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Leisure and Entertainment around Downham Market

From history and animal centres to a whole variety of outdoor leisure pursuits, Downham Market has a wide variety of venues and leisure activities on offer.

Discover why Downham Market has its nickname “Gingerbread Town” and take a visit to the Heritage Centre at the Old Fire Station on Priory Road.

Why not visit Alive Downham Leisure during your stay for refreshing swimming, activities for all ages, a comprehensive gym and more.

Nearby, in Stow Bardolph, is the Church Farm Rare Breeds Centre, including an indoor ‘tree house’ play area, tractor rides, guided nature walks, gift shop and tea room.

Close to the partially-closed Denver windmill site is the Denver Sluice Complex where you can discover the history and management of the fascinating waterways.

Try a canoe safari at the world famous Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust nature reserve at Welney, which provides fantastic bird watching – including the unforgettable sight of over-wintering swans.

Today this beautiful and valuable farmland is protected by a network of drains, embankments and pumps and makes ideal cycling country. The elegant man-made waterways are ideal for boating and fishing, and fenland villages like Denver, Outwell and Three Holes provide a friendly stop-off point, whatever your mode of transport.

The natural environment of the Fens provides fantastic opportunities for bird watching, cycling, horse riding and walking. Downham Market is a great base to explore the surrounding countryside and get out and about in the great outdoors. Walking trails in the Downham Market area include the Denver Sluice and The Fens walk, the ‘Health Heritage’ and Biodiversity walks (with more information available from the Norfolk County Council walks site).

For further information, download a copy of the Downham Market Mini Guide, or visit one of our Tourist Information Centres for a printed version of the guide.

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History of Downham Market

Brim full of historic buildings and incredible architecture, Downham Market’s rich past is still in evidence today.
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Downham Market

On the banks of the River Great Ouse, and dating back to Saxon times, Downham Market is one of Norfolk’s oldest market towns.