Deepdale Conservation Weekend at Deepdale Backpackers & Camping
Gardening Event, from 3 Nov 2017, free entry
Deepdale Backpackers & Camping
If you enjoy the great outdoors and like the thought of working in the countryside of Deepdale Farm on the beautiful North Norfolk Coast as part of a conservation team for a couple of days, please read on ...
We are looking for a team of up to 20 volunteers, who’d like to learn some practical conservation skills on an eco-friendly working farm.
Deepdale Conservation Weekend offers you the chance to stay for FREE in the Deepdale Backpackers Hostel or on the campsite, half board provided (bed, breakfast & evening meal), in exchange for two days work (10am to 3.30pm).
Friday evening we’ll have a chilli and on Saturday night we’ll have a bonfire and BBQ!
Unfortunately, we can’t accept children on the weekend as insurance won’t cover them.
The team is a maximum of 20 people working with Nathan from Wild Influence and some of the tourism and farm staff.
The itinerary for the weekend goes something like this:
Arrive Friday evening
9am - Breakfast
10am - Off to the woods
Picnic lunch (you need to provide this or buy from Deepdale Cafe)
3.30pm - Back to the hostel for a cuppa and to rest the weary limbs
7pm - BBQ
9am - Breakfast
10am - Off to the woods
Picnic lunch (you need to provide this)
3.30pm - Back to the hostel for a cuppa and goodbyes
If you have been with us for both days and would like to stay Sunday night as well, then you’d be more than welcome.
Work will include activities like thinning woodland, planting hedges, coppicing and other tasks to enhance the beauty and wildlife value of the woodland and campsite. We may also include making Swedish candles and a short lesson in hedge laying.
"I just wanted to say how much Dave, Kevin and myself enjoyed the conservation weekend and the friends we made. Please pass on our thanks to the team for their hospitality and the very enjoyable barbecue. I know it’s the distant future but if you’re taking bookings for a future conservation weekend please include all three of us on the list."
Remember that you just need to bring food for lunch on the Saturday and Sunday. Otherwise you just need a towel and some clothes suitable for working in the woods, and some sturdy footwear, wellies or walking boots would be ideal. Of course it never rains here, but bringing a waterproof might not be a bad idea!
Due to insurance and health & safety issues, anyone wanting to take part in the Conservation Weekend must be over the age of 21.
Accommodation is in dorm rooms, sharing with other conservation weekend volunteers, usually single sex. If you’d like to upgrade to a private room then that may be possible, subject to availability, let us know and we can let you know the cost.
|Fri 3 - Sun 5 Nov 2017|
|Fri 2 - Sun 4 Feb 2018|
TF 804442 52.96540 0.68457
On the beautiful north Norfolk coast, approximately half way between Hunstanton and Wells-next-the-Sea.
Coasthopper Bus Service
The Coasthopper Bus Service stops at Deepdale and is a brilliant service, running approximately every 1/2 an hour during the Summer and every hour during the Winter. The service runs both East and West along the North Norfolk Coast, stopping in most villages including King's Lynn, Hunstanton, Burnham Market, Blakeney, Sheringham and Cromer. More information on the service can be found at www.coasthopper.co.uk
The nearest train station is King's Lynn, which has direct trains from Cambridge and London King's Cross. By changing at Ely and Cambridge you can also catch trains from Stansted Airport, Peterborough and further afield. There is also a station at Sheringham, which has trains to Norwich. The Coasthopper bus service connects with trains at both King's Lynn and Sheringham. Although there are occasional restrictions, you can normally bring your bike on the train.
The nearest national coach station is King's Lynn, which has direct national coaches from Cambridge, Peterborough and London Victoria. The Coasthopper bus service connects with trains at both King's Lynn and Sheringham. If you are cyclist, then trains are the best option, as you can only put folding bikes on national coaches.
Norfolk Coast Path
The Norfolk Coast Path heads both East and West along the North Norfolk Coast and can be accessed down the lane opposite Dalegate Market. The path offers wonderful walking along sea walls, across boardwalks and beaches. You can link up with the Coasthopper at many points along the path. More information on the path can be found at www.nationaltrail.co.uk/peddarsway
OS Grid Reference: TF 804 441
Most of the A149 coast road is ok to cycle and there are lots of quiet country lanes inland. From the East (Burnham Market direction), the easiest route is over Whiteway Road. From the West (Docking & King's Lynn direction), the easiest route is down Dalegate Lane. National Cycle Route No1 passes a couple of miles inland. Remember you can hire bikes from Deepdale Bike Hire.
Naturally we'd encourage you to visit by bus, walking or cycling, but car drivers are very welcome too. We offer free car parking and next door at Dalegate Market is one of the few fuel stations (petrol and diesel) along the coast. We're approximately half way between Hunstanton and Wells-next-the-Sea on A149 coast road.
For your satnav our postcode is PE31 8DD
Our nearest airport is Norwich. Flybe fly into Norwich from destinations across the UK and Europe, including Paris, Exeter and Edinburgh. KLM fly into Norwich from around the world via Schipol Airport, Amsterdam.
For the major London airports, Stansted, Heathrow, Gatwick and Luton, there are train and national coach services.
: 25 miles from King's Lynn station
- Baby changing facilities
- Credit cards accepted (no fee)
- Disabled access
- Disabled toilets
- Facilities for groups
- On-site catering
- On-site light refreshments
- Telephone (public)
- Accepts groups
- Facilities for conferencing