Lavender Barn

Local Interest & Area

There are so many things for you to do and places to explore in and around Norfolk during your stay at Lavender Barn. Here are just a few ideas to get you started:

Within 30 Minutes of Lavender Barn

We are on the outskirts of The Royal Sandringham Estate from where you can visit the Queen’s Christmas retreat; The Sandringham House Museum and Gardens; see the Royal Stables and stroll through the Estate woodlands and pathways. Close by is also the estate hamlet of Wolferton and return in time to see the Old Royal Train Station. (now a private residence).

The unspoilt coastline is never far from us. Just two miles away you will find Snettisham where you can walk alongside bird filled lagoons, shingle beaches and the vast coastal wilderness of The Wash. Here is home to one of the local RSPB reserves where you can watch, listen and enjoy the throng of wading birds; geese gulls and terns.

Snettisham also offers a great lake and sea sailing club.

Norfolk Lavender

Norfolk Lavender

The next village along the coast is Heacham.  Long sandy beaches and home to the famous Norfolk Lavender open to the public for tours of the farm and distillery as well as the Lavender gardens. They boast a Farm shop Unique Interiors shop and for the youngsters Farmer Freds indoor play area and animal farm.

The seaside town of Hunstanton – ‘Sunny Hunny’ is 8 miles along the coast and is home to the Sea Life Sanctuary where you can see seals, otters, sharks and sting rays.

The Oasis leisure centre is also close by for swimming; gym and bowls. There is also Bowlers ten pin bowling alley ideal for any wet days to keep the kids amused.

Hunstanton is best known for its sea and beach sports – see the many Kites; Kite and wind surfing; sailing and water ski-ing. You can hire kayaks and jet ski under the old pier. Enjoy a walk along the Promenade and onwards to the beach to Old Hunstanton. Look out over the wash to see Lincolnshire and enjoy a unique location where the sun rises and sets over the sea.

Kings Lynn is our nearest main town.  Originally named Bishop's Lynn, the town has a rich and fascinating history stretching back over 1,000 years.

By the 14th century, the town ranked as the third port of England. In 1538 the town became royal property under Henry VIII, and the later names of Lynn Regis and King's Lynn reflect this change. You can visit Trues Yard Museum; the Old Gaol House and Customs House or enjoy the shops pubs and restaurants. Kings Lynn also has a Theatre, Cinema and Arts centre.

Castle Rising

Castle Rising

On the outskirts of Kings Lynn and close to Dersingham is also Castle Rising Castle. An English Heritage site and  great place to visit and for kids to explore the Castle Keep.  There are also a number of events including medieval battles as well as exhibitions held at the Castle and in the grounds

Moving in from the shore line you will find a number of sleepy villages with great pubs.  Ringstead, Sedgeford and Bircham to name but a few. Bircham is also home to one of Norfolk’s working windmills where you can also see flour being milled and purchase fresh bread and cakes. A great journey back in time!

As well as West Norfolk being a retreat for the Royal family we also have many other landed gentry living in the area. Houghton Hall -The residence of Great Britain’s first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole with magnificent interiors and history.

Houghton Hall has received the “Garden of the Year Award” from Christies and the Historic Houses Association in recognition of the renovation of the 5-acre walled garden which began in 1991. A visit to Houghton Hall; the museums and garden is a must.

Norfolk beach

Holme dunes

Returning to the coast the wide expanse of beaches and big skies really opens out at Old Hunstanton and through to Holme, Thornham, Titchwell and Brancaster.

Holme is famous for being the start point of the Peddars way Roman path and the home to Sea Henge.

Titchwell is best acclaimed for its RSPB reserve and Visitor centre with star attractions being the avocet; bearded tit; bittern and marsh harrier. Be sure to have your binoculars and camera.

Brancaster is a great place to join the North Norfolk coastal path. The staithe is a National Trust property and  home to the creeks and mudflats famed for mussels. A visit to the Brancaster Millennium Activity Centre is also worthwhile.

The whole area of the north Norfolk coast is jam packed with great gastro pubs.

A little inland from Brancaster are the Burnhams. Famous as the birth place of Lord Nelson and centred around Burnham Market. Here you must visit the Hoste Arms and the country shops. Look out for the Burnham Windmill too.

Extreme Adventure

Extreme Adventure

On the outskirts of our 30 minute trip are Sculthorpe Moor home to the Hawk and Owl Trust and a little further on is Fakenham. A market town and home to the Fakenham race course .

Close to Fakenham is the Pensthorpe bird and nature reserve . Pensthorpe is host to the BBC spring watch.

Extreme Adventure is home to zip wires and tree top challenges – Great for energetic adults and the over 10’s.

Heading South of King's Lynn some more places to see include Church Farm rare breeds centre at Stow Bardolph. This is ideal for younger children.
There is also a great pub and restaurant in the Village – The Hare Arms .

Oxborough Hall is a beautiful National Trust property and home to the Beddingfield family since the 15th century. It is famed for its moat and priest hole and catholic Heraldry.

Just beyond 30 minutes of Lavender Barn

The coast still has much to offer and a visit to Holkham is another must do.

Here you can visit the stately home of The Earl of Leicester – Holkham Hall , its park and the Bygone Museum.

Walk out from the Hall grounds to the beach and experience the real magnificence and drama of this coastal treasure. The beach and sky come together as one in this special place within Norfolk.

Wells-next-the-sea is next along the coastline. An old Harbour, the Quay, is ideal for the kids to go crabbing. Grab a bucket, line and some bacon from the shops on the quayside and you’re off!

Take a trip on the Wells to Walsingham Light Railway .

Walsingham is a picturesque medieval village, one of the most famous villages in England, as a result of the vision of Mary in Medieval times. The Abbey Grounds contain the ruin of the famous Augustinian Priory and the village itself is a tranquil haven and a special place to visit for the spring snow drops.

Norfolk from the air

North Norfolk from the air

The stretch of coast between Wells and Weybourne also offers great charm and a magical mix of natural beauty.
Morston Quay is another National Trust property and the venue to catch the boats out to see the seals at Blakeney Point
The point is a wonderful nature reserve full of bird life where you can watch the terns dive bombing into the water for sand eels amongst the vast areas of pristine saltmarsh, vegetated shingle and sand dunes.

The Norfolk Wildlife Trust makes Cley Marshes available to the public and from here you can walk the length of Blakeney point as well as having one of the premiere bird watching locations along the coast. See also the Cley windmill and visit Made in Cley for stoneware and pottery gifts.

From Cley we continue our journey in from the coast to Holt. A wonderful market town with great boutique shops, pubs and restaurants. Visit Byfords for lunch!

Close by are Holt Country Park, Kelling Heath and Sheringham Country Park  – All  wonderful places to take a relaxing stroll, unwind and enjoy the rural landscape.

Sheringham is the start of the line for the North Norfolk Steam Railway as it heads up to Weybourne and Holt. You can enjoy a trip back in railway history. For a military theme visit the Muckleburgh collection at Weybourne.

Between Holt and Fakenham lies Thursford – home of the Thursford Collection of steam and traction engines and wurlitzer organs. Famed also for its Christmas spectacular, a blend of exciting Christmas entertainment with
Christmas songs, carols, dazzling dancers, beautiful costumes, outstanding music and singing from a cast of over one hundred. A real Christmas treat for old and young alike!

Heading towards Mid Norfolk are two great venues for a family day out. The Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse is a Museum of Norfolk Life and an experience of life in yesteryear.

The Dinosaur Park at Lenwade is another great family day out for children to play and explore.

An Hour from Lavender Barn

To The East

A little further away from us to the East lies the Norfolk Broads where you can hire a boat and laze away on the ancient inland waterways or set sail on the famous broads of Wroxham and Barton. The broads are also an ideal venue for bird watching and of course, fishing.

Norwich is the county capital and is truly a fine city. With a Norman castle, cathedral and array of quaint cobbled streets Norwich offers everything one could ask for in entertainment, dining and shopping.

To the West

Close to Downham market is the Welney Wetlands centre – a wild foul and Wetlands Trust where you can encounter thousands of swans, geese and migratory birds.

Out a little more to the West is Peckover House at Wisbech. This is a fine Quaker House owned by the National Trust. Also on the Quatyside is the Elgoods Brewery and Garden. Well worth a visit.

Other Attractions

Norfolk offers much more than we can possibly list here!

Great walks are in abundance and many cycle ways allow you to explore the county on wheels.

There are many beautiful Churches, Priories and Mills for you to see; and plenty of other sports to enjoy.

Places to Eat Nearby

Snettisham Rose and Crown
Old Church Road, Snettisham, Norfolk PE31 7LX
t: 01485 541 382

Ffolkes Arms
Lynn /road Hillington PE31 6BJ
t: 01485 600 210

The Three Horse Shoes
148 Lynn Road Roydon PE32 1AA
t: 01485 600 666

The Crown Inn
The Green, East Rudham, Norfolk PE31 8RD
t: 01485 528 530

The Dabbling Duck
11 Abbey Road Great Massingham PE32 2HN
t: 01485 520 827

Congham Hall
Grimston Kings Lynn PE32 1AH
t: 01485 600 250

The Lodge
46 Old Hunstanton Road, Old Hunstanton, Norfolk PE36 6HX
t: 01485 532 896

Silk Road Chinese
Lynn Road, Heacham PE31 7JE
t: 01485 572 268

The Gin Trap
6 High Street, Ringstead, Hunstanton PE36 5JU
t: 01485 525 264

King William
Heacham Road, Sedgeford, Hunstanton PE36 5LU
t: 01485 571 765

The King’s Head Hotel
Great Bircham, Norfolk PE31 6RJ
t: 01485 578 265

The Ship Inn
Main Road, Brancaster, Norfolk PE31 8AP
t: 01485 210 333

The White Horse Brancaster
Main Road Brancaster Staithe PE31 8BY
t: 01485 210 262

The Duck Inn
Burnham Road, Stanhoe Norfolk PE31 8QD
t: 01485 518 330

Briarfields Titchwell
Main Street, Titchwell, Norfolk PE31 8BB
t: 01485 210 742

Titchwell Manor
Coast Road Titchwell Norfolk PE31 8BB
t:01485 210 221

The Orange Tree
High Street, Thornham, Norfolk PE36 6LY
t: 01485 512 213

The Chequers Inn
High Street Thornham, Norfolk PE36 6LY
T 01485 512 229

Eric’s Fish & Chips Drove Orchards
Thornham Road Thornham PE36 6LS
t: 01485 525 886

Shucks at the yurt
Drove Orchards Thornham PE36 6LS
01485 525 889

The Lifeboat Inn
Ship Lane, Thornham, Norfolk PE36 6LT
t: 01485 512 236

Hoste Arms
Market Place, Burnham Market, Kings Lynn, Norfolk PE31 8HD
t: 01328 738 777

The Globe Inn
The Buttlands Wells NR23 1EU
t: 01328 710 206

The Crown Hotel
The Buttlands, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk NR23 1EX
t: 01328 710 209

The Kings Head
Holt Road, Letheringsett, Norfolk NR25 7AR
t: 01263 712 691

1-3 Shirehall Plain, Holt, Norfolk NR25 6BG
t: 01263 711 400

The Blakeney Hotel
Blakeney, Nr. Holt, Norfolk NR25 7NE
t: 01263 740 797

Morston Hall
The Street, Morston, Holt NR25 7AA
t: 01263 741 041

Strattons Hotel
Ash Close Swaffham Norfolk PE37 7NH
t: 01760 723 845

Places to Eat for Lunch

Thaxters Coffee Shop
49 Hunstanton Road, Dersingham PE31 6NA
t: 01485 541 514

Sandringham Visitors Centre
Sandringham Estate, Norfolk PE35 6EN
t: 01485 544 548<

Castle Rising Tea Rooms
Lynn Road, Castle Rising, King’s Lynn PE31 6AF
t: 01553 631 211

Norfolk Lavender Caley Mill
Lynn Road Heacham PE31 7JE
t: 01485 570 384

Burnham Deepdale Café
Main Road, Burnham Deepdale PE31 8DD
t: 01485 211 055

Thornham Deli
Main Road, Thornham Norfolk PE36 6LX
t: 01485 512 194

Creake Abbey Café
North Creake NR21 9LF
t: 01328 730 399