Langham is a small village close to the coastal towns of Blakeney and Wells-next-the-Sea and just a short drive from the market town Holt. Large parts of north Norfolk have been designated an Area of Outstanding Beauty and over half of Langham lies within this area making it a very picturesque place to stay and explore. Whether you want to spend the day on the beach, stroll through woodland and open countryside or get active, there are lots of things to do in and around Langham.
There are some fantastic pubs and restaurants in the Langham area; this part of Norfolk is well known for its local hospitality along with quality food and local brews. If you are booked to stay at The Harpers and want something within walking distance, then the Blue Bell is a good option offering traditional pub fayre and a homely atmosphere. Slightly further afield you have Wiveton Bell Pub Garden Rooms which is a gastro-pub, Three Swallows, Chequers Inn and The Anchor Inn. Blakeney and Holt are also great places to head if you want restaurants, cafes and pubs by the handful.
See & Do
One of the main draws to this part of Norfolk has got to be the things for visitors to see and do. There is just such a wide choice of attractions, activities and fun days out whether you are travelling as a family or are a couple looking for a short, romantic break. It is difficult to put together a comprehensive yet concise list of the many options you have but some favourites, which are all within reaching distance of The Harper north Norfolk include:-
Langham Glass is one of the oldest glassmaking businesses in the UK, established in 1979 and still run as a family business today. It was originally located in the village of Langham but has since been moved to nearby Fakenham. The visitor centre is open year round and from the glasshouse you can see glassmakers using traditional techniques to create stunning handmade crystal. There is also a restaurant and a gift shop on site.
A 2 minute drive or a 20 minute walk from the heart of Langham, the Langham Dome offers the chance to discover what life was like at the RAF Langham Airfield during the Second World War as well as allowing visitors to see exactly how airmen were trained to use anti-aircraft guns. The Dome is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and is one of only 6 WWII gunnery trainers remaining in the UK although there were over 40 built. There are plenty of interesting and interactive ways to get involved at Langham Dome as well as a programme of special events such as the annual Dome Day.
Alby Crafts and Gardens
Undoubtedly one of the hidden gems in the area, Alby Crafts and Gardens is set in two courtyards with traditional farm buildings and over 4 acres of gardens. The brick and flint farm buildings house a whole host of different creative businesses from dressmakers to wood-turners. There is also a tearoom which sells lunch and afternoon tea and there are regular workshops and special events such as craft fairs which are held here too. The gardens themselves are pretty special and well worth a wander as they feature a number of unusual plants and shrubs as well as four ponds, a small wood and an island. You might also be lucky enough to run into one of the peacocks who make their home here.
Cromer Pier is a Grade II listed pier and the only one in the whole of Europe which can now boast a traditional variety show. The Cromer Pier Show is now in its 38th year and features a whole host of acts with shows running over the three month summer period at the Pavilion Theatre.
Journey to South America with the Amazona Zoo and discover the 200 tropical animals housed here. There is also an outdoor play area and an indoor soft play which makes it the perfect rainy day option.
A little bit further afield you have Broads Tours, a company which provides river boats from which to explore the Norfolk Broads National Park. You can choose to take part in one of the guided river tours with a knowledgeable skipper who will talk you through the history of the Broads, the wildlife found in the Park and plenty more or you can opt to hire your own boat for the day and see what you can discover.
Dalegate Market can be found halfway between Wells-next-the-Sea and Hunstanton and is an independent retail site with shops and a café alongside bikehire, an information centre and a holiday cottage agency. It is also home to two seasonal markets: the Spring Market and the Christmas Market which are very popular with tourists and locals alike. Whilst you might not spend the whole day at Dalegate Market, it is an interesting diversion if you are heading on to Wells or one of the other pretty towns in the surrounding area.
The perfect day out for the whole family, Holkham Hall has a multitude of things to do. This 18th century Palladian Hall is surrounded by parkland with views off to the stunning north Norfolk coastline. It is possible to look inside the house which is home to many treasures gathered by the Earls of Leicester from tapestries and statues to works of art by names such as Rubens and Gainsborough. It is possible to hire rowing boats, canoes and kayaks and take to Holkham Lake or explore the Walled Garden which is currently being restored to its former glory. For children there is a woodland adventure play area complete with tree house, zip wire and high level walkways and, of course, there is the nearby Holkham Village, beach and National Nature Reserve to discover as well.