Surrounded by open fields, Manor Farm sits on the edge of the village of Tittleshall between Swaffham and Fakenham and is perfectly located to explore the rich variety Norfolk has to offer.
The stunning North Norfolk coast and its picturesque villages are less than 30 minutes away, whilst some glorious long distance paths such as the Peddars Way and the Nar Valley Way criss-cross the nearby villages.
Beyond Swaffham the rich history of the ancient Breckland with its recreated Iceni Village, Neolithic flint mines and Thetford Forest’s Go Ape and cross country biking tracks await further exploration.
Norfolk’s historic houses and renowned gardens are well known and Sandringham, Blickling, Houghton and Holkham are all within easy reach.
Once England’s third largest port King’s Lynn’s still retains much historical architecture and some delicious restaurants. The city of Norwich is also nearby with its numerous independent shops, great restaurants and vibrant arts and literature scene there is much to explore.
- Wells-next-the-Sea (20 mins)
Enjoy this wonderful seaside town. French’s fish and chips on the front is delicious. Follow signs for the beach, park in the pay and display car park and walk up the steps to the beach. From here, if you are feeling energetic, walk along the beach to Holkham and enjoy lunch at the Victoria Pub. The beach is great for children and you can swim in the channel although be aware of the tide as it can be very strong. Walk back through the magical pinewoods to the car park.
- Holkham (20 mins)
This outstandingly beautiful beach seems to absorb people and never gets too crowded even at the height of the summer – keep walking to escape and make your own camp.
- Holkham Hall
Great to visit and a wonderful park to bike through (great for children as there is little traffic) also a good outdoor children’s play area.
- Brancaster (30 mins)
A lovely beach but plan carefully as the road to the car park can be flooded by the tide at high tide and at low tide it can be a long walk out to the sea for little legs. Great pubs – The White Horse. Further afield but worth the drive…
Temples (01263 740791) run seal trips from the Anchor pub. They will take you out to see basking seals and then you can come back to have a crab sandwich in the pub.
Beans (01263 740505) run seal trips from Blakeney. Picturesque flint cottages. Park and explore the coastal path in either direction.
- Burham Overy Staithe
Ferry trips out to Scolt Head Island Nature Reserve are a wonderful full day adventure – go prepared as there are no amenities out there. The deserted white sands will make it a day to remember. Dogs must be on leads from mid-April to mid-August. The Hero is a good pub for lunch with a large garden, play area, home-made burgers and pizzas as well as great pub food inside.
A calf aching shingle spit with an iconic windmill looking out over the sea. Home to a scrummy deli, Picnic Fayre as well as the Pinkfoot gallery, Cley smokery and collectable pottery from Made in Cley. Just outside Cley on the way to Salthouse is an earth covered café where you can enjoy a coffee overlooking the salt marshes and watch the geese and oystercatchers.
- Fakenham is our local town (10 mins)
Tesco’s, Morrisons, Boots as well as Priors butchers. A thriving market on Thursdays (until about 2pm) with Becks Antiques, Mr Christie’s Cheese and ham is delicious, an award winning bread stall next door to Mr Christie, delicious fish straight from Blakeney, Jean’s home-made cakes, pies and pasties, fresh eggs and vegetables and plants. Well worth a visit. We wouldn’t shop anywhere else. Try the Bistro in the market square for great coffee. There is also a cinema www.holywoodcinema.net/fakenham
- Castle Acre (10 minutes)
More of a village than a market town but a great destination nevertheless. Home to a ruined 12th century castle which is fun to explore as well as a lovely priory. This beautiful little gem of a village lies on the Peddars Way (a 93 mile walk part of which runs along a roman road linking the sandy Norfolk coast through to Suffolk) and is well placed for a lunch stop if you are planning on walking part of this well-known route. The Ostrich pub is on the green as is Barnfields teashop.
- Swaffham is 15 minutes in the opposite direction
Waitrose and Tesco’s. A good market on Saturday mornings. Mr Christie the cheese and ham man, numerous bric-a-brac stalls, vintage tools, plants and chickens! While you are here try Cocoe’s Café Deli (01760 725605) for breakfast (part of Strattons Hotel) or if you want to come back for dinner Strattons (01760 723845) is an outstanding local restaurant and hotel which prides itself in sourcing local and serving superb responsibly sourced ingredients.
- Burnham Market (30 mins)
A wonderfully chi-chi, much written about little market town (often described as Chelsea-on-Sea) with various galleries (Fairfax Gallery), great book shop (White House Books), Gurneys Fish Shop, Interiors and antiques (Birdie Fortescue, Hamilton Antiques) and numerous shops (Anna’s, Colleen and Clare, Gun Hill) as well as numerous delicious delis and cafes. Can be crowded in the summer. Nearby Burnham Thorpe is Nelson’s birthplace – the church has a memorial to him and well worth a visit. Creake Abbey, just outside, Burnham Market is often a good place to eat and has a café, foodhall and various studios as well as a farmers market on the first Saturday of each month.
- King’s Lynn (30 minutes)
In the 14th century this was the third most important port in the country. King’s Lynn is rich with architectural gems along the river and on the town’s Tuesday and Saturday Market places. Stick to the old part of town, St. Margaret’s Church and the Town Hall and the Tuesday and Saturday market places and there is much to marvel at. Delicious lunch at the Bank House on the Quay (01553 660492). Take the ferry over to West Lynn and join the Peter Scott Walk which follows the coastline of the Wash from King’s Lynn to the River Nene. Wilderness at its best, beautiful empty skies and abundant wildlife.
- Holt (30 minutes)
Stunning market town with numerous galleries, cafes and shops. Well worth a visit should you planning to head up to Cromer (No. 1 fish and chip shop is run by Norfolk’s Michellin starred chef Galton Blackiston – 01263 512316), Sheringham (the Funky Mackerel Café - with great views over sea – they even provide binoculars) or visit Blickling Hall. Back to the Garden café and farm shop (01328 822125) on the road to Holt is great for lunch or an impromptu pit stop and enjoy a coffee and cake in the garden or to stock up at the farmshop.
- Norwich (40 minutes)
Norwich, the capital city of Norfolk and home to Norwich Football Club and Alan Partridge. It is an exciting city to visit and explore. Small cobbled streets hide numerous antique shops, art galleries and cafes. Art and culture play a vital part in the city and it is home to the Sainsbury’s Centre for the Visual Arts as well as a variety of exciting independent galleries. Explore the covered market where you can buy anything from fish to flowers. The Castle Museum and the Cathedral are both wonderful landmarks.
- Norfolk Coastal Exploration, Wells-next-the-Sea (30 mins)
Providing life enriching adventures on traditional Norfolk wooden sailing boats.
- Pensthorpe Nature Reserve, Fakenham (10 mins)
Wildlife, nature reserve and outdoor play for children.
- Extreeme, Weasenham Woods. (10 mins)
Fly through the trees at the high rope course, assault course, mud running track, quad bike treking. Cross country motorbiking.
- Gressenhall museum of rural life (15 mins)
- Norfolk Etc., Morston. (30 mins)
Sailing courses, paddle boarding, seal trips.
- Go Ape, Thetford Forest. (40 mins)
- Biking tracks at various levels, Thetford Forest (40 mins)
- Lenwade Dinosaur Park (30 mins)
- High Ball climbing centre, Norwich (35 mins)
- Bewilderwood. (1 hour) A tree top adventure park in the Broads.
- The Brisley Bell
A beautiful country pub in the heart of Norfolk serving delicious food and a range of beers, wines and spirits.
- Wiveton Café
The owner, Desmond MacCarthey, featured on the BBC’s “Normal for Norfolk”. A great place for brunch or lunch with a really relaxed vibe. Chickens peck amongst the tables, you can sit outside in the sunshine overlooking the coastal path. This is a great spot with a pick your own fruit farm and a superb café with delicious seasonal food, the gardens are open should you wish to wander around. Do visit early in the summer as it can get crowded and tables are snapped up.
- The Ordnance Arms
Not far away and a delicious Thai restaurant should you have had your fill of Cromer Crabs.
- The Dun Cow
You can’t book so get there early in the summer. You can tie it in with a walk to or from nearby Cley.
- Cookies Crab Shop
A great fish shop in Salthouse, you have the option to eat in or take away. Pleas note though, that there aren't any loos and it does get very busy during peak times.
- The Wiveton Bell
Renowned for its cuisine, the Bell is faithful to its roots as a traditional village pub where people can wander in with walking boots and dogs to enjoy good company as well as fine ales, wine and food. They have a beautiful Alfresco area to the rear of the Pub Click Alfresco for details. Popular with locals and tourist, Sunny Sheltered tranquil setting overlooking the Church.
- The Dabbling Duck
Combing good food, good wine with a friendly village pub atmosphere. Families are welcome especially when weather permits into the large attractive gardens with children’s play-area. Well-behaved dogs are also allowed in the front restaurant and bar.
- The Duck Inn
One of the best pubs in our view and off the beaten track so doesn’t get too busy in the summer.
- Houghton Hall
Home to the Marquis of Cholmondeley and his family Houghton Hall was originally built for Britain’s first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole, in the 1720s. The house is exceptionally elegant but it is the gardens which keep me wanting to return. They are outstanding and if you plan your trip at the right time of year you are invited to pick as many sweet peas as you can carry which guarantees a scented trip home again. Open only in the summer months.
- West Acre Theatre
A lovely little theatre, gallery and art café.
- The Old Stables Antiques Emporium
At Bayfield Hall, a lovely place to find treasures to remind you of your time in Norfolk. Just outside Holt so fits in well with a trip there.