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Places to visit and things to do

Stable Cottage and Laundry Cottage are conveniently located for day trips out to a wide range of inland and coastal attractions. Here are just a few suggestions, with links to relevant websites and the drive time from Heydon shown in brackets:

Nearby towns, villages and city

  • Reepham - a beautiful market town with 18th century houses and market place (10 minutes)

  • Aylsham - an attractive market town situated beside the upper reaches of the River Bure (15 minutes)

  • Holt - a lovely Georgian town with plenty of unusual shops and surrounded by well-wooded parks (25 minutes)

  • Norwich - a fantastic city of heritage, culture and shopping with a centre that's easy to walk around (35 minutes)

Stately homes and gardens

  • Blickling Hall  - mansion house, gardens, parkland, woodland and cafes (15 minutes)

  • Mannington Gardens - gardens, tea rooms and woodland walks (15 minutes)

  • Felbrigg Hall - country house, walled garden, parkland, woodland and tea room (30 minutes)

  • East Ruston Old Vicarage Gardens - private gardens, plant sales and tea room (40 minutes)

  • Holkham Hall - Palladian hall, walled garden, deer park, woodland play area and cafes (50 minutes)

  • Oxburgh Hall - moated country house, formal gardens, woodland trail and tea room (60 minutes)

Boats and sailing

  • Norfolk Broads - rent a motor boat, sail boat, rowing boat or canoe or join a paddle steamer river cruise (30 minutes)

  • Canoe Man - kayak, canoe and cycle hire plus guided tours and bushcraft courses (30 minutes)

Wildlife and birdwatching

  • Foxley Wood - Norfolk’s largest remaining ancient woodland (20 minutes)

  • Pensthorpe Natural Park - 700 acres of wildlife, gardens, adventure and indoor play (30 minutes)

  • Cley Marshes - Norfolk Wildlife Trust's oldest and best known nature reserve (30 minutes)

  • Beans Boat Trips – day trips to see the seals and birds at Blakeney Point (35 minutes)

  • Temple Seal Trips – day trips to see the seals and birds at Blakeney Point (35 minutes)

Beaches, coastal towns and villages

  • Blakeney - quayside town with fabulous views across the estuary and salt marshes (30 minutes)

  • Sheringham – a quintessential north Norfolk flinty seaside town (30 minutes)

  • Cromer - famous for its tasty crabs, wide open beaches and traditional pier (35 minutes)

  • Wells-Next-The-Sea - fishing quay, sandy beach, sand dunes, pine trees, and colourful beach huts (40 minutes)

Walking and cycling trails

  • Marriott’s Way – a 26 mile off-road trail following the route of two disused railway lines (15 minutes) 

  • Bure Valley Path - walk alongside the Bure Valley Railway line one way and take the train back (15 minutes)

  • Health, heritage and biodiversity - circular walks that take in the local countryside and villages (15 minutes)

  • Weaver's Way - a 61 mile route with scenery ranging from woodland and mixed farmland to grazing marshes and tidal mud flats (15 minutes)

Heritage railways

Family adventure

  • Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure - life-size dinosaur trail, animal enclosures, adventure playground and deer park (20 minutes)

  • BeWILDerwood - outdoor adventure with treehouses, zip wires, jungle bridges, storytelling, boat trips and marsh walks (30 minutes)