Top cold-weather campsites, and softer options for unashamed wimps

From heated tipis to farmers' barns, Happy Campers Tess Carr and Kat Heyes pick their favourite year-round pitches


Deepdale Campsite is a lovely family-friendly campsite on the north Norfolk coast. It's very busy in summer, so if you go in winter you'll have the luxury of choosing the perfect camping spot - we recommend the pretty front paddock. Visiting in winter also means you get the wide sandy beaches, bird reserves and walks to yourself, and afterwards you can warm yourself by the fire in one of Norfolk's gastro-pubs, such as the Victoria at Holkham or the Hoste Arms in Burnham Market. If the weather turns, there are always Deepdale Farm's tipis, en suite private rooms or dormitories. The new shower block provides welcome hot water and there's also a small café selling great food if you've burnt all your breakfast sausages come Sunday morning.

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The Observer - Journalist: Tess Carr and Kat Heyes