Events http://www.norfolkcottages.co.uk/taxonomy/term/45 en Pensthorpe Bird and Wildlife Fair http://www.norfolkcottages.co.uk/blog/2019/07/pensthorpe-bird-and-wildlife-fair-2019 <span class="field-wrapper">Pensthorpe Bird and Wildlife Fair</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">Fri, 07/05/2019 - 13:42</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="/taxonomy/term/45">Events</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/2019-07/Pensthorpe%20Natural%20Park%20%28C%29%20Aerial%20View%20Photography%20%282%29.jpg?itok=u4TYXCfX);"></div> </div> </div> </div> <div> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>“How lucky Norfolk is to have this event on its doorstep”:</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span> <strong>First Pensthorpe Bird and Wildlife Fair “a great weekend”</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span>Pensthorpe Natural Park is a 700-acre modern nature reserve situated 11 miles inland from the north Norfolk coast and comprises wetlands, farmland, ancient woodlands, gardens and one of the largest wildflower meadows in Norfolk, making it the home of hundreds of bird, plant and wildlife species. </span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span>We were one of the sponsors of the first Pensthorpe Bird and Wildlife Fair, held on 18 and 19 May 2019, and Bill Jordan, owner of Pensthorpe Natural Park has written a guest post for us about the event…</span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>As anyone who has visited or lives in Norfolk knows,<strong> </strong>Norfolk is a<strong> </strong>birdwatchers’ paradise and </span><span>protecting and promoting wildlife has been in our DNA since Pensthorpe was founded as a wildfowl and wetlands park back in 1988.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Our aim for the Pensthorpe Bird and Wildlife Fair was<strong> </strong>to celebrate Norfolk<strong> </strong>as the birdwatching capital of Britain, showcase the extraordinary species we attract here<strong> </strong>and highlight conservation issues, and it was a joy to celebrate the unique nature and wildlife offering that the county has to offer. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>It was a real pleasure to welcome around 2,500 visitors over the weekend and see them enjoy a jam-packed programme of expert talks, guided walks, pond dipping sessions and bird identification sessions, as well as attend book signings and meet a range of exhibitors.</span></span></span></span></p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"><img alt="Pensthorpe Bird &amp; Wildlife Fair 2019" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="4d9dbfd5-c9cd-47f3-94f2-b723e04e1fa9" src="/sites/norfolkcottages.co.uk/files/inline-images/Copy%20of%20Copy%20of%20Untitled%20Design%20%281%29.png" /><figcaption>Photographs by Steve Adams</figcaption></figure><p><span><span><span><span>The event attracted wildlife enthusiasts, as well as people who just enjoy feeding their garden birds and families who want their children to be inspired and learn about some of the amazing wildlife that calls Norfolk home, and we worked hard to make the event accessible for everyone. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>There were so many highlights from the weekend, which included guest appearances from nature and wildlife experts including Simon King OBE, known for his work on <em>Big Cat Diary</em> and <em>Springwatch</em>; Mike Dilger, <em>The One Show</em> wildlife reporter and presenter on <em>Nature’s Babies; and </em>Bill Oddie OBE, who has presented TV programmes including <em>Springwatch and Autumnwatch. </em>Visitors were spilling out of the marquee to hear Simon, Mike and Bill talk! </span></span></span></span></p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"><img alt="Pensthorpe Bird &amp; Wildlife Fair 2019" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="7e123d48-2464-4625-83fc-e04b7158a02c" src="/sites/norfolkcottages.co.uk/files/inline-images/Copy%20of%20Copy%20of%20Untitled%20Design.png" /><figcaption>Photographs by Steve Adams</figcaption></figure><p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The Norfolk Wildlife Trust (NWT) was the </span></span></span><span>charity beneficiary of the event and <span><span>a percentage of the proceeds will go to enhancing and protecting local wetland areas </span></span>in the Broads National Park<span><span>. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>On behalf of me, and my wife Deb, we would like to thank everyone who worked so hard in making this event a success and this year’s sponsors, including Norfolk Cottages, for supporting it. We hope that this event will become a permanent fixture on the calendar and are pleased to announce that it will return to Pensthorpe on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 May 2020.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Here are some comments from some of the guest talkers over the weekend…</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <ul><li><span><span><span><span>Simon King OBE said: “The natural world is a constant source of inspiration and Norfolk is prolific as being the most amazing county for birdwatching and nature as it is buzzing with wildlife. Pensthorpe really is the hub for that and May is a busy time for migrating species so the Fair was held at the perfect time of year. I’ve enjoyed a great weekend celebrating nature in the county.”</span></span></span></span><br />  </li> <li><span><span><span><span>Mike Dilger commented: “What an amazing event! I’ve absolutely loved meeting everyone and learning about the incredible work that Pensthorpe Conservation Trust is doing. I’ve been to Pensthorpe before filming the Operation Turtle Dove project and Norfolk is just an amazing county for birds and wildlife, and this event is great as it is shouting about the nature and wildlife it attracts. How lucky Norfolk is to have this event on its doorstep and I hope that it returns here every year.”</span></span></span></span><br />  </li> <li><span><span><span><span>NWT Wildlife Evangelist, Nick Acheson said:<strong> </strong></span><span>“It was a joy to be part of the first Pensthorpe Bird and Wildlife Fair. At a time when wildlife and the environment are under terrible strain, it is hugely heartening to see so many good people and organisations sharing the experience they’ve gained protecting nature and helping people build a relationship with the wild. I can’t wait to attend the event in 2020.”</span></span></span></span></li> </ul><p><span><span><span><span>For more information about the Pensthorpe visit <a href="https://www.pensthorpe.com/">pensthorpe.com</a> or call 01328 851465.</span></span></span></span></p> <p> </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/50" hreflang="en">Norfolk</a></li> <li class="field-item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/27" hreflang="en">Attractions</a></li> <li class="field-item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/53" hreflang="en">Bird watching</a></li> <li class="field-item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/48" hreflang="en">Culture</a></li> <li class="field-item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/45" hreflang="en">Events</a></li> <li class="field-item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/83" hreflang="en">Norfolk Wildlife Trust</a></li> <li class="field-item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/47" hreflang="en">Nature reserves</a></li> <li class="field-item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/84" hreflang="en">RSPB</a></li> <li class="field-item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/24" hreflang="en">Things To Do</a></li> </ul> </div> <a href="/blog/category/things-to-do" hreflang="en">Things to do</a> Fri, 05 Jul 2019 13:42:30 +0000 Ms Georgia Dawson 890 at http://www.norfolkcottages.co.uk 25 x events... http://www.norfolkcottages.co.uk/blog/2017/01/25-x-events <span class="field-wrapper">25 x events...</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">Fri, 01/20/2017 - 15:05</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="/taxonomy/term/45">Events</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/Untitled%2520design.png?itok=cszXuCqP);"></div> </div> </div> </div> <div> <h4>In case you haven’t heard we are celebrating our 25th anniversary this year! Hurrah!  So, to coincide with this we are publishing 25 x 25s.  That’s 25 blogs throughout the year highlighting 25 different reasons why you should come and visit our beautiful Norfolk. </h4> <p>For our second instalment, we are looking at all the fantastic events taking place around our county throughout the year. We are so lucky that the wide range of events on offer in Norfolk means there‘s something to suit all interests and ages no matter when you visit…. why not book your next stay to coincide with one of the fabulous events listed below?</p> <h3>25 events…</h3> <h3>1. Sheringham Viking Festival - February</h3> <p>This two-day event gets bigger and bigger each year. Activities include children’s shield &amp; sword making and painting workshops, a live battle, storytelling and finishing with the grand parade plus the burning of a Viking boat! </p> <h3>2. Norwich Fashion Week - March</h3> <p>First started in 2010, this week celebrates and promotes the vibrant fashion scene in our marvellous city. It brings together Norwich’s nationally recognised, independent retail offering, and the city’s thriving student fashion design community, plus professional practitioners in fashion and beauty.</p> <h3>3. The East Anglian Game &amp; Country Fair - April</h3> <p>Here we have a fabulous family event held at the beautiful Euston Estate near Thetford. Things to do include clay shooting, dog shows, fly fishing, archery, children's activities, shopping and much more.</p> <h3>4. The Crab &amp; Lobster Festival – May</h3> <p>Historically great rivals, Sheringham and Cromer now join each year for a lively, friendly and entertaining weekend celebrating a feast of food, art, music and heritage. The festival dedicates itself to promoting the local seafaring heritage and active fishing community. </p> <h3>5. Norfolk &amp; Norwich Festival – May</h3> <p>In addition to staging one of the most significant art festivals in the UK each May, the Norfolk &amp; Norwich Festival collaborates throughout the year with local, national and international partners to produce work for a huge and diverse range of audiences, participants and communities.</p> <h3>6. The Royal Norfolk Show – June</h3> <p>You won’t want to miss the largest annual event in Norfolk, and the largest two-day agricultural show in the country! With a reputation for being a fantastic event full of entertainment for all the family – <strong>be sure to visit our stand this year as we have lots of exciting things planned to help celebrate our 25th anniversary. </strong></p> <h3>7. The Norwich Food &amp; Drink Festival – Battle of the Bangers – June</h3> <p>A free event for all ... Sponsors Cozens-Hardy are offering a fun filled event once again at The Forum with a celebration of Norfolk producers, “Battle of the Bangers” and chef demonstrations hosted by Charlie's Norfolk Food Heroes and celebrity baker Kate Barnby.</p> <h3>8. Holt Festival – July</h3> <p>This is the week that the town home to our office really comes alive - packed full of cultural nourishment arts and entertainment. Details of this year’s performances are due to be announced at the end of February.   </p> <h3>9. Holkham Country Fair – July</h3> <p>Set in the majestic grounds of Holkham Hall – this event brings over 100 trades stands, displays, a grand ring and a variety of showground entertainment, with themes highlighting the English countryside.</p> <h3>10. Norwich Lord Mayors Procession – July</h3> <p>Looking for the city’s biggest community celebration? Then this one is for you. Set over three days you can enjoy street entertainers, fireworks, music, a funfair, craft and food stands and a large street procession at 5pm on the Saturday.  </p> <h3>11. Norwich 10k Run – August </h3> <p>Back for its third year, this popular race has spectators lining the full route. It is well organised, taking you round many of the top city landmarks. Entries open soon - why not take part?</p> <h3>12. Sandringham Food &amp; Drink Festival – August</h3> <p>After a fantastic first year, this event is back and bigger than ever before. A whole host of food and drink stands to tempt you, live music, entertainment and a number of cookery demonstrations with an awesome line-up of celebrity chefs, including Theo Randall and Daniel Clifford. </p> <h3>13. Sheringham / Cromer / Wells Carnivals - August</h3> <p>Everyone loves a good carnival – a time when a village or town pulls together for lots of fun and entertainment – these three in particular ooze community spirit and are well worth attending.</p> <h3>14. Fairhaven Dog Day – September</h3> <p>All dog lovers will not want to miss this one. Raising money for local animal charities – bring your four legged friend along to enjoy demonstrations, agility, games, doggy stalls and much more.</p> <h3>15. The Aylsham Show - September</h3> <p>Set in the beautiful National Trust parkland surrounding Blickling Hall, this agricultural show is in its 71st year and prides itself on putting on a great day suitable for the whole family to enjoy.</p> <h3>16. 1940s Weekend – September</h3> <p>Step back in time with Jitterbug dancers, re-enactment groups, a collection of 1940s vehicles, the Sheringham Salvation Army Band, gramophone music, the smell of steam…. and spam sandwiches! - at this popular North Norfolk Railway annual event. </p> <h3>17. North Norfolk Food &amp; Drink Festival – September</h3> <p>There’s no better setting than the beautiful brick and flint walled garden at Holkham Hall for this annual foodie festival. Marvel at the dazzling array of products on offer; enjoy entertainment, children’s activities and the ever-popular cookery theatre. </p> <h3>18. Porkstock - Autumn date TBC</h3> <p>Well, what can we say about this one…. Much deserved winners of the 2015 EDP tourism award for “Event of the Year” – the fantastic team behind Porkstock put together a free daytime festival and night-time knees up with a strong porky theme throughout and oodles of fun for everyone…..</p> <h3>19. Wells Pirate Festival – September</h3> <p>The North Norfolk town of Wells-next-the-Sea has added this swashbuckling event to their calendar. Find your inner Jack Sparrow and enjoy pirate-themed activities for the whole family.</p> <h3>20.  Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival – September</h3> <p>This famous Maritime Festival is a fantastic free two-day event found on historic South Quay with ships to go aboard, live shanty folk music, fun street exhibitions and demonstrations.</p> <h3>21. Sandringham Game &amp; Country Fair – September</h3> <p>Set in the Royal Norfolk estate of Sandringham, this is said to be East Anglia’s premier game and country show. A whole variety of entertainment is on offer including gun dog and falconry displays, ferret racing, vintage displays, archery, glassblowing and cley shooting to name just a few.. </p> <h3>22. Norwich Beer Festival – October</h3> <p>Feeling thirsty? Over 200 cask-conditioned Real Ales and over 40 varieties of traditional ciders and perries will be on sale at this very popular annual beer festival – held at St. Andrew’s and Blackfriars’ Halls.</p> <h3>23. Thursford Christmas Show - November / December</h3> <p>You cannot visit Norfolk at this time of year and not see the largest Christmas show in the country! With a cast of 130 professional singers, dancers and musicians, this unique extravaganza will certainly get you into the Christmas mood. </p> <h3>24. Woodforde’s Christmas Market and Open Weekend – December</h3> <p>The wonderful Woodforde’s Brewery  have been brewing the finest beer for over 30 years and at this event you can have a sneaky peek (and taste!) at a behind-the-scenes tour. In addition, there will be an abundance of Christmas market stalls displaying and selling some of the region’s finest produce. Perfect for Christmas pressies. </p> <h3>25. Dalegate Christmas Market – December</h3> <p>Now this event is certainly going from strength to strength – discover a raft of not on the high street presents and endless delicious food and drink producers to temp you. This is a free event with so much on offer you can start and finish your Christmas shopping all in one place.</p> <p>To be honest there is so much going on in Norfolk - We could have listed 125 events! So for further inspiration please head over to our “<strong>What’s On</strong>” page. Also check out the first instalment of our 25 x 25s entitled “<strong>Winter marvels</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/45" hreflang="en">Events</a></li> <li class="field-item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/24" hreflang="en">Things To Do</a></li> <li class="field-item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/18" hreflang="en">Family Fun</a></li> </ul> </div> <a href="/blog/category/25th-anniversary" hreflang="en">25th anniversary</a> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:05:10 +0000 Laura Foster 212 at http://www.norfolkcottages.co.uk Meet our Champion for Active Norfolk http://www.norfolkcottages.co.uk/blog/2016/03/meet-our-champion-active-norfolk <span class="field-wrapper">Meet our Champion for Active Norfolk</span> <span class="field-wrapper"><span lang="" about="/user/32" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Norfolk Champion</span></span> <span class="field-wrapper">Thu, 03/31/2016 - 14:41</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="/taxonomy/term/45">Events</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/Peter%2520Flett%2520large%2520840x370.jpg?itok=Xxgo5VW_);"></div> </div> </div> </div> <div> <p><strong>Who?</strong> Peter Flett - Managing Director of Fatbirds</p> <p><strong>What?</strong> Fatbirds is a specialist bike business based in Hunstanton. We look after all bikes but have, over the past five years, developed an unhealthy addiction for building bespoke titanium bikes for people all over the world. We’re now Europe’s #1 supplier of titanium bikes.  We work to develop cycling across North Norfolk and in 2013 set up the Pedal Norfolk Cycle Festival at Holkham Hall. Now in its fourth year, Pedal Norfolk 2016 will attract more than 2,500 riders and 8,000 visitors over the first Bank Holiday weekend in May.</p> <p><strong>Let's find out more about this pedal-crazy champion...</strong></p> <p><strong>Describe a perfect weekend in Norfolk...</strong></p> <p>Norfolk is an outdoor life and the seasons play a huge part in what’s possible. Spring is fantastic, so from March onwards:</p> <ul><li>Saturday morning: Fatbirds has a 9am ride from Hunstanton – and we’ll have people of all abilities turn up to ride around 35 miles as a group. It’s great to blow the cobwebs out along quiet roads with superb views and catch up with friends and customers.</li> <li>Saturday afternoon: Brancaster beach is perfect for spring walks and kite flying with the children.</li> <li>Saturday night: Dinner with friends at the excellent Orange Tree in Thornham – their fish menu is incredible.</li> <li>Sunday morning: Burnham Overy Staithe – the children adore the water (especially the mud banks) and the bird life is stunning.</li> <li>Sunday afternoon: A traditional Sunday lunch at home with a roaring fire!</li> </ul><p><strong>List your top five things about Norfolk…</strong></p> <ul><li>The friendliness of the people – from living in Central London where you don’t know your next door neighbours, to village life where everyone makes time for you and says hello.</li> <li>The sky at night – the numbers of stars visible on clear nights still takes my breath away.</li> <li>The big skies – and don’t look away for too long, because they’ll change!</li> <li>The seafood – locally-caught sea bass and samphire from Burnham Overy Staithe.</li> <li>Safe roads which make road cycling a pleasure! I can ride 100 miles from my house and never go through a traffic light!</li> </ul><p><strong>Norfolk is brimming with footpaths and cycle ways.  Do you have a favourite?  If so, where and why?</strong></p> <p>I get to ride my bike all over North Norfolk. I’ve got any number of routes which are stunning but there are three I seem to repeat more often than others!  </p> <ol><li>Great Massingham to Grimston: it’s a fast, direct four mile road which runs through a narrow valley, and every time I ride it the countryside changes!</li> <li>Docking to Brancaster: It’s only a three-mile ride, but the view of Brancaster Staithe from the top of the hill as you ride towards it is stunning. </li> <li>The 50-mile Pedal Norfolk route on the final day of the festival. When we originally created the event, our plan was to prove that Norfolk wasn’t flat… and this route clearly demonstrates it! Full details are at <a href="http://www.pedalnorfolk.co.uk&amp;nbsp">www.pedalnorfolk.co.uk&amp;nbsp</a>;</li> </ol><p><strong>What’s your favourite event on the Norfolk calendar, and why?</strong></p> <p>Norfolk has a number of great festivals each year. The children love Wells Carnival and the Holkham Country Fair, but as part of the team which set up Pedal Norfolk, I’m incredibly proud of the event we’ve built. It’s the only family-friendly, three-day cycling festival in the country and has something for everyone, whatever their age, ability and love of bikes.  There’s everything on offer at the event, from 250-miles for the lycra clad, to lessons on how to ride a bike for the very little. With camping in front of Holkham Hall, excellent food, posh showers and loos it’s a lovely way for a family to spend the first Bank Holiday of May.</p> <p><strong>Norfolk is brimming with history and culture.  What’s your favourite heritage building/site and what’s so special about it?</strong></p> <p>Warham Camp: This is one of the best examples of an Iron Age Hill camp in Great Britain. It’s great to stand on the top of the ramparts and imagine how life used to be in North Norfolk! </p> <p>To find out more about Peter's business visit <a href="http://www.fatbirds.co.uk">www.fatbirds.co.uk</a> and for information on Pedal Norfolk visit <a href="http://www.pedalnorfolk.co.uk">www.pedalnorfolk.co.uk</a></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/28" hreflang="en">Cycling</a></li> <li class="field-item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/40" hreflang="en">Walking</a></li> <li class="field-item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/45" hreflang="en">Events</a></li> <li class="field-item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/57" hreflang="en">Hunstanton</a></li> <li class="field-item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/68" hreflang="en">Holkham</a></li> <li class="field-item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/22" hreflang="en">Norfolk Champions</a></li> </ul> </div> <a href="/blog/category/norfolk-champions" hreflang="en">Norfolk champions</a> Thu, 31 Mar 2016 14:41:52 +0000 Norfolk Champion 246 at http://www.norfolkcottages.co.uk Halloween Horrors http://www.norfolkcottages.co.uk/blog/2015/10/halloween-horrors <span class="field-wrapper">Halloween Horrors</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">Fri, 10/16/2015 - 16:09</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="/taxonomy/term/45">Events</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/blog%2520halloween.jpg?itok=x6VIIOz5);"></div> </div> </div> </div> <div> <p>Looking for places to go to keep the kids entertained this October half-term….. Then look no further.Norfolk has so many great attractions to explore and with various extra Halloween themed events happening – you are guaranteed lots of spookily fun….. Mwhahahahahaaaaaaa</p> <p><strong>Thursday 22nd October – Sunday 1st November 2015 - Pensthorpe Trick or Tweet</strong>Celebrate the spooky season and uncover a host of fang-tastic facts as you blow away the cobwebs and join the spooktacular meet and greet sessions. Prizes will be on offer for completing the trail and for those who visit dressed in freaky fancy dress! Daily from 10am – 5pm.</p> <p><strong>Saturday 24th October – Saturday 31st October 2015 – North Norfolk Railway – Halloween</strong>The North Norfolk Railway is ready with a week that’s full of treats and more than a spooky trick or two! Ghoulies and ghosties abound. Take a journey in darkness, whilst listening to the ghostly tales of Norfolk. Be sure to take along your camera and see if you're able to capture evidence of ghostly goings on along the line!First service departs from Sheringham at 9.45am </p> <p><strong>Saturday 31st October 2015 – Fairhaven Woodland &amp; Water Garden – Halloween Fun</strong>Join Fairhaven for a spooktacular Halloween party! Are you brave enough to enter, the creepy woodland trail where lost souls roam, delve down into the haunted hollow where the trees are alive with things unseen and live to tell the tale? Electrifying live music, cheesily cheerful children's entertainers, hot dogs plus much more awaits you. Dress code is diabolical, plus don't miss the frighteningly fabulous firework finale at 7.45pm!</p> <p><strong>24th October - 1st November 2015 – Dinosaur Park – Halloween Days</strong>Visit the prehistoric paradise this half-term and not only do you have to watch out for dinosaurs scaring you, you will discover a number of Halloween themed activities including craft sessions, pumpkin carving, face painting and creepy creatures galore to keep you on your toes. </p> <p><strong>Sunday 25th to Saturday 31st October – Holkham Halloween</strong>There will be tricks, treats, adventures and plenty of fun for all the family this half-term at Holkham. Dress for the occasion and be prepared for thrills galore as the Hall and Walled Gardens will be taken over with all things ‘spooktacular.’ With children based activities include, Spellbinding Tales, It’s Pumpkin Playtime, Tricks and Treats in Holkham Hall, The Halloween Express and a fancy dress Parade – don’t miss out! </p> <p><strong>22nd October - 1st November 2015 - Sheringham Park – Horrible Halloween Trail</strong>A perfect chance to get the children outside, enjoy the fresh air, catch falling leaves, play conkers, hunt for spiders and take part in a guided or self- led Halloween trail around this beautiful park.  <strong>21st Oct - 1st November 2015 – BeWilderwood – The Glorious Glowing Lantern Parade</strong>Spend the day exploring this fantastic family adventure park seeing all the Halloween woodland decorations, listen to a special edition of Bewilderbats storytelling and make your very own special lantern. The parade itself starts at dark where you can meet Slitherigrubs, Witches, naughty Thorneycold Spiders and Swampy himself. With lights, lazers and glowing pumpkins this stunning show is suitable for families with children of all ages.  </p> <p><strong>16th October – 1st November 2015 - Norfolk’s Biggest Halloween ExperiencePrimEVIL at the Dinosaur Park</strong>Looking for something that will be sure to make you scream….The attractions within PrimEVIL - The dark, Forest of fear, Circus of terrors, Zone 64 east, Mayham manor hotel are all planned to scare, with live actors, special effects, props, strobe lighting and therefore not suitable for the under 12s….. Are you brave enough?!</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/45" hreflang="en">Events</a></li> <li class="field-item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/25" hreflang="en">Autumn</a></li> <li class="field-item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/27" hreflang="en">Attractions</a></li> <li class="field-item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/18" hreflang="en">Family Fun</a></li> </ul> </div> <a href="/blog/category/family-fun" hreflang="en">Family fun</a> Fri, 16 Oct 2015 16:09:02 +0000 Laura Foster 269 at http://www.norfolkcottages.co.uk Vintage Norfolk http://www.norfolkcottages.co.uk/blog/2015/07/vintage-norfolk <span class="field-wrapper">Vintage Norfolk</span> <span class="field-wrapper"><span lang="" about="/user/27" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Lucy Downing</span></span> <span class="field-wrapper">Mon, 07/06/2015 - 16:00</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="/taxonomy/term/45">Events</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/norfolkblog.jpg?itok=StTSIlNz);"></div> </div> </div> </div> <div> <p>Imagine a place where you can take a well deserved break from the daily grind AND indulge your love of all things vintage. A place which is brimming with things to do, shops galore, and dining opportunities- all in true vintage style.  I’m going to let you into a little secret. There is such a place…. Norfolk!</p> <p>You’ll need more than just one day though!</p> <p><strong>Vintage Shopping</strong>Junk and Gems is one of the best places to go in Norwich if you are looking for vintage homewares to add to your collection. Whichever decade you find yourself living in you are bound to find something from this charming boutique on Magdalen Street.</p> <p>Oola Boola in Holt is my idea of a dressing up box! I never fail to leave empty handed after a rummage through this well stocked emporium. With rails of clothing, and oodles of accessories from a range of periods, this place is a must if you’re looking to add to your vintage wardrobe.</p> <p>If you are looking for vintage items that are a little harder to find then Past Caring in Holt is most certainly worth a visit. With items from the 1800s onwards, this bijoux premises is a collector’s dream!</p> <p><strong>Vintage Events</strong>For one special day in summer the sleepy village of Heydon comes alive with all things vintage. The tiny village hall opens its doors and grounds to stall holders selling clothing and homewares at the Heydon Vintage Lover Fair.</p> <p>Wroxham Barns Super Dooper 70s Car Rally certainly lives up to its name. I love any excuse to don a loud 70s print, and this rally is the perfect excuse! It’s a fantastic mix of car enthusiasts and people who love all things 70s… (Don’t be surprised if you get stuck in a convoy of the most amazing cars on your way to and from this event.)</p> <p>Catch the Poppyline to the 1940s! Each year thousands of people from all over the country make their way to the North Norfolk Coast to take part in the Sheringham 1940s weekend. The town comes alive with the sights and sounds of wartime Britain.</p> <p>In the height of summer Whitwell and Reepham railway host their annual steam rally. It’s a very popular event which attracts steam buffs, as well as families, and people wanting to glimpse magnificent machines of the past.</p> <p><strong>A Spot of Tea?</strong>Biddies Tea Room in either Norwich or Aylsham is the ideal place to spend an indulgent afternoon. Select your finger sandwiches and sweet treats and have them served on a cake stand (just how afternoon tea should be served!). You can also choose from a very wide range of delicious teas. The tea rooms are decked out with antiques and curious, offering a very cosy and quintessentially British spot to enjoy afternoon with friends.</p> <p><strong>Fancy a break in Norfolk?</strong>If you’ve got a hankering for a trip to Norfolk we are here to help! We have a range of properties from traditional Norfolk flint cottages in the countryside to trendy apartments in Norwich.</p> <p>Or even better - how about winning a holiday with us, up to the value of £500? ......... For your chance to win this great prize, simply enter your details here. Closing date for entries is 1st August 2015.</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/82" hreflang="en">Vintage</a></li> <li class="field-item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/71" hreflang="en">Shopping</a></li> <li class="field-item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/45" hreflang="en">Events</a></li> </ul> </div> <a href="/blog/category/things-to-do" hreflang="en">Things to do</a> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 16:00:12 +0000 Lucy Downing 275 at http://www.norfolkcottages.co.uk Holidays Are Coming..... http://www.norfolkcottages.co.uk/blog/2014/12/holidays-are-coming <span class="field-wrapper">Holidays Are Coming.....</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">Fri, 12/19/2014 - 16:11</span> <div> <p>Not sure about you – but I get very excited and into the Christmassy mood once I've seen the Coca-Cola advert ……..</p> <p>So imagine my delight when I heard the actual truck is touring Great Britain AND coming to Norwich!</p> <p>On Sunday 21st December, not only can you start / finish your Christmas shopping in the city rated as one of the top five shopping destinations in the UK with two malls, a traditional market and a number of individual shops – between 10.00am and 6pm you can have your photo taken with the famous truck.</p> <p>Did you know 200,000 fans had there photo taken during its tour last year?</p> <p>There will also be festive fun with seasonal music and a free Coca-Cola for everyone – so see you there. I’ll be first in the queue!</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/50" hreflang="en">Norfolk</a></li> <li class="field-item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/45" hreflang="en">Events</a></li> </ul> </div> <a href="/blog/category/general" hreflang="en">General</a> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:11:52 +0000 Laura Foster 305 at http://www.norfolkcottages.co.uk A Perfect Evening In Holt http://www.norfolkcottages.co.uk/blog/2014/11/a-perfect-evening-in-holt <span class="field-wrapper">A Perfect Evening In Holt</span> <span class="field-wrapper"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></span> <span class="field-wrapper">Thu, 11/20/2014 - 14:06</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="/taxonomy/term/45">Events</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/Rudolf_0_0.jpg?itok=VCgDwytE);"></div> </div> </div> </div> <div> <p>Wednesday evening saw one of the highlights of the Holt social calendar – the Christmas Lights switch-on.  Our reception office had been festively decorated by Laura during the day in readiness for the open evening to which homeowners had been invited, so, leaving my colleagues Heather, Liz, Linda &amp; Joanna to host it, I set out to join in the fun.</p> <p>The actual switching-on of the lights was capably handled by Jake Humphrey but on a perfect autumn evening there was also so much more going on to enjoy. There were reindeer for the children to pet and stilt-walkers in outlandish costumes inviting small tots to ‘high five’ them whilst holding their hand up at least 10 feet off the ground. I saw one pretending to try to dodge out of the way of a couple of older ladies before making them duck to go through his legs. There were elves chatting to passers-by in high squeaky elf-voices, there was live music, singing, fireworks and several stalls selling burgers, hot dogs, mulled wine etc.</p> <p>Lots of the shops and businesses were open and the town centre was heaving with couples, families and groups of friends all enjoying the very special atmosphere. The pretty twinkling lights created a magical feel and all in all it was a very enjoyable evening.</p> <p>A suggestion for anyone who has a couple of days or so annual leave left to take before the year end – have you thought about a short break at one of our cosy cottages for two? Norfolk has so much to offer all year round with stunning countryside &amp; coast, pretty villages and plenty of local wildlife and at this time of year there are the seasonal attractions such as Christmas shopping in Holt &amp; the famous Thursford Christmas Spectacular Show, to name but two -  what more could you want?!</p> <p>By Jacky Barstow20/11/2014</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/54" hreflang="en">Christmas</a></li> <li class="field-item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/45" hreflang="en">Events</a></li> <li class="field-item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/18" hreflang="en">Family Fun</a></li> </ul> </div> <a href="/blog/category/family-fun" hreflang="en">Family fun</a> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:06:26 +0000 Anonymous 310 at http://www.norfolkcottages.co.uk Halloween Horrors http://www.norfolkcottages.co.uk/blog/2014/10/halloween-horrors-at-holkham <span class="field-wrapper">Halloween Horrors</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">Wed, 10/22/2014 - 16:08</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="/taxonomy/term/45">Events</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/Halloween%2520Pumpkins_0.jpg?itok=cpsD_rcC);"></div> </div> </div> </div> <div> <p><strong>Dress for Halloween and be spooked out with the ghoulish goings on around Holkham Hall…… Only enter if you dare!!!</strong></p> <p>Sunday 26th October to Friday 31st October 201410am-5pm</p> <p>This Halloween half-term week head to Holkham for…..Terrifying Times in the Bygones MuseumDiscover the wonders in the ‘Curiovan’ and a chance to see the natural world in a magical way. Or let the yarnsmith enthral you with his spell-binding, mystical tales of ghosts, witches and devils. With pumpkins galore to carve, a ‘skull-duggery’ challenge, silhouette bingo and pop-up ghosts to make, you’ll be in for many treats!Ghostly GardensA chance to play phantom football - can you get past the ‘ghoul-keeper’?  Or why not try a ghostly codebreaker trail, it’s hauntingly fun.Gory Fun in the CourtyardJoin in on the fancy dress parade, each day at 12noon. Get gory grazes or weeping wounds with face painting plus pumpkins galore to ensure you can test your powers of pumpkin carving.Holkham Hall’s HorrorsYou’ll find spooky body parts for you to collect and to make your own ‘pencil ghost’, whilst frightful factoids will get your pulse racing. In the Old Kitchen, join in the fun with ‘Kiddycook’ and decorate a delicious Halloween cookie - how gruesome will your creation be?</p> <p>TicketsHolkham Hall, Bygones Museum &amp; Walled Gardens available Sunday, Monday &amp; ThursdayAdult £13, Child (ages 2-16 years) £6.50, Family (2 adults + 3 children) £35Bygones Museum and Walled Gardens available every day:Adult £7, Child (ages 2-16 years) £3.50, Family (2 adults + 3 children) £19SAVE 10% when you pre-book your tickets onlinePumpkin carving £3Face-painting from £3</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/18" hreflang="en">Family Fun</a></li> <li class="field-item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/45" hreflang="en">Events</a></li> </ul> </div> <a href="/blog/category/family-fun" hreflang="en">Family fun</a> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:08:08 +0000 Laura Foster 316 at http://www.norfolkcottages.co.uk Date For Your Diary http://www.norfolkcottages.co.uk/blog/2014/09/date-for-your-diary <span class="field-wrapper">Date For Your Diary</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, 09/30/2014 - 15:41</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="/taxonomy/term/45">Events</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/15578277518_067c9e9c18_z_0.jpg?itok=fSnKr12h);"></div> </div> </div> </div> <div> <p>Well, as we are nearly into October, I think it’s time to start thinking about Christmas events!</p> <p>Have just heard an important date for your diary, which is Wednesday 19th November 2014…….. This is the evening of “Holt Lights,” a very popular event attracting visitors from all over the country, and gets more spectacular each year. </p> <p>The event starts at 4pm, when the main roads are closed off and the streets are filled with a variety of stalls to tempt you. (Can highly recommend the hog roasts!)There will be musical entertainment from North Norfolk Radio, Mark Jones Choir and the Fakenham Band. For the children there will be face-painting, Razz the Clown, a window trail and a chance to meet a reindeer. (Unfortunately I can’t guarantee it will be Rudolf)</p> <p>Many of the shops stay open, so this is a perfect time to start or finish your Christmas Shopping! We will also be open, so please do call in to our Holt office and say hello.</p> <p>The big “Switch On” is at 6pm, when the town is magically transformed with hundreds of white lights, this year the honour is with Norfolk born and bred television personality Jake Humphrey.He will also be starting the Finale Firework display at 7pm.</p> <p>If you are staying with us in the area, I can suggest this is an excellent event you will not want to miss to get you in the Christmassy mood. (The mulled wine usually helps as well!)</p> <p>No worries if you are unable to attend the evening, needless to say the lights will remain lit, in the run up to Christmas so you can come visit our delightful unique town after the event and experience the magical winter wonderland of Holt……….</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/78" hreflang="en">Fireworks</a></li> <li class="field-item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/45" hreflang="en">Events</a></li> <li class="field-item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/54" hreflang="en">Christmas</a></li> </ul> </div> <a href="/blog/category/family-fun" hreflang="en">Family fun</a> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:41:49 +0000 Laura Foster 318 at http://www.norfolkcottages.co.uk October Halloween Events http://www.norfolkcottages.co.uk/blog/2014/09/october-halloween-events <span class="field-wrapper">October Halloween Events</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">Fri, 09/26/2014 - 16:04</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="/taxonomy/term/45">Events</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/9493057737_6172c2c2e0_z_0.jpg?itok=1BkYf3G1);"></div> </div> </div> </div> <div> <p>Thinking of having a holiday in Norfolk over the October Half-Term?See below just some of the great attractions holding extra spooktacular Halloween events, guaranteed scary fun for all the family.</p> <p>It’s not too late to book a stay……… </p> <p><strong>Pensthorpe / Wild Rootz</strong> 23rd Oct- 3rd Nov 2014Celebrate the spooky season with a spine chilling self-guided trail around the reserve and uncover fang-tastic facts, along with solving mysterious puzzles. There will be prizes for those who complete the trail and those who go dressed in freaky fancy dress!</p> <p><strong>Banham Zoo</strong> 25th Oct – 2nd Nov 2014Spend a day at Banham Zoo for lots of fun, face painting, creepy crafts and all your favourite animals too!</p> <p><strong>BeWilderwood</strong> 25th Oct – 2nd Nov 2014October half term is to be a truly visual and sensory celebration of the beauty and mystery of the BeWILDerwood story. A full day experience, the whole family can play together in the park &amp; trees, enjoy daily performances of the BeWILDerbats story, stay warm by the fires and spend time creating luminous lanterns in the ‘Big Hat’. As dusk settles over the wood, prepare to experience the park in a spectacular new light. Join together at the magical warming bonfire and begin the Glorious Glowing Lantern and Light Show Parade, weaving majestically through the light and laser-lit woodland, dropping in to sneak a peek at familiar BeWILDerwood characters in their storybook setting.</p> <p><strong>Bure Valley Railway</strong> 25th Oct – 2nd Nov 2014Join the railway bear for a week of spooky fun! FREE travel for every child when accompanied by a fare-paying adult (maximum 2 children per adult, train only)</p> <p><strong>Poppy Line</strong> 25th Oct – 1st Nov 2014North Norfolk Railway is ready with a week that’s full of treats and more than a spooky trick or two! Ghoulies and ghosties abound! At Weybourne Station, if you're feeling brave enough, you can enter the spook-laden Ghostly Grotto, watch out for witches, warlocks and spiders! Plus free to enter competitions, including a fancy dress contest and the best carved pumpkin, which will earn the winner a family ticket for a fabulous day out with Thomas next May.</p> <p><strong>Holt Hall The Real Halloween</strong> 25th Oct -26th Oct 2014Head to Holt Hall for magical workshops, woodland trails, real fires, live music, storytelling, animal lantern parade, games, food stalls, crafts and much more!</p> <p><strong>Bressingham Railway</strong> 31st 0ct – 1st Nov 2014It’s going to be a spooky time this Halloween at Bressingham. The Nursery train will be running from 18:00 through the edge of the haunted woods, hoping it doesn't need to stop at the old abandoned crossing or the wilderness swamp. See if you can avoid riding with one of the Galloper ghosts of years gone by! There will be witches, ghosts and ghoulish goings on to spot both on the train trip and inside the Museum. A prize will be given for the scariest costume, so why not get the whole family to come in fancy dress. Face painting, BBQ, plus Zootastic will be there with a collection of creepy crawlies! </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/25" hreflang="en">Autumn</a></li> <li class="field-item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/45" hreflang="en">Events</a></li> <li class="field-item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/27" hreflang="en">Attractions</a></li> <li class="field-item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/60" hreflang="en">School holidays</a></li> </ul> </div> <a href="/blog/category/family-fun" hreflang="en">Family fun</a> Fri, 26 Sep 2014 16:04:31 +0000 Laura Foster 319 at http://www.norfolkcottages.co.uk