The village of Snettisham is situated on the North Norfolk coast, just a few miles from the royal residence at Sandringham and boasts a superb RSPB reserve, award winning 15th century coaching inn and Snettisham Park Farm, a working farm offering fantastic family days out.
From the RSPB reserve you are able to look westwards, across the teeming mudflats of the Wash, towards Lincolnshire. At most times of the year you will be treated to a vast array of species that depend upon the fertile, ever-changing flats, during the Autumn and Winter it is at its very best. A trip to the reserve will reward you with great gatherings of waders, tens of thousands in number, or flocks of Pink-footed Geese flying out to spend the night in safety by the sea where they are inaccessible to predators. Look out for the special RSPB events!
For those of you that are more attracted to warmer environments, the bar at Snettisham Rose and Crown is an attractive option well worth consideration. This 14th century coaching inn has provided respite to weary travellers for nearly 700 years and in 2015 it was recognised as the UK Pub of the Year. Fantastic for families, couples and dog walkers, you can equally enjoy a fancy three course meal as you can a pint of Woodfordes in the enclosed garden while the children play in the pirate ship play area.
Just up the road from the Rose and Crown, standing proudly over the village, you can see the 175 ft. spire of St Mary’s church. The building has had to withstand many threats, ranging from the Black death to World War One zeppelins. Today it stands as a monument to a prosperous past that the village once enjoyed through trade and through the quarrying of Carrstone. Walking around the villages of this area you soon see evidence of this locally sourced, red sandstone, with much of the Victorian town of Hunstanton being built from this. A meandering walk through the rock pools of Old Hunstanton beach brings you past the often photographed Red Cliffs where you can see Carrstone in its natural form.
Famously, Snettisham has been the location of several nationally important archaeological discoveries. Over the last 70 years the field surrounding the village have yielded several iron age and Roman artefacts, some of which can now been seen in the Norwich Castle Museum and British Museum. Of particular note were the discoveries of the ‘Snettisham Hoard’ in 1950, and the ‘Jeweller’s Hoard’ in 1985.
Snettisham Park Farm is a working farm spread across 350 acres of mixed agricultural land, pasture and woodland. It offers visitors a chance to view livestock up close through daily feeds of the various animals, a deer safari and a network of walking routes through the estate.
The royal estate at Sandringham is only a few miles inland and gives guests a chance to view the grand rooms of the main house, the extraordinary collection of classic cars in the museum, the formal gardens of the immediate surrounds and the wider woodland estate that lies beyond. Well worth a visit!