Apr 25 , 2019
Pssst, did you know there’s another bank holiday coming up on the 6th of May?
There’s no better time to start exploring with your four-legged friend and discover the beauty of Norfolk. From historic market towns to stunning coastlines and traditional pubs offering mouth-watering foods, plus a lovely little pet supplies store right around the corner, you’re spoilt for choice of things to see and do.
Jurassic Bark has compiled a handy list of the best pet-friendly things to do in Downham Market and surrounding areas. Give it a read and let us know which you are planning to head to first!
Downham Market Town Hall and Clock
It wouldn’t be a trip to Downham Market without visiting the infamous town hall or clock, now would it? With Downham Market proudly holding the title of Norfolk’s oldest market town, it’s certainly not short on historic architecture or character. Dating back to Saxon Times, the town has managed to its intimate and rustic charm. A visit to the bustling market on Friday’s and Saturdays is a must, with a selection of fresh produce, crafts, clothes and collectables.
High Lodge, Thetford Forest, near Brandon
If you love being at one with nature, head down to High Lodge at Thetford Forest, for an adventure in the woods. The forest has 4 walking trails, 3 cycling trails, forest Segway tours (perhaps not the most dog-friendly activity,) play areas, activity trails, picnic areas, a café and archery lessons. There really is something for everyone, so if the sun is out, why not head down and make a day of it! Wear the kids and the dog out. Win, win!
A 20-minute drive from Downham Market is Bedingfeld Arms, a dog-friendly pub and B&B. The pub boasts 5 cosy ensuite bedrooms, 2 of which welcome dogs. There are plenty of recommended walks near the B&B, including a 3.5-mile stroll to the beautiful Gooderstone Water Gardens. Oh, and did we mention they even provide doggy-snacks and water bowls behind the bar?! Adorable.
Oh, we do like to be beside the seaside, especially when we’ve got our dogs with us! Snettisham Beach is just a 35-minute drive from Downham Market, so grab your buckets and spades and head down! Described as a natural heaven and largely unspoiled, there’s no doubt your pet will enjoy the fresh sea air as much as you. If you get a little bit peckish after your beachside walk, make sure you head down to the very popular Snettisham Beach Fish & Chip shop, that even remains open during winter months.
Jurassic Bark Downham Market Store
You didn’t think we’d write a list of things to see and do in Downham Market without suggesting a trip to the Jurassic Bark store, did you? If you’re in the area, we’d love for you to pop in with your pets to say hello! Browse around our fantastic range of products for animals of all shapes and sizes, we have something for everyone! Plus, we’re a pretty friendly bunch.