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Judith’s guidebook for Watlington and surrounding areas in Norfolk

Judith

Judith’s guidebook for Watlington and surrounding areas in Norfolk

Food scene
The Angel Pub: A ten-minute walk and two-minute drive the Angel Pub serves the village of Watlington very well. The Angel Deli at the back of the pub serves hot drinks and homemade cake and more from 10.00 in the morning. The main pub is cosy and welcoming and serves locally sourced food throughout the day and evening. 41 School Rd, Watlington, King's Lynn PE33 0HA 01553 811588
Watlington
The Angel Pub: A ten-minute walk and two-minute drive the Angel Pub serves the village of Watlington very well. The Angel Deli at the back of the pub serves hot drinks and homemade cake and more from 10.00 in the morning. The main pub is cosy and welcoming and serves locally sourced food throughout the day and evening. 41 School Rd, Watlington, King's Lynn PE33 0HA 01553 811588
The Hare Arms is just off the A10 going south to Downham Market about three miles from The Hayloft. It is an extremely popular village pub with great food in the bar and restaurant. Address: Lynn Rd, Stow Bardolph King's Lynn PE34 3HT Web site: www.theharearms.co.uk Phone number: 01366 382229
Downham Market
The Hare Arms is just off the A10 going south to Downham Market about three miles from The Hayloft. It is an extremely popular village pub with great food in the bar and restaurant. Address: Lynn Rd, Stow Bardolph King's Lynn PE34 3HT Web site: www.theharearms.co.uk Phone number: 01366 382229
The Dabbling duck 11 Abbey Road Great Massingham PE32 2HN 01485 520827 is really worth a visit. Set in a picturesque village and serves really tasty food throughout the day and evening.
Great Massingham
The Dabbling duck 11 Abbey Road Great Massingham PE32 2HN 01485 520827 is really worth a visit. Set in a picturesque village and serves really tasty food throughout the day and evening.
Highly recommend Sunday Lunch. Stradsett, King's Lynn PE33 9HH 01366 347772
Foldgate Inn
Highly recommend Sunday Lunch. Stradsett, King's Lynn PE33 9HH 01366 347772
Owned and run by celebrated local chef Eric Snaith and his team. Eric’s Fish & Chips harks back to traditional British fish and chip restaurants with a few modern twists, such as freshly made gruyere & spinach arancini and a selection of delicious homemade sauces- don’t miss the black garlic mayo! Simple seaside favourites are what it’s all about, with a focus on sourcing the best possible produce and using real local beer in the batter. Everything is made by hand where possible to ensure maximum freshness, including the chunky tartare sauce and local favourite, curry sauce. A concise wine list of European and New World bottles from long-running Titchwell Manor supplier Hallgarten Druit is available, along with a great selection of Prosecco, champagne, craft beers and lagers. Whether you choose to takeaway, sit outside or eat in you’ll enjoy a friendly and relaxed environment with interiors styled by Shaun Clarkson, the perfect North Norfolk Coast eating spot! Drove Orchards Thornham Road PE36 6LS 01485 525886
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Eric's Fish and Chips
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Owned and run by celebrated local chef Eric Snaith and his team. Eric’s Fish & Chips harks back to traditional British fish and chip restaurants with a few modern twists, such as freshly made gruyere & spinach arancini and a selection of delicious homemade sauces- don’t miss the black garlic mayo! Simple seaside favourites are what it’s all about, with a focus on sourcing the best possible produce and using real local beer in the batter. Everything is made by hand where possible to ensure maximum freshness, including the chunky tartare sauce and local favourite, curry sauce. A concise wine list of European and New World bottles from long-running Titchwell Manor supplier Hallgarten Druit is available, along with a great selection of Prosecco, champagne, craft beers and lagers. Whether you choose to takeaway, sit outside or eat in you’ll enjoy a friendly and relaxed environment with interiors styled by Shaun Clarkson, the perfect North Norfolk Coast eating spot! Drove Orchards Thornham Road PE36 6LS 01485 525886
Located in the centre of Milton Keynes, this stylish casual, premium steakhouse and grill is perfect for dining or relaxing anytime of the day. All of the meat served is delivered fresh everyday from their very own butchery in Middleton, Norfolk, ensuring a delightfully fresh meal each and every time you visit. Lynn Road PE32 1RH 01553 849801
Middletons Steakhouse & Grill King's Lynn
Located in the centre of Milton Keynes, this stylish casual, premium steakhouse and grill is perfect for dining or relaxing anytime of the day. All of the meat served is delivered fresh everyday from their very own butchery in Middleton, Norfolk, ensuring a delightfully fresh meal each and every time you visit. Lynn Road PE32 1RH 01553 849801
Sightseeing
www.watatunga.co.uk 39 Green Lane, Tottenhill, PE33 0RT Watatunga safari Park : A pioneering a new approach to protecting the planet’s last populations of endangered deer and antelope. Situated in 170 acres of unused Norfolk wetland, our reserve is dedicated to the conservation of threatened ungulates and birds.
Watlington
www.watatunga.co.uk 39 Green Lane, Tottenhill, PE33 0RT Watatunga safari Park : A pioneering a new approach to protecting the planet’s last populations of endangered deer and antelope. Situated in 170 acres of unused Norfolk wetland, our reserve is dedicated to the conservation of threatened ungulates and birds.
City of Norwich Aviation Museum www.cnam.org.uk Old Norwich Road. Horsham St. Faith. NORWICH. NR10 3JF Telephone: [0]1603 893080 A volunteer run museum and charitable trust dedicated to the preservation of the aviation history of the county of Norfolk, England. The museum is located on the northern edge of Norwich International Airport and is reached by road through the village of Horsham St Faith. The museum tells the story of its WW2 days as an American airbase till the wars end and then the early days of Norwich airport.
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Norwich
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City of Norwich Aviation Museum www.cnam.org.uk Old Norwich Road. Horsham St. Faith. NORWICH. NR10 3JF Telephone: [0]1603 893080 A volunteer run museum and charitable trust dedicated to the preservation of the aviation history of the county of Norfolk, England. The museum is located on the northern edge of Norwich International Airport and is reached by road through the village of Horsham St Faith. The museum tells the story of its WW2 days as an American airbase till the wars end and then the early days of Norwich airport.
Sandringham www.sandringhamestate.co.uk Sandringham House Sandringham PE35 6EN Telephone:01485 545400 Sandringham House is a country house in the parish of Sandringham, Norfolk, England. It is the private home of Elizabeth II, whose father, George VI, and grandfather, George V, both died there. The house stands in a 20,000-acre estate in the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The house is listed as Grade II* on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens, along with its landscaped gardens, park, and woodlands.House, garden, transport museum and exhibition. Seasonal garden tours, cafes.
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Sandringham
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Sandringham www.sandringhamestate.co.uk Sandringham House Sandringham PE35 6EN Telephone:01485 545400 Sandringham House is a country house in the parish of Sandringham, Norfolk, England. It is the private home of Elizabeth II, whose father, George VI, and grandfather, George V, both died there. The house stands in a 20,000-acre estate in the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The house is listed as Grade II* on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens, along with its landscaped gardens, park, and woodlands.House, garden, transport museum and exhibition. Seasonal garden tours, cafes.
RAF Air Defence Radar Museum Neatishead www.radarmuseum.co.uk Near Rrh Neatishead, Horning NR128YB Telephone: 01692 631485 An interesting museum that shows the importance of the RAF Air Defence Radar during the Cold War. There are regular fascinating talks about the 2nd world war and the cold war. There is a Victor cockpit flight simulator and Tornado and Jaguar cockpits to experience. The Café is served by friendly, helpful staff.
Neatishead
RAF Air Defence Radar Museum Neatishead www.radarmuseum.co.uk Near Rrh Neatishead, Horning NR128YB Telephone: 01692 631485 An interesting museum that shows the importance of the RAF Air Defence Radar during the Cold War. There are regular fascinating talks about the 2nd world war and the cold war. There is a Victor cockpit flight simulator and Tornado and Jaguar cockpits to experience. The Café is served by friendly, helpful staff.
Norfolk Lavender www.norfolk-lavender.co.uk Caley Mill Lynn Road, Heacham PE31 7JE Telephone: 01485 570384 A plant-lovers delight, Norfolk Lavender works throughout the year distilling and manufacturing lavender products. Though the sweet, purple lavender gardens are the most famous, you’ll also find a ton of other plants--from chamomile to lemon balm-- in the gardens and fields. Enjoy the outdoor play area and the many unique native breeds of animals on the farm. In the gift shop, buy lavender products made on location. If you stop for a bite at the cafe, try a slice of the Lavender Cake.
Heacham
Norfolk Lavender www.norfolk-lavender.co.uk Caley Mill Lynn Road, Heacham PE31 7JE Telephone: 01485 570384 A plant-lovers delight, Norfolk Lavender works throughout the year distilling and manufacturing lavender products. Though the sweet, purple lavender gardens are the most famous, you’ll also find a ton of other plants--from chamomile to lemon balm-- in the gardens and fields. Enjoy the outdoor play area and the many unique native breeds of animals on the farm. In the gift shop, buy lavender products made on location. If you stop for a bite at the cafe, try a slice of the Lavender Cake.
Dive in and be wowed by the many strange, beautiful and fascinating creatures of the deep. Combining a spectacular indoor aquarium with a seal hospital and rescue centre, penguins and otters. The Sanctuary provides a real treat for everyone.
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Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary
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Dive in and be wowed by the many strange, beautiful and fascinating creatures of the deep. Combining a spectacular indoor aquarium with a seal hospital and rescue centre, penguins and otters. The Sanctuary provides a real treat for everyone.
Natural Beauty
Pensthorpe Natural Park www.pensthorpe.com Fakenham Road, Fakenham, NR21 0LN Telephone: 01328 851465 Home to four of the most spectacular Norfolk gardens, including a stunning meadow and the most beautiful of lakeside environments, Pensthorpe Natural Park provides year-round colour and interest. Wonderful scenery, a range of wildlife, stamp trails for the children, great walks and the most amazing play areas for all ages.
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Pensthorpe Natural Park
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Pensthorpe Natural Park www.pensthorpe.com Fakenham Road, Fakenham, NR21 0LN Telephone: 01328 851465 Home to four of the most spectacular Norfolk gardens, including a stunning meadow and the most beautiful of lakeside environments, Pensthorpe Natural Park provides year-round colour and interest. Wonderful scenery, a range of wildlife, stamp trails for the children, great walks and the most amazing play areas for all ages.
Snettisham Park www.snettishampark.co.uk 25 Manor Lane, Kings Lynn PE31 7NG Telephone: 01485 542425 Deer safari park and farming attraction, tearoom and gift shop.
Snettisham
Snettisham Park www.snettishampark.co.uk 25 Manor Lane, Kings Lynn PE31 7NG Telephone: 01485 542425 Deer safari park and farming attraction, tearoom and gift shop.
Hickling Broad and Marshes www.explorenorfolkuk.co.uk/hickling-broad Hickling Broad is the largest Norfolk Broad and harbours a spectacular variety of plants and animals. There are gentle walks under wide skies for the casual visitor or fascinating study for those interested in swallowtail butterflies, bitterns, cranes, marsh harriers and other rare Broadland wildlife.
Hickling
Hickling Broad and Marshes www.explorenorfolkuk.co.uk/hickling-broad Hickling Broad is the largest Norfolk Broad and harbours a spectacular variety of plants and animals. There are gentle walks under wide skies for the casual visitor or fascinating study for those interested in swallowtail butterflies, bitterns, cranes, marsh harriers and other rare Broadland wildlife.
Norfolk Broads National Park Visit Britain’s magical waterland, a series of interconnected rivers and lakes. The Broads National Park have been a boating destination since 1878, so hire a boat and set sail. If you’d prefer to have someone captain for you, take a guided boat tour of the area. Look out for wildlife, such as waterfowl and otters. On dry land there are many walking and cycling routes that follow the rivers through scenic countryside. Stop for a drink and some food in one of the many waterside pubs and restaurants.
Norfolk
Norfolk Broads National Park Visit Britain’s magical waterland, a series of interconnected rivers and lakes. The Broads National Park have been a boating destination since 1878, so hire a boat and set sail. If you’d prefer to have someone captain for you, take a guided boat tour of the area. Look out for wildlife, such as waterfowl and otters. On dry land there are many walking and cycling routes that follow the rivers through scenic countryside. Stop for a drink and some food in one of the many waterside pubs and restaurants.
Beaches
Holkham: White sands backed by dunes and pinewoods, which has been the setting for many films. Behind the shoreline lies a basin, which, at high tides, fills to form a spectacular shallow lagoon. Holkham Beach is also part of one of the largest National Nature Reserves in the country and is home to many rare species of flora and fauna.
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Holkham beach
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Holkham: White sands backed by dunes and pinewoods, which has been the setting for many films. Behind the shoreline lies a basin, which, at high tides, fills to form a spectacular shallow lagoon. Holkham Beach is also part of one of the largest National Nature Reserves in the country and is home to many rare species of flora and fauna.
Wells: Award winning Wells-next-the-Sea is also part of the coastal nature reserve. Wells Beach was awarded a Seaside Award in May 2017. You can reach the beach from the town by the Wells Harbour Railway which was the first 10.25-inch railway to operate a scheduled service and appears in the Guiness World Records. Walk from the excellent café in the main beach car park through the pretty shady pinewoods to the stunning sandy beach with a row of colourful beach huts. You can walk to Holkham beach by the two mile pine walk, part of the Norfolk Coast Path and Peddars Way.
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Wells-next-the-Sea
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Wells: Award winning Wells-next-the-Sea is also part of the coastal nature reserve. Wells Beach was awarded a Seaside Award in May 2017. You can reach the beach from the town by the Wells Harbour Railway which was the first 10.25-inch railway to operate a scheduled service and appears in the Guiness World Records. Walk from the excellent café in the main beach car park through the pretty shady pinewoods to the stunning sandy beach with a row of colourful beach huts. You can walk to Holkham beach by the two mile pine walk, part of the Norfolk Coast Path and Peddars Way.
Hunstanton: You can enjoy dramatic sunsets at Hunstanton beach which faces west and is one of the sunniest resorts in Norfolk. Hunstanton, or Sunny Hunny, is an elegant Victorian resort, and is most famous for its striped cliffs, providing an amazing back drop to the beach.
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Hunstanton
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Hunstanton: You can enjoy dramatic sunsets at Hunstanton beach which faces west and is one of the sunniest resorts in Norfolk. Hunstanton, or Sunny Hunny, is an elegant Victorian resort, and is most famous for its striped cliffs, providing an amazing back drop to the beach.
Heacham Beaches: Both the north and south beaches face west and look out to a huge 20-mile bay. The water here is shallow and sheltered and provides a perfect area to see impressive sunsets.
Heacham
Heacham Beaches: Both the north and south beaches face west and look out to a huge 20-mile bay. The water here is shallow and sheltered and provides a perfect area to see impressive sunsets.
Brancaster: The beach is stunning with miles of golden sand and is ideal for kite surfing and great for dog walking. Nearby are the tidal salt marshes of Scolt Head. When the tide is out you can see an old shipwreck, the remains of SS Vina which was used by the RAF for target practice before the Normandy landing.
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Brancaster Beach
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Brancaster: The beach is stunning with miles of golden sand and is ideal for kite surfing and great for dog walking. Nearby are the tidal salt marshes of Scolt Head. When the tide is out you can see an old shipwreck, the remains of SS Vina which was used by the RAF for target practice before the Normandy landing.
Sheringham: This Blue Flag pebbly beach is set in a traditional seaside resort and is well known for its fine seaside setting and cliffs surrounded by picturesque wooded areas to the north with views over the sea.
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Sheringham
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Sheringham: This Blue Flag pebbly beach is set in a traditional seaside resort and is well known for its fine seaside setting and cliffs surrounded by picturesque wooded areas to the north with views over the sea.
Cromer: A Blue Flag beach with a Victorian Pier, great for crabbing. The beach is sandy and flat and you can enjoy watching the fishing boats catching the famous Cromer crab. Close to the shore you will find the Cromer Shoals Chalk Bed, created when dinosaurs roamed. It is the longest in the world at 20 miles long and you can see it by swimming out and snorkelling. The Cromer crabs feed off the reef, which gives the delicacy its rich and sweet flavour. The pristine sands, luscious green cliffs and dainty Victorian buildings make it a very enchanting place to visit.
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Cromer
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Cromer: A Blue Flag beach with a Victorian Pier, great for crabbing. The beach is sandy and flat and you can enjoy watching the fishing boats catching the famous Cromer crab. Close to the shore you will find the Cromer Shoals Chalk Bed, created when dinosaurs roamed. It is the longest in the world at 20 miles long and you can see it by swimming out and snorkelling. The Cromer crabs feed off the reef, which gives the delicacy its rich and sweet flavour. The pristine sands, luscious green cliffs and dainty Victorian buildings make it a very enchanting place to visit.
Sea Palling: One of the most eastern beaches on the north Norfolk coast is Blue Flag beach, Sea Palling. This is a wide sandy beach with a series of shallow bays formed by man-made offshore reefs which calms the waters, making it safe and tranquil.
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Sea Palling Beach
12 Beach Rd
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Sea Palling: One of the most eastern beaches on the north Norfolk coast is Blue Flag beach, Sea Palling. This is a wide sandy beach with a series of shallow bays formed by man-made offshore reefs which calms the waters, making it safe and tranquil.
Snettisham beach is a natural haven and largely unspoiled. The extensive sand and mud flats are frequented by various wading birds such as avocets, knots and bar-tailed godwit which can be seen from the RSPB reserve. Despite its obvious attractions Snettisham beach never gets busy, in fact in winter you can enjoy some solitude on many days.
Snettisham Beach
Snettisham beach is a natural haven and largely unspoiled. The extensive sand and mud flats are frequented by various wading birds such as avocets, knots and bar-tailed godwit which can be seen from the RSPB reserve. Despite its obvious attractions Snettisham beach never gets busy, in fact in winter you can enjoy some solitude on many days.
Seal Beaches
Waxham Beach: Just next door from Horsey, this lesser known beach is a lovely place to see seals. If you have binoculars do bring them as you can spot several playing and swimming in the sea. What a joy! And of course, enjoy the beautiful views from atop the dunes which is designated as a Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Waxham
Waxham Beach: Just next door from Horsey, this lesser known beach is a lovely place to see seals. If you have binoculars do bring them as you can spot several playing and swimming in the sea. What a joy! And of course, enjoy the beautiful views from atop the dunes which is designated as a Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Brancaster: During the warmer months of the year, Brancaster beach is a good spot to see seals being in their element in the water. They play and forage in the sea so do not be surprised if a seal pops up nearby to say hello. Any time of the year this long stretch of stunning beach is great for walks, dog walking and play (of course be mindful that dogs and seals are not best friends).
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Brancaster Beach
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Brancaster: During the warmer months of the year, Brancaster beach is a good spot to see seals being in their element in the water. They play and forage in the sea so do not be surprised if a seal pops up nearby to say hello. Any time of the year this long stretch of stunning beach is great for walks, dog walking and play (of course be mindful that dogs and seals are not best friends).
Blakeney Point and Morston: The Point is a shingle spit managed by the National Trust and is a top spot to see the common and grey seals any time during the year. Seal watching trips usually last for one hour and run daily from Morston and Blakeney on the high tide. Seals spend 90% of their time out of the water so it is a great way to get good views of the seals without disturbing them.
Blakeney point seals
Blakeney Point and Morston: The Point is a shingle spit managed by the National Trust and is a top spot to see the common and grey seals any time during the year. Seal watching trips usually last for one hour and run daily from Morston and Blakeney on the high tide. Seals spend 90% of their time out of the water so it is a great way to get good views of the seals without disturbing them.
Horsey: This is one of the best places to see grey seals from November to January when they come ashore to give birth. While it is a quiet beach during other months it can get busy in the winter.
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Horsey Gap
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Horsey: This is one of the best places to see grey seals from November to January when they come ashore to give birth. While it is a quiet beach during other months it can get busy in the winter.
Towns and Villages
Kings Lynn is an old market town with active markets on Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays. There are several historic buildings and some lovely parts of the old town, particularly along the river-front where you will find a variety of restaurants and bistros. In town there is a theatre www.kingslynncornexchange.co.uk and a three screen-cinema www.cinemalistings.co.uk/cinema/majestic-kings-lynn. Kings Lynn has a popular speedway team www.kingslynn-speedway.com and football team www.kltown.co.uk .
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King's Lynn
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Kings Lynn is an old market town with active markets on Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays. There are several historic buildings and some lovely parts of the old town, particularly along the river-front where you will find a variety of restaurants and bistros. In town there is a theatre www.kingslynncornexchange.co.uk and a three screen-cinema www.cinemalistings.co.uk/cinema/majestic-kings-lynn. Kings Lynn has a popular speedway team www.kingslynn-speedway.com and football team www.kltown.co.uk .
Norwich boasts museums spanning ten centuries of history as well as a renovated city centre with a pleasant pedestrian area lined with modern businesses and thriving nightlife. With two colleges, both with renowned art and writing programs, travellers will also step into a vibrant cultural scene. Tourist sites, dubbed the Norwich 12, include the historical Norwich Castle, Norwich Cathedral and City Hall, as well as the newer library and the glass Forum which hosts events from opera to skating.
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Norwich
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Norwich boasts museums spanning ten centuries of history as well as a renovated city centre with a pleasant pedestrian area lined with modern businesses and thriving nightlife. With two colleges, both with renowned art and writing programs, travellers will also step into a vibrant cultural scene. Tourist sites, dubbed the Norwich 12, include the historical Norwich Castle, Norwich Cathedral and City Hall, as well as the newer library and the glass Forum which hosts events from opera to skating.
Swaffham is an attractive market town which sits at the very northern point of the Brecks, an area of outstanding tranquillity and beauty which stretches across Norfolk & Suffolk. There is a bustling Saturday Market and twice monthly Farmer's Market. The church of St Peter and Paul is one of the finest medieval churches with its magnificent double hammer-beam angel roof and carvings depicting the Pedlar of Swaffham, John Chapman. Swaffham has featured in dramas such as Dad's Army, Love on a Branch Line, Hello Hello and, most recently, Kingdom with Stephen Fry. Visit the EcoTech centre and climb up the 300 steps inside the wind turbine to enjoy the superb views as far as Ely Cathedral and enjoy their organic gardens.
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Swaffham
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Swaffham is an attractive market town which sits at the very northern point of the Brecks, an area of outstanding tranquillity and beauty which stretches across Norfolk & Suffolk. There is a bustling Saturday Market and twice monthly Farmer's Market. The church of St Peter and Paul is one of the finest medieval churches with its magnificent double hammer-beam angel roof and carvings depicting the Pedlar of Swaffham, John Chapman. Swaffham has featured in dramas such as Dad's Army, Love on a Branch Line, Hello Hello and, most recently, Kingdom with Stephen Fry. Visit the EcoTech centre and climb up the 300 steps inside the wind turbine to enjoy the superb views as far as Ely Cathedral and enjoy their organic gardens.
Fakenham is well known for its market, dating back to 1250. During the 19th century the market sold agricultural products and cattle, and today, a market runs on a Thursday where local traders gather to sell their produce. The Corn Hall and flea market have also been important local trading centres for 140 years. Many buildings highlight the town’s history. The tower of 14th century Fakenham church dominates the skyline of the town and the Fakenham Museum of Gas and Local History is the only surviving town gasworks in England and Wales, complete with all equipment used for the manufacture of gas from coal. Fakenham sits on the National Cycle Network and is just a few miles away from the coast.
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Fakenham
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Fakenham is well known for its market, dating back to 1250. During the 19th century the market sold agricultural products and cattle, and today, a market runs on a Thursday where local traders gather to sell their produce. The Corn Hall and flea market have also been important local trading centres for 140 years. Many buildings highlight the town’s history. The tower of 14th century Fakenham church dominates the skyline of the town and the Fakenham Museum of Gas and Local History is the only surviving town gasworks in England and Wales, complete with all equipment used for the manufacture of gas from coal. Fakenham sits on the National Cycle Network and is just a few miles away from the coast.
Downham Market is one of Norfolk’s oldest market towns located on the river Ouse. You will immediately recognise the Market place by the splendidly unusual majestic black and white clock. The town retains an intimate feel characterised by many historic buildings, craft and collectibles markets and a busy market of Fridays and Saturdays as well as a host of independent shops. Downham Market’s nickname is ‘Gingerbread Town’ due to its buildings made from local Carrstone.
Downham Market
Downham Market is one of Norfolk’s oldest market towns located on the river Ouse. You will immediately recognise the Market place by the splendidly unusual majestic black and white clock. The town retains an intimate feel characterised by many historic buildings, craft and collectibles markets and a busy market of Fridays and Saturdays as well as a host of independent shops. Downham Market’s nickname is ‘Gingerbread Town’ due to its buildings made from local Carrstone.
Watlington is located 7 miles south of King’s Lynn and 8 miles north of Downham Market. Easily accessible from the A10, it is also served by its railway station on the King’s Lynn to Cambridge and London line. Early evidence of the village appears in the 12th century. Early land owners were the Bardolphs of Wormegay and Stow, the head of this family taking the name Sir Robert de Watlington. The church, dedicated to St Peter and St Paul, is medieval with Norman origins and is almost entirely built of carstone. Only the base of the Norman church tower survives. The church was rebuilt in grand style in around 1300. The building was altered in the 15th century alterations and restored by the Victorians. At the centre of the village is the village green. Opposite it is the public house The Angel. The village store and post office is close by. National cycle route 11 passes through the village so has good cycling connections to King’s Lynn and Downham Market.
Watlington
Watlington is located 7 miles south of King’s Lynn and 8 miles north of Downham Market. Easily accessible from the A10, it is also served by its railway station on the King’s Lynn to Cambridge and London line. Early evidence of the village appears in the 12th century. Early land owners were the Bardolphs of Wormegay and Stow, the head of this family taking the name Sir Robert de Watlington. The church, dedicated to St Peter and St Paul, is medieval with Norman origins and is almost entirely built of carstone. Only the base of the Norman church tower survives. The church was rebuilt in grand style in around 1300. The building was altered in the 15th century alterations and restored by the Victorians. At the centre of the village is the village green. Opposite it is the public house The Angel. The village store and post office is close by. National cycle route 11 passes through the village so has good cycling connections to King’s Lynn and Downham Market.
Holt is a charming rural north Norfolk town surrounded by parks. Close to the coast and with shops and places to stay, Holt is an ideal holiday destination. Holt's fine 18th century Georgian buildings make the town one of the most attractive in north Norfolk. To make sure you see all the key landmarks in the town, take the Holt Owl Trail, by following the owl pavement plaques. Just outside the centre of Holt is the North Norfolk Railway station where you can catch the Poppy Line steam and diesel train services to Weybourne and Sheringham.
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Holt
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Holt is a charming rural north Norfolk town surrounded by parks. Close to the coast and with shops and places to stay, Holt is an ideal holiday destination. Holt's fine 18th century Georgian buildings make the town one of the most attractive in north Norfolk. To make sure you see all the key landmarks in the town, take the Holt Owl Trail, by following the owl pavement plaques. Just outside the centre of Holt is the North Norfolk Railway station where you can catch the Poppy Line steam and diesel train services to Weybourne and Sheringham.
Wells-Next-The-Sea the picturesque quay in Wells-next-the-Sea is the natural hub of the port town. Many of the local establishments in this area serve the best of freshly caught seafood for all to try. Other assets of this quaint Norfolk seaside town are the coloured beach huts, the granary building, the miniature train, and the week-long summer carnival.
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Wells-next-the-Sea
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Wells-Next-The-Sea the picturesque quay in Wells-next-the-Sea is the natural hub of the port town. Many of the local establishments in this area serve the best of freshly caught seafood for all to try. Other assets of this quaint Norfolk seaside town are the coloured beach huts, the granary building, the miniature train, and the week-long summer carnival.
Cromer is a firm favourite for many who live in the Norfolk area, particularly because of its crab – one of the main incomes for the town. Not only is crabbing a fun activity, there are also numerous outlets selling crab ready for you to taste, such as Crab Pot Café and The Old Rock Shop Bistro, or go for a traditional British fish and chips experience at Mary Jane’s Fish Shop. Other Cromer activities include climbing the Parish Church tower or visiting the pier to admire Cromer’s famous theatre and lifeboat station.
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Cromer
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Cromer is a firm favourite for many who live in the Norfolk area, particularly because of its crab – one of the main incomes for the town. Not only is crabbing a fun activity, there are also numerous outlets selling crab ready for you to taste, such as Crab Pot Café and The Old Rock Shop Bistro, or go for a traditional British fish and chips experience at Mary Jane’s Fish Shop. Other Cromer activities include climbing the Parish Church tower or visiting the pier to admire Cromer’s famous theatre and lifeboat station.
Sherringham is the home of the North Norfolk railway and the perfect location to see old fashioned steam trains. It celebrates its rich fishing heritage with a museum in the village. There is a popular market twice a week which draws locals and visitors alike.
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Sheringham
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Sherringham is the home of the North Norfolk railway and the perfect location to see old fashioned steam trains. It celebrates its rich fishing heritage with a museum in the village. There is a popular market twice a week which draws locals and visitors alike.
West Runton is famous for regular fossil discoveries due to the eroding cliffs on the West Runton coastline. One of the most notable discoveries is the ‘West Runton elephant’ which in fact was a mammoth. Moreover, the town is celebrated for having had the Sex Pistols perform in the old pavilion. These days, visitors can enjoy camping and caravanning facilities, an outdoor activity centre and an animal sanctuary.
West Runton
West Runton is famous for regular fossil discoveries due to the eroding cliffs on the West Runton coastline. One of the most notable discoveries is the ‘West Runton elephant’ which in fact was a mammoth. Moreover, the town is celebrated for having had the Sex Pistols perform in the old pavilion. These days, visitors can enjoy camping and caravanning facilities, an outdoor activity centre and an animal sanctuary.
Great Yarmouth has been a popular seaside resort since 1760, when it started life as a fishing port, Great Yarmouth has a lot to offer. With numerous museums, two piers, a sea life centre, a pleasure beach and hundreds of amusement arcades (known as ‘The Golden Mile’), it is arguably one of the liveliest seaside towns on the Norfolk coast. It is even home to the country’s only total circus building, The Hippodrome.
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Great Yarmouth
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Great Yarmouth has been a popular seaside resort since 1760, when it started life as a fishing port, Great Yarmouth has a lot to offer. With numerous museums, two piers, a sea life centre, a pleasure beach and hundreds of amusement arcades (known as ‘The Golden Mile’), it is arguably one of the liveliest seaside towns on the Norfolk coast. It is even home to the country’s only total circus building, The Hippodrome.
Burnham Market The quintessential village of Burnham Market is ideally located close to the North Norfolk coast and comes complete with red-roofed historic pubs, cottages, inns and shops. Traditional village life is very much alive here with an original post office, butcher, hardware shop, fish shop and chemist, augmented with a range of boutiques. Pop into Tilly's Café for a big slice of homemade cake washed down with tea; or stop for a relaxing pint or a night's stay at the historic Nelson. For more of a luxury dining experience, head to Socius, the British tapas spot that encourages sharing.
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Burnham Market
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Burnham Market The quintessential village of Burnham Market is ideally located close to the North Norfolk coast and comes complete with red-roofed historic pubs, cottages, inns and shops. Traditional village life is very much alive here with an original post office, butcher, hardware shop, fish shop and chemist, augmented with a range of boutiques. Pop into Tilly's Café for a big slice of homemade cake washed down with tea; or stop for a relaxing pint or a night's stay at the historic Nelson. For more of a luxury dining experience, head to Socius, the British tapas spot that encourages sharing.
Cley-Next-to-the-Sea is a picturesque village which is surrounded by beautiful countryside. The land between the sea and the village is a nature reserve that is perfect for rambling walks and attractive vistas all around. Cley Marshes is internationally recognised as an important place for rare birds and was even praised by Sir David Attenborough as "one of the great places in Britain to see wildlife". Don't miss: There are many pretty flint cottages, an old bookshop, taverns and a delicatessen in the village.
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Cley next the Sea
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Cley-Next-to-the-Sea is a picturesque village which is surrounded by beautiful countryside. The land between the sea and the village is a nature reserve that is perfect for rambling walks and attractive vistas all around. Cley Marshes is internationally recognised as an important place for rare birds and was even praised by Sir David Attenborough as "one of the great places in Britain to see wildlife". Don't miss: There are many pretty flint cottages, an old bookshop, taverns and a delicatessen in the village.
Happisburgh was put on the map as an archaeologically important place after 800,000-year-old flint tools were found in 2010, and again when the earliest human footprints outside of Africa were discovered in 2013. Happisburgh Lighthouse with its red and white stripes stands proudly over the historic village and visitors can enter the lighthouse on open days during summer. Visitors to Happisburgh can also climb St Mary's Church for uninterrupted vistas of the North east coastline.
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Happisburgh
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Happisburgh was put on the map as an archaeologically important place after 800,000-year-old flint tools were found in 2010, and again when the earliest human footprints outside of Africa were discovered in 2013. Happisburgh Lighthouse with its red and white stripes stands proudly over the historic village and visitors can enter the lighthouse on open days during summer. Visitors to Happisburgh can also climb St Mary's Church for uninterrupted vistas of the North east coastline.
Mundesley is a village that is self-contained while maintaining its status as a popular tourist spot. Visitors enjoy its clean, Blue Flag-approved beach, quirky village events such as the annual Soap Box Derby and public facilities powered by volunteers. It even reached the semi-finals of Channel 4's Village of the Year 2018.There are thatched cottages, a flower shop, an art gallery and more enchanting village finds that are a pleasure to explore. Candy-coloured beach huts line the sand with walkers and locals enjoying the sea air throughout the year.
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Mundesley
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Mundesley is a village that is self-contained while maintaining its status as a popular tourist spot. Visitors enjoy its clean, Blue Flag-approved beach, quirky village events such as the annual Soap Box Derby and public facilities powered by volunteers. It even reached the semi-finals of Channel 4's Village of the Year 2018.There are thatched cottages, a flower shop, an art gallery and more enchanting village finds that are a pleasure to explore. Candy-coloured beach huts line the sand with walkers and locals enjoying the sea air throughout the year.
Stiffkey (pronounced "stew-key") is a tiny village popular for nature lovers because of its Stiffkey Salt Marshes. Walkers will enjoy rambles in the Norfolk countryside and seafood fanatics can enjoy fresh, local mussels, cockles and more at the cosy Stiffkey Red Lion. Enjoy the fresh air and vast skies and seascapes that are on offer in this remote settlement. Pop in to the charming Stiffkey Stores for local home ware, unique gifts or tasty cakes and coffee.
Stiffkey
Stiffkey (pronounced "stew-key") is a tiny village popular for nature lovers because of its Stiffkey Salt Marshes. Walkers will enjoy rambles in the Norfolk countryside and seafood fanatics can enjoy fresh, local mussels, cockles and more at the cosy Stiffkey Red Lion. Enjoy the fresh air and vast skies and seascapes that are on offer in this remote settlement. Pop in to the charming Stiffkey Stores for local home ware, unique gifts or tasty cakes and coffee.
Holkham has a tiny population of fewer than 250 people which makes it the perfect place to visit for a relaxing day out. The Holkham National Reserve is breath-taking year-round with plenty of beautiful flora and fauna to see. At the centre of which is Holkham Hall and the quiet beach at Holkham Gap. The grand Holkham Hall is an 18th century country house that is open to visitors at various times throughout the year. Steeped in history, with plenty of period features, there is also a tearoom where you can indulge in scones with jam and cream and a pot of tea.
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Holkham
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Holkham has a tiny population of fewer than 250 people which makes it the perfect place to visit for a relaxing day out. The Holkham National Reserve is breath-taking year-round with plenty of beautiful flora and fauna to see. At the centre of which is Holkham Hall and the quiet beach at Holkham Gap. The grand Holkham Hall is an 18th century country house that is open to visitors at various times throughout the year. Steeped in history, with plenty of period features, there is also a tearoom where you can indulge in scones with jam and cream and a pot of tea.
Norfolk Broads Towns and Villages
Wroxham is also on the River Bure and is often referred to as the capital of the Broads. Hoveton is a neighbouring village and is actually where most facilities are located but both areas are typically referred to as Wroxham. The famous Roys of Wroxham is a local department store selling anything and everything! Wroxham also has pubs, restaurants and some small amusement arcades. Attractions include Wroxham Barns and Hoveton Hall. Hoveton Hall Gardens are open to the public from May to September and include a children’s activity trail and tea rooms. Wroxham Barns has outdoor play equipment and an indoor play area. There is also a junior farm with activities, craft shops and a restaurant.
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Wroxham
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Wroxham is also on the River Bure and is often referred to as the capital of the Broads. Hoveton is a neighbouring village and is actually where most facilities are located but both areas are typically referred to as Wroxham. The famous Roys of Wroxham is a local department store selling anything and everything! Wroxham also has pubs, restaurants and some small amusement arcades. Attractions include Wroxham Barns and Hoveton Hall. Hoveton Hall Gardens are open to the public from May to September and include a children’s activity trail and tea rooms. Wroxham Barns has outdoor play equipment and an indoor play area. There is also a junior farm with activities, craft shops and a restaurant.
Horning is on the River Bure. It has a village green and some wonderful pubs, shops, restaurants and tea rooms. On Lower Street there is a leisure centre and the Church of St Benedicts. Pubs in Horning include The Ferry Inn, The New Inn and The Swan Inn. The village also has a playing field with some children’s play equipment. Just outside the village is BeWILDerwood, a treehouse family adventure park ideal for a great day out and making it one of our customer’s top towns and villages on the Norfolk Broads.
Horning
Horning is on the River Bure. It has a village green and some wonderful pubs, shops, restaurants and tea rooms. On Lower Street there is a leisure centre and the Church of St Benedicts. Pubs in Horning include The Ferry Inn, The New Inn and The Swan Inn. The village also has a playing field with some children’s play equipment. Just outside the village is BeWILDerwood, a treehouse family adventure park ideal for a great day out and making it one of our customer’s top towns and villages on the Norfolk Broads.
Hoveton is about a mile away across the bridge at Wroxham and you will find the St Peter's 17th century church as well as award winning Bewilderwood, an adventure park with 50 acres of wild, outdoor treehouses and Wroxham Barns with a farm, indoor play area, mini golf, shops and restaurant.
Hoveton
Hoveton is about a mile away across the bridge at Wroxham and you will find the St Peter's 17th century church as well as award winning Bewilderwood, an adventure park with 50 acres of wild, outdoor treehouses and Wroxham Barns with a farm, indoor play area, mini golf, shops and restaurant.
Ludham is a village located on Womack Water, an access dyke off the River Thurne. Ludham has a pub, tearooms and shop. From Ludham there are some lovely marsh walks with great views of the river.
Ludham
Ludham is a village located on Womack Water, an access dyke off the River Thurne. Ludham has a pub, tearooms and shop. From Ludham there are some lovely marsh walks with great views of the river.
Ranworth is a village off the River Bure with a popular nature reserve and visitor centre. There are many lovely walks to be had, especially if you enjoy your wildlife. The village of Ranworth has a 16th century church, a good pub and a village shop, earning its spot on our customer’s top towns and villages on the Norfolk Broads.
Ranworth
Ranworth is a village off the River Bure with a popular nature reserve and visitor centre. There are many lovely walks to be had, especially if you enjoy your wildlife. The village of Ranworth has a 16th century church, a good pub and a village shop, earning its spot on our customer’s top towns and villages on the Norfolk Broads.
Coltishall is on the River Bure and is sometimes referred to as the ‘gateway to the Broads’. It is very picturesque with riverside pubs, a common, restaurants and shops.
Coltishall
Coltishall is on the River Bure and is sometimes referred to as the ‘gateway to the Broads’. It is very picturesque with riverside pubs, a common, restaurants and shops.
Beccles is on the River Waveney and is a market town. There are a range of shops, pubs and restaurants. There is also the Beccles Marsh Trail for people who enjoy walking. Beccles also has an outdoor swimming pool, skateboard park and various play areas.
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Beccles
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Beccles is on the River Waveney and is a market town. There are a range of shops, pubs and restaurants. There is also the Beccles Marsh Trail for people who enjoy walking. Beccles also has an outdoor swimming pool, skateboard park and various play areas.
Reedham is on the River Yare and features a 19th century grade II listed windmill called Polkey’s Mill. It has various pubs and a fish and chip shop and a church. It is on the Wherryman’s Way walk.
Reedham
Reedham is on the River Yare and features a 19th century grade II listed windmill called Polkey’s Mill. It has various pubs and a fish and chip shop and a church. It is on the Wherryman’s Way walk.
Stalham is at the northern end of the Norfolk Broads. It is a small market town by the River Ant and is home to the Museum of the Broads, open in the summer to the public.
Stalham
Stalham is at the northern end of the Norfolk Broads. It is a small market town by the River Ant and is home to the Museum of the Broads, open in the summer to the public.