Hotels and Holiday Cottages in Watton

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Further hotel information

The Crown Hotel Address: 25 High St, Thetford, tel:01953 882375

The Willow House Address: 2 High St, Thetford, tel:01953 881181

Hare & Barrel Hotel Address: 80 Brandon Rd, Thetford, tel:01953 882752

Tourist information

Nestled in the heart of rural Norfolk, Watton was once home to a large RAF base and is on the edge of the Stanford Battle Area (STANTA). Located at the centre of Wayland, the town takes its name from the Saxon 'Wadetuna', meaning 'the homestead of Wade'.

The market town of Watton was first granted a charter by King John in 1202; however, there was much dispute over the matter with the neighbouring parish of Saham Toney which, although now a small village, once held much greater economic importance. The market continues to be held in the centre of Watton every Wednesday, with a farmers market on the first Saturday of each month.

The 12th-century parish church of St Mary sports a fine Norman town with an octagonal belfry. The town clock tower was built in 1679 to hold a fire warning bell, much of the town having been recently destroyed in the 'Great Fire of Watton' (1674). A new clock face was installed to the front of the tower in 1935 to commemorate King George V's silver jubilee. The building now houses the local information office.

Just a kilometre from the town, the ancient Wayland Wood is thought to be the setting of the old English children's tale Babes in the Wood. The wood is now a nature reserve, owned by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, and is designated as an SSSI.

The Peddars Way long-distance path runs near to Watton, at Little Cressingham. Adjacent to the Peddars Way, Thompson Water and the Pingo Trail are also popular local wildlife spots. Thompson Water is a shallow area of lake, created in 1845 by the draining of a tributary of the River Wissey. The Pingo Trail, named after the low hillocks which subsequently formed shallow craters or 'pingos' during the last Ice Age, is an eight-mile stretch of tracks on the eastern edge of the Brecks.

Lovers of good food may be surprised to note that one of the leading restaurants in the county is located in the nearby village of Ovington, just off the famous 'Watton bends'. Brovey Lair is a unique culinary jewel, which offers a grade six Good Food Guide listing and bespoke menus, as well as accommodation and cookery classes.

Nearest tourist attractions

Melsop Farm Park


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