24 hours at The Chequers


24 hours at The Chequers Inn

Are you visiting us at The Chequers Inn for a night and wondering what is the best way to spend your 24 hours on the North Norfolk coast? Here are few great ideas from our team.

Arrive at The Chequers Inn and check-in from 3pm, once you had a chance to settled-in in your room, leave your car in our car park and explore Thornham on foot.

Firstly visit the iconic Coal Barn (0.7 miles away)

The iconic Coal Barn in Thornham
The iconic Coal Barn in Thornham

It is a symbol of Thornham and one of the most photographed buildings on the North Norfolk coast. The barn was also used as a location for the BBC adaptation of Great Expectations.

On your way back enjoy a drink at our sister inn - The Lifeboat Inn (0.3 miles)

The historic Lifeboat Inn in Thornham
The Lifeboat Inn in Thornham

Set only 5 minutes’ stroll away from The Chequers and next to the Coal Barn is the history-soaked Lifeboat. For over 500 years the inn has been providing a shelter and safe haven for local visitors, seamen and even smugglers.

Then return to The Chequers for a mouth-watering dinner in our cosy bar or candlelight restaurant.

The next morning get your day off to a wonderful start with a traditional home-cooked breakfast. It will set you up nicely for a day of exploring the surrounding North Norfolk countryside and the coast.

You can then head to Brancaster beach (3 miles)

Brancaster beach is stunning with miles of unspoilt golden sand and is very dog friendly. When the tide is out you can see an old shipwreck, the remains of SS Vina which was used by the RAF for target practice before the Normandy landing.

Or …

Visit Holkham beach (10 miles)

Gained worldwide publicity when it featured in the Gwyneth Paltrow Oscar-winning movie Shakespeare in Love. The beach is enormous, unspoilt and has been voted the best beach in Britain.

On your way back choose to either explore Sandringham Estate (13 miles)

Sandringham Estate

The much-loved country retreat of Her Majesty The Queen, has been the private home of four generations of British monarchs since 1862. When the Royal Family aren’t staying here, Sandringham is open to the public and the woodland and heathland of the country park are available to explore free of charge every day.


Go on a seal spotting adventure at Blakeney Point (17 miles)

The colony at Blakeney Point is made up of Common and Grey seals and in recent winters has been the biggest colony in England, with around 2500 pups.


Please make sure you check the high tide times, to avoid being stranded when roads and car parks can become flooded.