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 made it.
In the former workshops are displays of gas
meters, lighting, water heating, room heating and cookers as well as
equipment used by fitters to maintain gas supplies. Displays relevant to
the history of Fakenham include local finds, the printing industry, horse
racing, sports teams, war-time memorabilia and relationships with the
armed service, especially the RAF and USAF at West Raynham and Sculthorpe.
Close by is the Dinosaur Adventure Park where you can come face to face with life size dinosaurs and meet creatures from way back in time. Or for nature lovers a visit to nearby Pensthorpe Nature Reserve and Gardens set in five hundred acres of beautiful countryside with miles of nature trails and hides, where you will see exotic waterfowl from around the world.
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.
There are live musical shows featuring the unique collection of mechanical organs and the wurlitzer show. Near Christmas time there is a huge extravaganza with carols dancing trumpeters marchers and finishing with a candle light procession, which attracts people from all over the world.
Home Other Norfolk Towns and Villages