Royal Norfolk Coast
Enchanting and relatively untouched, this is an area rich in beauty, heritage and character. It’s no wonder the Queen has her country estate here at Sandringham, and why The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen it as home. Holkham Hall with its estate, nature reserve and award-winning beach is the jewel in the crown, and hosts year-round events including outdoor theatre, exhibitions and the North Norfolk Food Festival each September. Other historical stately homes include the royal estate of Sandringham, which is renowned for its annual Flower Show, and Houghton Hall, famed for its distinctive art exhibitions. Whist there, be sure to visit Heacham Lavender and Castle Rising too.
A journey along the Royal coastline will unveil hidden harbours, salt marshes, far-stretching sands and nature reserves such as RSPB’s Titchwell and Snettisham - favourites of BBC’s Spring Watch due to the seasonal mass migrations of over-wintering birds. Park up at Holkham’s beach carpark and head out on the boardwalk to meet miles of empty sands and vast skies. No wonder it’s regularly voted as one of the world’s best beaches by travel journalists and a favourite of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment and Hollywood directors.
You’ll find fantastic places to eat and shop too. Think local oysters and mussels, as well as real ales, handmade cheeses and more. Enjoy incredible views out over Scolt Head Island from The White Horse in Brancaster Staithe. Stop off in Thornham and treat yourself in the wonderful deli and store, or head to Eric’s Fish and Chips for something a little different. Don’t miss the Burnhams too – great for a little celeb spotting, with the picturesque village of Burnham Market offering boutique shopping, galleries and cafes. Further west you can explore Hunstanton with its striped cliffs and water sports, and the cultural hub of Kings Lynn – the programme at its Corn Exchange is certainly worth investigating.