About Manor Farm
Manor Farm is very much a family affair. The campsite is run by Gill, Fiona, Phil, Tom and James (Phil and Gill’s sons). We do have some help from our friendly warden, Annie, on the campsite, and small team of excellent cleaners.
We aim to provide open spaces, clean facilities and a relaxing place for a holiday. As well as the campsite, we’ve also got eight holiday cottages and a mixed farm to contend with too. Needless to say, we’re kept busy all year round!
A little bit of history
Manor Farm was bought by Gill and Fiona’s grandfather in August 1918, when he left the army, after spending 4 years in the trenches of the Western Front.
He farmed the 150 acres with a few dairy cows and some arable crops. He had a local milk round, the cows were milked by hand and he delivered the milk by horse and cart! Through the generations we have had laying hens, breeding sows/pigs, sheep and ducks. We have now gone full circle and have cows again!
Offering Manor Farm as a place to camp first began on an informal basis all the way back in the 1930s and gradually became more organised over the years. Thunderboxes – primitive wooden loos – were introduced by Gill and Fiona’s parents in the 1960s.
The first permanent shower block was built in 1975 on what is now Moll’s Meadow, followed by another one on Marl Pit Field. These are now long gone!
Electric hook up points were first added to the offering in the late 1980s and a third camping field, Gurney’s Plantation (since renamed as Byworth Meadow), was opened in 1992. This provided an additional 60 electric pitches and 2 amenity blocks.
Over the past 10 years we’ve knocked down and rebuilt five of the six original amenity blocks to provide the modern, spacious facilities you see today.
We grow 45 acres of spring (sown) malting barley. The aim is for this to be of sufficient quality to be sold for brewing/distilling. We grow it for Diageo and it is taken from Gt Yarmouth to the Isle of Islay, off the west coast of Scotland. Diageo is the world’s largest producer of spirits (Bells, Johnny Walker etc) and Guinness.
We also grow 20 acres of sugar beet, which is a root crop similar to a turnip. The root contains approximately 18% sugar. It is grown on a contract to British Sugar and we produce around 600 tonnes of beet per year.
British Sugar is owned by Associated British Foods who also own Primark. The beet are processed at a factory near Gt Yarmouth (approx. 30 miles from us). The brand name of this sugar as sold in the shops is Silver Spoon.
We also farm around 200 acres of grassland, including the neighbouring farm. This is grazed throughout the year by our flock of sheep and herd of cows. We also cut the grass for both hay and silage to be used as winter feed for the animals.
We have a flock of 100 ewes and 2 Texel Rams. The ewes are ‘Mules’, a cross between a Blue Face/Border Leicester male (big frame and prolificacy) and a Swaledale female (good mothering/milking ability). The cross breed is put to a Texel ram to produce a meaty lamb. All our lamb is distributed to local butchers.
We have a herd of 24 suckler cows (cows that rear their calves). These are mainly Red Poll which is a dual purpose breed (milk/meat) originally bred in Norfolk and Suffolk. They do well on a low input, grass based production system. They spend all year outside and are fed on hay during the winter.
We also have some Aberdeen Angus and a few other crossbred cows as well. Rosie, pictured, is an Aberdeen Angus/Limousin cross.
All cows are put to a Simmental bull to produce meaty calves. The calves are sold at approximately 2 years old and, like the lamb, the beef is distributed to local butchers.
- Tilly, Winnie, Jaffa, Torro, Ruby and Coco, the dogs.
- Cecily the cat.
- Jess, Dora and Donald the donkeys.
- Maisie, Daisy, Uno, Lottie and Ludo the pygmy goats.
- Mini and Mabel the kunekune pigs.
Feel free to come down to the farm yard to say hello to them!