Overy Staithe SC
Based on the North Norfolk coast, Overy Staithe SC has the unique status of being a club without a clubhouse. Sailing takes place on the estuary, with launching from the Hard and the Quay and the centre of the land based action is the club’s noticeboard!
There is a range of accommodation available in the village itself, look at Glaven Valley and Sowerby’s Holiday Cottages, or Air BnB for details. There are campsites at Burnham Thorpe (Whitehall Farm) and in Burnham Market (Caravan and Camping Club CL site). Whitehall Farm also offer glamping pods, a yurt and B&B accommodation in the farmhouse. Deepdale Camping in nearby Burnham Deepdale also offer a range of camping options.
It is not advisable to park on The Hard other than at low tide as it ﬂoods. There is parking along East Harbour Way (the one way road) and on the main road or up New Road (just about opposite the way out of East Harbour Way.
There is a pub in the village (The Hero), which offers a good menu throughout the day. The area is famed for it’s good food, with plenty of pubs and restaurants along the coast.
There is no clubhouse but there is some social space in The Boathouse (comfy chairs, table and benches). Most sailors get changed at the back of their cars (please don’t use The Boathouse ‘lounge’). Hot drinks (tea, coffee, hot chocolate) are available at The Boathouse from a vending machine.
Juliet’s ice cream van, and the Norfolk Coffee Pedlar (delicious coffee, tea and hot chocolate and amazing home-baking) are both well worth suppor,ng, both are based close to the entrance to the Hard.
The area provides some wonderful options for non-sailors – the Coasthopper bus runs regularly between Hunstanton and coastal villages to the east, providing the chance to ride one way and walk back from Holkham or Wells along the beach. Holkham Hall, Blickling Hall and Houghton Hall all provide a chance to take in some culture, and Sandringham is also in the locality.
Burnham Market is a very pretty village with some rather exclusive independent shops. Top tip – use the car park, parking elsewhere in the village is a nightmare!
Walks along the sea wall (a wide path) out to Gun Hill are always popular, as are the two ferries which take passengers out to Scolt Head. Look out for Welcome Ferry on Facebook for trip times – these are heavily tide dependent but will coincide with racing times.
Welcome is a very accessible boat with a drop down bow allowing the less able, pushchairs etc to board easily.
Supermarkets can be found in Wells, Fakenham and Hunstanton, with a handy garage shop at Burnham Market. There also a very good ﬁsh and chip shop there. Drove Orchards at Thornham, and Thornham Deli, also provide a chance to shop, eat and drink!