Oak Lodge Glamping

UK England East Anglia Norfolk Thetford

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Children’s playground
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Good walks nearby
10 acres of blissful bell tent and gypsy caravan glamping near Thetford Forest in Norfolk

Like all the best glamping sites, it’s difficult to pin down any one thing that makes Oak Lodge Glamping so special. Even the setting is difficult to describe. Like a classic Britney song, it’s ‘not a meadow, not yet a forest’. While there’s ample, open grassy space in which children can run wild and play games, the field is also broken up by an array of well-established trees. They create a real sense of seclusion and nicely divide up the different pitches. Every spot feels private and has its own little mix of sun and shade, yet you never feel hemmed in.

In total there are just 12 pitches across the 10-acre glamping site. Seven spots are occupied by pre-pitched, creamy bell tents, furnished inside with mattresses, bedding and a few homely items like freshly picked flowers, coffee tables and a small chest of drawers. The remaining two spaces, meanwhile, are filled by classic showmans’ waggons; vintage gypsy caravans with metal work that curves and bends your reflection in its shiny metal surface. The shiny finish continues inside, where there are fitted sofas, beds and a vanity area by the window. You have to have a taste for real glamour for it to suit but, if the shine is all too much, then the bell tents will hit the spot perfectly.

Along with old rope swings and special wildlife lookout areas, wisps of smoke indicate that campfires are all a part of the fun here. Every pitch has a firepit and outdoor furniture and a few complimentary logs are supplied on your arrival. If you run out of marshmallows there’s a tiny village post office in Northwold (1 mile away) handily placed next door to the local pub. You can buy a few goodies there for making your evening smores. Or you can gather a little more on any day trips you take. Oak Lodge Glamping has a pretty central Norfolk location, meaning that, beyond the local cycling routes in Thetford Forest and the River Great Ouse, days out in Norwich and exploring the North Norfolk Coast are also less than an hours' drive away.

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Facilities

Luxury shower/ toilet unit with 2 showers, 3 flushing toilets and 4 composting toilets. Tents are powered by eco-friendly solar battery packs and gypsy caravans also have electricity. BBQ area, rope swings, tree house areas, bike hire, book swap area for readers, wildlife lookout and cook-it-yourself breakfast basket on request the night before.

Suitable For

Glamping only. Groups, kids, pets – yes. Tents, campervans, caravans – no.

Nearby

Bring bikes for a little rural exploration. This part of Norfolk is full of back-country churches and old village pubs. For something more structured, there's a Go Ape! (08450 949732) in Thetford Forest 12 miles away – climb high and low rope courses and zipline through the trees – and there's also High Lodge Forest Park (03000 674400), with marked woodland walks and cycle hire available. Budding anglers can take their rods to Fendicks Fishery where there are no fewer than 5 well-stocked fishing lakes. It's only a 10-minute walk from the campsite.

Food & Drink

It's 6 miles to The Crown Hotel (01842 878233) – a favourite local pub – which is family friendly with lovely gardens. The Bedingfield Arms Hotel (01366 328300) is marginally closer though, in Oxborough, and serves excellent food. Cute little Bulldog Barns tea shop & antiques (01366 728083) is only a mile away and The Good Earth fish and chippie in Stoke Ferry is around 3 miles (01366 501163; open Mon–Sun, 11.30am–11pm).

Opening Times

April–October.

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The Owner Says

Oak Lodge Glamping is situated in beautiful Norfolk countryside near the Thetford Forest. We offer accommodation in bell tents and glamorous gypsy caravans. It’s perfect for people who want the outdoors and back-to-basics experience, but don’t fancy pitching their own tent. With us, you will get pre-erected bell tents with comfortable real mattress beds and homely décor. The bell tents are pitched in among the trees on level ground and each tent has its own firepit. We provide a communal kitchen, luxury showers and toilets. We supply each bell tent with some complimentary logs for first camp fire, extra can be purchased on site. The gypsy caravans are also located in the forest in their own private spaces and are supplied with bedding and beautiful décor, you will still get the outdoors camping experience but with luxury and style. The campsite is 10-acres and away from a busy main road, the perfect place for adults to relax and unwind, for kids to explore and run around, and for pets to enjoy.

Accommodation

3 large bell tents (sleep up to 6 people), 4 medium bell tents (sleep up to 4 people) and 5 rare vintage gypsy caravans.

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Getting There

From Thetford come off the A11, take the A134 towards Downham Market & King's Lynn, approx 11 miles to Northwold pass Bulldog garage on the left, followed by crossroads, continue on A134, you are nearly here! On the left you will pass a big Mill House Farm, then you will see a school sign, our track is just before on the left turn onto Mill Drove, drive down the track for approx 200yrds, take the first entrance on the right into the yard, park near office and you will be welcomed and shown to your camp.

From King's Lynn and Downham Market A17, take A134 towrds Thetford, follow approx. 12 miles. When you get to Whittington/Stoke Ferry roundabout, you are nearly here. Take the first exit and continue A134 towards Thetford, up hill until Sheirdan School on right. Our track entrance is about 100yrds further on the right, Mill Drove, drive down track for approx 200yrds, take the first entrance on the right into the yard, park near office and you will be welcomed and shown to your camp.

The closest train station is in Brandon (08457 484950). Though from most places, the most direct trains run to Downham (08457 484950).

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Amazing and magical!

As our first experience glamping we had the best time at oak lodge! It was so quirky and rustic yet gave us all the essentials with luxury showers and facilities! It was immaculately clean, the staff were friendly and so welcoming. It gave our children aged 4, 6 and 7 a real sense of freedom, with an awesome treehouse aeroplane set within a spacious and safe woodland area the kids loved every minute. My little boy made a friend and they just played in the treehouse for hours, it was a really magical childhood holiday which they will remember in years to come. The beds were so comfy and warm, we are already planning to come again next year!
Aug 10, 2019 by Geri Palmer

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