Making a move to King's Lynn
PUBLISHED: 12:00 08 February 2016
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From period properties rich in seafaring history to spacious modern family homes, King's Lynn is a location growing in popularity
A CELEBRATED maritime heritage, beautiful beaches a stone’s throw away, great family amenities and a bustling town centre, it is no wonder King’s Lynn is such a great place to live.
With Sandringham’s royal estate on the doorstep and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge choosing to enrol Prince George in a nearby nursery, it shows just how well loved this beautiful part of Norfolk is and how much it has to offer.
King’s Lynn mayor Colin Manning and his wife Julie fell in love with the area after visiting for the first time 15 years ago.
“We had lived in Ashford in Kent for more than 20 years but came to visit my daughter and son-in-law, who was posted at a local RAF base. We loved it so much we decided to move here. Not only is the town itself rich in history, you are surrounded by so many beautiful places to explore, from the beaches to the Sandringham Estate.”
The town and its surrounding villages boast a wealth of properties for all budgets and tastes. With King’s Lynn’s rich history linked to the sea, there are some desirable period homes from quaint cottages to grand, ornate properties – such as Ouse House on Purfleet Quay, a stunning Victorian mansion currently on the market for £700,000.
The surrounding suburbs have a good range of family houses and bungalows, with a four-bedroom detached starting at about £250,000, and there are a number of new developments, such as Nar Valley Park, with prices from about £155,000 for a two-bedroom terrace.
The area also has a great choice of primary and high schools, as well as nearby independent schools, including Wisbech Grammar, Glebe House in Hunstanton and Downham Preparatory School.
“There is so much to enjoy in the town for everybody. It has this incredible heritage, with stunning buildings, from the Tuesday Market Place - which still host regular markets and events - and the Custom House to True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum and Lynn Museum,” says Colin.
The town also has good shopping, a great choice of pubs, restaurants and cafes, and a vibrant arts scene, with the King’s Lynn Arts Centre and the Corn Exchange hosting theatre productions, comedy nights, shows and talks. For those who enjoy an active lifestyle, there are endless opportunities to explore the area on foot, from heritage trails to coastal pathways.
“We are also very fortunate that there are excellent sports facilities in the town, from Lynnsport to the Shed skate park which is a fantastic place for youngsters to go,” says Colin, adding that the town has a very strong sense of community. “There are so many organisations run by a tremendous army of local volunteers. It is just fantastic as it ensures we can provide so many clubs, activities and events for people of all ages,” he says.
“What I love about King’s Lynn most though is the way it comes to life for special occasions. Last year’s Hanse Festival was incredible, bringing fire-eaters, knights, medieval dancers and archers to the streets and of course this month, the annual Mart come to town, a tradition celebrating the start of the Showmen’s calendar.”