Watton Area Guide
Situated in the heart of South Norfolk, Watton is a market town steeped in history and packed with independent shops, cafes and pubs. While Norfolk is known for its coastline and vast open spaces, Watton and its surrounds offer a contrast in wooded areas, lakes, historic buildings and glorious walks. Wayland Wood is a beautiful ancient woodland and is said to be the setting of the ‘Babe in the Woods’ tale, while Loch Neaton is the perfect place for a picnic and a spot of fishing. The town hosts the Wayland Agricultural Show each year which is one of the oldest and largest shows of its kind. Due to its location and transport links, it is an excellent town for commuting from the countryside to the city and its proximity to Norwich and Thetford forest means there are plenty of outdoor and cultural activities on the doorstep.
Watton and the surrounding areas offer a wide range of properties. You will find rurally situated cottages, country homes and modern masterpieces, as well as family home, terraced houses and new-builds in the town.
What You’ll Get For Your Money
Detached and larger country homes range from £500,000. Cottages and family homes will cost from about £250,000 with terraces and new builds in the towns from £165,000. If you’re looking to let, then expect from £90 per week for a one-bedroom property to £240 per week for a spacious family home.
What Else Can You Expect From Watton?
The market town of Watton has a range of amenities including a post office, supermarket, chemist, infant, junior and secondary schools. There is a weekly Wednesday market with lots to offer. For golf enthusiasts, Richmond Park Golf Club has an 18-hole course, driving range and practice green. Furthermore, there is a sports centre which offers a fitness suite, all weather courts, badminton, squash and snooker facilities.
The nearest train station is 8.5 miles away at Harling Road with a regular service to Norwich, 34 minutes, and the journey to Cambridge taking about 54 minutes. The market town of Dereham is approximately 10 miles away with restaurants and cafés, museums, a leisure centre, golf course and schools. Thetford, Norwich and King's Lynn are all within an easy reach providing a wide choice of shopping and leisure venues. Norwich has good local transport links with the town and has an international airport and a mainline rail link to Liverpool Street, London.
Breckland District Council is the governing authority. Council Tax bands for the town can be found here. The town and surrounding area contain 25 high-achieving primary schools and five secondary schools. The independent schools in Norwich and Wymondham are within reach via the A11. Performance league tables can be seen here