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East Anglia is a great destination at any time of year offering vibrant cities, historic market towns, beautiful countryside and a stunning coastline – you will be spoilt for choice during your stay! Please visit Park Reception for more information, we are always on hand to help with some local knowledge and advice!

Our Events

Campsite Photographer of the Year

1st February – 31st October

Calling budding photographers of all ages! Get snapping in and around the campsite and WIN A FREE 2 NIGHT STAY for you and your family. Whether it’s a shot of the Glamping Pods at sunset, your family getting tangled up trying to put up the tent or your dog having a snooze in the sun – just something that really captures a fun stay at Applewood. Complete our entry form and submit your photograph today!

Grand National Sweepstake

17:00-18:00 Saturday 14th April

Did you know that a TV audience in excess of 10 million will tune in to watch the drama of the 2018 Grand National unfold on 14th April at 5:15pm? That’s a whole lot of people! Why not add to the excitement and join our sweepstake. Just £1 to enter for your lucky dip pick! Come and see us at Park Reception.

Easter Weekender

Friday 30th March-Monday 2nd April

Come and celebrate the Easter weekend with lots of fun and games! We will be hosting an Easter Egg hunt on Easter Sunday with enough chocolate eggs hidden throughout the campsite to share with everyone, as well as a colouring competition and much more! For all the details, visit Park Reception.

Charity Coffee Morning

10:30-12:30 Saturday 5th May

Bring a chair, bake a cake or bring a treat and join us for a chinwag, a cup of tea and a slice of something tasty! All proceeds go to our chosen charity of the month – Dogs Trust Snetterton. We will be holding a competition for the best decorated homemade cake with a prize for the winner!

Charity Coffee Morning

10:30-12:30 Saturday 2nd June

Bring a chair, bake a cake or bring a treat and join us for a chinwag, a cup of tea and a slice of something tasty! All proceeds go to our chosen charity of the month – East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice. We will be holding a competition for the best decorated homemade cake with a prize for the winner.

Charity Coffee Morning

10:30-12:30 Saturday 7th July

Bring a chair, bake a cake or bring a treat and join us for a chinwag, a cup of tea and a slice of something tasty! All proceeds go to our chosen charity of the month – Zoological Society of East Anglia, supporting Banham Zoo and Africa Alive! We will be holding a competition for the best decorated homemade cake with a prize for the winner. Special points for something with an animal theme!

Friday Night Pizza

16:00-20:00 Friday 27th July

The Mobile Pizza Co will be onsite serving delicious wood fired pizza. With small pizzas starting from just £5.00, there’s sizes, toppings and flavours to suit everyone!

Charity Coffee Morning

10:30-12:30 Saturday 4th August

Bring a chair, bake a cake or bring a treat and join us for a chinwag, a cup of tea and a slice of something tasty! All proceeds go to our chosen charity of the month – East Anglian Air Ambulance. We will be holding a competition for the best decorated homemade cake with a prize for the winner!

Ride a Goldwing!

17:00-19:00 Friday 17th & Saturday 18th August

The legendary Honda Goldwing motorbikes and their owners will be returning for their annual visit to the Park. Grab your chance to see these magnificent bikes up close as they line-up to show off their custom paintwork and decorated lights before parading around the site and offering rides!

Spaceship Fun

10:30-13:00 Tuesday 21st August

Join us in the Orchard Room and have some fun building your own cardboard spaceship. Get creative with parcel tape, marker pens, toilet rolls, boxes, newspaper and lots of tin foil! The challenge is on to find out which family can create the tallest rocket! Can you all fit inside?

Local Events To Check Out

Broads Outdoors Festival

Saturday 28th April – Sunday 13th May

The Broads Outdoors Festival spans three weeks and includes nearly 100 outdoor themed events celebrating all that the Broads National Park has to offer.

Norfolk & Norwich Festival

Friday 11th – Monday 28th May

This flagship arts festival for the East of England transforms public spaces, city streets, performance venues, parks, forests and beaches, bringing people together to share the same brilliant and inspirational events. Its world-class programme spans music, theatre, literature, visual arts, circus, dance and free outdoor events.

Royal Norfolk Show

Wednesday 27th – Thursday 28th June

Norfolk Showground, Dereham Road, Norwich, NR5 0TT

The Royal Norfolk Show is the county’s biggest event of the year. The celebration of agriculture past, present and future is at the heart of the Show and representation from all walks of county life combine to celebrate all that is great about Norfolk.

British Superbike Championship

Friday 17th – Sunday 19th June

Snetterton Circuit, Norwich, Norfolk, NR16 2JU

The Bennetts British Superbike Championship is the world’s leading domestic motorcycle racing series and it returns to Snetterton in June, providing lots of two-wheel fuelled excitement.

Dinos at Night

Saturday 30th June

Dinosaur Adventure, Lenwade, NR9 5JW

Enjoy an evening of fun as the park comes to life at dusk with entertainment, activities and events for everyone to enjoy! This annual evening event promises a fantastic family night out.

Zoo Do: Big Birthday Bash

Saturday 14th July

Banham Zoo, Kenninghall Road, Banham, Norfolk, NR16 2HE

This once-a-year evening event is even bigger as Banham Zoo celebrates its 50th birthday. A great chance to see some of the zoo’s inhabitants as they emerge at twilight! As well as entertainment from the Mighty Zulu Nation Dance Troupe, animal encounter sessions, face painting, live music, bird of prey display and much more!

Appleyard Fayre

Saturday 28th July

The Appleyard, Kenninghall Road, Banham, Norfolk, NR16 2HE

Appleyard Fayre brings together all the joy and fun of a country fayre. Traditional arts and cottage crafts sit wonderfully alongside traditional and not so traditional games for all the family to enjoy! With great food on offer to compliment the excellent ciders and ales, all topped off with fantastic local music and entertainment!

Old Buckenham Airshow

Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th July

Old Buckenham Airfield, Old Buckenham, Norfolk, NR17 1PU

The biggest Airshow in Norfolk & Suffolk, the world famous Old Buckenham Airshow has an amazing line-up of pilots and aircraft confirmed for this year’s air and aerobatic displays. There are also experience flights, trade stands, a classic car rally & parade, military vehicle displays, live bands and a fairground.

Things to See and Do

Banham Zoo

Kenninghall Road, Banham, Norfolk, NR16 2HE

Make your stay a little more exciting and spend the day at Banham Zoo, Norfolk’s award-winning family attraction. Discover 2,000 animals from around the world and enjoy lots of fun activities including daily animal feeding talks, a free Safari Roadtrain and one of the most exciting ‘Birds of Prey’ displays in the UK!

Banham Car Boot

6.00am to 1.00pm, every Sunday

Banham Zoo car park, Kenninghall Road, Banham, Norfolk, NR16 2HE

Banham Car Boot is well established and has been in operation since 1984, with up to 200 stalls each week including bric-a-brac, food, plants, antiques and clothing. Come and explore hundreds of stalls and grab a bargain!

Bressingham Steam & Gardens

Low Road, Bressingham, Norfolk, IP22 2AA

With nearly 20 acres, four linking gardens and 8,000 species, Bressingham Gardens are renowned worldwide for their horticultural excellence. Why not take a trip on one of the four railways, the collection of working locomotives will take you round the magnificent gardens and woodland.

River Wensum

Pull’s Ferry, 29 Ferry Lane, Norwich NR1 4DZ

A hand-in-hand walk along the River Wensum is one of the most romantic ways to spend your day in Norwich. Take in some history including the Cathedral, Pull’s Ferry and Lollard’s Pit before reaching Elm Hill quay, where you can hop in a boat for a picturesque river cruise through the city.

Dinosaur Adventure

Weston Park, Lenwade, Norfolk, NR9 5JW

Explore this amazing world of dinosaurs! Discover DINOMITE, a prehistoric paradise of climbing nets, bridges and ball pools and new for 2016, get wet and wild at Dippy’s Splash Zone, a water play park filled with jets, fountains and slides – all just a 40mins drive from Applewood Countryside Park.

High Lodge Thetford Forest

High Lodge, Thetford Forest, IP27 0AF

Discover a forest adventure at High Lodge Thetford Forest where you can walk, cycle, play, picnic, barbecue or simply relax. Unwind with beautiful forest trails or try the excitement of bike trails, Go Ape and adventure play.

Knettishall Heath Country Park

Knettishall Heath, Thetford, Suffolk, IP22 2TQ

Knettishall Heath Country Park offers acres of heathland and woodland for you to explore. Perfect for picnics and some lovely, well signed walking trails along the Little Ouse River. It’s also the start point for Peddars Way.

St Georges Distillery

Harling Road, Roudham, East Harling, Norfolk, NR16 2QW

St Georges Distillery, home of The English Whisky Co. is the first distillery in England in over 100 years and part of Norfolk’s heritage. Do a tour to see the gleaming copper stills or just browse the shop where you can also find over 200 different whiskies for sale and a wonderful selections of gift ideas.

Local Pubs

The Banham Barrel

The Appleyard, Kenninghall Road, Banham, Norfolk, NR16 2HE

A family run pub, The Banham Barrel welcomes children, dogs and drinkers! With live music most weekends, home cooked specials served every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and a large selection of beers, ciders and speciality gins, it’s the perfect place to while away an evening.

The Garden House

Overcross, Banham, Norfolk, NR16 2BY

Serving real ales, craft lagers, traditional ciders and 100’s of imported spirits, The Garden House is home to a pool table and a traditional jukebox. It’s American food menu offers gigantic portions and is all smoked in-house.

The Inn on the Green

Chapel Street, New Buckenham, Norfolk, NR16 2BB

Nestled in the centre of picturesque New Buckenham village, The Inn on the Green offers the real pub experience where people can wander in with walking boots and dogs to enjoy good company, fine ales and a cosy table by the roaring log fire. The food menu is definitely worth a look too!

Ox and Plough

The Green, Old Buckenham, Attleborough, Norfolk, NR17 1RN

Famed for hosting Two Wheel Tuesdays, a weekly meet that has grown into the second biggest bike venue in Norfolk, attracting many bikers from across the county to the village’s pub and large open common, perfect for alfresco beers in the sunshine!