Things To Do & Places To Eat

Plan your days out

Bessingham Manor is accessed by its own brick and flint tower being the entrance to a long drive off a little rural single track lane on the edge of the tiny village of Bessingham in “deepest darkest North Norfolk” and lies approximately 5 miles equidistant from Sheringham, Holt and Cromer (ten minute drive) and 20 miles north of the historic city of Norwich (30 minutes).

Bessingham Manor itself sits in a conservation area and the immediate area around Bessingham is somewhat of a rural idyll, offering breathtaking views of quiet undulating countryside and big, star-filled night skies. It is off the beaten track, away from the normal tourist area but is a short drive from the bustling seaside town of Sheringham (with its independent shops and a Steam Railway) and Cromer, famous for its Crabs, Lobsters and of course it’s pier.

For days out, you have the North Norfolk Coast, with Wells-next-the-Sea, Burnham Market,  Holkham (where there is a huge sandy beach miles long with dunes), Brancaster, Cromer and  Burnham Thorpe (Lord Nelson’s birthplace).

Families and children will love BeWILDerwood (“A curious treehouse adventure”), the Dinosaur Adventure Park and Pensthorpe Natural Park, with walks, wildlife and an amazing outdoor adventure playground (“Wild Rootz”) and indoor adventure play area (“Hootz House”).

Culture-vultures are spoilt for choice with excellent little galleries and art& craft shops dotted along the coast, as well as several theatres, cinemas and large museums and galleries such as the fantastic Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts and the Castle Museum and Art Gallery in Norwich.

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The Norfolk Broads

Bessingham Manor is an excellent location from which to explore the wider county, including the North Norfolk Heritage Coast (a designated area of outstanding natural beauty) and the Norfolk Broads.


Explore Local Food

There is a plethora of fantastic places to eat from posh restaurants to countless Gastro pubs dotted around the picturesque brick and flint villages, or one could have fish and chips on Cromer Pier and a pint of Wherry in our nearby friendly local!


Holt Town

The fashionable Georgian market town of a Holt is also a short drive away with its many boutiques, restaurants, coffee shops and even an independent department store!



Norwich is a city in England’s Norfolk County. Northeast of the centre, medieval Norwich Cathedral is a Romanesque building with ornate cloisters. Two imposing gates, St. Ethelbert’s and Erpingham, lead to the Tombland area, once a Saxon marketplace. It has many great places to eat from fast food to a Finer dining experience at The Ivy: Norwich Brasserie.

HY1WGJ Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) pups on Norfolk Beach, England, UK, December.

Blakeney Point

Blakeney is a very quaint old port which is now the leisure sailing centre of Norfolk, several good pubs and restaurants and Blakeney Point which is a natural sand spit, which is a nature reserve and has great walks, oh and the largest Seal Colony in England!


Take a Break

Alternatively one could simply relax at the Manor, soaking up the tranquil atmosphere, reading a book or enjoying a glass of wine outside in the grounds whilst experiencing the local wildlife, which includes our own resident Barn Owl (often seen during daylight) to many other birds species to the odd Deer grazing the lawns.