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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.

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.

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.

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 !!

 

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

sunset times

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.