Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Christmas & New Year Opening Hours


Christmas & New Year Opening Times For Booking Office


Friday 21st Dec  9.00am - 5.00pm


Saturday 22nd Dec  CLOSED
Sunday 23rd Dec  CLOSED
Christmas Eve  CLOSED
Christmas Day  CLOSED
Boxing Day  CLOSED


Thursday 27th Dec  9.00am - 12.00pm
Friday 28th Dec  9.00am - 12.00pm


Saturday 29th Dec  CLOSED
Sunday 30th Dec  CLOSED


Monday 31st Dec  9.00am - 12.00pm


Tuesday 1st January 2013  CLOSED


Wednesday 2nd Jan  9.ooam - 5.00pm


The team at Clippesby Hall would like to wish all of our customers
a very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year !





Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Local Shops, Pubs & Restaurants ...

If you are visiting us during the winter months our on site shop and the Muskett Arms bar & restaurant are closed, but we have listed below some local businesses that are open all year round.

Shops & Amenities

Filby Post Office - 3.5  miles.  Post Office & Convenience store open 7 days a week from 7am until 9pm.

Acle Post Office - 3.5 miles.  Open 8.30am - 5.30pm Monday - Friday and 8.30am - 12.30pm on Saturday.  Post office and pet food supplies.

Acle Pharmacy - 3.5 miles.  Open Monday - Friday 9.00am -6.00pm and Saturday 9.00am - 5.30pm

Co-Op, Acle - 3.5 miles.  Open Monday - Saturday 8.00am - 8.00pm, Sunday 9.00am - 6.00pm

Budgeons, Acle - 4 miles.  Open 8.00am - 9.oopm Monday - Friday, Saturday 8.00m - 8.00pm and Sunday 10.00am - 4.00pm.  Small supermarket selling a good selection of local foods.

Tesco, Caister on sea - 6.5 miles.  Monday - Saturday 6.00am - Midnight, Sunday 10.00am - 4.00pm

Pubs - serving food

Acle Bridge 01493 752907 - 3 miles.  Serving food from 12 noon until 9pm everyday, Sunday roast from 12.00 noon until 3.00pm (then main menu)

Kings Arms, Fleggburgh 01493 368463 - 1.5 miles.  Open Monday - Thursday 11.00am - 11.00pm, Friday & Saturday 11.00am - midnight and Sunday 11.00am - 10.30pm.  Serving food Monday - Saturday 12.30pm - 2.30pm then 6.00pm - 9.00pm, Sundays 12.00 noon - 7.30pm.

Thurne Lion, Thurne 01692 670976 - 2 miles.  Food served 12.00 noon until 2.00pm, then 6.00pm - 9.00pm

Restaurants

The Hermitage, Acle - 3.5 milesOpen Tuesday - Saturday 11.30am - 2.00pm then 6.00pm - 9.03pm, Sunday 12.00 noon - 2.30pm.  Closed on Mondays01493 750310


Fiby Bridge - 3.5 miles - 3.5 miles.  To check opening times, call 01493 368142

The Castle Carvery, Caister - 6.5 miles.  Open Monday - Saturday 11.30am - 11.00pm, Sunday 11.30am - 10.30pm.  No need to book. 01493 728933

The Waterside, Rollesby - 2.5 miles.  Open 10.00am - 3.30pm (coffee shop) daily.   6.30pm

Tea Rooms & Coffee Shops

Fiby Bridge - 3.5 miles - 3.5 miles.  To check opening times, call 01493 368142

Olive Branch, Tunstead - 13.5 miles.  Open Tuesday - Sunday 10.00am - 5.00pm  01603 737555

The Waterside, Rollesby - 2.5 miles.  Open 10.00am - 3.30pm (coffee shop) daily.   Serving evening meals 6.30pm - 11.00pm Fridays & Saturdays (last food orders 9.00pm)

Take Away Food / Deliveries

Fish & Chips - Potter Heigham, Acle or Martham

Indian - Acle Spice, 01493 750800 - Free delivery

Chinese - Jasminum, Rollesby, 01493 748885 - Will deliver

Taxi Service

Acle Cars, Acle 01493 700006

Our Hire, Acle - 01493 752223

If you do require any further information on where to go, what to see & do, please ask in Reception, we will be pleased to help.

All information given is correct to the best of our knowledge but is not guaranteed.

 

 

Friday, 23 November 2012

Meet the Team - Brandan

Brandan started at Clippesby last year, working with Chris part time on the cycle hire.  Having now left school he has been with us all summer and is a popular & valuable member of the team.

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Brandan spends his time looking after the large 'fleet' of bicycles and accessories, keeping them clean and fixing punctures etc as well as getting the bikes ready to go out on hire and advising on local routes.

In September Brandon started college to study Carpentry but he should be back with us again next year during the holidays.

Brandan says he loves helping the children with their bikes and helping families to enjoy the area.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Christmas Shopping Breaks

Is the thought of Christmas shopping sending you into a panic?  The stress of finding that perfect present along with all the pushing and shoving and horn blowing that goes with city centre shopping, it's not a great start to the Festive season is it?

This year why not combine your Christmas shopping with a short break to the Norfolk Broads.  Our Courtyard Cottage, Coach House or Pine Lodges are perfect for families or for friends to share, and with the Pine Lodges starting at just £199 for four night short break it makes an affordable treat just before Christmas.

Roys of Wroxham said to be the 'largest village store in the world' has everything you could need from present ideas, decorations, festive food and lots, lots more.  Parking is free and there is plenty of it, so no endless queue for the car park either!

If you do want to go into Norwich city centre, you can take the train from Acle station or pick up the 'Park and Ride' on the outskirts of Norwich.  Now listed as one of the  Top 10 places to shop in the UK, shopping in Norwich is a unique experience with high street stores, designer brands, independent shops and quirky goods are all on offer.  Outside of London’s Oxford Street, Norwich is the only place in the UK to have 4 national department stores as well as a local independent department store, Jarrold, within its city centre.

There is still lots going on in the Broads area out of the main holiday season, so while those who want to can go shopping, there's the option for fishing just 2 miles down the road at Thurne, the local pubs and restaurants are still open and the Bure Valley Railway offers their 'Santa Special' trips from the 24th November until the 24th of December, so a chance for the little ones to see Santa with their wish lists.

A little further afield the Thursford Christmas Spectacular is on from the 9th of November until the 23rd of December, "the biggest and most exciting Christmas show of all time in Britain."  Booking is essential, see website for details.


Give us a call on 01493 367800 or drop us an email  holidays@clippesby.com  we'd be happy to help.

Friday, 12 October 2012

What's On in the Norfolk Broads - October Half Term

If you are thinking of visiting the Norfolk Broads area during the October Half Term, check out our guide to 'What's On'.

For information on our self catering accommodation, please visit our website or call 01493 367800 to check availability.

Saturday 20th October  1.00pm - 4.00pm
Happisburgh Church Tower Open Day.   One of the highest points in Norfolk, the view from the Church Tower is worth the climb to the top of the Thomas Marshall Memorial Staircase.

Sunday 21st October  2.30pm - 5.30pm
Barton House Railway - The Barton House Railway (BHR) re-creates a traditional railway atmosphere where the whole family can enjoy the nostalgia of the golden age of steam with two ride-on railways, a fully working signalling system and authentic tickets

Tuesday 23rd October 7.30pm from Adam & Eve P.H
Ghost Walk in Norwich Twilight creeps through the narrow alleyways and hidden courtyards of the old, old city. Its gnarled fingers unlock ancient secrets of dark deeds that lie entombed behind crumbling walls. It whispers into the shadowy recesses of a forgotten part of Norwich, disturbing the sleep of the long departed, and the City of the Dead stirs once more into ghostly, ethereal life.

Wednesday 24th October   1.00pm - 4.00pm
Happisburgh Church Tower Open Day.   One of the highest points in Norfolk, the view from the Church Tower is worth the climb to the top of the Thomas Marshall Memorial Staircase.

Friday 26th October
Hard Rain playing at the Dog Inn, Ludham  8.30pmFrom Bob Dylan to Johnny Cash, from Amy Winehouse to Sade, and from the Beatles to Frank Sinatra – even some Blue Grass and Country, local band.

Saturday 27th October - Saturday 3rd November
Big Draw Week @ Museum of the Broads in Stalham. Take part by drawing a favourite object (big or small, from a boat to a bird!) from the Museum's collection of amazing exhibits. Enter your drawing in a free competition to win a prize at the end of the week. Different ages from toddler to adult. Come along and have a go it costs nothing!

Saturday 27th October - Sunday 4th November
Snagglefang's Spooky Spectacular @ BeWILDerwood, Horning.  Lantern making, mask decorating and parades - see the website for full details of the freaky goings on.

Saturday 27th October - Sunday 4th November
Spooky Seafarers Half Term Fun  Treasure trail and colouring crafts:  Weekdays 10.30am-3.30pm, Saturdays and Sundays 1.30pm-3.30pm.  Wednesday 31st October, 10.30am-3.30pm - Halloween Special with face-painting, crafts and treasure trail.   For further details of special events, please call the museum on 01493 850698

Saturday 27th October
Hard Rain playing at the Maltsters P.H, Ranworth  8.30pmFrom Bob Dylan to Johnny Cash, from Amy Winehouse to Sade, and from the Beatles to Frank Sinatra – even some Blue Grass and Country, local band.

Sunday 28th October
Otter Spotting Canoe Trail  Otter Spotting Guided Canoe Trail - Honing Lock to Barton Broad.  You can paddle down miles of quiet, undistrubed tributaries and streams never seeing another soul but with a chance of seeing some of the broads best kept secrets - the Kingfishers, Bitterns and even the elusive otter. These secretive and wonderful creatures of the Broads National Park may, very occasionally, be seen from your broads cruiser are far more frequently spotted from a canoe.  See website for full details.

Sunday 28th October
Go Green for Halloween - Wildlife Watch  With Halloween approaching come along to NWT Hickling Broad and work with expert natural artist, Tim Willey to create a marvellous green man mask. Look out for wildlife as you collect materials before creating your own work of art to scare people with on Halloween.  See website for full details.

Tuesday 30th October 7.30pm from Adam & Eve P.H
Ghost Walk in Norwich Twilight creeps through the narrow alleyways and hidden courtyards of the old, old city. Its gnarled fingers unlock ancient secrets of dark deeds that lie entombed behind crumbling walls. It whispers into the shadowy recesses of a forgotten part of Norwich, disturbing the sleep of the long departed, and the City of the Dead stirs once more into ghostly, ethereal life.

Tuesday 30th October
Creatures of the Night @ NWT Ranworth Broad  Back by popular demand another chance to brave Ranworth after dark. We will be looking for nocturnal wildlife on a nature trail, bat detecting and finding out what owls eat for dinner. Wrap up warm as we will need to brave the cold before heading to the floating centre for a hot chocolate.
Venue: Meet at the Broads Wildlife Centre, NWT Ranworth Broad.  Full details on website

Tuesday 30th October
Horse Racing at Great Yarmouth Races - Season Finale  This is your last chance to enjoy a race meeting at Great Yarmouth during 2012 so don't miss out.  First race at 1.10pm - last race 4.10pm  full details on website.


Wednesday 31st October
Halloween Spooky Trail at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden.  Join us for the spookiest Halloween party around. Scare yourself silly on the trail round our haunted garden. Live music. Thundermental fire artists. Werewolf on stilts. Children's entertainers. Hot food. Don't miss the frighteningly, fearful, firework finale at 7.50pm!  Full details on website.

Friday 2nd November
Bird Day at Fairhaven Woodland & Water Garden.  Prepare your garden for birds this winter with make your own bird feeders and bird boxes.  Free drop in activity. (normal garden fees apply!)

All information given is correct to the best of our knowledge but is not guaranteed.

Monday, 3 September 2012

What's On in the Norfolk Broads - September '12

Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd

The Maritime Festival is a riot of colour with tall ships and supply vessels flying colourful bunting from their masts.  The Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival is organised by the Greater Yarmouth Tourist Authority. The Maritime Festival is one of the biggest events in Great Yarmouth's annual calendar where we celebrate our maritime heritage and look to our maritime future on historic South Quay on the banks of the River Yare.  Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am - 5pm

Saturday 1st - Sunday 16th September (last show)

Summer Spectacular & Circus & Water Show - Show times vary, check website for show times and to book tickets - or call 01493 844172

Sunday 9th

Go Wild at Ranworth - Join in at NWT Ranworth Broad to experience our rich wetland wildlife in all its splendour! A family fun day where you can explore and learn all about the wildlife you can see at this time of year.  11.00am - 4.00pm - Free

Monday 10th

Wherry Sailings - Various journey's mainly starting from Wroxham to How Hill, Ranworth, St Benet's Abbey or Stalham. Please check website or telephone for more details. Unless specified: one way sailing, return land transport included, hot and cold drinks served, own refreshments welcome. Finish times are approximate. All proceeds support WYC in restoring and sailing the wherries Norada, Olive, Hathor and White Moth.  £35-£40 - Telephone 01692 630674

Wednesday 12th

Music Festival at Great Yarmouth Minster - Cavick String Quartet, 7.30pm start, tickets £5 - see website for details

Friday 14th

Local band 'One Hand Clapping' playing at the Thurne Lion P.H at Thurne from 8.30pm

Wednesday 19th

Happisburgh Church Tower Open Day -

One of the heighest points in Norfolk, the view from Happisburgh Church Tower is worth the climb to the top of the Thomas Marshall Memorial Staircase.  Open from 1.00pm - 4.00pm, entrance £2 adults &  £1 children

Friday 21st

Local band 'One Hand Clapping' playing at The Maltsters P.H, Ranworth from 8.30pm

Saturday 22nd

Music Festival at Great Yarmouth Minster - “Translated by Reeds”. Newly commissioned work of contemporary and traditional songs and words about the land and people along the banks of the rivers Waveney and Blyth commissioned by Waveney and Blyth Arts: 7.30pm start, Tickets £10 (Concessions £8) - see website for more details.

Sunday 23rd Sept

Swallows & Amazons – paddle to TheCanoeMan Woodland Activity Centre where you will be taught the mysterical art of bushcraft, learning to light fires and build shelters. During the lunch break you will have the opportunity to explore the wood, followed in the afternoon by a woodland archery session to discover who amongst your friends is the next Robin Hood.  Sessions start 11am – 3pm  or 3pm – 5pm.

Friday 28th

Hard Rain playing at the Lion Inn, Thurne  8.30pm – From Bob Dylan to Johnny Cash, from Amy Winehouse to Sade, and from the Beatles to Frank Sinatra – even some Blue Grass and Country, local band.

All information given is correct to the best of our knowledge but is not guaranteed.

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Summer holidays at Clippesby Hall

Just one week left now of the summer holidays, here's a 'snapshot' of what has been going on for the last few weeks.



The campsite has been fully booked from the start of the school holidays.  One of our younger guests has recently carried out a survey which shows that tents seem to be more popular than caravans on site this year - thank you Merri for doing this, it was very interesting.

Our next availability for pitches is the 2nd of September, so there is still time to get a few days away before school starts again.  Or, if you fancy a break in one of our cottages or lodges, take a look at our 'Offers Page' where you will find details of which properties we have available.

It has been lovely to see some of your holidays photographs posted on our facebook page, please keep adding them and we will choose some to use as our cover page.



John has been working hard on his garden all summer, he now provides the Muskett Arms and the Coffee Shop with flowers and salad and the chickens are laying enough eggs for Sue to use when she baking the cakes - as food miles go, you can't get much more local than that!

Also this summer we had the arrival of 12 geese which are living in the walled garden.

 

Ben and Malc have been busy keeping the park looking smart, the new 'all weather' pitches have been a real bonus this year especially during the early part of the season when it was wet.  We've got plans to add more in the Heath during the winter.



Ben - one of the Park Rangers
Brandan has been looking after the cycle hire this year, helping get people out and about in the Broads, mending punctures & doing repairs and giving advice on routes and days out.

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We are all starting to look forward to our 'Beer Festival' weekends, which are held on 14th & 15th and 21st & 22nd September - there are a very limited number of pitches left and only a couple of cottages, so if you fancy joining us, give the booking office a call on 01493 367800 - with lots of local ales and ciders to try, along with family entertainment, it is always a really relaxed and fun weekend for the whole family (not just dad!)

Monday, 6 August 2012

What's On in the Norfolk Broads - August '12

Sunday 5th August

Take a look on-board the Wherry Albion at Oulton Broad Yacht Station.  Learn about the history of the Wherries and their importance to the Broads.

Caister Lifeboat Day at Caister Lifeboat Station, Come and meet the crew, see both lifeboats being launched and enjoy a fun family day out supporting this very worthwhile cause.  10.00am - 4.30pm

Wroxfest - This one day music and beer festival, in partnership with The Shed Wroxham, will be held at Trafford Park on Sunday 5 August 2012 (Gates open 12pm – 11pm).

Tuesday 7th August

Evening Explorers at Ranworth Broad.  Join us for an evening adventure at NWT Ranworth Broad, it is a great time to be on the reserve as the wildlife that calls it home are either settling down for the evening or just getting active. Who knows what we will see. Keep your eyes peeled adventurers!  Cost: £4 adults, £2.50 children, booking essential - call 01603 625540.  7.30pm - 9.00pm

Wednesday 8th August

Take a look on-board the Wherry Albion at Norwich Yacht Station.  Learn about the history of the Wherries and their importance to the Broads.

Firework Display at Great Yarmouth Central Beach from 9.00pm

Friday 10th August 

One Hand Clapping, playing  at the Lion Inn P.H, Thurne.  Local band playing a mix of classic and modern rock, folk, rhythm and blues, roots and Americana from 8.00pm.

Saturday 11th August

Guided sunset canoe trail, with the help of your canoe guide you can silently explore South Walsham inner and outer broad and undisturbed tributaries, with the opportunity to see some of the Broads’ best kept secrets – kingfishers, bitterns and maybe the elusive otter.  For departure times and to book see website.

Sunday 12th August

Pirate Day at Museum of the Broads in Stalham  10.30am - 5.00pm.  Enjoy being a Pirate on the Broads. Make a pirate hat and eye patch, follow the clues to find the Treasure, have your face painted as a pirate, dig for gold, play on our Pirate ship, take a boat trip to our 'Treasure Island'. Meet the Museum Pirates on their home ground!!  A PRICE FOR THE BEST DRESSED PIRATE ON THE DAY!  BBQ available at lunch time. Falcon rides from 11.00 to 15.00
Normal Museum charges. Adult £4, concession £3.50, Family (2+3) £12, child £2.50

Tuesday 14th August

Take a look on-board the Wherry Albion in Horning .  Learn about the history of the Wherries and their importance to the Broads.

Horse Racing at Great Yarmouth Racecourse - Great Yarmouth Racecourse invites you to join them for a day at the races.  Whether it’s a get together with friends, an excuse to get dressed up, or time to be enjoyed together as a family, there’s something for everyone.   Tel: 01493 842527

Wednesday 15th August

Pottering Round the Middle at Potter Heigham - A free guided walk starting at Potter Heigham and walking along the riverbank up to Candle Dyke, then inland along the dyke to Middle Wall where we turn south and return to Potter Heigham.  10.00am - 1.00pm
PLEASE NOTE - the walk is approximately 5km long.  Booking strongly advised. Limited to 20 places.  Angela Rowe  Tel: 01603 226173

Ghost Walk at Fairhaven Woodland & Water Garden, South Walsham.  Enjoy a spine-tingling walk through the woods listening to the myths and legends of the Fairhaven Garden.  Free with garden entry. £5.50 adult; £5 conc.; £3 child; under 5s free; dogs 25p. Free to members. No need to book.   From 6.30pm

Firework Display at Great Yarmouth Central Beach from 9.00pm

Saturday 18th August

Farmers Market at  Fairhaven Water Gardens, South Walsham - Lots of lovely local produce fresh from the Broadland area.   10.00am until 2.00pm

One Hand Clapping, playing at The Malsters P.H at Ranworth from 8.00pm.

Sunday 19th August

Nelson's Column Ascents at The Norfolk Pillar/ Nelson's Monument - A wonderful opportunity to climb all 217 steps of Nelson's Monument in Great Yarmouth and experience the breathtaking views. Trained Monument Guides are on hand to explain the monument's construction, history and restoration and its links with Admiral Lord Nelson.  10.00am - 4.00pm

Tuesday 21st August

Evening Explorers - Join us for an evening adventure at NWT Hickling Broad, it is a great time to be on the reserve as the wildlife that calls it home are either settling down for the evening or just getting active. Who knows what we will see. Keep your eyes peeled adventurers!  Information & Booking Tel: 01603 625540   7.30pm - 9.00pm

One Hand Clapping, playing at The Reedcutters P.H at Ranworth from 8.00pm.

Wednesday 22nd August

Summer Fun Day at Great Yarmouth Market Place - Family fun, entertainment and activities on market day in the town centre. Shop and have fun with all the family.  11.00am - 3.00pm

Firework Display at Great Yarmouth Central Beach from 9.00pm

Friday 24th August

Really Wild at Ranworth at NWT Ranworth Broad.  Join us this morning at our floating visitor centre before heading out and exploring the reserve in search of wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled explorers! Who knows what may be lurking in the reeds.   11.00am - 12.00pm  Ms Val Bowers Tel: 01603 625540 - children £2 each

Saturday 25th - Monday 27th August

The Curious Crocklebog Capers at BeWILDerwood, Horning.  A celebration of all things Crocklebog… Brave through the Crockleclock Challenge, follow Mildred's Butterfly Bumble AND make an authentic Crocklebog handbag or tiara!

Sunday 26th August

Take a look on-board the Wherry Albion in Coltishall.  Learn about the history of the Wherries and their importance to the Broads - this event is to mark the 1912 flood centenary.

Thurne Windpump Open Day - A unique opportunity to experience first hand the workings of the mill.  2.00pm - 4.00pm

Swallows & Amazons – paddle to TheCanoeMan Woodland Activity Centre where you will be taught the mysterical art of bushcraft, learning to light fires and build shelters. During the lunch break you will have the opportunity to explore the wood, followed in the afternoon by a woodland archery session to discover who amongst your friends is the next Robin Hood.  Sessions start 11am – 3pm  or 3pm – 5pm.

Wednesday 29th August

Firework Display at Great Yarmouth Central Beach from 9.00pm

All information given is correct to the best of our knowledge but is not guaranteed.

Friday, 3 August 2012

Local Church Services for August '12

Sunday 5th August

9.00am    Holy Communion at St Edmunds Church, Thurne

10.30am  Holy Communion at St Marys Church, Martham

Roman Catholic Service at 9.15am at St Edmunds Church, Acle

Sunday 12th August

10.30am   Holy Communion at St Marys Church, Martham

10.45am   Service at St Peters Church, Clippesby

Roman Catholic Service at 9.15am at St Edmunds Church, Acle

Sunday 19th August

9.00am     Holy Communion at St Edmunds Church, Thurne

10.30am   Holy Communion at St Marys Church, Martham

6.30pm     Evening Prayers at St Peter & St Pauls Church, Repps with Bastwick

Roman Catholic Service at 9.15am at St Edmunds Church, Acle

Sunday 26th August

9.00am     Holy Communion at St Peter & St Pauls Church, Repps with Bastwick

10.30am   Holy Communion at St Marys Church, Martham

10.45am    Holy Communion/Morning Worship at St Peters Church, Clippesby

Roman Catholic Service at 9.15am at St Edmunds Church, Acle

 

Information given is correct to the best of our knowledge but is not guaranteed.

Monday, 30 July 2012

Camping comes in all shapes and sizes ...

Camping season is now in full swing here at Clippesby Hall with lots of families making the most of the sunshine and fresh air and enjoying getting out and about on the Norfolk Broads.

We had this quirky trailer tent arrive a couple of weeks ago from Holland - we can't make up minds if it looks more like the Sydney Opera House or the exhibition centre in Glasgow known locally there as the 'Armadillo'.

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It looked really comfy inside, two large single beds and a tiny kitchen, then a small veranda with a cover to protect you from the elements on the front.

 

 

 

 

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The VW Campers have been out and about in force this year, this little blue one liked us so much it came back for the 2nd time in as many weeks.  If you fancy camping 'Retro' style, but don't want the expense of buying your own V-Dub,  Retro Campers Norfolk & Snail Trail both offer a hire service and our pitches in the Rabbits Grove are absolutely perfect for them.

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Another unusual camping style is the 'Teardrop Trailer' available to hire from Clever Camper.  We have mentioned these before in our blogs - a tiny trailer with everything you need for a camping trip - including a comfy bed, delivered to your pitch by the owner ready for you to move into and start enjoying your holiday!

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If you have a wacky tent or unusual camping method, post your pictures on our Facebook page, we'd love to see them!

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Local church services for July '12

Sunday July 22nd

9.00am    Holy Communion at St Peter & St Pauls Church, Repps with Bastwick

10.30am  Holy Communion at St Marys Church, Martham

10.45am  Holy Communion at St Peters Church, Clippesby

Roman Catholic Service at 9.15am at St Edmunds Church, Acle

Wednesday 25th July

9.00am   Holy Communion at St Marys Church, Martham

Friday 27th July

9.00am   Morning Prayer at St Edmunds Church, Thurne

Sunday July 29th

10.30am  Benefice Holy Communion at St Peter & St Pauls Church, Repps with Bastwick

Roman Catholic Service at 9.15am at St Edmunds Church, Acle

Information given is correct to the best of our knowledge but is not guaranteed.

Monday, 9 July 2012

What's On in the Norfolk Broads - July 2012

Wednesday 11th July

Take a trip on the Wherry Albion from How Hill to Wroxham.  Learn about the history of the Wherries and their importance to the Broads, enjoy a relaxing trip in the care of experienced crew.  Depart 10am, arrive 5pm - £35 refreshments served.   See website for more details

Thursday 12th July

Guided sunset canoe trail, with the help of your canoe guide you can silently explore South Walsham inner and outer broad and undisturbed tributaries, with the opportunity to see some of the Broads’ best kept secrets - kingfishers, bitterns and maybe the elusive otter.  For departure times and to book see website.

Friday 13th

One Hand Clapping, playing  at the Lion Inn P.H, Thurne.  Local band playing a mix of classic and modern rock, folk, rhythm and blues, roots and Americana.

Saturday 14th July

Horning Village Fete, held on the banks of the River Bure at Horning Staithe.  From 10am traditional offerings of home baked cakes, bric-a-brac, dog show, games, and grand draw, there will be a number of surprise new attractions for both adults and children to enjoy.  The day will end with a barbeque on the Village Green from 6 to 9.30pm, open to all with a pay as you eat menu.

Monday 16th July

'Fiddlesticks Northwest Clogg Dancers & Musicians'  at The Malsters P.H in Ranworth from 8pm

Tuesday 17th July

Ladies Day at at Great Yarmouth Racecourse.  Dress to impress at this year’s Ladies Night and MusicLive Racenight. Our most glamorous night of the year, enjoy PIMM'S on the lawn or treat yourself to premier hospitality or your own private box! With fantastic prizes for best dressed, this is a fabulous occasion for the ladies! Enjoy the racing followed by live music on the lawns. Book your tickets early as this is a very popular event and the premier enclosure and the restaurant has sold out for the last 7 years!  First race 5.50pm

Saturday 21st

Strawberries & Steam at Bure Valley Railway.  Enjoy a nine mile nostalgic journey by steam through Norfolk countryside from either Aylsham or Wroxham. FREE local strawberries and cream for every fare-paying passenger.   See website for more details

One Hand Clapping, playing  at The Malsters P.H, Ranworth.

Sunday 22nd

Swallows & Amazons - paddle to TheCanoeMan Woodland Activity Centre where you will be taught the mysterical art of bushcraft, learning to light fires and build shelters. During the lunch break you will have the opportunity to explore the wood, followed in the afternoon by a woodland archery session to discover who amongst your friends is the next Robin Hood.  Sessions start 11am - 3pm  or 3pm - 5pm.

Thurne Windpump Open Day - Thurne Windpump is open to visitors and wind permitting the sails will be turning.  A unique opportunity to experience first hand the workings of the mill.  From 2pm - 4pm, see website for details

Open Gardens - A chance to explore the beautiful 'Bishops Garden' in Norwich from 1pm - 5pm.  Entry £3.  See website for more details

Saturday 28th

Strawberries & Steam at Bure Valley Railway.  Enjoy a nine mile nostalgic journey by steam through Norfolk countryside from either Aylsham or Wroxham. FREE local strawberries and cream for every fare-paying passenger.   See website for more details

One Hand Clapping, playing  at The Windmill P.H, Norwich

Sunday 29th

Mildred's Musical Puppet Parade - Last chance to see the the Puppet Pantomime at BeWILDerwood.  Interactive story telling, a puppet parade and lots of fun.  See website for full details.

The Castaways at Fairhaven Water Gardens . A varied musical mix of sea shanties, folk, Irish, Country and Western and old time singalongs. Free with garden entry. £5.50 adult; £5 conc.; £3 child; under 5s free; dogs 25p. Free to members.

Tuesday 31st

One Hand Clapping, playing  at The Reedcutter P.H, Cantley

All information given is to the best of our knowledge but cannot be guaranteed.

Friday, 6 July 2012

David Bellamy Inspection

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Last week David Yates from the David Bellamy award scheme came to inspect the campsite for our annual assessment.  Fingers crossed we will retain our Gold Award which we have now had for over 10 years.

David Bellamy Conservation Awards are made each year to parks which can demonstrate policies showing active concern for the environment. Assisted by local nature groups and holidaymakers themselves, David Bellamy looks at virtually every aspect of park management - from the protection of plant and animal habitats to the efficient use of energy and recycling. Helping visitors to understand conservation is also considered an important qualifying feature. Three levels of excellence can be achieved : Gold, Silver and Bronze.

http://www.ukparks.com/bellamy.asp

Monday, 2 July 2012

Weekend recap

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Weatherwise, Norfolk was been one of the best parts of the country to be in last week - wall to wall sunshine and temperatures in the low 20's for most of the week and into the weekend too.  The campsite has been busy with people enjoying the fresh air and making the most of summer which has been late to arrive.

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It was lovely to see  familes on the Cedar Lawn playing Boules and little ones in the sandpit and the play area enjoying the sunshine.  

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The forecast for next weekend is looking really good too - long may it continue we say!

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'This Morning' comes to Clippesby


Last Sunday, the film crew from ITV 'This Morning' arrived with presenters Alison Hammond and Cheryl Fergison to do a feature on the Norfolk Broads.



Alison and Cheryl were invited to have special one-off hands-on experiences at Wroxham Barns – pottery and fudge making. They then headed for the river in Wroxham and drove one of Broads Tours day boats. On Monday they had a  trip to Great Yarmouth where they explored Docwra’s rock factory and rode the rollercoaster at The Pleasure Beach.  Clippesby Hall provided the perfect camping spot and the girls enjoyed the hospitality provided by the Muskett Arms.

 


It is likely that the feature will be shown on the 18th & 19th July - more to follow on this shortly.

 

 

 

 

Friday, 15 June 2012

What's On in the Norfolk Broads for June

Saturday June 16th

Farmers Market at Fairhaven Gardens  10.00am - 2.00pm - Free entry and free parking, lots of lovely fresh local produce.

Sunday June 17th

Open Farm at the Grange in Rollesby, 2.30pm - Free entry and free parking - telephone 01493 740236.  Meet in farmyard at The Grange (Fleggburgh Road, Rollesby NR29 5AJ)  for a guided walk around our arable farm. We specialise in asparagus, strawberries, raspberries, potatoes and seasonal veg. See the machinery, grading lines and pack house.

Open Farm at Chapmans Farm in Martham, 1.00pm - Free entry and free parking - telephone 01493 748990.  Meet at Clarkes Farm (Clarkes Farm, Staithe Road, Martham, NR29 4PT) for a guided tour of livery yards, farm enterprises, diversification, finishing with a tractor ride or walk through Rollesby Woods and to finish the day tea and cakes will be on offer to raise money for a local charity in the gardens of Clarkes Farm.

Saturday 23rd June

Craft, Gift and Book Fayre, 9.30am - 3.00pm - The Book Stall will have a selection of children’s books priced at just £1 and £2, with well known authors such as Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton, and plublishers such as Usbourne, Ladybird and Puffin.

Sunday June 24th

Green Festival at Fairhaven Gardens  10.00am - 5.00 pm - Fun environmental activities for all the family. Rural crafts, conservation charities, children's activities, children's entertainers, boat trips and much much more.  Free with garden entry  £5 adults, £3 children, free parking.

Friday June 29th   

Hard Rain playing at the Lion Inn, Thurne  8.30pm - From Bob Dylan to Johnny Cash, from Amy Winehouse to Sade, and from the Beatles to Frank Sinatra - even some Blue Grass and Country, local band.

Friday, 1 June 2012

Clippesby Parish News

St. Peter's at Clippesby is a participant in the Open Churches Initiative and is open every day for people to visit. This ancient building has served the parish of Clippesby for hundreds of years. Come and find the peace that pervades its walls and its tranquil, country churchyard, filled with blue forget-me-nots, queen anne lace and whispering grasses.

The Diamond Jubilee weekend will be one of celebration in the Fleggs as elsewhere. Martham village and St. Mary's Church have a whole weekend of fun planned, and each of the surrounding villages will be holding some kind of celebration.

Members of St. Peter's Church, Clippesby, are organising a Jubilee Garden Party in the walled garden of Clippesby Hall - weather permitting - in aid of the church; it will take place on Sunday afternoon the 3rd of June from 2pm to 4pm. there is to be a fancy dress  for the children and sports and stalls, games and strawbrry cream teas.A short service in the church to give thanks for the Jubilee will follow on at 5pm, Everyone is welcome.

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Sunday, 20 May 2012

Day two for Clippesby's Music Fest

After a grey start in morning the sun came out and it turned into a lovely sunny afternoon albeit a little chilly at times.  Kolin Durier kicked off the days line up with a lively acoustic set.

As more of our campers ventured out of their tents and across to the walled garden the lovely atmosphere that Clippesby is renowned for started to build.  By lunchtime the tables and chairs around the marquee were full of people enjoying the music and some great food provided by the Muskett Arms & Coffee Shop.

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Around tea-time Hard Rain who are regulars to Clippesby and a very popular local band really got things going with lots of people on their feet dancing which was great as it was really starting to get chilly.  A 'nip' in the air didn't put people off though, they just brought their rugs with them and kept warm with hot drinks provided by the bar.

 

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Although the Festival was a first for Clippesby, we have had some great feedback with people looking to book for next year already, and although nothing is set in stone just yet, it is looking extremely likely that this could become an annual event.

 

We would like to thank everyone who worked so hard over the weekend, Lee and his staff in the bar, Diane and the girls who kept the facilities lovely and clean, Mandy and the coffee shop staff, Ben & Malc who as always were kept busy keeping everything running smoothly, Neil who was on the gate, the Reception staff and Brandon who did a sterling job on Bike Hire.  But most off Chris, who put his heart and soul into this and pulled the whole event together!  All in all a great team effort.

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Our Saturday music line up:  11.00am - Kolin Durier, 12.00 - Dougier Archer, 1.00pm - Young Blood, 2.00pm - Marina Florance, 3.00pm - Mojo Preachers, 4.15pm - The Actor & The Peach, 5.30pm - Hard Rain, 7.15pm - Pepper & Shepherd, 8.30pm - The Proposition.

All of the artists who played at the Festival are local to the area.

Saturday, 19 May 2012

The start of things to come ....

This weekend sees the first Music Festival held at Clippesby, organised by Chris we hope it will be the first of many.  The campsite is almost full and the weather stayed dry for everyone to set up.

Friday was a hive of activity setting up, Ben and Malc working very hard getting the marquee area ready for the the bands to set up.  They are particularly proud of their 'carpeted' stage area and curtain - well done lads!

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The festival itself was kicked off by acoustic artist Kolin Durier and then later in the evening local band 'One Hand Clapping' played to an enthusiastic crowd.

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More to come from Saturdays performers ...

Friday, 4 May 2012

Norfolk Broads Events - What's On In May

Saturday 5th to Sunday 20th May - Broads Outdoor Festival, two weeks of non-stop fun with over 100 events to try at locations all over the Broads.
BeWILDerwood - Treehouse Adventure park

Saturday 5th – Monday 7th May – Minty’s Whizzy Windmill Garden, BeWILDerwood, Horning 10.00am – 5.30pm.  Help Minty, the littlest Crocklebog in BeWILDerwood, create a charmingly gorgeous garden by making whizzy windmill flowers, how lovely!  Normal admission fees apply.

Saturday 12th MaySpring Plant Fair at Fairhaven Woodland Gardens, South Walsham  10.00am – 2.00pm.  An opportunity to buy new and unusual varieties of plants with expert advice.

Sunday 13th May – Thurne Windpump Open Day, Thurne  1.00pm – 4.00pm.  Open to visitors and wind permitting the sails will be turning.  A unique opportunity to experience first hand the workings of the mill.

Wednesday 16th May – Ghost Walk at Fairhaven Woodland Gardens, South Walsham at 6.30pm.  Enjoy a spine-tingling walk through the woods listening to the myths and legends of the Fairhaven Garden.  Free with garden entry. £5.50 adult; £5 conc.; £3 child; under 5s free; dogs 25p.
Fairhaven Woodland & Water Garden

Saturday 19th May - Full day art workshop at Fairhaven Woodland Gardens, South Walsham from 10.00am – 4.00pm.  Workshop in the garden with one hour demonstration followed by group tuition, led by professional artist Rachel Thomas.  Includes tea/coffee and biscuits and a light lunch. Please bring your own art materials. Booking only event. £45 per person  01603 270449

Sunday 27th May – Thurne Windpump Open Day, Thurne  1.00pm – 4.00pm.  Open to visitors and wind permitting the sails will be turning.  A unique opportunity to experience first hand the workings of the mill.

All information given is correct to the best of our knowledge but is not guaranteed.

Friday, 27 April 2012

New bathrooms for Tiree & Arbroath

We really are on a roll this year with our refurbishment programme, with Braemar, Wenlock & Skye all completed,  we have now moved on to new bathrooms for Tiree & Arbroath.  These two properties are the Woodland Bungalows which are on the lane that leads down to the church.

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We are on a tight timescale, but Tiree will be ready for our guests arriving for the May Bank Holiday weekend with Arbroath being completed soon after.

Tiree and Arbroath both have two bedrooms, one double and one twin and are ideal for families with small children as they are in a quiet position and  have lovely back gardens ideal for little ones to play in.

As soon as we're finished, we'll post the photographs for you to take a look.

 

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Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Meet the Team - Ray 'Hot Feet' Humphreys

Ray has been doing Disco's and family entertainment at Clippesby for 19 years.  During the summer season he is in the Muskett Arms on a Tuesday night with the Family Disco, Thursday night doing the Quiz and Bingo and on a Friday night doing the hugely popular Childrens Disco Party Night.

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Ray has an infectious sense of fun that draws everyone to get involved, from the tiny tots to the parents and grandparents.  Although, (thankfully) Mr Blobby hasn't made an appearance lately, you can see a rendition of YMCA with fancy dress performed by our guests at Clippesby most weeks.

Ray really enjoys working  with the children to make sure that they have a great holiday and enjoy themselves which then allows the parents to relax in the bar knowing the children are kept entertained.  He also loves to catch up with returning guests to Clippesby who have become good friends over the years.

Keep watching on our facebook page where we will have a poll to decide your favourite 'Hot Feet' disco track.

Friday, 20 April 2012

Skye - Refurbishment Completed!

Skye, our one bedroom 'Clocktower Apartment' has been completely transformed after the winter refurbishment program.

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The bedroom is light and bright with a stylish en-suite shower room.

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The kitchen (small but perfectly formed) has everything you need for your self catering holiday.

In the lounge/diner there is a comfortable leather sofa, flat screen t.v and patio doors giving great views over the walled garden.  We have also re-laid the patio area in front of the property which is ideal to relax on during your stay, perhaps with a cheeky glass of wine in the evenings.

Be one of the first to stay, give us a call on 01493 367800 to book - we're sure you'll love it.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Easter Holiday Recap

With most of the children back to school now after the Easter Holiday and a very busy time for us here at Clippesby, here's a recap of the last two weeks.

Most of our guests arrived on the Thursday before Easter and on Good Friday, what a shame the weather wasn't kind to us like last year, still like true Brits we all put a brave face on it - a 'nip' in the air doesn't put off Clippesby campers.  Remember Easter 2008 when it snowed? - at least it wasn't that bad!

The new pitches in the Rabbits Grove went down well but unfortunately Malc & Ben's carefully laid lawns got a bit scruffy due to the wet weather, so they are now giving this area the necessary tweaks before our next busy bank holiday weekend in May.

We have had some lovely positive comments about the improvements to Braemar and Wenlock and Skye looked lovely when it was finished  (pictures to follow later in the week)

Our resident drummer Chris and the band 'One Hand Clapping' went down a storm in the Muskett Arms with lots of audience participation - don't forget they will be playing at our Music Festival in May and one night a week in the bar during the summer holidays.

If you joined us at Easter, we hope you had a great time and look forward to seeing you again later in the year.  If you have any photo's, please share them on Facebook, we'd love to see them.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Rabbits Grove

If you go down to the woods today you're in for a big surprise!  The Rabbits Grove has been transformed into a spacious camping & touring area complete with the new 'all weather' pitches that have been so popular since we introduced them in the 'Old Orchard' last year.

The pitches are well spaced out, are nice and level, each has it's own water tap, grey water drain, electric supply and a grassy area for lounging on and topping up your tan.

The grass is coming through really nicely now after the 10 days of gorgeous sunshine we have had and thanks to Ben who has been watering it regularly.

All we need now is some campers to come and enjoy it!

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Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Easter Services

On Palm Sunday, April the 1st, the Benefice Holy Communion Service will be in St. Mary The Virgin's Church at Martham starting at 10-30am.

Maundy Thursday the 5th April a reflective Holy Communion at St. Mary's, Martham again starting at 7-30pm.

Good Friday the 6th April there will be a childrens' workshop at St. Mary's, Martham £1-00/child. Under 5's must be accompanied by an adult. The workshop starts at 10-00am and finishes at 12-00 noon.The Devotional Service at Repps-cum-Bastwick is at 10-30am.There is an 11am United Service at Martham Methodist Church.

Easter Day, Sunday 8th April

6am Clippesby Church, "Dawn" Service

10-30am  Repps Church, Holy Communion

10-30am Martham Church, Holy Communion

11am Thurne, United Service with the Methodists

Roman Catholic Services:

Saturday 7th 5-30pm at St, Ignatious Church, Caister-on-Sea

Sunday 8th 9-15am at St. Edmund's Parish Church, Acle

Friday, 30 March 2012

Meet the Team - Dean & Karl

Dean is our Clippesby plumber and Karl the electrician.  Although they are both sub-contractors, we consider them part of our team.

At the moment Dean can be found putting in the new bathrooms in Braemar & Wenlock - the clock is ticking, they have to be ready for Easter.   Here at Clippesby most of our water comes from our own well and one of the biggest jobs Dean has carried out so far was to  get the well water connected up to supply the three shower blocks on the campsite and all of the self catering properties.

Karl used to come to Clippesby on holiday as a child, so he has seen loads of changes over the years.  Karl now lives in the neighbouring village of Fleggburgh and has been looking after the electrics at Clippesby for around the last 18 years.   This year so far he has re-wired 'Skye', put the wiring in for the new showers in 'Braemar & Wenlock' and as we speak is working in the Rabbits Grove putting the electricity supply to the new pitches ready for our Easter campers.

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Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Mid-March Notes

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The  next Lenten Services for our Benefice will be on this coming Sunday, the 25th of March, in the newly restored Church of St. Edmund at Thurne. The church stands on the hill just outside this very pretty village and it has a wonderful view overlooking the valley and marshland of the river Bure with its sailing boats and cruisers.  Our speaker will be Mrs. Nicola Hems who is the curator of the Broads Museum at Stalham, which has a large and fascinating display of Broads boats and memorabilia. Nicola is passionate about her work and we are looking forward to her talk very much. Afterwards some of us will probably wander down to the village and see Sid at the Thurne Lion for lunch or a drink.

Friday, 16 March 2012

Meet the Team - Chris Haycock

Chris moved to Clippesby in 2003 and started his part time bicycle hire business from Clippesby Hall around 2005.

'Clippesby Cycle Tours' as it was then known was started with just 16 bikes but this quickly grew and now Chris has around 100 of various sizes & styles,   child seats, tag-a-longs, buggies and the very popular Weehoo.   Although Chris now manages the day to day running of Clippesby Hall he still loves tinkering with the bikes and arranging days out for guests staying on the park.  Chris says his favourite part of the job is walking around the campsite talking to guests and making sure everyone is happy and having a good time.

It will come as no surprise to some that Chris was instrumental in bringing 'Real Ale' to the Muskett Arms, considering himself to be somewhat a 'connoiseur' in this field (he has had lots of practice!) and also instigating the first Clippesby Beer Festival - now in it's 7th year.  Chris also co-wrote 'Discover The Broads' which is our guide to days out in the area.

Chris's other passions are drumming and running.  He is in the band 'One Hand Clapping'which plays in local pubs in the Broads area and this year will play in the 'Muskett Arms' at Easter,  Wednesdays throughout the season, and a special performance for our own Music Festival (18th, 19th & 20th May). He has run in the London Marathon three times and the Loch Ness Marathon twice.

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Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Countdown to Easter

It's all hands on deck here at Clippesby with the countdown to Easter, it's just 22 days until Good Friday.

Ben & Malc are busy finishing off in the Rabbits Grove and Pinewoods improving the pitches, trimming back trees and generally getting everything ready for the new season.  The park is looking lovely, the daffodils are out and the spring blooms in bud.

Sarah and her girls are getting the Muskett Arms all spic and span for re-opening on the 30th March.  The shop and coffee shop have already been spring cleaned all ready for re-stocking.  This year in the shop we will be offering a new 'fresh frozen' meat selection so that you can buy your bar-b-que supplies on site.  More about this soon, we hope to be able to offer a pre-order service so that your order can be collected when you arrive.

Karl is finishing off the electrics in 'Skye', what a transformation they have made in there, and Dan is now busy putting in new bathrooms for 'Wenlock' and 'Braemar'.

Lee is interviewing for new bar & coffee shop staff, and also introducing new 'Specials' for the bar menu.  We are putting a poll on 'facebook', please help and vote for your favourite dish.

We have just a few camping pitches left for the Easter break and a limited amount of self catering accommodation.  Give Jane or Kaye a call to check availability  01493 367800.

We're all looking forward to seeing you.

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Friday, 9 March 2012

Meet the Team - Ben Clarke

Ben began working at Clippesby when he was 17, part time in the Coffee Shop to start with, he has now been here 7 years.  For the last four seasons Ben has worked as a Park Ranger with Malc, helping with both site and cottage maintenance during the winter months and working directly with our guests during the summer on the park and in the Muskett Arms.

Ben says the best part of the job is working with the public, in particular helping with the Clippesby Beer Festivals.  He also enjoys the winter when he and Malc take on larger park projects and in particular he likes driving the dumper truck.

Ben is instantly recognisable by his BIG curly hair and smiley face.

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Sunday, 4 March 2012

St. Peter's Church, Clippesby.

The beautiful, little Church at Clippesby is well worth a visit. It is around a thousand years old with Saxon, Norman, Mediaevial and Victorian influences all visible in it's stonework and the sturdy walls of Norfolk flint.

Clippesby shares its priests with the neighbouring parishes of Martham, Thurne and Repps-cum-Bastwick and, during this time of Lent especially, services are shared too. Tomorrow's service is in "The Cathedral of the Fleggs", the magnificent parish church of Martham. The service starts at 10-30am and Dr. Karen Mitchell a local GP will be the guest speaker.

The next service at Clippesby will be at 10-30 on the 11th of March, when our guest speaker will be John Mitchell. John farms at Hall Farm in the adjoining Broadland village of Repps-cum-Bastwick.

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Friday, 2 March 2012

Meet the Team - Malcolm Guymer (Happy Birthday)

Malc started work at Clippesby at just 16 years old, initially as a Horticulturalist working in the garden centre.  36 Years later (it's his birthday today), Malc is still here, now in his role as 'Head Ranger'.

During the winter months, Malc maintains the 36 acres of ground which make up the park at Clippesby Hall.  This years winters project has been the addition of more 'all weather pitches' in the Rabbits Grove, it's all looking lovely and smart in there.


Malc - Head Ranger (and all round good chap!)

In the summer Malc keeps on top of general site and cottage maintenance, looks after the swimming pool and shows guests to their pitches on arrival.  Unflappable and always with a smile on his face makes Malc a very popular team member.

Happy Birthday Malc, from all the staff. xx

Monday, 27 February 2012

Meet the Team - John Lindsay

John grew up at Clippesby and took over the day to day running of the campsite from his mum and dad 'Jean & Jock' in 1988.

In the early days, John and his wife Sue (more about Sue later) worked in almost every area of the park, in Reception and the Coffee Shop during the day and in the evenings in the Muskett Arms.  Although still very much involved in the day to day business, John now spends much of his time in his newly created garden which is inside of the old walled garden of the Hall.  John grows flowers, salad and vegetables which are used in both the Coffee Shop and the Muskett Arms - as food miles go, you can't get much more local than that!

John and Sue enjoy their holidays in their motor home both in Europe and the UK and often come back with ideas that we can use at Clippesby.  John has just returned from skiing in France and in his opinion says 'everyone should take more holidays'.

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Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Skye Refurbishment - so nearly there

Just popped in today to see what Dan has been up to and wow, what a difference.  The bedroom is almost finished except for 2nd fix electrics and skirting boards, and the bathroom just needs the grouting finishing off.

 

What was once quite a dark and dated bathroom is now modern with a spacious shower cubicle and clean lines.

The kitchen and lounge area is well under way, with the kitchen units due to go in by the end of the week.

By the end of next week 'Skye' should be finished and ready for furnishing.  I'll do one final post to show you the end result.

Next stop .... new bathrooms for our Courtyard Chalets - Wenlock and Braemar.