Last summer we headed off for a long weekend to experience Camping in the Forest with the Camping and Caravan Club. We slept all 4 of us and the dog in our tiny little tent for 2 nights in the rain and we all loved it. This summer we decided that a week would be great but we may need a bigger tent and also somewhere a little more familiar so that we could really explore the area. The Camping and Caravan Club have Club sites around the country and near to my hometown there is the Sandringham Club site which is ideal for families.
We booked, brought a bigger tent from the supermarket and piled the car - we even managed to fit in the kids and the dog somehow and headed off with a forecast of torrential rain and gale force winds to put up our tents and get ready for a week under canvas and exploring the North Norfolk Coast. Doesn't sound great does it but I promise you the week away was amazing and Sandringham is such a great location to camp with families.
About Sandringham Camping and Caravan Site
The Sandringham Camping and Caravan Club Club Site is right in the Sandringham Estate, you camp among the trees in glades. It is reached from King's Lynn along the A149.
The site has 275 pitches with a mix of hard-standing, grass only and those with and those without electrical hook up facilities. There is also ready tent's available for those that want to try camping for the first time without having to get all the gear.
5 Reasons Why Sandringham Camping and Caravan Site is great for Families
Playgrounds and Space
Although kids will always find something to do the fact that there are 2 playgrounds within the site is perfect and although ball games are not permitted around the tents and caravans they have an area set aside to head to play ball games on.
Fish and Chips
So the campsite has a small shop, the nearest pub is a little bit of a walk although it's a gorgeous walk through Sandringham Estate but three times a week the fish and chip van comes to the camp site. Saturday, Tuesday, and Thursday's during the summer months.
When you hear the horn line up and get ready for someone else to cook for you. We enjoyed a full fish and chips but then also brought just chips another night to have with salad and food from the grill.
If you would like to cook some more traditional camp food then check out our tried and tested camping recipes for families.
When we arrived the staff greeted us with a smile which I was especially grateful for after hearing how squashed the kids were in the back for the last 2 hours on the road. Then they looked at our family and the map of the site and asked what we wanted peace and quiet of the kids to be able to play on the playground whilst we sat and watched.
The second option - they then took us to a pitch right by the side of the play area and settled us in.
On that first night, the swing in the play area broke. On Monday, it was fixed and the kids were able to use it again very quickly.
Walks and Wanderings
Right outside of the gates to the camp site you are in Sandringham Estate - it's one of mine and the kids favourite places to visit, there are fantastic walks, ideal places to ride the bikes and a great playground that the kids love to spend hours on. And it's just there.
We walked from the campsite on one day with the kids on bikes exploring some of the smaller road networks including the scenic drive through the estate and then another day we drove to the FREE car parks and explored the trails which are easily sign posted.
Although the campsite was great one of the best things was the area that it is in with miles of coastline, countryside as far as the eye can see and fun tourist attractions it's a great place to visit with families.
I shared our North Norfolk Road Trip last year to give you some ideas of destinations you could visit - more of where we actually did visit this trip to come.
Overall View of Sandringham Camping and Caravan Club Site
We loved our stay at Sandringham - the kids can't wait to go back although next year we will try a different site and destination the one drawback for us was that although both the camping and caravan book and the camping and caravan website said that there was Ice Pack Freezing Available when we went to ask about this turns out it wasn't. Which meant that we quickly had to revise our cool box plan.
If you want to find out more about Sandringham Camping and Caravan Club Camp Site check out the website for all of the information as well as other sites you can book - you don't have to be a member but booking is advised in advance especially for busy times of the year.
If you are thinking about heading off camping for the first them then check out our Beginners Camping List to download and print and make sure you have everything you need.
And check out more about Camping in the Forest - with our review of the New Forest Campsite
Check out these ideas and be prepared for when it starts Raining with our Simple Ideas for Activities to do when it's raining and your camping with kids!
We were invited to enjoy the Sandringham Camping and Caravan Site for 3 nights and booked a further 4 nights ourselves. All words and views and images used are our own please see our disclosure policy for more information.
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