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12 Amazing Family Campsites in Great Yarmouth and the Norfolk Broads

There is a massive variety of family campsites in Great Yarmouth and the Norfolk Broads. The area around Great Yarmouth has easy access to the beach, the Norfolk Broads National Park and the Norfolk and Suffolk countryside. There are so many campsites around Great Yarmouth that it can be hard to pick out the best one for your needs. The large sites have all the facilities you need but can lack personality and those extra touches that make a site special. On the other hand, a small campsite may have few extras and needs to make up for it with the location. Whether you are looking for a tent campsite, motorhome campsite or caravan campsite in the Norfolk Broads or right on the East Norfolk coast, you will find something to suit your tastes in this list.

Beach Campsites near Great Yarmouth:

Caister On Sea Holiday Park (Haven Holidays)

Best for: The sandy beach at Caister-on-Sea.

Norfolk, NR30 5NQ

Distance from Great Yarmouth: 12 minutes

Accepts: Motorhomes, Campervans, Caravans.

I admit a big, commercial campsite isn’t usually my thing. However, I know these sites do come with some advantages, and there are many campsites near Great Yarmouth like this. For this Haven site, those advantages include excellent facilities onsite for the whole family and an unenviable location a stone’s throw from the beach.

Great Yarmouth Racecourse Caravan and Motorhome Club Site

Best for: Great Yarmouth North Drive.

Norfolk, NR30 4AU

Distance from Great Yarmouth: The only site listed here in Great Yarmouth.

Accepts: Motorhomes, Campervans, Caravans, Tents.

The inside of a race track may not seem like an obvious spot for a campsite, but on non-race weekends, it is ideal. This quiet and friendly campsite has the advantage of being within a stone’s throw of Great Yarmouth’s North Drive beach and a 15-minute walk to the boating lake.

Great Yarmouth Venetian Waterways.

The Hollies Campsite

Best for: Africa Alive! and other Suffolk attractions.

Suffolk, NR33 7PQ

Distance from Great Yarmouth: 30 minutes

Accepts: Motorhomes, Campervans, Caravans, Tents

The Hollies is the only Suffolk campsite on this list. It is located just over the border in Kessingland, half an hour to the south of Great Yarmouth. The site has a playground and is right on the beach, making it ideal for families. It’s also very close to the attractions in Lowestoft and Kessingland.

Long Beach Caravan Park

Best for: Hemsby’s sandy beach.

Norfolk, NR29 4JD 

Distance from Great Yarmouth: 19 minutes

Accepts: Motorhomes, Campervans, Caravans, Tents.

Long Beach Camping is part of Hemsby Touring Park, over the road. Long Beach is located directly next to the sand, making it an ideal seaside location. The site has everything you need, including a shop, playground and bar. Hemsby is a 20-minute drive from Great Yarmouth. Hemsby Touring Park also has another site a few miles down the coat at Caister-on-Sea.

Scratby Hall Caravan Park

Best for: California beach.

Norfolk, NR29 3SR

Distance from Great Yarmouth: 13 minutes

Accepts: Campervans, Caravans, Tents.

Scratby Hall Caravan Park is located in the village of Scratby in the Norfolk countryside. This secluded site describes itself as the perfect place to “relax and reflect”. On-site, you will find helpful amenities, including a children’s playground and an outdoor pool. It is also a 20-minute walk to the local beach.

Horsey Gap – Horsey Beach Seal

Walnut Farm Touring Park

Best for: Spacious, grassy pitches near Horsey Gap.

Norfolk, NR12 0EG

Distance from Great Yarmouth: 31 minutes.

Accepts: Campervans, Caravans, Motorhomes, Tents.

Situated in the area of Norfolk Broads which skirts closest to the coast, this quiet site offers walks with easy access to the coast.

Waxham Sands Holiday Park

Best for: Horsey Gap Seals.

Norfolk, NR12 4EJ

Distance from Great Yarmouth: 30 minutes.

Accepts: Campervans, Caravans, Motorhomes, Tents.

This campsite has direct access to the beach and in pupping season this means direct access to the seals. (Read about how to see the Horsey Gap seals here). When the seals are not occupying the beach it is free for families and dogs. There are many of the amenities of larger sites (playground, minigolf etc.) alongside perfect countryside access.

Norfolk Broads Campsites

These are all campsites near Great Yarmouth within the boundary or easy reach of the Norfolk Broads. For more on things to do in the Norfolk Broads, look at this article.

Clippesby Hall Campsite

Clippesby Hall

Best For: Playing in the woods.

Norfolk, NR29 3BL

Distance from Great Yarmouth: 19 minutes

Accepts: Motorhomes, Campervans, Caravans, Tents

Looking at the website, you might think that Clippesby Hall is a big resort. It has many things you expect on a big campsite while retaining a family-run feel. The reception is in a flashy building and contains an attractive bar/restaurant and shop. There is a lot to do onsite with several playgrounds, a mini-golf course and cycle trails. There are plenty of different pitches to choose from, depending on your preferences. We opted for a pitch on Cedar Lawn because of its proximity to the play areas and space to play. The pitches are large and well-spaced. However, be aware that there is a  gradient on most grass pitches – surprising on the broads.

Read more on things to do onsite and near Clippesby Hall Park here.

Rose Farm Touring and Camping Park

Best for: A peaceful stay.

Norfolk, NR31 9JS

Distance from Great Yarmouth: 13 minutes

Accepts: Motorhomes, Campervans, Caravans, Tents

Rose Farm Touring and Camping Park is one of at least four camping sites in the village of Belton. It has the distinction of being an independent site amongst large commercial campsites. Belton itself is an ideal base for a holiday. It is located just outside the Norfolk Broads National Park on the River Yare and within 15 minutes drive of Great Yarmouth. The town has amenities, including shops, a cafe and a pub. There is a games room on site, but the recent reviews say the playground seen on the website is no longer there.

Great Yarmouth Boating Lake

Breydon Water Holiday Park

Best for: Heated swimming pool and family activities.

Norfolk, NR31 9QB

Distance from Great Yarmouth: 14 minutes

Accepts: Motorhomes, Campervans, Caravans, Tents.

Breydon Water is another campsite in the village of Belton on the edge of the Norfolk Broads. This is a large site with many amenities, including kids clubs, play areas, swimming pools, bars and restaurants. It is also a stone’s throw from Burgh Castle, which offers stunning countryside views.

Great Yarmouth – Sand dunes

Highgate Farm Caravan Park

Best for: Hikers and exploring the Norfolk Broads on foot.

Norfolk, NR29 3EH

Distance from Great Yarmouth: 17 minutes

Accepts: Motorhomes, Campervans, Caravans, Tents

Highgate Farm is one of the few caravan sites in this list within the Norfolk Broads National Park border. It is a family-run campsite with all the basic amenities you would expect onsite. The setting is perfect. It is a short walk from the River Bure and a short drive from the seaside at Caister-on-Sea.

Willowcroft Camping And Caravan Park

Best for: Riverside walks and peaceful surroundings.

Norfolk, NR29 5JU

Distance from Great Yarmouth: 19 minutes

Accepts: Motorhomes, Campervans, Caravans, Tents.

Willowcroft Camping is located in the Norfolk Broads, 25 minutes from Great Yarmouth or 15 minutes from the coast. It is a 2-minute walk to the banks of the River Thurne and a pleasant walk to the closest village with amenities. The site has all the basics and sells itself on its nearby walks.

The Old Vicarage Campsite

Best for: Groups camping in tents.

Norfolk, NR13 3NH

Distance from Great Yarmouth: 28 minutes

Accepts: Tents.

The Old Vicarage is a tent only camping and glamping site located in the village of Moulton St Mary. It is a back to nature and back to basics site with plenty of space to pitch and spread out. Great Yarmouth is the closest seaside town, and the nearest shop is in the town of Acle, a 5-minute drive away. It looks to be an excellent option for camping near Great Yarmouth.

Hickling Campsite

Best for: Tents and access to Hickling Broad.

Norfolk, NR12 0AU

Distance from Great Yarmouth: 28 minutes

Accepts: Tents.

Hickling Campsite is a tent only site with a lovely family feel. The site has access to Hickling Broad and local amenities while maintaining a rural setting. There is a shop and cafe onsite too.

Causeway Cottage Caravan Park

Best for: Village campsite with access to the river.

Norfolk, NR29 5JB

Distance from Great Yarmouth: 20 minutes

Accepts: Motorhomes, Campervans, Caravans, Tents.

Causeway Cottages is a small, village campsite with easy access to the River Thurne at the nearby medieval bridge. The village has all the Potter Highham has all the amenities you need for a Norfolk Broads holiday.

Norfolk Broads Waterside Campsites

If you want your Norfolk Broads break to include water activities then you will want to check out the campsites below which have easy access to the rivers and broads.

Three Rivers Pitch and Paddle

Best for: Family water activities.

Norfolk, NR34 0HS

Distance from Great Yarmouth: 29 minutes

Accepts: Motorhomes, Campervans, Caravans, Tents.

Three Rivers is the perfect campsite for all types of waterside activity. It has access straight onto the River Waveny and offers boat hire for those without their own vessel.

Reedham Ferry Touring and Camping Park

Best for: The chain ferry and pub.

Norfolk, NR13 3HA

Distance from Great Yarmouth: 23 minutes

Accepts: Motorhomes, Campervans, Caravans, Tents.

Reedham Ferry Touring Park has all the hallmarks of a charming campsite. Situated in idyllic surroundings in the Norfolk Broads, this peaceful site accepts all types of tourer, from tents to motorhomes. What makes this campsite unique is its location on the River Yare next to Reedham Ferry. The chain ferry is run by the same family who owns the camping site and can be used to cross the river by vehicle or on foot.

Norfolk Broads

Bureside Holiday Park

Best for: Direct access to the River Bure.

Norfolk, NR29 3BW

Distance from Great Yarmouth: 25 minutes

Accepts: Motorhomes, Campervans, Caravans, Tents

As the name suggests, Bureside Holiday Park is located on the River Bure inside the Norfolk Broads. It is a 20-minute drive to the beach. The site also has an outdoor swimming pool making it an excellent place for water activities. A playground and games room complete the list of extra onsite facilities.

Waveney River Centre

Best for: All types of water activity from swimming to boat hire.

Norfolk, NR34 0DE

Distance from Great Yarmouth: 30 minutes

Accepts: Motorhomes, Campervans, Caravans, Tents.

Waveney River Centre is an award-winning campsite on the border with Suffolk. It is inside the Norfolk Broads national park, with views of the marshes. It’s a large park with the amenities you would expect, an onsite pub, shop, swimming pool and playground. Boat hire in all its forms is available on the site too. Great Yarmouth is half an hour away, and this is a good base for exploring Norfolk and Suffolk.

Whitlingham Broad Campsite

Best for: Exploring Norwich and the Norfolk Broads.

Norfolk, NR14 8TR

Distance from Great Yarmouth: 34 minutes (10 minutes by car or cycle to Norwich).

Accepts: Tents.

This tent-only campsite is not directly on the water but is a stone’s throw from Whitlingham Country Park on Whitlingham Great Broad. It is also within walking or cycling distance of Norwich city centre for those wishing to explore the city as well as the countryside.

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