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The boutiques of Burnham Market & Beyond

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Now that your Pre-Christmas Party has been booked, all that’s left is for you to pick out your special outfit – something that sparkles and will add a dash of glamour. After all, if you can’t go for glitter and sequins at Christmastime, when can you? Here in North Norfolk, we are blessed with a plethora of fabulous local shops and independent boutiques, packed to the rafters with beautiful garments and accessories guaranteed to catch your eye. Here are just a few of our favourites:


Gun Hill Clothing Company  – 
Tel: 01328 730015. www.gunhill.co.uk
The company’s flagship Burnham Market store offers an eclectic range of brands, a vibrant riot of colour, and a fantastic array of textures from high-end fashion labels. Designed for discerning shoppers who like to keep a keen eye on the latest trends, this lovely shop houses both men and ladies’ collections, in addition to top quality bags, cufflinks, and dog collars for our four-legged friends! Gift vouchers are also available.

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Gilly’s of Burnham Market – Tel: 01328 730057. www.gillysofburnhammarket.co.uk
Frank Lyman, Joseph Ribkoff, Gerry Weber, Just White, Michèle Jeans… These are just a few of the stylish brands stocked by the ever-popular Gilly’s of Burnham Market. Offered in a wide variety of sizes, here you will find elegant and extraordinary outfits for all occasions; from smart eveningwear, to eye-catching mother of the bride dresses. Perfect if you’re on the hunt for a beautifully-fitting piece for your next special celebration.

Urban Armour – Tel: 01328 738880. www.urbanarmour.co.uk
You could spend hours browsing through the extensive range of exquisite jewellery from around the world at this Burnham Market gem. With a range of price tags available, you’re sure to find the perfect item to enhance your favourite party outfit, or the ideal gift for someone special this Christmas. What’s more, the friendly, knowledgeable staff will be only too happy to help.

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Get Smart – Tel: 01328 864949.
Source your entire wardrobe at this local shopping haven, from chic day and eveningwear, to shoes, belts and accessories, ensuring total coordination. The window always looks so bright and cheerful, so walking past is simply not an option! If you can’t decide what to buy, you’re welcome to try on as many pretty pieces as you like.

 

 

 

 

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Nelle DK – Tel: 01485 525164. www.nelle-dk.co.uk
Owner Jeanett Pugh is dedicated to bringing the best of Danish design to our doorstep, with two stunning boutiques (one in Thornham, and another in Holt), jam-packed with quality clothing, footwear and accessories from specially selected Scandinavian designers. Well-worth a visit in the run up to Christmas for presents galore and unique stocking fillers.

 

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Allez Chic – Tel: 01553 631915. www.allezchic.co.uk
Situated in a popular shopping hub in Castle Rising, close to King’s Lynn, this airy and bountiful boutique houses smart, unusual and classic ladies’ clothing collections from around the world and a new, stylish footwear range from Lunar. Take your time to look around and make sure you check out the fun faux furs, ponchos and pretty costume jewellery, ready for wrapping!


Goddards – 
Tel: 01553 772382. www.goddardsonline.co.uk
This well-established King’s Lynn department store offers men and ladies’ fashions from leading brands, together with outerwear, accessories, nightwear, gifts, formal hire, and much more. Browse at your own leisure then take a break at Paddy & Scott’s in-house coffee bar for a freshly ground tea or coffee and slice of something naughty-but-nice.

 

 

Country Living – What’s Not To Love?

Norfolk is one of the most rural counties in England, with over 90% of its landscape given over to farming. A rich tapestry of fields, open countryside and quaint villages, it still retains much of its former glory, which is perhaps why so many visitors choose to come here to escape the hustle and bustle of the busy towns and cities. Country living offers a much more relaxed way of life, with a rich variety of wildlife at your fingertips, beautiful views to admire, as well as a real sense of old-fashioned community spirit.

There is so much for visitors to do, whether it’s a trip to the coast, a woodland walk, or a visit to one of our spectacular stately homes, such as Sandringham House, the much-loved country estate of the royals. Norfolk’s picturesque villages are brimming with traditional flint cottages and period houses, as well as medieval round tower churches, for which the county is famous. Offering cleaner air, a slower pace, and all-round peace and quiet, being in the middle of nowhere definitely has its advantages!

Snettisham Park
A 329-acre working farm, Snettisham Park gives visitors the opportunity to get involved in many exciting farming activities, from seeing lambs being born, to going on a spectacular 45-minute deer safari, where you will meet the magnificent red deer herd. Collect fresh farm eggs, enjoy a pony ride, or go on one of three wonderful farm trails. There is also the chance to unwind in the tea room or on the terrace, with views out over the cattle and sheep pastures. Well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome (excluding the deer safari).

Peddars Way and Norfolk Coastal Path
Taking you through fantastic scenery and landscape covering more than 90 miles, the famous Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path runs from Hunstanton and continues along the coast to Cromer, most of it passing through the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a unique area of forest, heath and low river valleys. Walking along the gentle path treats all walkers to fabulous views of sandy beaches, endless skies, acres of Norfolk farmland and undulating countryside, while the thriving birdlife spotted along the way offers a birdwatcher’s paradise.

Easter is on its way!

With Easter on it’s way, now’s the perfect time to visit the area and see the transformation spring has wrought on the landscape. There’s lots happening across Norfolk throughout March and April, here are a few of our highlights.

Lambing, Snettisham Park
There are few more iconic symbols of the spring than newborn lambs. You and your kids can learn more about them at Snettisham Park, a fantastic family friendly farm right on our doorstep. With more than 400 lambs to look after, the team at Snettisham are very busy. You can go along and help to feed the orphan lambs and learn more about the sheep and their families. If you’re very lucky, you may even be able to watch a live lambing while you’re at the park. As Snettisham is just a stone’s throw from the King William, you can stop in for a meal or a drink once you’ve had fun at the farm.

Seal pups, Blakeney Point
Sticking to a nature theme, spring is also the best time to see the seal pups at Blakeney Point. One of the best ways to see the seals is from the water. Boat trips take passengers close to many of the best seal locations so you can get great views and great photos of the pups and their parents. Alternatively, if you’d rather stay on dry land, you can explore the Blakeney National Nature Reserve on foot. Pop in for a drink to find out more.

See the bluebells
Much of the Norfolk landscape turns bright blue in the spring months with the arrival of the bluebells. There are lots of places to see these colourful blooms, one of the best spots is Walsingham Abbey.  Just ask and we’ll be able to point you in the right direction.

 

Dogs on the beach
In the summer, many of the beaches in Norfolk don’t allow dogs on the sands. However in the springtime, before the summer crowds arrive, you’re free to take your four-legged friend for long walks on the county’s beaches. There are some beautiful stretches of sand in the area, drop in to the King William and we’ll share our local knowledge with you.

 

Mother’s Day Sunday 26th March 2017

This year, Mother’s Day in the UK will fall on Sunday 26th March. If you haven’t yet got the date in your diary, or if you’d forgotten altogether don’t worry, there’s still plenty of time to plan something truly special and show your mum just how much you care.

Treat  your mum to a lunch or dinner with all her loved ones.
A great way to celebrate Mother’s Day is to take your mum out for a delicious meal. At the King William, we’re always busy on Mother’s Day allowing all the mums to enjoy their families to the full without doing any of the work. Food is served all day from noon to 9pm, Do reserve your favourite spot to avoid disappointment. If you want to make a weekend of it, you could even book yourself and your mum a twin-room and spend a day or two exploring the stunning countryside that surrounds the Inn.

Get some fresh air – go walking
On Mother’s Day, all most mums want is to spend a bit of time with their family. Taking your mum out for a walk in the fresh air is a lovely way to spend the day together. Thanks to the UK’s excellent network of footpaths, you’re never too far from a country walk. If you’re staying at the King William – or stopping in for lunch – we’ll be able to give you tips on the most beautiful walks in the area.

Go on a day trip
Norfolk is home to a number of pretty market towns and seaside settlements. A day out in one of these characterful locations will give you the chance to go antique hunting, sample some of the region’s famous cuisine and explore one of the most beautiful corners of the UK. The nearby coastal villages,  the world renowned Sandringham and the county city of Norwich are all well worth a day’s exploration.

For more ideas on discovering Norfolk and everything it has to offer, take a look around our website or get in touch with a member of our team.

The history of Valentine’s Day

To get you in the mood for a bit of romance, we’re taking a look at the history of Valentine’s Day and how you can make the most of this romantic occasion in the heart of Norfolk.

Origins
The origins of Valentine’s Day lie in Ancient Rome. Once upon a time, the 15th February was a pagan fertility festival called Lupercalia. However when Pope Gelasius I came to power he rebranded it as a Christian festival and declared February 14th St Valentine’s Day.

The St Valentine he was honouring is thought to have lived around 270 AD. The saint was said to have performed secret marriages against the wishes of the then emperor who preferred his soldiers to remain bachelors. When he was caught, St Valentine was quickly put to death, meeting his end on February 14th.

Chaucer
It wasn’t until the 14th century that the feast day was linked with romantic love. English poet Geoffrey Chaucer wrote a poem in honour of the engagement of England’s Richard II and Anne of Bohemia. In it, he associated Valentine’s Day with mating birds and the royal engagement, starting an enduring tradition as he went.

Valentine’s cards
The tradition of giving cards on Valentine’s Day developed over a number of years. In the UK, Valentine’s cards had become popular by the 18th century, however in the US, the tradition didn’t become common until the 1850s. Today, according to the Greeting Card Association, around 25% of all cards are now sent on Valentine’s Day.

Celebrating Valentine’s Day
Whether you believe in Valentine’s Day or not, it’s impossible to deny that putting some dedicated time aside for your loved one is a great way to strengthen a relationship. Putting thought and effort into planning a treat shows your partner you really care, while spending some quality time together can be great for your relationship.

If you’re thinking about whisking your other half off for a night away in the countryside this Valentine’s Day, Norfolk is the perfect destination. Give us a call today on 01485-571765 to book your room or Click here to go to our Valentines page on our website.

September at The King William

NNRW-Logo-with-dateAs the sun starts to set on summer, September is the perfect time to enjoy a drink in our beautiful garden or be wined and dined in our popular restaurant. Awarded TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence, The King William IV Country Inn and Restaurant will be taking part in North Norfolk Restaurant Week. From the 26th September to the 9th October we’ll be part of North Norfolk’s biggest dining event. So join us for a culinary celebration of the county’s favourite food spots and tuck into two courses for just £15 or 3 courses for £20. We’ve put together a special menu exclusively for the event, with 4 different dishes to choose from for each course. Booking is advised and the offer excludes Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sunday lunch.

SUMMER HIGHLIGHT: The King William Hosts Carris Trophy Golf Talent!
Golfers3The Carris Trophy (British Boys Championship) was held on the manicured golf links of hunstanton Golf Club from 19/7 to 22/7. With 160 of the best young golfers from the UK, France, Germany, Sweden, Denmark and Belgium competing for the prestigious Carris Trophy over 4 days, the quality of golf produced by these young golfers was truly outstanding.

The King William was delighted to host 3 aspiring young golfers during their time at Hunstanton. Pleasingly, all three players made the ‘cut’ with the top 60 players progressing to the 3rd and 4th days. From Lille, France we welcomed Mathieu Caron and his father Christoph. With scores of 74, 76, 78 and 74 Mathieu finished a highly creditable 50th. In 15th position was a young Englishman from Swindon, Jake Bolton, with his father Mark. Jake shot 71, 77, 71, 70 and was delighted to hear that he had been selected for England’s forthcoming Under 18’s Tour to Canada. Congratulations Jake.

Topping the lot young Oscar Teiffel from Gothenberg, Sweden, started the final round in joint first position and ended the tournament in third place. On his bag was his younger brother whilst his father Peter walked all 4 rounds – sometimes in the presence of Nick and our elder Labrador, Max. A fantastic performance by Oscar with scores of 71, 69, 68 and 72 leaving him on 8 Under Par for the Tournament.

It was an absolute pleasure to hoste three such talented and modest young golfers (and their dad’s) . I hope that one day we can welcome them back to The King William and Hunstanton GC. Names to look out for !!

 

The plight of the whales in Hunstanton

Since January 2016, more than 30 sperm whales have washed up on the beaches of northern and eastern England, causing scientists to look more closely at their behaviour, their habitat and anything that could be damaging them.

Sperm whales
dead sperm whaleThe sperm whale is a truly incredibly creature. Able to grow up to whopping 20.5 metres in length, the creatures are the biggest toothed predator on earth. The sperm whale is also the second deepest diving mammal on the planet and is able to reach depths of 2,250m. Sperm whales can be found in oceans around the world, however only adult male whales venture into the cooler waters found in higher latitudes. In general, sperm whales stick to deep off shore waters, favouring depths of over 1000m.

Why are sperm whales beaching in Norfolk?
Scientists don’t know for sure why sperm whales have begun to wash up on the county’s shoreline. One theory is that all of the whales have come from a single bachelor pod that took a wrong turn in the North Sea, an area where adult males are known to live in relatively large numbers. If this is the case, the recent spate of sperm whales beaching on Norfolk’s shores may soon come to an end. However, scientists fear that the beachings could be the result of a series of whale pods becoming disorientated and finding themselves suddenly in shallower waters. This could point to a more fundamental problem with the whales’ natural environment and could mean that the sad beachings will continue in the future.

How can we help the whales?
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If you, like many people in Norfolk, have been moved by the plight of the whales, there are lots of different ways to help these magnificent creatures. One thing that many environmental agencies and charities are asking is that the public not damage the carcases in any way. In the past, trophy hunters have cut teeth and bones from deceased whales in order to make ghoulish souvenirs. Not only does this make it harder for scientists to work out why the whales died, it is also upsetting for those working hard to help the whales. You can also help by supporting the BDMLR with your donation. The British Divers Marine Life Rescue. is an organisation dedicated to the rescue and well-being of all marine animals in distress around the UK. Visit their website on http://www.bdmlr.org.uk
MARINE ANIMAL RESCUE HOTLINE: 01825 765546 during office hours.
(07787 433412 out of office hours)

 

February at The King William

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First a very big THANK YOU! to all of you who supported our Pie & Mash evening. We welcomed 99 diners through our door and it was a brilliant evening with great atmosphere, excellent raffle prizes and wonderful food. Most importantly a fabulous £1356, 48 was raised for the Astro Brain Tumour Fund.

pancakes with fruits and strawberry

Shrove Tuesday 9 February
No need to dive into your own kitchen on Britains famous Pancake day. Sweet & Savoury pancakes will be available for lunch 12-2pm and dinner 6.30–9pm

KW HT&A Feb 2016

Romance is on the menu
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, why not treat your loved one to a special candlelit evening combining a delicious menu that’s guaranteed to set the mood for love? Available from Friday 12th to Sunday 14th February inclusive , you’ll start the night with a selection of mouth-watering canapés on arrival, followed by a choice of fresh local oysters, chicken mousse crostini or roasted butternut squash salad for starters. Be tempted to add a glass of fizz to accompany your meal! For the main event, it’s barbecued ribeye steak, grilled salmon fillet or Mediterranean vegetable risotto, offering something for every discerning diner. As for desserts, there are three naughty-but-nice delights to take your fancy, from strawberry heart macaroon and Belgian chocolate torte, to an assiette of apple desserts to share.

How could you resist? The perfect setting to celebrate a special anniversary (or pop the question, perhaps!), the Valentine’s menu is priced £27.50 per person (booking essential).

For the ultimate indulgence, stay the night in one of our award-winning luxury guest bedrooms! The exclusive Valentine’s accommodation package includes a demi bottle of Champagne on arrival, romantic dinner complete with red rose, plus Champagne breakfast the following morning (£85 per person based on two people sharing). Surprise your partner by calling 01485 571765 to book your room and/or table today .