Often referred to as the gateway to the North Norfolk coast, Fakenham lies in an enviable central position surrounded by countryside with easy access to both the city and shoreline. The town centre with its red-brick and flint facades offers old world charm with a happy balance of independent shops and high street names – there's even a cinema which has been in the same building since the 1930s, now showing the latest blockbusters. There are plenty of leisure and recreation facilities in the area such as Fakenham Racecourse on the outskirts of town, which holds regular meetings throughout the season and is a popular venue on the racing circuit. It isn't just the residents who are biased about Fakenham's appeal – Country Living magazine recently voted this North Norfolk market town the seventh best place to live in the country!
In the central area, Fakenham offers many typical Victorian style red-brick terraced/semi-detached properties, both original and recent additions, including some substantial period homes brimming with character. A little further from the town there are popular streets of bungalows, well-proportioned, detached (4-5 bedroom) family homes and some striking contemporary new builds.
What you’ll get for your money
Property in Fakenham offers exceptional value for money with a typical 3-bedroom family home starting at around £230,000 with 2-3 bungalows achieving a similar price. You would expect to pay in excess of £350,000 for a good-sized 4-bedroom property. In terms of rental, apartments are popular, letting for around £550 per calendar month for a 1-2 bedroom while family-sized homes start from £775 per calendar month.
What else can you expect from Fakenham?
One thing any resident of Fakenham will never be short of is something to do! Whether it's fishing on the river Wensum which runs through the town or spending a serene day surrounded by wildlife at Pensthorpe Natural Park (home of BBC Springwatch from 2008-2010), there's plenty of opportunities for leisure pursuits. Other popular businesses in the town include the well-stocked Fakenham Garden Centre in Hempton, Aldiss home store (a family business in the town since 1892) and every child's dream, Kinnerton’s chocolate factory. Another noteworthy attraction is Langham Glass, where you can watch daily demonstrations by skilled glassmakers. Fakenham is also home to the only surviving town gas works in England and Wales. Now a museum, the site is a scheduled ancient monument and provides an important insight into our heritage.
Fakenham is situated on the A148, mid-way between King's Lynn and Cromer, with direct access to the centre of Norwich via the easily accessible A1067 to the North of the town. From King’s Lynn, there is an hourly train service which calls at Cambridge before continuing to King’s Cross with a journey time of approximately 50 minutes and 2 hours respectively. Regular local bus routes serve Fakenham, providing links to surrounding towns, villages and the city.
The governing authority for Fakenham is North Norfolk District Council, tax bands for which can be found here. There are more than ten primary schools in the locality most of which are rated good or outstanding by Ofsted. Fakenham is also well served for secondary education with an academy in the town and two further high schools nearby. Renowned independent school Gresham’s is just 12 miles away in the market town of Holt, and Glebe House School just 19 miles away, providing education from nursery age to sixth form and 13 respectively.
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