Heacham Village 
Make Heacham Part of Your Holiday Plans.  You'll be glad you did!

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The name of Heacham arises from its 12th century overlord Geoffrey de Hecham, and its river, the Hitch.  Over the years the word and spelling have become Heacham meaning "The Home in the Thicket".  Heacham has existed as a settlement since before the Romans.  Indeed, evidence has been found here of passing centuries as far back as the stone age.

Today, Heacham is very much is a thriving village, lit by fabulously unique east coast sunsets and encircled by fragrant purple lavender and scarlet poppy fields.

Visitors and residents alike enjoy the sloping beaches and the soft undulating West Norfolk countryside, which has remained unchanged over time. 

Heacham is home of the Rolfe family, who for generations farmed the land and traded on the shores of the Wash. The Rolfe’s benign influence has helped shaped the village over the centuries.  Sadly, Heacham Hall (the family home of the Rolfes) was burnt down in 1943, although the parklands remain and and a new building stands in its stead.  In recent years, the village has slowly evolved and changed but in doing so has successfully avoided the modern commercialisation of many seaside resorts retaining its very own natural quaintness.

The village once had its own brick yard but the coming of the railway in 1862 brought in a much cheaper, though poorer, brick.  This form of transport opened the door to a positive flood of visitors who came for the sea and to enjoy the beauty of the village and so the village became popular with holidaymakers.  Many of these visitors have decided to relocate to Heacham to enjoy their later years. 

Heacham’s John Rolfe was born and baptised in the village in 1585.  John Rolfe left England in search of adventure in the New World, and played a major part in ensuring the survival of the first English speaking settlement; Jamestown in Virginia.  Rolfe also married the legendary Native American Red Indian Princess “Pocahontas” (Matoaka Rebucka Pocahontas), whose  image  is featured on the village sign.  In the Church of St Mary the Virgin at Heacham you will find a memorial to Pocahontas carved by Otillea Wallace, a pupil of Rodin.  She is dressed in a stylish Jacobean trilby hat and a great neck ruff, which was the fashion of the period (taken from a real image of her carved when she visited London).

Many local attractions unique to this part of Norfolk are close by, such as The Sandringham Estate, home to Her Majesty The Queen, and the popular Bird Nature Reserves at Holme, Snettisham and Titchwell.  These Nature Reserves have regular seasonal events including tours and walks which attract many a visitor to the region.


Heacham offers no less than six different pubs (including clubs).  The Fox & Hounds, in particular, has its own micro-brewery and hosts a  number of popular Beer Festivals throughout the holiday season.  In recent years, The Fox Brewery has held several of these Beer Festivals over key holiday periods such as Easter and August Bank Holiday weekends.  There are also quality restaurants and cafes in the village or nearby.
A variety of accommodation which includes bed and breakfasts (B&Bs), guesthouses and pub accommodation is available as well as a range of self-catering cottages and a number of caravan holiday parks all offering something different for the visitor.  Throughout the year there is something going on - whether it be the annual Carnival & Fete (August) or a traditional Christmas Market (usually Dickensian).  It is a great family holiday location.

Shops include our own "department store" which has built a solid reputation for quality and good service, a supermarket, a bakery (offering freshly baked bread) and a selection of smaller shops selling gifts etc.  If that is not enough, Burnham Market and Holt are an easy distance for a shopping day out.  There is even a stocked fishery lake and, in keeping with our coastal position, Heacham is one of the few locations from which you may launch boats and other motorcraft (with proof of insurance).  There is also a proactive Heacham Boat Owners Association.  

Just 10 minutes away there are the famous Hunstanton and Brancaster Golf Clubs and there are also public golf courses available at Hunstanton and Middleton.  There are also many neighbouring villages - each of these have their own beautiful churches and other attractions.  Notable among these are the Sedgeford archaeological dig, Snettisham RSPB Reserve and Ringstead, which is the heart of the famous Peddars Way.  A little further away is the well known Titchwell RSPB Reserve.  Heacham is a walker's paradise - fabulous countryside, vast skies and miles of public footpaths.

There is something for everyone in Heacham.  W
hy not come and see for yourself!



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