Brimming in wartime history, Dreamy Hollow is home to three-and-a-half acres of Word War I training trenches and beautiful woodland pitches
It’s not often you can pitch somewhere steeped in wartime history. Dreamy Hollow is home to three and a half acres of First World War training trenches, with evidence indicating these were dug by The Lovat Scouts back in 1915. “It's got a character about it that just grips you”, describes campsite owner Nigel Day who first believed the tracks were drainage ditches, before aerial photographs taken by the RAF revealed its vast, snaking network. Today, Dreamy Hollow is a wonderfully withdrawn, back-to-basics campsite, perfectly positioned to explore the beautiful North Norfolk Coast.
The eighteen pitches at Dreamy Hollow are as individual as the campers who pitch there. Some are secluded and sheltered, whilst others are elevated with fantastic views across the open Norfolk countryside. ‘Nigel's Nook’ is a firm favourite, so be sure to book well in advance. This peaceful pitch is a real sun trap and, with its own fire bowl and table and chairs, it's ideal for a couple or small family looking for a particularly secluded escape. 'The Glade East' and 'The Glade West' are both superb choices for families and groups (large groups can book both together to accommodate up to 12 people), while 'The Hollow North Facing' and 'The Hollow South Facing' can also be booked as a pair to fit 30 people. If you want to be close to the facilities, 'The Hollow North Facing' is sheltered and near the loos and also has its own fire drum and outdoor pizza oven. For everyone else, the facilities are not quite up to Savoy standards, however the invigorating ‘Jungle Showers’ are fun and always immaculately clean.
There’s an age-old saying that residents of Norfolk have “one foot on the land and one in the sea”, however there’s an interesting spread of sights in between. The picturesque Norfolk Broads beckon for boaters, bird-watchers flock to its marshy nature reserves and the county’s unspoilt coastline is bordered by flint houses and boats hauling in today’s fresh catch. And when civilisation calls, campers can head for the vibrant city of Norwich. In addition to a castle, cathedrals and medieval churches galore, Norwich has a decent selection of lively pubs, cafés and restaurants.
Set in one of the most sparsely populated parts of England, Dreamy Hollow is ‘proper camping’ and an ideal destination to get away from it all. Together with welcoming Nigel, the site is run by a Christian Limited Company with a vision to develop neglected land and turn it into a unique, secluded camping experience. And with beautiful woodland pitches and a dramatic history, we think they’ve succeeded.
Kings Lynn, Norfolk, England, United KingdomTraditional, ancestral territory of various First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Nigel D.Joined in February 2019
93 Ratings · 108 reviews
September 14, 2023
This is a great site. The only reason I wouldn’t recommend it to friends is because of the busy, noisy road. However, it doesn’t seem to bother a lot of people. Apart from that, it’s lovely.
September 13, 2023
Camper Glade (camper vans)
Very pretty but facilities...
The campsite is very interesting and pretty with its glades and hollows. Unfortunately, the facilities weren't great; toilets and showers were dirty and only one of each actually worked when we were there. There is quite a lot of traffic noise from the A road outside.
September 3, 2023
Andrews Pitch (old Archery Range)
Fantastic location, well
Thought out pitches. Proper camping!
August 26, 2023
A Secret Shade
Beautiful campsite in nature
Camping among the trees provided a real sense of privacy and being in nature which we loved. We also enjoyed having the fire pits! Our pitch was close to a nearby road so you could hear a few cars but it wasn’t a problem. The facilities were good- especially the showers which were really cool!
August 24, 2023
Beautiful woodland and very unspoilt. Quite noisy at night time with planes flying over and cars moving around on a site next door. Toilets and showers a little unloved. Campfire facilities excellent and safe - it’s a shame there were no recycling facilities as this site has the potential to be a wonderful sustainable and eco friendly retreat. The many signs telling you what you couldn’t do, repeated around the site were unnecessary this information was made very clear in the welcome email! Not sure why wristbands were needed either! The sites were well looked after and the woodland was clearly cared for and full of wildlife.
August 17, 2023
Sgt Taylor’s Bunker (Adults Only)
Great experience, lovely campsite. Remember to bring a mattress (airbed etc) for the bunks only. Carry mats are provided and the bunks a v hard 😀
From the host
A rare opportunity to camp on a site listed by Historic England as a site of National Importance. 30 pitches set in 7.5 acres of woodland we operate a quiet (no amplified music) campsite with unique secluded pitches. Ideally placed for beaches on North Norfolk's area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Tours and experiences of our listed unique WW1 Lovat Scout training trenches with warden led tours and WW1 Experiences. Our WW1 Officers Bunker, Sgt Taylor’s, sleeps 4 (sorry adults only at moment). All our pitches are all unique and have characters as varied as our campers. We have an adult only zone and a family camping zone. Pitches are of different sizes and elevations check your tent size against the pitch size allowing a 6m fire safety margin between tents. This mainly vehicle free site is not suitable for caravans. We now have two pitches accessible to camper vans and trailer tents. For fire safety and so that children can safely play, all cars are parked in the car park. Barrows are available to help unload, and for heavy items wardens will assist with our little tractor and trailer. Please check carefully that the pitch you have chosen meets your needs before booking as alternatives may not be available. As a seasonal woodland campsite images of pitches may vary from actual. Arrival time slots strictly 1200 to 1700.
Please note ONLY Camper Glade and Jimmy’s are accessible to vehicles and camper vans.
Queen Elizabeth II opens her country house at Sandringham (01485 545400) to the public when not in residence. Sandringham House, museum, gardens and woods are wonderful to muse through on a hot summers day. Also on the Royal Estate is Anmer Hall, which will be the country residence of the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge, and wee Prince George. The Victorian seaside resort of Hunstanton offers sea trips on modern boats and a WWII 'duck'. It’s a popular place with windsurfers and jet skiers alike. Blakeney beach is 19 miles away and offers more sedate sailing, and opportunities to paddle canoes up sandy creeks. 'Chelsea-by-the-Sea' as the locals call it, is the charming town of Burnham Market. Enjoy its lovely shops and tearooms. At 6 miles away it’s also the nearest place to get fuel and camping gas. Norwich is only 35 miles away and is one of the fairest cathedral cities in the land. In fact, it has two fine cathedrals, a castle and a picturesque river.
Food and drink
You will find traditional food and ales locally in Docking at the Railway Inn or classic dishes such as burgers, fish & chips and salads at the ever-popular Kings Head(01485 578265) in Bircham Newton. The Duck Inn (01485 518330) is a traditional village pub, proudly serving a variety of local beers supplied by Wisbech-based brewers Elgood & Sons. They have a carefully selected wine list with a choice of old and new world wines. Bircham Windmill (01485 578393) is a popular local attraction and offers freshly-baked bread, a lovely tearoom and trips up the windmill. For something a little upmarket, head to the award-winning Orange Tree (01485 512213) in Thornham – it’s a culinary force to be reckoned with.