I’ve always loved the idea of camping; it’s such a cheap and flexible way to explore the beautiful countryside. However the part of camping I have never loved is the tents. Sleeping on a cold, hard floor is not my idea of a break so my camping dream was never imagined – until Bumble Campers came to the rescue. They’re an incredible campervan company with offices in Peterborough and Manchester, offering cheap and comfortable campervans to hire from just £19 a day.
I was worried about driving the Bumble Camper as I’m used to my tiny Fiat 500, but the camper was surprisingly easy to drive. It’s basically a large family car and it didn’t take me long to get used to driving the slightly larger vehicle around the Norfolk countryside. It’s so much easier than a normal campervan to drive yet didn’t feel cramped at all for our group of three.
The magic of the Bumble Camper is not only how easy it is to drive but how easily it then converts into a comfortable place to sleep. The back seats of the camper turn into the base of a bed quickly and easily, with a couple of extra planks of wood to ensure everything is sturdy. Once you’ve got the hang of it, it takes a matter of seconds to set up the base and roll out the double mattress to form the bed. The blackout blinds and thick duvet are fantastic for a good night’s sleep - it’s surprisingly comfortable and spacious to sleep in the back of a car!
If you are travelling with 3 or 4 people, as we were, up to two people can sleep in the genius roof tent. Again, once you’ve got the hang of it, setting up takes mere seconds before you have a cosy tent to sleep in on the roof! Check out our short timelapse video showing the roof tent set up here. I was really amazed with how easy it was to sleep four people in the camper and the added details, like the full equipped kitchen with utensils and mini fridge in the boot and ability to charge your electricals from the car, meant that the camping experience was a breeze. Bumble Campers had thought of everything you could need for a camping weekend which meant that, as camping newbies, we were fully prepared for our weekend away without any need to stress!
So now you want to hire a Bumble Camper, where should you go? Well Bircham Windmill is a great spot for newbie campers. It’s a more luxurious experience than I was expecting, with proper toilets, a laundry room and even power showers. Prices start at just £18 for a pitch and who wouldn’t want to camp under a windmill? The campsite is immaculately clean, the family who live on site are so friendly and there are even resident border collies!
There’s plenty to do without even venturing off the campsite. You can climb to the top of windmill for some amazing views of the Norfolk countryside, there's a small farm and museum to explore with the option to pet sheep, goats and rabbits and an onsite bakery sells the most delicious freshly baked bread, sausage rolls and Bircham buns every day. There's a tearoom offering food if you don't want to cook or simply want to grab a pot of tea and there are plenty of family events ran at the campsite throughout the year. In the local town a short walk away, there is a good quality pub The King's Head if you want a hot meal instead.
For a good old fashioned day at the seaside, Hunstanton is a short drive from Bircham Windmill. It’s perfect for reminiscing day trips to the beach as a child, packed full of families, penny slot machines and plastic bucket and spades. We wandered along the pier in the beautiful sunshine, ate delicious gelato from East Coast Gelato (try the kiwi flavour!) and devoured fish and chips by the seaside as seagulls circled overhead. If you're looking for something a little more royal, the Sandringham Estate isn't far away.
I’ll definitely be booking another campervan soon. It’s the perfect way to explore the UK on a budget, without the need to compromise on comfort. I’m a campervan convert! Take a look at Bumble Campers for yourself here - and get bumbling about!