Top 8 Campsites in East Anglia
With daily reports of crowds heading for the South Coast and to Devon and Cornwall, why not look East for your next campervan holiday?
Waxham Sands Holiday Park
Nightly fee: £18.50-£22
Open: Mid-May to 4th October
“Unspoilt coastal area, for peace and quiet. Open mid-May to October and it's right next to a long sandy beach. Well stocked shop on-site." John.
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Maldon - Hoe Mill Lock Certificated C&C Club
Ulting, Maldon, Essex CM9 6RA
07367 346 045
Nightly fee: £18
Open: Easter to October
"I went paddle boarding at Hoe Mill Lock and camped at the club site next to the river. Basic facilities - toilet and a tap - and electric hook-up." Bobbie.
This level little half-acre campsite has grass pitches - 5 with electric hook-ups and 10 more without, for tents. There are basins and flushing toilets, but no showers. Dogs are welcome, check out how to create the best camper van for dogs.
King’s Lynn Caravan & Camping Park
Nightly fee: £15-£28
Open: all year
“If you’re visiting the Fens and North Norfolk coast, I recommend this family-run site.” Pam.
It has 10 acres of well-drained parkland, with two heated shower blocks, one being an excellent eco-friendly building with disabled facilities. There’s wifi and a little shop selling gas and small camping accessories, pets are welcome and barbecues are allowed. One of the fields is available for rallies.
Thetford Forest Caravan & Motorhome Club Site
Nightly fee: from £13.65 ( for Club members)
Open: late March to 27th October 2020
“We enjoyed walking our dog through beautiful Thetford Forest, where there are plenty of good trails through the Forestry Commission land. It would be good for mountain biking too. We spotted deer, foxes and rabbits.” Steve.
Visit the Georgian market town of Swaffham for its pubs and a museum featuring local man Howard Carter, who discovered King Tutankhamun’s tomb. The campsite allows gas barbecues and has 80 pitches, almost half being hardstandings. Some are in forest glades. There is no toilet block here, just electric hook-ups, drinking water taps and a chemical disposal point. Non-members welcome.
Kessingland Camping and Caravanning Club Site
Nightly fee: £7.85-£13.20 (for Club members)
“Ideal for families, this club site is right next door to Africa Alive - a tourist attraction with big cats, rhinos, giraffes and other creatures. You could almost be on safari - if the lions roar, you will hear them from the site. The campsite shop sells local meat and eggs.” Sue.
Lowestoft’s wonderful long sandy Blue Flag beach is close by, so take your beach balls, buckets and spades. You can also go birdwatching at RSPB Minsmere, visit the Adnams brewery, the Dunwich Museum, pub and beach cafe.
Beach View Holiday Park
Nightly fee: from £19.50 to £30 (unit plus 2 adults)
Open: 1st March to 30th November 2020
“I loved the sea view from our pitch, and the site was blooming with hedge roses when we visited.” Kate.
Between Thorpeness and RSPB Minsmere, this lovely family-run campsite has 50 touring pitches. You can walk directly from the site, down to the beach. The white house overlooking the sea has a quiet bar and cafe with a veranda. There is also a games room in the basement. In the camping field there is a heated toilet and shower block, laundry room, accessible toilet with disabled friendly wet-room shower, family room with mini bath and baby change.
Vulcan Arms Pub Caravan & Motorhome Club CL Site
Nightly fee: from £18
Open: all year for club members
With space for 5 campervans behind this 18th Century pub, there is electric hook-up as well as food and real ales. The toilets are available when the pub is open. It’s a short walk to the beach and beach cafe from here, and the area is very popular with dog walkers. The pub sign features that famous Vulcan, Mr Spock, along with a Vulcan Bomber and the Roman smith-god of fire. The Sizewell B nuclear power station site entrance is opposite.
Forest Camping (Rendlesham Forest)
Nightly fee: from £18-£22
Open: from February 2021
This family-run campsite is great for families and has a little shop selling ice creams and basics, plus a play area for little children. It is also close to the Forest Centre, with its adventure playground for older children. Once famous for a UFO sighting, Rendlesham Forest offers a UFO trail, but you are most likely to spot squirrels, deer and birds. There are six marked trails of different lengths in the forest, as well as a BMX trail. Cyclists come here for the forest trails and Suffolk Coastal Cycle Route. Put 50p in the machine for a 5-minute shower in the toilet block.
NB Covid precautions have resulted in the temporary closure of many campsite toilet blocks in 2020. Some small campsites are now closed until 2021. Please contact each campsite directly to book.
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A travel expert and a passionate writer with a creative spark, Kate has specialised in writing about campervans since 2008. Kate has worked for magazines such as Motor Caravan, Caravan, Practical Caravan and Practical Motorhome.