Hotel considering plans to open area’s first 24-hour gym

The Links Hotel staff getting ready for their Christmas party nights. Left to right, Nikkita Douglas

The Links Hotel staff getting ready for their Christmas party nights. Left to right, Nikkita Douglas, Leia Henderson, Melanie Goose and Tyrone Bowles.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

A mammoth Christmas awaits all in north Norfolk this year.

The Links Country Park Hotel in West Runton has laid on a feast of fun over the festive period.

As well as its own themed party nights throughout December, the Mackenzie Hotels group is hosting one, two and three night breaks incorporating the Thursford Christmas Spectacular from next month, with music, mulled wine and mince pies all on the menu.

For those looking forward to a stress-free festive season, the hotel is also offering special Christmas and New Year getaways to celebrate the end of 2016 and welcome in 2017.

And, when it is all over, guests can either relax or burn off those extra calories, in the hotel gym, indoor heated swimming pool or nine-hole golf course.

The hotel and neighbouring Hole in One are served by regular rail services on the Bittern Line between Sheringham and Norwich; they are also within walking distance of the main bus route and have access to good road links.

And, for those looking to explore slightly further afield, the beach where the West Runton mammoth was unearthed, and Norfolk Coast Path are just a short stroll away.

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Maria Cooper, operations manager at the Links Hotel, said: 'Christmas is a busy time for us.

'We're open every day throughout November and December for Christmas meals, as well as doing Christmas events and parties.'

The hotel, which boasts 54 bedrooms and employs around 70 staff, has recently undergone a £1 million makeover, including refurbishment of the gym which, it is hoped, could become one of the first 24-hour gyms in north Norfolk.

It is currently open 8am to 8pm seven days a week with membership priced only £20 per month.

Ms Cooper said: 'We do all work at Christmas. We have a policy where everybody has to work something but we try to make it shorter shifts.

'The atmosphere is so nice, we all put Christmas hats on and sometimes we dress up, and we have a good time with the customers.'

The Thursford Christmas Spectacular packages begin on November 24, with one night dinner, bed and breakfast, as well as coach transfer and ticket to the show from £149 per person.

The hotel's party nights open with a super hero themed event on December 3, with tickets £26.50 per person. And Michael Buble tribute act Dale Bullimore will perform a special Christmas show on December 29.

Everyone is welcome and there is no need to pre order. Private parties are also catered for.

For a full list of events and to book, log on to the hotel's website: