Local Attractions

Poppy Line Steam Railway

The North Norfolk Railway offers far more than just a train ride, experience yesterday tomorrow with a day out travelling through some of Norfolk’s stunning coastal countryside.

The railway operates both steam and diesel trains, see the full schedule.   www.nnrailway.co.uk

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 Cafe, or just enjoy some of the best local gardens and birdlife  for miles around, there is something to suit every taste.

Blakeney National Nature Reserve One of the largest expanses of undeveloped coastal habitats of its type in Europe, Blakeney National Nature Reserve extends to 1,097 hectares, almost all of which is within the ownership of the National Trust. It includes Blakeney Point, Blakeney Freshes, Morston and Stiffkey Marshes and supports a wide range of coastal plant communities with many nationally important species.

Blakeney Point itself is a 3 mile long sand and shingle spit, noted for its colonies of breeding terns and migrant birds passing through. Both common and grey seals can also be seen. An information centre at Morston Quay provides further details on the area.  Highlights: Twite, snow bunting and shore larks, tern colonies with little, common, sandwich and arctic terns, ringed plover, oystercatcher, shelduck, brent geese, common and grey seals. http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/blakeney/

Seals watching at Blakeney Point  From Blakeney Quay numerous boats set out to National Trust site at Blakeney Point, one of the best places seal watching places in Britain. Passengers are ferried past sandbanks covered in basking seals throughout the peak seal-watching season (April-October). Both Common and Grey seals make up a colony of around 500 individuals, and boat companies guarantee passengers will see seals on every journey.

The two species raise young at different points in the year, so it is likely that visitors will see pups. Curious seals often swim around the boats, popping their faces out of the water to have a look. On arrival at the Point, home to numerous seabirds, particularly terns, it is possible to get out and have a stroll.  www.beansboattrips.co.uk


Fakenham Races  A day's racing is an exciting day out for people of all ages and from all walks of life. Fakenham prides itself on its friendly, casual atmosphere and it has no formal dress code. Children aged 16 and under are admitted free, and will love the thrill of the races and the roars of the crowd. 


Thursford Christmas Shows  A dazzling Christmas Spectacular, one of the best Christmas shows of all time in Britain today.  In addition you can visit the Thursford Collection of the worlds largest steam engines and organs. www.thursford.com

North Norfolk Coastal Path 

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.

Roman road, unique Brecks, rolling open farmland, low cliffs, extensive sandy beaches, dunes and fabulous salt marshes.  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 www.nationaltrail.co.uk/peddarsway