If you’re looking for a classic central Norfolk market town base then the heritage market town of Dereham is the ideal choice offering up a range of vintage countryside attractions and featuring all you’d expect from a market town with Saxon origins. Renowned for its best Freehouse inns, Dereham is a great gateway into Thetford Forest, the Norfolk Coast and the central Suffolk and Norfolk market towns.
A huge choice self-catering holiday cottage accommodation is available around Dereham in the heart of the Norfolk countryside and you’ll find luxurious heritage B&Bs and hotels in the area offering luxury leisure and boutique accommodation perfect for romantic breaks, weddings and conference events. Dereham is the market town capital of a beautiful rural area in Norfolk known as Breckland, home to Thetford Forest located just west of Dereham with a choice of family walking, cycling and an adventure activity centre.
Things to do in and around the town include Dereham’s superb monthly farmer’s market and summer festivals like the Dereham music festival in late May. Hop aboard the Mid-Norfolk Railway, a delightful heritage railway running for 11 miles from Dereham to cathedral town Wymondham. Explore Bishop Bonner’s Museum in Dereham dating from 1502 which digs deep into the archaeological and local history of the Dereham area. ‘Bloody’ Bishop Bonner of Dereham, Bishop of London in 1540, had a rather gruesome reputation for persecuting Protestants during Queen Mary’s reign.
Dereham makes an excellent luxury rural Norfolk base for exploring the county, with the adjacent A47 offering fast road links to Thetford, Swaffham, Norwich and the Norfolk Broads. Search for places to stay in Dereham and book now online. This central Breckland town is the fifth largest in Norfolk, and boasts a wide choice of fine pubs and restaurants,
The Mid-Norfolk Railway
Running through 11 miles of delightful Norfolk countryside between Dereham and Wymondham, the Mid-Norfolk Railway is a great day out for visitors. Historic station buildings are at station stops en-route including Yaxham, Thuxton, Hardingham and Kimberley Park. Visitors can disembark at these pretty village station stops for walking and cycling and villages like Yaxham have fascinating trails taking in historic mills and medieval farms.
Dereham station, situated just a few minutes walk from Dereham town centre, is home to the Mid-Norfolk Railway museum collection. Here you can discover the fascinating story of the railways in central Norfolk with reference particularly to the heritage Mid-Norfolk Line. Vintage train specials, Diesel Galas, Santa Specials and Jazz train events take place through the year.