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From high end bespoke wooden frames to super trendy designer brands. Henrietta Gillam has selected eye wear to suit every style and budget.

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Old Greshamian and owner Henrietta opened the boutique optician in September 2015.

She said ‘I have always wanted my own optician and Holt just made sense as I spent my whole child hood here. My main aim was to use clean lines and vibrant colours to create a relaxed atmosphere where customers can try frames on at their leisure’.

Parker & Gillam provide NHS and private eye testing, contact lens consultations and have an on-site technical workshop for when ‘you sit on your specs’. Parker & Gillam can be found at 4-6 Shirehall Plain. Henrietta looks forward to welcoming you soon!

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CONTENTS WELCOME..................................................................09 Norfolk is a county like no other!

HISTORY AND HERITAGE...................................10 Neanderthals, Romans, Anglo-Saxons and Strangers – they all played a part in the history of Norfolk.

10 REASONS TO LOVE THIS REGION........... 16 There are dozens of reasons to love it here – check out a few of our favourites.

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High street chains, one-off independents and quirky specialists – they’re all waiting for the shopaholic.

DAYS OUT..................................................................30 Whatever the time of year, and whatever the weather, there’s always plenty to do here.

48 HOURS IN NORFOLK..................................... 48 You can pack a lot into a couple of days – try this itinerary to make the most of it.

EATING OUT.............................................................. 52 Fine dining, adventurous independents and a great range of ethnic cuisine means you’ll never go hungry here.

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ARTS AND CULTURE.............................................58 The arts scene on offer in Norfolk caters for all tastes.

NIGHTLIFE.................................................................. 66

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There is no shortage of things to do in Norfolk after dark.

OUR SPORTING LIFE............................................ 70

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Whether you want to watch or take part, there’s always plenty on offer here.

GETTING HERE AND AROUND........................72 Norfolk is easily accessible by plane, car, boat or train.

10 THINGS YOU MUST DO..................................78 There are loads of things to do here – but make sure you don’t miss these.

FURTHER AFIELD.................................................. 80 Norfolk is a fantastic base for exploring some of the surrounding counties and attractions.

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Urban and rural, ancient and modern, the Norfolk property scene has something for everyone.

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Three great reasons to shop in Aylsham Our philosophy is simple fashion that can be worn every day by women who are inspired by life, no matter your age or lifestyle. Our collections are chosen by us to be loved & worn again & again. Come and visit us in our newly refurbished store, for something a little bit different.

29 Red Lion Street, Alysham, Norwich, Norfolk 01263 734110 Monday to Saturday 9:30am-5pm Seasalt • Great Plains • White Stuff • Fever London • Adini • Lily & Me • Braintree • Fly Shoes

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warm welcome to the great county of Norfolk – and may we congratulate you on your choice of destination! You’re visiting a unique part of England, a county of contrasts. The modern, bustling city of Norwich is only 90 minutes from London along the A11, yet there’s also a traditional theme running through Norfolk – a region of bucket-and-spade holidays, fish and chips, candyfloss and end-of-the-pier entertainment, a nod to a bygone age. There’s always something to do here – Norfolk has got one of the best visitor offers in the UK. There’s beautiful countryside and coastline, the unique Broadland (the only National Park with a city in it!), and the wild Fens. The “capital”, Norwich, is renowned for its shopping, history and culture. There is superb food, and a great range of attractions and things to do. And don’t forget that Norfolk is the combined sunniest and driest county in the UK. So please enjoy your visit here – and come back and see us soon. q

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HISTORY & HERITAGE

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Neanderthals, Romans, Anglo-Saxons and Strangers – they all played a part in the history of Norfolk

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orfolk’s history goes back millions of years and the coast especially is home to some important archaeological sites. It’s the north-east coast that furthered our understanding of prehistoric times as it contains one of the best preserved Neanderthal sites in the country. The oldest evidence of humans outside Africa’s Great Rift Valley has been found at Happisburgh. This part of the UK used to be joined to another land mass and the climate would have been much like Africa’s great plains, animals and all. Another important find came in Happisburgh, when a 550,000 year old flint hand axe was found preserved in the peaty deposit of a former forest.

Until this was found we’d always thought that human colonisation hadn’t reached this far north until 100,000 years later. You can see this history making flint tool at the Norwich Castle Museum. Jumping forward to 2049BC, one of Norfolk’s wonders was created; Seahenge. This circle was discovered in 1998 after tidal surges uncovered it on the beach at Holme-next-the-Sea. It was made of oak trunks cut with metal axes – another important discovery that helped show how advanced society was at the time – and is now on display at the Lynn Museum in King’s Lynn. Before the Romans invaded Iron Age Britain, Norfolk was home to the Iceni tribe and their famous leader Boudicca who led an unsuccessful revolt >> p12

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<< p11 against the Romans in around 60AD. Norfolk’s Roman and Iceni history is best seen from the River Tas and the ruins around Caistor St Edmund, which forms part of the Boudicca Way. Norwich as we know it began as a small Anglo-Saxon settlement, which soon grew into a town thanks to its strong trade position on the Wensum. According to the Doomsday Book, in 1086, Norwich was one of the largest towns in England. The Normans began on Norwich’s cathedral in 1096 but it wasn’t consecrated until the 12th century, around the same time Norwich’s wooden keep was rebuilt in stone. The stone walls surrounding the city

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Before the Romans invaded Iron Age Britain, Norfolk was home to the Iceni tribe and their famous leader Boudicca who led an unsuccessful revolt against the Romans in around 60AD were built from 1297 to 1334 and you can still see parts of these dotted around the centre. Norwich gained a boost to its population in the 16th century when a group of people known in local dialect as The Strangers came to the city fleeing religious persecution in Europe. These people brought their

canaries with them and the people of Norwich began rearing the birds as a hobby, something it became known for by the 18th century and the reason Norwich City Football Club is nicknamed The Canaries. As England’s second city for a long time, Norwich developed an impressive textiles and leather trade. In the Victorian era a thriving shoe and boot industry was established >> p14


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In the Victorian era a thriving shoe and boot industry was established and new ventures such as Colman’s Mustard and Caley’s Chocolate began

<< p12 and new ventures such as Colman’s Mustard and Caley’s Chocolate began, and became enduring legacies of the city. Norfolk played a big part in the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381 with the final confrontation taking place in North Walsham. The county is also the birthplace of Horatio Nelson and you can see plenty of his influence throughout Norfolk in museums, pubs, place names and more. q

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When customers ask for a great experience in Norfolk we do our absolute best to make that happen… Come visit Norfolk’s rural inland beauty spots, amazing waterways and coastal landscapes. Whether it is a quiet retreat that you need or a large group gathering venue, a North Norfolk cottage or a holiday home on the Norfolk Broads, we have a place that will fit your needs at Norfolk’s Hidden Gems.

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Norwich is a cultural hotspot and hosts an abundance of cultural events. Whether you are looking for a romantic break, family trip, golf day with your friends or a get together at our spa, we have the answers right here at Sprowston Manor, Marriott Hotel & Country Club. Relax after 18 holes of golf or a meeting in La Fontana Spa which offers a range of relaxing treatments, or alternatively, work out or wind down in our Leisure Club complete with an indoor heated pool and fully equipped gymnasium. Grab a bite to eat from our extensive food menu at our Zest CafĂŠ, Bar and Grill or indulge in a Starbucks and sit on the patio overlooking our immaculate greens.

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10 REASONS TO LOVE THIS REGION! There are dozens of reasons to love it here â&#x20AC;&#x201C; check out a few of our favourites


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{01} City of literature The fine city of Norwich has been awarded the literary accolade because it has strong ties to authors such as William Taylor and Amelia Opie. It also offers a number of writing courses and workshops. If you want to discover Norwich's literary side, visit The Book Hive on London Street.

{02} Foodie culture Norfolk is full of amazing food producers, from the Victorian-inspired Scrubby Oak Fine Foods through to the local pork delights of Bray's cottage pies. North Norfolk has its own restaurant week every autumn and there are regular street food trucks outside the Forum in Norwich.

{03} Beautiful architecture Whether you enjoy pretty cottages nestled in rolling countryside or prefer to stand in the shadow of Norwich's mighty castle, there's some beautiful architecture, both new and old, to be seen in Norfolk. In Norwich, head

The way the marshes and mudflats roll into the sea is something to behold and the changing landscape as the tide washes in and out just has to be experienced

to The Lanes for your fix of cobbled streets and wonky Tudor buildings.

{04} The North Norfolk coast The North Norfolk coast is a haven for walkers, bird watchers and photographers. The way the marshes and mudflats roll into the sea is something to behold and the changing landscape as the tide washes in and out just has to be experienced. There's great surfing off the coast of Cromer and huge numbers of people visit every year for the big waves.

{05} Wildlife Norfolk is home to marsh harriers, pretty little kingfishers, boxing brown hares, otters, and even the odd-looking Chinese water deer. You can see some of Norfolk's diverse wildlife at places like Pensthorpe and Titchwell. If you're interested in native animal life, take a look at The Norfolk Wildlife Trust, which is dedicated to conserving our county's animal and bird life. >> p19

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{06} Samphire

Visit any fine restaurant in Norfolk during the summer and you'll be treated to the salty goodness that is samphire. This coastal plant is also called sea asparagus and works perfectly with fish and other seafood. Keep an eye out for it between June and September on roadside stalls and on the menu of plenty of Norfolk's eateries.

{07} Big skies The Norfolk landscape is defined by swathes of big blue skies. Sometimes you'll see endless corn fields underneath, other times it'll flow into the sea and quite often the gently rolling hills will reach up to meet it. Wherever in the county you are, the skies are sure to be amazing. If you get away from the city and big towns at night, there are some fantastic stargazing opportunities to be had, too.

{08} Norwich Castle Our castle is 900 years old with a rich history as a defensive structure, jail and now a museum. It can be seen from all around Norwich and inside you can find out about the city's Anglo-Saxon and Norman beginning.

{09} The Broads This man-made wonder is home to a whole host of wildlife as well as being a fantastic place to relax. Hire a boat and explore Norfolk's waterways.

{10} Independent producers and shops Wherever you go in the county, you'll always be able to find an independent shop of some sort. You're spoilt for choice when it comes to jewellery, beauty products, food and drinks made by locals. q

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LIKE TO SHOP? YOU’LL LOVE IT HERE! High street chains, one-off independents and quirky specialists – they’re all waiting for the shopaholic

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orfolk is full of lovely little market towns so you’ll never be stuck for somewhere to shop. Aylsham, Sheringham and Holt are good places to start in north Norfolk. If you’re in west Norfolk, Downham Market and Kings Lynn won’t let you down and in south Norfolk, Harleston, Diss and Wymondham are the places to be. If you fancy a more well-rounded shopping experience, Norwich has two shopping centres full of the usual high street chains, some quirky gift shops and a nice collection of places to eat, too. Venture away from these and the old city has a different story to tell – you’ll be wowed by independent boutiques, the famous market and a huge choice of vintage shops. The Mall was the city’s first shopping centre and is built beneath the castle. It has a number of access points in the city centre

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as well as a multi-storey car park. You’ll find a range of affordable high street stores here, including a large TK Maxx. There’s also a food court at the top alongside an open grassy area that’s overlooked by the castle itself. The newest shopping centre is Chapelfield, which was built in 2005. Here you’ll find an even wider range of shops. There’s an Apple Store for all your technology needs, plenty of clothes shops and a large House of Fraser that covers everything from fashion and beauty through to gadgets and toys. If you fancy seeing a bit more of Norwich’s culture and want to support local businesses, the Norwich Lanes can easily make up full day’s shopping trip. These old streets are chock full of beautiful little stores where you can pick up gifts, vintage goodies and homewares. One of your first stops along the Lanes has to be the Norwich Gift Emporium, >> p22


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especially if you want hand-made jewellery – such as the locally famous PinPinFinds – postcards, clothing or homewares. These make a nice change from the souvenirs you would usually pick up while on holiday. If you want to satisfy a sartorial need, head to Imelda’s Shoe Boutique. This quirky shop stocks women’s shoes from brands such as Irregular Choice, UGG, Vagabond, Fly London and more. Norwich has a very eclectic population and that’s evidenced by the fact that there are plenty of alternative clothing shops around, one of the largest being The Rock Collection on Lower Goat Lane. Pamper yourself with a trip to Palm and Sole Skincare Delicatessen on Bridewell Alley where beauty products will be created for you according to your needs. There’s also an extensive range of pre-made natural products that will revitalise your skincare routine. While in the city centre, it’s hard to miss the largest open air market in Europe with its iconic striped canopies. At the back you’ll find vintage stalls such as Taxi and Nicky’s Vintage Clothing but wander through the stalls for shoes, bags, clothing, food and more. Norwich market is the kind of place where the old and new meet. There are stalls run by the third and fourth generations of owners alongside brand new start-ups. This is the kind

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of place where you can buy a unique jacket, find a watch battery, get some shoes repaired and grab something to eat while you wait. The market runs alongside Gentleman’s Walk where you’ll find more high street fare for both men and women as well as places to stop off for a coffee or a bite to eat. Nestled within the elegant Art Nouveau Royal Arcade just off Gentleman’s Walk is the Colman’s Mustard Shop & Museum. Here you’ll find one of Norwich’s most famous products. Buy gift sets for your friends or try a new flavour of the local mustard. At first glance you might not notice but the whole shop is a careful replica of a Victorian trade premises. There’s a lot of old charm down Magdalen Street in Norwich, too. You’ll find Asian markets for all your exotic food needs and there are plenty of textile shops that hark back to Norwich’s trade heritage. For music lovers, you’ve got a range of options when it comes to record stores and two large vintage, rummage shops also call this street home,

Looses and Aladdin’s Cave. You need to visit both if you love antiques and retro furniture. If vintage clothing is more your style, Retreat Vintage is just over the road from Looses. The shop might be small but it’s full of beautiful hand-picked items and you can’t help but notice the striking shop front that’s a perfect example of the owners’ style. For all things Norwich, visit The Forum Shop which sells art, gifts and books that really capture the essence of Norfolk. If that’s not your style, there’s the Television and Movie store opposite that will satisfy anyone’s geeky needs. For those of you who love colourful and quirky interior design, a trip to Leslie Terrance Home, Gift & Garden in Wymondham is bound to have you walking away with bags of new goodies for the home. If you’re looking for antiques, designer boutiques, gifts and seaside souvenirs, you must head to north Norfolk. You’ll be treated to lovely independent retailers such as >> p25

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Lifestyle Clothing 11 Red Lion Street (opposite Debenhams) Norwich NR1 3QF Tel: 01603 767946

Based in the heart of Norwich we specialise in antiques, vintage, retro and modern furniture. With 22,000 sq ft of sales area on two storeys, we are the largest centre for antiques and collectables in East Anglia. Come and get lost in our treasure trove emporium and find yourself something unique today.

Our new tea room offers a fantastic selection of hot and cold drinks, sandwiches and cakes. Open Mon - Fri 10-5 Sat 9-6 & Sun 10-4 www.loosesemporium.co.uk | www.facebook.com/loosesemporium 23-25 Magdalen Street | Norwich | NR3 1LP | 01603 665600 | 07881 763791

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Lings Country Goods is a leading gun and country clothing shop in Norfolk, priding itself in an extensive range of guns and shooting accessories, including gun slips, cartridge bags, cleaning kits and scopes.

This range of guns and accessories is backed up by a wide range of top brand country clothing, and footwear. Lings Country Goods is a friendly, family run country clothing shop with helpful, knowledgeable staff at your disposal.

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Burnham Market Pine offers a complete range of natural, painted, reclaimed and old pine furniture

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<< p22 Stiffkey Stores on the coast road in Stiffkey. Inside you’ll find a café that sells fantastic cake but also a range of books, home décor items and postcards too. If you fancy browsing for antiques and retro items, take a trip to Holt where you’ll find the 280-square metre showroom that is Holt Antiques and Interiors Centre, just off the main roundabout on Thornage Road. This eclectic mix of home furnishings, signs, decorative items, art and more, is a fantastic place to explore if you’re not sure what you’re looking for. It’s the kind of place where you can pick up a huge 80s neon sign and a Georgian dresser in the same room. Holt is simply fantastic when it comes to fashion. For your designer fix, Francois Bouttier has you covered. Here you’ll find designer clothes from greats such as Cavalli, Moschino, Ash Footwear, MaxMara and more. If that’s not enough shopping for you, visit Susan Gillis Browne – one of the shops in the Appleyard area – which stocks a vast collection of magnificent Suzy Hamilton dresses, perfect for swishing out to dinner or dressing up for a special event.

Holt’s Appleyard is a beautiful area for shopping, dining and gifts. If you’re looking for a holiday read, the Holt Bookshop offers fiction and non-fiction from local authors but you’ll be able to pick up that international best-seller, too. For a fashion fix, visit Dragonfly, Fat Face and Spirit of the Andes, then stock your home with kitchen and homewares from Butler’s Pantry. If you want to mix a bit of shopping with lunch, a trip to the Art Café in Glandford ticks all the boxes. You can feast on varied vegetarian fare before browsing the shop, and you’ll be able to pick up locally-made jewellery, a piece of art for your wall and all sorts of other gifts, accessories and clothing. Heading back to the coast, the seaside experience in Mundesley is enhanced by a few lovely little shops such as Jupe, which sells women’s clothing, and the Gallery, which stocks cards, gifts and art. Cromer is also well stocked with great shops including Lily B, another independent retailer selling women’s clothing. Inside you’re bound to find something no >> p27

For your designer fix, you will be covered here. You’ll find designer clothes from greats such as Cavalli, Moschino, Ash Footwear and more

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Robert Oliver Menswear

Here at Robert Oliver Menswear we specialise in giving customers a one-to-one service, to provide you with your exact requirements. I only stock quality menswear, from suits, coats through to shoes and socks. We also have a made-to-measure department making both mens and ladies tailoring.

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Brands stocked include: Bladen • Magee • Seidensticker Shirts • The Label Suits • Chatham Shoes A warm and welcoming personal service assured! 238 Sprowston Road, Norwich, NR3 4HT (Next to Dovetail Furnishing) Tel: 01603 661220

Delicious Danish clothing for men and women Drove Orchards, Thornham, Norfolk PE36 6LS T. 01263 711601

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The recently refurbished style gives a contemporary shopping experience without taking away from the traditional charm of a seaside town arcade << p27 and every third Saturday of the month you’ll find the Harleston Farmers’ Market which sells food grown within 20 miles of the town. In Swaffham you’ll find a great range of little shops including the fun Henchman’s marquee, an odd little store stuffed full of fun and games. It’s a great place to take the kids or perhaps pick up some gifts for the little ones in your life. Why not incorporate a day’s shopping with a trip up the wind turbine and visit to the gift shop at the Green Britain Centre? Head to the east coast and you’ll find Regent Street in Great Yarmouth, which is the place to be if you want some cheap and cheerful souvenirs to remind you of your time in Norfolk. Martyn’s Store – a family-run business that’s been going since 1957 – is the place to go for all sorts so if you want a fancy dress costume or a Steiff bear, you’re covered.

The Market Gates Shopping Centre in the seaside town is the destination for a spot of retail therapy from high street favourites. You can park here, too, so it’s a good way to start a day by the seaside. If you’re after interesting boutiques and curios, Yarmouth’s Victoria Arcade is a great place to pick up something special. The recently refurbished style gives a contemporary shopping experience without taking away from the traditional charm of a seaside town arcade. Bargain shops can be found around the Broads with Lathams in Potter Heigham being the largest and most well known. It’s been serving customers for the past 30 years and is the place to visit if you want to pick up some fishing gear or browse for a bargain. There’s also a little café where you can recharge with a cup of tea and a sausage roll. Wroxham is another great stop on a shopping trip if you’re looking to pick

up some bargains as it’s home to Norfolk department store, Roys. For the kids there’s a large toy department on the main street called Roys Toys with a children’s clothing store just behind it. South Norfolk is home to the old market town of Diss and it really can boast about its history with a market being held in the centre for more than 500 years. It’s set in the heart of the Waveney Valley and was established around one of the deepest natural inland lakes in the country. The town now holds regular farmers’ markets and flea markets in its centre and there are a host of other boutiques and shops dotted around, too. There are four courtyards in Diss that you should visit for all your shopping needs but if you’re pressed for time make sure you at least visit Cobb’s Yard and Norfolk House Yard. The former is home to a welcoming ladies’ boutique called Lily & Rose, while Norfolk House Yard features a number of food shops including Fredricks Fine Foods, which has an impressive deli. q

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about Norwich’s Anglo-Saxon and Norman heritage. Dust off that National Trust membership (or pick one up!) and head to one of Norfolk’s most spectacular Jacobean buildings, Blicking Hall, for another dose of history. This is where Anne Boleyn lived – and supposedly still haunts, making it the perfect place to visit around Halloween. Explore the fantastic rooms and extensive gardens while you discover some interesting facts about life in Norfolk at this time. >> p32

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<< p31 Learn more about the rural way of life at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse near Dereham. Whatever the weather you can learn the ways of farmers in the local countryside with a historic workhouse, traditional farm and lots of indoor displays. The Lynn Museum in Kings Lynn is home to the bronze-age timber structure Seahenge, one of Norfolk’s ancient wonders, but you’ll also find more of west Norfolk’s history here. Just off the King’s Lynn to Fakenham road is Houghton Hall & Gardens. Houghton Hall was built in the 1720s for Britain’s first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole. The parkland is home to white fallow deer as well as a collection of contemporary sculptures by world-renowned artists. In 2017 Houghton Hall will host a major exhibition of works by internationally-celebrated British Landscape artist and Turner Prize Winner, Richard Long. Thetford might have been the filming location for Dad’s Army but the real history comes from a day spent visiting sites such as the Castle Mound and the ruined priory. You could spend a full day in this town exploring its history as a very important British settlement, and perhaps even >> p34

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Zip across the trees! Looking for a great family day out or something different to do with the children? We have some of the best high ropes activities in the country with two tall tree courses at 40ft and 20ft, along with facilities for younger and the less adventurous family members.

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We have a NEW army-style assault course with running track, suitable for obstacle racing and Tough Mudder training. Free car parking, food and refreshments available at our café, covered picnic pavilion

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VISIT ENGLAND’S FIRST TRADITIONAL WHISKY DISTILLERY IN OVER 100 YEARS

TOURS OF THE DISTILLERYpm, 7 days a week, 10am-4 every hour

Take a look at over 250 whiskies from around the world at St. George’s Distillery Coffee shop | Gift shop | River walks Just 5 minutes off the A11 See our website for more details

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HISTORIC NORFOLK WITH ENGLISH HERITAGE From the WW2 homes of Great Yarmouth Row Houses on the scenic coast to 400 prehistoric pits across a grassy lunar landscape at Grime’s Graves – step back in time and explore 5000 years of history in Norfolk.

Grime’s Graves is the only Neolithic flint mine open to visitors in Britain. It was first named Grime’s Graves by the Anglo-Saxons but it was not until one of them was excavated in 1870 that they were identified as flint mines dug over 5,000 years ago. Visitors can enjoy the exhibition in the visitor centre before donning their hard hat to climb down the 30ft ladder to explore one of the mines themselves! Castle Acre Priory is one of the largest and best preserved monastic sites in England dating back to 1090. It was the home of the first Cluniac order of monks to England and the Cluniac love of decoration is everywhere reflected in the extensive ruins. The beautiful West Front will make your jaw drop!

The delightful Row Houses at Row 111 and the Old Merchant’s House are rare remnants of Great Yarmouth’s original distinctive ‘Rows’ which were a network of narrow alleyways linking Yarmouth’s three main thoroughfares and are dressed as two separate time periods. Both houses also display a wonderful collection of fixtures and fittings – including painted panels, elaborate wall-ties and door-knockers – rescued from other now-demolished row dwellings, a treasure trove for lovers of period decoration. So step back in time with English Heritage and explore Norfolk this season.

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The Dereham – Wymondham Abbey Line Open from the end of February to Christmas, join us for: • Steam train rides (summer only) • Diesel train rides • Steam and diesel galas • Fish and chips specials • Family fun days • Beer festival • Jazz and folk trains • On-train cream teas and high teas • Weekend at war • Halloween train • Santa Specials (The Lapland Express)

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If you want to get up close and personal with the likes of the giraffes, lemurs, monkeys and more, go for the Keeper for a Day experience, which gives you behind the scenes access to the zoo For a varied yet still animal-heavy trip, visit Wroxham Barns. A day here should start with a poke around the gorgeous shops. You can find clothes, jewellery and accessories; beautiful art in The Norfolk Gallery; fudge from Courtyard Confectionery; and wooden gifts from Wroxham Barns’ resident woodturner and engraver. There’s also an annual scone competition for those of you who fancy yourself as a bit of a baker, or

just want to sample some of the entries. Don’t leave before heading into the Junior Farm, preferably with a bag of feed so you can make friends with all the goats, sheep, cows, horses and donkeys. Make sure you’re around at lunchtime to watch the animals being fed. This is a lot of fun during spring when there are piglets and lambs at the farm – you can even try feeding them yourself!

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1 Norwich Castle A magnificent Norman keep lies at the heart of the region’s premier museum. Displays tell the stories of the Romans, Queen Boudica, the AngloSaxons, Vikings and Normans using sophisticated modern techniques. There are superb displays of fine art, costume, animals, birds, fossils, botany and butterflies. Open all year, Monday – Sunday Castle Meadow, Norwich, NR1 3JU

2 Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse

Sophisticated displays bring the Victorian workhouse to life; whilst the farm is home to rare breeds of sheep, cattle, pigs and horses. A delightful kitchen garden, traditional orchard and old village shops tell of a bygone era. Enjoy a cart ride through the fields, a stroll along the river and thrilling woodland adventure playground. Seasonal opening March – October, Monday - Sunday Gressenhall, Dereham, NR20 4DR.

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This one time Victorian herring smokehouse gives the museum a unique character. Stunning displays recreate an atmospheric fish wharf, a ‘Row’ of fishermen’s homes and the deck of a coastal drifter; all celebrating Great Yarmouth’s heyday as a vibrant fishing town and holiday resort. Open all year Monday - Sunday Blackfriars Road, Great Yarmouth, NR30 3BX.

4 Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell

Norwich citizens became rich producing textiles, chocolate, shoes and mustard. The museum is packed with fascinating objects including a Jacquard loom, wonderful shoes and a re-creation of a 1920s chemist shop, with its many potions, poisons and cures. Open all year, Tuesday - Saturday Bridewell Alley, Norwich, NR2 1AQ

5 Strangers’ Hall, Norwich

A unique medieval merchant’s house with magnificent great hall and stone-vaulted undercroft. Sixteen rooms illustrate how styles changed from Tudor to Victorian times. The toy room is a delight and the knot garden a tranquil retreat. Seasonal opening February – Christmas, Sunday afternoon & Wednesday June – September, Sunday afternoon & Wednesday plus Thursday & Friday Charing Cross, Norwich, NR2 4AL.

6 Ancient House, Thetford

This exceptional house is a rare Tudor survivor with beautiful carved timbers and a wonderful decorative fireplace. The story of Thetford is brought to life by audio guides, films and collections spanning the centuries. Open all year Tuesday - Saturday White Hart Street, Thetford, IP24 1AA

7 Cromer Museum This Victorian fisherman’s cottage relates Cromer’s history as a seaside resort. Photographs of fishermen by Olive Edis – Norfolk’s pioneering photographer reveal the people that created that history. The geology gallery has an amazing collection of fossils including the West Runton mammoth. Seasonal opening March – October, Monday – Sunday East Cottages, Tucker Street, Cromer, NR27 9HB. 01263 513543

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This 12th century medieval building is one of England’s oldest gaols. Displays look at crime and punishment and the fate of thieves, smugglers, witches, pirates and murderers. Visit the atmospheric cells and learn of the unfortunate souls who were incarcerated there. Seasonal opening In school holidays Easter – October, closed Saturdays Tolhouse Street, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2SH. 01493 858900

9 Elizabethan House, Great Yarmouth

This charming quayside house tells of daily domestic life from Elizabethan to Victorian times. The Conspiracy Room recalls an intriguing period when Oliver Cromwell visited during the English Civil War. Children will love the activity packed toy room. Seasonal opening Easter – October, closed Saturdays South Quay, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2QH.

10 Lynn Museum, King’s Lynn

The museum’s centrepiece is the Bronze Age timber circle, Seahenge. Roman coins, medieval badges, scrimshaw carvings and Egyptian figures are among the thousands of objects which tell the story of West Norfolk. Open all year, Tuesday – Saturday Market Street, King’s Lynn, PE30 1NL.

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charge. The wristbands make it much more cost effective than paying for each ride separately. Don’t leave without at least one ride on the wooden roller coaster, one of Britain’s oldest; built in 1932. If you fancy the log flume, make it your last ride as it’s not as tame as it looks. You will get wet! For families with small children, there’s a slightly tamer funfair called Joyland a little way down the seafront – you can’t miss its giant toy mountain. There’s also an American diner here, making it a great place to stop for a bite to eat before you ride the world-famous snails. To learn about Norfolk’s most famous son, Horatio Nelson, visit the Nelson Museum in Great Yarmouth’s quayside area. The museum contains a vast collection of memorabilia and historical items. Whether you love spending time in the countryside or are a fan of steam trains, work

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a trip down the Bure Valley Railway into your day. The beautiful 15-gauge steam train runs from Aylsham to Wroxham and covers nine miles in one direction. A jaunt down the line is about so much more than the journey, it’s a great way to see two of Norfolk’s loveliest towns and, if you’re feeling energetic, you can walk the length of the line and get the train back. One of Norfolk’s quirkier attractions is the Dinosaur Adventure Park. This is a full day out for anyone who wants to get close to these prehistoric creatures. It’s 10 miles outside Norwich in Lenwade off the A47 so you’ll need a car to visit but you won’t be disappointed. There’s a life-size dinosaur trail, deer safari, fantastic play areas, the Jurassic Skywire, and plenty to learn about these giants of the past. If you want a day out by the seaside then you really do have a huge amount of >> p44


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All our activities are tailor made to suit you; our enthusiastic team are experienced instructors to guide you on our exhilarating outdoor activities. We make it our business to make your time with us very special. 4x4 off road driving • skid pan driving • blindfold driving driving for the visually impaired • clay pigeon shooting archery • crossbow • air rifle • military escape & survival adventure • team building • stag & hen parties welcome Open 7 days a week. On site restaurant is available. Pre-booking is essential, so please do not just turn up

Located by the A11 on the Norfolk/Suffolk border on the Elveden Estate, IP24 3TQ Call 01787 320640 or visit our website www.explore-4x4.co.uk

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Experience wind power from the top of a modern windmill The first windmill in the world open for the public to climb. Follow our eco trail around our heritage orchard and organic gardens, and enjoy Fairtrade coffee and homemade cake in our vegetarian café. For opening times and to book your turbine tour call us on 01760 726 100. www.greenbritaincentre.co.uk The Green Britain Centre, Turbine Way, Swaffham, Norfolk, PE37 7HT

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Local history, brought vividly to life Visit King’s Lynn’s stunning new attraction, Stories of Lynn, on your visit. Discover stories of the seafarers, explorers, merchants, mayors, and miscreants. Tour the old gaol cells, try on mayor’s robes, see the magnificent King John Cup and more! Open: Daily Tel: 01553 774297 Find us on Saturday Market place, King’s Lynn, PE30 5DQ For more information visit www.kingslynntownhall.com/storiesoflynn


Ross’ Wildlife Boat Trips Ross’ Wildlife Boat Trips from Horsey Staithe. 1 hour trips depart morning and afternoon, every day except Saturday. Small informal tours aboard Lady Ann, a classic wooden boat, perfect for viewing the unique wildlife in all weathers. Find out more on TripAdvisor

Text 07791526440 before 10am to book

Family Farm Fun Open Daily

Indoor Play Area Pedal Tractors Friendly Farm Animals Tractor & Trailer Rides Delicious Food & Homemade Cakes

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The Pleasure Beach, a free entry amusement park is situated on Great Yarmouth’s golden mile dominating the seafront with its famous rides.

From thrill rides to family rides, children’s rides to retro rides we have something that will keep the family happy for hours!

Felbrigg Hall

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With acres of parkland, beautiful gardens and a Hall with many fascinating stories, there's plenty to explore at Felbrigg Hall. Open Saturday - Wednesday from February to October, 11am - 5pm Call 01263 837444 for details nationaltrust.org.uk/felbrigg #nationaltrust

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choice – you can lounge on the beach during the summer in Mundesley or go for a long dog walk along Wells-next-the-Sea’s swathes of pale sand. The best way to make the most of the coast is with a drive down the north Norfolk coast road where you can see Norfolk’s varied coastline; from Cromer’s cliffs all the way to Stiffkey marshes and Snettisham’s mudflats. All the villages and towns dotted along the coast offer something special, be it Hunstanton’s glittery, traditional seaside feel; Cromer’s No 1 Fish and Chips run by Michelin-starred chef Galton Blackiston; Cley’s Marshes – Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s oldest nature reserve; Blakeney’s seals; or simply the enjoyment of the drive along the coast itself. Families will love BeWILDerwood near

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Wroxham. Children can experience the story behind this treehouse adventure park, while playing amongst the treetops. Adults will relish the chance to climb trees, play in the treehouses and swing down the ziplines – not that you need an excuse. The Broads are one of Norfolk’s most spectacular sites and there’s so much you can do around this area. A day out in Norfolk should include a walk of some kind and the Wherryman’s Way takes you on a grand tour of some of the county’s finest countryside. The 35-mile route follows the course of the River Yare between Norwich and Great Yarmouth and covers many of the Norfolk Broads, letting you get up close with this beautiful and important landscape. Of course, you don’t have to walk the whole thing. Instead, why not try one of the 10 circular >> p47

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Take a boat trip to see the SEALS in their natural environment basking on Blakeney Point with Temples Seal Trips. You will find us on the North Norfolk Coast where our red and white boats, Morston Ferry & the Four Sisters leave from Morston Quay. The trip is suitable for all ages and can only be described as a "Must Do" experience! Daily boat trips from Morston Quay. Pick up your tickets from the Anchor Pub, Morston. Contact our ticket office (01263 740791) for a full explanation and assistance with any information you may need.

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Castle Rising Castle Castle Rising Castle is one of the most famous 12th Century castles in England. The stone keep, built in 1140 AD, is amongst the finest surviving examples of its kind anywhere in the country and, together with the massive surrounding earthworks, makes Rising a castle of national importance. In its time Rising has served as a hunting lodge, royal residence, and for a brief time in the 18th Century even housed a mental patient. The most famous period in its history was when it was lived in by the mother of Edward III, Queen Isabella, following her part in the murder of her husband Edward II. The Castle passed to the Howard family in 1544 and it remains in their hands today, the current owner being a descendant of William D’Albini II, the Norman baron who built the Castle.

Castle Rising Castle, Castle Rising, Kings Lynn, Norfolk PE31 6AH

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You can hire little motorboats for cruising through the Broads and connecting canals, or you can hire something larger for an overnight stay

village walks along the way. This is the easiest way to spot the trail’s floating namesake, the wherry. A great way to see this area is by boat. You can hire little motorboats for cruising through the Broads and connecting canals, or you can hire something larger for an overnight stay. Families will enjoy the relaxed pace of a day on the water but there’s still so much to see and do. Stop off for a shopping trip in Wroxham or pause at Fritton Lake to try your hand at archery and bushcraft. For the more extreme amongst us, why not hire a canoe or kayak and explore the Broads under your own steam. This is a really rewarding way to visit new places and perhaps even reach areas that a larger boat can’t. In south Norfolk there’s the Bressingham Gardens and Steam Museum to visit if you fancy a stroll around the picturesque area or have an interest in trains. You can learn about Norfolk’s railways and take a trip on the museum’s four lines. The collection of working locomotives gives you an idea of the mighty power of steam engineering throughout the years. q

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Day one Stay in Norwich, as it makes a great base from which to reach the wider area. Spend your morning exploring the city and going for brunch at House Café. Take some time to visit The Lanes and see the best of what Norwich’s independents have to offer. Grab a slice of cake from Biddy’s Tea Room before you hop in the car and head north to the coast. Drive down the long road towards the beach at Wells-next-the-Sea. You’ll be treated to big skies, swathes of soft sand and some of the prettiest beach huts you’ll ever see. Not too far from the seafront is the

Drive down the long road towards the beach at Wells-nextthe-Sea. You’ll be treated to big skies, swathes of soft sand and some of the prettiest beach huts

Beach Café, which is a great place to stop for a coffee in the large outdoor seating area. Make sure you have a camera with you as the views from the beach are stunning. Round off your afternoon with a trip to Holkham Hall to see the large herd of fallow deer. You can simply drive through the park or, if you have a bit more time, you can take a stroll through the 3000-acre grounds. Dinner should be enjoyed at Rocky Bottoms where, in the summer, you can enjoy a drink outside. In the winter, cosy up in the kiln and experience some hyper-local food. Take your time before you head back to Norwich but if >> p51

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you’ve still got it in you, head out for a few drinks. If you want somewhere relaxed and not too busy then pubs like the Adam and Eve, Wig and Pen, and The Rosebery are all great choices. If you want an evening full of atmosphere, interesting people and maybe some music head to the Mash Tun, Rumsey Wells or Gonzo’s Tea Room.

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Day two Your second day in the county should be spent on the Broads. Hire a day boat and take your time exploring the little villages connected by these waterways. You won’t be able to get around all the Broads in one day so you’ll have to choose carefully. If you want to explore beautiful landscapes dotted with towns where you can stop for an ice cream or slice of cake, start your journey in Wroxham.

If you prefer a day focused more on the wildlife of the area, begin at Hickling Broad. Take your time and make frequent stops. The pace of life on the water is slow and relaxed but there’s plenty to see and do. Make sure to plan an activity in your day to break up time on the water. It might be learning a new skill at one of the local outdoor centres or it might be as simple as mooring up to watch the local wildlife from the land. In the evening, make your way down the Acle Straight towards Great Yarmouth where you should stop for fish and chips. During the summer, The Pleasure Beach is open well into the evening, so take this opportunity to experience some seaside fun and perhaps even pick up some souvenirs while you’re at it. ❑

In the evening, make your way down the Acle Straight towards Great Yarmouth where you should stop for fish and chips

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A TASTE OF NORFOLK – AND THE WORLD! Top-end fine dining, adventurous independents and a great range of ethnic cuisine means you’ll never go hungry here

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orth Norfolk is a great venue for fine food. The sea and the coast deliver delicious seafood and fish but you won’t be stuck for choice when it comes to meat, game and fantastic vegetarian dishes to go with it. Rocky Bottoms is an excellent example of local food worked into an interesting menu. Crab and lobster are caught just off the coast in the restaurant’s own boat named the Anna Gail. The menu changes regularly to reflect the season and availability of the shellfish so you’ll always get the freshest local food possible. The views from the restaurant are amazing and, if the weather’s right, you can pick up something from the seafood counter to take down to the beach with a coffee. The Hoste in Burnham Market is also famous for its delicious local food, much of which is sourced from within a 30-mile radius. The menus are innovative and show off the best of British cuisine. The Hoste will also please wine connoisseurs thanks to its extensive drinks list featuring vintage wines from some of the finest estates around the world. If you’re looking for somewhere to stay as well as eat, The Grove in Cromer has a menu that shows off local, seasonal

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flavours. The staff are welcoming and the beautiful guest house is a delight to spend time in throughout the year. Dogs are welcome in the on-site cottages, too, just in case you’re planning a trip to the coast with a canine friend. Bacton is a small village but it’s home to the Sugar and Spice café where you’ll find delicious food. The Hummingbird Cake comes highly recommended but there’s a large menu of hearty food to choose from, too. For something a little lighter, head down to Mundesley and The Corner House Café where you can get jacket potatoes, salads and sandwiches at great prices. The whole café is beautifully set out and there’s even a little shop so you can browse through some local, hand-made wares while you wait for your food. If you’re hungry, The Royal pub has an extensive menu and generous portions. If you’re around on a Sunday, you’d be silly to miss the carvery. This traditional pub has a lot of old-world charm but modern additions to the building – including a bright coffee lounge and outside terrace – bring it right up-to-date. A little way round the coast is

Sheringham and it’s here you’ll find a really eye-catching restaurant in an unusual setting. The Bank is a Nepalese restaurant set in, you guessed it, an old bank. The dining experience is unlike anything else in Norfolk with beautifully presented curries, rice, naan and vegetable dishes available. If you fancy a bit of a splurge, Michelin-starred Morston Hall offers a fantastic champagne afternoon tea which will leave you feeling stuffed. You’ll be treated to a glass of fizz, scones, cake, sandwiches and other little delights cooked up by the kitchen. You’ll also get to choose from the vast range of teas. Another great in the Norfolk food scene is The Lavender House in Brundall. The menu epitomises modern Norfolk and the service from proprietor Richard Hughes is incredible. The historic building is the perfect setting in which to experience this fine food. Head west and visit Kings Lynn for modern European fare at Marriott’s Warehouse. The setting of this restaurant is just as spectacular as its food. You can soak up the sun on the quayside or head inside to drink in the atmosphere of the historic building. A 10-minute walk >> p54


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<< p52 from the town centre you’ll find the Bank House Hotel, a Georgian townhouse serving modern brasserie food. Like many places in Norfolk, the restaurant takes full advantage of the local produce on offer. Set deep in the Norfolk countryside, Congham Hall is a beautiful Georgian hotel and spa which is well known for its delicious food. Take your pick from a menu full of locally-sourced ingredients, many of which are grown in the hotel’s own kitchen garden. While you’re there why not treat yourself to a spa treatment, too? If you’re in the area and fancy a spot of tea, stop off at The Teapot in Swaffham to recharge your batteries as you explore this beautiful part of Norfolk. In Norwich there’s Grosvenor fish bar, which has a deal with The Birdcage pub opposite – you can take your fish and chips to

the pub so you can enjoy them with a pint or glass of prosecco. If you fancy something a little different, Moorish Falafel makes for a great lunch stop when you’re shopping in the city. It’s tucked away on Lower Goat Lane in Norwich’s famous Lanes area and serves up home-made falafel in a pitta with your choice of extras. For an interesting take on a British staple, visit Mother Chip at the Fat Cat Brewery Tap. This sci-fi-themed pop-up features delicious chips with all sorts of toppings including pulled pork, salt beef, and sundried tomatoes. For a street food fix, look out for Feast on the Street. This gathering of vendors outside the Forum in Norwich is a great chance to try a wide range of food, including burritos, wood-fired pizza, delicious cupcakes, and curry. When breakfast calls, head to the comfortable and welcoming House Café 52 on St Benedict’s Street. There’s plenty to choose from on the menu but it’s the hollandaise sauce that’s really the star of the show. If you’re after a quick stop for lunch, head to Expresso. The coffee is fantastic, the service quick and there’s always a daily special on the board outside to lure you in. There’s also free WiFi, always handy in case you’d like to update the folks back home with what you’ve been up to in our fine city. For the adventurous among us, every October the city celebrates the art of


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mixology with Norwich Cocktail Week. Whether you prefer the classics or fancy something a little unusual, visit various bars across Norwich and indulge. A wrist band will get you all sorts of discounts and offers throughout the week, making this the most affordable way to try a variety of different venues and drinks. The Reindeer is a Norwich pub which focuses on nose-to-tail eating and this makes the seasonal menus very varied and interesting. Where else can you get duck hearts on toast? If that’s not your style there’s something on offer for everyone, even vegetarians. Meat eaters should visit on T-bone Tuesday where you can find a selection of British meat cuts. Vegetarians are well catered for in Norwich, too, as there’s a wealth of innovative dishes on offer from the likes of Ruth’s Kitchen, and Wild Thyme, which is set above Rainbow Wholefoods, if you fancy buying something tasty to take home. If you’re looking for a real experience when it comes to your food, visit B’nou on St Benedict’s Street. Everyone arrives at a similar time and stays throughout the evening. >> p56

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<< p55 There’s no menu, instead tapas plates are brought around and you choose what you want during your time there. This is a really interesting way to dine but if you want to try this very unique food experience you need to book in advance. Also on St Benedict’s is a relative newcomer to the food scene – Benedict’s is a British bistro headed by a Great British Menu winner. The set lunch is great value for money if you’re looking for somewhere to eat during a day out in Norwich. The a la carte menu is a little bit pricier but you’ll get to choose from a range of seasonal starters, mains and desserts. For those of you who struggle to choose, there’s also a tasting menu where you can sample a little of everything. Just four miles outside of Norwich in Framingham Pigot is Brasted’s, an awardwinning restaurant that’s known throughout the county for it’s locally-sourced menu which changes regularly (usually every six to eight weeks). The food is British with a decidedly European twist that allows for a bit of flair in this fine dining restaurant. The Wildebeest in Stoke Holy Cross is an absolute delight that will please even the most discerning of diners. The food is local, well thought out and not too over the top. If you want good food that doesn’t try too hard, this is the place.

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All the fish is fresh and, where possible, they use local fish from their fishmonger who they’ve been working with for the past 30 years On the east coast of the county you’ll find Gorleston-on-Sea and The Shed, which you can’t miss right next to the old lighthouse. This relaxed dining experience offers a welcoming atmosphere whether you’re there for the £20 pre-theatre dinner menu or just fancy trying the famous Norfolk mussels. For delicious local seafood, family-run The Seafood Restaurant in Great Yarmouth is the perfect place to start. All the fish is fresh and, where possible, they use local fish from their fishmonger who they’ve been working with for the past 30 years. There’s always a fish of the day available but otherwise you can try from the likes of sole, turbot, skate and sea bass. There’s also an extensive shellfish menu. Norfolk is about so much more than its great cafés and restaurants. The county is home to some amazing local food producers, too. Keep an eye out for Bray’s Cottage Pork Pies, which you can find in shops and cafés throughout Norfolk. These pies are made from local pork and take the traditional snack a step further with added ingredients such as

chorizo, onion marmalade and lemon. Of course, you can get a classic version as well. If you’re looking for foodie goodies to take home, seek out the pickles and vinegars from Scrubby Oak Fine Foods. The raspberry vinegar is particularly good when paired with ice cream or yoghurt – yes really! Another local great is Marsh Pig. These cured meats can be found on charcuterie boards around Norfolk and you can also pick up packs in farm shops across the county. The farm shops and delis around Norfolk are something to behold. There’s the all-singing, all-dancing farm shops such as Back to the Garden in Letheringsett – which includes an on-site restaurant as well as all the local meat, vegetables and store cupboard goods you’d expect – and there are also little delis such as Wells Deli in Wells-next-the-Sea, a more humble affair but not without plenty of delicious food on offer. This is the perfect place to visit if you want to grab some goodies ahead of a picnic on the beach. If you appreciate good beer then a trip – or


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three – to Norwich’s Fat Cat pubs should be on your list of things to do while in Norfolk. There’s the original Fat Cat on Nelson Street, the Fat Cat Tap where the beer is brewed on Lawson Road and the Fat Cat and Canary on Thorpe Road, not far from Riverside and the train station. Each of the pubs offers a range of Fat Cat beers as well as other British ales, beers and ciders. There’s also a great international selection of drinks, too, making these pubs the place to be if you want to try something new. If you fancy a pint over Sunday lunch head to The Rosebery just north of the city centre. The simple menu changes each week but you won’t be disappointed by tasty roast meats, seasonal vegetables and vegetarian options. You should save room for dessert, too, the brownies are something to get excited about. Norfolk hosts all sorts of beer festivals throughout the year, the largest taking place in Norwich’s St Andrews Hall in October. Brewers from Norfolk and beyond gather in this stunning building, giving you the chance to sample a wide range of beers in a relaxed atmosphere. The festival goes on for a week and if you fancy a quiet tasting session, go during the day. For those who fancy a bit more of a party, get yourself a ticket for Saturday night. ❑

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A REGION AT THE HEART OF ART! The arts scene on offer in Norfolk caters for all tastes

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orfolk has a strong arts scene, particularly in Norwich. Whether you’re after comedy, the latest thought-provoking play, or a rock gig complete with mosh pit, you won’t be disappointed. The Norfolk & Norwich Festival takes over the county for two weeks of the year in May and holds the title as one of the oldest city festivals in England. The majority of the action happens in Norwich but you’ll find events on throughout Norfolk. Music is a huge part of this festival but you’ll also find plays and other interesting performances on offer, too. Check the listings to get a feel for what’s on as it varies year-on-year. The programme for the festival is innovative, inspirational and guaranteed to inspire. The Festival has a fantastic reputation across the east of England and plays a huge part in the cultural development of

the county. Its history can be traced back to 1772, where it started out as a concert to raise funds for the Norfolk & Norwich hospital. In Norwich you’ll find a number of music venues and theatres. For the big shows, head to the Theatre Royal where you can see visiting comedians, the latest musicals, Shakespeare and, of course, pantomime. The Norfolk and Norwich Operatic Society also puts on shows at the Theatre Royal and is one of the leading amateur musical theatre companies in the region. The company has put on performances of well known shows such as West Side Story, Sister Act, Sunset Boulevard and Sweeney Todd. Steeped in history and offering performances from The Norwich Players and visiting groups, The Maddermarket Theatre has 12 in-house plays staged each year with other companies and artists filling the programme with classical, opera and contemporary music, stand-up comedy, cabaret >> p60

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<< p59 and talks. The theatre also offers classes and workshops for anyone who is looking to get involved in the arts, be it on stage or behind the scenes. For something a little different, treat yourself to an evening at the Puppet Theatre. This is one of only three building-based puppet theatres in England and is home to a family of puppets collected over more than 30 years. All the family-friendly shows are produced in-house and go on to tour the country. The theatre is keen to share this special art form and runs regular workshops so you can get up close with the puppets and learn about their history. The Norwich Playhouse is known as one of the top comedy venues in Norwich but there’s also an extensive events programme featuring

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shows from drama companies, musicians, kids’ entertainers and more. Generally, The Playhouse is where you’ll find something a little different in a relaxed and intimate environment. The colourful bar and large outdoor seating area have recently been refurbished offering a cosy spot for a drink, just in case you fancy getting there a little early or staying late. Most people in Norwich will know of the Arts Centre on St Benedict’s Street as a music venue but the programme of events is much more varied, with a range of live bands, theatre performances, dance groups and spoken word events on offer, too. In 2014 the venue picked up the prestigious NME award for Britain’s Best Small Venue. If you want a change from the mainstream

lights of the city, experience the cosy feel of Sheringham’s Little Theatre. The north Norfolk venue has year round events including film, art, dance, drama, music and comedy. During the summer keep an eye on Westacre Theatre, which boasts an 80-seat auditorium and rehearsal and exhibition spaces in the west Norfolk countryside, just 10 miles from Kings Lynn. A place to see great open air plays and shows is Holkham Hall. Its programme of events runs throughout the summer but keep an eye out for special performances around Christmas. Cromer’s beautiful pier is also home to the Pavilion Theatre, which is now the only theatre to produce an in-house end-of-pier show. The Cromer Pier Show is one of the few true variety shows left in Britain. There’s a summer show that’s full of great pop music, ballads straight from the West End, performances from comedians and a number of speciality acts as well. If you’re around during the festive season, the pier’s Christmas show is bound to fill you with seasonal cheer. As well as the two shows produced in-house, there’s also an extensive programme of visiting musicians, bands and musicals. Another pier famous for a different kind of show is the Britannia Pier in Great Yarmouth. This is where you’ll find comedy giants visiting to put on a wide range of shows. You can easily make a day of your trip to the pier, too, as there are rides, bars and food stalls along its length. Norfolk is dotted with amateur >> p63


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dramatics groups so you’ll never be stuck for something to see. Keep an eye out for roadside signs as well as local events listings announcing performances all over the county. If you want to get your cultural fix from music that will give you goosebumps, keep an eye out for a performance from the Norwich Philharmonic Orchestra. It’s a huge part of the city’s musical heart and performs a wide repertoire of large-scale works throughout the year. If art is more your style, there are a wealth of places to view the work of artists local, national and international with the best starting point being the Castle Museum. While the Castle shows off Norwich’s rich history, it’s also home to a wide range of art from different eras and genres. There are also visiting exhibitions, which mean that even if

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The galleries are very varied and have been recognised as being of outstanding national importance by the Arts Council of East Anglia you are lucky enough to have been before, there will still be something new to see on a second visit. The galleries in the museum are very varied and the collections have been recognised as being of outstanding national importance by the Arts Council of East Anglia. The galleries of contemporary and fine art feature artist such as John Crome, John Sell Cotman, Thomas Gainsborough and William Hogarth. The exhibition galleries feature visiting artists and have displayed the likes of Picasso, Manet, Constable and Jeff Koons over the years.

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<< p63 University of the Arts and the East Gallery, which shows off just what its students can do. The exhibitions vary but you can find a variety of disciplines on show including textiles, sculpture and modern art. Every year Norfolk also hosts a special art event in May and June. The Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios is a great way to see and buy art as well as meet the artists who have taken the time to create it. There are also art trails around the county and demonstrations which give you an insight into the creative process. If it’s the Norfolk landscape you’re eager to explore in art form, visit Pinkfoot Gallery in Cley. You’ll find a stunning collection of British nature paintings here and there’s a large part of the gallery dedicated to sculpture,

too, including bronze work and woodcarvings. In 2012 Norwich became England’s first UNESCO City of Literature, one of only seven in the world. If you love the written word, there’s plenty to keep you entertained from the Millennium Library in the Forum through to the day-long workshops and talks that happen as part of the programme of events put on by the Norwich Writers’ Centre. There are plenty of world-famous writers associated with the city including William Taylor, Julian of Norwich, John Skelton and Arnold Wesker. Keep an eye out for the literary events taking place at the Jarrold department store’s book section and at The Book Hive on London Street. The University of East Anglia also holds a Spring and Autumn Literary

Festival that’s well worth visiting if you want to discover new writers and learn a bit more about Norwich’s literary history. For something a little more lively, pay the Hippodrome Circus in Great Yarmouth a visit. You’ll be treated to a fun show that’ll please the whole family. The circus changes throughout the year so depending on when you visit you may see the water show, Christmas spectacular or a traditional circus. All of them will have you marvelling at the skill of the performers and the incredible variety of entertainment in such a unique space. A more recent addition to Norfolk’s arts scene is open air film screenings. These happen all over the county throughout the summer so check local listings at places such as Earlham Park, Blicking Hall and Catton Park. ❑

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WELCOME TO THE NIGHT! There is no shortage of things to do in Norfolk after dark

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orwich is a hive of activity at night and, like it’s daytime persona, there’s something for everyone. Whether you fancy hitting up the clubs and bars down Prince of Wales Road or prefer something a bit more sedate, Norwich is alive with atmosphere every single evening. If it’s cocktails you’re after, you can’t go wrong with a trip to Mr. Postles’ Apothecary or head down St Benedict’s to the Ten Bells where you’ll find an extensive selection of whisky and gin with an interesting cocktail menu to match. The bar has been recently refurbished and now boasts Norwich’s only gin distillery. Pair food with your cocktails at 42 King Street. This little bar serves world tapas alongside an interesting drinks menu. It’s the kind of place you can spend hours in, working out just what to try next. The menu changes

frequently to reflect trends and the available seasonal ingredients, and you can tell that a lot of love goes into what they produce. For a quirkier experience, visit Gonzo’s Tea Room where, if you like, you can get a cup of tea then stretch out on one of the many comfy sofas and watch everyone else get drunk. Of course you can order from the extensive cocktail menu – or ask for a classic of your choice – then turn your attention to the big screen where they’re often playing cartoons. There’s a choice of board games, too, for those who fancy a bit a competition while you socialise. Gonzo’s is known for its cocktails but so many people come back for the amazing burgers and wings – you should try the Nutella flavour. Norwich has a vibrant gay scene with two clubs and

a friendly little pub that welcome anyone through their doors. A relaxed evening, perhaps with a little karaoke, starts at the Catherine Wheel on St Augustines Street. If you’re looking for a more lively night, start at the Castle Pub and it’s very own U-NITE club, located in a converted barn, on Kett’s Hill before making your way down to The Loft on Rose Lane. There’s also an annual Gay Pride event during the summer where the city covers itself in rainbows and the party lasts a whole weekend. If dance music, sugary cocktails and regular drinks deals are more your style, head to Prince of Wales Road. This stretch is where you’ll find the majority of Norwich’s clubs. Mercy XS hosts sets from well known DJs, Mojo features the latest in RnB and hip hop, and Chicago’s is perfect if >> p68

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you’re after a hefty dose of cheese. Not far from one end of Prince of Wales Road is the Riverside Leisure Complex near the train station. If you visit the Odeon cinema or Hollywood Bowl, you’ll be able to get free parking – this makes the area great if you fancy a night out. There are plenty of chain restaurants to eat at here to get your night started including Las Iguanas, TGI Fridays and Coast to Coast. If you prefer your music a little heavier, head to The Waterfront where you’ll find bands of all sizes. The likes of The Darkness, Pulp, Radiohead and even Adam Ant have played here and there are regular indie and rock club nights on Fridays and Saturdays. It’s the UEA’s LCR that features some of the biggest bands in the city. This 1500-strong venue has brought big acts such as U2, Kasabian, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Coldplay to Norwich over the years. Look out for the most recent listings to see what’s coming up during your stay. A more intimate setting for music would have to be the Rumsey Wells. This pub often has live music nights that perfectly compliment its hip, alternative style that doesn’t skimp on the good stuff. They only

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Norwich is full of pubs, in fact there’s an old adage that says the city has a church for every week of the year and a pub for every day. It’s not far off!

serve premium drinks and don’t go for cheap imitations. The Rum Club is a nice touch with a wide range of rums on offer as well as a selection of cocktails. For more live music from local and touring bands, visit The Brickmakers and its B2 music venue. You can find everything here from a great covers band through to the newest up and coming artists. Even if you aren’t looking for something specific, pop along for the friendly atmosphere, talented musicians and a few drinks. If you prefer your live music in a more tranquil setting, Thetford’s High Lodge offers a real festival atmosphere with its outdoor stage. For a night of belly laughs and cheap drinks, Norwich’s Red Card Comedy Club is where you need to be. It’s at this Carrow Road venue that you’ll be able to see some of the funniest people in the industry. The club also puts on an annual comedy festival in Chapelfield Gardens called Laugh in the Park. Norwich is full of pubs, in fact there’s an old adage that says the city has a church for every week of the year and a pub for every day. It’s not far off! There are so many


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fantastic places to go for a drink in the city; from the 800-year-old Adam and Eve – Norwich’s oldest pub – through to modern favourites like the Tap House. The Brewdog brand has also recently opened up a bar in Norwich, much to the delight of locals who enjoy these unique beers. The bar itself is bright and welcoming with plenty of outdoor seating and a great atmosphere. If you feel a little overwhelmed by the amount of choice when it comes to Norwich’s pubs, don’t worry because Norwich Pub Tours has you covered. These pay-what-youwant tours will take you for a few drinks in fantastic company around several of the city’s greats. Not only will you get to experience these iconic pubs but you’ll find out a little about the history of each as you go. Once a year towards the end of October the Norwich beer festival invades the rooms of St Andrews Hall. Brewers from all over the country gather to offer interesting beers and ciders to excited punters. This is the best place to sample some of Norfolk’s finest tipples from the likes of Wolf Brewery, Woodfordes, The Norfolk Brewhouse and Redwell Brewing. If it’s cider you’re after, look out for local

favourites such as Whin Hill and the Norfolk Cider Company. If your idea of a great night out involves watching a film with friends, Cinema City makes a real experience of it. With the latest releases on offer as well as cult films and classics, it’s easy to find something to watch. There’s also a lively night out to be had in Great Yarmouth and you should start your evening at The Tombstone Saloon Bar, which is full of Wild West character and has its own on-site brewery. If you want the club experience and fancy doing it in style, the VIP Vanity club is held once a month in Club Chic. There’s dancing, premium spirits and plenty of champagne on offer. This is a great chance to dance the night away in style. There are plenty of bars and pubs in Kings Lynn to choose from, most of them around the Vancouver Quarter in the town centre. For an evening of live music, great pub grub and a few pints of local ale – or drink of your choice – visit Bar Red. For something comfortable and familiar, head on over to the Globe Hotel, a Wetherspoon pub featuring an extensive and affordable menu with regular deals.

If you’d like to continue your night of partying, make your way to Chicago’s where you’ll be able to listen to dance floor classics and modern hits. The King’s Lynn Corn exchange features great nights out for music and comedy lovers too. The listings are very varied so check to see what’s on during your trip. Thetford also has its share of night life with the ICE Night Club taking centre stage. It’s open Fridays and Saturdays with free entry before 11pm and features two bars, a VIP area, friendly staff and a wide range of DJs. The music varies from funk, to drum and bass, to classics. Much of Norfolk is set at a slower pace but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a great night out and some of the smaller towns have their own night clubs. For those calm nights when you want to listen to some live music in great company, try The Crown in Sheringham, The Haig in Mundesley or The California Tavern in Great Yarmouth. A night out doesn’t necessarily need to be about loud music and garishly coloured drinks, in fact, Norfolk’s theatres provide a whole host of entertainment, especially when coupled with a pre-theatre meal. q

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OUR SPORTING LIFE! Whether you want to watch or take part, there’s always plenty on offer here

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t would be silly not to mention the local football team when talking about Norfolk sport. Norwich City Football Club is also known as The Canaries thanks to its yellow kit and Norfolk’s history with the bright birds. With plenty of stints in the Premier League, the club is widely recognised. One of the team’s greatest triumphs was winning the Milk Cup in 1985. The home ground is Carrow Road, which isn’t too far from the train station in Norwich’s Riverside area, so you’re bound to be surrounded by a sea of yellow and green during match day if you visit this part of the city. The matches are almost always sold out thanks to a very loyal following of season ticket holders and local football fans. The club is also known for its chant ‘On The Ball City’, which is the oldest football song still in use today. Its first recorded use was around 1890 and was used by a few local clubs of that time before being adopted by NCFC. While it has changed a little over the years, the

majority of it has remained the same, tune and all, since 1902. Norwich is also home to a very different sport, roller derby. The local team, The Norfolk Brawds, is made up of a bunch of hard hitting girls on skates. If you’re not familiar with the sport, the best thing to do would be to see the girls in action as they have regular bouts at the university Sports Park. Essentially, roller derby is a full contact sport played on skates. It’s the job of the skater called the jammer in each team to pass as many players of the opposite team as possible. Of course, the other players have the job of blocking the opposing jammer and while there are plenty of rules, to a spectator it can all look rather violent. If you want to try your hand at skating but aren’t quite ready to tangle with these women, you can head to Funky’s skating rink to hire a pair of

skates and get some laps under your belt. Being so flat, Norfolk is prime territory for cyclists. During the summer you’ll see plenty of road races going on but one event that really draws spectators is the Gas Hill Gasp. Gas Hill is one of the steepest hills in the city – the county might be mostly flat but there is the odd incline – and once a year cyclists compete to cycle its length in the quickest time possible. With the calm waters of Norfolk Broads being within such easy reach, the county has a rich sailing heritage. Norfolk is famous for the wherry and you’ll often see these traditional sailing boats out on the water. For something a little more exciting, the North Sea’s choppy waters lend themselves perfectly to surfing competitions. Cromer is the best place to try surfing yourself with the Glide Surf School. ❑

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GETTING HERE AND GETTING AROUND! Norfolk is easily accessible by plane, car, boat or train

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By air Norwich International airport is located just 4 miles from the city centre with easy transport links via a regular bus service. In addition the airport offers access to an on site taxi company (Norwich Airport Taxi Association) which ensures a prompt reliable service when arriving at the airport. Direct flights are currently available to Norwich from: Aberdeen, Alicante, Amsterdam, Edinburgh, Malaga and Manchester. In addition flights from Guernsey and Jersey operate direct to Norwich during the summer months (May-Sept). Flights are also available into Norwich from many other destinations within the UK, Europe and beyond by connecting through Amsterdam, Edinburgh or Manchester. There is a direct coach link from all the main London airports to Norwich, or the train from London Liverpool Street takes under two hours.

By road Norwich is only 110 miles north of London and is easily accessible by road from major ports and airports.

Distances • London 110 miles – 189 km • Birmingham 160 miles – 257 km • York 180 miles – 293 km • Felixstowe 58 miles – 94 km • Dover 179 miles – 287 km

Car hire Most large car hire firms have offices in Norwich. Contact a local Tourist Information Centre for details.

By coach National Express coaches operate services all over the UK and even to and from the continent (Eurolines) from Norwich and area. Mega Bus offer a more limited service to Norwich. Let the train take the strain and travel quickly and in comfort. Norwich Station is located in the heart of the city and with connecting routes stopping at many of the beautiful towns and villages around, it’s easy and convenient. Norwich and Diss are on the main line to London with frequent direct services taking 1 hour 45 mins or less from London Liverpool Street on Abellio Greater Anglia. Services via Cambridge travel into London King’s Cross on Abellio Greater Anglia/First Capital Connect. >> p77

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Norwich is only 20 miles from the nearest coast, facing the North Sea. The ports of Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft both welcome small craft. The marina at Lowestoft is particularly popular with visitors from the continent, and sailors navigating around the coast of the UK. From the port you can travel upriver on the scenic and unspoilt Broads, the only wetland National Park in the UK, to Norwich Yacht Station in the heart of the city, to explore the area. Car and passenger ferries operate between the Hook of Holland and Harwich, and Esberg and Harwich. Harwich is 73 miles from Norwich.

GETTING AROUND

By bus Hop on a bus to take you around the countryside or city. There are a number of bus companies operating in the area, many offer day passes or group discounts. The Coasthopper is a bus which makes an enjoyable route around the coast of Norfolk and connects with other bus and train routes to take you to attractions on the coast.

By train Norwich has fast links to London and the south and across to Cambridge, Peterborough and the north. Smaller local lines link Norwich with the coast, travelling through the wetlands of the Norfolk Broads and the spectacular countryside of north Norfolk. Bittern Line: Running between Norwich, Wroxham, Cromer and Sheringham, the line takes its name from the rare broadland bird whose booming cry used to be heard at dusk. Wherry Lines: Linking Norwich and Great Yarmouth and Norwich and Lowestoft, the train lines follow the rivers along which the Wherries sailed, transporting cargo from the coastal ports to Norwich. The line takes in the wide open spaces of the Broads wetlands, with its grazing marshes and many windpumps.

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{01} Explore the Castle Find out more about Norwich’s Anglo-Saxon and Norman beginnings. Explore the old keep, tour the battlements where you’ll get fantastic views of the city, or head down to the dungeons for an insight into the Castle’s gruesome past.

{02} Walk or cycle Weaver’s Way Pick a starting point and go for a walk, there are also plenty of points where you can hire a bike if you’d prefer to cycle.

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{03} Go and see the seals A trip to Blakeney is a lovely thing in itself but a visit should always include a boat trip out to see the seals. There are a number of companies offering seal tours – usually from Morston Quay – but it’s worth booking, especially during the summer when lots of tourists flock to this part of the world.

{04} Cycle through Thetford Forest Make the most of this vast forest by hiring a bike from Bike Art, located at the High Lodge Forest Centre. There are a wide range of cycle trails in Thetford Forest to suit all ages and abilities. You could go for a leisurely ride and stop for a picnic, thankful for Norfolk’s flat

terrain, or you could go off the beaten path and try a bit of mountain biking through the trees, attempting ditches and taking on small jumps.

{05} Bird watch at Titchwell This RSPB nature reserve is at a point where fresh and salt water meet, leading to a vast array of wildlife calling the site home. The coastal dunes and marshland are great places to see marsh harriers, bearded tits, avocets, gulls, ducks and geese. Look hard enough and you may even see a bittern, too.

{06} Watch the sunset at Hunstanton Norfolk is well known for its spectacular sunrises over the sea with most of the coast facing to the east but there’s one place where you can get a great view of the sun setting over the water, too. Hunstanton’s west-facing seaside position means you can watch the sun dip below the horizon while enjoying an ice cream.

{07} Shop for souvenirs in Yarmouth Great Yarmouth is quite an experience, much like a smaller, less garish Blackpool. It’s one of

the best places in the county to go if you want to find traditional souvenirs like tote bags, caps, badges and fridge magnets.

{08} Go crabbing off Cromer Pier Cromer’s crabs are world-renowned for their sweet taste and this is all thanks to the chalk reef that sits just of the coast. During the summer months you can see plenty of people dangling buckets over the railings to catch crabs. You can pick up a bucket and some bait from the entrance to the pier.

{09} Tour the Woodfordes brewery Norfolk is famous for its fine ales and you can tour one of the larger breweries in Woodbastwick. The Woodfordes tour will take you around the brewery and will let you taste the beers created with water from the local area, Norfolk barley and a whole host of hops.

{10} Sample the local food You might visit a local seafood restaurant to try some samphire or you might go all out and visit a farm shop to pick up lots of lovely ingredients and snacks ahead of a picnic. ❑

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orfolk is a big county and it would be difficult to explore all of it but it you did want to go a little further afield while you’re here, the county borders Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. If you’ve enjoyed Norfolk’s varied coastline, continue along it and south until you reach Southwold. This gorgeous seaside town is almost an island being surrounded on one side by the North Sea on the east with the River Blyth to the south-west and Buss Creek to the north. There’s just one road in and out of the town, making it one of Suffolk’s hidden gems. Beer lovers should definitely take some time out to visit the famous Adnams Brewery during a visit. Those of you who love wildlife should pay a visit to Dunwich Heath Coastal Centre near Saxmundham. Many birds call this National Trust heath and beach area home and between July and September the colourful combination of purple heather and yellow gorse is a sight to behold.

Suffolk is fantastic for food and one of the events to look out for is the autumn Sausagefest, which takes over the town for one weekend a year

Also near Saxmundham is Darsham Nurseries, a lovely little garden centre that has a licensed café. The food served here will blow you away with delicious, exotic dishes on offer for breakfast and lunch. If you’re exploring Suffolk as part of a lazy Sunday drive, make sure to pop into the café to sample its fantastic brunch menu from 10am. Suffolk is fantastic for food and one of the events to look out for is the autumn Sausagefest, which takes over the town for one weekend a year. Visitors can taste and rate sausages from local producers who are all vying for the awards presented at the end of the event. Being so close to Cambridge, it would be silly not to visit the famous university. The whole city is absolutely beautiful with great shopping and a direct rail link from Norwich. If you fancy a bit of an adventure while you’re away from the serenity of Norfolk, visit Wild Tracks. This activity centre has a go kart circuit as well as an off road trail where you can push a 4x4 to its limits or get a bit >> p82

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<< p81 muddy on a quad bike. Duxford Imperial War Museum is another great place to visit if you’re interested in military history or planes. There are some fantastic air shows which happen throughout the year so keep an eye out for these as they aren’t to be missed. Another beautiful place to visit during a trip to Cambridgeshire is Ely. The first thing you’ll notice is the striking cathedral, which is well worth a look round – the ceilings in particular are very impressive. With such good rail links from Norwich, you really could go anywhere. London Liverpool Street is just two hours by train and this opens up the whole of the south to you. Of course, you could always spend some time exploring the capital as the last train back to Norwich is usually around 11:30pm giving you plenty of time before retreating back to your countryside haven. q

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The housing market is booming with affordable homes being built in towns across the county. These are great for anyone on a budget who is looking to move to this beautiful part of the world

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o one stays in Norfolk by accident and almost everyone who visits falls in love with the place. If you feel the pull of this beautiful part of the world, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to rural retreats, city apartments and striking town houses. The prime property in Norwich is located in an area called the Golden Triangle which is a wedge-shaped area between Newmarket Road and Earlham Road. There’s a varied mix of people thanks to its proximity to the university and it has been dubbed the Notting

Hill of Norwich. If you fancy something slap-bang in the city centre with amazing views, the recently-developed Westlegate Tower is one of the hottest property spots in the area. If you’re looking for a countryside getaway, North Norfolk is a great choice. Idyllic locations such as Cley, Wells and Holt come at a premium but move a little further inland or head east and prices start to come down. The housing market is booming with affordable homes being built in towns across the county. These are great for anyone on a budget who is looking to move to this

beautiful part of the world. Norfolk property tends to appear quite cheap to anyone who may have been looking at house prices further south so there’s the chance you might be able to find something better for your money than you would on the south coast, for example. If you want to be close to the city but fancy a quieter way of life, Aylsham is ideal. It’s just 20 minutes drive from Norwich’s centre and about the same from the coast. As it’s a little way inland, prices here tend to be very reasonable and there’s a variety of different housing types. The large, new homes >> p86

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Families will appreciate pretty little towns like Wells-nextthe-Sea. Being right on the seaside is a big draw for anyone moving to the county

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<< p85 outside of the main part of the town provide the most space but there are terraces and townhouses a bit closer in. Families will appreciate pretty little towns like Wells-next-the-Sea. Being right on the seaside is a big draw for anyone moving to the county. Because of its location, Wells tends to have quite high house prices, but you’ll be rewarded with the beach on your doorstep, fantastic views and friendly neighbours. If you intend to work in Norwich and don’t want to commute too far, Mulbarton is a good choice if you’re after village life. It’s only six miles from the city centre and is a lovely, friendly place to live with all the amenities you might need as well as two schools right in the village. East Norfolk tends to be one of the most affordable places to move to so if you want that seaside location, consider Great Yarmouth. If you want the convenience of north Norfolk and proximity to Norwich, North Walsham, Sheringham and Cromer tend to have plenty of affordable homes. q

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