Hunstanton, known locally as ‘sunny hunny’, is situated on the Wash 12 miles north of its nearest major town, Kings Lynn. It has a population of about 5000 and is one of only a few east coast towns which faces west. Because of its west facing location on the Wash spectacular sunsets can be seen over the sea.
It was built during the Victorian era and still retains its Victorian charm and character and boasts a Victorian pleasure pier with a pavilion and a miniature steam railway running up and down it.
Other attractions which contribute to its popularity as a holiday resort are a fairground, an aquarium and seal sanctuary, a leisure pool, large caravan parks, amusement arcades and a long promenade.
It also has a 472 seat theatre steeped in history which has changed its name several times over the years following its various renovations and changes of use. It is currently known as the Princess Theatre, so named on its re-opening in 1981 in honour of Lady Diana Spencer who became Princess of Wales on her marriage to Prince Charles in the same year. The theatre hosts shows all year round from comedy to drama, music for all tastes and children’s productions.
Hunstanton has regular markets on Wednesdays and Sundays selling fish, fruit and vegetables. Indeed, its location on the coast close to potato growing land makes readily available the ingredients for the high quality fish and chips available in the local pubs and restaurants.
Away from the hustle and bustle of Hunstanton, the village of Old Hunstanton is within walking distance and has a slower pace of life with a much quieter village atmosphere. Cottages in both Hunstanton and Old Hunstanton are close to a wide sandy beach as well as being near to the good shopping facilities in the town.
What makes Hunstanton perfect for the classic family holiday by the sea is its historic lighthouse perched on top of its red and white striped cliffs overlooking rock pools and a shipwreck for the kids to explore.