Travelodge announces Norfolk expansion plans

By Sophie Witts contact

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The platoon from the Dad's Army Musuem open the Thetford hotel
The platoon from the Dad's Army Musuem open the Thetford hotel
Travelodge has opened is first hotel in Thetford and confirmed plans to launch a further four sites in East Anglia.

The budget chain has opened a 62-room hotel on the site of the former Anchor Hotel, an 18th​ century coaching inn that featured in the BBC sitcom Dad’s Army.

The very first scene of the show was filmed in the hotel in 1968, and it was also a popular haunt for the cast during production.

A special plaque has been unveiled at the hotel to mark its association with the series, which saw Thetford double as the fictional town of Walmington-on-sea.


Travelodge – which currently operates six hotels in Norfolk - confirmed it is looking for further sites in Norwich, Great Yarmouth, Kings Lynn and Cromer, which will create around 100 jobs.

Gary Steele, Travelodge regional director, said: “The Norfolk economy is growing at pace…but with increasing visitor numbers to the area, there is still a shortage of good quality accommodation at a great value price.”

Travelodge currently operates 534 hotels in the UK, Spain and Ireland.

The company, which celebrated 30 years in business in 2015, is planning to open 250 sites​ over the next few years.

Plans include a series of shopping centre-based hotels​ and an £80m expansion in Yorkshire.

Steele said the chain was expanding to meet 'growing consumer demand' for a low-cost offering.

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