A few ideas of things to do and places to see in the local area, updated for 2017. They haven't all been vetted, and visitors' comments and suggestions for updating the links are very welcome.
Local news and events
- The EDP has comprehensive listings of local events, or see the Norfolk Coast Partnership for a map of activities including walks, historic sites and farmers’ markets.
- The official visitors’ site is Visit Norfolk.
- Here’s a listing of the top ten north Norfolk beaches.
- Find out what’s on in the traditional port and holiday town of Wells-next-the Sea, it’s an important destination for fish and chips! There’s a poetry festival here in May each year.
- Norfolk doesn’t get a lot of rain, but if you catch some you can still keep the kids happy.
- Visit local wildlife reserves such as Snettisham, Titchwell and Cley. The visitor centre at Cley has a comfortable café where you can look out over the marsh towards the sea without even putting your boots on.
- Holkham Hall and its lovely deer park is a favourite with visitors. There’s a busy programme of events throughout the summer including classical music concerts.
- Here are Norfolk gardens opening times and locations.
Stanhoe village has a website for local news and photographs.
Check up on Stanhoe weather, see local tide tables (for Burnham Overy Staithe), or find maps of local bus services – the Coasthopper service is good if you want to get a lift back to your car after walking along the coastal path.
Fakenham farmers' market is held on 4th Saturday of each month, 8.30-12.00.
Creake Abbey farmers' market is held on 1st Saturday of each month, from 9.30 to 1pm.
Bircham Windmill is local for a family day out in the summer months,
Check out the National Trust properties you could visit in Norfolk.
See the famous snowdrops in bloom at Walsingham Abbey Grounds each February.
See and hear the lovely Brent geese between October and March, after their long journey from their Arctic breeding grounds to the north Norfolk coastal marshes.
Pubs and restaurants
You'll need to book during the summer and at weekends for many of these.
The Duck Inn in Stanhoe is 5 minutes' walk and has a popular restaurant.
Worth the trip is Wiveton Farm Café. It's at a PYO farm and serves really fresh food, including good salads and veggie options - try to catch their asparagus season.
The Victoria, Holkham has a smart restaurant by the main entrance to Holkham Park.
The Hoste at Burnham Market popular with visitors and the bar has a log fire in winter. The Nelson at Burnham Market is always worth a visit.
The White Horse, Brancaster Staithe has good tapas and there’s a terrace overlooking the marshes in prime position for watching the sun go down.
Places to visit, things to do
Norfolk Etc. for sailing tuition and charter
Norfolk Ornithologists Association based at Holme-next-the Sea
Norfolk Tourist Attractions for maps showing local attractions
Norfolk Wildlife Trust has a month-by-month guide of what to see
North Norfolk Railway - the famous Poppy Line runs a few miles to the east
Sailcraft - sailing courses at Brancaster Staithe
Fakenham Racecourse is a friendly local course
There are traditional seaside activities a few miles away at Hunstanton
Oasis at Hunstanton has an indoor pool and fitness studio
Pensthorpe Natural Park is a past site of BBC Springwatch
Sandringham Estate has several events on in the summer
Temples Seal Trips to see the seals on Blakeney Point
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