Things to do
Things to do
The Bedingfeld Arms is located opposite The National Trust owned moated manor house, Oxburgh Hall with 75,000 visitors annually. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/oxburghhall
You can enjoy the area of outstanding natural beauty by bicycle, on foot or on horseback. You can take a walk in the ancient Foulden Common, or explore the Peddars Way/North Norfolk Coast Path.
We are just a short distance away from the historical Iceni Village, Nature Reserve & Museums in Cockley Cley, which is a reconstruction of the type of village occupied by a British tribe, the Iceni, shortly before the Roman occupation-about 2,000 years ago.
Ideally positioned between 2 very individual & famous market towns, Swaffham and Downham Market.
Ecotech Centre in Swaffham: http://www.ecotech.org.uk/
Denver Mill near Downham Market: http://www.denvermills.co.uk/
Also Stow Bardolph farm for kids to interact with tame animals http://www.churchfarmstowbardolph.co.uk
There is something for everyone in the nearby Thetford Forest, Britain’s largest lowland pine forest. This natural preserve has an abundance of wildlife, heathland and broadleaves which is perfect for exploring by bike, horse riding and walks. Click Here for information
No-one ever forgets their first sight of Oxburgh – a romantic, moated manor house.
Built by the Bedingfeld family in the 15th century, they have lived here ever since. Inside, the family’s Catholic history is revealed, complete with a secret priest’s hole which you can crawl inside.
See the astonishing needlework by Mary, Queen of Scots, and the private chapel, built with reclaimed materials.
Outside, you can enjoy panoramic views from the gatehouse roof and follow the woodcarving trails in the gardens and woodlands. The late winter drifts of snowdrops are not to be missed.
This atmospheric and authentic reconstruction of an Iceni village from pre-Roman times is located in a delightful rural setting.
The large site also boasts a beautiful 17th century cottage to explore and a historic barn housing farming and carriage collections. Other attractions include local history and archaeology displays and a superb model of the battle of Waterloo.
Situated a stone’s throw away from the glorious North Norfolk coastline with its many stunning beaches, wide open spaces, some of the best coastal walks, renowned restaurants and hotels, Burnham Market is the perfect place to shop, dine or simply stay awhile and revel in being part of the traditional village atmosphere.
The elegant resort of Hunstanton, on the west coast, is the ideal base to enjoy North Norfolk’s superb coastline. Hunstanton, or ‘Hunston’ as it is known locally, is renowned for its unique striped cliffs and magnificent sunsets, made special by its position as the only west-facing resort on the East coast.
The seaside town began as a purposely-built resort in 1846 and retains its Victorian charm and character to this day, remaining a popular holiday destination for visitors of all ages, but especially families. From the Esplanade Gardens to buzzing family activities such as Crazy Golf, Pitch-and-Putt, and the Oasis Leisure Centre.
Hunstanton’s excellent beach, again awarded Blue Flag status in 2011, offers ideal conditions for playing on the sand, exploring rock pools, and enjoying the sea.
Old Hunstanton has a much more quieter village atmosphere, with carstone-built cottages, traditional British pubs and a much more slower pace of life in general. You can walk from one resort to the other, so you can delight in experiencing the two different areas of Hunstanton in one day.
Hunstanton’s popular seasonal land train carries visitors from Searles Leisure Resort to the Lighthouse and back again, making it very easy, and fun, to travel around Hunstanton, taking in many of the sights that the resort has to offer.
Between the epic expanse of sand of the world-renowned Holkham Beach and the unique bird sanctuary of Blakeney Point, lies the harbour town of Wells-next-the-Sea.
Its name, dating back to the Domesday Book, derives from the fresh water springs which still percolate through the glacial chalk of this stretch of coast (though mains water has long replaced them as a source of drinking water). Its pretty harbour jostling with crabbing boats and visiting yachts in summer is sheltered by salt marshes from the open sea, access to which is gained through a wide channel. Its west bank provides an ideal walk to the Pinewoods which fringe the beach beyond. To the west lies reclaimed farmland, while to the east the marshes are a haven for gulls, wading birds and, in winter, hosts of geese. A narrow-gauge railway runs from the town to the beach, with its lively array of stilted beach huts and visitor car park.
The harbour, where fresh shellfish can be bought off the quay, is overlooked by an imposing granary (dating from 1904), with its gantry stretching across the street to the quay. Together with its remaining malthouses, it evokes memories of the town’s history as an important manufacturer and exporter of malt. Running back from the Harbour, the old Staithe Street boasts a range of traditional shops – butcher’s, baker’s, fishmonger’s, greengrocer’s, (lacking only a candlestick maker!), and convenience stores as well as a variety of bookshops, boutiques and art shops and a variety of places to eat. (The town has a number of local artists whose works can be bought.) Beyond lies the Buttlands, a large town green surrounded by mature lime trees, elegant Georgian houses and several splendid pubs.
Because Wells has always been a working town and port, it avoided the Victorian developments which took place elsewhere and retained many of its charming artisan buildings, making it a fascinating little town in which to wander and savour its delights. Its more modern aspect can be seen in the wind farm support vessels working from the outer harbour.
Another narrow-gauge railway, the Wells and Walsingham Light Railway, uses part of the old Norwich line track bed on its way to the picturesque shrine village of Walsingham.
This part of North Norfolk forms part of the largest coastal nature reserve in England and Wales, and Wells-next-the-Sea – and indeed the whole of the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – is a haven for twitchers. Bitterns and terns, oyster catchers, avocets and marsh harriers are among the species which make this part of North Norfolk a prime site for birdwatching.
Just a few miles along the coast is the Palladian seat of the Earls of Leicester, Holkham Hall, with its 3000-acre deer park and Bygones Museum, and a stretch of beach regarded by some as the best in the District.
Sandringham is the much-loved country retreat of Her Majesty The Queen, and has been the private home of four generations of British monarchs since 1862. The house, set in 24 hectares of stunning gardens, is perhaps the most famous stately home in Norfolk and is at the heart of the 8,000-hectare Sandringham Estate, 240 hectares of which make up the woodland and heath of the Country Park, open to the public free of charge every day of the year.