Discover Heacham & Hunstanton
Hunstanton, or Sunny Hunny is an elegant Victorian resort, and began its life as a purposely-built resort in 1846. Hunstanton is divided into the village of Old Hunstanton and New Hunstanton. In the 1860s, the Lord of the Manor Styleman Le Strange conceived the idea of a place where people could relax by the sea and so he built rhe New Hunstanton we know today.
Old Hunstanton is known for its famous striped cliffs & Esplanade Gardens, a traditional Victorian promenade garden, with bowling green, children’s play area, putting green & crazy golf. The town’s gardens are especially delightful during the Spring and summer months, and you can follow a self-guided Horticultural Trail. The lively family centre is home to a large sandy beach, pony rides, amusements, sealife centre & theatre. Hunstanton’s excellent beach is great for playing on the sand, exploring rock pools and enjoying the sea.
Just three miles along the coast is the stone age settlement of Heacham.
The most famous inhabitants were the Rolfe Family in the 16th century and it was John Rolfe who married the American Red Indian Princess Pocahontas after seeking adventure in the New World. Her image can still be seen on the village sign and a memorial to Pocahontas can be found in St Mary the Virgin Church.
Heacham is at the heart of Norfolk's lavender growing industry and in the summer, the landscape & air is filled with the colour & aroma of lavender.
The two fine North & South beaches face West looking across a huge 20 mile bay. The water here is shallow & sheltered making the beaches ideal for children. When the sun is out, you will be treated to the memorable ‘highway to the heavens’, a reflection of the sun in a golden & silver trail across the water. With its west facing outlook, Heacham has marvellous sunsets.
Heacham is also close to the Peddars Way & Norfolk Coast Path and several RSPB sites. Also worth a visit is Caley Mill, Gothic revival in architectural style and unique because of its exposed waterwheel on the outside of the building. The visitor centre has a tearoom & farm shop.