The best things in life are free

The best things in life are free

Great days out on the north Norfolk coast don’t have to cost a fortune, in fact there are so many activities here that are completely free.
We have found a selection of free attractions that are only a short drive from us here at The Lifeboat Inn that won’t cost you a thing, so you can save your pennies for an ice cream or join us for a bite to eat afterwards.

RSPB Titchwell Marsh Nature Reserve
RSPB Titchwell Marsh is a fantastic place for families to explore. Outdoor lovers can immerse themselves in the beautiful scenery and explore fascinating wildlife without spending a single penny. There are signposted nature trails to enjoy within the reserve and it is also a brilliant location for birdwatching. The reserve also includes reed beds, saltmarshes, a freshwater lagoon and a sandy beach with small woodland area. Some of the birds you may see at Titchwell Marsh are marsh harriers, reed and sedge warblers, water vole, curlew sandpiper and little stint just to name a few. Drivers should note there is a small parking charge for non-members, but entrance to the reserve itself is free.

RSPB Titchwell near The Lifeboat Inn at Thornham
The view from across the fresh Marsh and reed beds at Titchwell Marsh Nature Reserve 

Norfolk Lavender
Norfolk Lavender is not to be missed if you love lavender. It features a world famous lavender garden as well as a lavender oil distillery, a national lavender collection and a herb garden which is completely free of charge to visit. There is also opened landscaped meadow gardens for you to explore and if you don’t mind paying a small fee there is an animal garden and playpark to keep the little ones entertained.

Norfolk Lavender a few miles from The Lifeboat Inn, Norfolk
Norfolk Lavender

Wells Lifeboat Station
Anyone with an interest in boats or the sea will enjoy a visit to the Wells Lifeboat Station located at Wells-next-the-Sea. The boathouse is usually open and manned during the week, visitors can view the boats and associated equipment. You may even get the opportunity to speak with the crew and station officers to get more insight into the lifeboat station. Open evenings are also held on Wednesday evenings throughout the summer. The crew will give a talk with the opportunity for a question and answer session as well as the chance to dress up in lifeboat kit and to sit in the inshore lifeboat. 

Wells Lifeboat Station a few miles from The Lifeboat Inn, Thornham, Norfolk
Wells Lifeboat Station

Holkham National Nature Reserve
Holkham National Nature Reserve covers around 4000 hectares from Wells-next-the-Sea to Burham Overy which can be explored through a number of footpaths and consists of a number of rare and precious habitats including salt marsh, sand dunes, pine woodland, beach and grazing marsh. This nature reserve is perfect for wildlife and bird lovers. Varied wildlife can be found on the grazing and salt marsh while a display of single rare migrant or the sight of thousands of pink-footed geese can be spotted. Drivers should note there is a small parking charge.

Beaches
North Norfolk is home to 45 miles of unspoilt coastline rich with nature and wildlife and there is a number of stunning beaches that are only a short distance from The Lifeboat Inn. Some of our favourites are:
Old Hunstanton
Hunstanton is the only west-facing resort on the east coast of England meaning you can see some stunning sunsets here. Old Hunstanton is perfect for a leisurely stroll with miles of unspoilt sand back by the famous striped cliffs.
Bancaster
Brancaster beach has miles of golden sand, a great place for building sand castles, having a paddle in the sea or fly a kite.
Wells-next-the-Sea
Wells beach is famous for its row of almost 100 candy-coloured higgled-piggled beach huts situated on the beautiful sandy beach. Wells beach is the perfect place to collect shells, or enjoy a relaxing walk along the golden sands.

Wells-next-the-Sea, a short drive from The Lifeboat Inn, Thornham, Norfolk
Wells-next-the-Sea

Burnham Overy Staithe
You have to walk beside the River Burn for around a mile from the staithe to get to the beach but it’s worth the effort – it’s one of those beaches where you’ll likely to see very few people and gives you the chance to take in the beautiful surroundings.

Fakenham Museum of Gas and Local History
The Fakenham Museum of Gas and Local History is formed on the old Fakenham Town Gas Works, it is a Scheduled Monument and is the last remaining complete gas works in England and Wales. Take a step back in time to see how gas was made before Natural Gas was discovered, there is also a display of household appliances. The museum, its contents and site are all unique, and will bring back memories for some. Please note that museum is only open to the public on a Thursday.

Fakenham Museum of Gas and Local History
Fakenham Museum of Gas and Local History

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