Imagine camping with the family on the wonderful Norfolk Coast, but with absolutely none of the hassle. No pitching the tent, no inflating air-beds, no getting to the site and realising you’ve forgotten towels/bedding/chairs/cutlery (trust me, it’s easier done than you think). Imagine just rocking up and settling in to a wonderful holiday. You didn’t even have to organise the pitch.
That’s exactly what we did for a few days in August when we went glamping with the fabulous MarGins Walking and Glamping Holidays.
The holiday really began when we received the Welcome Pack in the post. A darling touch, and tied with string (as all good packages are), it included lots of useful info to start you dreaming of coastal walks and starry skies before you’d even started to pack.
Our tent was ready for us when we arrived at Beeston Regis Holiday Park – a lovely site with great facilities, situated literally on the cliffs overlooking the sea (not in a dangerous way, obviously). Two Oztents joined together, it offered extremely spacious accommodation, with two separate bedrooms (complete with very comfortable camp-beds and cosy duvets) and a large full-height middle section where you could sit, eat… whatever. It was absolutely perfect for a family of four.
MarGins think of everything. Inside the tent was all you’d need for a stress-free stay under the stars, from lighting to umbrellas! There’s a scrummy breakfast hamper packed with lovely local Norfolk produce and – gasp – a cake!
We spent our first day (a super-sunny Friday) in Cromer – mostly on the Pier, as it was Carnival week and there was lots of stuff happening, including the North Norfolk Duck Race.
Saturday began with a dash to Sheringham Park for the Sheringham Park Run. Being so close by, it seemed rude not to. I ran it with Little Man (not so little now!) and enjoyed it immensely. A one-loop course, the views are marvellous (even if some of the hills are not) – I highly recommend it.
After sustenance, we drove to Holkham where we tackled the ‘Lake Walk ‘ (approx 4 miles), flanked by tea and cake, and finally Fish & Chips at Eric’s in Thornham.
As if all that wasn’t enough for one day, we finished off with a visit to a Fair that was on in Beeston Regis.
By the time we finally turned in, I think I’d done about 28,000 steps according to my watch (including the Park Run).
Sunday was a slow, lazy start (the beds are super-cosy and very difficult to leave). After coffee and a long play with newly made friends (the boys, not us) we set off on a walk which took us over Beeston Bump to Sheringham.
It was the Sheringham RNLI open day, and we watched The Sheringham Shantymen before buying ice-creams and finally heading back.
Wonderfully, there was no tent to take down – MarGins do it all for you. You simply pack your things and leave. Which we did.
We’d had a really super fews days on the Norfolk Coast – MarGins make it so easy, so it’s ideal for families. We’d all highly recommend it – and repeat the experience in a heartbeat.
MarGins also arrange Walking & Glamping Holidays, where your tent ‘follows’ you along the coast as you walk each day – a wonderful idea that we will certainly try one day.
The overall verdict? MarGins? Mar-vellous!
Arrange your own Family Glamping and Walking adventure here: walkandglamp.co.uk