Suffolk vs. Norfolk – if you can’t choose, why not package them up into one fabulous trip?
If you’re considering a UK trip this year, then renting a deluxe SKiN&BLiSS VW Campervan is the secret to a successful vacation. From the moment we pick you up at Stansted Airport to the time you – reluctantly – hand back the keys, you’ll have a smile on your face.
Why should you rent your campervan from SKiN&BLiSS?
Here at SKiN&BLiSS, we know that two things are vital to a successful campervan trip:
In the comfort of your SKiN&BLiSS VW campervan, you can go as you please. When you’re ready to stop, pop up the roof for some extra space or make the most of extras like LED lights and Bluetooth speakers to set the mood. They’re well insulated and heated so chilly days won’t be a problem, while extras like inflatable kayaks and a bicycle rack will help you make the most of warm summer days.
No one likes to waste a precious moment of their holiday and location really is everything. Our base in Felsted is just a quarter of an hour from Stansted Airport and easily accessed on the A120. To make life as simple as possible, we’re happy to come and pick you up – just tell us what time your flight lands so we can make sure you don’t need to hang around.
Why East Anglia?
East Anglia’s a laid back choice for a road trip, with plenty of unspoilt country lanes to amble along, yet it’s well connected when you need to be somewhere in a hurry. Though we recommend exploring our home county of Essex, we have to admit that there’s plenty to see and do in Suffolk and Norfolk too and they’re well worth those extra minutes behind the wheel. Here are a few ideas for inspiration if you’re keen to explore by campervan but can’t seem to settle on an itinerary:
Spend a few days exploring the glorious Suffolk coast
Explore the beautiful Suffolk coast in style in one of our deluxe campers. Southwold is one of the most fashionable resorts in the area, with a charming pier and lighthouse to explore as well as the famous Adnams Brewery where they’ll teach you how to make the best beer in the county. Nearby in Thorpeness, check out the House in the Sky overlooking the lake or take a look at Orford’s historic castle. Give your binoculars an airing at RSPB Minsmere before munching on fish and chips under the watchful eye of Aldeburgh’s seagulls. Inland, browse the art and crafts at Snape Maltings or if history’s your thing, visit the Saxon burial site of Sutton Hoo. You won’t have any trouble finding a campsite nearby, but the Cakes and Ale touring site at Theberton is ideally placed within easy reach of the coast. On your way back to Essex, make a pit stop to admire Lavenham’s historic main street with its mediaeval half-timbered buildings or shop for antiques at nearby Long Melford.
You don’t need your own boat for the Broads
The Norfolk Broads is one of England’s newest national parks but it retains a timeless feel. Book a pitch at the Norfolk Broads Club Campsite a couple of hours north east of our Essex base. Start at Wroxham, where you can stock up with provisions at Roy’s – famously billed as the world’s largest village store. Just down the road you’ll be able to climb the church tower at Ranworth – there’s a breathtaking view from the top of what locals call the 'Cathedral of the Broads'. Get out on the water on a boat trip to see wildlife such as dragonflies, marsh harriers, wildflowers and swallowtail butterflies, or imagine how life might have been like for a marsh man at Toad Hole Cottage in How Hill. Market towns like Beccles and Bungay are ideal for a spot of shopping or perhaps a pub lunch, while pretty villages such as Horning are also a must. And of course let’s not forget Norwich, with its imposing castle and cloistered cathedral, half-hidden underground streets and fascinating museums, all enclosed within a looping meander of the pretty River Wensum. But really, the best thing about the Broads is just to relax and enjoy the tranquility – and how better to do so than in one of our VW campervans?
Take a trip along the North Norfolk Coast
North Norfolk is arguably one of the prettiest parts of East Anglia. Hop along the coast from village to village, stopping from time to time to enjoy its wonderful sandy beaches and countryside pubs. Take a boat trip from Blakeney to get a close-up look at the colonies of grey and common seals that frolic in the water or haul out on the sandbanks. Holkham is another unmissable highlight. This vast swath of dune-backed sand was once a favourite of the Queen, and is where the horses of the Household Cavalry come to enjoy their own summer holiday. Wander along the quayside at picturesque Wells-next-the-Sea or stroll over to the old windmill at Cley. Cromer and Sheringham are two of the coast’s bigger resorts. Take a ride on the Holt to Sheringham steam railway before pottering east along the coast for a supper of traditional Cromer crab. There‘s no shortage of pitches along this scenic coast, such as the well-equipped West Runton Camping and Caravanning Club site.
Each of these itineraries can be followed as a standalone trip, but if you have the time, you could always combine them to enjoy all three. You could easily spend a couple of weeks in Suffolk and Norfolk and barely scratch the surface. Whichever route you follow, take a tip from us: allow plenty of time to explore at a leisurely pace – this isn’t an area to hurry through. And remember, SKiN&BLiSS HQ is just fifteen minutes from Stansted Airport, so once you touch down, it will barely be any time at all before you’re behind the wheel.