20 budget ideas for West Norfolk
Our choice of 20 things to do in West Norfolk & The Fens that won't break the bank. Have you...
1 Watched the sun go down in Hunstanton, the only east coast that resort that looks west, after a spot of rockpooling!
2 Eaten samphire (steamed or boiled, accompanied by melted butter) bought from the King's Lynn Saturday market. Alternatively, drive the coast road and you’ll see plenty of places to buy it, or find it for yourself in the tidal marshes.
4 Tucked into a lavender scone at Heacham's Norfolk Lavender.
5 Been bird-watching out on The Wash. Or if you're more energetic, take a trip out on the water in the Amphibious Wash Monster!
6 Follow the Hunstanton Wolf Trail, tracing the story of St Edmund, the first patron saint of England.
7 Eaten mussels in one of the wonderful pubs you'll find here – we do moules et frites just as well as the French. (The oysters are pretty good too).
8 Taken a gentle cycle around the Wiggenhalls, and marvelled at the churches and the fact the area was just swamp not so long ago...
9 Imagine you're royalty and take a sneaky peek inside Sandringham, The Queen's country residence (Queen Victoria bought it for her son).
10 Taken a guided history walk around King's Lynn – Walpole's Lynn, named after Britain's first Prime Minister who lived nearby, or, for the brave, 'The darker side of Lynn'. Or head out on the new King's Lynn Maritime Trail.
11 Visit the crafts and collectables market at Downham Market on Fridays and Saturdays - take a little piece of the Fens home with you.
12 If you're here at Christmas, take part in the annual Christmas Day swim at Hunstanton.
13 And by the same token, stood outside Sandringham church on Christmas Day to watch the Queen and members of the Royal Family attend the service. Will Wills and Kate be there? Will Harry turn up? Just don't take your autograph book…
14 Taken the ferry across the Great Ouse at King's Lynn and walked (at least some of) The Peter Scott Walk to the naturalist's Fenland hideaway. A must for bird-lovers.
15 Jump on the Coasthopper bus from King's Lynn to Wells-next-the-Sea and get a real eye-full of the fabulous coast.
16 Marvelled at Seahenge in King's Lynn Museum. A prehistoric timber circle with an upturned tree root in the centre, it was discovered at nearby Holme-next-the-Sea. Probably made in the Bronze Age, around the 21st century BC, theories abound about what it was for.
17 Been to the Sandringham Flower Show in July – it's the Royal Norfolk Show of the west of the county. Most years Prince Charles attends, in honour of his grandmother who always came along.
18 Whooped it up with the whooper swans at Welney in November. Watching thousands of the migrating birds fly in at dusk is a spectacular sight. The Festival of Swans take place every year.
19 Taken a look around the splendid 1683 Custom House on Purfleet Quay, described by Pevsner as 'one of the most perfect buildings ever built', and now the tourist office.
20 Imagined you're the king of the castle and your family are the dirty old rascals as you climb to the top of Castle Rising.