On your doorstep

The Forest

Step out of the campsite and into the forest; it’s truly on our doorstep and has so much to offer. A mixture of pines, heathland and broad leaf managed by the Forestry Commission, and there for you to enjoy. Take a relaxing walk, it’s so peaceful and the nature is good for the soul. Or in contrast explore with the children, it’s an adventure playground for them. A picnic will make it even more memorable. From the trees to fungi and wild flowers or the deer to squirrels, rabbits, there are an abundance of things to discover.

Knettishall Heath

(5 miles) Owned by Suffolk Wildlife Trust, this is a gem of a place. Set off on marked trails or just wander by the river, across the beautiful heathland and through the woods – Both dogs and children will love it as well, especially with a chance for the children to paddle and the dogs to swim. Add to your day by taking a picnic with you. On site toilets provide relief. http://www.suffolkwildlifetrust.org/reserves-and-visitor-centres/knettis…

St Georges distillery

(4 ½ miles) St Georges is the only whiskey distillery in England and it’s on our doorstep. They have a distillery tour that takes 1 hour or another that includes tasting that takes 2 hours. Sounds like an interesting tasting. http://www.englishwhisky.co.uk/

Middle Harling Riding School

(2 miles) A highly recommended riding school that offers you the chance to ride in the forest. A well-equipped indoor arena is also available. Hats and boots can be loaned. http://en-gb.facebook.com/pages/Middle-Harling-Riding-School/12263880447…

Hall Farm Horse Sanctuary

(7 miles) World Horse Welfare is a leading international horse charity dedicated to the caring of horses. Hall Farm is the largest of the charity’s four Centres and can house up to 120 horses. There is lots to see and do plus a café to recharge in. The gift shop offers a chance to solve those present problems. I’m sure Gran would love a rubber with the picture of a horse on it. Entrance to the Centre is free. http://www.worldhorsewelfare.org/about-us/hall_farm

Swallow Aquatics

(4 ½ miles) Not only is it Norfolk’s largest aquatics accessory centre, but they have a truly amazing collection of fish and reptiles on display. So even if you’re not looking bits and pieces for your pond, it’s a free aquarium that can be enjoyed by all the family. They have an in shop café and an adjacent garden centre. http://www.swallowaquatics.co.uk/store/east-harling/

The Gym at Amazon

(9 miles) “We are a friendly local gym situated just off the A11. There is a comprehensive class timetable, with classes ranging from Spin to Pilates. Our gym offers a wide range of cardiovascular equipment, resistance training machines and free weights. With staff on hand to deal with your needs and to give you training ideas we are the perfect place to continue your health and fitness journey.” Just to our campers they are offering a special rate of £5 per session or £10 for a 1 week membership. www.thegymatamazon.co.uk

Snetterton Park Model Shop

(5 miles) This must be one of the largest model and toy shops in the country. It is truly huge. If you are into modelling then they have many layouts for you to enjoy. As part of Snetterton Park there are also other retail units and a restaurant. http://www.spmodels.co.uk/information.php?info_id=6

Thetford Golf Club

(9 miles) Founded in 1912, Thetford Golf Club is set in the Forest amongst the pine, oak and birch trees. There is an abundance of scented gorse, broom, heather and wildlife that greets those who venture too far from the fairways!  With its spectacular tree lined fairways this superb free draining course is reputed to be one of the finest and most challenging courses in East Anglia.