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 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.