Drove Orchards, a permanent rural market right on the Norfolk coast has grown in popularity and size over the past decade and now is a little jewel in the Royal coast crown.
Head back a few years and the site that many refer to as Drove Orchards was once a thriving mushroom farm run by a Mr Hopper. The surrounding fruit farm was planted in the 1950’s by a prominent local figure, Major David Jamieson who was also one of the youngest soldiers to be awarded the VC for outstanding bravery after the D-day landings.
Today, the whole of Drove Orchards is owned and still managed by the Jamieson family. This is still a working farm where over 165 varieties of apples and pears are grown. The Heritage orchards cover over 65 acres and include an East Anglian heritage orchard with very rare English, French and vintage cider varieties. Visitors can pick their own fruits from the orchard and soft fruit beds. A chance to take in some gorgeous scents and colours as you wander through the orchards to find your perfect picks.
A Rural Market By The Sea
At the centre of the site is an eclectic collection of shops and eateries that offer everything from a freshly shucked Brancaster oyster through to an artisan ice cream. There are also lifestyle shops selling the latest fashions, a boutique garden centre and the aptly named Barnets hair fashions. If you want to tantalise your taste buds then there is Eric’s gourmet fish and chip restaurant, a wood-fired pizza eatery and an award-winning gelato ice cream parlour. At the heart of the site is the farm shop which includes its own butchery and has a cornucopia of local produce and delicious treats. Gurneys, a specialist fishmonger and smoker puffs happily away in the corner. Drove Orchards is also home to some well-known small professional businesses.
If you want to stay a little longer this is where Wild Luxury, one of the UK’s first glamping companies resides. You can catch a glimpse of their beautiful safari lodges nestled amongst the orchards if you look out to the coast.
Drove Orchards makes a great spot to visit and well worth dropping into as you totter down the coast. Please note that there is no beach access from the site and parking is monitored and marshalled.
How to Find Drove Orchards
Drove Orchards is just a 10 minute stroll from Anna’s and a great place to bowl up to and collect some delicious fish and chips or a wood-fired pizza. Alternatively, spend an hour in the sunshine wandering around the bewildering array of apple trees in the orchards. You can always acquire a bottle of cider and some delicious picnic fayre to help the time slip by…
Drove Orchards is on the A149 coast road between Holme-next-Sea and Thornham: Postcode PE36 6LS. What3Words snowy.reverted.village