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The magic of the Thursford Christmas Spectacular

We love Christmas at The King William. One of our highlights in the Norfolk festive season is undoubtedly the Thursford Christmas Spectacular. One of the largest and most impressive shows of its kind in Europe, the event is one that no lover of Christmas should be without.

Thursford1What is the Thursford Christmas Spectacular?                              The pretty village of Thursford, just half an hour from The King William, is home to this annual festive show featuring a cast of 130 singers, dancers and musicians, many of whom have performed in the West End. A three-hour extravaganza, the Thursford Christmas Spectacular has it all. From solo singers and heart warming carols to huge show-stopping choruses and chart topping favourites, there’s guaranteed to be something for everyone at this magnificent celebration of the festive season. What’s more, as the spectacle takes place in a theatre surrounded by mechanical organs, fairground carousels and other festive features, the audience will be transported into the seasonal spirit from the moment they arrive.

Attending the Thursford Christmas Spectacularthursford2                    Though many of the tickets for the show sell out early in the year, there are often some seats to be had right up until the last performance. This year, the extravaganza kicks off on the 11th November and runs through to the 23rd December. Many days feature two performances, giving everyone plenty of chances to see this impressive festive feature. For tickets call the booking office on 01328 878477 or visit the website

Making the most of your trip to the Thursford Christmas Spectacular                                      If you really want to make the most of your theatre trip, why not book yourself a night or two at The King William? From exploring local sights and attractions to enjoying a bracing walk along the stunning Norfolk Coast, there’s plenty to do in this captivating corner of England throughout the winter months. With our cosy rooms, roaring fire and warm welcome, The King William IV is your perfect base for unforgettable Christmas outings.

November at The King William IV

November at The King William IV Sedgeford, Country Inn & Restaurant

The festive season marks a very exciting time for the team at The King William IV country innAA.Dinner award, with an action-packed events calendar guaranteed to make your Christmas one to remember. Newly appointed head chef Chris Marshall has been busy planning his mouth-watering pre-Christmas party menu, uniting rich, seasonal flavours and first-class presentation, while the restaurant has recently been awarded an AA Dinner Award for its outstanding cuisine. The perfect setting for a special dinner celebration, the party menu is available for up to 60 guests with free entry into The King Will’s Grand Christmas Draw… Be in with a chance of winning a night’s bed & breakfast for two, a £50 restaurant voucher or a bottle of Jacques Bardelot Brut Champagne! Enjoy two courses for £20.95 or three courses for £25.95, whether bringing the family, the office or catching up with old friends.

Combining cosy log fires and an extensive winter menu boasting tasty, hearty dishes, you can escape the cold and be sure of the warmest of Norfolk welcomes. This season, it’s aIMG_20150428_184523ll about delicious, heart-warming game pies, meaty suet puddings and, of course, pots of steaming mussels. What’s more, reward vouchers are issued throughout November and January… For every £25 spent, you will receive a £2.50 voucher to be used on your next visit.

Enjoy some wonderful Beaujolais Nouveau, by legendary wine maker Georges Duboeuf , available from approx. 25 November. Gather in the bar on Monday Evenings for the fun quiz or call in on Tuesday evenings for our great value Curry Night. Curry & a pint for only £10.

And if you’re still looking for a thoughtful Christmas present for someone special, a King Will dining or accommodation Gift Voucher is sure to make them smile on Christmas morning!



Celebrating our new Head Chef – Chris Marshall


The appointment of a new Head Chef at The King William IV Country Inn & Restaurant in Chris Marshall Head Chef at The King William IV, SedgefordSedgeford opens another exciting chapter in its culinary agenda.  Chris Marshall, 36, took on the role in early July after acting as sous-chef for three years. Building on the Inn’s excellent reputation for tasty, wholesome dishes, Chris is set to bring his innovative skills to the fore – introducing fresh flavours and quirky touches – keeping pace with all the latest food trends, hygiene and kitchen management.

Chris, who lives locally in Docking with his young family, has grown up around the kitchen and amongst a family with artistic tendencies – both his Grandmother and Father paint and he helped his Mother, in younger days, who managed the Refectory at Ely Cathedral. With an interest in cooking firmly established, Chris moved on to study catering at Cambridge Regional College. Before relocating to north-west Norfolk, Chris worked as sous-chef at Ely Golf Club followed by the position of Head Chef at the Lamb Hotel, Ely.

Owner of The King William, Nick Skerritt, is delighted to hand over the reins to Chris.

“We have established a superb reputation for our restaurant locally over the years, and I know Chris is keen to enhance this with his unique style.  Our vegetable and salad dishes have never tasted better. Our customers have a great deal to look forward to.”

Chris cites his ongoing interest in photography as a key factor in his imaginative approach to food presentation.

“I have helped to create many of the Inn’s current dishes and I do have my favourites – the smoked duck entrée, lamb noisettes and raspberry bavarois dessert – but I’m also wanting to blend this with my contemporary approach to flavour and appearance, hopefully to win some awards for my cooking and The King William in the near future – that’s what drives me. We have fantastic local suppliers and seasonal delicacies here in Norfolk which makes my cooking even more enjoyable.”

With his calm nature and modest determination, King William customers are guaranteed a feast for the eyes and taste buds when sampling Chris’s creations!

Check out for all the latest dining and accommodation news. To book a table and sample the Summer Menu call Reception on 01485 571765.



The Sedgeford Hoard

Norfolk has a very rich heritage and the historic village of Sedgeford dates back many centuries. During the Summer months the history can be relived at the Sedgeford Historical Archeological project  (SHARP) . One of the amazing finds over the past years is the famous Sedgeford Hoard. Its story can be found below.

Last Autumn I had the pleasure of being shown around the Lynn museum and there it was ‘our Sedgeford hoard’ for all to see. If you have the time during your stay please do go and visit the Lynn museum. This truly delightful museum tells the story of West Norfolk. Step back in time as you walk into a life size replica of Seahenge. This astonishing Bronze Age timber circle is the museum’s stunning centrepiece’ but there are many more collections to see.  The museum is open daily 10-5pm (closed on Mondays and Sundays). Entry is very reasonable and starts from £3.95 for an adult and £2.95 for a child. Family tickets and concession tickets are available.


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Norfolk’s best Horse events from April-June


For those who enjoy a spot of top quality horse racing, eventing or carriage driving, we really are spoilt here in Norfolk over the coming months. Whether you’re a keen amateur or aspiring competitor, the calendar of upcoming equestrian events provides fantastic, all-round entertainment for the whole family.

Horse Trials Burnham Market

Events kick off with Burnham Market International Horse Trials from 2 to 4 April – past competitors include Zara Phillips and other Team GB Olympians – and this year again some of the best event riders in the country will be in action in the dressage and show jumping arenas and testing their skills over Sussex Barn’s challenging cross country course. See your favourite athletes and enjoy over 50 trade stands and children’s activities – family day tickets start at £17 for 2 adults and up to 3 children on 2 & 3 April and £23 on the final day, children under 4 are free.

Get set for a superb day’s racing at Fakenham on Easter Monday and Tuesday, 5 May – not forgetting the stylish Ladies’ Day later in the month on 31st May. General admission to the course enclosure costs £10 and £15 for access to the Grandstand and Paddock – day membership costs £20 with children under 17 free when accompanied by an adult. Enjoy an array of refreshments, great shopping, a wonderful atmosphere and even a winning bet!

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There’s a plethora of country stalls and fun activities at the East Anglian Game & Country Fair at the Norfolk Showground, Norwich from 25 – 26 April. From falconry, dog shows, spectacular arena displays and cookery demonstrations – there truly is something for everyone.  Buy a family ticket for £36, 2 adults and 3 children (5 – 16 years).

The prestigious Houghton International Horse Trials take place from 28 to 31 May in the magnificent setting of Houghton Hall.  Welcoming over 700 horses each year, the event offers a further opportunity for all who love the sport to see a strong international line-up competing on home turf. With some 70 trade stands, it promises to be another brilliant day out – family day tickets start at £22.

At the end of June, enjoy all the skill, precision and expertise of horses and drivers at Sandringham Driving Trials from 26 to 28 June.  Entry is free on all three days and in the beautiful setting of Sandringham Park, it’s a thrilling and fascinating day out for all the family.


March 2015 – What’s on at The King William



italian nightThe King William adds exciting, international flavour to its dining with a special Italian evening on Wednesday, 11 March. Enjoy a glass of sparkling Prosecco as an aperitif, followed by a tempting selection of pasta dishes served buffet style – spaghetti, penne, tagliatelle and much more with mouth-watering sauces, salad and garlic bread. Round off your meal with a traditional Italian dessert – tiramisu, pana cotta or zabaglione ice cream – all for the fabulous price of £15 per person. If you fancy sampling some Mediterranean delights, please reserve your table by calling 01485 571765.

professionalphotos.mckenna 011The Inn opens its doors all day on Sunday, 15 March to celebrate Mother’s Day – food is served between midday and 9pm. There’s the full A La Carte menu to enjoy as well as tasty Daily Specials and Sunday roasts. It promises to be a busy day – make sure you book early and treat your lovely Mum.

For a relaxing lunch or supper during the week or winding down at the weekend, pop in and try the King William’s new Spring/Summer menu brimming with delicious, seasonal ingredients and the finest local produce – vegetarian and children’s dishes are available. Eat out in the Inn’s pretty Pergola and garden in the warmer weather and bring the dog along – dogs are welcome in the bar too on a lead. Don’t forget the Inn’s handy Takeaway Menu offered throughout the week.

Please note that as at Monday, 30 March dinner will be starting at the earlier time of 6pm every day. 

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Winter is coming…… stock up your wine cellar with first class wines

Wine, dine and stock up your wine cellar for the festive season –

Special Event Wednesday 26 November

Wine and fire

Start the festive season in style with an evening of fine dining and wine tasting at The King William on Wednesday, 26 November. This special event includes a three course supper for just £25,00 with complimentary wines to sample, and purchase at great prices ready for the Christmas holidays. Master of Wine, Mark Lynton, from Lynton Wines brings his wine selection and expertise to the evening. To book your table call 01485 571765 – and room if you wish – ask for our special accommodation deals for the event.

Cosy log fires and comfy sofas await – not forgetting excellent Real Ales and fine wines – The King Will again features in next year’s national Good Beer Guide. Please visit the website for updates on all events at the Inn, accommodation and dining offers – or please call in to discuss your Christmas party or special celebration.

Easter Colouring Competition Winners 2013

Easter Colouring 2013



We are delighted to announce the lucky winners of The King William Easter Colouring Competition 2013. Thank you to all budding young artists for taking part. The number of colouring pages to judge was immense and proved a tough job on our panel of judges.


Congratulations to Emily C. who has been voted best over 6 year old colourer, and to Olivia K. for best under 6 colourer. Your fabulous work was unanimously selected by our panel of judges and is displayed in the King William for all to enjoy.


Very well done to Olivia, (see photograph)  who proudly shows her winning entry & prize of an Easter basket full of chocolate & Easter crafts goodies.


Soft Seating Area in the bar





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How delightful to see how popular our newly created soft seating area in the bar already is. It was  a challenge to photograph these seats unoccupied but here they are. Come and check out our comfortable leather seats and sofa’s and relax with the daily newspaper, local news bulletins and/or glossy magazines while enjoying your cappuccino or pre dinner drink.