Although it’s a little late we’d like to wish you all a very
Happy and Prosperous New Year. We’ve had a busy start to 2014 as we’re
currently connecting our brand new biomass boiler to our older cottages meaning
we’ve made a huge step of reducing our carbon footprint and we will soon wave
goodbye to fossil fuels for good (well, apart from a little gas we use for the
cookers). Whilst this work happens, we’re also refurbishing a few rooms in the
cottages and we look forward to all the final touches being completed in early
January is also a busy month as we receive lots of enquiries
and bookings from people who are planning their annual holidays. The summer
months are already looking very busy for us and we’re looking forward to
welcoming new and returning guests throughout the year.
Last summer brought us beautiful, hot sunny days and we are
hoping for the same this year. For us, there is no better place to be in the
world on a hot summers day than enjoying the great outdoors in North Norfolk.
From coast to countryside and everything in between, there’s something for
everyone. It’s the perfect destination for a staycation.
But, summer isn’t the only time to visit North Norfolk as
the area is always bustling with activity. As a result, we’ve put together our
A to Z of things to do and see in North Norfolk and hope you get to enjoy some,
or all of them, when you visit.
– There is something for everyone to visit in North Norfolk. Stroll around large
stately homes, learn something new in the museums and view local artists work
in the galleries. Nature lovers will enjoy the big choice of nature reserves
nearby and families will be spoilt for choice with the family friendly
Huts – If you fancy having a base by the sea then there’s not better way to do
this than by hiring a traditional beach hut. Wells-next-the-Sea and Old
Hunstanton both have beach huts that are available for daily and weekly hire.
– This is a fun and cheap way of entertaining the children for a few hours and
can become quite addictive! Pick yourself up a crabbing kit, which includes a
crabbing line, bucket and some bait (bacon always works a treat!) and head to
Wells Harbour Quay, Blakeney Quay or Burnham Overy Staithe to see how many
crabs you can catch.
– Norwich Castle is one of the city’s most famous landmarks and was built by
the Normans as a palace over 900 years ago. It is full of interesting
exhibitions and historic treasures that the whole family will enjoy
discovering. For the fearless and sceptical people out there, how about a tour
of the famously haunted dungeons... you may just find yourself covered in
goosebumps whilst you’re down there!
– For those of you who enjoy an active life, there are plenty of ways to keep
fit and get some exercise when you’re away without it feeling like it’s a
chore. Our heated indoor swimming pool and tennis courts are available for all
of our guests to use when staying in our cottages, we can also help organise
cycle hire so you can pedal around the countryside and enjoy the beautiful
views. The coast is a popular place to enjoy an invigorating walk or run and
being by the water also means there are plenty of watersports to enjoy too.
Markets – Stock up on delicious seasonal produce at one of our many farmers
markets. There are monthly markets in Fakenham, Holt, Blakeney and at Creake
Abbey in North Creake. The area also has plenty of farm shops and other
fantastic food outlets that sell locally produced food and drink, full details
can be found here.
and Common Seals – Blakeney point is famous for its huge seal colonies of both
Grey and Common seals. During the winter months the Grey seals have their pups
giving visitors the opportunity to see little white fluffy pups braving the
elements whilst the common seals have their young between June – August. There
are several boat trips available to book on a daily basis but we recommend you
book to avoid disappointment. We think the seal trips are a fantastic
opportunity to get up close to some of the UK’s favourite wildlife residents
and an experience we highly recommend to all of our visitors.
– Holkham is a thriving 25,000-acre agricultural estate that has been in the
same family since the 1750’s. Visitors can tour the house and enjoy vast parts
of the land including the beach and nature reserve. There is also a deer park,
museum, pub and shops to visit. Holkham beach has recently been voted the UK’s
best beach and we are very proud to have such a wonderful place on our doorstep
Cream – No seaside holiday is complete without enjoying an ice cream on the
seafront. What’s your favourite? A 99 with a flake, chocolate, strawberry, rum
and raisin, raspberry ripple, butterscotch… The list goes on and on!
Relax – You’re on holiday, so it’s time to relax and take it easy. For a few
days, switch off that alarm clock, don’t worry about work, step away from daily
routine and just enjoy yourself.
– No childhood should go without the experience of flying a kite. Such a simple
thing can create hours of fun. You can fly a kite on the beach all year round
so long as you have a breeze! For the adrenaline junkies who want a bit more of
an adventure, why not try a kite surfing lesson, which are available to book at
– Heacham is home to the world famous Norfolk Lavender gardens. Here you can
stroll through scented gardens, purchase lavender gifts and even try a few
lavender cakes and other delicious treats in the onsite restaurant. There is
also an animal farm and outdoor play area for children to enjoy too.
Towns – There are a number of market towns dotted around North Norfolk and
they’re brimming with boutique shops, local delicatessens, bakeries, art
galleries and teashops. Fakenham is our nearest market town, but nearby there’s
Burnham Market, Wells-Next-The-Sea and Holt which are all very unique and definitely
worth a visit.
Reserves – You are completely spoilt for choice when it comes to exploring our
nature reserves and discovering the Great British wildlife. All year round
there is something going on. During the colder months the reserves become home
to several winter migrants, in spring we enjoy the spectacle of new life and
summer brings plenty of visitors including terns and avocets to the area.
Sculthorpe Moor is very close to our cottages, so you don’t need to travel far
to enjoy the wildlife. Other reserves in the area are Pensthorpe, Titchwell
Marsh, Cley Marshes, Blakeney National Nature Reserve & Scolt Head Island.
– Drove Orchards have over 40 acres of apple, pear and plum trees, and boast
over 150 varieties of different apple. In addition to this, they also grow
Strawberries, Raspberries, Gooseberries and much more. The beauty of Drove
Orchards is that you can turn up and pick your own seasonal fruit to enjoy
during your stay. The shop also stocks their own delicious award winning apple
juice along with a great collection of pickles, chutneys, local cheeses and
other delicious local produce too, perfect to stock up on and take home to
– For a refreshing cool down on a hot summers day, take a paddle in the sea. Or
for the hardy, dip your toes in the icy waters on a cold winter’s day to see
how brave you are!
– Sandringham House is the country retreat for the Queen and several members of
the Royal Family, who famously spend their Christmas on the Sandringham estate.
The house, grounds and museum are open to the public to visit from April to
November and the visitor centre and shops are open throughout the year.
– A day at the races is always fun and Fakenham Racecourse is a stones throw
away from our cottages. Race meetings are on a monthly basis and unlike some
other places it offers a casual atmosphere and is very family friendly -
Children under 16 go free!
– Whatever time of the year, North Norfolk offers plenty for visitors. Winter
brings lots of Christmas events, perfect for Christmas shopping, plus you can
enjoy brisk, refreshing walks on empty beaches and warm up in cosy pubs that
serve up hearty meals. In spring there’s lots of activity on the reserves with
nesting birds eagerly awaiting the arrival of their chicks. During Easter there
are lots of family events including eggciting egg hunts! In summer you can pack
up picnics and spend your days at the beach or take day trips around the area
visiting attractions and exploring nearby towns. As the nights begin to draw in
during autumn, we look forward eating lots of local seasonal food and have fun
celebrating Halloween and Bonfire night.
– Take a vintage steam train ride along the coast with North Norfolk Railways.
The Poppy Line is a scenic route that runs from Sheringham to Holt and is a
memorable day out for all ages. Wells and Walsingham Light Railway also runs
through the North Norfolk countryside and offers a great adventure for the
– The east is the renowned for being the driest region in the UK making it a
great place to spend your holidays. But, it if rains during your stay don’t let
it put you off exploring the area, just take an umbrella with you and remember,
it never rains in a pub!
Cromer – Cromer is on the very edge of the North Norfolk coast and is famous
for it’s crabs. The seafront is full of beautiful Victorian buildings and
whilst you there you should treat yourself to a tasty portion of fish and chips
and take a stroll along the pier.
– You can enjoy a wide range of watersports including windsurfing, sailing,
kiting, canoeing and kayaking around our beautiful North Norfolk coastline.
Courses and lessons are available for anyone who’s wishing to try something
Adventure – Well, ok, so it’s called
Extreeme Adventure so we had to cheat a little! This high ropes adventure
course is situated in some of the tallest trees in the East of England. For
families who like heights this is an adrenaline packed day out where you can
conquer a course that’s situated 20ft up in the trees (or 40ft for the more
adventurous!) Children under the age of 10 are not able to do the course, but
there is a woodland walk and quiz plus an under 10’s play area available. Extreeme Adventure is situated 8 miles
south of Fakenham and offers an exciting day for those who have a taste for
– Our coastline is a great place to enjoy sailing whether you’re an experienced
sailor or a novice wanting to give it a try. There are a number of places
around where you can hire boats and take tuition. For an enjoyable day out a
little further afield, there’s also the beautiful Norfolk Broads to discover
either by boat or on foot.
– the lovely sound of exhausted children who are tucked up in bed after an