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Castle Acre (2.6 miles) is best known today for the twin ruins of Castle Acre Castle and Castle Acre Priory, which lie immediately to the east and west of the village respectively. Both were founded soon after the Norman Conquest by William de Warenne, the first Earl of Surrey. It is now an English Heritage property.    More info about the villlage       

Swaffham (6 miles) is a market town 12 mi (19 km) east of King's Lynn and 31 mi (50 km) west of Norwich. In the summer of 2006, location filming was done in the town for the ITV1 series Kingdom, starring Stephen Fry. In Kingdom the town is called Market Shipborough. The pub the Startled Duck in the TV series is better known as the Greyhound Inn. More info about Swaffham

Fakenham Racecourse (11 miles) is a thoroughbred horse racing venue located in Fakenham.The course is left-handed, almost square in shape, with a circumference of about a mile.

The steeplechase course is situated to the outside of the hurdle course and consists of six fences per circuit, with the open ditch as the penultimate obstacle. Click for racing dates.   On 12 September,2015 the racecourse will host the Tour of Britain cycle race. The riders will take on a 225km (139 mile) course, starting in Fakenham and ending in Ipswich.

Photo: © Copyright Richard Humphrey and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Westacre Theatre (5.4 miles) is the home to Westacre Theatre Company, situated in rural West Norfolk, three miles north of Swaffham, ten miles east of King’s Lynn and thirty five miles west from Norwich. Operating in a converted Chapel which serves as a flexible studio space seating 80, the theatre offers a year-round programme of in-house productions, visiting companies, concerts, workshops and events.    List of “what’s On” and other info.

Photo: © Copyright Evelyn Simak and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

King’s Lynn (17 miles) is an ancient port where the Great Ouse runs into the Wash. It was in the Hanseatic League, a C14-17 trade group across Europe. A warehouse from that era is one of the many old buildings. Fine old merchants’ houses stretch down to the river between cobbled lanes and the elegant Custom House overlooks the harbour. There are two market places.

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Holkham Hall (22 miles) is an 18th-century country house located adjacent to the village of Holkham. It is one of England's finest examples of the Palladian revival style of architecture. The magnificent setting of the south park at Holkham provides the backdrop to open-air concerts – including Jools Holland on 29th August 2015 and Last Night of the Proms with compere Fiona Bruce on 30th August 2015.   More info about house and concerts

Houghton Hall (10.3 miles)  is a country house in Norfolk. It was built for the de facto first British Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole, and it is a key building in the history of Palladian architecture in England. The Equestrian Centre has regular events.

Dereham (11.6 miles) is a town off the A47 between Norwich and Kings Lynn. Nearby is the Mid Norfolk Railway.

Narborough Hall, (10 miles) set in eighteenth century parkland by the River Nar, is surrounded by lakes, gardens and woods. It holds exhibitions and events in the grounds with a cafe open at these times. Each year Narborough Hall hosts an exhibition by an internationally recognized artist and the grounds are opened to the public during exhibition hours.

The North Norfolk Coast (20 miles) From windswept beaches and quaint coastal villages to nature reserves, market towns and beautiful sweeping countryside perfect for an amble, there are many things to do and places to visit: Burnham Market, Wells, Blakeney, Cley, Salthouse, Weybourne, Sheringham (the last two being connected by the North Norfolk Railway).