Blakeney is located on the North Norfolk Coast, just North of the small market town of Holt. This part of the coastline has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the marshes and wide-open spaces around Blakeney make it a haven for migratory birds and wildlife.
Blakeney is popular with dinghy sailors, bird watchers and walkers, and you can get a real feel for the area by taking a trip to Blakeney Point to see the seals.
Things to Do:
Blakeney Point: Blakeney Point is a shingle spit running west from Cley, protecting Blakeney from the sea. It has abundant wildlife, and a seal colony, to which there are boat trips. For more information visit the National Trust website.
Sailing: there are a variety of sailing clubs in the area to choose from, including Blakeney Sailing Club, and also Blakeney Point Sailing School, which runs sailing courses and activities including powerboats and Keelboat sailing with RYA Basic Skills and Day Sailing Courses running from May to August.
Crabbing: children love crabbing from the Quay and hiring canoes.
Golf/tennis: There is a wealth of golf courses in the area. The courses at Sheringham, Brancaster and Hunstanton are well regarded. There is also tennis at Blakeney Tennis Club.
Pubs and Restaurants: There are so many good pubs and restaurants in Blakeney and the surrounding area that it is impossible to list them all. Among some of the more exceptional are the Wiverton Bell and Wiverton Cafe, the Hoste Arms in nearby Burnham Market, the George in Cley, the Crown in Wells, the Victoria at Holkham, Morston Hall in Morston and of course the Moorings, The Kings Arms and the White Horse in Blakeney itself.
Blakeney Deli: the Blakeney Delicatessen is a specialist, family-owned fine food and wine shop situated on the High Street. It supplies fresh, seasonal and local produce - which is often organic - as well as carefully sourced deli foods from around the world and a wonderful selection of wines.
Cley: This quaint village, one mile away is a mecca for birdwatchers and walkers.
Beach Walking: the local beaches (particularly at Cley, Holkham and Wells) are world renowned for their magnificent beauty and cleanliness.
Holt: The pretty Georgian town of Holt is 4 miles away with its numerous boutiques, coffee shops, delis and restaurants.
Blakeney Trading Company: This wonderful shop selling lovely furnishings, gifts and accessories for the home is seconds away from the cottage.
Blakeney used to be a small port, but is now a quiet village and provides an ideal location for a family holiday. The village has a strong identity, and is a thriving and active community. There is a well-stocked supermarket and Post Office, fishmongers, an interiors shop, an Art Gallery, chandlers and two pubs. The Blakeney Floral Company has just opened a few metres further up the High Street, providing the most exquisite blooms.
You can find a lot more information on events and activities in and around Blakeney at the Norfolk Coast site which is regularly updated.Alternatively, there is a wonderful spot outside Roundstones where you can sit with a glass of wine and watch the sun go down!