Where to go (and What to do)


Norfolk has a wide variety of things to do, places to visit and experiences to enjoy.
Holme-next-the-Sea provides an excellent base from which to tour around the county and has lots of attractions within easy reach.

If you are seeking a more active beak, and are happy to travel further afield, Norfolk has much to offer. Alternatively, if you just want to stay local and chill out, Holme-next-the-Sea is the ideal village to to relax and totally unwind!

An excellent source of local information is the Tourist Information Centre at the Town Hall, The Green, Hunstanton. The very helpful people there know about everything going on in the area and have lots of leaflets and brochures for you to take away.

There are a number of other Tourist Information Centres in Norfolk. Click here for a list.



Hunstanton


Lots of parking available in the civic car parks for a fee. Some free, short-term on street parking is also available. There is also free parking along Lighthouse Lane but overnight stays are not allowed.

As Hunstanton is a seaside town you will naturally find lots of At the fair, Hunstanton - Photo Tony Foster shops and stands selling ice creams, refreshments, teas and all you need for a visit to the beach.

During the main summer season there is a fun fair on the front, crazy golf and pony rides on the beach.


Ponies on Hunstanton beach - Photo Tony Foster









The Pier Entertainment Centre, Hunstanton - Photo Tony Foster




There are several slot machine arcades near the sea front and multi-lane ten pin bowling with a bar at The Pier Entertainment Centre on The Green - phone 01485 534960 to book a lane.






The Oasis Sports and Leisure Centre, Hunstanton - Photo Tony Foster
Alive Oasis is located in a prime position on the sea front overlooking The Wash. The multi-functional site is open all year and offers swimming with a toddlers' pool, whirlpool spa and an aquaslide, indoor bowling, aerobics, a Bodyworks Fitness Studio, a squash court and an eco-friendly Ice Skating Rink. The Fun Castle, a four-storey indoor adventure play park, is suitable for children aged 10 or under - and under 142cm tall.

The Princess Theatre, Hunstanton - Photo Tony Foster




The Princess Theatre, located in the centre of town near The Green, offers a wide range of stage productions and films. During the summer season there are live shows and films throughout the six weeks with special features for the children.






Sea Life Centre and Seal Sanctuary, Hunstanton - Photo Tony Foster
Hunstanton Sea Life Centre has the famous Seal Sanctuary plus otters and penguins and other permanent sea life exhibits.

More information, and lots of photos, can be found at the Hunstanton Sea Life Centre Volunteer web site

Sally, a resident seal at the Seal Sanctuary









The Wash Monster - Photo Paul Allen


The Wash Monster is an amphibious vessel providing exciting exploration trips in The Wash. There are long or short trips to choose from including a visit to one of the largest colonies of Common Seals in the world and a Sandbank Special trip which features walking down the ramp from the vessel onto a sand bank.




For the more active and adventurous visitors there is a Kitesurfing and Kiteboarding shop located in Southend Road, Hunstanton where you can get advice and buy the gear.

For golfers, Hunstanton Golf Club offers a superb, championship links course and there is a 9 hole pay and play at Searles Resort Golf and Country Club. For those whose game is less ambitious there is an excellent pitch and putt course on the cliff-top at the end of Lighthouse Lane. There are two separate nine hole courses, easy parking and the bonus of excellent views across The Wash.

Take a look at this Guided Tour of Hunstanton in Pictures for pictures of many of the above plus other items of interest.


Sandringham


Sandringham House is H.M. The Queen's country house and has been the home of British monarchs since 1862. The 20,000 acre size of the entire Sandringham estate is almost enough to overwhelm the day visitor with the house being set in 60 acres of the most attractive gardens with a host of features to be found at every turn. There are 600 acres of woodland and heath making up the Country Park which is open to the public every day of the year - free of charge! There are very large open spaces for children to run around and play and an excellent visitor centre with a gift shop, plant shop and restaurant.

For details of admission prices and times of visiting for the house and gardens check out Visiting Sandringham.



King's Lynn


There are currently ambitious plans to regenerate large parts of King's Lynn and some redevelopment has already taken place with the building of the new Vancouver Shopping Centre.

The Corn Exchange in the Tuesday Market Place - Photo Tony Foster



However, there is still much of the old Lynn for the visitor to see with narrow, cobbled lanes, three impressive churches and a variety of attractive buildings clustered around a fine public square in the Tuesday Market Place.






A cobbled lane in King's Lynn - Photo Tony Foster




The roads connecting the Tuesday Market Place to the Saturday Market Place contain many other interesting historic buildings.








The Town Hall, Saturday Market Place, King's Lynn - Photo Tony Foster





This magnificent chequered building is The Town Hall and dates back to 1421 when the Trinity Guild was rebuilt after a fire.







In the old part of King's Lynn near St. Margaret's Church - Photo Tony Foster





In the lanes behind St. Margaret's Church









In the old part of King's Lynn near St. Margaret's Church - Photo Tony Foster
















St. Margaret's Church, King's Lynn, Saturday Market Place - Photo Tony Foster



With all it's maritime history, fine architecture and several museums King's Lynn is certainly worth a visit.

Market days are Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.









Burnham Market


A quaint village (some think of it as a town) to visit, Burnham Market is home to probably the most magnificent millinery shop in the country! Visitors to the village really should pop in to The Hat Shop and wonder at the variety of ladies (and gents) hats.

The village is also home to The Hoste Arms a 17th century coaching inn which is now a hotel, restaurant and bar.