Where to eat, things to do, and places to visit
Hall Barn and Quaker Barn are brilliantly situated for getting out and about to explore some of Norfolk’s top inland and coastal attractions and there are numerous establishments within easy reach serving fabulous food.
Below you will find a few suggestions of where to eat, things to do, and places to visit, with the approximate drive time from Quaker Barns shown in brackets.
If your stay with us happens to coincide with a special occasion, we have also included a few suggestions of activities that can be hosted in the comfort of your holiday cottage.
Where to eat nearby
Great food can be found in nearby country pubs including The Marsham Arms (2 mins); the award-winning Earle Arms in Heydon; The Bucks Arms at Blickling; and The Walpole Arms in Itteringham. For afternoon tea, The Dial House and the award-winning Heydon Village Tea Shop are also well worth a visit (all 15 mins).
Country walks and cycling trails
Delightful walks in woodland, parkland, and on heathland await you at Blickling Estate (15 mins), Felbrigg Estate, Sheringham Park, and West Runton and Beeston Regis Heath (all 30 mins). And, if you prefer exploring on two wheels, you can hire a bike or bring your own and cycle the Marriott’s Way (10 mins), a 26-mile off-road trail following the route of two old railway lines.
Stately homes and gardens
Step back in time and explore the historic homes and grounds at Blickling Hall (15 mins), Felbrigg Hall (30 mins), Holkham Hall (50 mins) and Oxburgh Hall (50 mins); uncover the beauty of Mannington Gardens (20 mins) and East Ruston Old Vicarage Gardens (35 mins); and take a leisurely stroll in Heydon Hall park (15 mins).
Outdoor activity centres
Hilltop Outdoor Centre (25 mins) has climbing walls, high ropes courses, zip wires, archery, air jump, and more for all the family and offers private group adventures when there are eight or more participants.
Extreeme Adventure (45 mins) has a very high ropes course and army-style assault course with mud running track all set in mature forest.
Steam train enthusiasts should head to the Bure Valley Railway (15 mins), Whitwell & Reepham Railway (15 mins), and North Norfolk Railway (25 mins) to enjoy a heritage steam train journey through the Norfolk countryside. If you're feeling energetic, the Bure Valley Path, which runs alongside the Bure Valley Railway, makes it possible to walk or cycle one-way and then take a leisurely train ride back.
Inland towns and Norwich
Shop in the attractive market towns of Reepham (15 mins), Aylsham (15 mins), and Holt (25 mins); and take a trip into Norwich (30 mins) and discover fine cathedrals, galleries, museums, theatres, vibrant bars, and an award-winning outdoor market.
Pamper parties, hot tubs, afternoon tea, cocktails, and more
Whatever your reason for staying at Quaker Barns there are a variety of activities that can be hosted in your holiday cottage to make your celebration an event to remember including vintage afternoon tea and pamper party, cocktail making masterclass, cookery class, life drawing lesson, yoga workshop, and more. Please contact us for further details.
Other places to eat
Slightly further afield you will find The Gunton Arms (30 mins) on the edge of a 1,000 acre deer park; Wiveton Hall Café (35 mins) as featured in BBC2's Normal for Norfolk; The Salthouse Dun Cow (35 mins); and The Victoria Inn (50 mins) which is just a short walk from the golden sands of Holkham beach.
Norfolk Broads National Park
Wroxham (30 mins) is the capital of the Norfolk Broads National Park and you can rent a boat or canoe or join a paddle steamer river cruise here and discover the scenic waterways of Britain's largest protected wetland.
For the more adventurous, you can also join The Canoe Man and try paddle boarding or wild swimming.
Norfolk has a wealth of birds and wildlife: Cley Marshes (35 mins) is NWT's oldest and best known nature reserve; Foxley Wood (25 mins) is Norfolk’s largest remaining ancient woodland; Pensthorpe Natural Park (30 mins) has over 700 acres to explore; and Temple Seal Trips and Beans Boat Trips (both 35 mins) offer tours to see the seals in their natural environment at Blakeney Point.
Beaches and swimming
North Norfolk has some of the best beaches in England: Sheringham, East Runton, West Runton, and Cromer (each 35 mins) were all awarded Blue Flag status in 2017; Holkham has one of the best stretches of sand in the country; and Wells-next-the-Sea is famous for its beach huts.
Mermaid River Pools and Booton Manor Swimming Pool (both 10 mins) offer private hire, indoor swimming.
Coastal towns and villages
Head to the coast and explore fishing villages and quintessential seaside towns: promenade along Cromer’s traditional pier (35 mins); go crabbing on Blakeney quayside (40 mins); walk amongst the sand dunes and pine trees at Wells-next-the-Sea (50 mins); dine on fish and chips in Sheringham (30 mins); and take a sunset walk on Morston salt marshes (35 mins).
Children can meet Crocklebugs and Twiggles at BeWILDerwood (25 mins) and will love the treehouses, zip wires, and jungle bridges; they can walk with dinosaurs and discover a secret animal garden at Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure Park (15 mins); and travel back in time at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse (30 mins).
Photo credits: The Gunton Arms, The Canoe Man, Beans Boat Trips, Hilltop Outdoor Centre, Bure Valley Railway, BeWILDerwood, and Norwich Cathedral