Offering a chance to stroll around a village encompassed by tradition, Ollie Radcliffe reveals why Burnham Market has a lot more to offer than expensive holiday lets.

From being declared one of the "UK's poshest villages" to controversies around second homeowners, Burnham Market hasn't been far from the headlines in recent years. 

Dubbed Chelsea-on-sea, it sits in an area of outstanding natural beauty just a stone's throw away from the north Norfolk coast. 

Eastern Daily Press: Traditional flint cottages line the streets of the villageTraditional flint cottages line the streets of the village (Image: Archant)

The holiday industry has caused some issues in the village due to the abundance of wealthy Londoners owning second homes.  

Along with holiday lets, this has caused house prices to soar and priced many people out of their own village. 

Locals voted in September to limit the number of second homes in the village, but businesses welcome the visitors and claim the area would die without holiday lets. 

Why Burnham Market is worth a visit 

For a village of its size, Burnham Market has a buzzing and vibrant food scene and is home to some of the best restaurants Norfolk has to offer. 

Socius has scooped a selection of awards with nods from The Good Food Guide, two AA rosettes, a mention in the Michelin Guide and a rave review from critic Giles Coren. 

The restaurant was opened by couple Natalie Stuhler and Dan Lawrence in 2018 and serves modern British tapas. Eastern Daily Press: Owners Natalie Stuhler and Dan Lawrence at SociusOwners Natalie Stuhler and Dan Lawrence at Socius (Image: Denise Bradleyy)Another option for foodies is No.Twenty9, headed up by young chef Harry Williams, which serves food straight from its wood-fuelled Asado grill.

Supporting the foodie culture, just off the green and offering a taste of Italy is the Tuscan farm shop which serves the best wine, olive oil, cheese and prosciutto the Mediterranean has to offer.

Full of boutique shops, the high street offers a variety of stores that would please the most avid shoppers - from fashion brand Gilly's to stylish interior shop Norfolk Living.

Eastern Daily Press: The nearby Burnham Overy Staithe at low tideThe nearby Burnham Overy Staithe at low tide (Image: Chris Bishop)

And for those planning a visit in August, The Burnhams Market Craft is returning to the village after being taken on by a new organiser.

It will take place in the centre of the village from 9am to 5pm on Saturday, August 17, with 80 to 100 stalls.

The village gets its name from the River Burn - sitting just off the river mouth which guides visitors on to quintessential north Norfolk beaches.

Its beautiful countryside is full of footpaths weaving around the picturesque windmill, harbour and flatlands.