the perfect base for your norfolk escape

what to do whilst staying at great barn farm

Located deep in the Norfolk countryside, self-catering holidays at Great Barn Farm put you within easy reach of a wide array of sites and activities. Whether you’re looking to explore the countryside, play a round of golf by the sea or put your feet up in a cosy pub, our little corner of rural paradise in West Norfolk offers everything you will need. When you arrive we will provide you with a Welcome Pack, giving you even more details on all the local attractions. We couldn’t possibly cover everything there is to offer in just one list here, so feel free to contact us for more information about activities to do in Norfolk.


With nearby access to the beautiful North Sea coast, miles of unspoilt waterways and the world famous Norfolk Broads, Great Barn Farm provides the ideal base for sailing enthusiasts and for people looking to explore our tranquil Norfolk surroundings.

norfolk beaches

With over 100 miles of coastline, stretching from nature reserves to Victorian seaside towns, Norfolk has so much to offer. Based in Gayton Thorpe, we are within 45 minutes of 5 of the UK’s cleanest beaches, offering all the sun, sea and sand you could want – perfect for that relaxing coastal getaway.

Heacham (25 minutes)

Old Hunstanton (30 minutes)

Brancaster (35 minutes)

Holkham (40 minutes)


Situated in the heart of pastoral Norfolk, we offer great access for your country escape. With everything from walking and cycling through ancient woodland to horse riding and bird watching across rolling farmland all within walking and driving distance, Great Barn Farm is ideally located for your countryside break.

norfolk stately homes

Situated within an hour’s drive of 5 beautiful Norfolk stately homes, including Sandringham House, one of the Queen’s residences, and the stunning Holkham and Oxborough Halls, you can explore all the beauty and grandeur of Norfolk’s past.

Houghton Hall (10 minutes)

Sandringham House (15 minutes)

Oxborough Hall (25 minutes)

Holkham Hall (40 minutes)

Blickling Hall (55 minutes)

horse racing

Located just 20 minutes away from the famous Fakenham racecourse, you can be sure to enjoy an exciting day at the races. Whether you fancy a flutter or are just going along to watch, you can enjoy the sport of kings at one of the region’s most popular racecourses in a beautiful rural setting.


With 7 golf courses located within an hour’s drive of the farm, you will be spoilt for choice when looking to tee off. A far cry from noisy, suburban courses, relax and play at leisure with our stunning countryside and coastline providing the perfect backdrop to your game.

Kings Lynn (15 minutes)

Hunstanton (35 minutes)

Brancaster (40 minutes)

Sheringham (50 minutes)

Cromer (1 hour)

Swaffham (15 minutes)

Middleton (10 minutes)


Conveniently located close to King’s Lynn and Norwich and less than an hour from several beautiful market towns, the shopping opportunities in the area are enormous. Browse the boutiques of Holt or Burnham Market or scour the sales in one of Norwich’s shopping centres.

Kings Lynn (15 minutes)

Swaffham (12 minutes)

Norwich (45 minutes)

For a nice holiday type window shopping with a bit of lunch and a glass of wine:

Burnham Market (35 minutes)

Holt (45 minutes)


From cosy village pubs to seaside fishbars and everything in between, Great Barn Farm is ideally situated close to a huge range of restaurants, catering for any taste or occasion.

Restaurants where you might need to book a few weeks ahead:

Congham Hall (10 minutes)

The Neptune (30 minutes)

Strattons (10-15 minutes)

The Crown at Rudham (15 minutes)

Restaurants/pubs where you should get away with booking on the day:

The Crown at Gayton (2 minutes)

The Stag at Westacre (5 minutes)

The Dabbling Duck (5 minutes)

The Ostrich at Castle Acre (12 minutes)


Great Barn Farm is close to 5 local theatres, including King’s Lynn’s Corn Exchange and Norwich’s Theatre Royal, giving you a huge variety of shows and events to attend during your stay. Just be sure to book tickets in advance.

West Acre Theatre (6 minutes)

King’s Lynn Corn Exchange (15 minutes)

Norwich – Theatre Royal, Maddermarket Theatre,  Puppet Theatre (45 minutes)

other things to explore in norfolk

There are loads of other activities available in the area, from crabbing on the coast to go-karting, seal watching tours to fishing.

Cycling (everywhere)

Fishing (for beginners – Narborough 5 minutes)

Go Karting (outdoor track at North Pickenham 15 minutes)

Crabbing (Blakeney 55 minutes)

Seal trips (Morston 55 minutes)

Horse riding at Blackborough End (7 minutes)

Horse riding at Walsingham (35 minutes)

Bird Watching (Pensthorpe 20 minutes, Welney Washes 35 minutes)

Cley Marshes 50 minutes)