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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.