4 Festive Events To Get Excited For!

Christmas is just around the corner – have you got anything booked for it?

With the festive season well and truly upon us, the time has come to get into the spirit of things and that means getting out shopping, making your Christmas cake and organising some fun festive activities. Although Fakenham is in a fairly rural location, we’re really proud of the variety of fantastic range of events that we’ve got on this year, including our traditional Christmas panto, some out of this world cinema events and a spectacular New Year screening that will make for a perfect way to start the New Year…

Many of the following events require you to book in advance, so it’s a good to make your plans soon to miss out on disappointment:

White Christmas Musical


The three-time award winning amateur dramatics group, Fakenham & District Light Operatic Society, are returning this year with a classic story of World War II camaraderie and entertainment, in the shape of Irving Berlin’s festive classic White Christmas. After half a century of fantastic productions, FADLOS is one of the most respected amateur dramatics societies in the country and even has the backing of Kerry Ellis, star of Broadway and West End shows. This year’s Christmas performance will be taking place between the 11th and 15th December with tickets starting at £7.

Christmas Spectacular


It might sound unlikely but the UK’s largest Christmas show takes place just a few miles away from Fakenham in Thursford. Only 205 people live in the small village, but that hasn’t stopped it from becoming a hub of festive activity that has attracted millions of people from all over the country and abroad since it began. This event has needed no marketing to become a success, as word-of-mouth has spread the news about this performance which includes an 130 strong cast of talented performers. Performances run from the 6th November to 23rd December.

The Nutcracker – Royal Ballet 2018


The Central Cinema in Fakenham has made sure for the last few years to feature a handful of screenings that appeal to people of all ages. Despite Disney releasing it’s live-action fantasy adaptation of the classic Nutcracker Christmas story, there is perhaps no greater adaptation than that of the Royal Ballet. A cast of 100 world-class musicians and dancers performed this classic ballet which was filmed earlier this year. There will be one screening only of this show, so make sure to book your tickets now to avoid missing out!

Andre Rieu’s New Year Concert


Whilst many might prefer a simple night in with a bottle of champagne on New Year’s Eve, there are other who might want to celebrate with a show. For those looking for a rousing way of celebrating the New Year, the Central Cinema will be screening Andre Rieu’s New Year Concert. Filmed and recorded in Sydney, Australia, this spectacular music event will be full of exciting surprises, musical guests and world-class performers – certainly one not to miss. The New Year Concert will be screened for one night only on the 5th January 2019.

Planning Your Stay: 4 Activities & Attractions

Have you thought about what you’re going to do once you’re here?

It’s all very well booking your accommodation and restaurant tables, but you’ll need to have something else planned other than lying in and eating out! Thankfully, there are loads of things to see and do in and around Fakenham, making it the perfect destination for families looking for fun, or couples looking to relax. North Norfolk is a truly charming part of the world, characterised by its flat, low-lying land, historic landmarks and beautiful coast – but there’s also a wealth of attractions and places to visit that make it a one of a kind holiday destination.

Many of these activities are free, but it’s always best to check their websites first in order to check opening times and detailed admission prices:

Sculthorpe Nature Reserve

This 45 acre nature reserve in the Wensum Valley has been internationally recognised for its environmental importance. The Hawk and Owl Trust have managed this reserve since its inception  and have tucked away bird feeders and viewing platforms throughout, making it one of the best places to spot birds in Norfolk. The reserves is populated with tawny and barn owls, kingfishers and buzzards, not to mention a number of smaller prey creatures.

Thursford


Thursford is a truly unique village, just 7-miles away from Fakenham and is home to the world-famous Christmas Spectacular which has brought over 5 million people to the tiny village since its inception, as well as Santa’s Magical Journey into Christmas. When the festive season is not in full swing, you can visit the village’s Steam Engine Museum which has the world’s largest collection of steam engines and organs, not to mention a couple of traditional fairground rides.

Walsingham Abbey

The ruins of Walsingham Abbey really have to be seen to believed, once of the most important places of pilgrimage during the Medieval age, the ruins date back to the 13th century and remain a striking sight for all visitors.

The priory was demolished in 1538 at the order of Thomas Cromwell, an act that was decried by many of the faithful at the time. Today the grounds of the Priory are a popular tourist attraction, especially during Spring when the grounds and surrounding woodland walks are massed with snowdrops.

Fakenham Museum of Gas and Local History

Run entirely by a local volunteer force, this charming museum is home to the last surviving town gasworks in England and Wales. The gas works provided much needed fuel to the local community between 1846 and 1965, not to mention providing hundreds of jobs.

The gas works were the last of its kind to close and as such have been distinguished as a Scheduled Ancient Monument, rare for an industrial site. The museum is open regularly during the Summer, but opens less frequently during the Autumn and Winter, it’s best to check their site for more detailed info.

5 Homely Restaurants To Settle In At

Find the perfect pit-stop for your day out in North Norfolk…

There are so many lovely locations that are perfect for long luxurious walks here in North Norfolk that you’re really spoiled for choice, but it’s important to keep well fed throughout the day.

Our best recommendation for a relaxing day out is to get up early, eat a heart breakfast and then head out for a couple of hours before escaping to a rustic, relaxed restaurant for a late lunch or afternoon tea. The standard for food and hospitality is superb across the board here in North Norfolk, so picking just a handful of restaurants to mention is rather difficult – but that doesn’t mean that we can’t try!

The following restaurants have received multiple awards over the years, not to mention garnering rave reviews from their diners:

The Moorings

This family run restaurant has been run for nearly 20 years now and offers a wide range of hearty wholesome food for lunch or dinner. There are only 50 covers at The Moorings and thanks to its roaring popularity with the locals and visitors, the whole restaurant it often booked up well in advance. The menu here is inspired by the local food that is offer throughout North Norfolk and prizes classic food combinations highly.

The Old Forge Seafood Restaurant

Tucked away in this 14th century coach station you’ll find one of the best sea food restaurants in Norfolk. Colin and Sarah run The Old Forge Seafood Restaurant which was awarded the AA Rosette between 2008-2015, their B&B has also received similar praise.

Sea food is purchased on a daily basis from local fishermen and served on their wide-reaching a la carte menu which has something for every taste.

The Pepperpot

Another family affair, the owners of The Pepperpot gave up their business of oven cleaning in Aylesbury to run this restaurant and have both built quite the reputation for hosting dinner at their homely restaurant The Pepperpot. 40 people can be accommodated in this cosy established which has been described as ‘like a houseparty, but without the effort’. On the menu are classic dishes such as Pork Rillettes, Boiullabaisse and Lamb Shank all prepared and presented with a trademark flourish

The Grove

The two AA Rosette award winning restaurant The Grove has a historical heritage that goes back to the 18th Century, but it might interest you to know that the family that currently runs the successful business has been there since 1936. This completely independent establishment offers a wide range of accommodation options, but top of them all is the excellent fine-dining restaurant that is on site.

Is That a Pub? – 4 Revitalised Pubs Worth Visiting

Looking for a decent pub in Fakenham?

Fakenham is home to a number of old pubs that are experiencing something of a renaissance at present.

Although many pubs in the country have been closing down left, right and centre, the pubs in Fakenham have stayed open in large part to the innovative experiences that they offer. Once a much more populous town, Fakenham’s business owners have had to adapt to the changing times and present the people of the town with a distinct experience.

Here’s a list of the Fakenham pubs that have reinvented themselves to great acclaim and much success. If you’d like to book at table at one of these establishments then it’s advised that you book well in advance as they’re hugely popular with the locals:

Drifters

The owners of Fakenham’s most popular Fish’n’Chips restaurant have over 60 years of collective experience behind them and have been serving quality fried food from their Grade 2 Listed building for decades now. Jonathan, Andrew and Mark are passionate about doing food the right way, they transformed the listed pub into a high-end chip shop back in 2002 and have been keeping Fakenham and the surrounding villages happy ever since. If you’re staying in the area then you can order a delivery or, for the authentic experience, you can sit in with your food.

The Chequers Inn

Sometimes in order to achieve success in the pub world you don’t need to try anything new at all. The Chequers Inn offers exceptional service, a changing roster of quality ales and fresh food from local suppliers. The 17th-century premises has been carefully renovated over the years, keeping the original features intact whilst modernising other aspects in order to keep up with industry standards. Binham’s just a short walk away from Fakenham and this excellent pub is certainly worth the trip.

The Ordnance Arms

Once a humble traveller’s inn, there’s little doubt that the original architects of this building would have seen the pub being transformed into a Thai restaurant, yet here it stands! Should you wish to still drop in for a pint then you can still do so as the pub’s original features have been kept in tact, but it won’t be long until the smell of authentic, fresh Thai food draws you into the main restaurant. There’s also a takeaway option should you wish to take the lazy option.

The Dukes Head

Opened in 2003, The Dukes Ahead takes a similar approach to their food and drink. As far as road-side pubs go, it’s as traditional as they come with white-washed walls and exposed timber. Ask for the English menu and you’ll be presented with some true pub classics, but should you wish to taste something from a little further afield then you’ll be able to dive into an extensive and authentic menu of ‘Cantonese cuisine with a Malaysian influence‘ – certainly not be missed!