A thriving market town, Fakenham is located ten miles inland from the North Norfolk Coast. Fakenham holds a weekly auction and a regular Farmers Market held on the fourth Saturday of each month. Located close to the River Wensum and surrounded by lovely heath land the town is dominated by the 115ft tower of St. Peter and St. Paul’s church. The name Fakenham is believed to be derived from the Saxon name "Fair Place by the River".
On the outskirts of the town is Fakenham Race Course, one of the finest rural national hunt courses in the country, with regular point to point meetings as well as other racing events and a firework display in November. The town offers a good variety of shops, most of the town centre is pedestrianised and there are a good range of pubs and restaurants. The way to the church is through small narrow lanes or under a deep brick arch, it is well worth a visit as the graveyard has been transformed into a broad and pleasant park.
The Fakenham Museum of Gas and Local
History is located in the buildings of the town's
gasworks and gives an insight into the process by which
coal was made and the working conditions of the men who
Up the road from Fakenham is the Thursford Collection an
unusual museum full of old tractors, steam engines and
fairground organs, including the Mighty Wurlitzer the
fourth largest cinema organ in Europe.
Also on offer either in the town or
close by are golf, ten pin bowling and a cinema.
The town is located approximately ten miles from the
coast for those looking for a trip to the seaside.