A traditional working market town, with beautiful rolling countryside making this an ideal base for cycling and walking. Pensthorpe Natural Park is a great family day out with 700 acres of nature trails and wildlife conservation. This reserve is well known for its work with the BBC programme Spring Watch. The Sculthorpe Nature Reserve is also well worth a visit, there are elevated hides and viewing platforms. The valley is popular for sightings of owls, kingfishers and buzzards.
The Thursford Collection has the world’s largest display of organs and steam engines, there are fairground rides, daily musical performances plus a children’s play area. The town has regular antique markets and auctions, and the farmers market has local produce and crafts. The Langham Glass centre is open all year round, the team on site use ancient techniques and glassmaking experiences are available for visitors. For a rainy afternoon, the Superbowl has a ten pin bowling and a small indoor soft play area. The National Hunt racecourse hosts events throughout the year and on the same site is the Fakenham golf club,
On the outskirts of the town is the Walsingham Abbey Grounds and Shirehall Museum, the site has a long history of pilgrimages and the Priory ruins till stand today. There are 18 acres of meadows and river walks.
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.