Things to do
What to do in Norfolk
You’ll never get bored in Norfolk!
Here are a few ideas to keep you as busy as you like.
PLACES TO SEE
Holkham Hall and beach
A stunning Palladian house and beautiful English Deer Park. The Seat of The Earls of Leicester and the Coke family.
‘The Duchess’ was filmed here and the picturesque beach was used for ‘Shakespeare in Love’.
Holkham Hall is open 1 April-31 October on Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays
The Park is open every day from 1 April-31 October
t 01328 710227
Built by Sir Robert Walpole, Great Britain’s first Prime Minister, with magnificent interiors by William Kent, this Grade 1 listed Palladian house is surrounded by 1000 acres of parkland.
Open Easter Sunday – 29 September on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays 11.30am – 5.30pm
The Norfolk retreat of HM The Queen and regularly used by the Royal family.
The house, gardens and museum are open to the public.
Open 30 July – 30 October 11am – 5pm
West Acre Gardens
Tumbleyhill Road, West Acre, PE32 1UJ
A Specialist plant nursery located in the beautiful walled gardens of High House, West Acre, Anthony Gormley’s country house.
t 01760 755562
Crabbing at Wells and Hunstanton
All the gear you need for catching crabs at Wells can be bought on the Quayside, it’s a surprisingly exhilarating sport for the whole family! We have spent many a happy hour crabbing in the rock pools along the beach under the cliffs, Hunstanton. March through to the summer is when they are most prevalent, and we always find them under the small wreck at the base of the cliffs. Happy hunting!
Bishops Boats seal spotting
Blakeney Quay, Blakeney
Daily trips out to see the seals at Blakeney Point. Much loved by the kids in any weather and grimaced by the adults when it’s cold and wet; it is a real Norfolk trip but make sure you’re well equipped with adequate clothing. Make sure you book in advance, it is tide dependent but you’ll find a timetable on the bookshelves.
t 01263 740753
Known for its beautiful pebble beach and salt marshes. Stop off at Cookies Crab Shop, eat in or take away – www.salthouse.org.uk
A lovely little fishing village full of galleries, tea shops and home to the famous smokehouse, Cley Smokehouse, High Street, Cley, NR25 7RF
t 01263 740282
www.cleysmokehouse.com – excellent smoked kippers!
This enchanting adventure park will go down well with all ages, even though aimed at toddlers to early teens. Based on the book by local author Tom Blofeld, you can expect Crocklebogs, Twiggles and Boggles, while exploring the slides and tree houses.
t 01692 633033
A famous 12th century stone keep built in 1140 AD, this is an amazing survival with the original earthworks and stone masonry intact. Close to Kings Lynn, its a good place to stop-off on a cloudy or wet day. Open 1 April – 1 November daily. 2 Nov – 31 March Wed – Sun.
Castle Rising, Kings Lynn PE31 6AH
t 01553 631330
The closest large town to Bramley, Kings Lynn has a substantial High Street and all the major supermarkets including M&S, a huge new Sainsbury’s and TESCO. The Georgian district is relatively untouched and the Customs House and Dock are well worth seeing. There’s a decent cinema, a good Arts Centre, plenty of cafes and a Pizza Express.
Kings Lynn Majestic Cinema
t 01553 772603
If you’re venturing further afield, Holt is a good place to start. It’s full of little galleries, antique shops and cafes. Hidden gems are Richard Scott Antiques, Old Town Clothiers and Byford’s, a delicious cafe.
The regional capital, with a fantastic 11th century castle and museum. Norwich is well served with shops, cinemas and theatres. Football fans will love the atmosphere at Carrow Road, the ground of Norwich City Football Club.
(A set of clubs can be found in the garage which you are welcome to borrow)
Hunstanton Golf Club
Golf Course Road, Old Hunstanton, PE36 6JQ
Fantastic championship links course within walking distance of Bramley. Friendly and welcoming to adults and juniors too. You need to book a tee-time but you won’t be disappointed with the quality of the course. The course itself is just off Old Hunstanton beach with a footpath right across the first and last holes, so it’s easy to get a peek.
t 01485 532811
Searles Golf and Country Club
A tight 9-hole course by the sea. It does get very busy in the summer but you can pay and play. Relaxed dress code.
t 01485 534211
Heacham Manor Golf Course
A new 18-hole course that is maturing well. Decent greens and wide fairways make it easier (and cheaper) than Hunstanton and it’s not usually busy. Not a true links course, but challenging in the wind.
t 01485 536030
Royal West Norfolk Brancaster Golf Club
Brancaster PE31 8AX
If you get a chance to play a round here, take it. I hear that this is a stunning links course, arguably the best in the county and up there with the best in Britain. For these reasons, the number of visitors that can play is limited so ring beforehand to book.
t 01485 210087
Kings Lynn Golf Club
Lynn Road, Castle Rising, PE31 6BD
Good, tight, mature woodland 18-hole course.
t 01553 631654
Searles Driving Range
Decent driving range with tuition and a putting green available.
South Beach Road, Hunstanton
8 Southend Road, Hunstanton, PE36 5AW
A great, well stocked surfing, kitesurfing and windsurfing emporium run by the enthusiastic and knowledgeable Steve Murfet. He also runs an excellent kitesurfing school with group and individual lessons – worth booking as they soon fill up in the summer holidays. Hunstanton seems to have the perfect set-up for learning to kitesurf with very shallow waters and steady winds. He also teaches wind surfing too.
t 01485 534455
Fat Birds Don’t Fly bike shop
12, Kings Lynn Road, Hunstanton, PE36 5HP
Incredible specialist bike shop stocking everything from puncture repair kits to specialist racing bikes. An enthusiast’s emporium where they’re happy for you to pump up your tyres or indulge in your passion. Bike Hire is available.
t 01485 535875
Sailcraft Sea School
Northshore Sort, The Boatyard, Brancaster Staithe, PE31 8BP
Based at Brancaster Staithe, this experienced fully licensed sailing school runs courses for Juniors and adults at all stages. They also hire and sell Kayaks, Dinghies and kit, with nearby creeks fantastic for exploring.
t 01485 210236