Camp and Canoe on Alderfen Marshes 

Get away from it all...

Situated in six acres of beautiful wilderness within the Norfolk Broads National Park, the marshes provide an excellent setting to get away from it all.

Great for nature lovers who want to get close to local wildlife and wake up to a sensational dawn chorus over the marshes.

Awarded ‘Best Couples Campsite in the East of England 2018’ by, Alderfen Marshes provides an idillic rural getaway for couples.

The ‘Camp & Canoe Combo’ on Alderfen Marshes offers private, secluded camping with use of your own Canadian canoe to come and go as you please.

Wild-Camping: Back to basics…

Once settled into your own private pitch, you may choose to relax around your campfire and enjoy the natural surroundings, wander the marsh paths or take to the canoes and explore the labyrinth of secluded waterways.

  • No mains water …. fresh drinking water provided on site
  • No electricity …. light provided by sun, moon and stars
  • No wifi …. tweets provided by the dawn chorus
  • No mains drains … clean, off-grid toilets provided
  • Limited car access … free minibus transport available from Norwich
  • No dogs … nesting birds, water voles and other sensitive wildlife
  • No children … over 18s only

Master the art of cooking over a wood-fired rocket stove, under the stars, for a real wild camping experience.

Private Secluded Pitches

Each pitch sits in its own private area of Alderfen Marshes nature reserve, accessed by a grass path winding through the trees and reeds to really get away from it all.

With a fire-bowl and wood-fired rocket stove provided, simply pitch your tent, sit back, relax and enjoy some personal space surrounded by nature.  Explore the paths through the surrounding conservation area rich with abundant wildlife. 

With just four secluded pitches in a six acre reserve, Alderfen Marshes offers the ultimate in privacy while camping.

Come and go as you please in your Canadian canoe, exploring Surlingham Broad, the river Yare and surrounding waterways. Relax and enjoy a peaceful paddle, picturesque riverside pubs and the rich wildlife of the Norfolk Broads

'Camp & Canoe Combo'

Two nights ‘Camp and Canoe Combo’ for two adults: £130.00

Three nights ‘Camp and Canoe Combo’ for two adults: £180.00

Extra person:  £33.00 per night 

'Camp & Canoe Combo' includes:

  • Private pitch on Alderfen Marshes
  • Canadian canoe hire (includes buoyancy aids, paddles and maps)
  • Fire bowl
  • Wood fuelled rocket-stove for cooking
  • Fresh drinking water
  • Clean, portable, private off-grid toilet
  • Minibus transport – free collection and drop off to Norwich
  • Trollies for transporting equipment

'Camp & Carve' Weekends

‘Camp and Carve’ weekend –  A full-day spoon carving course followed by one night camping at Alderfen Marshes:  £99.00 per person.  Enquire / book

‘Camp, Carve and Canoe’ weekend – A full-day spoon carving course followed by one night camping at Alderfen Marshes and one day Canadian Canoe hire to explore the Norfolk Broads:  £125.00 per person. Enquire / book

2020 dates:

Saturdays 25th April;  23rd May;  27th June;  25th July;  22nd August;  26th September.


Travelling light? Equipment available on site...

  • Spacious three-metre tipi tent: £20 per night (Must be pre-booked)
  • Small table and two stools: £3.50 per night
  • Large table with bench and two stools: £5.00 per night
  • Cooking grill for fire-bowl, kettle, 2 saucepans and frying pan: £5.00 per night
  • Two plates, bowls and cups; cutlery, tin opener, bottle opener: £3.50 per night
  • Portable camping shower: £3.50 per night
  • Campfire wood: £6.00 per bin
  • Have your supermarket food order delivered to site: £5 per order

 Featured in

 ‘40 Best UK Campsites 2019′

Getting here:

By train: 
Norwich train station is less that two hours from London Liverpool Street station and has excellent links across the country.  Free minibus collection and drop-off at Norwich train station is included.

By bus:
Norwich bus station offers a convenient and cost-effective way to travel. Free minibus collection and drop-off at Norwich bus station is included.

By car:
We have limited car parking spaces at Alderfen Marshes at £3.00 per night. Car parking must be booked in advance.

Camping in Norfolk - Minibus
"Lovely secluded pitches with beautiful surroundings. When we arrived we were greeted by Mary and Steve who were both very welcoming, friendly and informative. The details of our stay were explained and we made our way to our pitch which was very spacious and located in the far corner of the marshes. We visited The Ferry pub in the evening, and enjoyed a few drinks outside by the river. In the morning we made use of the canoes and had a paddle around the marshes. We had a great time on our first camping adventure and can't recommend this location highly enough. It was back to basics camping at its best, and a very relaxing break away from work and electronics."
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Phil B
Couple Booking
"We loved that we could canoe right from our tents. We loved the communal area. We loved the beautiful marshes and nature all around the site. We loved Steve and Mary who happily helped us with everything we needed and made our trip super easy. They gave us the entire site to ourselves so that we had free run of the place and could have everything we needed. And we loved that it was only 2 hours 20 from London!"
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Group Booking
"Peacefulness, very friendly and professional owners. Very soft pitches due to the marshes made it more comfortable than other campsites."
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Jo K
Couple Booking
"The nature and the area was to die for. Beautiful, private pitch, welcoming and caring owners made the stay so enjoyable. We went canoeing for half a day and it was such an amazing and relaxing experience. We did not want to leave- only stayed for the weekend, but will definitely be going back."
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Greta V
Couple Booking
"Absolutely incredible place to camp and escape the city. Spent 2 nights at Alderfen Marshes and had an amazing and relaxing time canoeing. Very courteous and kind staff and will definitely be visiting again!"
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Edward WS
Couple Booking