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    Enjoy a Royal day out  – take in this wonderful coast with incredible destinations to satisfy all your senses… 


    Travelling further up this coast towards Kings Lynn from Aylsham is a great day out – approx 50 mins, you will discover Brancaster Staithe, Burnham Market and Burnham Deepdale as you venture west towards Hunstanton on the ‘Sunset Coast’. Brancaster is part of the National Trust Nature Reserve  – an extensive coast famous for wild birds, sandy beaches and a Roman Fort. Make a day of it and book ahead for one of your meals of the day. Try the White Horse with its terrace looking out over the marshes to the sea, or the Jolly Sailors for an authentic Norfolk pub – serving good pub food and ales from the Brancaster Brewery. For a more serious blow out, head for the Titchwell Manor restaurant, near Brancaster. Burnham Market is  inland, at its picturesque centre you will find The Hoste a busy, well-established reliable pub with family friendly food. Burnham Market and Burnham Deepdale are populated by useful accessory chains like Jack Wills and Fat Face, providing vital last minute holiday shopping opportunities. Burnham Market is known locally as ‘Chelsea on sea’ and it can feel dead during the low season as most of the houses have been bought up as second homes, but during the summer season it boasts plenty of family orientated activities.

    You can be at Houghton Hall – ancestral home of the Walpole Family and now residence of Lord Cholmondeley in approx 40 minutes. Situated inland, Houghton is an early eighteenth century Palladian style house. It has an award wining garden and extensive grounds – including a great sculpture park that are well worth a visit. The house is fascinating, a perfect example of the period with lavishly decorated interiors by William Kent – each room having its own unique story to tell.

    The Sandringham Estate is HM The Queen’s residence in East Anglia, and where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have recently taken up residence at Anmer Hall. Sandringham is gloriously private and well-insulated against the 21st Century, however there are periods when visitors can gain limited access for a Royal day out for all the family. See their website for more details.

    Located at the heart of what is known as the ‘Sunset Coast’, the west facing coast of Hunstanton makes it ideally situated to enjoy the most spectacular sunsets in this part of the world. Old Hunstanton has a quieter, village-like atmosphere with the main resort catering for the ‘fun-seeking’ families and younger crowds.


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