Autumn in Norfolk
Autumn getaways at Rookery Farm Barns
Autumn in North Norfolk is quite spectacular and the perfect place to get away for a few days before the dark winter nights set in.
It is that time when the summer-time crowds have dispersed. Roads become quieter and the colour palette offers an unbeatable salve for the mind and eyes.
What to do and see this Autumn
If you are considering taking a trip to stay in one of our properties on our working farm, then here is a whistle stop tour of some of the places that could find their way onto your itinerary.
Whether you are a walker, a cyclist, a bird-watcher or just someone who needs to get away for a while, the open roads, country lanes and incredible coastline will offer you something different and very special.
Rookery Farm Barns and caravan/campsite is situated conveniently for exploring this beautiful corner of the county. Our nearest urban area is the Georgian town of Holt. Close by are Cromer and Sheringham: both traditional sea-side towns.
Norwich: a fine city
A little further (24 miles) is Norwich. This is a city with a plethora of independent shops, cafes and bars, plus many other noteworthy places of interest. There is the castle, which houses a museum and art gallery. The architecturally impressive cathedral and the Maddermarket Theatre are also well worth a visit. It is definitely worth exploring this often-underrated county capital.
Travel west from West Beckham and you will discover more of the North Norfolk coastline. Blakeney is a picturesque sea-side resort with a busy harbour and a resident seal colony. Head towards Wells-next-the Sea along the coast path and you will pass through Morston. This village is home to the celebrated Michelin Star restaurant Morston Hall. A couple of miles further on is the pretty village of Stiffkey, with its eclectic post-office cum coffee shop/gift shop
Wells to Holkham
Wells-next-the-Sea is a busy, working town. The harbour is buzzy, there are a number of independent shops and cafes. The walk from Wells Beach to Holkham regularly appears in the national media as one of the best stretches of coastline in the UK.
If history is your thing, then you are spoilt for choice. Sandringham Hall, Houghton Hall – with its Anish Kapoor exhibition currently running until November – the religious shrine at Walsingham, Holkham Hall, Blickling Hall, Felbrigg Hall, Castle Acre Priory and Castle, the list goes on.
Nature lovers are also in for a treat. This time of year sees the fields alive with hares, deer and numerous other wildlife. The Norfolk Wildlife Trust at Cley-next-the-Sea is a super place to spend a few hours watching the birdlife on the marshes. There are equally impressive wildlife centres at Holme and Titchwell.
Finally, eulogising about Norfolk would not be complete without mentioning the county’s food producers. Make sure that your trip this Autumn includes a visit to a farmer’s market or farm shop, where you will discover a wealth of food and drink made by passionate artisan producers, using fantastic local produce.
Note: At Rookery Farm Barns we take our guests’ health and safety very seriously. We have strict Covid-19 policies in place to ensure our guests and staff safety. Please do get in contact if you have any concerns ahead of your visit. And please take the time to read our cancellation policy.