Lots to do in and around Walsingham
Walsingham village is rich in architectural, historic and religious treasures.
At its height in medieval times, Walsingham rivalled Canterbury and the great shrines of Europe. Most kings and queens of England made pilgrimages here, from Henry III to Henry VIII.
The two shrines are worth a visit, as are Walsingham Abbey gardens with the ruins of the Augustinian priory that formed the heart of the medieval village. In February a spectacular display of snowdrops spread across almost 20 acres of woodland – a cheery herald to spring.
Great shops and eateries
We have an award-winning farm shop, a village store, two great pubs, the lovely Read and Digest cafe/2nd hand bookshop, plus some excellent antique, brocante and homeware shops.
There are some lovely walks out from the village including the Holy Mile that heads south to the Slipper Chapel and a two-mile bridal path up to Great Snoring. The farm shop sells maps for a selection of local walks, some across the farms that supply it.
Or if you’re into horse riding, the North Norfolk Riding Centre just up the road from us, offers lessons for all ages and abilities, hacking in the glorious countryside that surrounds the village.
Two miles south-east, the Thursford Collection holds a world famous Christmas Spectacular each November and December, bringing people from all over the country.
Nature and beaches
Walsingham offers good opportunities for walkers, cyclists and birdwatchers, and is a perfect base from which to explore the beautiful North Norfolk coast, with the seaside town of Wells-next-the-Sea just four miles north. Catch the Walsingham to Wells Light Railway just 100 yards up the road from us, for an atmospheric trip to the seaside on board the longest 10¼” narrow gauge steam railway in the world.
Revel in the wide expanses of Holkham and Wells beaches, take a boat trip to see the seals at Blakeney Point – the largest seal colony in the UK – or visit the RSPB reserve at Titchwell. Pensthorpe nature reserve, past home to the BBC’s Springwatch programme, is just under five miles away.
If you like historic houses, Holkham Hall with its 18th century Palladian architecture and three thousand acre deer park, is just along the coastal road from the Wells. The National Trust treasures of Blickling and Felbrigg are each under 30 minutes drive, or visit Houghton Hall or Sandringham off the road to Kings Lynn.
If you’re fed up of the big multi-screens and fancy a nostalgic trip to the movies, take in a film at Central Cinema in Fakenham — film-going as it used to be.
Or join us at one of the monthly village movie screenings in our parish hall on the High Street (next door to the Londis Shop). Check out the Walsingham Picture Palace programme at www.walsinghamvillage.org (News) to see if it coincides with your visit and come along on the night.