Springtime Blooms

Published: Wednesday 5th Mar 2014

Where better than Norfolk for an Early Springtime Break.                                                 

The skies are blue, our rainfall is low, the temperature is getting higher and the nights are certainly getting longer. That first flush of spring is such a joy after the winter gloom.

Why Norfolk you might well ask? We think it’s a forgotten secret and one we would love to share with you.

Did you know that we have 100 miles of diverse coastline to enjoy; ranging from  wide sandy beaches perfect for  walking and playing, if not yet for swimming,  salt marshes and  wetlands, great for spotting the migrating birds and wildlife and lastly, but not least, our wonderfully traditional Victorian seaside towns of Sheringham, Cromer, Hunstanton and Great Yarmouth.

Our Norfolk Broads are navigable by boat and present superb opportunities for adventure.  A nature reserve in itself, many have their own broadwalks, allowing you to enjoy some stunning scenery and wildlife. If you love photography you will be spoilt for opportunity.  Take a visit to our selected Norfolk charity – Whetfen Broad and see the great work that has been done there as a result of our customer donations. Wroxham is a hive of activity and it is great fun to stand on the bridge or riverside and watch the waterway traffic. Enjoy a trip on a traditional peddle steamer with Broads Tours and cruise down river to Horning.

Norwich is our capital, home to the Canaries, we really do hope they avoid relegation this season. The shopping centre for the whole county it has some high street names and two shopping malls. However it is the Lanes that offer diversity and choice. A network of small streets with unique shopping opportunities, small coffee shops and cafes, an excellent choice of restaurants and cake shops. Two cathedrals, a historic castle, galleries and theatres, not to mention some of the riverside pubs, there is really no better place than to enjoy a day of city seeing than Norwich.

Then you venture into what we call our Norfolk Countryside and Villages, tranquil, off road cycling and walking, quiet lanes, marvellous churches, decorated village signs, rolling countryside side and delightful Georgian market towns, like Aylsham, Holt, North Walsham, Attleborough, Wymondham; the choice is endless.  This is where you will find farmers markets and farm shops selling delectable local produce and superb country pubs with beer gardens and pretty views. We are blessed with National Trust properties in Norfolk, Blicking, Felbrigg and Oxburgh with its stunning moat. Steam trains and award winning attractions for families and adults.

I love living in this superb county and I also love sharing it with you, so do take a look at Norfolk if you haven’t already, I guarantee you will not be disappointed.

By Heather McCraith