Fakenham is an historic and attractive Norfolk market town on the river Wensum, situated half way between Norwich and Kings Lynn. It has been voted the seventh best place to live in the country by Country Life magazine.
The town’s busy Thursday market starts early in the morning and tends to last until mid-afternoon (depending on the weather). There’s always a bargain to be had at Fakenham Market and the stalls are run by local traders as well as those who ‘do the rounds’ across the region. Be sure to catch the Flea market too – a section devoted to collectors’ items and bric-a-brac. The Market Place is right in the centre of town, so Thursday’s a good time to leave your car behind and catch a bus in and out!
Fakenham also boasts a popular Farmers’ Market, which takes place on the fourth Saturday of every month. Fresh local produce, organic food and drink and a wide range of home made delicacies are on offer right in the centre of town. Look out fr the Makers’ Market too, with local crafts and arts on sale in the Parish Church.
Take a look at our Markets Page for more details.
There are four supermarkets to choose from in Fakenham, with Lidl and Morrisons on the north-east edge of town, Aldi at the town end of Norwich Road and the Tesco store just off the Market Square, in Oak Street. The town also has many smaller retailers around the centre, many of them providing a choice of products and specialist service that superstores don’t offer.
You’re spoilt for choice if you want to have a meal or fancy a swift pint! There are eight pubs within walking distance of the centre and a host of takeaway and eat-in restaurants including three Chinese, two Indian, a Thai, a couple of fish & chip shops, pizza, fried chicken, kebab and lots of coffeeshops and cafes. For more, read our Food & Drink page.
Fakenham is full of pretty brick-and-flint faced buildings, narrow alleyways and sidestreets. The town centre has in recent years undergone a “face-lift”, with an award-winning scheme providing new paving, street signs and a seating area in the market square – which features an interesting floor-display representing the town’s historic association with the printing trade.
Often said to be the ‘Gateway to the North Norfolk coast’, Fakenham is well situated as a base for exploring the region, as well as providing much for the visitor to do within and around the town itself. The famous Fakenham Racecourse is located just on the edge of town, and with Pensthorpe Natural Park with its 500 acres of nature trails, The Thursford Collection (boasting steam engines, fairground carousels and the largest Christmas Spectacular Show in England) plus the unique Museum of Gas and Local History to explore, there’s plenty to see right on the doorstep. Take a look at our list of Things to Do.