Places to see http://www.norfolkcottages.co.uk/blog/category/places-to-see en A Day Out on the East Norfolk Coast http://www.norfolkcottages.co.uk/blog/2020/02/a-day-out-on-the-east-norfolk-coast <span class="field-wrapper">A Day Out on the East Norfolk Coast</span> <span class="field-wrapper"><span lang="" about="/user/8671" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Ms Isobel Taylor</span></span> <span class="field-wrapper">Tue, 02/11/2020 - 09:23</span> <div class="field-wrapper field field-node--field-banner-images field-name-field-banner-images field-type-image field-label-hidden"> <section class="block block-system block-system-breadcrumb-block"> <nav role="navigation" aria-labelledby="system-breadcrumb"> <span id="system-breadcrumb" class="visually-hidden">You are here</span> <ul class="oc-breadcrumb"> <li> <a href="/">Home</a> </li> <li> <a href="/blog/category/places-to-see">Places to see</a> </li> <li class="current"><a href="#"></a></li> </ul> </nav> </section> <div class="field-items tocc__herobanner"> <div class="tocc__tile tocc__tile--large field-item"> <div class="tocc__tile__image" style="background-image: url(/sites/norfolkcottages.co.uk/files/styles/page_banner/public/2020-02/happisburgh%20light%20house%20-%201200%20x%20390.jpg?itok=nKzB9u2P);"></div> </div> </div> </div> <div> <p dir="ltr">If you are looking for peace and serenity in your Norfolk holiday, then look no further than the East Norfolk Coast. Quieter than it’s North Norfolk Coast neighbour, the East Coast boasts stunning beaches that go on for miles, a wide range of independent Norfolk eateries and lots of activities for you and the little ones.</p> <p dir="ltr">If you are looking to explore a different side of Norfolk for your holiday, read on to find out what a day out on the East Norfolk Coast could look like for you….</p> <p dir="ltr"><img alt="Mundesley Beach" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="a514b821-5bef-4ca0-b317-b7f102ddc524" src="/sites/norfolkcottages.co.uk/files/inline-images/Mundesley%20Beach%20%20-%20390%20240.jpg" /></p> <h3 dir="ltr">MORNING</h3> <p dir="ltr">Start the day off early at Happisburgh with its iconic red and white striped lighthouse standing proudly. This is the oldest working lighthouse in East Anglia and the only independent run lighthouse in the UK, run solely by the local community. The volunteers hold open days throughout the Easter and summer school holidays and are a real treat for history buffs and those wanting to get a great view of the Norfolk Coast. To find out when the Lighthouse will be open, head to the <a href="http://happisburgh.org.uk/lighthouse/open-days/">village website.</a></p> <p dir="ltr">For the days when you can’t climb the lighthouse an early morning walk along the beach will bring you just as spectacular views along the sand and out to sea- if you are lucky a seal may even pop his head out of the water for you! For those eager to get a long walk in, the Norfolk Coastal Path allows you to walk all the way to the seaside town of Mundesley. Stop off for a mid-morning snack in the historical village of Bacton, home to the once important pilgrimage site, the 12th century Bromholm Priory - well worth an explore.</p> <p dir="ltr"><img alt="Bacton Area" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="6976ddd3-6c4f-402a-8c11-c540494b8ddc" src="/sites/norfolkcottages.co.uk/files/inline-images/Bacton%20Area%20-%20390%20x%20240.jpg" /></p> <p dir="ltr">After a peaceful start to the morning I cannot recommend enough exploring <a href="http://www.e-ruston-oldvicaragegardens.co.uk/pages/view/564/home.htm">East Ruston Old Vicarage Gardens.</a> These are a must-see for all nature and horticultural lovers and are completely child-friendly (and even if flora and fauna aren’t your thing, the cake in the cafe is sublime!). With 23 gardens in total, all with their own unique theme and design, the gardens are a real joy to walk around and are truly unique to Norfolk. My favourites are the Dutch Garden and the Clematis Walk where you can get a great view of Happisburgh lighthouse. This also makes a great place to stop for lunch, although the cafe can get pretty packed during the summer so make sure you bag yourself a table in the beautiful Tea Garden.</p> <h3 dir="ltr">AFTERNOON</h3> <p dir="ltr">Back in the car, head back up to Mundesley. With its beautiful sandy beach that stretches on for miles, its dog-friendly attitude and its commitment to keeping the area clean and tidy Mundesley is a favourite among locals. Unlike many of the beaches on the North Coast which often involve a long walk to get to the sea, here the sea is always accessible making it a great spot for a paddle or a swim. On a hot summer's day there is nothing better than indulging in an ice cream while looking out to sea. After their many years of success in Cromer, <a href="https://glidesurfschool.co.uk/">Glide Surf School</a> have set up a second location in Mundesley. Hire a surf board or paddle board and head out to sea or get some expert tuition to refine your skills.</p> <p dir="ltr"><img alt="Surfers" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="4a455ae4-a4b8-4e87-aece-060634ab1f89" src="/sites/norfolkcottages.co.uk/files/inline-images/Surfers-Race-for-the-Waves-%20390%20x240.jpg" /></p> <p dir="ltr">Perhaps the quirkiest thing about Mundesley is that it is home to the smallest museum in the UK - the <a href="https://www.mundesleymaritimemuseum.co.uk/">Mundesley Maritime Museum</a>. It opens at the beginning of the summer holidays and is a great way to engage with the history of the Norfolk coastline, plus how many people can say they've been to the country's smallest museum! </p> <h3 dir="ltr">EVENING</h3> <p dir="ltr"><img alt="Fish and Chips on Beach" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="6d098b58-90ae-43b2-831b-5ffc00dba4ab" src="/sites/norfolkcottages.co.uk/files/inline-images/fish%20and%20chips%20-%20390%20x%20240.jpg" /></p> <p dir="ltr">If you are looking to have an early night and get the kids off to bed, why not treat yourself to fish and chips and bring it back to the cottage. You are certainly not short of choice along this coastline - Mary Janes in Cromer and Kingfisher Fish Bar in Walcott being some local favourites. </p> <p dir="ltr">For those who want to carry on the evening, head back to your property, wash the sand from your hair and get dressed for an evening of indulgent food and drink. There are so many great options for a meal out on the East Coast but if you are going to have to choose just one it might have to be the <a href="https://www.theinghamswan.co.uk/">Ingham Swan</a>. Opened by Michelin star chef Daniel Smith, this restaurant really makes the best of Norfolk produce. With 2, 3 and 7 course menus available dining here is flexible but always delicious. </p> <h3 dir="ltr">WHERE TO STAY?</h3> <p dir="ltr"><img alt="Pilgrim Bedroom" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="4c906be6-c805-4f8d-b90a-a3e704337dc5" src="/sites/norfolkcottages.co.uk/files/inline-images/710%20-%20Bedroom%201%20-%20390%20x%20240.jpg" /></p> <p dir="ltr">After that fantastic meal and perhaps a drink or two, it is time to head back to your cottage for the evening. Norfolk Cottages has a fantastic range of <a href="https://www.norfolkcottages.co.uk/east-norfolk-coast-cottages">properties</a> available to choose from suitable for all types of holidayers - large gatherings, family friendly and cottages for two. </p> <p dir="ltr"><img alt="Pilgrim Progress Exterior" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="05744a60-5393-4fcc-9455-7e9ab2af565b" src="/sites/norfolkcottages.co.uk/files/inline-images/pilgrim%20progress%20-%20390%20x%20240.jpg" /></p> <p dir="ltr">For exploring the East Norfolk Coast we recommend the <a href="https://www.norfolkcottages.co.uk/search?locationid=1234&amp;attribute189=1&amp;attribute428=false">Pilgrim properties</a> based in Bacton. All part of the same complex, this collection of 5 comfortable properties offers something truly unique. Each property has been extensively renovated with modern bathrooms, spacious bedrooms, well equipped kitchens and extensive gardens with a summerhouse and outdoor chess set. With a wealth of beams, original fireplaces the overall character of these lovely cottages has been well retained. And if that was not enticing enough, the properties all have access to the large onsite swimming pool, sauna and games rooms!</p> <p dir="ltr"><img alt="Indoor Swimming Pool" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="83d3622a-4a3c-442b-ad6b-d8c27bd96b58" src="/sites/norfolkcottages.co.uk/files/inline-images/Pool%20-%20View%205%20-%20390%20x%20240.jpg" /></p> <p dir="ltr">Choose from the 12 person, 16th century, grade II listed <a href="https://www.norfolkcottages.co.uk/east-norfolk-coast-cottages/bacton/1836-pilgrim-house">Pilgrim House</a>, once the farmhouse of Bromholm Priory. Or opt for one of the smaller properties, such as the quaint <a href="https://www.norfolkcottages.co.uk/east-norfolk-coast-cottages/bacton/712-pilgrims-prospect">Pilgrims Prospect</a>, an outstanding barn conversion. All of the 4 smaller properties are dog friendly and the site has a path connecting you to Bacton Beach, perfect for a morning dog walk. </p> <p dir="ltr"><img alt="Pilgrim living area" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="5bc5f9d1-22c1-46d3-8d60-620c8dd377f8" src="/sites/norfolkcottages.co.uk/files/inline-images/Sitting%20room%202%20-%20390%20x%20240.jpg" /></p> <p dir="ltr">For those looking to book for a large gathering these properties couldn’t be better. All close together and with spacious living areas for get-togethers yet the separate properties allow privacy and space at the same time for separate families. The Pilgrim properties make a wonderful base to explore the opportunities and the beauty of the East Norfolk Coast.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Take a look at the full range of Pilgrim properties <a href="https://www.norfolkcottages.co.uk/search?locationid=1234&amp;attribute189=1&amp;attribute428=false">here. </a></strong></p> </div> <div class="field-wrapper field field-node--field-tags field-name-field-tags field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"> <ul class="field-items tocc__itemlist tocc__itemlist--inline" data-prefix="Tags"> <li class="field-item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/24" hreflang="en">Things To Do</a></li> <li class="field-item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/95" hreflang="en">Norfolk Broads and East Coast</a></li> </ul> </div> <a href="/blog/category/places-to-see" hreflang="en">Places to see</a> Tue, 11 Feb 2020 09:23:19 +0000 Ms Isobel Taylor 1083 at http://www.norfolkcottages.co.uk We heart GY http://www.norfolkcottages.co.uk/blog/2019/06/we-heart-gy <span class="field-wrapper">We heart GY</span> <span class="field-wrapper"><span lang="" about="/user/248" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Ms Georgia Dawson</span></span> <span class="field-wrapper">Mon, 06/10/2019 - 15:02</span> <div class="field-wrapper field field-node--field-banner-images field-name-field-banner-images field-type-image field-label-hidden"> <section class="block block-system block-system-breadcrumb-block"> <nav role="navigation" aria-labelledby="system-breadcrumb"> <span id="system-breadcrumb" class="visually-hidden">You are here</span> <ul class="oc-breadcrumb"> <li> <a href="/">Home</a> </li> <li> <a href="/blog/category/places-to-see">Places to see</a> </li> <li class="current"><a href="#"></a></li> </ul> </nav> </section> <div class="field-items tocc__herobanner"> <div class="tocc__tile tocc__tile--large field-item"> <div class="tocc__tile__image" style="background-image: url(/sites/norfolkcottages.co.uk/files/styles/page_banner/public/2019-06/iStock_70107181_XXXLARGE_1008x672.jpg?itok=puufkViE);"></div> </div> </div> </div> <div> <h4>Kim Lovick, our Senior Holidaymaker Team, has kindly written this blog entry about her family day out to Great Yarmouth on the east Norfolk coast...</h4> <p><span><span><span>Deciding on where to spend a ‘work free’ weekend in Norfolk is, for me, a little bit like standing in a cake shop. I am completely and utterly spoilt for choice, I love CAKE, all of it! And I love Norfolk… nearly as much.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>When you are spoilt for choice, it is inevitable that certain things will drop by the wayside. In a cake shop it might be, for example, an egg custard. The egg custard is tasty, sweet, it does the job but it’s never going to be as tempting as say, a salted caramel and chocolate fudge layer cake. In relation to Norfolk’s abundance of places to visit, the egg custard would be Great Yarmouth. With all due respect, Great Yarmouth has everything that a seaside town needs, a stunning sandy beach, a promenade, wonderful fish and chips and tempting sweet treats. BUT it just doesn’t have the picturesque, enchanting quality of somewhere like Cley or Blakeney.</span></span></span></p> <img alt="Great Yarmouth, Norfolk" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="40cf020f-3ffd-4ff1-a970-ca2b6d8cbfd7" height="529" src="/sites/norfolkcottages.co.uk/files/inline-images/Kim1_0.jpg" width="705" class="align-center" /><p> </p> <p><span><span><span>However, one hot summer’s day in the middle of July my fiancé mentioned that he was holding an event at Great Yarmouth library and asked if the children and I wanted to come along. After deliberating for a few moments, I thought ‘actually… why not!’. We could keep Simon company on the drive, get some chips (always a winner) and have a few hours on the beach. It’s always nice to do something a bit different and I love taking the children to places they haven’t seen before.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>After a visit to the event at the library I started to walk my little people down to the beach. I glanced down at my children, to see what I can only describe as unadulterated glee on their faces. They were literally taking everything in at a mile a minute, I stood and watched the bright lights flashing in their gleaming eyes. They walked along the esplanade staring open mouthed at the rides, the amusement arcades, stall after stall of brightly coloured buckets and beach balls, candy floss and popcorn hanging haphazardly outside the shops, and suddenly I realized, to them, this was magical.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>That day is forever etched in my mind, their faces, the excitement they felt, I could feel it exuding from them, it made me look at Great Yarmouth in a whole new light. We spent the whole day exploring, we had a trip on the road train, visited Joy Land (even I had to have a go on the infamous SNAILS!!!) spent far more than I would like to remember on the 2p machines, had fish and chips on the beach, paddled in the sea and ate ice cream. It really was a blissful day. By the time Simon finished work we were all exhausted, we piled into the car, wet from the beach, sticky from the ice cream, but overwhelmingly happy.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Later that night when the children were tucked up in bed I reflected on our day. I have lived in Norfolk all my life and was taken to Great Yarmouth as a child and I knew I enjoyed our time there. I tried to cast my mind back to remember at what point I started to see it as ‘tacky’ or ‘garish’ or whichever other derogatory adjectives are thrown at it. Unknowingly I had formed this opinion of it, perhaps influenced by other people’s views, possibly I had just grown up and decided I liked the finer things in life, but whatever the reason my fond childhood view of it had been forgotten. I am so grateful to my children for giving me the magic of being transported back to a forgotten childhood experience by looking at the world through their eyes for the day.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>I have tried to make sure that I take my children back to Great Yarmouth every summer, to reignite that feeling and to carry on a new tradition. They are slightly older now so Joyland has been replaced by the Pleasure Beach, with its marginally higher-octane rides. The 2p slots have been upgraded to those annoying ticket spurting machines on which I spend £20 to win 3000 tickets which in turn can buy me a bouncy ball and a Chupa Chup lolly (it appears some of my cynicism remains!). Despite this, the fun and happiness that we have on our days out has not wavered. Our most recent trip included a new experience for us, donkey rides, which the children absolutely loved! But no, Lexie, we cannot take the donkey home (not even for 3000 tickets).</span></span></span></p> <img alt="Family day out at Great Yarmouth" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="c56946c8-f2e0-45d1-98f1-2f302f927526" height="408" src="/sites/norfolkcottages.co.uk/files/inline-images/Kim2.jpg" width="306" class="align-center" /><p> </p> </div> <a href="/blog/category/places-to-see" hreflang="en">Places to see</a> Mon, 10 Jun 2019 15:02:56 +0000 Ms Georgia Dawson 882 at http://www.norfolkcottages.co.uk Delightful dog walks in Norfolk http://www.norfolkcottages.co.uk/blog/2018/06/delightful-dog-walks-norfolk <span class="field-wrapper">Delightful dog walks in Norfolk</span> <span class="field-wrapper"><span lang="" about="/user/25" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Georgia Dawson</span></span> <span class="field-wrapper">Thu, 06/07/2018 - 16:35</span> <div class="field-wrapper field field-node--field-banner-images field-name-field-banner-images field-type-image field-label-hidden"> <section class="block block-system block-system-breadcrumb-block"> <nav role="navigation" aria-labelledby="system-breadcrumb"> <span id="system-breadcrumb" class="visually-hidden">You are here</span> <ul class="oc-breadcrumb"> <li> <a href="/">Home</a> </li> <li> <a href="/blog/category/places-to-see">Places to see</a> </li> <li class="current"><a href="#"></a></li> </ul> </nav> </section> <div class="field-items tocc__herobanner"> <div class="tocc__tile tocc__tile--large field-item"> <div class="tocc__tile__image" style="background-image: url(/sites/norfolkcottages.co.uk/files/styles/page_banner/public/toccimport/iStock_100637135_MEDIUM_840x370.jpg?itok=vK29lpBf);"></div> </div> </div> </div> <div> <p>Norfolk is a fantastic location for dog walks, with gorgeous countryside to explore, the Broads to discover and coastal views to admire. Below are ten dog-walking hotspots for you and your four-legged friend.</p> <h4>1. Whitlingham Country Park</h4> <p>Whitlingham Country Park, situated 15 minutes southeast of Norwich, is a fantastic place to walk, run or cycle, camp and picnic. Whitlingham also offer a range of water-based activities, such as canoeing, kayaking and windsurfing. Whitlingham is a wonderful place to bring your dog for a walk – the circular 3km route guides you through woodlands and meadows, with beautiful views of the lake.</p> <h4>2. Blickling Estate</h4> <p><img alt="Blickling estate " data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="783cf09c-4626-4b9d-8627-04bfbcc6a822" src="/sites/norfolkcottages.co.uk/files/inline-images/DSC2373_1008x671.jpg" /></p> <p>Surrounding the breath-taking Jacobean mansion, the gardens of the Estate are the result of inspired planting over 30 years. Covering an amazing 4,600 acres with 950 acres of woodland and parkland and 3,500 acres of farmland, Blickling Estate is a fantastic place to bring your dog for a run around. Explore the grounds before settling down on the grass for a picnic in the sunshine. If you fancy joining other dog-walkers on a regular basis, the Blickling Bounders are a dog-friendly walking group that depart from the main car park every Monday at 10am for a wander around the Estate.</p> <h4>3. Holt Country Park</h4> <p><img alt="Holt country park" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="8ae4f0dc-f00c-4412-a4a5-462c9b6fa226" src="/sites/norfolkcottages.co.uk/files/inline-images/Norfolk-2018_1008x672.jpg" /></p> <p>Holt Country Park is located a short walk away from the Georgian town of Holt, on the edge of the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Wandering around the circular trails allow you and your four-legged friend to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and walk as far as you like. You can grab a map from the Visitor Centre before you begin as there are various colour-coded trails to follow, all varying in length. The paths crisscross each other, and all end up back at the Visitor Centre.</p> <h4>4. Holkham beach</h4> <p><img alt="Holkham Beach" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="f7d7134d-d5a4-45cd-8e96-cdb4b4363de9" src="/sites/norfolkcottages.co.uk/files/inline-images/Norfolk%20Shoot%20%28249%29_1008x669.jpg" /></p> <p>Holkham beach is one of the most un-spoilt and spectacular stretches of sand in the country. Your dog will love a run around on the vast sands, however there are designated beach walks if you would prefer to follow a route. The lovely two-hour walk leads you to the lifeboat station at Wells-next-the-sea and back again, boasting beautiful coastal views on the way and woodland views on the way back. For a shorter walk which is also suitable for disabled visitors, follow the hardcore track along the pinewoods. At the George Washington Hide, there is access to the beach where you can enjoy coastal views on the way back.</p> <h4>5. Happisburgh beach</h4> <p><img alt="Happisburgh beach" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="6a7d2e23-cdec-4e02-a178-7cfae79a0139" src="/sites/norfolkcottages.co.uk/files/inline-images/187013920_1008x567.jpg" /></p> <p>From Happisburgh beach, there are miles of wonderful coastal paths to discover in the surrounding area. Happisburgh beach is on Norfolk’s Deep History Coast, which is where a land mass connected Britain to the Continent, pre-Ice Age. 850,000-year-old footprints have been discovered at Happisburgh and are the oldest evidence of humans outside Africa's Great Rift Valley. Bring your dog for a run around on the beautiful and historical beach at Happisburgh.</p> <h4>6. Felbrigg Estate</h4> <p>The beautiful park, complete with a lake, 520 acres of woodland and waymarked trails, is a wonderful place to bring the dog for a day out. The 2.5 mile Church and Ice House trail passes through lovely fields and woodland, leading you to a hidden lake. Along this circular walking trail, you'll pass fascinating historic buildings dating back to the 1700s as well as interesting trees. Alternatively, the 16 mile Mountain Walk takes you through countryside, parkland and along the coast. The circular trail with spectacular views has a gradient of 1140ft which is the equivalent of a small mountain. The walk starts and finishes at Felbrigg Hall and you’ll pass Sheringham and Weybourne on the way.</p> <h4>7. Salhouse Broad</h4> <p>At Salhouse Broad, explore the outstanding beauty of the surrounds woods, water and wildlife. The 40-acre Broad is open to the public all year round and is part of the Broads Executive Area, a member of the National Park family, and lies within the Salhouse Conservation Area. There is also another 20 acres of woodland to explore which is accessible to visitors. Visit Salhouse Broad for a day of peace and tranquility and walk your dog in a relaxed atmosphere.</p> <h4>8. Brancaster beach</h4> <p><img alt="Brancaster beach" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="b386ae6a-62c8-42ac-b1d8-ababe5cdfce6" src="/sites/norfolkcottages.co.uk/files/inline-images/Norfolk%20Shoot%20%2838%29_1008x669.jpg" /></p> <p>Brancaster beach at Brancaster Estate boasts vast gorgeous golden sands, perfect for a dog walk. Being a very dog-friendly beach, Brancaster sands stretches are far as the eye can see and is ideal for a summer evening wander or a winter breath of fresh air. The beach is at its best when the tide is out, with miles and miles of un-spoilt sands. The remains of an old shipwreck can also be seen when the tide is out.</p> <h4>9. Sea Palling and Waxham beaches</h4> <p><img alt="Waxham Beach" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="7685f41b-0673-46a9-8da5-a78a151c40a6" src="/sites/norfolkcottages.co.uk/files/inline-images/Waxham%20%283%29_1008x670.jpg" /></p> <p>Awarded the Blue Flag status, Sea Palling beach is a fantastic location for a dog walk during the winter time. However, it does get quite busy during the summer time due to the beach being very popular with families. In the summer time, heading down to Waxham beach is a good idea – the beach is hidden by trees and sand dunes and with no local car park or amenities, Waxham beach is ideal for a peaceful and beautiful dog walk come summer or winter.</p> <h4>10. Sheringham Park</h4> <p><img alt="Sheringham Park" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="42aa00b8-4ab2-42fd-b840-75dcd58939fd" src="/sites/norfolkcottages.co.uk/files/inline-images/Norfolk-2178_1008x671.jpg" /></p> <p>With almost 1000 acres of land to explore at Sheringham Park, you have the opportunity to take a short stroll with your four-legged friend or a longer walk in the sunshine. There are four waymarked trails you can follow, ranging from one to five miles. The walks will guide you through varying habitats of the Park, boasting beautiful coastal views as well as woodland wanders. The wonderful Repton Walk at Sheringham Park is dog-friendly, 2 miles long and will take you through the landscaped parkland, with gorgeous coastal views as well as countryside landscapes.</p> </div> <a href="/blog/category/places-to-see" hreflang="en">Places to see</a> Thu, 07 Jun 2018 16:35:13 +0000 Georgia Dawson 146 at http://www.norfolkcottages.co.uk 10 gardens to visit this June http://www.norfolkcottages.co.uk/blog/2018/03/10-gardens-visit-june <span class="field-wrapper">10 gardens to visit this June</span> <span class="field-wrapper"><span lang="" about="/user/25" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Georgia Dawson</span></span> <span class="field-wrapper">Thu, 03/01/2018 - 16:28</span> <div class="field-wrapper field field-node--field-banner-images field-name-field-banner-images field-type-image field-label-hidden"> <section class="block block-system block-system-breadcrumb-block"> <nav role="navigation" aria-labelledby="system-breadcrumb"> <span id="system-breadcrumb" class="visually-hidden">You are here</span> <ul class="oc-breadcrumb"> <li> <a href="/">Home</a> </li> <li> <a href="/blog/category/places-to-see">Places to see</a> </li> <li class="current"><a href="#"></a></li> </ul> </nav> </section> <div class="field-items tocc__herobanner"> <div class="tocc__tile tocc__tile--large field-item"> <div class="tocc__tile__image" style="background-image: url(/sites/norfolkcottages.co.uk/files/styles/page_banner/public/toccimport/Norfolk%2520Shoot%2520%2528145%2529_1008x669_2.jpg?itok=TZBuwxZE);"></div> </div> </div> </div> <div> <p>Summer is the perfect time to wander, explore and discover the beautiful gardens Norfolk has to offer. Make the most of the glorious sunshine and visit one, or all ten, of the locations we have hand-picked for you. Enjoy!</p> <p>1. Priory Maze and Gardens£6.50 per adult, £4.00 per child or £19.00 for a family of 2 adults + 3 childrenThis Summer, explore the 10 acres of  Priory Maze and Gardens. With a variety of gardens, meadows, walks and streams, Priory Gardens is a perfect place to take the children for some Vitamin D, walk the dog through the trees and clear the mind of everyday stresses. During your visit, why not give the historic Priory Maze a try - quiz packs are also available to amuse the children. </p> <p>2. Felbrigg Hall, Gardens and Estate£11.00 per adult, £5.25 per child or £27.20 for a familyFelbrigg Hall is one of the most grand country houses in East Anglia. Surrounding the magnificent building, the Walled Gardens are a masterpiece themselves. Finally, beyond the Walled Gardens lays 520 acres of land and a beautiful lake. Main visitor routes are pushchair friendly, making this day out perfect for all the family.</p> <p>3. Blickling Estate£14.35 per adult, £7.20 per child or £35.95 for a familyVisit Blicking Estate this Summer. The grand Jacobean mansion is surrounded by magnificent meadows and gardens. This year, visitors can learn about the National Trust's observational work every day of the week. Grab a map and explore the Estate and Gardens this June and you will not leave disappointed. </p> <p>4. Raveningham Gardens£5.00 per adult, children freeCome and visit the beautiful Raveningham Gardens this June. With the stunnnig 5,000 acres of land to explore, what a beautiful way to spend a Summer's afternoon. Raveningham Gardens opens up for the National Open Garden Scheme on Sunday 11th March too, 11:00 to 16:00. This means all entry fees and money from teas and cakes will go towards charities such as The Queen’s Nursing Institute, Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Carers Trust, Hospice UK, Perennial, Parkinson’s UK and other guest charities.</p> <p>5. East Runton Garden Estate£8.50 per adult, £1.00 per childVisit the exotic coastal garden of the East Runton Garden Estate. With rare, vibrant and unusual plants growing within the Garden, there is no place quite like this. Pop to the Garden for a day filled with colour, energy and life. The East Runton Garden Estate is open for the National Open Garden Scheme on Saturday 17th March and Saturday 13th October between 12:00 and 17:30. </p> <p>6. The Plantation Garden£2.00 per adult, children freeThe Plantation Garden is a beautiful, hidden away garden in the heart of Norwich. The Plantation Garden is a Grade II English Heritage registered garden close to Norwich City centre, next to the Catholic Cathedral. The Garden covers 3 acres of land and includes a Gothic water fountain, stunning flower beds, a summer house, a rustic bridge, and much, much more. A beautiful place to walk your dog, or simply come to collect your thoughts after completing your shopping in the city centre, The Plantation Garden is a perfect place to visit this June.</p> <p>7. Houghton Hall, Gardens and Park£18 per adult or £12 per adult (gardens and grounds only), children freeHoughton Hall has a very rich history. It was built in the 1720s for the Great Britain's first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole, and was then passed down through generations. When visiting its grounds, you can visit the stunning 5 acre Walled Garden, the outdoor sculptures, St Martin's Church, The Stables and The Soldier Museum. </p> <p>8. Sheringham ParkEntry freeThis June, head to Sheringham Park for a warm day out, exploring and wandering the 1,000 acres of land and woodland. You can climb to the top of the towers to experience the breathtaking views of the landscape and the North Norfolk Coast. When visiting Sheringham Park, look out for the wildlife as 3 species of deer can be seen, along with various birds and butterflies. To top it off, you may even see a steam train passing through.</p> <p>9. Sandringham Estate and Gardens£16.50 per adult, £8.00 per child, or £41.00 per family of 2 adults, 3 children (house, museum and gardens), £11.00 per adult, £5.50 per child or £27.50 per family of 2 adults, 3 children (museum and gardens only)Sandringham Estate is The Queen's private estate. The Duke of Edinburgh took responsibility for the Estate at the beginning of Her Majesty's reign in 1952. Over 5,000 trees and many miles of hedges are planted each year. The House is full of history, along with the glorious Gardens and Country Park. Sandringham House is set within 24 acres of gardens, with two lakes, dotted with small islands. In 1913, a lovely summerhouse named The Nest was built for Queen Alexandra. In 1968, an area of 350 acres of The Queen's private Estate was changed to a Country Park and it has grown since then - today almost 600 acres are available for you to enjoy and explore.</p> <p>10. Holkham Nature Reserve and BeachEntry freeHolkham National Nature Reserve stretches from Burnham Norton to Blakeney and covers roughly 9158 acres. This June, head to Holkham and enjoy the vast sands and beautiful landscape views. Following footpaths leading from main car parks, you will be able to explore most of the stunning area. The main section of the reserve, stretching from Wells to Holkham Bay, is intertwined by paths allowing access through the lovely woodland.</p> </div> <div class="field-wrapper field field-node--field-tags field-name-field-tags field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"> <ul class="field-items tocc__itemlist tocc__itemlist--inline" data-prefix="Tags"> <li class="field-item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/12" hreflang="en">Summer</a></li> </ul> </div> <a href="/blog/category/places-to-see" hreflang="en">Places to see</a> Thu, 01 Mar 2018 16:28:44 +0000 Georgia Dawson 178 at http://www.norfolkcottages.co.uk My North Norfolk http://www.norfolkcottages.co.uk/blog/2015/09/my-north-norfolk <span class="field-wrapper">My North Norfolk</span> <span class="field-wrapper"><span lang="" about="/user/33" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Heather McCraith</span></span> <span class="field-wrapper">Thu, 09/10/2015 - 11:41</span> <div class="field-wrapper field field-node--field-banner-images field-name-field-banner-images field-type-image field-label-hidden"> <section class="block block-system block-system-breadcrumb-block"> <nav role="navigation" aria-labelledby="system-breadcrumb"> <span id="system-breadcrumb" class="visually-hidden">You are here</span> <ul class="oc-breadcrumb"> <li> <a href="/">Home</a> </li> <li> <a href="/blog/category/places-to-see">Places to see</a> </li> <li class="current"><a href="#"></a></li> </ul> </nav> </section> <div class="field-items tocc__herobanner"> <div class="tocc__tile tocc__tile--large field-item"> <div class="tocc__tile__image" style="background-image: url(/sites/norfolkcottages.co.uk/files/styles/page_banner/public/toccimport/boathh_e39182cbe2_k.jpg?itok=Yk6S3Ffb);"></div> </div> </div> </div> <div> <p>An area of Norfolk so diverse that it challenges every pre-conception you may hold about this county - flat, dull, boring. Not so, we love this part of Norfolk. You only have to move away from the coast and venture inland to find yourself amongst rolling countryside with little traffic and breathtaking glimpses of the beautiful coastline.</p> <p>Take the country road from Docking and head towards Brancaster. As you approach the crest of a hill the coast appears before you in all its glory; salt marshes and the white sail of a dinghy and in the far distance the shimmer of a wind farm. It’s a sight to stir the senses, whatever the time of year.</p> <p>The villages of the Royal Sandringham Estate are a delight with their mellow carrstone in such contrast to the brick and flint of the Burnhams.  Brancaster Staithe with its sailing activity is colourful and exciting.  Holme-next-the Sea has a wonderful beach and easy access to a lovely walk to neighbouring Old Hunstanton. Then there is the Norfolk Coast Path which connects with Peddars Way to provide an exciting off road cycling experience (though possibly best done in stages as it is quite strenuous!). Wells-next-the-Sea is a bustling seaside town and a great place to take the kids crabbing.</p> <p>We love the variety and choice when it comes to local food and produce. We are so lucky to have top quality venison from Houghton Hall, mussels from Brancaster and Cromer’s crabs – and the list could go on... The farmers markets at South Creake, Weybourne and Fakenham are really great fun for tasting delicious cheeses, chutneys, jams, local cider and beer. Everyone enjoys eating out and there’s such a wide choice here, from Michelin starred dining experiences to great pub grub. One favourite is Morston Hall for a special treat and memorable dining and the Kiwi Inn group have five lovely pubs around the county with three in North Norfolk.  The Bell at Wiveton does fantastic fish and chips and serves local beer.  Wells Crab House Café is a relatively new addition; the food is tasty, the atmosphere relaxed and the staff very helpful and friendly.</p> </div> <div class="field-wrapper field field-node--field-tags field-name-field-tags field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"> <ul class="field-items tocc__itemlist tocc__itemlist--inline" data-prefix="Tags"> <li class="field-item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/15" hreflang="en">North Norfolk Coast</a></li> </ul> </div> <a href="/blog/category/places-to-see" hreflang="en">Places to see</a> Thu, 10 Sep 2015 11:41:55 +0000 Heather McCraith 270 at http://www.norfolkcottages.co.uk Why Wells? http://www.norfolkcottages.co.uk/blog/2014/04/why-wells <span class="field-wrapper">Why Wells?</span> <span class="field-wrapper"><span lang="" about="/user/29" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Laura Foster</span></span> <span class="field-wrapper">Tue, 04/14/2015 - 13:02</span> <div class="field-wrapper field field-node--field-banner-images field-name-field-banner-images field-type-image field-label-hidden"> <section class="block block-system block-system-breadcrumb-block"> <nav role="navigation" aria-labelledby="system-breadcrumb"> <span id="system-breadcrumb" class="visually-hidden">You are here</span> <ul class="oc-breadcrumb"> <li> <a href="/">Home</a> </li> <li> <a href="/blog/category/places-to-see">Places to see</a> </li> <li class="current"><a href="#"></a></li> </ul> </nav> </section> <div class="field-items tocc__herobanner"> <div class="tocc__tile tocc__tile--large field-item"> <div class="tocc__tile__image" style="background-image: url(/sites/norfolkcottages.co.uk/files/styles/page_banner/public/toccimport/WELLS_46fcc06f29_z_0.jpg?itok=KgVM3iZK);"></div> </div> </div> </div> <div> <h3>Wells-Next-The-Sea on the North Norfolk coast has so much to offer the whole family, so in no particular order, here are my top ten reasons for visiting……</h3> <p><strong>The Beach</strong>… Vast expanses of golden sand with dunes perfect for a picnic and of course the iconic multi-coloured wooden beach huts standing proud in the sun, there are few better places to while away the day than Wells beach.</p> <p><strong>The Charming Wells to Walsingham Light Railway</strong>… Take a ride to enjoy the picturesque north Norfolk countryside. The miniature railway has its own unique Garratt locomotive and is said to be the longest line of its type in the world!!!!</p> <p><strong>The Buttlands</strong>… A lovely place to escape the hustle and bustle. Here you will find old buildings packed with character, including traditional pubs like The Crown and The Globe Inn. Circle the pretty, peaceful green, relax and enjoy a drink in the summer.</p> <p><strong>Gillying</strong>… Fun for the whole family. Line the edge of the quay in anticipation, watch or have a go yourself to try and catch the biggest, the smallest, the most, the scariest….</p> <p><strong>Fish &amp; Chips </strong>on the quay wall…Enough said!</p> <p><strong>Unique Shopping</strong>… Wells has a fantastic array of independent boutiques, butchers, delis and greengrocers. Pick up quirky coastal inspired pieces for your home and try some amazing delicacies from Wells Deli.</p> <p><strong>Artwork</strong>… Wells has long been a muse for artists and photographers alike. The town has several galleries, including Art Next the Sea, Gallery Plus, The Staithe Gallery and Saltmarsh Coast Gallery, in many of the shops you can pick up original work by Norfolk artists at affordable prices.</p> <p><strong>Wells Carnival</strong>… A popular celebration which is held every year, starting at the end of July. As well as a colourful parade, there are a number of events throughout the week including a fun run, live music, a sandcastle competition, bingo, gillying contest, teddy bears picnic, craft workshops and even a fantastic outdoor cinema night on the Buttlands.</p> <p><strong>The Pinewoods</strong>… Which can be accessed via the Wells beach car park, or directly from the beach via numerous wooden steps. The mature pines were planted over 100 years ago and the woods are home to wild flowers, rare birds and grey squirrels.</p> <p><strong>Old-Fashioned Seaside Fun</strong>…  Amusement arcades, candy floss, rock, toffee apples, doughnuts can all be found in Wells. Also take the miniature railway from the quay to the beach where you will find a nine-hole pitch and putt course, trampolines, a natural lake, boating and crazy golf. </p> </div> <div class="field-wrapper field field-node--field-tags field-name-field-tags field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"> <ul class="field-items tocc__itemlist tocc__itemlist--inline" data-prefix="Tags"> <li class="field-item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/15" hreflang="en">North Norfolk Coast</a></li> </ul> </div> <a href="/blog/category/places-to-see" hreflang="en">Places to see</a> Tue, 14 Apr 2015 13:02:24 +0000 Laura Foster 286 at http://www.norfolkcottages.co.uk The Thursford Collection http://www.norfolkcottages.co.uk/blog/2014/05/the-thursford-collection <span class="field-wrapper">The Thursford Collection</span> <span class="field-wrapper"><span lang="" about="/user/468" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype=""> Laura Foster</span></span> <span class="field-wrapper">Wed, 05/28/2014 - 14:48</span> <div> <p>When you think of Thursford, you’ll probably think it’s just home to the largest Christmas show in the country. </p> <p>This is true, over 2.5 million people have seen the magical extravaganza, however what you may not know is The Thursford Collection offers fun for all the family at other times of the year not just at Christmas!</p> <p>During April – September they are open and running back stage tours, where you can visit behind the scenes, see the dressing rooms, costumes and experience all the secret preparations being planned for the 2014 show!</p> <p>Again during this time you can climb on board the traditional carousels and gondola, marvel at the size and scale of steam with the largest collection of traction engines in the world. Be spellbound with music from original fairground sounds of mechanical organs and enjoy daily mighty Wurlitzer shows with Robert Wolfe, one of the worlds leading theatre organists.</p> <p>Young children will love the adventure playground with swings, slides, climbing frames and even a zip wire, to tackle.</p> <p>Love shopping? Everyone turns into a child with the biggest Christmas store in the country to explore, not forgetting the traditional sweet shop where you’ll be sure to find all your old-fashioned favourites.</p> <p>If you still have some spending money left! Shop for fashion, accessories, crafts, jams, chutneys, biscuits and unique giftware at the “olde worlde” village of shops.</p> <p>You can also sample some tasty soups, salads, sandwiches, full lunches and afternoon teas in the café or take a picnic and sit in the family friendly garden.</p> <p>Finally a day here isn’t complete without having homemade ice-cream, created on the premises in a host of delicious flavours, in my opinion there’s nothing like the taste of real ice-cream!</p> <p>So whilst having a holiday in Norfolk, (not just at Christmas!) Don’t forget to discover the wonderful world of fairground fun, marvellous machines, countryside heritage, musical shows, shopping village and much much more.....</p> <p>The Thursford Collection is for EVERYDAY not just for Christmas!</p> </div> <div class="field-wrapper field field-node--field-tags field-name-field-tags field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"> <ul class="field-items tocc__itemlist tocc__itemlist--inline" data-prefix="Tags"> <li class="field-item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/27" hreflang="en">Attractions</a></li> </ul> </div> <a href="/blog/category/places-to-see" hreflang="en">Places to see</a> Wed, 28 May 2014 14:48:44 +0000 Laura Foster 348 at http://www.norfolkcottages.co.uk A Trip Down Memory Lane... http://www.norfolkcottages.co.uk/blog/2014/04/a-trip-down-memory-lane <span class="field-wrapper">A Trip Down Memory Lane...</span> <span class="field-wrapper"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></span> <span class="field-wrapper">Sat, 04/12/2014 - 15:09</span> <div class="field-wrapper field field-node--field-banner-images field-name-field-banner-images field-type-image field-label-hidden"> <section class="block block-system block-system-breadcrumb-block"> <nav role="navigation" aria-labelledby="system-breadcrumb"> <span id="system-breadcrumb" class="visually-hidden">You are here</span> <ul class="oc-breadcrumb"> <li> <a href="/">Home</a> </li> <li> <a href="/blog/category/places-to-see">Places to see</a> </li> <li class="current"><a href="#"></a></li> </ul> </nav> </section> <div class="field-items tocc__herobanner"> <div class="tocc__tile tocc__tile--large field-item"> <div class="tocc__tile__image" style="background-image: url(/sites/norfolkcottages.co.uk/files/styles/page_banner/public/toccimport/Lighthouse_f4e5046239_k.jpg?itok=n6wBGj4O);"></div> </div> </div> </div> <div> <p><strong>A Trip Down Memory Lane – Eccles Beach.</strong></p> <p>As a child I have fond memories of running over the sand dunes in the mornings at Cart Gap and being faced with nothing but sand and sea, oh the excitement of building sandcastles and jumping waves.</p> <p>Just recently I popped back to my favourite hideaway and it still hasn’t lost its charm for me, the old excitement of my childhood has been replaced with the excitement of escaping to this beautiful peaceful spot. Of course a lot has changed, no longer is there the corner shop where we could get our buckets and spades and pint of milk. One of the main attractions is the Smallsticks Cafe which is cosy and welcoming in those chillier days and has a lovely little garden for the warmer times. After sampling some of the menu it is definitely worth a visit or two.</p> <p>For those who like to stroll and see the sights why not take a walk along the cliff to Happisburgh where you can see the lighthouse (once appeared on Challenge Anneka) and read about some of the history of Happisburgh and how erosion has had an impact on the villagers. For me this was shocking to see, where I had once walked as a child, has now been lost to the sea.</p> <p>Eccles is also the perfect place for a packed lunch, sit on the sand and soak up the sun; you never know you might even get to see a seal!</p> <p>By Hilary Harmer - 12/04/14</p> </div> <div class="field-wrapper field field-node--field-tags field-name-field-tags field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"> <ul class="field-items tocc__itemlist tocc__itemlist--inline" data-prefix="Tags"> <li class="field-item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/95" hreflang="en">Norfolk Broads and East Coast</a></li> </ul> </div> <a href="/blog/category/places-to-see" hreflang="en">Places to see</a> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 15:09:38 +0000 Anonymous 364 at http://www.norfolkcottages.co.uk A Meander Through Wells http://www.norfolkcottages.co.uk/blog/2014/03/a-meander-through-wells <span class="field-wrapper">A Meander Through Wells</span> <span class="field-wrapper"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></span> <span class="field-wrapper">Mon, 03/17/2014 - 12:23</span> <div class="field-wrapper field field-node--field-banner-images field-name-field-banner-images field-type-image field-label-hidden"> <section class="block block-system block-system-breadcrumb-block"> <nav role="navigation" aria-labelledby="system-breadcrumb"> <span id="system-breadcrumb" class="visually-hidden">You are here</span> <ul class="oc-breadcrumb"> <li> <a href="/">Home</a> </li> <li> <a href="/blog/category/places-to-see">Places to see</a> </li> <li class="current"><a href="#"></a></li> </ul> </nav> </section> <div class="field-items tocc__herobanner"> <div class="tocc__tile tocc__tile--large field-item"> <div class="tocc__tile__image" style="background-image: url(/sites/norfolkcottages.co.uk/files/styles/page_banner/public/toccimport/Heatherwells_f2d423c074_k.jpg?itok=1PvWMr7e);"></div> </div> </div> </div> <div> <h3>A meander through Wells-next-the-Sea and onto the beach.</h3> <p>On a beautiful warm and spring Sunday in March it was a delight to be out on the Norfolk coast. Wells was buzzing and when you visit this small, pretty coastal town you will see why.  Staithe Street is a glorious mix of eclectic shops, many traditional and others more of a boutique style.  A great deli, well stocked fruit and veg shop, Howells butchers (a renowned local name) and so much more.</p> <p>Combine this with great pubs, the Crown and the Globe on the Buttlands come to mind, tea shops and cafes like the Wells Crab House café and the award winning fish and chip shops that that are French’s and Plattens, the variety is superb.</p> <p>The quayside bustles with activity, fishing boats moored up, mounds of lobster and crab pots a reminder that Wells is very much a fishing town despite its tourism. Children having fun with crabbing lines, peering into buckets with wriggly crabs and counting them, if they can, is always great fun to watch.</p> <p>Walking down the esplanade to the beach is rewarding whether the tide is in or out, so much to observe, fishing and sailing boats, the high cry of a curlew and the waders having a fine time digging for worms. Observing the high tech catamarans in their new basin, down by the lifeboat station and hearing the chug chug of the narrow gauge railway transporting children and parents to the beach.</p> <p>The beach is super, wide open spaces and colourful beach huts. The sand firm enough for stretching your legs and enjoying a long walk to Holkham and back through the pine woods. This is one of the few beaches that allow dogs all year round.  Or do as we did, find a sunny sheltered spot and have a picnic lunch and let the children enjoy the freedom of running around unrestricted.</p> <p>On the way back there is a really good children’s park that should not be missed. The pirate ship was a great attraction and my three year old grandson had to be prised away with a bribe of ice cream. Wells is a place to visit and enjoy whatever the time of year and has something for all ages.</p> <p>By Heather McCraith - 17/03/14</p> </div> <div class="field-wrapper field field-node--field-tags field-name-field-tags field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"> <ul class="field-items tocc__itemlist tocc__itemlist--inline" data-prefix="Tags"> <li class="field-item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/15" hreflang="en">North Norfolk Coast</a></li> </ul> </div> <a href="/blog/category/places-to-see" hreflang="en">Places to see</a> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:23:24 +0000 Anonymous 371 at http://www.norfolkcottages.co.uk A Day In Norwich http://www.norfolkcottages.co.uk/blog/2014/03/a-day-in-norwich <span class="field-wrapper">A Day In Norwich</span> <span class="field-wrapper"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></span> <span class="field-wrapper">Mon, 03/10/2014 - 14:54</span> <div class="field-wrapper field field-node--field-banner-images field-name-field-banner-images field-type-image field-label-hidden"> <section class="block block-system block-system-breadcrumb-block"> <nav role="navigation" aria-labelledby="system-breadcrumb"> <span id="system-breadcrumb" class="visually-hidden">You are here</span> <ul class="oc-breadcrumb"> <li> <a href="/">Home</a> </li> <li> <a href="/blog/category/places-to-see">Places to see</a> </li> <li class="current"><a href="#"></a></li> </ul> </nav> </section> <div class="field-items tocc__herobanner"> <div class="tocc__tile tocc__tile--large field-item"> <div class="tocc__tile__image" style="background-image: url(/sites/norfolkcottages.co.uk/files/styles/page_banner/public/toccimport/Moira_e25ceab583_z_0.jpg?itok=ZFITe54K);"></div> </div> </div> </div> <div> <p>What a lovely sunny Spring day it was in Norfolk yesterday. We went into Norwich, walked around The Lanes, then went for lunch at The Bell.</p> <p>It was then time to walk off the lovely lunch around The Castle gardens. Crocuses and daffodils were bright and cheery swaying in the breeze. The path then took us up to the Castle where we visited the Roman Exhibition. A must see! It was very good with exhibits from the British Museum and many of the hoards having been found in Norfolk. There was also a quiz sheet for children to follow and  ‘Romanopoly’ to play. .</p> <p>It was then a must to visit the Boudicca display. Amazing torques and jewellery from the Iceni tribes.</p> <p>Last but not least coffee and cake in the Rotunda café.</p> <p>By Moira Youngman - 10/03/14</p> </div> <div class="field-wrapper field field-node--field-tags field-name-field-tags field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"> <ul class="field-items tocc__itemlist tocc__itemlist--inline" data-prefix="Tags"> <li class="field-item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/36" hreflang="en">Norwich</a></li> <li class="field-item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/13" hreflang="en">Spring</a></li> </ul> </div> <a href="/blog/category/places-to-see" hreflang="en">Places to see</a> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 14:54:26 +0000 Anonymous 374 at http://www.norfolkcottages.co.uk