27 Mar

Explore the market town of Thetford

Explore the market town of Thetford

The Norfolk town of Thetford is ideal for those looking to discover one of the lesser known market towns of the UK.

Home to around 7,000 people, the town has lots of great options for families and downsizers.

Unusually, Thetford is famous for its dark night skies and even hosts the annual Autumn Equinox Festival. The event is regarded as one of the latest star parties in the UK and hundreds of amateur astronomers spend the weekend observing the sky. There is a strict no lights policy in place otherwise it could interfere with the star gazing.

Meanwhile, Thetford Forest Park also offers a good chance to get back to nature and is the largest lowland pine forest in Britain. It boasts some wonderful scenery and is a perfect backdrop for an energising walk.

Parents looking to relocate with their children will also be interested in examining the education options on offer. There are a number of local schools at all levels, with Thetford Academy and Thetford Grammar School popular with older pupils.

One of Thetford's most famous landmarks is the 12th century Cluniac priory, which is a must for local history fans who want to find out more about the area's rich past.

The town is also thought to date back to the time of Iceni queen Boudicia and historians believe it may have even been her official royal residence. A number of archaeological digs in recent years have discovered an area that may have been a key tribal centre during the Iron Age.

Even though property for sale in Thetford is largely based in a rural setting, the town has good links to other areas of the UK. With easy road access to Norwich, as well as to London and beyond - another reason it could appeal to potential buyers.ADNFCR-1222-ID-801708420-ADNFCR

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