“The perfect place for these special celebrations! Thank you! Ed and Isabelle were very helpful and welcoming, it really felt like a lovely home from home! Thank you for making our stay so amazing!”
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“We absolutely love this place, had a fantastic time and hope to come back at some point in the future. Thanks for the warm welcome and letting us use the piano! Loved the boat
West Lexham is part of the The Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE), which is funded by Defra and the EU.
East Anglia is home to some of the finest breweries and distilleries in the UK. We’ve got the pick of the crop to see Autumn through.
“What a weekend, we love West Lexham! Thanks for creating such a gorgeous, relaxing and amazing space. You can add us to your list of fans. Thanks again!”
"The Town's reputation for crab fishing is undiminished. You can still watch the crab boats arrive every morning with their catch. There are several small fish shops in town where you can buy one of the day's catch and virtually every eating place will have a crab dish on the menu." www.thisiscromer.co.uk.
“It’s been a pleasure staying in this amazing venue for the last week. Amazing atmosphere, venue and most importantly the people. I felt welcomed and at home.”
Another Great House still in family ownership. Designed by William Kent in 1717, the house was built by Britain's first Prime Minister, Robert Walpole. Site of the Houghton International Horse Trials (May 26 - 29 inc. 2011)
Assembly Rooms Take a look at this 18th century building in Swaffham.
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The town legend is of the Pedlar Of Swaffham who went to London and was about to throw himself off London Bridge when a stranger dissuaded him and related a dream in which he saw buried treasure in a distant village. The pedlar recognised the place as his own garden so he went home and dug up two pots of gold. The pedlar is now the towns symbol.
The Green Britain Centre An interesting alternative energy and green living educational centre open to all.
Second, the other claim to fame for Swaffham Norfolk is the local hero Howard Carter, the Egyptologist who unearthed the tomb of Tutankhamen. The small independent Swaffham museum is in the heart of the town and houses artefacts from prehistoric times to today, including an interactive Egyptian gallery telling the story of Howard Carter.
Explore the small towns and villages of the Norfolk countryside, visit Dereham and Fakenham, or go towards the coast and visit Wells-next-the-Sea
Norwich Cocktail Week kicks off on Saturday October, 8 and runs until October, 15 during which time bars across Norwich will be serving up their finest tipples and hosting a range of fantastic events. Grab yourself a wristband and get out in the city to try some of these quirky concoctions.
"It is the perfect English house from the Golden Age of the Grand Tour, surviving intact in its original setting and with the founding family still in custodianship...there is none finer."
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Castle Acre Priory One of the best preserved Priory sites in England.
Swaffham, an elegant town once the IN place for folk of the 18th century. The market place still has Georgian buildings and a domed rotunda. The Assembly rooms were the centre of society in these times.
“Thank you for our lovely stay! It was so peaceful and relaxing and we will definitely be back again.”
“60th Birthday celebration – Fantastic weekend. Great costumes – fancy dress – children’s TV characters or toys spanning last 60 years. Great venue – very versatile – great for children and oldies alike.”
Blood Father is short but fearsome; much like its leading man. At the start of the film a bearded, ex-con Mel Gibson grumpily tells his support group he has been clean and sober for two years
“What an amazing venue, beautiful scenery and people. Thank you so much.”
Historic Norfolk town with a regular Market on Saturdays and occasional Antiques Market on Sunday. This is the local hub with a fully stocked natural food shop and vibrant local community.
Swaffham has so much to offer in and around the area, it's a really lovely place to base yourself for any of the activities I've mentioned here.
Things to do in Swaffham
Castle Acre Castle Visit the impressive, ruined, Norman castle.
As Swaffham is such a small town, it’s very easy to wander around and not get lost. As with most of the places to visit in Norfolk, there are numerous outlets to eat and drink in Swaffham - some high street chains, but other much more interesting and independent coffee shops and restaurants including a Russian restaurant - you won’t get that in many towns! And quite a few pubs adorn the town, as well as the well-known George Hotel and Strattons Hotel.
This Path runs only a mile or so from West Lexham. A 46-mile National trail from near Thetford to Holme-next-the-Sea on the North Norfolk coast. The Way follows an old Roman road that may have been built along an even older trackway. It connects with the North Norfolk Coast path and is easy walking.
Visit Castle Acre, a beautiful medieval priory and ruins which really stands proud against the local countryside and which is hauntingly beautiful. Plus it's just about walkable from West Lexham.
Oxburgh Hall Visit this 15th century house with a moat.
“I really enjoyed our retreat in this inspiring and very nice venue. The staff have been awesome. The treehouse has been a unique experience. I just feel relaxed and welcome here.”
And finally, the BBC filmed much of the “Kingdom” series in Swaffham, starring Stephen Fry who is a local to Norfolk, living not far from Swaffham. If you know nothing about filming, I went along to watch a bit of it. We waited for 2 hours to see some action, and at the end of it, I’m sure only about 1 minute was actually put into the programme. It opened my eyes as to why so many actors enjoy the theatre!
“Thanks for a great weekend. We had a great reunion. Loved the mood lighting on the roof and the warm fireplace. Many a competitive charades rounds were had, accompanied by excellent cheese and wine.”
Holkham Beach - Norfolk "Best British Beach" Award winner 2011! The actress Gwyneth Paltrow walked across Holkham sand at low tide during the closing scenes of the film 'Shakespeare in Love'. "Four miles of white-gold sand, with shells to collect and pine woods to explore." The Times
Shia LaBeouf stars in a film about the vast open spaces of America shot in the boxy 4:3 ratio. There’s nothing straightforward here.
Head down to the beautiful coasts of Holkham, just 30 minutes away. We'll organise regular drop-offs to some of our favourite hidden beaches and can take you on guided tours of the Norfolk treasure trove.
Ecotech is a centre of sustainability and has the only wind turbine in the UK that you can actually climb up.