Things to Do in Fakenham



Fakenham Museum of Gas & Local History

The museum is the only surviving town gasworks in England and Wales, complete with all the equipment used for the manufacture of gas from coal. It is housed in the town’s former gasworks, which ceased production of gas from the heating of coal in 1965 after the discovery of natural gas in the North Sea.
The gas works is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and provides a valuable insight into the local cultural, social and industrial heritage.
NR21 7LA Tel: 01553 762151


Fakenham Racecourse

A day’s racing is exciting for people of all ages and from all walks of life, and Fakenham Racecourse
prides itself on a friendly, casual atmosphere with no formal dress code. Children aged 16 and under are admitted free, and will enjoy the thrill of the races and the roars of the crowd. The racecourse is committed to welcoming all visitors, and has dedicated car-parking and viewing areas for the less abled.
Car parking (except in the Members’ car park) is free and is within easy walking distance of the action. Some of the car parking areas offer excellent views of the racing, and visitors can enjoy a picnic from the boot of their car.
There are several food and drink outlets on site, as well as on-course Tote facilities and bookmakers.
NR21 7NY Tel: 01328 862388.


Fakenham Superbowl

Fakenham Superbowl is a family-run business opened in December 1992. After trading for six years the premises were extended to include a larger games area, a function room, restaurant and a three-level soft play area, MegaFun. There are two sections to the play area: for children under 2ft 5in in height and the main area for children under 5ft.
NR21 9AX Tel: 01328 856650.


Holkham Hall

A Palladian style mansion built between 1734 and 1764 by Thomas Coke, 1st Earl of Leicester, Holkham Hall has a number of rooms open to the public during the summer. The beatifully landscaped park and lake, farming exhibition, gallery, cafés and shops make this a very popular tourist destination on the North Norfolk coast which has a great deal to offer the visitor.


Hollywood Cinema

Situated in the former Fakenham Corn Hall, the multi-screen cinema offers all the latest
popular releases. The building was converted into a 700-seat cinema in 1930 and was renamed
as the Central Cinema seven years later. After closing in 1976 it became a bingo club until the 1990s and lay empty and unused for a couple of years.
Extensive repair works were undertaken by architects to restore it as closely as possible to the original design and it was reopened in July 2000 as the Hollywood Cinema.
NR21 9BP Tel: 01328 856466.


Langham Glass

See a team of glassmakers using age-old techniques to create the finest handmade crystal. Located in the centre of Fakenham it was established in 1979 by master glassmaker Paul Miller. Still run as a family business, the visitor centre is open all year round.
Langham Glass makes a wide range of products available in the gift shop, ranging from birds and animals to vases and tableware. Visitors can take a break in the adjoining Nelson Cafe over lunch or homemade cakes with a coffee or tea.
NR21 8ET Tel: 01328 863500

Pensthorpe Natural Park

Pensthorpe Natural Park offers a great day out for all the family. With four truly spectacular gardens offering a source of inspiration for every season; 300 acres of reserve to explore packed full of diverse habitats; the chance to get really close to our wildlife and multi-award winning indoor and outdoor adventure play areas which are bound to tire out even the most energetic of explorers! Visiting our shop and Courtyard Café is free, there’s something to tempt every taste and every budget!
NR21 0LN Tel: 01328 851465

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Royal Sandringham Estate

Located a few miles west of Fakenham and set in a 60 acre garden next to 600 acres of woodland park lies The Royal Estate of Sandringham, the Norfolk retreat of Her Majesty the Queen.Knowledgable guides in the Museum, gardens and house itself provide an insight into this ‘most famous stately home in Norfolk ‘ and its stunning contents and collections.


Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve

A peaceful place of 45 acres, with a wide range of wildlife in its woodland, fen and reed habitats, the
reserve is internationally recognised as important for its fauna. Created and managed by the Hawk and Owl Trust, boardwalks make access easy, with bird feeders and nest boxes sited along the way. There are viewing platforms, places to sit and relax, and four hides for watching the wildlife.
NR21 9GN Tel:01328 856788.

Tthursfordhe Thursford Collection

Step back in time to an old-fashioned traditional fairground with its carousel rides and mechanical and steam-driven organs. Robert Wolfe at the Wurlitzer Cinema organ plays daily recitals for visitors, who can also enjoy the Dickensian-style shops and cafes.Also home to the tremendously popular Christmas Spectacular Shows in November & December – the largest in the country.
NR21 0AS Tel: 01328 878477