Historic towns and Thursford
You'll need up to three hours to enjoy a visit to the wonderful Thursford Collection, but this can be extended by taking in a separate tour of the behind the scenes at a small additional cost. Admission includes rides on both the Fairground Carousels and the mechanical musical tour featuring eight fairground, dance and street organs(12.30pm and 3pm – one hour long). Plus Robert Wolfe stars in Wurlitzer shows at 1.30pm and 3.30pm (30 minutes long).
There are is a selection of hot and cold lunches served from 12 noon each day, which can be booked in advance, or enjoy cakes and afternoon tea. There are also four shops on site selling a range of quality gifts, accessories, food, wine and preserves.
In November and December Thursford hosts the famous Christmas Spectacular, which is perfect for group visits.
To make a full day trip visit Holt, 7 miles away, a wonderfully unspoilt Georgian town with lots of little streets to explore and art and knick-knack shops. And ogle the fabulous food selection at Bakers & Larners of Holt, the Fortnum and Mason of Norfolk. The rest of the department store is a wonderful step back in time to how things used to be, a contemporary Grace Bros. The North Norfolk Railway, also known as The Poppy Line, also begins and ends in Holt – why not take a ride to Sheringham? They welcome group visits.
Just three miles from Thursford is Little Walsingham, a Christian pilgrimage centre since the 11th century. According to legend Richeldis de Faverches, a lady of Walsingham, felt that Mary the mother of Jesus, 'took her spirit to Nazareth, and requested that a replica of the Holy House at Nazareth be built at Walsingham'. This became 'England's Nazareth', a place of prayer and reconciliation and one of Europe's four great pilgrim places in the Middle Ages. The pilgrimage season at Walsingham runs from Easter to the end of October. Walsingham has a terminus of the Wells & Walshingham Light Railway, said to be the longest 10-and-a-quarter inch narrow-gauge steam railway in the world.