Burnham Market
Norfolk's Chelsea

Compared to the tranquillity of Morston, Blakeney or Cley, where visitors are content to wander the marshes, watch birds, browse the odd gallery and enjoy good food and drink in peaceful surroundings, Burnham Market is decidedly more fashionable.

If your holiday pleasures include shopping, people-watching and dining out, then this may be just the place for you.

I'm not keen or either crowds or shopping, unless it be for food, and we spent a very rainy day in this part of Norfolk, but this little place left me with a definite wish to return and explore some more.

The nice thing about Burnham Market is its individuality.

There's a post office, a butcher, a baker and a fish monger, plus a good selection of other shops, cafes and restaurants, but not too many names that you'd recognise from the High Street.

There's a very popular farmer's market and when that's not on, the local deli has mouthwateringly good food, fresh and local as well as top-end and flown in.

And there are galleries and fashion shops - all looking as if their owners take great pride in them and all offering a slightly wacky and unusual selection of products.

Burnham comes close to my idea of what an English village might have looked like before chain stores and franchises made one High Street look like any other. And that can't be a bad thing.





And in addition, all that's wonderful about North Norfolk - the skies, the marshes, the beaches - is right on your doorstep.

Footpaths connect all the villages along the River Burn, so you can walk straight from your door to visit Admiral Lord Nelson's birthplace at Burnham Thorpe or make your way down the River Burn to Burnham Overt Staithe where boats bump softly against the quay.

It's the sort of place where people spend their holidays year after year - and the large number of holiday homes, apartments and cottages proves that. And Burnham knows what holiday makers expect. All the mod cons are there and are offered seemingly without effort. If you feel like being pampered the restaurants and cafes will take care of you. If you want to cook yourself, the deli will ensure that work, fuss and stress are kept to a minimum.

You're never far away from a cup of tea or a drink. And you're never far away from friendly people. After all, this is Norfolk.







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