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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.

 

 

Your guide to Christmas markets in Norfolk

Although snow in October is pretty unlikely, it’s always great to think ahead to the festive season. And our county really knows how to make Christmas extra-special, with a wealth of local events offering excellent shopping opportunities, as well as filling you with plenty of yuletide cheer! Love it or hate it, picking up perfect presents for your loved ones has to be done, so forget the high street and head to one of Norfolk’s festive markets for unique gifts that promise to put smiles on people’s faces on Christmas morning. Inject some real Christmas spirit into your shopping with a whirl around one of these seasonal markets. With time to spare before Christmas Day, there’ll be no last-minute fighting the crowds or praying that your online shopping arrives in time.

Deepdale Christmas Market
Get in the mood for Father Christmas’ arrival over the first weekend in December. The 9th annual Deepdale Christmas Market is happening on Friday 1st, Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd December, with over 120 local artisans and producers gathering on the North Norfolk coast to present their wares. Expect tasty treats, decorations, soaps, homewares, photography, jewellery and much more within the three large marquees. Plus, there will be lots of foodie stalls to refuel, so you won’t go hungry!

Sandringham Christmas Craft, Food and Gift Fair
Sandringham’s popular Christmas craft show is back from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November, bringing the chance to shop in comfort for all your festive food and gifts. Be met at the gate with a warming glass of seasonal punch and take a stroll around the craft halls for inspiration. With live music, craft demos and children’s entertainment, it’s a great day-out for all the family. Father Christmas himself will be making an appearance with his amazing owls and reindeer, and don’t miss the chance to see the chainsaw-carving elves!

Christmas Farmers’ Markets at Creake Abbey
Creake Abbey’s popular farmers’ market takes place on the first Saturday of the month, with a special Christmas market on Saturday 23rd December, ensuring essential shopping trip for all your dinner table treats and festive goodies. Around 55 of the region’s best food and drink producers will be in attendance, supplying meat, fruit, vegetables, cakes, tarts, artisan beer, apple juice, breads, puddings, pies, and much more.

Farmer’s Market at Sandringham Visitor Centre
Where else to celebrate the spirit of the season than the royal family’s traditional Christmas residence? Sandringham Visitor Centre will be hosting its fantastic farmers’ market on the last Sunday of the month in the lead up to Noel, with a pre-Christmas December market on Sunday 17th. Pick up your locally-sourced delights, from scrumptious cakes to homemade jams, and why not pay a visit to the on-site gift shop for unique stocking fillers galore?

Blickling Hall garden & the Great British Prom

blickling hallOne of the most historic homes in Norfolk, Blickling Hall is a must see during your stay at the King William. Located in the pretty village of Blickling, under an hour’s drive from our front door, the hall boasts a spectacular library, a stunning façade and, of course, enchanting gardens. A National Trust property, Blickling is a fantastic day trip destination throughout the year. Why not plan a trip to this beautiful house and garden during your Norfolk getaway and experience one of the county’s most historic homes?

Blickling Hall
Once the home of the infamous Boleyn family, Blickling Hall is the probable birthplace of Anne Boleyn, King Henry VIII’s ill-fated second wife. Though the house we see today was built in 1616 on the ruins of the older property, Anne Boleyn’s headless body is still said to wander its halls on the anniversary of her execution. Designed by Robert Lyminge, the architect of Hatfield House, Blickling Hall is one of the finest stately homes in Norfolk.

Blickling Hall Gardens
Though no records survive describing their appearance, the gardens of Blickling Hall are known to have been in existence by the mid-15th century when the house was bought by the Boleyn family. In 1616, the gardens were landscaped to include ponds, wildernesses and an artificial hill to provide views of the local area.
In the 18th century, John Hobart, the 2nd Earl of Buckingham, altered the gardens once more, removing many of the more formal elements and replacing them with a more naturally landscaped garden. After a huge programme of improvements and alterations in the early 20th century, the gardens now feature a mix of formal and informal areas. You’ll find large flowerbeds, beautiful sculptures, listed structures, wilderness areas and a wooded dell to explore, with a charming secret garden hidden in one of Blickling’s wildest areas. New features are being added to this beautiful space all the time, so even if you’ve visited the garden in the past, they’ll be plenty more to see.

Visiting Blickling Hall garden
As opening times for Blickling Hall and garden vary throughout the year, it’s best to check the latest information before planning your trip. A café is available on site to keep you fuelled as you explore the area.

THE GREAT BRITISH PROM – 12 August 2017 
The National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Anthony Inglis, make their debut at Blickling to celebrate British music. They will be joined by Classical Brit Award winning Welsh male vocal group Only Men Aloud and Soprano Annette Wardell for performances of Proms favourites, closing with a spectacular firework display. For more info https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/blickling-estate

Rhododendrons at Sandringham

As spring gets underway, the Norfolk countryside bursts into life. Trees sprout bright green leaves, migrating birds return to our fields and waterways and wild flowers dot the countryside. Nowhere is this more evident than in Sandringham Country Park. Famous for its manicured gardens, woods and open areas, the park is the perfect place to experience the joys of spring.

In May, Sandringham’s rhododendrons erupt into their annual display of colour. One of the highlights of the park, these enormous shrubs attract visitors from far and wide every spring. If you’re visiting Norfolk this May, or if you live in the area and want to experience one of the county’s most famous sights, here’s how to make the most of Sandringham’s rhododendrons this spring.


Snapshot of Sandringham
Built in 1870 by the then Prince and Princess of Wales, later King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, Sandringham was once described as ‘The most comfortable house in England’. Its gardens where designed in the 20th century by famous planner and landscape architect Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe and have been attracting admiring visitors ever since.

In 1968, an area of 142 acres of Sandringham Park was opened to the public. This has since been enlarged to a whopping 243 hectares, giving visitors an enormous slice of stunning Norfolk countryside to explore. The most impressive rhododendrons at Sandringham are located within the park. Take a woodland walk through the estate in May and you’re guaranteed to come across a number of outstanding rhododendron displays.

Where?
Rhododendrons can be found throughout much of Sandringham Park. The estate is located to the north of King’s Lynn, around five miles from the King William. The nearest train station is in King’s Lynn. From there you can either catch a bus or cycle to the estate.

When?
Sandringham Park is open to the public throughout the year. It’s free to enter and you can pick up information about walking routes and activities in the park from the visitor centre. From mid April to the end of October, the private gardens at Sandringham are available to visit. Opening times are between 10:30am and 4:30pm.

Various events take place in Sandringham throughout the year, so check what’s going on in advance if you want to make the most of your visit.

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.

Norfolks’ great big skies – Get romantic – go star gazing

star-gazingStargazing in Norfolk
With its enormous skies and low levels of light pollution, it’s no surprise that Norfolk is one of the best places in the country for stargazing. The north of the county is an especially good place to explore the galaxy, with stargazing events regularly held across the area.
Around 90% of the UK population is unable to fully see the stars thanks to light pollution, so it’s no wonder that thousands flock to the Norfolk coast every year to see the constellations. Whether you’ve set up a telescope in our expansive countryside or you’ve found the perfect spot on an idyllic East Anglian beach, Norfolk is a fantastic place to lie back, relax and watch the universe go by.

Stargazing in Norfolk
Though stargazing has always been a popular activity in Norfolk, the BBC’s recent series Stargazing Live, has brought the pastime into the mainstream. One of the programme’s presenters, and the astronomer on The One Show, Mark Thompson is also the president of the Norwich Astronomical Society. The show has helped to inspire a whole new generation of stargazers, with many of Norfolk’s best locations now teaming with amateur astronomers.

The best places to see the stars in Norfolk
Whether you’ve been recently inspired to take up the telescope, or you’re an old hand when it comes to identifying Orion, The Plough and the Seven Sisters, you’ll find plenty of locations to explore across Norfolk. Regular events take place at Kelling Heath, one of the best known stargazing spots in the county. Other popular Norfolk locations include Salthouse and Cley, but great views can be enjoyed from pretty much any rural spot in the county.

Getting involved
If you’re just in the county for a holiday, check with the local tourist board to find out about events that are taking place during your stay. If you live nearby, or want to find out a little more about stargazing while you’re in the area, drop into the Norwich Astronomical Society for one of the group’s weekly meetings and get a taste of what stargazing is all about.

With countless beaches, country parks and protected areas to explore, there are more than enough excellent stargazing spots in Norfolk to keep you busy. If you are heading out to the beach to have a go – or even want to nip out into our back garden just see our constellation maps on the pinboard or ask a member of staff for a copy.

Norfolk’s Sunset coast – Get Romantic, Watch the Sunset

Sunset HunstantonThough the majority of Norfolk’s beautiful beaches face north and east, offering spectacular sun rises and expansive vistas, a few of the county’s stretches of sand actually face west, giving you the chance to enjoy truly breath-taking sunsets. With many of these beaches just a stone’s throw from the King William, a sunset stroll along Norfolk’s sands are a must during your stay. To help you pick the perfect spot to watch the sun go down, here’s our guide to Norfolk’s sunset coast.

Hunstanton & Old Hunstanton
Famous for its red and white striped cliffs, family friendly activities and Victorian charm, Hunstanton is one of the most popular destinations on the Norfolk Coast. Before you enjoy watching the sun sink below the waves, there are lots of activities to explore in Hunstanton. In the summer months, you can play on the expansive beach, explore the rock pools, have a go at crazy golf or catch a ride on the seasonal train that takes visitors along the waterfront.
If it’s a warm summer evening, you can watch the sun go down from the beach. Alternatively, if the weather’s not playing ball, a number of pubs and restaurants in Hunstanton offer fantastic views of the sunset, giving you a warm and dry spot to take in the spectacular scenery.

Heacham
A few miles south of Hunstanton, you’ll find the seaside resort of Heacham. The beach in this small but picturesque town was once almost deserted, used only by locals and fishermen.
Today however, the wide beach is popular with visitors from all corners of the country, offering a good choice of facilities for families, sunbathers and visitors looking for traditional seaside entertainment. The part of the beach directly in front of the town is the busiest, with a range of amenities within easy reach. Take the short walk to South Beach for more rugged scenery, less crowded sands and dog friendly areas. One of the closest beaches to the King William, Heacham is a fantastic place to watch the sun go down.

IMG_8342Snettisham
As Snettisham Beach is located around two and a half miles from the town itself, it’s the perfect choice for visitors who want to watch the sunset in peace and quiet. Surrounded by natural landscapes and offering expansive views of Norfolk’s famously big sky, Snettisham offers unforgettable sunset views throughout the year.

If you’re planning a trip to the King William any time soon, have a look at our website for more information on local sites and attractions and really make the most of your stay in Norfolk. Call 01485-571765 or visit www.thekingwilliamsedgeford.co.uk

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You’ll Just Love Norfolk Lavender

lavender field 2Fragrant, colourful and hardy, lavender has been popular in the UK since Roman times. Known as the herb of cleanliness and calm, lavender can be used to help people sleep, to add a touch of freshness to a wardrobe and to bring an interesting aroma and flavour to drinks, cakes and preserves.

Lavender growing in the UK
Did you know, Lavender is thought to have been introduced by the invading Roman army around 2000 years ago and grew to become an essential part of traditional remedies, lotions and potions. Known for its calming affect and insect repelling properties, the plant has been used to ward off infection, flavour preserves and add a fragrant scent to clothes, homes and meeting places for generations.

Norfolk Lavender
As well as being incredibly useful, lavender is also lovely to look at and a visit to a farm that grows the plant can make a great day trip for all the family. We’re lucky that Norfolk is home to one of the largest and most beautiful farms in the country. Just 1.7 miles away from The King William IV, Norfolk Lavender is overflowing with intoxicating aromas and stunning sights thanks to the purple produce.

Lavender was brought to the lavender farm in Heacham in 1932 by green-fingered entrepreneur Linn Chilvers. Originally planted as a nursery and florists, the farm grew from just six acres in 1932 to almost 100 acres today and now includes a gift shop filled with gorgeous gifts and sensational smelling souvenirs, a café and ornamental garden as well as the National Collection of Lavenders.

Things to do during your visit
If you’re staying in the local area, a visit to Norfolk Lavender is a must. Located in the pretty village of Heacham, on the stunning Norfolk Coast. Once there, visitors can explore the spectacular gardens, the lavender distillery, the herb garden and the landscaped grounds. Tours are available during the peak season, giving visitors the chance to learn all about lavender, its uses and its history in Norfolk.

norfolk lavender giftshopOutside of the summer season, visitors can pick up a selection of luxury lavender based products from the farm’s gift shop or enjoy a tasty meal of home-grown treats in the on-site café.

Relaxing, intoxicated and eye-opening, a trip to this colourful Norfolk attraction is guaranteed to be an unforgettable part of your trip to the area. The King William IV Country Inn and Restaurant is surrounded by spectacular sights and is the perfect base for an East Anglian adventure to discover the many treasures Norfolk has to offer.

RNLI Annual Sandcastle Competition

rnli lifeboatIf you live near the sea, or visit the British coast on holiday, you’ll know just how important the RNLI is. Since it was founded in 1824, the organisation has saved more than 140,000 lives, with an average of 23 people rescued every single day. For fishermen, sailors, surfers, swimmers and anyone else who enjoys spending time by the sea, the RNLI is vital. Providing information, training and rescue, the service is one of the most valued organisations in the country. With Norfolk’s beaches just a few miles from the King William, we’re very aware of the important role the RNLI plays in coastal life. That’s why The King Wiliam has chosen the RNLI as their charity and raised over £20.000 over the years to help support the service.

RNLI Annual Sandcastle Competition
Every summer the RNLI hosts a sandcastle building competition on one of our local beaches. A fantastic day out for all the family, a visit to the competition is a must if you’re visiting Norfolk in early August. Held on Old Hunstanton Beach – by the boat house, the sandcastle building competition is a chance for the RNLI to raise awareness and raise funds, two things that are crucial to its survival. Competitors can sign up on the day, with three different groups available to cater to creative builders of all ages.

Let your imagination run wild and create a sandcastle like no other, or opt for a traditional design and wow the judges with your classic architectural skills. If castles aren’t your thing, you can also create a sand sculpture, giving you the chance to flex your creative muscles and show the other competitors who’s boss. Prizes are awarded for the best sandcastle, so make sure you put all of your creative energies into building your entry.

Visit the RNLI Annual Sandcastle Competition

RNLI Sandcastle competitionThe RNLI Annual Sandcastle Competition 2016 will take place on Thursday 4th August. You’ll need to register by 1:30pm if you want to compete and building works begin at 2pm sharp. Alternatively, you can simply visit the beach on the day and enjoy watching visitors and locals working away on their sandy creations.

Just a short walk from the competition area, you’ll find a great range of amenities, with shops, cafes and restaurants all available nearby.

To find out more about local events and attractions, or to book your escape to Norfolk, have a look on our website http://www.thekingwilliamsedgeford.co.uk/or get in touch with one of the friendly members of our team today by calling 01485-571765.

Sandringham Gardens

Sandringham House

One of Norfolk’s most famous addresses, Sandringham House has been one of the Royal Family’s favourite homes for generations. Beautifully designed, peaceful and surrounded by Norfolk’s stunning countryside, the house is one of the most picturesque in the country. And though there’s plenty to see in the house itself, the gardens that surround the stately home are also well worth a visit during your stay in the area.

If you’re planning a country retreat at the King William this summer, a trip to Sandringham Gardens will make a wonderful addition to your trip. Just a 15-minute drive from our front door, the gardens are a great place to relax, unwind and take in Norfolk’s sensational countryside.

Sandringham Gardens
Opened to the public by King Edward the VII in 1908, Sandringham’s gardens cover 24 hectares of elegantly landscaped and painstakingly maintained lawns, woodlands and formal areas. Taking in some of the most beautiful views in the county, the gardens are surrounded by the 240-hectare Sandringham Estate which takes in woodland, wetland, arable land and farmland – a must see for anyone interested in the Royal Family, landscape design and nature.

The gardens themselves contain two lakes, an expansive rock garden, a woodland garden and a secluded enclosed garden which was designed for George VI in 1947 by Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe. Various features have been added by each generation of the Royal Family over the years, and today visitors can explore Queen Alexandra’s summerhouse, the formal North Garden, the delightful Stream Walk and the avenues of rhododendrons, azaleas and lavenders. You’ll also see a number of commemorative trees as you explore the gardens, giving you a sense of the house’s history and the important role it’s played in royal life over the years.

sandringhamgardens2Visiting Sandringham
Though the country park is open to the public free of charge throughout the year, you’ll need to buy a ticket if you want to visit the gardens themselves. Opening times vary so make sure you check the current schedule before you plan your trip.
One of the best ways to see the gardens is with a guided tour. Tours are available on Wednesdays and Saturdays though it may be possible to have a tour on another day if you book in advance.
A wonderful way to learn more about Norfolk’s history, and to explore it’s beautiful landscapes, a trip to Sandringham Gardens will be a highlight of your stay at the King William.