Norfolk is a beautifully unspoilt county that has many attractions whether you’re after a fun-packed family holiday, or a quiet retreat to escape the rigours of everyday life. From bustling seaside towns, hidden harbours down quiet country lanes, picturesque market squares, historic houses, castles and abbeys, gently rolling countryside, or golden sand dunes, you’ll find all those things and more, here in Norfolk.
Within 20 minutes of Norfolk Dialysis is the Victorian seaside town of Hunstanton. This family resort was given the Blue Flag Award for its beach cleanliness and safety this year. It has a sea life centre, and you can hunt for fossils under the chalk cliffs. There are lots of different accommodation options: from caravan parks to hotels, bed and breakfasts to self catering. You can find more information here:
The A149 coast road passes the village of Dersingham where the clinic is based. It allows easy access to the rest of the Norfolk coast where, once you’ve passed Old Hunstanton, you’ll come across some beautifully unspoilt coastal villages such as Holme, Thornham, Brancaster, or Burnham Overy Staithe. Here you’ll find a wonderfully intimate landscape to be explored. Paths snake through the marshes and the saltings, alongside creeks and harbours, and through the sand dunes to the beach and the sea.
You can take a trip out to see the seals at Blakeney Point, or visit the bird reserves at Snettisham, Titchwell or Cley. Depending on the time of year you may see the forty thousand pinkfooted geese that roost at Snettisham; watching them return in the evening in front of the sun setting over the Wash is a truly spectacular site even if you’re not a birdwatcher.
Fantastic pubs are to be found in most of the villages along the coast. From pub grub to Michelin stars and celebrity chefs – it’s all here. Take a look at our links pages for some suggestions, or you can pick up some mussels if they’re in season where you see them advertised at the side of the road. There are several fishmongers selling the mackerel and sea-bass caught just off the coast here, and a wealth of farm shops and local producers. The Georgian town of Burnham Market, dubbed Chelsea-on Sea by the locals, is full of art and gift shops where you can browse to your heart’s content. Or you can visit historic Norwich if you really fancy a shopping trip. Only an hour’s drive away it has a castle, and museum, as well as several shopping centres.
Closer to the clinic, in fact just round the corner, is the Royal Sandringham Estate. The house and grounds are well worth a visit and there is a visitor’s centre with a cafe. At Snettisham is Park Farm, where you can see new born lambs in the Spring, and take a deer safari through their herd of spectacular red deer. Of course, at Heacham is the famous Norfolk Lavender. Expanding all the time, there’s now a large farm shop, and, if you want somewhere young children can really let themselves go, there’s Farmer Fred’s Adventure Play Barn.
As well as Sandringham, if you like country houses there’s Houghton, Holkham, Oxborough, Blickling, all within an hour of the clinic. Ten minutes from us is Castle Rising, where as well as the pretty village and alms houses, there’s the spectacular Norman keep of the castle. You can wander the battlements in the footsteps of Queen Isabella who, they say, also still wanders the battlements, in the form of a ghostly white wolf!
So whether you want to spend your time kicking your heels on the beach; sample Norfolk’s wonderful local produce; explore the quiet lanes and paths and find an old smugglers’ inn at the end, then the beautiful Norfolk coast and countryside could provide you and the whole family with the perfect holiday. And, of course, leave us at Norfolk Dialysis to arrange all your dialysis details, so all you’ve got to worry about is enjoying yourselves!