Located in the North of the Brecks, the town has a bustling market place and many attractive Georgian buildings from its commercial wool industry. The beautiful church of St Peter & Paul is an interesting visit, inside are many famous carvings and an ornate angel roof. Another interesting local point of interest is the flint mine of Grime’s Graves. The Swaffham Museum has fascinating displays of the social history of the local area, and Egyptian artefacts linked with Howard Carter who discovered the Tutankhamun tomb. The local golf club is just 2 miles from the town.
The Green Britain Centre has the world’s only windmill which is open to the public, visitors brave enough can climb the 300 steps up to the viewing platform. The venue has its own shop; café and cinema, there are educational tours and activities. The Anglia Karting has two outdoor race tracks and is great for an adrenaline filled day.
The Go Ape forest centre has tree top zip wires, swings and Segway routes through miles of pine forest trails. The Westacre Theatre offers a variety of open air theatre productions, plays and workshops. This area if perfect for walking and visiting the local nature reserves and wildlife parks. The historical sites of Oxburgh Hall and Castle Acre are worth a visit, and Gooderstone Water Gardens has a lovely nature trail and 6 acres of gardens with wildlife hides.
Located on the east coast of England, facing Europe across the North Sea, Norfolk is one of the UK's most rural counties, with over forty percent of its population living in just four towns – Norwich, Great Yarmouth, King's Lynn and Thetford. Adjacent to The Wash, in whose mud the medieval King John famously lost the Crown Jewels in 1216, Norfolk's geography is that of low plains or “fens”, which makes it along with neighbouring Suffolk feel more like northern countries of European mainland (Belgium and Holland) than the rest of England which is predominantly hilly.
In a similar way to that of the “low countries”, erosion and land reclamation have changed the coastline over the centuries, so that several towns (King's Lynn, for instance) which were once on the coast are now to be found several miles inland! The whole set-up makes for some very interesting topography as well as history and Norfolk is, for this reason, an interesting county to visit, almost as if it was a different country altogether!
East of England
This region includes the ceremonial counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, Hertfordshire, Essex, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire. With a rich heritage there is much to see and do to suit all ages. The royal residency of Sandringham Estate is a must see and other historical points of interest include Castle Rising, Sutton Hoo and Somerleyton Hall. The medieval cities of Cambridge, Norwich and Ipswich are not to be missed and there are lots of pretty market towns and idyllic seaside resorts to choose from for a day trip. Alternatively for a slower paced holiday you may wish to visit The Broads or Thetford Forest, these areas are particularly popular for boating and spotting birdlife.