Downham Market is a historic market town in the Fens. The town is nicknamed the ‘Gingerbread Town’ due to the still of bricks used to make its older buildings, as seen on the church and town hall. The Black and White clock welcomes you to the town. Downham use to hold the largest horse fair in Europe, and it still makes this celebration. It’s other claim to fames includes King John and King Charles I stopping by.
Discover Downham is a delightful heritage centre run by the Downham Market and District Heritage Society. It’s displays include: Fen life, ‘Bread or Blood’ telling the story of the Downham riots, Fen Skating and much more.
Visit Discover Downham’s heritage centre, explore the exhibits and watch the ‘St.Winnolds Horse Film’. There are also several self guided walking trails (see their website link below) including: Notable people, working life and landmarks.
Date and Time: Friday 10am-4pm and Saturday 10am – 1pm.
Place: Discover Downham, The Old Fire Station 30 Priory Road Downham Market Norfolk PE38 9JS.
Cost: Free to enter the heritage centre and museum, but donations are extremely welcome.
Booking: none needed.
Other information: Please check the centre’s website for up to date opening times before visiting https://www.discoverdownham.org.uk/
There are toilets, including accessible toilets available. There is parking outside including blue badge spaces.
Fascinating Fens Values: Heritage and community.
Nearby Places: Kings Lynn, Wisbech, Denver sluice.
Nearby Cafes and Pubs: Discover Downham has it’s own lovely café (including cakes). Nearby pubs include: The Warehouse at Setchey https://www.thewarehousetaproom.co.uk/