Drive anywhere around North Norfolk and it won't be long until you come across a stately home, museum or festival.
Now home to HRH's William, Kate, George and Charlotte, North Norfolk's shoreline is often referred to as 'the Royal Coast' and the houses, gardens and museums of grand stately homes such as Sandringham Estate and Holkham Hall are open to the public for much of the year making for a fascinating family day out. Each estate holds regular events throughout the year, like Sandringham Driving Trials each June and Holkham Country Fayre a month later - both highlights in the local social calendar.
North Norfolk is the UK's birdwatching capital and just over a mile from Thornham you'll find RSPB Titchwell, a world-class nature reserve known for its migrating birds - especially geese - which make their home in the salt marsh and dunes. The RSPB holds regular guided walks here which must be booked in advance and it's a wonderful place to relax, slow down and watch the world - and wildlife- go by. Snettisham, another RSPB nature reserve is also just a short drive away. Bring your binoculars to make the most of seasonal migrations and rare sightings.
Dotted along the coast and up to twenty miles inland, you'll find that Norfolk boasts a wealth of quainter-than-quaint market towns, most still holding regular weekly or twice-weekly markets. From the upmarket Georgian architecture of Burnham Market, also known as 'Chelsea on Sea', known for its independent shops, galleries and eateries, you can easily while away several hours without even noticing. Other must-visit villages, characterised by traditional brick and flint cottages and bustling, character filled main streets include Holt, Aylsham, Fakenham and Stalham.
Our favourite things to do in Thornham and the surrounding area