NORTH WEST NORFOLK
OUT AND ABOUT
A visit to Norfolk is never boring. There is plenty to see and do to keep the whole family entertained. The Fring Estate is based in North West Norfolk, so we’re going to let you in on a few of our favourite things to do whilst holidaying in this part of the county.
1) Visit a stunning beach
Norfolk is well known for its beautiful coastline and the offerings in North West Norfolk are no exception. Whether you are looking for a traditional seaside town, like Hunstanton, or something a little more off the beaten track, there is a beach for everyone.
A beach off the beaten track
One of our favourite beaches in the area is Burnham Overy Staithe. Not only are you likely to have plenty of space to yourself, but you also get a beautiful walk on your way down to the secluded beach. The beach itself is accessible by walking for just over a mile along the River Burn, through salt marshes and sand dunes, scattered with small fishing boats.
Once you arrive, you will be treated with uninterrupted views all the way down to Holkham and Wells-next-the-Sea. The expanse of golden sand is truly unspoilt coastline and a haven for birdlife.
A 20-minute drive from Fring Estate, it’s definitely worth the trip for a taste of rugged Norfolk beauty. Ideal for couples who are looking to escape the bustle of everyday life.
Family beach fun
For those looking for a fun filled family day out, we would suggest Hunstanton. Although it may not exactly be a secret of North West Norfolk, ‘Sunny Hunny’ definitely delivers on traditional seaside nostalgia.
Spend the day on the expansive beach, building sandcastles and spying the shipwreck. Once you have had enough of the sand in your toes, take a trip to the arcade – don’t forget your change! For the perfect end to the day, finish off with some traditional fish and chips an ice cream or two and maybe even a trip to the traditional sweet shop.
Hunstanton has all you would expect from a classic seaside town. If you don’t fancy the beach, there’s always the sea life centre, a sea tour, or the beach front fairground to name just a few. The sunset is not to be missed!
2) Taste the county
We are spoilt in North West Norfolk with some fantastic places to eat, serving local beer, wine and spirits as well as top notch grub. It’s difficult to choose just one so here is a selection of our favourite places to grab a bite to eat.
The White Horse, Brancaster Staithe
Set on marshland coastline, The White Horse is a beautiful modern restaurant with far reaching views and a delicious selection of local seafood as their staple.
There is a modern dining area to the back of the restaurant, set against large windows. A more relaxed menu is served in the bar area and on the terrace. In the summer evenings the White Horse host special events at the edge of the marsh. In the past they have had lobster BBQ evenings and gin cocktail evenings.
Apart from the stunning views and delicious menu, The White Horse also serves an amazing afternoon tea. A treat not to be missed, best enjoyed after a stroll along the Norfolk coastal path.
Chequers Inn, Thornham
This 2 AA rosette restaurant prides themselves on exciting and innovative food, choosing local produce where possible. It has been recently refurbished, offering a light and airy setting with a contemporary ambience. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus a roast on a Sunday, it’s a great choice for delicious British meals.
The Duck Inn, Stanhoe
An award-winning rustic-smart gastropub, serving the best in local produce and East Anglian ales. Incredible food is served up daily by chef patron Ben Handley and his team. Norfolk favorites such as Brancaster crab, steaming bowls of Norfolk mussels and locally-smoked salmon with gingerbread are regular highlights; along with Chef Handley’s famous black pudding-scotched quail’s eggs. Sundays’ roasts of local pork and Holkham Estate beef are widely regarded as the best along the coast.
3) Unique places to visit
Smell the sweet scent of locally grown lavender at Norfolk Lavender. Take a tour to see the ripple of purple on the fields and catch the distillery in action during harvest (July- early August). It’s not just lavender, children will enjoy a visit to the adjoining animal garden and play park, where they can get up close to a range of animals.
Got the family in tow? Take a trip to amazing Castle Rising. It is one of the largest and best-preserved keeps in the country, dating all the way back to the Norman times. Throughout the year, the castle hosts a number of events which bring history to life. If you have bought a young knight or fair maiden along to Norfolk with you, it would be worth a trip.
Kings Lynn Corn Exchange is the best place to see a show. You can see everything from touring musicals, to comedians, dance shows and operas. Check out what’s on when you’re planning your visit and enjoy an evening of culture and entertainment.
You don’t have to go very far in North West Norfolk if you are looking for local and independent shops. A couple of highlights include:
Thornham Deli and Drove Orchards, Thornham
Located less than a mile from each other, Thornham Deli is a North Norfolk must visit with delicious food, great atmosphere and a beautiful deli shop and gift area. Drove Orchards hosts a range of shops from a beautiful interior design store, clothes shop and local ice-cream to Gurneys fish mongers and Eric’s Fish and Chips!
Creake Abbey, North Creake
Creake Abbey is also a great place for local produce and unique Norfolk shops. They host a farmer’s market on the first Saturday of every month. A great place to shop, eat, relax and take a stroll.
4) A lesser-known stately home
Although we are fortunate enough to have the Queen’s summer estate on our doorstep, Sandringham is hardly a secret (but still well worth a visit). Houghton Hall and Gardens, on the other hand, is one of the lesser known gems in North West Norfolk. Perhaps most famous for its horse trials, the house has much more to offer.
It is celebrated as one of the country’s finest Palladian houses, built by Great Britain’s first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole. The impressive stately home has a beautiful, 5 acre walled garden to explore – immaculately planted and peppered with outdoor sculptures to find along the way.
In addition to the permanent sculptures, each year the estate hosts sculpture exhibitions from celebrated artists. Last summer they were showing works by Henry Moore, and in 2018, Damien Hirst.
For those who prefer militaria over art, take a look at the toy soldier museum. It’s the largest private collection of toy soldiers set up in famous battle scenes. One for the children, and big kids, amongst you!
Houghton Hall is only open during the summer months, so check the opening times before you travel.
5) The Sunset Mound, Fring Estate
So, maybe we are a little biased with this one, but we think that the Sunset Mound on Fring Estate is one of the most beautiful secret spots in North West Norfolk! We are so lucky to be able to claim this spot as our own.
It looks over the whole estate as the sun sets behind. The perfect place for a romantic evening stroll during the long summer evenings.
Even when the weather isn’t playing ball, you don’t have to miss out on the beautiful view. We have installed a shepherd’s hut with cosy blankets, right on the mound, so you can stay cosy and enjoy the view.
You may even be lucky enough to spot some of the wonderful wildlife we have living on the estate.
So now you know some of the treasures that can be found in North West Norfolk, don’t delay in booking a stay with us so you can discover them for yourself.