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The little village with plenty going on

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The nearby Brancaster coast

In an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the north Norfolk coast lies the small village of Thornham.

Five miles from Hunstanton and 20 miles from Kings Lynn, the area attracts walkers, artists, photographers and those who appreciate peace and quiet and all that this tranquil area has to offer.

It is popular all year round with birdwatchers attracted to the RSPB reserve at Titchwell, and the Holme Dunes Nature Reserve, where the Wash meets the North Sea, is renowned for the migrating birds, the wide sandy beach and dunes, water meadows and abundance of wildlife to inspire children and adults alike.

Although less than 400 people live in Thornham, the village boasts a fine church which was started in Norman times, but building stopped in 1348 when the Black Death came to the area. The tower was started in 1633 but left unfinished after the stone masons had to leave to rebuild London following the Great Fire of 1666. It was not completed until 1935 to commemorate King George V’s Silver Jubilee.

Thornham salt marshes

Tucked away down a little hidden lane by the church you will discover The Lifeboat Inn which offers traditional British pub food, local ales, cosy log fires and snugs. For over 500 years it has been offering shelter from the stormy Norfolk coastline, and a warm welcome to all visitors whether two-legged or four.

Even in the height of summer the beach is still a quiet place to enjoy walking along the sand dunes and salt marshes.

"The area attracts walkers, artists, photographers and those who appreciate peace and quiet..."

Wandering out to the little harbour at Brancaster Bay you may be greeted by the song of skylarks so be sure to take your binoculars.

Having worked up an appetite pop in to Droves farm shop which has made use of the local orchards to produce 165 varieties of apple and a wide selection of fruit and berries to savour. The farm has been in the same family for over a century and their dedication to conservation and quality is clear to see. Fresh apple juice that has been grown and juiced on site and local wines and beers are also available to tempt you. Fresh bread and cheeses, fish, fruit and vegetables offer a tempting selection, not to mention Eric’s Fish and Chips.

Those seeking a unique dining experience will relish eating at Shuck’s restaurant in a yurt which offers a relaxed, casual meal to remember. Whether breakfast, lunch or dinner you can unwind in front of the log fire or eat outside on warmer days and enjoy the local produce prepared by the award-winning chef. Children will be entertained with the great selection of traditional games or work off steam outside in the play area, even your dog will be made welcome with treats and dog bowls available.

While you’re there


A unique dining experience housed in a quirky yurt.

Thornham beach

Quiet even during the summer, Thornham beach has miles of golden sand.

Titchwell RSPB Reserve

A popular year-round destination for birdwatchers.

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