June's coastal treasure - Heacham
Heacham is our coastal treasure for June.
Situated on the beautiful royal Norfolk coast lies Heacham, famous for its flourishing lavender industry and its fabulous beaches. The beautiful north and south beaches gaze out over The Wash, a 20km shallow bay that rims the royal Norfolk coast and opens out into the North Sea.
The most famous residents of Heacham were the Rolfe family in the 16th Century. John Rolfe married Pocahontas and her image can be seen embedded into the Heacham village sign and in the St Mary the Virgin Church.
Heacham offers many outstanding walks, with the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path, as well as multiple RSPB sites, close by.
Heacham became a popular seaside resort in the early 1860s, when the railway line connecting King’s Lynn and Hunstanton was established. Today, the glorious beach is split in two: the north beach and the south beach. The beaches face west, over a wonderful 20km bay, known as The Wash. The water is shallow here, meaning it is ideal for paddling.
The north beach boasts a wonderful promenade which is ideal for sitting upon with some fish and chips or strolling along eating an ice-cream. The sunsets at Heacham are outstanding, due to the beaches facing west, so this is also a fantastic to sit in the evening. The north beach also has an amusement arcade, a café, a fish bar and public toilets.
The south beach is more wild and rural than the north, with large sand dunes which merge with the RSPBS Snettisham reserve. This beach is perfect for a run around with the kids and getting sand between your toes. Also known as ‘Stubborn Sands’, the south beach has its own café and gift shop, as well as public toilets.
Our coastal treasure of Heacham is renowned for its fabulous lavender industry, making Norfolk Lavender a must-see. In the sunshine, enjoy a relaxing walk around many varieties of lavender and herbs. Discover the fascinating ancient process of lavender distillation and learn about the harvesting.
The Gift Shop offers the full range of Norfolk Lavender's fantastic products, from lavender reed diffusers to lavender shampoo and lavender stress gel to lavender infused honey. Embrace the benefits of lavender oil; after all, it has been known to relieve tension and tiredness and many people believe it helps aches and pains, skin problems, bites, stings and burns. Afterwards, why not head to the Lavender Lounge and enjoy a spot of tea and cake.
The children will enjoy a look around the Norfolk Lavender Animal Gardens, where you’ll find a mix of interesting and cute animals, including the new for 2018 Critters Cabin. There is also a wonderful outdoor play area, which includes a zip wire, swings, slide, sandpit and a picnic area to enjoy some food. There is also an indoor play area for the cooler days.
Finally, you can pick up some local produce at the Walsingham Farm Shops. The Norfolk Lavender branch of Walsingham Farms Shop is situated in a converted barn which used to be the lavender distillery.
Sleeping 4, Moongazer Cottage is a delightful cottage built in 1845. This wonderful holiday home is one of a pair let by the same owners, the other being Sloe Gin Cottage, which is just next door. Moongazer has been beautifully restored and offers all the creature comforts you would wish for in a holiday cottage.
Built in 1845, Sloe Gin Cottage is situated next door to Moongazer Cottage and sleeps 4. The living room with its beautiful exposed beams, has a woodburner which is ideal after a day of exploring the royal Norfolk coast.
The Old Methodist Chapel is a truly special and unique bolt hole for a large family. Sleeping 8, this holiday home has been sympathetically converted and boasts faulted ceilings, oak beams and original stained glass windows. The property is ideal for both the summer and winter, with the fully enclosed sunny patio and the large wood burner in the living room.
Sleeping 8, this magnificent 18th century Georgian residence is perfect for a large family escaping to the royal Norfolk coast. Malthouse Farm is set in private grounds of a third of an acre. The breath-taking interior has been specially designed and decorated by renowned interior designer Miv Watts, blending period character features with a modern luxurious finish.