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Bircham Windmill
116 reviews
· Norfolk Pe31 6 Sj, England
1 acre
18 units
2 Glamping
16 Motorhome
Flat grassy tent pitches beneath a magnificent working windmill, all accompanied by Norfolk's best bakery
Plenty of campsites claim to offer fresh bread available each morning but none can compete with Bircham Windmill. The scent of the baking, floury dough floods the main bakery room. Even if you intended to munch on that boring cereal you brought, you’ll soon find the smell irresistible. A loaf, a sausage roll and an iced-bun for the road – that’ll get you through the day. Of course, it’s not really the bakery that people come here for. It’s the much earlier stages in the bread-making process that really mark this place out. Standing like a great grandfather of the countryside, is the striking windmill itself, a fully restored and that has stood here since 1846. It’s in a small paddock beside the windmill that the camping meadow is found – a simple but beautiful affair. There are just 15 pitches in total (plus a pair of shepherds huts), with a limit of five caravans meaning the place always has a family focused, traditional camping vibe. Toilets, showers and a games room are provided specifically for campers, while throughout the day guests have access to the entire windmill site, including a playground and animals to visit. At 2pm each day you can watch the sheep being milked – their excellent homemade cheeses are also available in the bakery shop. Many people pitch here for the wider appeal of its location. Brancaster, Hunstanton and Holkham beaches are all just a short drive away and the Sandringham Estate is within easy cycling distance (a quiet, family-friendly route). But the windmill is undeniably the main attraction. Visitors can climb the five floors up to the fan stage, peeping their head out of wooden shutter doors along the way, with informative signs giving a little insight into how it all works. By the time you’ve climbed back down you’ve burned off enough calories for another iced-bun too. Now isn’t that convenient?
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Norfolk Pe31 6 Sj, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Elly C.Joined in July 2016
58 Ratings · 116 reviews
Linda R.recommends
August 13, 2022
9 - Grass pitch with EHU
countryside gem
This is a wonderful quirky gem of a campsite my children love it here. the animals and the stamp trail - plus baking bread! small and generally quiet (unless you have extremely disrespectful neighbours like we encountered this time!) we were checked in by potientally a new member of staff who didnt know anything about the campsite but we are returners so not a problem - the staff are extremely friendly and helpful (and geneerally very knowledgable) abou the site and local area Nothing not to like - family run and lots of little touches
Tracy M.recommends
August 12, 2022
6 - Grass Pitch with electricity
I love Bircham Windmill. Away from the madding crowds but with a home from home toilet, shower and washing up area instead of sharing a block with 100 other guests. The best bit, being able to wander across the field for breakfast at the bakery. Our go-to for the North Norfolk Coast.
Ria B.recommends
August 5, 2022
14 - Grass Pitch with electricity
Beautiful setting!
The site is so great for family camping, the children loved the animals and play area and we all enjoyed fresh bread and cakes. The surrounding countryside was filled with wildlife, baby owls, deer, shrews, hares and much more. The site felt spacious because the pitches were well spaced out. The staff were really friendly and helpful. The only niggle was that there weren’t enough showers or toilets, so you had to be a bit tactical about using the facilities with a family of 4. Overall, one of the best camping trips we’ve ever done.
Nicola M.recommends
July 23, 2022
15 - Grass Pitch with electricity
Great stay, shower rooms could probably do with an overhaul but otherwise no issues. Lovely site with some great added extras such as microwave, fridge and freezer, bath mats and tea towels. Bakery and tea room great. Lovely play area.
Michael G.recommends
July 21, 2022
Grass Pitch
Lovely little site, well kept facilities and some really nice touches. Having a big pile of freshly laundered tea towels and shower mats in the communal block is a stroke of genius. The bread rolls from the bakery are also delicious, we loved our stay here.
Roseparvin ?.recommends
July 20, 2022
2 - Grass pitch with EHU
Camping with Windmill
A very peaceful and secluded site , excellent toilet and shower facilities and the added bonus of tearoom (good food) and Windmill with bakery . We enjoyed three nights - well located to get to the coast for a cooling swim, , and a visit to Blickling Hall. Would recommend
From the host
Standing in the heart of Norfolk's undulating fields, Bircham Windmill now looks as it did over 100 years ago. At that time over 300 mills ground corn for horse & cattle feed and bread-making in Norfolk. Today, very few windmills are left, and Bircham Mill is considered one of the best still remaining: it is the only windmill in working order in this area open to the public. We welcome tent campers and a handful of caravans to enjoy this magnificent setting on our flat, grass pitches enjoying views of the historic windmill. Our onsite bakery is something of a local institution and serves a whole host of traditionally-baked treats made right here at the mill.
Nearby attractions
Brancaster offers the closest beach. Walk half a mile left from the entrance and you can sometimes spot grey seals, who reside in the marshes around Titchwell Nature Reserve (01485 210779). Hunstanton beach is also easily reached from the campsite or, in the opposite direction, head to famous Holkham – a haunt of the royals with a ginormous stretch of sands and an equally beautiful backing of pine trees. Just inland, Holkham Hall (01328 710806) is well worth exploring, particularly if you bring a bike to pedal around the estate grounds. Nearer still is Sandringham (01485 545400). Bircham Windmill is surrounded by the Sandgringham Estate farm land and the house itself is open to the public during summer. Its a pleasant cycle from the campsite.
Food and drink
The onsite tearoom and bakery is a delight – the sausage rolls are a must-try during your stay. There are also plenty of good pubs in the vicinity. The nearest is in Great Bircham itself – The Kings Head (01485 578265) – but driving (or cycling) to the cost pays dividends. The White Horse (01485 210262) in Brancaster is fantastic – sea views from the conservatory dining area – and it's slightly more relaxed neighbour, The Jolly Sailors (01485 210314), just down the road has a great pub atmosphere, beer garden and proper pizza-oven cooked pizzas.
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