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Now’s the time to rediscover west Norfolk

An example of how the Visit West Norfolk app looks on an iPad.

Published: Thursday, 16th July 2020

After months of lockdown tourism and hospitality businesses across west Norfolk have reopened and the borough council is asking residents to rediscover what they have on their doorstep.

Visit West Norfolk, the official online guide to the area and managed by the borough council, has been helping tourism businesses to be covid-19 safe by providing joining details for VisitBritain’s free ‘We’re Good To Go’ safety assessment scheme and is now encouraging responsible tourists and local people to rediscover what the area has to offer.

The Tourist information centre now reopen in King’s Lynn and the new unmanned Coal Shed Information Point in Hunstanton are reminding people to “Know before you go”. Five points to remember before your visit:

  1. Many attractions and other tourism venues are now starting to reopen, some opening at different times to others.
  2. Many venues are adapting their premises in line with the latest social distancing measures, so please respect and appreciate any service limitations you may experience at this time.
  3. Please be aware that online pre-booking is often essential for your planned attendance at entertainment venues, attractions, food and drink establishments and accommodation.
  4. If your favourite venue is not currently open, why not venture out into the countryside instead to explore our many rural trails and heritage. Visit or search your device’s app store for ‘explore west Norfolk’ or ‘walk west Norfolk’ for our free apps dedicated to self-guided exploration of our beautiful area.
  5. Previously publicised events are likely to remain cancelled at this time, some now possibly rescheduled or virtual events – always check directly with the event organiser for the latest details.

Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, Deputy Leader of the Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk and cabinet member for culture, heritage and health, said: “We’re proud of what the area has to offer and I urge people to look at the Visit West Norfolk website for things to know before you go and, maybe, discover some hidden gems.

“Many places have reopened and are ensuring they are safe to visit. Tourism supports nearly 11,000 jobs in the borough and brings a total value of over £500m to the local economy and we ask that everyone supports these local businesses.”

Mayor of Downham Market, Cllr Becky Hayes, added: “Downham market is full of history with interesting independent shops and a newly enlarged market to visit.  The Market is open on a Friday and Saturday and you will find the old traditional stalls mingling with a mix of new stalls with something for everyone.

“Downham’s Heritage Centre is a fascinating place to visit to discover the proud and rich history of the town. The Fens are nearby and we also have some beautiful town trails to explore.  We look forward to seeing you soon.”

The Mayor of Hunstanton, Cllr Tony Bishopp, also welcomes visitors to the town: “Hunstanton is a jewel on the east coast. Beaches and entertainment to suit everybody. Restaurants, shops, funfair, amusements, candy floss and of course fish & chips and ice cream galore.

“For those wanting a more sedate visit do not forget the award-winning gardens to sit in, coastal walks, quieter beaches within walking distance and the amazing sunsets.”

The website has an online guide to rediscover west Norfolk, which includes places to visit, trails, videos, and advice on how to travel responsibly and safely.

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