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

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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’.

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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 region like no other!

HISTORY AND HERITAGE................................... 13 Neanderthals, Romans, Anglo-Saxons and Strangers – they all played a part in the history of Norfolk.

10 THINGS YOU MUST DO.................................. 18

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There are loads of things to do here – but make sure you don’t miss these.

SHOPPING.................................................................. 22 High street chains, one-off independents and quirky specialists – they’re all waiting for the shopaholic.

DAYS OUT.................................................................. 32 Whatever the time of year, and whatever the weather, there’s always plenty to do here.

EATING OUT.............................................................. 48 Top-end fine dining, adventurous independents and a great range of ethnic cuisine means you’ll never go hungry here.

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Holiday Parks Throughout East Anglia

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Luxury Lodges & Bungalows For Sale | Self Catering Holidays | Beach Access | Fantastic Investment Opportunities Mundesley Holiday Village | Mundesley, Norfolk | www.mundesleyholidayvillage.co.uk | 01263 263835

Holiday Homes For Sale | Camping & Touring | Fishing Lake | Direct Beach Access | Just 5 Minutes to Cromer Beeston Regis Holiday Park | Sheringham, Norfolk | www.beestonregis.co.uk | 01263 823614

Luxury Lodges For Sale | 2 Fishing Lakes | Self Catering Holidays | In The Heart of Norfolk | On Site Cafe & Bistro Yaxham Waters Holiday Park | Dereham, Norfolk | www.yaxhamwaters.co.uk | 01362 696750

Luxury Lodges For Sale | Camping & Touring | Self Catering Holidays | Direct Beach Access | On Site Cafe The Hollies | Kessingland, Suffolk | www.thehollieskessingland.co.uk | 01502 507030


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NIGHTLIFE.................................................................. 56 There is no shortage of things to do in Norfolk after dark.

ARTS AND CULTURE............................................60 The arts scene on offer in Norfolk caters for all tastes.

10 REASONS TO LOVE THIS REGION.......... 68 There are dozens of reasons to love it here – check out a few of our favourites.

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FURTHER AFIELD.................................................. 70 Norfolk is a fantastic base for exploring some of the surrounding counties and attractions.

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

SPORT.......................................................................... 78 Whether you want to watch or take part, there’s always plenty on offer here.

48 HOURS IN NORFOLK.....................................80 You can pack a lot into a couple of days – try this itinerary to make the most of it.

PROPERTY................................................................. 84

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

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Over 100 stands & cabinets Other Traditional Items Available

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Full disabled access & toilets ample free parking

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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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King’s Lynn has a proud and fascinating heritage, and with a plethora of listed buildings to rival those in York and Cambridge, there’s never been a better time to explore our market town

H E R I TA G E BEGIN YOUR DISCOVERY journey of Lynn’s river, trade, buildings and people at 12 town buildings and heritage sites dotted around this area of immense architectural and historic importance – known locally as the Lynn 12. There’s the Custom House, Hanse House, Marriott’s Warehouse and True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum that celebrates King’s Lynn’s trading past. The Custom House, in particular, was once described as the most perfect building in Britain and it’s not hard to see why! Then there’s St Nicholas’ Chapel, King’s Lynn Minster, All Saints’ Church, and the Franciscan Church that continue to stand proudly as important religious and historical landmarks in the town. No journey of discovery around King’s Lynn’s

cobbled streets would be complete without taking in St George’s Guildhall and the Town Hall, as well as ancient town defences in the Red Mount Chapel and South Gate.

FES TIVAL TOWN AS WELL AS its historic sites, King’s Lynn has positioned itself as a festival town with the biggest of these being Festival Too and the King’s Lynn Festival. Festival Too has been running for three decades and brings three fun-packed weekends of free entertainment to King’s Lynn every summer – through July. It culminates with thousands of people packing onto the Tuesday Market Place bopping along to


one of the biggest names in pop with the likes of Busted, the Vamps, and Scouting for Girls having all graced the Festival Too stage in recent years. But if one of Europe’s largest free pop festivals isn’t quite your cup of tea then perhaps the King’s Lynn Festival might be. This annual event offers a wide variety of orchestral concerts, jazz, folk, choral, classical recitals, talks, films, exhibitions and dozens of fringe events every July. King’s Lynn also boasts many free annual events, including family favourite Fairytales and Legends, Mods and Rockers, and the Folk Festival. There’s also 1940s Day, Mini Car Show and Classic Car Day that help ensure there’s always something happening in King’s Lynn over the summer months. Through the Hanse Weekend that celebrates the town’s links with the towns and cities that make up the new Hanseatic League, Waterski Racing on the River Ouse, the Halloween Spooktacular and events leading up to Christmas, the annual event diary in King’s Lynn is packed.

Debenhams and Boots alongside River Island, Topshop, Primark, and Next. Meanwhile over at the Vancouver Quarter Shopping Centre, aptly named after the Lynnborn explorer Captain George Vancouver, there’s 58 stores including, Sainsburys, TK Maxx, and New Look as well as a strong assortment of independent fashion, gift and lifestyle stores. We’d strongly recommend you end your visit to King’s Lynn with a walk along the waterfront or grab a bite to eat at one of the many superb restaurants and cafes.

You see, there has never been a better time to discover King’s Lynn so when are you planning to explore this gem in Norfolk’s crown?

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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 Café, Bar and Grill or indulge in a Starbucks and sit on the patio overlooking our immaculate greens.

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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 >> p14

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HISTORY & HERITAGE

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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

<< p13 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 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 >> p17

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In 2013, Keys Fine Art Auctioneers celebrated its 60th anniversary, making it one of the longest-established regional auctioneers in East Anglia.

Until a 550,000 year old flint hand axe was found, we’d always thought that human colonisation hadn’t reached this far north until 100,000 years later

Musical triple chain fusee skeleton clock, achieved £7800

It holds over 80 fine art, antique, country, commercial and specialist sales covering the whole auction spectrum. Still operating from the same five-acre saleground in Aylsham, the auction house has a wide-ranging team of experts in many areas, offering a complete auction service which rivals many national concerns. The firm has been in the vanguard of embracing new ideas and technology. In particular live online bidding, which has opened up its sales to a much wider, worldwide audience, with buyers bidding from across the globe.

Sir Alfred James Munnings, PRA, (1878-1959, British) horses in a meadow monotone watercolour, achieved £9200

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Late 19th-century sapphire and diamond ring, achieved £20,200

<< p14 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 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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10 THINGS

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


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10 THINGS

{01} Explore the castle

{04} Bird watch at Titchwell

{06} Shop for souvenirs in Yarmouth

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.

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.

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.

{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.

{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.

{05} 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} 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.

{08} Tour the Woodfordes brewery Norfolk is famous for its fine ales and you can tour one of the >> p21

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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

<< p19 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.

{09} Cycle through Thetford Forest

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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 Norfolkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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.

{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. q

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SHOPPING

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 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, especially if you want >> p24

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<< p23 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. 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 of place where you can buy a unique jacket, find a watch battery, get some shoes repaired

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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 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 Lady B Loves store, which sells beautiful, elegant womens wear. The Royal Arcade was built in 1899 and is now home to toy stores, galleries, eateries and clothing stores. 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 nod 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. >> p27


Situated in the heart of historic King’s Lynn, there’s plenty for all the family to enjoy at Vancouver Quarter. Adjacent to the bus station and a stone’s throw away from King’s Lynn railway station, Vancouver Quarter shopping centre is perfectly placed for visitors wanting to explore the shops and the town’s rich heritage.

There’s a strong line-up of retailers including H&M (from summer 2018), T.K.Maxx, Sainsbury’s and New Look, as well as an assortment of independent fashion, gift and lifestyle stores. Vancouver Quarter also organise and support many events and activities throughout the year, ensuring there is family-fun in the heart of King’s Lynn on most weekends.

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We’re open Mon-Sat 10-4.30

Allez Chic is a beautiful independent ladies fashion boutique in the idyllic village of Castle Rising.

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We strive to please a varied age and size range with garments suitable for different aspects of life. You may be looking for a special occasion outfit or simply separates that look and feel great on an everyday basis. We do try to be a little different and many of our labels are not found elsewhere in Norfolk.

Fred Perry • Fred Perry Sports Authentic • Levi’s® • Fila Ben Sherman • Fynch Hatton • Remus Uomo • Matinique Lee • Wrangler • Brutus • Trojan • Pepe Jeans London Olymp • Original Penguin • Jupiter • Bruhl • John White Base London • Douglas • Monti • Lacoste Underwear • Jockey

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Make a trip out and take in the tea rooms nearby for tempting refreshments or even get an appointment at Contours beauticians. The Old School, School Road, Castle Rising, King’s Lynn PE31 6AG Tel: 01553 631915 Email: cheryldaubney@allezchic.co.uk www.allezchic.co.uk

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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 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

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It’s a great place to take the kids or perhaps pick up some gifts for the little ones in your life

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

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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 matter your age and style. Little Gems Rock Shop is also worth a visit if you’re in Cromer as it’s a great place to pick up fossils, crystals and jewellery. In west Norfolk, Downham Market is home to a number of markets, including plenty of collectibles and crafts. These are held on Fridays and Saturdays with rare exception and draw huge attention from all over the county but if you can’t make a market, visit the town for its range of independent shops and fabulous eateries. Kings Lynn is another

town with a history of fantastic markets and it has a large static retail offering, too. The Vancouver Quarter has recently undergone a refurbishment, bringing in new retailers and revitalising the whole town centre. This is where you’ll find the majority of shops in Kings Lynn but it’s also worth visiting the Tuesday and Friday markets as well. A short drive from Kings Lynn is Beers of Europe in Setchey. This is a great place to find a large range of interesting beers but there’s a lot on offer from Norfolk, too. A trip here is a great chance to pick up boozy gifts or to restock your own drinks cabinet. The little town of Harleston in west Norfolk is a real joy when it comes to independent retailers and local shopkeepers who know their products inside out. Whatever you’re after, there’s someone who will be able to help you here. The town is also home to the Grain Brewery, so do pop into the beer shop if you’re looking for a delicious souvenir. Make sure to stop by on a Wednesday for the market that’s said to be 750 years old, 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 >> p31

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<< p29 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. 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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get a 360 degree view of the surrounding area, but you can find out about Norwich’s AngloSaxon 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. Learn more about the rural way of life at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse near Dereham. >> p34

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<< p33 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 King’s 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. 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 priory ruins. You could spend a full day in this town exploring its history as a very important British settlement, and perhaps even incorporate it into a visit to Thetford Forest. Either explore on foot or hire bikes from Bike Art at the High Lodge Forest Centre. Get your adrenaline pumping with a

paintball session or, if you fancy something more relaxed, just go for a stroll and admire the Lynford Stag, a large structure that makes for a great photo opportunity. If you love to drive, this area is a real joy with amazing roads that wind through the trees and there’s even the chance to do a little off-road driving around the Elveden Estate with Explore 4x4. Not far away eastwards is the home of England’s first whisky distillery, The English Whisky Company, which offers tours for lovers of the water of life. If you enjoy wilder days out, Norfolk has plenty of zoos and parks. Start with Thrigby Hall, a little wildlife park tucked away in the east Norfolk countryside. It’s situated in the grounds of a gorgeous hall and features all kinds of exotic animals. You can easily spend a day marvelling over the monkeys swinging around their enclosures, the leopards padding up and down, and crocodiles scything through the water in the reptile enclosure. There are plenty of places to eat on site, too, and the whole park is a fantastic place for children eager to learn a bit more about the conservation of our planet’s animals. >> p38

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<< p34 Banham Zoo, near Attleborough, is another great place to visit if you want to see some animals and learn about conservation. 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-packed 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 gifts and items for the home from Coastal Stained Glass. 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! Bird lovers should head to Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve, managed by the Hawk >> p42

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One-hour trips depart morning and afternoon, seven days a week. Small informal tours aboard Lady Ann, a classic wooden boat, perfect for viewing the unique wildlife in all weathers. After 9.30am you can turn up to the departure point and book yourself in at the ‘automatic booking office’ (pictured). Private hire and specialist trips are available.

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Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve “Easy access with something for everyone...” Come and spend half an hour or the whole day

The Pleasure Beach, a free entry amusement park, sits at the south end of Great Yarmouth’s golden mile, dominating the seafront with its famous rides. Spread over nine acres, the Pleasure Beach offers huge family fun, keeping everyone from children to grandparents happy for hours.

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and Owl Trust, and look out for tawny and barn owls, buzzards, kingfishers and woodpeckers, amongst others. If you fancy a bit of a thrill, head on over to High Ball Climbing centre north of Norwich for a climbing session. Here you’ll be able to try your hand at scaling the wall, ropes and all. Or, for the more physical of you, try some free climbing. If your idea of fun is a little less active, head to The Pleasure Beach in Great Yarmouth. This traditional British seaside funfair makes for a brilliant day out for all the family. Make sure to pick up some wristbands for you and your family as these will give you unlimited access to the rides all day – although some attractions, such as the simulator, do carry an extra 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

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The beautiful 15-gauge steam train runs from Aylsham to Wroxham and covers nine miles in one direction. It’s a great way to see two of Norfolk’s loveliest towns 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 worldfamous 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 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

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Discover Felbrigg Hall, Gardens and Estate

Make the 300 step journey to the top of the first windmill in the world open for the public to climb, take a look at the electric transport of the future, and enjoy Fairtrade coffee and tasty plant based food at our café.

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<< p42 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.

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Families will love BeWILDerwood near Wroxham. Children can experience the story behind this treehouse adventure park, while playing among 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 is 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. >> p47

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<< p45 Of course, you don’t have to walk the whole thing. Instead, why not try one of the 10 circular 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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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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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 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 a large menu and generous portions. If you’re around on a Sunday, you’d be silly to miss the carvery, which attracts people from all over the area. 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 >> p50

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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, Michelinstarred 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. 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 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

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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 the brand new Pure Café on St George’s Street. The coffee is fantastic, the service quick and there’s a wide range of cakes and sandwiches to fuel you for a day of shopping. For dinner time, head to Yellows, owned by famous local chef and Norwich City Football Club shareholder Delia Smith. It’s situated within Carrow Road stadium and is the perfect chance to get up close to some of Norfolk’s sporting heritage. For the adventurous among us, every October the city celebrates the art of mixology with Norwich Cocktail Week. Whether you prefer the classics or fancy something a little unusual, visit various bars across Norwich and >> p53


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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. 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. The latter 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. 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.

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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 its locally-sourced menu which changes regularly (usually every six to eight weeks). The food is British with a decidedly European twist which 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. 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 >> p55

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<< p53 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 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 Georgian Town House in Norwich’s Golden Triangel. The menu is very varied with so much to choose from. Vegetarians are well catered for here, but you won’t be disappointed by tasty roast meats, seasonal vegetables and interesting vegetarian options. This restaurant has bags of style but it’s not lacking in substance either. 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. q

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

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at 42 King Street. This little bar serves delicious small plates 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 people watch. 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 – the Nutella flavour is highly recommended. 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 >> p58

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<< p57 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 Bar and Beyond is a new addition that’s perfect if 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 and genres. 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 hosts some of the biggest bands visiting the city. This 1500-capacity 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 serve premium drinks and don’t go for cheap imitations. The rum bar in the basement offers a selection of cocktails, too. 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

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day. It’s not far off! There are so many 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. 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, Wild Craft, 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


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as cult films and classics, it’s easy to find something to watch while you relax with a drink in hand. 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, Yarmouth’s Tower Complex hosts a wine bar and huge club space. The listings are varied so check what’s on as you’ll be able to find anything from the country’s biggest DJs to themed evenings. 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.

Of course, you can order from the extensive cocktail menu or ask for a classic of your choice. There’s a choice of board games for those who fancy a bit a competition while you socialise

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

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but you’ll also find plays and other interesting performances on offer as well. 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 >> p62

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<< p61 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 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 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

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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. It also puts on workshops and activities for both adults and children. A place to see great open air plays and shows is Holkham Hall. Its programme of events runs throughout the summer but keep watch out for special performances around Christmas. >> p64


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Introducing Wayland, a place of mystery and legend, dating from before the Domesday Book, and the home of the sad tale of the Babes in the Wood. Come and join us to celebrate a year of festivals and fun with the Hare Fest and Exhibition, the Food and Heritage Fair, celebrating all things Norfolk (and Wayland), and the Walking and Cycling Festival on some of the best routes in the east of England. The area known as Wayland comprises 13 unique and charming villages, each with a medieval church and with the ancient market town of Watton at their heart. For centuries, this little town has been the centre of the local agricultural economy sitting as it does, on the northern edge of the Brecks. Most of the buildings in the long High Street date from the 18th and 19th centuries but the town is very much older (indeed it is mentioned as Wadetuna in the Domesday Book), and was granted its market charter in 1204. More than 800 years later, the weekly market, still held every Wednesday, continues to be an important of the High Street. The discerning visitor need not travel far for entertainment as there are local destinations as well as events throughout the year from the annual agricultural show to the biennial arts festival, to the regular exhibitions in the Dragonfly Gallery. Tours of the churches are available and the history of each village can be explored.

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<< p62 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 aswell. 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. At Thursford, between Fakenham and Holt, the Thursford Collection offers a unique family day out. Take a look at the world’s biggest selection of steam engines and organs, or enjoy the family fun at their spectacular Christmas events. Norfolk is dotted with amateur 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 which will give you goosebumps, look 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

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visiting exhibitions, which mean that even if 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. Head towards the University of East Anglia and you’ll find the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, which houses the extraordinary art collection of Robert and Lisa Sainsbury alongside many other collections from donors, and special pieces sourced by the university. The centre is open to the public and has made its name as an important venue for the study and

presentation of art. Some may recognise the striking building as the SHIELD headquarters in Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron movie. Norwich is also home to the Norwich 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. >> p67


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<< p64 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. q

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

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{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.

{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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LET’S EXPLORE! Norfolk is a fantastic base for exploring some of the surrounding counties and attractions

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orfolk is a big county and it would be difficult to explore all of it, but if 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

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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. 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


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


TRAVEL

GETTING HERE

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By air Norwich International airport is located just four 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 – 189km • Birmingham 160 miles – 257km • York 180 miles – 293km • Felixstowe 58 miles – 94km • Dover 179 miles – 287km

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.

By water 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. >> p75

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along the North Norfolk coast with regular buses to Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lynn Hunstanton Holkham Wells-next-the-Sea Blakeney Sheringham Cromer For full timetable details, and to sign up for our email alerts, please visit: www.coasthopper.co.uk


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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.

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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On foot

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.

With its haphazard medieval street pattern, cobbled streets and network of alleyways and lanes, the best way to explore Norwich is on foot. Look out for the distinctive street signs helping you to navigate your way to main attractions and points of interest. q

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OUR SPORTING LIFE! Whether you want to watch or take part, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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. q

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IF YOU’RE ONLY HERE FOR 48 HOURS… You can pack a lot into a couple of days – try this itinerary to make the most of it

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48 HOURS

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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 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 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 >> p82

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48 HOURS

Hire a day boat and take your time exploring the little villages connected by these waterways

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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. q

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IF YOU’RE PLANNING TO STAY LONGER… Urban and rural, ancient and modern, the Norfolk property scene has something for everyone

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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.

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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


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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 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-nextthe-Sea. Being right on the seaside is a big draw for anyone moving to the county

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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Menus are changed regularly and include a selection of recipes from around the world.

MOULES MARINIÈRE Yes we do at last have an ‘r’ in the month which heralds the return of this classic dish, plump mussels with a shallot and white wine sauce finished off with cream.

W I L D M U S H RO O M R I S OT TO Served with a Mixed Green Salad. No we haven’t been out in the early mist of autumn to pick wild field mushrooms, but we have used Italian wild porcini with fresh local mushrooms and Madeira wine and vegetarian parmesan to make this creamy luscious risotto with a Italian Arborio rice.

C H O C O L AT E T RU F F L E TO RT E W I T H L I G H T LY WHIPPED CREAM This is the famous one that has always proven to be so popular.

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