At one end of the spectrum: the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, dwelling in Anmer Hall down the road. At the other, Mr QI Stephen Fry. Locals refer to Burnham as Chelsea-on-Sea – the Hoste (the 17th century inn that’s the ‘hub of the village’) has a lot to do with this, as well as the fact that Londoners in their droves swap Belgravia for Burnham at the weekends.
DID YOU KNOW? Admiral Horatio Nelson, the hero of Trafalgar, was born in the village of Burnham Thorpe (and submerged in a cask of brandy after his untimely demise). Toast the man himself in The Lord Nelson, where they brew Nelson’s Blood – we know it contains rum and spice but the rest of the recipe is a closely guarded secret.
WHAT TO WEAR Loud shirts, gilets and chinos go down well, as does anything equestrian-inspired.
DO SAY Declare the weather ‘rummin’ (strange) to delight the locals. ‘Fun’ is something the posher Norfolk set say, as in “Isn’t that shirt FUN?”
DON’T SAY “I just Instagrammed a snap of [insert famous local’s name]”
BEST BEACH Take your black lab to Holkham, a seven-mile, horseshoe-shaped stretch of sand where Her Majesty walks her corgis when holidaying at Sandringham. Approach on foot through the pine woods from Wells-next-the-Sea – a haven of candy-coloured beach huts, rock shops, sunbathing seals and crab sandwiches.
DIARY DATE The Scott Dunn Hunstanton Lawn Tennis Tournament, taking place 14-20th August, is when all the best parties happen.
WHAT TO EAT Fish and chips at French’s in Wells; Tilly’s Café in Burnham for cake.
FIND US Market Place, Burnham Market, Norfolk