Things To Do Locally
Carrington House is situated in the picturesque village of Snettisham, on the west coast of Norfolk.
With a population of just over 2,500, Snettisham offers the perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of daily life, while being just a few miles from the market town of King’s Lynn.
The town is perhaps most famous for the Snettisham Hoard – a number of discoveries of Iron Age precious metals, including nearly 180 gold torques, found in the area between 1948 and 1973. In 1985, the Snettisham Jeweller’s Hoard of Romano-British jewellery and raw materials were also found, which had been buried in a clay pot in AD 155. This suggests there has been a long tradition of gold and silver working in the area over hundreds of years.
Today, Snettisham offers something for everyone – easy access to the beautiful Heacham and Hunstanton Beaches, with nature reserves and animal sanctuaries also on the doorstep.
Snettisham Beach is a quiet, often-overlooked shingle beach surrounded by heath, marsh and wildlife. The perfect place for nature lovers and walkers, the beach offers beautiful sunsets and a long tide, with mudflats rife for exploring, and which are often found to be full of a wide variety of wading birds.
Heacham Beach, just 2 miles from Snetterton, offers a mix of sand and stone, with a wide promenade for walking and lots of opportunities to look for shells. A beach café means you’ll always be able to grab a drink or ice cream, and fresh fish stalls can be found in the area in certain times of the year.
Venture a little further afield and you’ll find the sandy Hunstanton Beach. Perfect for dogs to win and play, this sandy beach has an easily accessible promenade and beautiful cliffs to admire, not to mention spectacular views out to sea, especially on a sunny day.
Snettisham Park https://www.snettishampark.co.uk/, just half a mile from Carrington House is a beautiful 329 acre working farm where visitors can see lambs being born, and enjoy a 45-minute safari to see the park’s renowned herd of majestic red deer. Three walking trails offer plenty of opportunity to explore and uncover the local wildlife, while history buffs will be thrilled to learn that the farm is on the site of a Roman villa and Saxon settlement, as well as the famous St Thomas’ Chapel.
RSPB Snettisham https://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/reserves-a-z/snettisham is a nature reserve with panoramic views across The Wash’s lagoons, salt marsh and mudflats. From late summer to early winter, thousands of wading birds gather on the mudflats, with up to 40,000 pink-footed geese flying in formation at first light.
Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary, https://www.visitsealife.com/hunstanton/ four miles away from Carrington House, is a marine aquarium filled with sea creatures including seals, penguins, lizards and turtles. Visitors can see the animals being fed throughout the day, and also learn more about the sanctuary’s conservation and breeding work.