Visit Creake Abbey…..
Just off the Fakenham road, NR21 9LF (07801-418907) the ruins of the Augustinian Abbey are interesting and the adjacent Shops & Craft Studios are well worth a visit, as is the cafe. Usually open every day 10:00am to 4:00pm except Monday, but open on Bank Holiday Mondays. There is also a Farmers Market here on the first Saturday of every month 9:30am to 1:00pm, except January.
Browse in the smart shops and galleries in Burnham Market…..
A shopping mecca! with hardly a chain store in sight!! Clothes, hats, shoes, food, wine, homewares, gifts, books, works of art, antiques, etc., etc., etc!
Enrol for sailing lessons…..
Norfolk.etc. (01263-740704) ‘cast off’ from Morston Quay, NG25 7AA and offer a wide variety of sailing activities.
Launch a boat or catch a crab…..
Burnham Overy Staithe, PE31 8JF is the home of the dinghy racing Overy Staithe Sailing Club (01328-730961) Crabs obligingly congregate by the quay if required. If this all sounds far too maritime, you could simply take a walk along some of the coastal paths.
Explore the birthplace of Lord Nelson…..
Burnham Thorpe, PE31 8HL Born on the 28th September 1758, son of the local rector, developed his nautical inclination at Burnham Overy Staithe and unfortunately ‘met his maker’ at Trafalgar in 1805.
Enjoy a drink…..
in one of the pubs in Burnham Market and surrounding areas.
Have a ‘Shakespeare in Love’ moment on Holkham beach…..
Four miles of golden sand, widely regarded as one of the most beautiful beaches in the country. Just off the A149 coast road, opposite The Victoria. Car parking charges apply.
Visit a stately home…..
Holkham Hall, NR23 1AB (01328-710227) and the adjoining museums.
Impressive Palladian mansion designed by William Kent for Thomas Coke, the 1st Earl of Leicester, and all set in magnificent parkland with roaming deer.
Explore a royal estate…..
Sandringham House, PE35 6EN (01533-612908) is off the road to King’s Lynn. The much loved country retreat of Her Majesty the Queen, it has been the private home of four generations of British monarchs. The house is perhaps the most famous stately home in Norfolk. Set in the 60 acre gardens which have been called ‘the finest of the Royal gardens’, with a fascinating museum of Royal vehicles and mementoes, the principal ground floor apartments with their collections of porcelain, jade, furniture and family portraits are open to the public from Easter to October.
Make a pilgrimage to a holy shrine…..
The Anglican Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, NR22 6BW (01328-820255) and the Roman Catholic National Shrine, Little Walsingham, NR22 6DB (01328-820495) are important religious centres for pilgrims from all over the world.
Take a trip on a train…..
The Poppy Line railway runs the 10.5 miles between Holt, NR25 6EE (01263-712442) and Sheringham, NR26 8RA (01263-820800) throughout much of the year – talking timetable 01263- 820808 – and usually features steam, or sometimes diesel, locomotives. You could, of course, do the journey in either direction but parking is much easier at Holt station which is outside the town centre and Sheringham station is very near the town centre.
If you prefer your trains smaller! the miniature line runs from the small station on the A149 coast road just beyond Wells-Next-The-Sea, NR23 1NE (01328-711630) to Walsingham. The journey time is 30 minutes and operates from late March to early November.
Drive a tank…..
The Muckleburgh Collection at Weybourne, NR25 7EG (01263-588210) on the coast road heading towards Sheringham, is the largest privately owned military museum in the country, and yes, you really can drive one! but booking is essential so phone for information.
Be amazed by a mighty Wurlitzer…..
The Thursford Collection, NR21 0AS (01328-878477) just off the Fakenham to Holt road is quite an experience! Organist Robert Wolfe will amaze you – always with his performance and often with his choice of jacket, then there is the giant indoor carousel, the huge steam engines, the all year round Christmas shop and the ‘Christmas spectacular’ – restricted to November and December strangely.
Have a flutter on the horses…..
Fakenham Racecourse, Hempton Road, Fakenham, NR21 7NW (01328-862388) has meetings mostly during the autumn to spring period.
See hundreds of seals…..
Blakeney Point National Nature Reserve, NR25 7NW (01263-740241)
Take one of the boat trips that run every day on the tide from Morston or Blakeney Quay. Tickets are available at the quayside or at the Anchor pub in Morston. However, advance bookings are advised:
Bean’s Boats (01263-740505), Bishop’s Boats (01263-740753) or Temple’s Boats (01263-740791)
See thousands of birds…..
All along the coast. RSPB Reserve at Titchwell and Brancaster, also Holkham etc. During the migration seasons there are huge ‘V’ formations to be seen daily, and of course for free – just walk outside and look up!
Feed the ducks…..
Lots of them, by the village pond at Stanhoe, PE31 8QD Head west out of Burnham Market towards King’s Lynn, Stanhoe is the next village, about 3 miles. The pond is the big wet area on the left!
Eat fish and chips…..
In addittion to the Mermaid, on the same site as the Garage, there are two fish & chip shops by the harbour at Wells-Next-The-Sea, be prepared to queue! There is also a fish & chip shop with full restaurant facilities, The Norfolk Riddle, in Walsingham – the fish is freshly cooked to order.
Fly a kite…..
Brancaster, Holkham and Wells all have expansive beaches, usually with a suitable breeze. Car parking is available near all, charges apply.