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Brancaster Staithe is a lovely village, there is always something to see at the "staithe" or harbour, whatever the time of day or year. The wildlife is always interesting both at High and Low tide. Or perhaps you just want to watch the world go by and see the local fishermen bringing in their catch of Mussels, Crabs, Lobsters and much more. You might enjoy watching the keen sailors both experienced and novice (You can book hour long taster sea trips or sailing lessons at Sailcraft Sea School in the village. Scolt Head Island is owned by the National Trust and is well worth a trip on the ferry which runs between 1st April and 30th October about 1 ½ hours before high tide from Burnham Overy Staithe with Mr Whittaker

Facilities: The village has a garage/newsagents with simple grocery shopping milk, eggs, bread etc. The "Fish Shed" sells fresh fish, game and meat, together with a selection of fresh vegetables. Seasonal Shellfish such as mussels, cockles and oysters can be bought direct from the local fishermen. Brancaster Staithe has two pubs, the White Horse(booking advisable) and Jolly Sailor, - both minutes walk from Avocet Cottage. The Lazy Lounge at Deepdale Farm provides snacks and Deepdale information has a host of interesting activities for you to explore.

Burnham Market is just 4 miles away and provides a wide variety of shops including Gurneys Fish Shop, a butcher, bakery, renowned delicatessen, wine merchant, post office, bookshop, florist and chemist. There are a number of very good ladies clothes shops, Gun Hill Casual wear for all and quite a number of galleries and gift shops. In terms of places to eat there is a pretty teashop which serves divine cakes and tasty snacks together with the acclaimed "Hoste Arms" restaurant and the "Humble Pie" delicatessan.

Things to do in the area:

BEACHES – Brancaster Staithe, Scolt Head Island, Brancaster and nearby Holkham. All these are long sandy beaches backed by sand dunes perfect for sun bathing and sand castles. Brancaster beach has a little beach shop and café open during the season together with toilet facilities. Watch out in the late spring and early summer for small roped off areas which are protected for the breading of several species of tern. SAFETY – the tides on these beaches come in very quickly, be sure to check the tides and abide by local signs for your safety.

EATING OUT – As well as The White Horse and Jolly Sailors in the village there are many good places to eat locally. The Ship at Brancaster offers good pub food with a fully enclosed garden. The Lifeboat at Thornham offers a wide variety of excellent meals at reasonable prices, their sister pub The Old Coach House has been turned into a Pizza restaurant and offers very tasty home made Pizzas and Pasta at sensible prices They also offer a "take away" service. The Lord Nelson at Burnham Thorpe is one of Norfolk's favourite pubs and offers a varied menu.

CHILDRENS ATTRACTIONS – The beaches are an obvious attraction, additionally the following provide a good and varied range of entertainment for children. Sea Life centre in Hunstanton. Bircham Windmill – a working mill. The Thursford Collection has gigantic mechanical fairground organs, and colossal traction engines, an adventure playground, restaurant and picnic area. The Oasis Centre in Hunstanton has indoor and outdoor pools, toddler pool and aqua slide. Small children will love Jungle Wonderland a soft and colourful adventure play area. Get Lost in the Maize Maze at South Creake Mid July – Mid September. Trips to see the seals at the colonies off Blakeney point are a must. Langham Glass where you can watch glass being blown. Recently refurbished Cromer Pier houses The RNLI Cromer lifeboat, which you can visit close to at the top of the slipway from the pier.

BIRD WATCHING – Titchwell and Scolt Head reserves are only moment's away, infact with Scolt Head all you need to do is walk down to the harbour and catch the ferry. Pensthorpe wildfowl trust is about 20 minutes away by car.

GOLF - The Royal West Norfolk, Hunstanton, Sherringham, Cromer and Swaffham golf courses all welcome visitors. The usual golf protocols apply.

SAILING - Brancaster Staithe has a sailing club and the local sailing school can arrange lessons in advance, Burnham Overy Staithe provides good sailing, as do Morston and Blakeney just along the coast. If you wish to book lessons we can put you in touch with the sailing schools.

WALKING - The Norfolk coastal path runs along the seaward side of Brancaster Staithe and the Peddars way is close by or just enjoy all the local footpaths and beach walks.

CYCLING – The No 1 cycleway runs close to Wells (4 miles away) where you can pick up the Norfolk Coast Cycle Route. Nelsons Norfolk is a 21-mile circuit within this route.

RIDING – The North Norfolk Riding Centre at Little Walsingham lays on day rides to the beach.

STATELY HOMES – Sandringham House, Estate and stud and Holkham Hall are both less than twenty minutes drive away, Houghton Hall, Felbrigg Hall, Oxborough Hall and Blickling Hall are all worth a visit.

PILGRIMAGE – Since the Virgin Mary allegedly appeared at Little Walsingham in 1061 it has become Britain's premier place of pilgrimage. The candlelit 1931 shrine houses a replica of the Holy House of Nazareth. It is a very peaceful and beautiful place.

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