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.

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.