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Contents 2013/14

Welcome to The Norfolk Guide, with everything you need to enjoy your visit to the county. Use this guide to take your first steps towards a relaxing and rewarding break in one of the most fascinating and beautiful areas in England.

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5 PLACES TO VISIT Country, coast or waterway, Norfolk is home to some of the country’s most beautiful towns, villages and beaches. From the vibrant city of Norwich to the stunning and unique Norfolk Broads, it’s one of the most popular destinations in the UK. 5 Attleborough 6 Aylsham 8 Blakeney 9 Brancaster & Brancaster Staithe 10 The Burnhams 12 The Broads 18 Cley & Cromer 20 Dereham, Diss & Fakenham 22 Great Yarmouth 26 Gorleston-on-Sea 28 Harleston & Holt 30 Hunstanton 32 King’s Lynn 35 Norwich 40 North Walsham & Sandringham 41 Sheringham 42 Swaffham & Thetford 43 Walsingham & Wymondham 44 Wells-next-the-Sea 46 WHAT’S ON There’s no shortage of great events around Norfolk this summer. 50 INFORMATION Map and further information. 3

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Redwings Aylsham A brand new visitor centre in the heart of the Norfolk countryside.

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Miles of unspoilt coastline, internationally important nature reserves and amazing wildlife, hundreds of picturesque villages, historic market towns, fantastic seaside resorts including the bright lights of Great Yarmouth, The Broads - Britain’s magical waterland, and Norwich, a fantastic heritage, entertainment and shopping city, are just some of the delights of beautiful Norfolk. Attleborough

Old Buckenham Airfield

Tucked away between Wymondham and Thetford, the market town of Attleborough is well worth a detour off the A11. Attleborough was a staging town for weary travellers between London and Norwich, and is full of history, from its town sign to the Norman St. Mary’s Church. The church is renown for its decorative rood screen, which stretches across the width of the church - making it East Anglia’s longest. The Griffin Hotel (built in the mid 17th century) in the town was also used to house prisoners on their way to trial in Thetford at the Assizes. You can even still see the rings in the cellar walls to which they were tied! Attleborough is also a great base for exploring The Brecks or Thetford Forest. Nearby you can visit the world famous Peter Beales’ Classic Roses, all set in a stunning 2.5 acres of rose gardens. Close by you’ll also find Snetterton Circuit, with its programme of exciting racing, the amazing Banham Zoo, and Old Buckenham Airfield, with it’s regular fly-in events. It is also host to the annual Norfolk

Balloon Festival. Attleborough’s market is held on Thursday, and the town has a number of specialist and family-owned independent shops. The town sign shows cider making in action (Gaymers were based in Attleborough from 1896 until 1995), as well as two black turkeys - both denoting key industries associated with Attleborough over the years. Snetterton Circuit 01953 887303 Banham Zoo The Grove, Banham 0(1953 887771 Old Buckenham Airfield www.oldbuck.com 5

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Mannington Gardens

Aylsham

Set in the heart of beautiful rolling countryside, Aylsham is a charming market town that is truly unique. The town has rich historical roots, with its fascinating parish church and Georgian market place that still acts as a central hub for local people today, particularly on market days. Every Monday and Friday, the Georgian market place is home to the market where you will find all sorts on sale from plants to household goods. The Aylsham Festival takes place in June and the town also holds an annual Christmas Bure Valley Railway

Fair in the market place in November. Nearby, visit the historic 18th century house and parkland at Wolterton Hall and Mannington Gardens’ country walks and beautiful gardens. There’s a packed programme of events throughout the year. For a memorable journey the whole family will adore, hop on board the Bure Valley Railway to experience the magic of steam. Starting from Aylsham, the train takes an 18 mile round trip through the picturesque Bure Valley stopping off at some of Norfolk’s quaint villages before arriving at Wroxham, the capital of The Norfolk Broads. A fantastic day out. Finally, Redwings horse sanctuary cares for over 1200 horses, ponies, donkeys and mules. Redwings visitor centre in Aylsham is a beautiful site in the heart of the North Norfolk Countryside and is home to

Redwings Horse Sanctuary

some of Redwings’ loveable residents, like beautiful adoption star Gulliver. There is also a café, gift shop and children’s play area as well as walking tours and horse care demos. Entry is free. Blickling Hall 01263 738030 www.nationaltrust.org.uk Bure Valley Railway 01263 733858 www.bvrw.co.uk Wolterton Hall & Mannington Gardens 01263 584175 www. manningtongardens.co.uk Redwings Horse Sanctuary www.red-wings.org.uk

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Jacobean Splendour at Magnificent Blickling Hall A place not to be missed has to be the spectacular National Trust property, Blickling Hall. Just over a mile away from Aylsham, this National Trust Jacobean house and gardens is a very special place, loved by both locals and visitors. Every August it becomes the home of the Aylsham Show, an agricultural show with some incredible arena displays and attractions.

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Blakeney

The village and small port of Blakeney is situated at the mouth of the River Glaven on the north Norfolk coast between Wells next the Sea and Sheringham. Blakeney is an attractive destination with narrow lanes of flint cottages, traditional pubs serving local real ale, a fine church and medieval Guildhall and, with the opportunities for crabbing, fishing, canoeing, birdwatching, yachting and sailing pleasure craft, is a popular spot for tourists. Visitors can stay at the 15-acre caravan site, or at Blakeney’s large hotels, The Manor and The Blakeney. Blakeney is also the perfect location from which to explore the great outdoors; the North Norfolk Coastal Path passes through the village, and it lies within Norfolk Coast Area

England and Wales, including the National Trust owned Blakeney Point, a 3.5 mile long sand and shingle spit, which is home to colonies of common and grey seals. At high tide you can take a boat trip from Morston Quay and get up close to the seals as they bask on the sand. Blakeney Point also offers a wilderness walk along dunes where rare turns make their nests in the safety of the reserve.

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Brancaster & Brancaster Staithe The neighboring villages of Brancaster, Brancaster Staithe and Burnham Deepdale on the North Norfolk coast line up along the edge of Brancaster Bay and the offshore barrier island, Scolt Head. Much of the beautiful coastline at Brancaster - of sandy beaches, stretches of Marram grass, saltmarsh and sad dunes - is owned by the National Trust. For great coastal views and wildlife follow the Norfolk Coast Path. There’s also the 16km Brancaster Circular Walk, which be split into two equal circuits, one west and the other east of Brancaster. The pretty fishing village of

Brancaster Staithe, with sailing boats and seafood for sale, is a hotspot for those wishing to learn to sail, windsurf or para surf. Boats and boards are available for hire at the SailCraft Sea School at the harbour. Brancaster Staithe Harbour, beach and Scolt Head Island National Nature Reserve is particularly popular with birdwatchers; the extensive areas of saltmarsh, intertidal mud and sandflats attract internationally important numbers of breeding terns and wintering wildfowl, and waders such as shelduck, wigeon, teal and curlew. During the holidays the Brancaster Millennium Activity Centre at Brancaster Staithe runs courses for families and children, in

everything from weaving and watercolours to baking and birdwatching. Brancaster Bay Shellfish Brancaster Staithe Harbour 01485 210035/07787 117350 The Crab Hut Harbour Way, Brancaster Staithe Harbour. Open: April-October 01485 525369 Brancaster Brewery Tap at The Jolly Sailors, Brancaster Staithe 01485 210314 Brancaster Millennium Activity Centre The Dial House, Harbour Way, Brancaster Staithe 01485 210719 The Jolly Sailors Main Road, Brancaster Staithe 01485 210414 The White Horse Brancaster Staithe 01485 210262 9

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Burnham Market

The Burnhams

The Burnhams is the name given to the villages grouped around the River Burn on the North Norfolk coast. There is Burnham Market, the main village, Burnham Overy Staithe on the coast, Burnham Thorpe, where Nelson grew up, with his father Rector of the local church and the villages of Burnham Overy, Burnham

Deepdale and Burnham Norton. The pretty village of Burnham Market is full of delightful houses, cottages and quirky shops all situated around a village green. Burnham is known as ‘Chelsea-on-Sea’ for its popularity with visitors from London. With shops and galleries selling high class antiques, paintings, food, fish and fashion it is the perfect destination

for shopping, eating out or simply just chilling and people watching. The village is within a designated area of outstanding natural beauty and near the nature reserves at Titchwell, Holme, Holkham and Cley, as well as the historicalvisitor attractions Holkham Hall, Houghton Hall and the Royal Estate of Sandringham.

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The Broads The Broads is Britain’s magical waterland, a uniquely beautiful environment shaped by people working hand in hand with nature over thousands of years. The Broads offers visitors an experience unlike any other, both on its rivers and lakes – the “broads” – and alongside them, on peaceful paths and cycleways and in the unspoiled villages and market towns that make up the tapestry of this fantastic area. The Broads offers a rich mix of attractions and activities yearround for visitors of any age and any interest. The Broads is proud to be a member of Britain’s family of National Parks, and is recognised globally for its wildlife and the distinct and precious character of its environment. Best of all, the Broads is so easy to get to for a holiday, short break or day visit, and

it’s all within easy reach of the historic city of Norwich and the exhilarating coastline of Norfolk and Suffolk. A magical place where land and water, people and nature meet –there’s nowhere quite as special as the Broads. This protected wetland – has over 125 miles of safe waterways, carefully managed over centuries. The northern section of the Broads, with the bustling village of Wroxham (home to the fantastical BeWILDerwood, an award winning adventure park with magical treehouses), the starting point for many Broads holidays and river trips, is formed around the rivers Bure, Thurne and Ant. At How Hill Nature Reserve you will find Toad Hole Cottage, a tiny, former eel-catcher’s cottage, where the silent Electric Eel will take you on a wildlife water trail through the

reeds and marshes. Climb the winding, spiral stone staircase of Ranworth church for magnificent views of the Broads and discover the floating conservation centre moored on Ranworth Broad great for birdwatching. The historic ferry at Reedham offers one of the only river crossing in the southern Broads and you can take in the delightful scenery and wildlife on board Liana, an Edwardianstyle electric launch, from Beccles. Broads Tours scheduled river cruises from Wroxham or Potter Heigham 01603 782207; BeWILDerwood Horning Road, Hoveton, 01692 633033; Barnes Brinkcraft 01603 782625; Broadland Cycle Hire 07887 480331; TheCanoeMan.com 07810 838052; Waveney River Centre 01502 677343; Whitlingham Country Park 01603 617332. 13

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Gooderstone Water Gardens & Nature Trail

What could be nicer than to stroll through an enchanting garden, explore the nature trail, perhaps spot a kingfisher and enjoy delicious home-made cakes.

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Open 23rd March to end of October. The only museum dedicated to the History, People, Crafts, Wildlife and Leisure pursuits, of the Broads. Lots to see and learn about this unique environment. Things to do and try for all ages. Painting, quizzes, a play-boat, picnic area and tea room. Audio Guides available Entry Adult £5 Conc. £4.50 Child (5-16) £2.50 Under 5s free Family (2A+3C) just £13 Also river trips (50min) on the Victorian Steam Launch “FALCON” on the hour 11am - 3pm, conditions permitting, on Tues. Weds. & Thursdays. Adult £4.00 Child £2.50 Family £12. For details or to book seats on Falcon Tel 01692 581681 or visit

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Cley Windmill

Cley Next the Sea The picturesque village of Cley next the Sea lies just east of Blakeney, on the River Glaven, in the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the North Norfolk Heritage Coast. Visitors will find brick and flint houses, narrow lanes and sea paths, art and craft galleries - including ‘Made In Cley’ selling pottery, prints, jewellery and sculptures - specialist food shops - such as Cley Smokehouse - pubs, a teashop and a magnificent church, as well as Cley’s famous saltmarshes, one of Britain’s premier bird-watching sites. Due to land reclamation the village is no longer ‘next the sea’. The River Glaven, once navigable by large ships, began to silt up in the early 17th century. The area that is now the

village green was, during the Middle Ages, a thriving trading port exporting and importing cloth, grain, malt, spices and coal. Cley is also known for its landmark, Cley Windmill, a fine 18th century mill that now serves as a highly rated holiday home. Beyond the windmill there are the paths and creeks of Cley Marshes to explore. Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s Cley Nature Reserve, on the edge of the marshes and overlooked by a glassed visitor centre, has an international reputation and is popular with bird-watchers who come to see migrant and wading birds. NWT Cley Marshes Nature Reserve & Visitor Centre Coast Road 01263 740008 Made In Cley art and craft gallery, High Street 01263 740134 Cley Smokehouse 01263 740282

Cromer Cromer is a Victorian gem, with a seafront townscape that rises steeply from the Promenade and is crowned by the finials of one of Norfolk’s tallest and most imposing church towers. North Norfolk’s best-known landmark, Cromer Pier, recalls a golden age of British seaside holidaymaking. The Pavilion Theatre hosts one of the country’s last end-of-the-pier summer variety shows, along with concerts for all the family throughout the year. Cafes, gift shops and amusements sit above the beach, while the new RNLI Henry Blogg Museum gives insights into the bravery of those men who risk their lives to save others at sea. The newly-refurbished Cromer Museum, adjacent to the church at the heart of the town, is also a trove for those interested in

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local history. The Amazona Zoo opened on the edge of Cromer in 2008, bringing the colour of tropical South America to the North Norfolk coast. The National Trust’s Felbrigg Hall, just two miles from Cromer, has a lush walled garden and acres of parkland and woodland to explore. Cromer crabs are still as famous as ever with fishing boats, launched from the beach in season, tending to hundreds of crab pots Cromer Pier & Pavilion Theatre 01263 512495 Henry Blogg Museum 01263 511294 Cromer Museum 01263 513543 Felbrigg Hall 01263 837444 Amazona Zoo 01263 510741 The Cromer Road Train 07792 484820 Cromer Movieplex 01263 513311

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Dereham

worldwide for their horticultural excellence - and its Dad’s Army exhibition, which comprises a recreation of Walmington on Sea the fictional home to Captain Mainwaring and his men. Diss Corn Hall is an arts ventre and venue with a range of entertainment all year round. Bressingham Steam & Gardens 01379 686900 www. bressingham.co.uk Diss Corn Hall 01379 652239 www.disscornhall.co.uk

Dereham

One of Norfolk’s largest towns, Dereham, is also its most central point, making it an ideal touring base. Many of the town’s ancient buildings were destroyed in the serious fires that took place in 1581 and 1659. Notable buildings that survived the fire include the Church of Saint Nicholas’ and the nearby Bishop Bonner’s cottage. The railway between Dereham and Wymondham has been preserved, and is now operated as a tourist line by the Mid-Norfolk Railway Preservation Trust. Nearby Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse is a unique museum on a 50-acre site, with an historic workkhouse, a Museum of life on the land, and a traditional farm with rare breed animals.

Norfolk’. Fine examples of period architecture can be enjoyed including timber-framed buildings and Georgian and Edwardian facades. Norfolk House Yard is an attractive courtyard with individual specialist shops and coffee shops. The Mere, a six acre lake, is said to be the second deepest in the country. In the severe winters of the 19th century skating carnivals were often held on the Mere and even a cricket match in 1827. Nearby Bressingham is a must to visit with its amazing Steam museum, with over five miles of narrow-gauge steam lines and four journeys to choose from, 20 acres of gardens - renowned

Fakenham

Fakenham is a market town situated on the River Wensum that is famous for its national hunt racecourse. Worth visiting is the Fakenham Museum of Gas housed in the town’s former gasworks, which ceased production of gas from the heating of coal in 1965 following the discovery of Natural Gas in the North Sea. Pensthorpe Nature Reserve and Gardens has nature trails, a play area for children and a lovely Courtyard Café. Pensthorpe 01328 851465 Fakenham Racecourse 01328 862388 Fakenham Musuem of Gas 01328 851166

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Diss is a successful, picturesque market town with parkland, play areas, live entertainment facilities, and the recent winner of the ‘Best Kept Market Town in

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Mid-Norfolk Railway 01362 690633 www.mnr. org.uk Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse 01362 869263

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Great Yarmouth Great Yarmouth is a unique, fun destination for a holiday for all the family, and really has got something for everyone, whether you’re in a kiss-me-quick mood on the seafront, or taking in the resort’s fascinating history in the heritage quarter and quieter streets. Young in age or young at heart, relax and enjoy yourself. For candyfloss, ice-cream cones, seafront illuminations, amusements arcades, theme parks, donkey rides, entertainment, nights out on the town, razzmatazz and beautiful sandy beaches, Great Yarmouth’s Golden Mile has it all. Play all day and party all night in the upbeat, up tempo seaside quarter. At the top of Regent Road, where retail therapy begins, shops, department stores and unique boutiques surround the market place, officially the town centre. For a more tranquil

pace, head for the heritage quarter and South Quay, where museums and former merchant’s houses face onto the busy port area. With six museums and the second most complete medieval wall in England, you can have your fill of history, then head to the seafront to whoop down a rollercoaster. Get up close and personal with sharks at the Sea Life Centre, discover exotic creatures at Amazonia Reptilarium, go back in time at Time and Tide or Yesterday’s World and explore the remains of shipwrecks at The Potteries. Visit the seafront Marina Centre for a dip in the tropical pool or go ten pin bowling on Wellington Pier overlooking the waves. As night falls, hit the town. 2013 is the 110th anniversary of the opening of the historic Hippodrome Circus which marks the special celebration

summer season in style (www. hippodromecircus.co.uk) Merrivale Model Village Marine Parade 01493 842097 Pleasure Beach South Beach Parade Great Yarmouth Racecourse Jellicoe Road 01493 842527 Great Yarmouth Sea Life Centre Marine Parade 01493 330631 Marina Leisure & Fitness Centre Marine Parade 01493 851521 Amazonia Reptilarium Central Seafront, Marine Parade 01493 842202 Time & Tide Museum of Great Yarmouth Blackfriars Road 01493 743930 Yarmouth Stadium Greyhound Racing, Caister-on-Sea 01493 720343 Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens Filby 01493 369477 Pettitts Animal Adventure Park Reedham 01493 701403 Yesterdays World 01493 331148. 23

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Gorleston-on-Sea

South of Great Yarmouth, Gorleston-on-Sea has its own bay and riverside, with a stunning sandy beach stretching into the distance below glorious cliff gardens and a grand promenade. Summer Sundays in Gorleston are a chilled-out affair, with bands playing in the bandstand surrounded by deckchairs, as visitors and passers-by watch the Sunday yacht race. Gorleston has a large paddling pool and yacht pond, green cliffs, beautiful lawns, bowling greens, tennis courts and a trim-trail on the cliff top where views of the beach, harbour, pier and wind turbines can be seen. Behind the promenade, beachside cafes and shops offer a wide selection of goods from multi-coloured buckets and spades to trendy sunshades and

beach wear. The town’s Pavilion Theatre has seaside shows throughout the summer season and is a popular dining and dancing venue. Don’t miss it’s Showtime Summer Spectacular variety show which runs through to

September. Other attractions and amusements include a bingo hall, pitch and putt golf course, amusement parks, restaurants, pubs and cafés. Pavilion Theatre 01493 662832 www.gorlestonpavilion.co.uk

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way-marked routes and quiet country lanes including much of the ‘Angles Way’. Wednesday is market day in Harleston.

Holt Harleston Harleston is a treasured market town nestling in the Waveney Valley, which has a wealth of fine Georgian houses, individual shops and a summer arts festival. The attractive Italianate clock tower overlooking the market place has recently been restored and there is a wealth of interesting architecture and speciality shops, for example a shop which stocks in excess of 40 different varieties of cheese, and a nationally acclaimed butcher. The Waveney Valley is perfect for discovery on foot or cycle with its numerous

The pretty market town of Holt is a Georgian gem of washed stone High Street and flint lined yards harbouring a range of quality galleries, tea rooms, pubs, antique shops and specialist food stores. Holt is one of the country’s best-preserved Georgian market towns. Destroyed by fire three centuries ago, the town was rebuilt all at once and reborn in the smart style that makes it so popular with visitors seeking the perfect blend of the homely and the refined. In winter, the town’s continental style of on-street cafes and dazzling colour cascading from hanging baskets gives way to a

fairy wonderland of Christmas lights. In all seasons, Holt is an ideal base to explore the North Norfolk hinterland, whether to the coast (only three miles away) or the countryside. Holt Country Park, just south of the town, is a 100 acre woodland that hosts family events throughout the year as well as offering way-marked walks for all abilities, and boasts a prestigious Green Flag award. The Shell Museum Glandford 01263 740081 Wolterton Hall nr Erpingham 01263 584175 Letheringsett Watermill Riverside Road, Letheringsett 01263 713153 Mannington Hall 01263 584175 A&J Young Pottery and Pot Shop Lower Gresham 01263 577548 Picturecraft Gallery Lees Yard 01263 711040 The Appleyard Gallery Appleyard 01263 712315

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Westons Fish Shop and Sandwich Bar If you are in North Norfolk it is well worth searching out one of Willie Weston’s family run fish outlets. We specialise in local produce, including the famous Cromer crabs and Norfolk lobster landed daily from our own boat and shellfish harvested from the North Norfolk marshes . However this only tells part of the story. Inside you will find a delicious range of genuine Home Cooked Meals available to take away, Seafood platters (try the “Crab and Lobster Treat”), Seafood Quiches, Pâtés. Pies, Crab Cakes and of course Fish fresh every day.

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Hunstanton, or ‘Sunny Hunny’ as it is affectionately known, is the ideal location for a seaside holiday with all the trimmings. Famous for its striped cliffs, acres of sand and clear, shallow water, Hunstanton also offers lots of fun attractions for all ages. The town was purpose built as a seaside resort in 1846 by local landowner Henry Styleman le Strange and gained popularity as early as the 1860s.

Today, Hunstanton retains its Victorian character and remains a popular holiday location for all ages but particularly families. The town possibly takes its name from the River Hunn, which begins in the grounds of Old Hunstanton Park and Old Moated Hall, the Ancestral home of the Le Strange Family. Hunstanton is known as Sunny Hunny for very good reason. The town faces west across a 20 mile wide stretch of shallow,

sheltered water almost the width of the English Channel, and is the only west-facing resort on the east coast. Hunstanton enjoys truly world-class sunsets and records some of the highest sun-time in the summer, so it is likely that a holiday in Hunstanton will be a sunny one. There are two sides to Hunstanton, the elegant and sedate Victorian resort with its Esplanade Gardens and the buzzing family resort with attractions such as the Oasis Leisure Centre, Crazy Golf and Pitch-and-Putt Course. You can take a boat trip to see the seals or visit the Sea Life Sanctuary. Old Hunstanton, a silver award winner, 2009 Anglia in Bloom, has more of a village feel with cottages built of Norfolk carrstone and great pubs and hotels. You can walk from one resort to the other, so you can enjoy the

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and restaurants and along the sea front there are the usual purveyors of fresh sea food, Hunstanton Rock, ice cream and donuts. Hunstanton market is held in the South End Market Car Park off Le Strange Terrace every Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday.

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buzz of the resort in the morning then spend a lazy afternoon lying amongst the dunes. Hunstanton’s popular land train runs regularly through the summer months carrying visitors from Searles Leisure Resort to the lighthouse and back again. On weekends throughout the season there are always events taking place on Hunstanton green and bandstand. In and around Hunstanton High Street you’ll find shops to suit all needs, from last minute holiday essentials such as a bucket and spade to high street fashion for all ages, as well as gifts for the home and garden, kites, surf boards, kite-surfing and wind surfing equipment, model toys and homemade sweets. There are a number of small cafes, tea rooms, chip shops

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Places to Visit King’s Lynn Brim full of history, King’s Lynn is an ideal destination offering a superb mix of history, heritage, shopping and entertainment. With its historic waterfront, cobbled lanes flanked by medieval merchants’ houses and two magnificent market places, the town is a treat to discover and explore. Extensive pedestrianised shopping areas combine the old and new faces of Lynn. With plenty of cafés, restaurants and pubs, plus regular entertainment at the Corn Exchange and nearby Arts Centre, along with its exhibition galleries, the Festival town of King’s Lynn is a great place to visit.

King’s Lynn dates back to the 12th century and beyond when it was one of England’s most important ports. The historic Hanseatic town is proud of its maritime heritage and is an active member of the modern day ‘Hanse’ association of historic towns and cities. The town’s rich past has left a magnificent heritage of

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buildings and stories to be discovered, and the fine old merchant houses that stretch down to the River Great Ouse between cobbled lanes are not to be missed. King’s Lynn’s Corn Exchange offers a sparkling programme of live entertainment, including opera, ballet, concerts, comedy and children’s shows. The King’s Lynn Arts Centre offers a varied programme of comedy, music, dance, film, visual arts and workshops. King’s Lynn is also home to a classic Victorian style cinema, the Majestic, which screens films to cater for all tastes. King’s Lynn has two magnificent market places:

Saturday Market Place, where St Margaret’s Church is surrounded by splendid buildings, and Tuesday Market Place, quite possibly one of England’s grandest squares. A great place to start your visit is the iconic Custom House with its elegant rooms, views of the river and displays that tell of the famous mariners of Lynn including Vancouver and Nelson - as well as its merchants, customs men and smugglers. For those who cannot resist a tipple from Norfolk or further afield be sure to try King’s Lynn

business Beers Of Europe, purveyors of the best selection of global beers, wines and ciders in the UK. Visit www.

beersofeurope.co.uk to find out more. If you fancy exploring further a field, why not follow the Nar Valley Way from King’s Lynn to Castle Acre or take the waterways trail to Downham Market and beyond along The Fen Rivers Way. King’s Lynn Arts Centre 01553 764864 King’s Lynn Corn Exchange 01553 764864 The Majestic Cinema 01553 772603 Lynn Museum 01553 775001 Town House Museum 01553 773450 Tales of the Old Gaol House 01553 774297

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A visit to Norwich will bring you to the very heart of East Anglia, one of the finest heritage cities in the land where you’ll discover over 1,000 years of history, a buzzing cultural scene and UK top 10 shopping. Thanks to its medieval origins as Britain’s second city, Norwich has an historic fabric that stands comparison with the finest heritage cities in the UK. Over 1,500 historic buildings lie within the city walls and the city’s compact scale means you can easily explore on foot. As well as two magnificent

cathedrals and an imposing Norman castle, you’ll find more medieval churches than any other city north of the Alps within the city’s pretty medieval streets such as the wonderfully preserved Elm Hill with its cobbles and half-timbered houses. Dragon Hall, with its superb dragon crown-post roof, is the only medieval trading hall known to survive in Western Europe and a unique historical treasure. Tucked away but well worth seeking out, The Plantation Garden is a wonderfully restored late Victorian town garden with a gothic fountain, rustic bridge, an Italianate terrace and hundreds of architectural details fashionable in the mid19th century. Many of the city’s heritage sites can be explored through guided walks and tours, visitor

attractions, exhibitions, music and performances, cafés, restaurants and gift shops. Norwich offers a vibrant cultural scene with a wealth of fantastic cultural experiences whether you enjoy the performing and visual arts or you’re inspired by fine buildings and amazing history.

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The iconic Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery stands proud over the city and offers both permanent and visiting exhibitions whilst lunchtime concerts can be enjoyed in the delightful music room at the Assembly House. The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts offers outstanding collections of contemporary and world art and Europe’s largest permanent digital screen gallery, Fusion, can be found in the city’s landmark Forum building. Norwich has a remarkable choice of theatre including Norwich Theatre Royal, one of the most successful touring theatres in the country and whose programme includes top West Norwich Castle

End shows, operas and ballets and the Norwich Puppet Theatre, one of only two puppet theatres in the UK. Add to this already heady mix an incredibly diverse range of cinema, literature, music and festivals and you have one amazing city. With such a large proportion of Norfolk farmers producing fruit, vegetables, dairy and meat it is almost impossible for this not to translate onto the menus of local restaurants and eateries. From fine dining to gastro pubs, cafés to restaurants, Norwich is a cosmopolitan city offering dining experiences with imagination and flair. Norwich is blessed to house so many independent places to

dine. Some establishments have been running for decades others have popped up over the past 5 years. All offer high standards of customer service with exceptional menus and food. Norwich has a love of food and drink find regular events at many restaurants such as St Benedicts who offer themed food evenings and The Maids Head Hotel restaurant which offers a choice of 40 wines by the glass. Many eateries have been recognised and awarded AA Rosettes, Bib Gourmand and local accolades. It’s not hard to see why Norwich ranks so high for shopping. With its large pedestrian areas and bustling lanes, its quirky independent shops, six day open-air market and spacious modern shopping malls, Norwich is truly a unique destination for shoppers. Norwich has all the UK’s leading department stores including John Lewis, Marks and Spencer, House of Fraser, Bhs and Debenhams. The Mall Norwich and Chapelfield shopping centres have over 150 stores between them whilst dozens of independent shops, many within the historic Norwich Lanes area, bring an extra dimension to any trip. The pretty streets and narrow alleys of the Lanes embrace all aspects of contemporary lifestyle shopping and also offer plenty of independent cafés and restaurants. The city’s colourful market is open Monday-Saturday, and worth a visit is the Cloisters Fair held in the Cloisters every Wednesday where you’ll find a huge range of antiques, collectables and vintage items. Similarly, try the Norwich Original Fleamarket, held in St Andrew’s Hall one Saturday each month. The city has had

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its own independent department store, Jarrold, since 1823 whilst the art nouveau Royal Arcade is home to the one and only Colman’s Mustard Shop and Museum. Don’t forget to visit The Forum where you will find the Millennium Library with story-telling and other fun activities plus an amphitheatre where on a busy lunchtime you can sit and watch street entertainers and performers - Covent Garden style. When the weather is kind and

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you want to explore ‘hidden Norwich’ why not plan some time to visit the Bishop’s Garden at Norwich Cathedral, or try a children’s stained glass window workshop at the beautiful church of St Peter Hungate in Princess Street. The Norfolk & Norwich Festival takes place every year in May and features a fantastic line-up of music, arts, theatre and entetrianment throughout the city for two weeks. There are also plenty of places to buy local produce for eating at home or taking back to family or friends. A number of excellent delis are scattered across the city where you can purchase beer, wine, cheese, rare breed sausages, artisan bread, pies, jams and organic chocolate – the list goes on. Finally not forgetting Norwich Market where some stalls have been owned by 4 generations of the same family. Open air theatres, festivals, guided walks, bandstand concerts and more. Every year the city has a great programme of entertainment, from free activities in parks and open spaces The Mall

to outdoor theatre. With interactive workshops, music, performances, sporting activities, arts and crafts, there really is something for everyone. There are weekend bandstand concerts throughout the summer in many of the Norwich parks offering wonderful live music and the opportunity to take along your homemade picnic. Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery Castle Meadow 01603 493625 The Assembly House 01603 626402 The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts University of East Anglia 01603 593199 Norwich Theatre Royal Theatre Street 01603 630000 Norwich Puppet Theatre 01603 629921 Maddermarket Theatre 01603 620917 CinemaCity 0871 902 5724 Cloisters Fair & Norwich Original Fleamarket www.cloistersfair.com Dragon Hall 01603 663922 The Plantation Garden 01603 621868 Colman’s Mustard Shop and Museum 01603 627889 Norwich Arts Centre 01603 660352 www.visitnorwich.co.uk

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North Walsham & Mundesley

Ideally situated for both the Norfolk Broads and the coast, North Walsham is a market town of Georgian frontage dominated by the large 14th Century ‘wool church’ of St Nicholas and boasting a 400-year-old Palladian-style ‘Cross’. Explore the byways around North Walsham to find medieval churches, cosy pubs and the tranquil waterways of the Broads. Venture towards the coast and you will come across the fine sandy beaches of Mundesley. The pocket sized cliff top seaside resort, with its colourful beach huts and Blue Flag beach, has proved a popular destination for visitors looking for a traditional seaside holiday. Mundesley Beach

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the Royal Family, is open to the public, as well as acres of gardens and a museum housing collections of Royal vehicles, rare ceramics, photographs and memorabilia. The house, built in 1870 by the Prince and Princess of Wales (later King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra), has been the private home of four generations of British monarchs, and the decor and contents remain much as they were in Edwardian times. The sixty acres of gardens that surround the house have been added to and adapted by each of Sandringham’s Royal generations, and feature woodland walks, carrstone rockeries, formal Edwardian gardens with pleached lime avenues and a stream walk. The estate’s 600 acre Country Park is open to the

public every day at no charge. There are many woodland paths to explore and two waymarked Nature Trails, one 1.5 miles and the other 2.5 miles long. Tractor and trailer tours run daily when the house is open, which, for a small charge, offer an easy way to see the park. The beautiful medieval church, where the Royal Family worship while they are at Sandringham, is also open to the public during the visitor season. The highly decorated interior contains a magnificent silver altar and pulpit, together with a very fine 16th century processional cross and a number of memorials to the Royal Family. Sandringham Estate 01553 612908 www.sandringhamestate.co.uk

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Sheringham A plume of steam is often seen rising above the heart of Sheringham, as engines embark from The Poppy Line heritage railway along the coast to Holt. The Poppy Line station hosts themed events throughout the year, recalling a golden age of the railways with steam and diesel engines, or evoking the magic of Christmas with Santa

Specials. Sheringham boasts an array of independent shops, and there is a wealth of attractions in and around the town. ‘Splash’ is a family leisure pool with fitness facilities, while the enchanting Priory Maze & Gardens lie around the ruins of the 13th Century Augustinian Friary of St Mary at Beeston Regis. The National Trust’s Sheringham

Park is a mature woodland with paths and walks punctuated by viewing platforms for taking in the stunning colour of the rhododendrons and azaleas that blossom from mid-May to midJune. A treetop platform gives breathtaking coastal views. Sheringham has a market on Saturdays and Wednesdays. Sheringham Park National Trust Visitor Centre Upper Sheringham 01263 820550 Priory Maze & Gardens Beeston Regis 01263 822986 Muckleburgh Collection Kelling 01263 588210 Splash Leisure & Fitness Centre 01263 825675 Sheringham Little Theatre 01263 822347) Hilltop Outdoor Centre 01263 824514 The Fishermen’s Heritage Centre 01263 824343 North Norfolk Railway 01263 820800 www. nnrailway.co.uk 41

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Swaffham

Swaffham Swaffham is a delightful town, recently used for the TV series Kingdom starring Stephen Fry. It is also the childhood home of the Egyptologist, Howard Carter. The town has a great weekly market on Saturdays, beautiful Georgian buildings and a magnificent church. A trip to the Ecotech Centre is well worthwhile - the centre for sustainability has exhibition area, organic garden, heritage orchard, gift shop and the Orchard Café, and you can view the UK’s first multi- megawatt wind turbine. Nearby Oxburgh Hall is a romantic, moated manor house. It was built by the Bedingfeld family in the 15th century and they have lived there ever since. Inside, the family’s Catholic history is revealed, complete with a secret priest’s hole which you can crawl inside. See the astonishing needlework by Mary, Queen of Scots, and the private chapel, built with reclaimed materials. Outside, you can enjoy panoramic views from the gatehouse roof and follow the woodcarving trails in the gardens and woodlands. Swaffham is a great base for exploring The Brecks. Close by you can soak up the tranquility in the

Gooderstone Water Gardens - 6 acres of garden including four ponds, waterways, trout stream, kingfisher hide and more. The Iceni village at Cockley Cley is a reconstruction of an ancient village, with a museum. Gooderstone Water Gardens 01603 712913 Iceni Village & Museum Cockley Cley 01760 724588 Oxburgh Hall 01366 328258 Ecotech Centre 01760 726100

Thetford Thetford is an ancient market town filled to the brim with history and heritage sites, quiet gardens, open parkland and a relaxing riverside. With Thetford Forest right on the doorstep, this is also the best base for discovering the wildlife and outdoor pleasures of The Brecks … ideal for walking, cycling, riding and action-packed adventure days. You may know Thetford better as ‘Walmington-on-Sea’ from the popular TV series ‘Dad’s Army’. Many of the buildings in the town and surrounding villages were used for filming and there is a Dad’s Army exhibition at the nearby Bressigham Steam Museum near Diss, and a

stute of actor Arthur Lowe as Captain Mainwaring in Thetford town. Thetford has been the Saxon capital of East Anglia, an important medieval religious centre, an elegant 19th century spa and the manufacturing base of the world-famous Burrell steam engines. In the heart of Theatford Forest you’ll find Go Ape, an award-winning high wire forest adventure course of rope bridges, Tarzan swings and zip slides, all set high up in the trees. Visit the ruins of Thetford Priory, or Grimes Grimes, seven miles north-west of the town.

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Walsingham

Wymondham Abbey

Walsingham, known as ‘England’s Nazereth’, has been a place of pilgrimage since medieval times. Comprised of two conjoined villages, Little Walsingham and Great Walsingham, it is famed for its religious shrines in honour of the Virgin Mary. The Wells Walsingham Light Railway is the longest 10 1/4” narrow gauge steam railway in the world and the wonderful scenic journey with five bridges through lovely countryside is worth taking. Walsingham Catholic Shrine

the enclosure of common land. He took a force of almost unarmed men, and fought for and held the City of Norwich for six weeks until defeated by the King’s forces. He was hanged from Norwich Castle. Kett’s Oak, said to be the rallying point for the rebellion, may still be seen today on the B1172 road between Wymondham and Hethersett.

Wells-next-the-Sea Sitting at the quay crabbing - or gillieing - is a longstanding

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tradition for holidaymakers at Wells-next-the-Sea. Wells, with its small working harbour, is dominated by a 100-year-old granary building, whose gantry overhangs the harbourfront as a reminder of past glories. The town is also known for its sweeping sandy beach and the stilt-high huts in primary colours that look out across the beach at the mouth of the harbour. The town is a network of narrow streets, old alleys and yards. Some of the town’s buildings Wells beach huts

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are hundreds of years old, and many, including former coaching inns and public houses, are listed buildings. A great way to travel through the area is by using the Wells and Walsingham Light Railway, which is the longest 10 inch narrow gauge line in the world. This runs from Wells to the holy village of Walsingham, where pilgrims come to this day to worship at the Roman Catholic and Anglican shrines. A short distance from Wells

is Holkham estate, with its stately Palladian mansion, Bygones Museum, deer park and Holkham beach. This part of North Norfolk forms part of the largest coastal nature reserve in England and Wales, and Wells-next-the-Sea - and indeed the whole of the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - is a haven for twitchers. Bitterns and terns, oyster catchers, avocets and marsh harriers are among the species which make this part of

North Norfolk a prime site for birdwatching. Wells & Walsingham Railway 01328 711630 Binham Priory Holkham Hall 01328 710227

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Festivals, concerts, country shows, historical recreations... Norfolk has it all this summer JULY

AUGUST

SEPTEMBER

u6 - 7 Heveningham Hall

u1-4 Southrepps Classical

u7-8 Great Yarmouth Maritime

Country Fair Heveningham Hall,

Music Festival

Festival

nr Halesworth

u4 Heacham Carnival and Fete

u7-8 Sandringham Game

u3-7 Bures Music Festival

u5-10 Mundesley Festival

& Country Fair

Bures

u9-11 East Albion’s

Sandringham Estate

u4-7 Drum Camp Festival

Harlequin Fayre

u8 Seething Airfield Airday

South Elmham St Michael

u10-12 Crafts, Art & Sculpture

u14-15 Out There Festival

u6 Lord Mayor’s Celebrations

Fair Sandringham Estate

Great Yarmouth

Norwich

u11 Downham Market

u21-22 1940s Weekend

u6-8 Potty Morris Dance

Water Festival

North Norfolk Railway

Festival Sheringham

u10-11 Reepham Music

u22 Great Yarmouth Annual

u7 Norwich Lanes Summer

Festival

Charity Duck Race

Fayre Norwich

u18-24 Hunstanton Lawn

u27-29 King’s Lynn

u13 The Barford Festival

Tennis Tournament

Poetry Festival

Barford.

u19-1 Sept North Norfok

u13-14 Norfolk Antique

Music Festival

OCTOBER

& Collectors Fair Norfolk

u24-26 Medieval Spectacular

u25-27 Swaffham Visual

Showground

Pensthorpe, nr Fakenham

Arts Festival

u17-15 Sept Hippodrome

u24-26 Norfolk Summer

u25-3 Nov Coast: Cromer

Spectacular & Water Show

Garden Show Norfolk

& Sheringham Arts Festival

Hippodrome, Great Yarmouth

Showground

Snape Maltings Concert Hall,

u20 World Snail Racing

u25 Hemsby Herring Festival

Aldeburgh

Championships Congham

u25 East Coast Truckers Great

u14-27 King’s Lynn Festival

Yarmouth Central Beach

King’s Lynn

u25 Swaffham Free Festival

u19-21 Weeting Steam Engine

u25 Salhouse Broad Raft

Rally Weeting

Race and Fun Day

u27-28 Gorleston Clifftop

u25-26 Village at War

Festival Gorleston-on-Sea

Gressenhall Farm

u27 Norwich Pride

& Workshouse

u27 - 11 Aug Sheringham

u25-26 All About Dogs

Carnival

Norfolk Showground

u31 Sandringham Flower Show

u31-1 North Norfolk

Sandringham Estate

Food & Drink Festival

30 Aug -1 Sept Sundown Festival 3rd year for this huge 3-day Norfolk Spectacular. Line-up includes Rita Ora, Jessie J (right) and James Arthur plus many more talents. Norfolk Showground sundownfestival.co.uk

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A whole day of non-stop family fun & adventure in the forest! • Cycling and MTB trails for all leve ls • BikeArt, bike shop & hire • Play areas for all ages • Walking trails • Cafe & take out • Forest Segway • Go Ape

NEW

T: 01842 810090 www.bikeartthetford.co.uk

T: 0845 094 9635 www.goape.co.uk

Directions: High Lodge is situated in Thetford Forest on the B1107. Sat Nav: IP27 0AF. Open every day. Discovery Pass available. All cars and minibuses must pay a site entry fee. Additional charges for Go Ape & bike hire. For more info call 01842 815434.

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PLACES TO VISIT

Sheringham Cottages NORTH NORFOLK COAST

 Local ■ Local family familyrun runbusiness business  Six beautiful 4 star self-catering properties in Sheringham ■ Six beautiful 4 star self-catering properties in family Sheringham  Superb quiet location, Blue Flag beach, shops, pubs, theatre and 18-hole golf course all within 200 meters ■ Foresters is suitable for wheelchair users as wellTV as &being  Central heating, separate dining rooms, Freeview video

or DVD & bedrooms), Wifi, gardens and off road parking great for(lounge families.  Good rail & road links (free pick up from Sheringham station)

■ Superb quiet location, Blue Flag beach, shops, family pubs,  Norwich & Airport 25 miles

 Linen available, gas &golf electricity theatre and 18-hole course included all within 200 meters  Reduction for longer stays & 2 person occupation, out of season

■ Central heating, separate dining rooms, Freeview TV & video or

DVD (lounge & bedrooms), Wifi, gardens and off road parking

Trevor 01263 577560 ■ Free pick up Claydon from Sheringham train & bus stations www.sheringhamcottages.com Trevor Claydon 01263 577560 www.sheringhamcottages.com

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Norfolk Country Cottages 400+ VisitEngland approved properties across the county. With over 20 years experience in holiday lettings. Call now for expert advice on how to get the most from your property. Holt: 01263 715779 Burnham Market: 01328 738939 www.norfolkcottages.co.uk 6915_KCC_Ad redesign_QP_v2_Layout 1 19/11/2010 09:25 Page 1

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The Norfolk Holiday Home Specialists excelling in the level of care to cottages and our guests. We also provide a focused, individual management service to owners. www.countrysidecottagesnorfolk.com For more information please contact Zoe on 01263 713133

Discover Norfolk, in your own time Escape to North Norfolk and explore beautiful countryside, spectacular coastal walks, ne food and above all some wonderful holiday cottages.

To find your perfect Norfolk holiday:

Tel: 01328 856853

kettcountrycottages.co.uk info@kettcountrycottages.co.uk

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PLACES TO VISIT

Holiday Cottages, Aylsham, Norfolk

BIRDS NORFOLK HOLIDAY HOMES LETTING AND BOOKING AGENTS

Moonbeam

IS YOUR HOLIDAY HOME SITTING EMPTY? WE HAVE BEEN LETTING HOLIDAY HOMES FOR OVER 50 YEARS. Fully flexible, friendly letting service. Low commission.

ALL VISIT ENGLAND GRADED

Harvest Moon

Relax in style in one of our two, newly refurbished cottages including Half Moon Inn, a 1680 listed coaching inn which has been lovingly restored and is steeped in history. Accomodation to sleep 2-8 people.

T: 01603 457575 E: anthonyjwickham@hotmail.co.uk or lisajwickham@yahoo.co.uk

www.mooncottagesaylsham.co.uk

Marine Lodge

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VISIT NORTH NORFOLK WITH IT’S GLORIOUS COAST AND PANORAMIC SUNSETS IN ONE OF OUR MANY SELF-CATERING PROPERTIES! FREE BROCHURE OR PERUSE/BOOK ON LINE www.norfolkholidayhomes-birds.co.uk Contact; Sandra Hohol 01485 534267 Email; shohol@birdsnorfolkholidayhomes.co.uk

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The Marine Lodge Hotel enjoys one of the premier locations on Great Yarmouth sea front, see the sun rise with one of our superb sea view rooms. We offer excellent accommodation in our bright modern rooms and relaxing public areas. Our prices start from just £60 per double room per night or for more than three nights there are some great spring offers. This year we have also built some new premiere Luxury rooms, beautiful rooms, great views, whirlpool baths, super king sized beds with designer fittings made for you to relax and enjoy a romantic stay.

Not all rooms are listed to book online so call us for up to date room information Marine Lodge Hotel, 19-20 Euston Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk NR30 1EB

www.marinelodge.co.uk tel: 01493 331120

Over 200 coastal holiday cottages to choose from, in all the best locations

www.norfolkhideaways.co.uk

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Information National Rail Enquiries

08457 484950

Tourist Information Centres & Other Useful Contacts Attleborough Town Hall 01953 456930 broadland.gov.uk

south-norfolk.gov.uk Downham Market Priory Road 01366 383287 west-norfolk.gov.uk

Aylsham Bure Valley Railway Station Great Yarmouth 25 Marine Parade 01263 733903 01493 846346 broadland.gov.uk great-yarmouth.co.uk Burnham Deepdale Harleston Deepdale Farms Exchange Street 01485 210256 01379 851917 deepdalefarm.co.uk harleston-norfolk.org.uk Open all year Cromer Louden Road 0871 200 3071 visitnorthnorfolk.com

Holt Market Place 0871 200 3071 visitnorthnorfolk.com

Dereham Church Street 01362 698992 dereham-tic.org.uk

Hunstanton Town Hall, The Green 01485 532610 west-norfolk.gov.uk

Diss Mere Street 01379 650523

King’s Lynn The Custom House, Purfleet Quay

01553 763044 west-norfolk.gov.uk Loddon The Old Town Hall 01508 521028 south-norfolk.gov.uk Mundesley Station Road 01263 721070 North Norfolk Information Centre Louden Road, Cromer 01263 512497 Norwich The Forum, Millennium Plain T. 01603 213999 visitnorwich.co.uk Sheringham Station Approach 01263 824329 Swaffham Town Museum aroundswaffham.co.uk

Thetford 20 King Street 01842 751975 explorethetford.co.uk Walsingham Shire Hall Museum 01328 820510 Wells-next-the-Sea Staithe Street 01328 710885 Wymondham Market Cross, Market Place 01953 604721 wymondhamtc.norfolkparishes.gov.uk USEFUL WEBSITES www.visitnorfolk.co.uk www.norfolk.gov.uk www.norwich.gov.uk www.tournorfolk.co.uk www.eastlife.co.uk

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G a r d e n s | G a r d e n C e n t r e| S t e a m M u s e u m

Open Dates 28th March to 3rd November visit www.bressingham.co.uk for further details Tel 01379 686900

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