Local Attractions

Local attractions

You will be spoilt for choice when seeking places to visit or go for a walk when staying at The Chequers Inn in Thornham. Norfolk offers some stunning scenery and local attractions whether you're travelling alone, with friends, as a couple or with children. If you're looking for some local recommendations, our friendly team will be happy to make suggestions. Below, you'll find some of our visitors' favourites:


Sandringham House

Sandringham House is the Queen’s own country estate.  For much of the year, it is possible to explore the house, museum and gardens with its pretty lake, shrubbery and flowerbeds. The woodland and heathland of the country park are available free of charge every day, providing the opportunity for some fantastic walks. 

RSPB reserves

There are RSPB reserves at Titchwell, Holme and Cley where countless seabirds, marsh harriers, avocets make their home.  Blakeney Point is a National Trust Nature reserve on a shingle spit stretching out into the North Sea.  Access is by boat or by footpath. This area is a major breeding site for grey seals. There are frequent boat trips to see the seals from Blakeney.

Holkham Hall

Holkham Hall is one of the magnificent houses in England, with wonderful paintings and furnishings to be seen. Walk for miles in the parkland and discover obelisks marking the way in which Coke of Norfolk revolutionized agriculture in the nineteenth century. 

Why not park on Lady Anne’s Drive and walk down to the beach?  This is an area that is often used by film companies – Gwyneth Paltrow was filmed walking up the beach at the end of Shakespeare in Love.  There are also some wonderful walks along the beach towards Wells.


The village of Sedgeford has the longest running archaeological excavation in the UK.  Taking place each summer, SHARP has investigated Roman remains and a large Saxon village and burial ground.  Visitors are welcome to explore the excavation. 


Discover the secrets of Lavender at Heacham where you can buy all kinds of products containing this herb.  Norfolk Lavender contains world famous lavender gardens as well as an oil distillery, Hornbeam Maze and for children, a petting barn.  While in Heacham, take a look at the village sign, which contains the image of Pocohontas who once lived here. There is also a memorial to her in the village church.

Sandringham House

Holkham Hall