How does arriving at your glamping destination, tent ready with everything you need, local produce waiting and a lovely welcome sound? That’s exactly what we got when we arrived for our North Norfolk holiday with Margins Walking and Glamping holidays. I’ve been ‘talking’ to Gin on social media for ages, we’re both hippy chicks not letting our hip surgeries get in the way of our love of the outdoors. Her walking and glamping holidays obviously really interested me, and she invited us to review one of her safari tents pitched at Deepdale Backpacking and camping. All we had to pay for was the campsite pitching fees. Just a few minutes’ walk from the Norfolk coastal path it’s an ideal location for an outdoor walking family.
Gin is as lovely in real life as she is when you talk to her online or on email. From the minute we booked she gave us lots of information on the campsite, local walks and activities. After our four-hour drive on a bank holiday, Gin was there to greet us and show us around our tent. We hadn’t told the kids until they got in the car that we were going on holiday. They were so excited and gave hilarious “ooo’s” and “wow’s” as we were shown the tent.
Our tent ‘Heather’ is permanently pitched at the Deepdale Campsite, has two sleeping compartments and is fully equipped with cooking and tea making facilities, cool box and much more. The beds are soooo comfy and after all the fun you’re bound to have whilst staying in the area, you won’t feel like you’re in a camp bed at all. I had some of the best sleep I’ve had in ages! It’s the attention to detail that makes staying in the safari tent a bit more luxurious. Comfortable chairs with blankets, mattress toppers and cosy duvets, hot water bottles (which because of the heat wave we didn’t need!) tiny fairy lights and bunting. It really is hassle free camping and we loved our tent immediately. Having literally dropped our bags we were able to have a little walk down to the salt marshes, just as the sun set.
The campsite, Deepdale Backpacking and camping, is an award winning eco friendly site. Despite is being busy for the bank holiday we didn’t feel overcrowded, and with lots of families it wasn’t too noisy either. We liked that there were recycling facilities, a shop which is also the tourist information, and just next door is small supermarket and café. You can also hire bikes and fire pits and the campsite put on events such as pizza nights. The shower blocks are usually the one thing I dread about camping. I needn’t have worried. There were large wet rooms with shower, toilet and washing facilities and plenty of hot water. Lots of clothes hooks, pull down seats and the large space make washing with kids so much easier.
My only regret is that we couldn’t stay longer! Armed with the information Gin had sent us and a small bit of research I’d done, we were spoilt for choice on how to spend our time in the area. Of course, top of the list was walking along the Norfolk coastal path. I also knew that the kids would be itching to go to the beach and paddle. Could I also persuade my ‘sea sick’ suffering hubby to get on a boat to see the seals? You’ll have to wait for the next blog post to find out!
Disclaimer – We were gifted a stay in ‘Heather’ in exchange for a blog post and we paid our own pitch fees. However, all views are honest and my own.