01328 862545office@fakenhamacademy.org Field Lane, Fakenham, Norfolk, NR21 9QT

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Recent investment in Fakenham has seen the town centre being renovated and pedestrianised. It now enjoys a popular farmers' market on the morning of the 4th Saturday of each month.

Other notable people from the town include footballing brothers Ryan Jarvis and Rossi Jarvis formerly of Norwich City and Adam Tann who currently plays for Chelmsford City and is the cousin of both Jarvis brothers, is also originally from Fakenham.

The setting of Super Hans' wedding in the second episode of the 9th series of Peep Show.

The case against A touch of austerity slump: odd spot of empty shops and a local economy hanging by a thread. A shame to see that it couldn't hold out against the Tesco behemoth.

In 1913 a council school was built on Queen's Road to replace these and all the children moved there, being separated into the boys', girls' and infants' schools provided within the one complex.[citation needed]

Fakenham Town Band is a thriving traditional brass band based in Fakenham.[13] It was established in 1881 and has enjoyed continuous existence since.[citation needed]

Fakenham is a market town and civil parish in Norfolk, England. It is situated on the River Wensum, some 19 mi (31 km) north east of King's Lynn, 19 mi (31 km) south west of Cromer, and 25 mi (40 km) north west of Norwich.[1]

The two storey Prince of Wales Stand has spectacular, uninterrupted views across the racecourse and onto rolling Norfolk countryside.

When we are not racing you can still enjoy the rich variety of facilities for hire.

Emma Waterhouse "You can't beat a day at the races. Our very own chocolate factory, Kinnerton. A delightful weekly market. And all just a short drive from the immense north Norfolk coastline."

Fakenham is now the home of Kinnertons Chocolate employing some 700 people. Established in 1978, Kinnerton Confectionery is now Britain's largest manufacturer of chocolate and novelty confectionery specialising in character licensing.

The civil parish has an area of 3.49 sq mi (9.0 km2) and in the 2001 census had a population of 7,357 in 3,292 households, the population increasing to 7,617 at the 2011 census.[2] For the purposes of local government, the parish falls within the district of North Norfolk.[3]

Do you live in Holy Island, Anglesey? If so, please email lets.move@theguardian.com by Tuesday 4 December.

This institution is a member of the Transforming Education in Norfolk (TEN) Group

FIRST RACE TIME: 2:10 PM LAST RACE TIME: 5:10PM GATES OPEN: 11 AM GOING: TBC All dates and times are provisional & subject to change. DINING AND HOSPITALITY For the Firth Restaurant and private hospitality box bookings, please contact Trudi Moulton on trudi@fakenhamracecourse.co.uk or 01328 862388 ext24. For Weston’s Seafood Restaurant please call 01263 741112.     Latest […]

The annual Ladies Day marking the end of the race season at Fakenham is only a week away and if you have been putting off getting your outfit sorted – you better dig deep in your wardrobe quickly. While we always advise to get dressed for the weather and dress code at Fakenham Races  is not […]

The name Fakenham is Saxon, possibly meaning Fair Place/Place on a Fair River,[4] or Hamlet (Ham) on the river (Ken) Fa/Fair (Fa).

Bargain of the week Nice little two-bed flint-built cottage with bargeboards and a courtyard garden, £155,000, with William H Brown.

1st Fakenham Scouts were established on 3 May 1923, with their headquarters listed as being on Bridge Street. The group was re-registered on 21 October 1948 as part of the North West Norfolk District. At this time the group was meeting at the Congregational Schoolroom on Norwich Road, which is now part of an antique centre. On 1 April 1968, 1st Fakenham Scout Group, now a part of the Fakenham District, asked for permission to change their name to Fakenham Wensum Scout Group.

It’s also where you’ll find Fakenham Racecourse, one of the finest rural National Hunt courses in the country, where meetings are held from January to December.

Address: Fakenham College Wells Road Fakenham Norfolk NR21 9HP

Fakenham Parish Church was built in the 14th Century and replaced an earlier Saxon Church.[citation needed]

Although now without a railway, the Mid-Norfolk Railway plans to return trains to the town, and intends to build a new railway station near the gas works. The line would link Fakenham to East Dereham, Wymondham and Norwich. Sections of the former railway lines have been protected from development that would be prejudicial to the creation of railway transport links by North Norfolk District Council and Norfolk County Council.[9]

Market values Huge detacheds, £300,000-£500,000. Detacheds, £165,000-£300,000. Semis, £130,000-£240,000. Terraces, £120,000-£180,000. Flats, £80,000-£150,000. Renting: two-bedroom terrace, £600 pcm; two-bedroom flat, £475 pcm.

The first school in the town was the National School for Boys which opened in 1839. The second, provided by the British School Society, was built in 1844. A National School for Girls followed in 1848.[citation needed]

The Corn Hall and flea market have been local trading centres for 140 years, and auctions and markets still attract locals and visitors.

On 25 May 2014 the historical Aldiss building, which had been a feature of Fakenham town centre for many decades, was destroyed by fire. The building was at the time host to the Original Factory shop, after the Aldiss outlet had been moved in the 1990s. There is a currently a petition circulating around the local area for the site to be cleared and remain free of new building work, due to the scenic view of the local church now visible from the town square.[8]

Hang out at... One of the town's lovely old pubs. The Ostrich Inn, just north, is my favourite: nice, locally sourced food, too.

Fakenham Racecourse runs its own high quality and independent caravan and camping site. The site is open to guests every day of the year making it the ideal location for relaxing summer holidays and winter breaks.

Schools Primaries: Fakenham Junior, Sculthorpe CofE and Little Snoring (yes, really), just outside town, are "good", Ofsted says. Secondaries: Fakenham High is "satisfactory".

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Historically, Fakenham had two railway stations. Fakenham West railway station was on the Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway, and closed in 1959. The site is now a builders' depot, although 7 yards of the platform has been preserved. Fakenham East railway station was on the Great Eastern Railway and closed in the 1960s although goods trains carried on until the 1980s. This railway station site is now sheltered housing.


Its major industry in the 19th and 20th centuries was printing, but the major printworks (Cox and Wyman) closed in the 1970s. Nevertheless, there are still more than ten small printing firms in industrial premises around and near the town. A large number of printing blocks have been set into the surface of the market place as a memorial to this lost industry.

'Fakenham' is the alias that the character Redmond Barry adopts after deserting his regiment and impersonating a messenger in the Stanley Kubrick film Barry Lyndon.

2nd Fakenham (Salvation Army) Scout Group were first registered on 10 February 1954, meeting in the Salvation Army Hall on Oak Street.

  At The Races (‘ATR’) has recently confirmed that it has signed a new media rights agreement in respect of Fakenham, Ffos Las, Hexham, Newton Abbot and Towcester racecourses. The agreement covering all domestic non-LBO and all international media rights has been made and contracted via The Racing Partnership Limited, a new joint venture company […]

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The Fakenham Museum of Gas and Local History is the only surviving town gasworks in England and Wales, complete with all equipment used for the manufacture of gas from coal: retorts, condenser, purifiers, meter and gasholder.