About Thornham

Thornham Area Guide

The village of Thornham lies in the heart of an area of outstanding natural beauty on the North Norfolk coast, 7 miles east of Hunstanton. Offering miles of coastal walks, the harbour, with its colourful fishing boats, is particularly popular with bird watchers and the unspoilt beach beyond is a hidden gem of tranquility.  In the village, there is everything you could need from local provisions, courtesy of Drove Orchards farm shop to tasty artisan treats and gifts from Thornham Deli. There are further retail opportunities at Drove Orchards on the edge of the village and foodies are spoilt for choice when it comes to restaurants.  

Property types

There is a diverse array of property in Thornham from typical brick and flint cottages full of coastal charm, to large contemporary family houses sympathetically designed to complement the existing aesthetics of this pretty village.

What you’ll get for your money

Thornham is incredibly popular and property moves fast, especially smaller homes with holiday cottage potential. Typical three-bedroom family homes achieve in excess of £550,000 while larger, three-to-four bedroom new or renovated properties with good-sized gardens are likely to command prices exceeding £750,000. Rental properties rarely become available in Thornham but holiday lets are often in demand achieving between £300 and £900 a week (depending on season) for an average two-bedroom home. Those with a capacity to sleep eight and above can let for prices in excess of £2,000 a week in the height of the season.

What else can you expect from Thornham?

The new village hall is a real hub for residents of Thornham with impressive recreation facilities including a multi-use games area (tennis, five-a-side football and basketball), well-equipped children’s play area, cricket and football pitches. With regular cinema nights, dance and fitness classes and weekly kids’ club, there is always something to do in the village hall, creating a wonderful sense of community. On top of this, there are special events such as art exhibitions and a family fun day in August. Within the locality there are two renowned golf clubs and a choice of sailing clubs, providing further opportunity for leisure pursuits. Throughout the wider coastal area, there are several not-to-be-missed annual events such as the North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival, and the North Norfolk Music Festival which showcases the best in classical music at venues across the region.


Thornham lies on the A149, which directly links with King’s Lynn to the South where main routes such as the A47 and A10 can be joined. 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 just under two hours respectively. The Coasthopper bus service passes through Thornham and runs regularly between King’s Lynn and Cromer, seven days a week (reduced on Sundays).

Thornham Deli

Local amenities

The governing authority for Thornham is the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, tax bands for which can be found here. There are more than six primary schools within a 6-mile radius, of all of which have been rated either good or outstanding by Ofsted. Nearby, Glebe House School & Nursery in Hunstanton offers an independent preparatory education from six months to thirteen years. The nearest high school is also in Hunstanton with two further options within a 14-mile radius.

"We are thrilled with the great service we have received from Sowerbys. The Dereham team are all professional, approachable, knowledgeable and friendly. Their marketing materials, especially the photos, are second to none. We listed our cottage twice with Sowerbys and both times had a sale agreed within a week. When buying or selling Sowerbys are extremely easy to deal with, helping to make the whole process as seamless as possible."
Mr & Mrs Hopkins, Gateley - Vendors - January 2016