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Stalham, only four miles from the nearest sandy beach, is "The Northern Gateway to the Broads". So says a sign outside the local branch of Tesco. It's a medium sized store that stays open till 22:00 on Monday to Saturday and its car park has a couple of EV charging points. The same sign points out the the High Street is home to almost 100 businesses...

Stalham Visitors Guide High Street, Stalham

Not mentioned on the sign are the significant number of independent traders. As you might expect in a town catering for the holiday trade, there's a host of places to eat in or buy a take-away meal. There are two pubs. Nearly opposite the The Swan Inn is The Grebe, which takes advantage of its position, set back a little from the street and on the sunny side, by having a number of tables outside. Swan Inn

A Farmer's market is held in the Town Hall on the first and third Saturdays of each month in the Town Hall (seen below). Until quite recently the town retained the old ways of retailing. Wednesday used to be "early closing" day. Stalham DIY, a hardware store, will still sell you the exact number of screws you want and not force you to buy another packet of ten that you don't need!

Town Hall Fire
		House Museum

Also on the High Street, in the corner of the St Mary's church yard, is the Old Firehouse Museum. This tiny building with a distinctive red door is the second oldest firehouse in the country. It holds many old photographs and artefacts and an original 1902 horse drawn fire engine. Entrance is free, but you will need to check when it will be open, especially if visiting outside the summer months.

		Boatyard Museum of the

On the outskirts of the town is the boatyard of one of the largest holiday hire fleets on the Broads. There are also smaller yards around Stalham Staithe that cater for day hire - as well and the fascinating Museum of the Broads.