Stargazing 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.
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.
As 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!
The 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 !!
There are a few things that Norfolk has in abundance: stunning countryside, picturesque towns, great food and history. Having been inhabited since pre-Roman times, the county has seen Vikings, Anglo-Saxons, plagues, wars and natural disasters. On top of these dramatic happenings, Norfolk has also played an important part in Royal life over the years and castles, palaces and forts can still be seen across the county.
As you can imagine unearthing and investigating this rich history is no easy task. Different periods of the county’s past are layered up in fields, residential areas and historic sites across Norfolk, giving archaeologists plenty to get their teeth into. From the 10th July to 12th August 2016 the exciting archaeological ‘Sedgeford dig’ is coming again to the field just behind us, giving all of our guests, the chance to see real history in action.
SHARP, or the Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project, is a long term venture tasked with investigating and uncovering the “entire range of human settlement and land use in the Norfolk parish of Sedgeford”. This titanic task began back in 1996. This July and August the team will be excavating for their 21st season. There are various projects planned for summer 2016; from large-scale projects like excavating an Anglo-Saxon village to uncovering a medieval manor and identifying the exact location of a First World War aerodrome, the hard working team at SHARP do it all.
Getting involved, visiting the site & lectures
If you’re interested in local history, there are lots of ways to get involved with SHARP’s upcoming projects. The team run a range of courses to teach people about archaeology, giving you the chance to gain first hand experience uncovering the treasures of Norfolk’s past. Schools and other groups who want to find out more about the work that the team do can arrange visits to the dig site. This gives pupils and enthusiasts a unique opportunity to look into Norfolk’s past and learn all about how the archaeologists interpret the objects and structures they discover. The site is open 10am-4pm each day except Saturday. Guided site tours are every Friday 3pm. A series of archaeologically themed lectures are given every Tuesday 7.30pm at St. Mary Church, Sedgeford, through the season.
If you’d like to find out more about local history and the work that SHARP do, follow the team on Facebook or check their website http://www.sharp.org.uk for regular news and updates.
Better yet, why not book yourself a break at the King William and see what the team are up to in person? Call 01485-571765 or visit http://www.thekingwilliamsedgeford.co.uk