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Travel and Accommodation around Swanton Novers Village Hall

St Giles Road, Swanton Novers, Norfolk NR24 2RB 

www.swantonnoversvillagehall.org

Swanton Novers Village Hall is a beautiful award-winning new building. Spacious and airy, with oak finished floors and underfloor heating, patio window doors along the full length onto a decked and grassed area, and excellent kitchen and washroom facilities, this is the perfect north Norfolk venue for our movement gatherings. The hall is just a short stroll from the 800 acre Swanton Novers National Nature Reserve, which is lovely for lunchtime walks.

Please note: As this is a new venue location for us, none of these options have yet been tried and tested, so please feel into whether they are right for you yourself – and do give us feedback so we can improve this list. Also, prices may have changed since the last update of this list. We try to keep up to date but please do let us know if anything is incorrect.

For the Authentic Movement Module, starting in October 2018, those of you who won’t be driving, usually we find there are enough cars in a group to share lifts. A contact list will be sent out once bookings are finalised so that you can connect with each other to share travel and accommodation if you wish. Red will also be available on the Friday afternoons to taxi people from Sheringham if needed – one journey from Sheringham to Swanton Novers, so this will need to be co-ordinated. For those who need lifts back to their accommodation in the evenings she will also be available for this. Please contact Red directly if you would like to arrange a lift: Red Elders – admin@lindahartley.co.uk

HOW TO GET HERE

By Train:

  • Booking tickets ahead of time can enable considerable savings. Set an alert to get notification of when the Advanced Tickets are released.
  • For details go to  National Rail
  • From London, Cambridge and other destinations to Norwich (2 hours)
    where you can take the local train to Sheringham (1 hour). From here, you’ll need to take a taxi to Swanton Novers, (25 mins)
  • Alternatively: by train from London to King’s Lynn (1hr 45mins). From here, you’ll need to take a taxi to Swanton Novers, (45 mins) For details go to: www.firstcapitalconnect.co.ukIts possible to arrange for taxis to be shared and lifts co-ordinated, if we know several are coming from London at the same time.

Taxis:

  • Stuart’s Taxis: Holt: 01263 710088. Sheringham: 824444
    (There are many more, and usually waiting at Sheringham station, but this is one that has been recommended)
  • Another Taxi number: Anglia 01263 822 222

By Road:

  • Swanton Novers is a small village near the main A148 at Thursford. It is just off the intersection of the B1354 Melton Constable to Fakenham road, and the B1110 Holt to Guist road.
  • There is just one main road through the village, called ‘The Street’, and one main T-junction turn off it, with a yellow grit bin on the corner. It is signposted ‘village hall’. The hall is just one minute down this road on the left.
  • There is another small crossroads at one end of the village, with a single track road to the church. This is not the one. The turning you need is at the other end of the village, past the green with the brick bus shelter.
  • There is parking on site, right at the door.

By Bus:

  • Unfortunately, being such a lovely rural location, Swanton Novers is not served by local buses. The bus shelter in the village is for the school bus only.

Cycle Hire:

By Air:

  • To Norwich Airport: fly-be is the low-cost airline which goes to several UK and European destinations. www.fly-be.com or www.travelnorwich.com
  • From there, take a taxi directly to the hall (35 minutes)
  • To Stansted Airport: several low-cost airlines fly to Stansted, which is about 2 hours drive from Swanton Novers. You could also take the train from the airport to Norwich, via Cambridge (approx. 2hrs 20min), then from Norwich take a taxi to the hall (45mins).

By Boat:

  • Ferries operate daily from mainland Europe to Harwich which is located about two hours away from Norwich by train.

Car Hire:

  • If a group of you are travelling together you may prefer to hire a car. There are several car hire companies at Norwich Airport (Avis, Hertz and Europcar).

 

LOCAL AMENITIES

While there are no shops or amenities in the village itself, Swanton Novers is in between Holt (7 miles) and Fakenham (8 miles). The nearest shop for supplies is a small Co-Op in Melton Constable (2 miles). There are a couple of basic take-away restaurants here too.

The best place nearby for eating out in the evenings is HOLT, which has many lovely cafes and restaurants and also a larger Budgens store.

Larger supermarkets Tesco and Morrisons are located in Fakenham.

 

ACCOMMODATION IN NORTH NORFOLK

Useful websites for overnight accommodation:

www.airbnb.co.uk/s/Swanton-Novers–North-Norfolk-District/

www.glavenvalley.co.uk

www.norfolkcottages.co.uk

www.visitnorfolk.co.uk

www.coastandcountryholidays.co.uk

www.gocamping.co.uk

There is an abundance of Bed & Breakfast and Guest House accommodation in north Norfolk, as well as camping and caravan sites. There is a holiday cottage and one B&B in Swanton Novers (listed below). The nearest other villages for B&B are Hindolveston, Barney, Melton Constable, Fulmodeston, Gunthorpe.

Further details of accommodation in the Holt area can also be found on the Glaven Valley website www.glavenvalley.co.uk

Holt Tourist Information: 01263 713100 is also helpful and can tell you what is available on a particular night, and the cost.

IF YOU DON’T HAVE A CAR

  • You can arrange to camp at the village hall itself, either in a tent outside, or it is also possible to bring bedding and bunk down inside – in exchange for a few housekeeping duties.
  • You might also think of staying in Barney, where there are B&Bs and also a good campsite, and you can walk along a woodland track to the hall in about half an hour.
  • Fulmodeston is about a 45 minute walk away, mostly through the lovely woodland of Swanton Novers National Nature Reserve.
  • Hindolveston is also another possibility, about an hour’s walk.

CAMPING

Swanton Novers Village Hall

Old Brick Kilns Caravan and Camping Park in Barney

 

BED & BREAKFAST

Check Airbnb for many options and the latest availabilities: https://www.airbnb.co.uk/s/Swanton-Novers–North-Norfolk-District/

North Norfolk Retreat in Swanton Novers

Old Brick Kilns Caravan and Camping Park in Barney

The Old Bakery in Hindolveston

White House Farm in Hindolveston

Chapel Piece in Bale

Lazy Duck Lodge Wood Cabin in Hindringham

HOLIDAY COTTAGES

The Old Chapel in Swanton Novers

North Norfolk Sticks in Swanton Novers

The Signal Box in Melton Constable

Harvey Cottage in Barney

Old Brick Kilns Caravan and Camping Park in Barney

The Old Bakehouse in Hindolveston

White House Farm Annexe in Hindolveston

Cooper’s House in Hindolveston

 

HOTELS & QUALITY PUBS WITH ROOMS

Kings Head in Holt

Byfords in Holt – ‘posh’ B&B and apartment

  • with fabulous deli and restaurant onsite
  • From £185 per night (check website for special offers)
  • From £135 per night for the 2 bedroom apartment
  • https://www.byfords.org.uk

The Feathers in Holt


Please note: As Swanton Novers Village Hall is a new venue location for us, none of these options have yet been tried and tested, so please feel into whether they are right for you yourself – and do give us feedback so we can improve this list. Also, prices may have changed since the last update of this list (March 2018). We try to keep up to date but please do let us know if anything is incorrect.