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WHERE TO VISIT

Do 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!

Sandringham Estate has several events over the summer. There’s a café and gift shop, it's great for families and there's a dog-friendly country park.

Holkham Hall has lots of events and you can get an all-day parking ticket that’s also valid at Holkham beach.

 

Houghton Hall is often quieter than Holkham or Sandringham and has fascinating gardens.

 

Norfolk Ornithologists Association has several birdwatching sites locally, the best-known at Holme-next-the Sea. The website includes recent sightings.

 

Norfolk Wildlife Trust publishes a month-by-month guide of what to see at local reserves, including Ringstead Downs and Holme Dunes on the coast, and inland at Syderstone Common. It’s well worth travelling a bit further to visit the reserve at Cley, the visitor centre has a comfortable café where you can look out over the marsh towards the sea without even putting your boots on.

 

North Norfolk Railway – the famous Poppy Line steam trains run between Sheringham and Holt in school holidays and the summer, and is great for youngsters.

Bircham Windmill is 10 minutes’ drive for a family day out in the summer months.

 

Check out the National Trust properties you could visit in Norfolk.

Fakenham Racecourse is a friendly local course.

 

There’s traditional seaside stuff a few miles away at Hunstanton, including indoor activities for a rainy day.

 

Pensthorpe Natural Park has some unusual activities for kids.

 

West Acre Gardens has a plant nursery and a lovely old walled garden to look around. It’s on Tumbleyhill Road north of West Acre village, look out for the signposts.

 

Here are Norfolk gardens opening times and locations.

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