Fakenham is often billed as the ‘Gateway to North Norfolk’, a traditional market town that is also the largest town in North Norfolk.
Fakenham is well known for its market, dating back to 1250. In the 19th and 20th century, printing was Fakenham’s major industry and you can see printing blocks marking this heritage set into the surface of the marketplace and is represented on the town’s sign.
Many other buildings highlight the town’s history. The tower of 14th century Fakenham church dominates the skyline of the town and the Fakenham Museum of Gas and Local History is the only surviving town gasworks in England and Wales.
Sitting on the National Cycle Network, and just a few miles away from the coast, Fakenham’s gentle countryside makes it an attractive location for cycling and walking while on holiday in North Norfolk.
Fakenham Racecourse is one of the finest rural national hunt horse racecourses in the country. Fakenham is also home to Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve, nationally and internationally recognised as important for its wildlife.
Experience live glassmaking demonstrations at Langham Glass. Watch as the molten crystal is transformed using age-old, traditional methods into world-renowned pieces.
Finally, the ever-popular Thursford collection holds the world-famous Christmas Spectacular, Santa’s Magical Journey and during the rest of the year the world’s largest collection of steam engines and organs.