The Village of Dersingham in Norfolk

Dersingham Norfolk Holidays

A visitors guide to the village of Dersingham in West Norfolk, which nestles in the embrace of the Royal Estate of Sandringham, surrounded by woods and countryside. A place of ginger bread houses ( constructed of carstone and flint ) complimented by many modern day properties. 

Dersingham is a stones throw away from the Royal Estate of Sandringham, one of the Queens country estates, purchased in the spring of 1882 from the Hon Charles Spencer Cowper as a country estate for the Prince of Wales.

On the estate is Park House which was leased by the Spencer family and was the birthplace of Lady Diana Spencer. Sandringham Country Park is open all year and covers an area of 250 hectares (over 600 acres) of carefully managed woodland and heath. When The Queen or members of the Royal Family are not in residence, the house is open to the public. Sandringham Estate hosts craft fairs and country shows throughout the year. The name of Sandringham comes from a shortened version of 'Sant Dersignham' meaning the sandy part of Dersingham. 

For those seeking the beach, Snettisham on the coast is only 2 miles, here you will also find Snettisham RSPB Reserve, with its hides and flooded former gravel pits.

Five miles away from Dersingham is the busier seaside resort of Hunstanton with its sandy beaches, indoor swimming pool and other sporting and leisure facilities.  Lots of entertainment for the children here with a fair, donkey rides and Sea Life Sanctuary containing displays of life under the ocean waves.

Dersingham village has a good range of amenities with a supermarket, butcher, Chinese take-away, fish & chip shop  and two pubs offering restaurant and bar meals. The church of St. Nicholas at Dersingham is a listed building which dates from the 15th century. From Dersingham visitors can enjoy extensive woodland, beach and countryside walks.

Inland is Castle Rising managed by English Heritage, which boasts one of England's finest Norman keeps, set amid huge defensive earthworks. It was once the prison of Queen Isabella, the infamous 'She Wolf of France'.

Park Farm at Snettisham is a real working farm, where visitors can feed an orphan lamb, collect fresh eggs, meet a host of friendly farm animals and much, much more. They have a wide variety of animals for you to see and touch.  Or you can experience a 45 minute safari, around the farm to the deer park by tractor and covered trailer or a Safari Landrover.

Dersingham is served by buses operating between King's Lynn and Hunstanton. King's Lynn is also well worth a visit as its a historic medieval port dating back to the 12th century, situated on the River Great Ouse.

Dersingham Nature Reserve is managed by English Nature a reserve of three distinct habitats, mire, heath and woodland. Birds such as redpoll, crossbill, long-eared owl, Tree Pipit and sparrowhawk are attracted to Dersingham Bog as it is sometimes called.

At nearby Heacham is England's oldest lavender farm with nearly 100 acres of lavender, gift and plant shops and tearoom. During the months of July and August minibus trips take people out to see the harvesting of the Lavender fields. 

The previous owner of Sandringham was Charles Spencer Cowper a gambler who had the knickname of "Expensive Cowper". At the age of 30 he had inherited two Norfolk estates, Beachemwell and Sandringham.

When his debts increased he sold the estate of 7,000 acres to the future King Edward VII who brought his new wife Princess Alexandra of Denmark to it in 1863. King Edward is said to have paid 220,000 for the estate, three times its actual value at the time. A hotel in the village had as a guest in its past some of King Edwards VII mistress' including Lilly Langtree.

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