638466), a traditional pub with a family garden, The Fox (01603 872316), centuries old and nestled beside a babbling stream, and Parson Woodforde Pub (01603 881675), with an oak-beamed bar and excellent restaurant.

Open

End April – end September.

The Owner Says

Smack bang in the centre of Norfolk, surrounded by perfectly manicured gardens and acres of parkland, sits the charming Hockering House. Bordered by ageing oaks, Gorsey Meadow is a new campsite in the grounds of the estate with five bell tents in a private camping field offering seclusion, tranquility and a good base for exploring Norfolk. Exclusive group bookings very welcome.

Location

Contact Gorsey Meadow, Hockering House, Heath Road, Hockering, Norwich NR20 3JB

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Getting There

Car!  the closest train station is Wymondham (15 mins away) or Norwich (25 misn away) but ideally you need a car.

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