Touring the Area & Things To Do.

There are stately homes a plenty including Sandringham, Holkham, Houghton and Blickling; the local countryside parks of Great Witchingham (with a splendid group of meerkats at the Animal Ark) and the superb Pensthorpe wildfowl park and gardens. There is plenty of history in Norfolk and the remains of Castle Acre Priory and Castle, Walsingham Abbey and Binham Priory are all in easy reach. On the coast we fi nd Holkham, Brancaster, Hunstanton and Holme beaches all with miles of clean sand and rolling dunes.

Archangel Distilleries
Tel: 01328 744 436 or click on the above link for their website.
The distillery is opposite the barns - a visit could not be easier!

Archangel provides distillery tours for groups of 8 or more. Lasting about an hour and a half , the tour includes three delicious cocktails as well as a talk on the history of gin and an explanation of how the 'heavenly gin' is made on the premises.

The tour costs £15 per head and the delicious Archangel Gin can be purchased, after the tour, at a discount.

 
Philip Barnes Portraits
Tel: 01603 713 726 or click on the above link for Phil's website.
Getting the family together for photogaphs is not easy!

During your stay at the Barns, why not take part in a photoshoot, organised by a superb professional photographer, and create wonderful memories of your time at Brazenhall?

You can have your shoot at Brazenhall, of course, but there are plenty of gorgeous locations in the area to choose from.

 
Extreeme Adventure
High House
Weasenham
Kings Lynn
PE32 2SP

01328 838720      or
07775593477

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Extreeme Adventure is a high ropes course, built in some of the tallest trees in Eastern England, in the beautiful "New Wood", part of the Weasenham Woods, Norfolk.

Hours of adrenaline rushing family fun (must be 10 years of age plus) which takes aerial trekking to new extremes. Swing, climb and jump at 20ft or 40ft for the more adventurous! High up in the trees there are over 20 different elements to conquer. In addition there is a 3G swing, a 80ft fan descender jump and a 1,000ft zip wire, both respectively thought to be Britain's highest and longest!


Photo: Extreem Adventure
Pensthorpe Park
Pensthorpe
Fakenham
Norfolk
NR21 0LN

01328 851465

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There are so many ways to enjoy the beautiful surroundings here at Pensthorpe. Whether you want to explore the great wildlife walks, learn about our conservation projects, indulge in a spot of retail therapy, take lunch in our Courtyard Café, or just enjoy some of the best local gardens and birdlife for miles around, there is something to suit every taste.

 


Photo: Pensthorpe Park
Dinosaur Adventure Park
Weston Park Lenwade
Norfolk
NR9 5JW

01603 876310

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A fantastic location for both kids and adults who love dinosaurs and outdoor activities.   Armed with your Adventurers' Guide, explore and play in 100 acres of woods and parkland, discovering the amazing world of the dinosaurs.  You can explore the Dinosaur Trail, meet the animals and new Creepy Crawlies in the Secret Animal Garden, with educational activities and demonstrations.

Discover tribes and creatures on the Neanderthal Walk. Lunch time with maybe some time to play in the Adventure Play Area
Enjoy the Raptor Racers, Jurassic Putt, Lost World A-mazing Adventure, Assault-o-saurus and Arachnophobia before heading back home.

 Photo: Dinosaur Adventure
Bishop's Boat Seal Trips 
Paul Bishop
Turnstone Cottage
Old Post Office Yard
Westgate Street
Blakeney
NR25 7NQ

0800 0740 754
or
01263 740 753

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We run daily seal-watching trips from mid-March to the end of October. Departing from the picturesque Blakeney harbour or Morston quay, our traditional clinker-built wooden boats wind their way down the sheltered waters of the creek to the far end of Blakeney Point.

Without going out into the open sea, our experienced skipper’s take you to known areas frequented by seals. However, we ask that you appreciate that we do not control, or attempt to influence their natural behaviour, or habitat, in order to see them.

Here you may observe both common and grey seals from the boat, basking near the water’s edge. Our experienced crews will tell you all about the lives of these delightful creatures, and take you in very close. There are plenty of birds to be seen too – so have your camera at the ready. These seal-watching trips last approximately 1hr.

 

The Poppy line Railways
Sheringham Station,
Station Approach,
Sheringham,
Norfolk,
NR26 8RA

Talking Timetable:
01263 820808

Telephone:
01263 820800

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The North Norfolk Railway offers a 10.5 mile round trip by steam train (vintage diesel trains on some journeys) through a delightful area of North Norfolk designated as being of outstanding natural beauty.

To the south are wooded hills and the Norfolk beauty spots of Kelling Heath and Sheringham Park. To the north, the sea. All within easy walking distance from the various stations.

The flowers are a sight to see throughout the year. In spring and early summer there are primroses, bluebells and the yellow gorse. Later in the year the poppies abound and are set off by the mauve heathers. Enjoy a ride on an historic steam train - you can break your journey to look around the stations and marvel at the steam laden atmosphere from a bygone age.


Photo: North Norfolk Railways

The Thursford Collections
Thursford
Fakenham
Norfolk
NR21 0AS

01328 878 477

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 A fabulous day out for all the family. Come and see the world’s largest collection of steam engines and organs, hear Robert Wolfe one of the worlds leading theatre organists play the mighty Wurlitzer, ride on fairground carousels and the gondola, enjoy 'Behind-the-Scenes' tours and watch silent movies. Lunch in the barn and shop in our olde worlde village shopping village. And our fantastic play area has plenty to delight children of all ages.

 

 
Photo: Thursford Collections

Fakenham Superbowl and Mega Fun 
Bridge Street
Fakenham
Norfolk
NR21 9AX

01328 856650

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Fakenham Superbowl is located in the market town of Fakenham in North Norfolk. The centre is based around 6 Ten-Pin Bowling lanes. The centre also includes a large three level indoor adventure play area for children called MegaFun as well as a fully licensed bar and a restaurant.

 

Castle Acre
King's Lynn
Norfolk
PE32 2XD

0845 094 6112

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The village of Castle Acre is found in the heart of Norfolk on the River Nar. Although now, with a population of around 800, it seems like another Norfolk village, in Norman times it was very important in the affairs of State. The remains of this strong hold can be seen with Castle Acre Priory and Castle at opposite ends of the village.

This important Norfolk visitor attraction is one of the largest and best preserved monastic sites in England dating back to 1090.  It was the home of the first Cluniac order of monks to England and the Cluniac love of decoration is everywhere reflected in the extensive ruins.

There is much to see at the priory, including the beautiful west end church gable, prior’s lodging and substantial remains of many of the buildings round the cloister. The recreated herb garden grows herbs which the monks would have used for medicinal, culinary and decorative purposes. Visitors can find out more about this beautiful priory from our exhibition, display of artefacts and audio tour.
 

 
Photo: Caste Arcre Online

Castle Rising
Kings Lynn
Norfolk
PE31 6AH

01553 631330

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Castle Rising Castle is one of the most famous 12th Century castles in England.

The stone keep, built in around 1140ad, is amongst the finest surviving examples of its kind anywhere in the country and, together with the massive surrounding earthworks, ensures that Rising is a castle of national importance.

In its time Rising has served as a hunting lodge, royal residence, and for a brief time in the 18th century even housed a mental patient. The most famous period in its history was when it came to the mother of Edward III, Queen Isabella, following her part in the murder of her husband Edward II.

 
Photo: Geograph.org.uk

Blickling Estate
Blickling
Norwich
Norfolk
NR11 6NF

01263 73803

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At Blickling, you can go on a journey of discovery and follow four centuries of history. Imagine yourself a guest at one of Lord Lothian's house parties just before the outbreak of war, discussing the latest politics and religious matters. Learn what life was like as a servant and hear the stories of the real people who kept Blickling going. The estate is a treasure trove of romantic buildings, beautiful and extensive gardens and landscaped park. From herbaceous formal gardens to the stunning parterre and woodland wilderness, there is something for everyone at any time of the year

 
Photo: National Trust

The Sandringham Estate
Estate Office
Sandringham
Norfolk
PE35 6EN

01485 544548

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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 hectaresof 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.  
Photo: Kings Lynn Council

Houghton Hall
King's Lynn
Norfolk
PE31 6UE

01485 528569

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Built in the 1720s by Britain's first prime minister, Robert Walpole, Houghton Hall is one of the grandest Palladian houses in England. Walpole created a magnificent showcase for the finest architects, craftsmen and painters of the Georgian Age. The work of architects James Gibbs and Colen Campbell was complemented by the superb interiors of William Kent and opulently furnished to reflect Walpole's status. The 7th Marques of Cholmondeley, whose family inherited the estate through marriage, continues to maintain many of the original features and furnishings of the Hall, allowing visitors the opportunity to step back in time and enjoy Houghton Hall much as it would have been in Walpole's day.
 
 
Photo: Houghton Hall
Letheringsett Watermill
Riverside Road Letheringsett
Holt
Norfolk
NR25 7YD

01263 713153

About 14 miles away
Directions

 
At the time of the Domesday book, 580 water mills were recorded in Norfolk, including one at Letheringsett but there were no windmills. Letheringsett watermill is the last remaining watermill in Norfolk to produce flour.

A speciality wheat, Spelt is milled here at Letheringsett. Originally introduced to Britain by the Romans, Spelt is higher in vitamin B and protein and other wheat, and most wheat sensitive people can tolerate Spelt flour in their diet. Spelt flour is only one of the many different types of flour, dried fruit and nuts that can be purchased in the mill shop.

Letheringsett Mill holds regular working demonstrations of milling and a tour of the mill on most weekday afternoons. Mike usually conducts the tour himself and gives an informative and fascinating insight to the history of the mill and flour production.
 

 
Photo: Letheringsett Mill
Peddars Way
Walks/Trails
 
The Peddars Way & Norfolk Coast Path starts in Suffolk at Knettishall Heath Country Park and follows the route of a Roman road to Holme-next-the-Sea on the north Norfolk coast.  At Holme the Peddars Way meets the Norfolk Coast Path as it runs from Hunstanton to Cromer.

Fantastic scenery and landscape cover the 150 km (93 miles) of the two trails of the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path.  The majority of the Trails run through the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and the Brecks, a unique area of forest, heath and low river valleys.
 

Photo:nationaltrail.co.uk
Holkham Bay
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Holkham Bay is the finest beach on the North Norfolk coast, and a contender for one of the best in Britain. Around 5km (3 miles) of shimmering white-gold sand stretch as far as the eye can see, hidden away behind a pine forest. It's a marvellous surprise following the short walk from the nearby car park.

Besides pines, the beach is backed by sea lavender and golden dunes, and a row of shabby-chic, brightly painted beach huts. Look out for dark green fritillary butterflies and peregrine falcons. But take care swimming - only swim where it is marked safe by red and yellow flags as there are strong tidal currents.

Voted best british beach for 2009 and 2010 by the readers of Coast Magazine. 
 

 
Holkham Hall
Wells-next-the-Sea
Norfolk
NR23 1AB

01328 710227

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Owned by the Coke family, the spectacular Holkham Hall and its extensive grounds remain a traditional working country estate and a major part of the local community but have also become an attraction in their own right.

The hall and its gardens are open to the public and include The Stables Café and the Bygones Museum. The grounds are a regular venue for special events from small children’s plays to the bi-annual Holkham Country Fair and large open-air concerts: recently the Estate played host to Elton John.

Along with Holkham beach, the hall and the estate also feature in many films and television programs, such as Shakespeare in Love, starring Gwyneth Paltrow  and The Duchess, starring Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes. 
 
 
Photo:theleisureguide.co.uk
Grime's Graves
Lynford Thetford Norfolk
IP26 5DE

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(A good visit on the way if you're heading to us from the south).



 

Grime’s Graves is the only Neolithic flint mine open to visitors in Britain. This grassy lunar landscape of 400 pits was first named Grim’s Graves by the Anglo-Saxons. It was not until one of them was excavated in 1870 that they were identified as flint mines dug over 5,000 years ago.

A small exhibition area illustrates the history of this fascinating site. Visitors can descend 9 metres (30 ft) by ladder into one excavated shaft to see the jet-black flint.

Please note that children under 5 years of age are not allowed into the mine shaft and visitors should be advised to wear sensible flat shoes.  Please check the web site for opening days/times.
 


Photo: english-heritage.org.uk

Walsingham
Friday Market Place
Walsingham
Norfolk
NR22 6DB

01328 820217

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Walsingham has been a place of pilgrimage since medieval times,when travel to Rome and Compostella was virtually impossible. The original Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, founded in 1061,was ransacked and desecrated on the orders of Henry VIII.

Many barren years passed until the Slipper Chapel, a 14th century wayside pilgrim chapel, was restored by Charlotte Boyd in 1896 and formally refounded by Leo XIII, of happy memory, and pilgrimage to Walsingham began once more.

In 1934, the English Bishops named the Slipper Chapel the Roman Catholic National Shrine of Our Lady.

2011 is the 950th Anniversary of the founding of the shrine and there are numerous celebrations planned.


Photo: walsingham.org.uk
The Ficarra's Spa
61 Greenway Lane
Fakenham
Norfolk
NR21 8ES

01328 863260

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The Ficarra’s is a family run spa based in the market town of Fakenham. We provide you with a warm welcome and our impeccable high standards guarantee you a first class level of service. A complete range of beauty and holistic treatments is offered, any of which can be adapted to your individual needs in our new eco & disabled friendly spa.

Photo: theficarras.co.uk