About Hunstanton - the Victorian Seaside Resort
Hunstanton was built as a Norfolk seaside resort and gained popularity as
early as the 1860s. Today, Hunstanton retains its Victorian character and
remains a popular holiday location for all ages but particularly families.
This Norfolk town possibly takes its name from the River Hunn, though it is
also said that the name Hunstanton originated from the word "Honeystone",
the name of the local stone from years gone by. The River begins in the
grounds of Old Hunstanton Park which also houses the grand Old Moated Hall,
the Ancestral home of the Le Strange Family.
That Hunstanton became a seaside resort was largely due to Henry Styleman
Le Strange's decision to develop the area south of the old village as a sea
bathing resort. Mr Le Strange designed the new resort personally with a
triangular green sloping down to the sea, with buildings on two sides of the
triangle and the sea on the other, as the focal point. The development
proceeded at a slow pace. However, in 1862, the Great Eastern Counties
Railway introduced a Norfolk rail line from King's Lynn to Hunstanton which
ensured the prosperity of the new resort.
In modern times, Hunstanton is affectionately known as "Sunny Hunny" and
for very good reason. Hunstanton faces West across a 20 mile wide stretch
of shallow, sheltered water almost the width of The English Channel. A
memorable "highway to the heavens" reflection of the sun in a golden and
silver road can often be seen as you look to the horizon across the sea. At
times the colours change and glow orange, pink and even green. Hunstanton
enjoys truly world class sunsets and records some of the highest sun-time in
the summer. It is likely, therefore, that your Norfolk holiday in
Hunstanton will be a sunny one.
Visitors and residents alike enjoy the beautiful beaches and the
breathtaking views of the sea from the green and from the famous Hunstanton
cliffs. There is also a popular land train in Hunstanton Town which runs
regularly through the summer months carrying visitors from Searles up to the
lighthouse and back again. For enquiries re the landtrain telephone
Icecream, the promenade, the views from Hunstanton
Green and the seaside fun fair are all key attractions here in Hunstanton. On weekends throughout the season there are always events taking
place on Hunstanton Green or around the bandstand which is located there. Check out the calendar for
details of bandstand events.
Hunstanton has regular markets on Sundays (and Bank Holiday Mondays but
to confirm if you are
making a special trip as things do change) rich in supplies
of fresh fish and fresh fruit & vegetables. The markets attract greater
numbers in the summer months through to the autumn. The largest of the two
markets is Sunday's market. The Sunday Market lays out its stalls on the
parking lot on the front opposite the Oasis Leisure Centre. For enquiries regarding these markets please telephone
Hunstanton High Street and surrounding shopping area houses a variety of
shops catering for many differing needs. These include places to buy the
last minute holiday essentials such as a bucket and spade. Browse further
and you will find some of the usual UK High Street names as well as
suppliers of fashionable clothing for all ages, gardening tools and plants,
electrical goods, printing services, kites, water sports equipment (ie surf
boards, kite-surfing and wind surfing equipment), model toys and even
Amongst these shops you will find Barclays, National Westminster Bank,
Nationwide Building Society and a Post Office (in both Hunstanton Town and
Old Hunstanton). There are a number of small cafes, tea rooms, chip shops
and restaurants and along the sea front there are the usual purveyors of
fresh sea food, Hunstanton Rock, ice cream and donuts.
The Hunstanton RNLI lifeboat station team meets each Sunday morning
at their depot in Old Hunstanton, just past Le Strange Hotel on the left to
run through equipment checks and personnel training/manoeuvres. They are
delighted to meet interested visitors and enjoy explaining their work. Why
not drop in and see what you can learn about this worthwhile organisation.
Who knows, you may need them one day.