Once moored at your destination, why not explore your surroundings further on land and see the beauty and history of the varied landcapes and towns of West Norfolk, the Fens and Lincolnshire.
King’s Lynn and the West Norfolk Area
Brim full of history and with a vibrant town centre, King’s Lynn is the ideal destination to spend a few nights, enjoying the superb mix of history, shopping and entertainment on offer.
King’s Lynn offers a fine programme of cultural and entertainment events and facilities including the impressive live entertainment venue of the Corn Exchange, performance and striking visual arts at the King’s Lynn Arts Centre and the Majestic cinema. The renowned King’s Lynn Festival and popular free festival ‘Festival Too’ are just some of the great events in this festival town. The town’s added sports and leisure facilities and its award winning park and gardens all add to the experience that visitors can enjoy.
King’s Lynn’s popular town centre offers an extensive pedestrianised shopping area with ample parking close by. The Vancouver Quarter offers a modern shopping experience that sits well next to the traditional shopping areas of the town and are complemented by the regular markets which take place in its two historic market places.
West Norfolk itself offers a magical mix of idyllic and atmospheric rural landscapes, where you can truly relax, unwind and slow down to a better pace of life.
The borough’s coastal town, Hunstanton, offers wide open beaches with flat, shallow water from the Wash together with prevailing south/south-westerly wind. This results in cross-onshore winds, which make it a safe environment to learn and practice watersports. When in Hunstanton you can explore the waters and wildlife of the Wash on one of Searle’s Sea Tours ‘Wash Monsters’.
Much of West Norfolk is characterised by wonderful rolling countryside, full of fascinating and attractive villages, where cottage of flint or Norfolk carstone cluster around ancient village ponds or village greens. This magical landscape, dotted with church spires and windmills is a wonderful tapestry of rural England at its best. To the south of King’s Lynn, the mysterious and magical Fens provide a sheer sense of space, vast skies, wildlife and total tranquillity which are not to be missed.
Dating back to Saxon times, Downham Market is a gateway to both West Norfolk and the Fens and is one of the oldest towns in Norfolk. The town retains a really intimate feel, characterised by many fine buildings, a bustling market on Fridays and Saturdays and a host of local independent shops, friendly cafes and pubs.
The area boasts over 100 villages, where some fine local pubs, quality restaurants and fascinating individual shops will tempt you to linger for a while and slow down to the pace of rural life.
For more information about West Norfolk, including accommodation, places to eat, and things to do, visit the official Visit West Norfolk website here.
Wisbech and the Fens
Wisbech, the Capital of the Fens, is the perfect place for a day out or a break to get away from it all. There is plenty of accommodation choice, from historic town centre hotels to attractive B&B’s in rural settings and charming self catering cottages.
Wisbech is renowned for its elegant Georgian architecture, a legacy from an era when the town was a booming trade centre. Stroll along the Brinks or round the Crescent to see some fine Georgian houses. Then visit Peckover House on North Brink, once the home of the Peckovers, a Quaker banking family, now in the care of the National Trust and open to visitors from spring to autumn 3 or 4 afternoons a week.
For all those historians, Wisbech has two museums; the Wisbech and Fenland in the Crescent and Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House on South Brink. The Wisbech and Fenland Museum is one of the oldest museums in the United Kingdom. It is very unusual because it is not only a museum, but also home to two historic libraries and a substantial archive, holding diocesan and borough items.
The expansive landscape of the Cambridgeshire Fens forms one of the most distinctive areas of Britain, the ideal place for a short break, to relax and unwind. Fenland is a unique landscape formed by nature and shaped by people over more than 6000 years, a landscape that has fed, clothed and sheltered them, with its very own history, its own culture, its own way of working. There is much to see and do in the Cambridgeshire Fens.
For more information about Wisbech and the Fens, with details on great accommodation and lots of attractions to see for all the family, visit the official Visit Cambridgeshire Fens website here.
Boston, Fosdyke Bridge and the Lincolnshire Area
The historic town of Boston is one of Lincolnshire’s finest market towns which has been a lively port since the 13th century. Visitors to Boston can’t fail to have been struck by the size and grandness of the immense tower of St Botolph’s Church ‘Boston Stump’ England’s tallest parish church. Inside the church are memorials to some of Boston’s famous sons, and its American connections. More American connections are found at Boston Guildhall where the Pilgrim Fathers were imprisoned and the history of Boston is brought to life.
To the south of Boston is Fosdyke Bridge on the River Welland which is home to Fosdyke Yacht Haven (the marina, boat yard, and dry land facilities for sailing craft) and immediately accessible off the A17.
Further to the south of Fosdyke Bridge the Market Town of Spalding also lies on the River Welland. The attractive town with its Georgian Terraces flanking the river provides a good range of services as well as the popular Springfields Outlet Shopping and Gardens on the outskirts of town.