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Events for the summer 2017 across North Norfolk

Burnham Market is, in our opinion, one of the most beautiful parts of North Norfolk and we are very lucky to be able to call it home.  As we move into summer, the countryside around us springs into life; the grass is greener as are the trees, the sun is shining and the local folk begin to make arrangements for a summer of events and fun.

From flowers to animals and farming, right through to arts and crafts, Burnham Market and the surrounding areas have got a lot coming up and we couldn’t be more excited.

Burnhams Flower Show and Carnival

If horticulture is your thing, make a ring around Saturday 15th July in your calendar as the Burnhams Flower Show and Carnival comes to town!  Starting at 1pm and going on till 5:30pm, this family fun day will be jam packed with flora, fun and food.  Alongside the usual displays of fruit and vegetables, there will also be plenty of live music, games, sideshows and entertainment to keep you and your little ones happy.

Holkham Country Fair

A little further round the bend and you are treated to the Holkham Country Fair, which runs over two days in July (Sat 22nd– Sun 23rd) on the wonderful Holkham Estate. This fair has a stellar reputation and this year is no exception, with ‘Dhzigitovka! The Way of The Cossack Warrior’ sure to amaze you with their horsemanship, precision and skill in a fast-paced stunt riding extravaganza and a first for Holkham, the RAF Aerobatics Team, The Red Arrows taking centre stage on Sunday.

Other events include:

  • Sporting Clay Pigeon Shoot
  • Lurcher Show and Racing
  • Gundog Events
  • Fishing Demonstrations, Casting Competitions and Tuition
  • Historic Car Display and Parade
  • Vintage Machinery and Tractors
  • Dog Agility
  • Ferret Show and Racing
  • Stickmaking
  • Taxidermy
  • Chairmaking
  • Beekeeping

If you are looking to come for the weekend and wish to stay over locally, we have some stunning rooms that are family and dog friendly.  Check out our availability here but be quick as rooms tend to go fast for this weekend.

Burnham Market Craft Fair

A great idea for something to do in the summer holidays, the Burnham Market craft fair is run by local volunteers, with free entry and lots to see and do.  This years event will be held on Saturday 19th August from 10am onwards on the Burnham Market Village Greens and is a great day out for all the family.  Traditional, local and regional crafts of all kinds will be on display, with local artists, designers and artisans coming along to show off their talents, totalling in over 100 stalls for you to browse, which include:

  • Original Art
  • Jewellery
  • Plants
  • Textiles
  • Ceramics
  • Cards
  • Woodwork and Pottery
  • Basketwork
  • Sculpture
  • Furniture
  • Glassware
  • Photography
  • Aromatherapy
  • Leather-Craft and Metalwork

There is parking available, and you can just as easily pop over on the Coasthopper bus.  If you are staying in one of our rooms for that weekend, parking is included so you are just a small stroll away from the action.

With all this going on in such a beautiful setting, why not book a family weekend break over one of these dates and stay with us?  We have a selection of cosy rooms, a bar and a restaurant, with a new menu using only the best local produce.

Give our team a call today on 01328 738321 to enquire or visit our website for more information or to check availability www.the-nelson.com

Discover Burnham Market; A Hidden Gem in North Norfolk

Burnham Market is known as ‘the Chelsea of Norfolk’ by the locals and it is easy to see why when you look at the quaint little boutiques and galleries that line either side of the central Burnham green. Surrounded by nature reserves and rolling lush countryside, Burnham Market has struck the balance between keeping its Heritage charm and traditional values and moving with the times in terms of food and shopping. Formerly a thriving livestock market town, there are regular homages to it’s past with plenty of craft fairs and country shows that showcase the best of Norfolk’s artisan produce and country living.

Burnham Market is full of country lanes and walkways that offer a stunning landscape view of Norfolk’s richest farmland and agriculture, as well as fields of bright yellow and purple flowers that line the River Burn and leads you all the way to Burnham Overy Staithe; where a treasure trove of salt marshes and sand dunes make for perfect bird watching terrain. Fishing boats dot the coast line, with plenty of rich and diverse wildlife to spot whilst you walk.

If retail therapy is more your thing, Burnham Market has everything you need to feel at peace again. Quiet boutiques with no queues or hustle offer a peaceful shopping experience.

The Hat Shop is one of the villages shining stars since it opened its doors in 1987 and offers every style of hat you can think of for every occasion; from top hats to baseball caps and everything in between. The Hat Shop is the perfect place to browse for a gift or for yourself.

If it is clothing you are after then Burnham Market has it all. Trendy take on classic fashion brand, Jack Wills has a thriving store here, as does Collen & Claire, delivering the best in ‘Coastal Chic’ fashion items for both men and women. Looking for something unique to wear this summer? Stop by Anna, and check out their range that has become so popular, they have even opened a shop in London!

With so much to see and do in Burnham Market, there really is only one way to make sure you can do it all and that is by booking a long weekend stay or midweek break so you can relax and unwind and take it the glorious surroundings of North Norfolk.

First recorded as a pub in 1685, The Nelson is set in the heart of Burnham Market and offers the finest quality local food and drink, with superb facilities and accommodation. Family and even dog friendly, this little home from home is perfectly situated on the crossroads into Burnham Market and is a stone throw away from the Greens and boutiques.

You can choose to stay in one of our nine newly refurbished rooms, each designed with comfort in mind so you can be ready for what the next day of your stay has in store for you or you can pop in for lunch or dinner and a drink whilst you go over the days exciting adventures.

To find out more about The Nelson and the services we offer, feel free to browse the rest of our website or call a member of our team on 01328 738 321

Never been to Norfolk? Here’s why you should!

We may be biased (ok, we are very biased) but we think that Norfolk is one of the best places in the world. With more coast line than you can shake a stick at, and heritage around almost every bend, there is something new to discover every moment that you are here.

Even the Royals agree, with the Sandringham Estate still the Queens official Christmas home and favourite rural retreat and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge having a permanent residence there as well.
Norfolk really is a gem of a place and here are our favourite things about the area that will make you add Norfolk to your holiday list for 2017!

1. If you love the beach…
You don’t get much more coastline than 90 miles of sand and sea and when the tide is out, you get 3 more magnificent miles to explore; just keep an eye on the tide times! And it isn’t just white sandy beaches here either, although if that is your thing, Wells-next-the-sea and Holkham have it in bucket (and spade) loads. You can wander over the salt marshes, hop over the tidal creeks and stomp over the Shingle at Blakeney and check out the largest seal colony in England. Old Hunstanton has beautiful chalk and sandstone cliffs whilst Cromer is the place to go crabbing!

2. If you love birdwatching…
Well, if you love nature in general then Norfolk is for you, with internationally renowned nature reserves right across the county. There are plenty of RSPB and Norfolk Wildlife Trust reserves with great facilities where you can spot some the world’s most stunning birds as they migrate to or from the UK. Key species are the Avocet, Barn Owl, Cetti’s Warbler, Common Crane, Goshawk, Golden Pheasant and the Motagu’s Harrier just to name a few so make sure that you pack your binoculars and catch a glimpse.

3. If you love trains…
All aboard! There is simply no better way to see the beautiful coast and countryside of Norfolk than to hop on one of the Heritage steam railways that still operate today. The North Norfolk Railway takes you along the Poppy Line between the seaside town of Sheringham and the Georgian Market town of Holt. East Anglia’s longest Heritage railway is the Mid-Norfolk Railway running between Wymondham and Dereham and if you time it right in the winter, you may even bump into Santa himself! Other railways to visit include Bure Valley Railway, Wells & Walsingham Light Railway, Wells Harbour Light Railway, Bressingham Steam and Gardens and Whitwell & Reepham Railway.

4. If you love boats…
Possibly one of the most famous parts of our county, The Norfolk Broads is 125 miles of lock-free, navigable waterways and National Parks that uniquely passes through the city of Norwich! Protected by law, the Broads is committed to the preservation of its natural beauty and wildlife and was even mentioned in David Bowies’ iconic song ‘Life on Mars’. If you ever read ‘Swallows and Amazons’ as a child and longed for the adventure, then this is the place to come, as the books were based on author Arthur Ransome’s childhood spent on The Norfolk Broads.

5. If you love History…
Norfolk has been home to many of history’s biggest names and has been the location of some history’s biggest events. King’s Lynn has connections with John Smith, known for his trip to the ‘New World’ and his relationship with Pocahontas stayed in King’s Lynn as an apprentice and King Henry VIII famously renamed it from its original title of Bishop’s Lynn after his break from the Catholic church. His second wife Anne Boleyn was born in Blickling Hall and Queen Elizabeth the II’s father, King George VI died at Sandringham House. Our favourite famous tie to Norfolk is of course, Admiral Horatio Nelson, England’s most famous Admiral and known for his many victories against the French. He was born in Burnham Thorpe on the River Burn and you can still see a plaque on the building that now replaces his original home.

If all of this hasn’t made you long for summer days spend walking the coastal path or dog walking on the beach, then remember that Norfolk is also the UK’s sunniest and driest county, you can visit the world’s last ever end of pier theatre and you can also visit us at The Nelson in Burnham Market. With dog friendly accommodation and bar, a restaurant that serves only the best local grown seasonal food and beautiful boutiques just around the corner, we are the perfect hub to begin your Norfolk adventure from.

Call us now on 01328 738321 to book your stay.