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Welcome to the ninth issue of Best of Norfolk Magazine. We hope that this edition will continue to offer an engaging insight into what makes Norfolk the great county that it is. For those of you that are new to the magazine, it offers a succinct visitors guide to the best villages and towns, and highlights some of the key attractions and aspects of the region that no visitor should miss. The previous edition carried the news that the magazine’s founder, Janette Phillips, sadly died in 2009. Deanna and I were very honoured to be approached by Tony, her husband, to merge our companies to continue her publishing vision. Janette was a gifted and wellrespected publisher and possessed the ability to develop both The Best of Norfolk and The Best of Suffolk in a competitive industry through a

dedicated and highly personal approach. She earned the respect of many and it is our hope, as the new publishers, we will continue to build on her success and annually bring you an exciting and informative publication. Norfolk is a glorious place with a wealth of fascinating elements. Its flat coastal topography and undulating inland geography lends itself to exploration. Where to start? The villages and towns, the forests, the sea? There is so much to discover and so much to enjoy! For those that live in Norfolk, it’s obvious what a magical place it is, timeless yet evolving; where there's always a newfound location or experience awaiting. In compiling this year’s issue we have been enormously impressed with the breadth of what is new to explore.

"It's the marvellous blend of nature and civilisation that makes Norfolk such an irresistible magnet for visitors and for the many who move here to make a home with a superb quality of life, whether they are young families starting out with their children or perhaps older people retiring here and rediscovering a new energy in their lives.” We very much hope you enjoy this latest edition and, as previously, we warmly invite your feedback and suggestions for future magazines. With very best wishes and thanks to all our contributors and advertisers, all of whom are indispensible in making the magazine the success it is.

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Contents 2011 5 9 11 14 21 22 24 27 28 30 35 37 39 50


Welcome to Norfolk Aylsham Blakeney The Burnhams Cley-next-the-Sea Cromer Dereham Diss Fakenham Holt Hunstanton King’s Lynn Norwich Reepham

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Sheringham Swaffham Thornham Walsingham Watton Wells-next-the-Sea Wroxham The Broads Horning The Great Outdoors Birdwatching Beaches Across the Border Churches

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History and Heritage Sandringham Secret Norfolk Stately Homes and Gardens Tourist Attractions Secret Norfolk Peddars Way Gallery Guide Independent Education Gourmet’s Guide Norfolk Interiors Norfolk Fashion Independent Shopping Opening Doors for your Business

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Publisher Jonathan Tilston Tilston Phillips Magazines Limited Managing Director Deanna Tilston Sales Executive Alistair Moon 07732 468797 Design Paul Cox

Editorial Contributors Sandy Byrne, Susan Ball, Sue Cutting, ISCis East, Jan Godfrey, Caroline Jarrold, Brian Lewis, Tony Michael, Nicola Milburn, Sally Reynolds, Tim Lidstone-Scott, Les and Vanessa Scott, Nick Skerritt, Bruce Stratton, Mike Stubbings, John Warham, Rob Williams, Luceika Wagg (Squeak). With special thanks to all advertisers. We welcome your information and

Photography Contributors Rebecca Skilton, Kate Barclay (main cover image, generic version only) East of England Tourist Board, Visit Norwich, The National Trust Photographic Library, Beeston Hall School, Norwich High School for Girls, Waverley River Centre.

All rights reserved. Reproduction, in part or in whole, without the prior consent of the publisher is strictly prohibited. The content of this magazine is based on the best knowledge and information available at the time of publication. All times, prices and details of events were correct at the time of going to press. The views expressed by the contributors are not necessarily those of the publisher, proprietor, or others associated with its production.

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Aylsham In one of the prettiest pockets of rural Norfolk stands the small market town of Aylsham, with historic Weavers Way and Marriott Way both passing directly through the town

Classic Norfolk A charming town of historic properties While remaining a classic Norfolk town true to its roots, Aylsham also enjoys several features of distinction. Nearby is famous Blickling Hall, former home of Anne Boleyn and fronted by ancient yew hedges of sheer magnificence: a truly beautiful destination to visit, rich in history. Boasting formal gardens, a sweeping lake and an excellent gift shop, garden centre, tearooms and café, this National Trust property also lies opposite the charming Buckinghamshire Arms pub and, just behind it, the award-winning food shop Samphire, which offers an array of local and organic produce. In the summer, Blickling is also host to a number of splendid outdoor concerts to which people are encouraged to take

a picnic supper and which culminate in a beautiful fireworks display. But there are plenty of compelling reasons to spend time in Aylsham itself: spidery alleyways and lanes surround a market-place of great charm where the main market day is on Mondays and, on the first Saturday of every month except January, there is an excellent farmers’ market. On Mondays there are fantastic

auctions held in Aylsham Salerooms where great bargains can be discovered and other sales are held on different days of the week. Just on the outskirts of the town is the 15-inch gauge Bure Valley Train which was built in 1990 and operates mainly by steam locomotives: the little station is charming. An expedition from Aylsham to the Broads at Wroxham is an enjoyable way to while away an afternoon or a day, stopping as it does at various typically Norfolk villages en route. Also in Aylsham’s vicinity are Mannington and Wolterton Halls, homes of the Walpole family, and another excellent award-winning pub nearby is the Walpole Arms at Itteringham.

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Blakeney Hotel The Blakeney Hotel with its magnificent quayside location overlooking the estuary and salt marshes to Blakeney Point is the perfect place for a relaxing short break, a meal in our award-winning restaurant, morning coffee or afternoon tea. The hotel has over 60 bedrooms offering a wide choice of accommodation, many rooms have wonderful views, some have a balcony or south-facing garden views and others have terraces leading onto the garden. Our stylish leisure facilities include a rectangular swimming pool with adjacent changing rooms, spa bath, steam room, sauna and mini gym. www.blakeneyhotel.co.uk reception@blakeneyhotel.co.uk

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Blakeney In pursuit of the innocent pleasures of English coastal life, you need look no farther than Blakeney

Seal Trips Booking these trips is strongly recommended. Photograph: Kate Barclay

All seal trip companies will take you out to Blakeney Harbour, with fully qualified crew on board able to share their local knowledge with

An enchanting coastline The perfect place where the sea meets the sky Situated on a stretch of the coast that offers such variety and so many places of interest, Blakeney is lively and bustling in the summer, but in the best way – where children are seen poring over crabs in buckets down at the Quay, bags of mussels can be bought from cottages and the excellent fishmonger; stylish food shops jostle for position with others selling charming gifts, clothing and homeware.And boats are everywhere! Whether the warm, marshy creeks are filled with the rushing waters of the tide and boats spin out into the glorious Blakeney Harbour, or are empty with their black, muddy banks inviting mischief from children, Blakeney is a family holiday destination par excellence. You might see Charlie Ward’s magnificent replica Thames sailing barge, Juno, setting out for a day’s sailing along the coast (in full sail if the wind permits), or boats full of day-trippers chugging out across the harbour. Or you may just call in at one of several charming pubs and cafés for lunch, or a cocktail at the Blakeney Hotel with superb views over the marshes. Once a major and thriving port, the harbour gradually silted up, but there were old smuggling tunnels

reputedly running across the village from the marsh to the 14th-century Guildhall, the remains of which can still be seen today.

you. The seals, both Common and Grey will normally be basking on the end of Blakeney Point. Norfolk mostly has common seals in the summer months, who arrive at Blakeney Point to have their pups. The pups start arriving about June, and will continue through until the end of August. The Grey seals have their pups in the months of November and December, so Christmas is a good

This stretch of coast is, arguably, most famous for its astonishing variety of wildlife. Heaven for bird-watchers, they and everyone else will thoroughly enjoy the absorbing experience of the Wildfowl Collection just across the road from the Manor Hotel, and coastal paths allow links with the neighbouring villages of Cley-next-the-Sea and Morston: at Morston Hall Hotel, Galton Blackiston continues to serve fabulous Michelinstarred food. You could book a well-deserved minibreak or take a week to really explore. Set in stunning grounds of just under three acres, 17th-century White Horse Farm Barns offers beauty and tranquillity in the heart of the North Norfolk Countryside. If a picnic on the beach is what you fancy head up high to Blakeney Delicatessen. You will find a wonderful array of freshly-baked quiches, cakes and sausage-rolls which are renowned as the best in the area. A few olives, a couple of salads, a chilled bottle of rosé and you have the perfect alfresco lunch.

time for viewing if you wrap up warm! They are very inquisitive animals and will often swim around the boats. This is a perfect time for photographs, so don't forget your camera! You will also get the chance to land you on Blakeney Point when the tide allows, and walk up to the old Lifeboat house which is now an information centre owned by the National Trust. Blakeney Point is also famous for its bird life. Its most popular summer visitors are the terns mainly Common, Sandwich and Little Terns and, quite often, also Arctic Terns. Many of them begin to arrive from West Africa during mid-April and breed into the season. They make a small scrape in the shingle where they lay their eggs. After hatching, the chicks can be seen running along the shoreline near the seals. The trip is a unique experience for all ages - a rare opportunity to visit wildlife in its natural surroundings. No specialist clothing is required just an extra jumper or fleece against the sea breeze! All boats depart from Morston Quay, Morston, Nr. Blakeney Sat Nav NR25 7AA Trip lasts approximately 1 hour www.sealtrips.co.uk www.Beansboattrips.co.uk

Tourist Information Centres Aylsham Bure Valley Railway Norwich Road Summer open daily 10.00am-4.30pm. Winter open daily 10.00am-2.00pm Closed Wednesdays and Saturdays. Tel: 01263 733903 Email: aylsham.tic@broadland.gov.uk www.broadland.gov.uk Burnham Deepdale Deepdale Farm Open all year. Tel: 01485 210256 Email: info@deepdalefarm.co.uk www.deepdalefarm.co.uk Cromer North Norfolk Information Centre, Louden Road, Cromer NR27 9EF Mon-Sat Open10.00am-5.00pm Sun Open 10.00am-4.00pm Tel: 01263 512497 Email: cromerinfo@north-norfolk.gov.uk www.northnorfolk.org Diss Mere Street Winter open times, Mon-Thurs 11.00am-3.00pm Fri-Sat 10.00am-4.00pm Summer open times (Jul-Aug) Mon-Sat 10.00am-4.30pm Tel: 01379 650523 Email: dtic@s-norfolk.gov.uk www.south-norfolk.gov.uk Downham Market The Priory Centre 78 Priory Road Open all year round


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Tel: 01366 387440 Email: downham-market.tic@west-norfolk.gov.uk www.west-norfolk.gov.uk Great Yarmouth Marine Parade Open all year Tel: 01493 846345 Email: tourism@great-yarmouth.gov.uk www.great-yarmouth.co.uk Holt 3 Pound House, Market Place Tel: 0871 200 301 Email: holtinfo@north-norfolk.gov.uk www.visitnorthnorfolk.com Hoveton Station Road Open daily a week before Easter until 31st Oct. Closed winter. Tel: 01603 782281 Email: hoveton.info@broads-authority.gov.uk www.broads-authority.gov.uk Hunstanton Town Hall, The Green Open summer 10.00am-5.00pm Tel: 01485 532610 Email: hunstanton.tic@west-norfolk.gov.uk www.visitwestnorfolk.com King’s Lynn The Custom House Purfleet Quay Tel: 01553 763044 Email: kings-lynn.tic@west-norfolk.gov.uk www.visitwestnorfolk.com Mundesley 15 Station Road Tel: 01263 721070 Email: visit.mundesley@yahoo.co.uk www.northnorfolk.org

Norwich The Forum Millennium Plain Tel: 01603 213999 Email: tourism@norwich.gov.uk www.norwich.gov.uk Sheringham Station Approach Tel: 0871 200 3071 Email: sheringhaminfo@north-norfolk.gov.uk www.northnorfolk.org Swaffham Market Place Tel: 01760 722255 Closed during winter Email: info@aroundswaffham.co.uk www.aroundswaffham.co.uk Wells-next-the-Sea Staithe Street Closed winter Tel: 0871 200 301 Email: wellsinfo@north-norfolk.gov.uk www.visitnorthnorfolk.com Wymondham Market Cross Market Place Seasonal opening Tel: 01953 604721 Email: wymondhamtic@btconnect.com www.wymondham-norfolk.co.uk Watton & Wayland Visitor Centre c/o Wayland House, High Street, Watton, Tel: 01953 880212 Email: waylandtourism@aol.com www.wayland-tourism.org.uk



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The Burnhams

You might choose to visit all seven of the Burnhams, navigating your route by the ancient churches that are to be found within these most atmospheric of Norfolk villages

Chelsea-on-Sea Discover the delights of the Burnhams Burnham Market is situated a stone’s throw from the glorious North Norfolk coastline with stunning beaches and creeks, Scolt Head Island, nature reserves, excellent coastal walks, sailing, renowned restaurants and hotels. It is the perfect place to shop, dine or simply stay awhile and revel in the traditional village atmosphere. Many towns in Britain, dominated by multiples, look very much like another. Here in Burnham Market there is a traditional post office, butcher, baker, hardware shop, fishmonger, grocer, greengrocer and chemist for all the necessities of everyday life. There are also many other highly original independent and specialist

shops selling a wide range of exciting delicatessen products, vibrant and stylish accessories for home and garden, trendy clothes for all the family, books old and new and antiques. There are no fewer than four art galleries. The exciting array of eateries serve everything from fine meals to tea and cake and The Hoste Arms hotel accounts in no small measure for its reputation as a stylish haunt for young and old alike. The Hat Shop is famous for its enormous range. Norfolk Living is a must – an extensive ‘lifestyle’ shop with stunning displays in a doublefronted Georgian building, courtyard, old stable and barn offering garden pots and furniture, soft furnishings, home and fashion accessories, jewellery and

much more – finger-on-thepulse style and Mike Stubbings value is its great virtue. But it is not just about shopping and eating. Burnham Market claims to be Norfolk’s loveliest village, with its mainly Georgian buildings surrounding a huge green, mature trees and, in some years, a stream called the Goosebec flowing through the middle. The local churches in the other Burnham villages all have something special, especially Burnham Thorpe, the birthplace of Lord Nelson.The annual craft fair, music festival and horse trials are very special. So are the summer auctions on The Green. Check out www.burnham market.co.uk

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rooms Bakery have been baking in Burnham Market since 1923 and have remained a traditional family business ever since. Arthur Groom established the business in 1923 after working for a local bakery, Hammonds in 1921. But Arthur decided to open up his own shop and provide the locals with freshly-baked, traditional bread and cakes.

Times have obviously changed over the years. The first oven Grooms used was called a “Faggot oven” and wood was used to fire it up, then they switched to using coal, then oil. The “Faggot oven” was removed from the building 30 years ago and the upheaval and hard work was all too obvious when their shoes were melting while standing on the roof of the oven because it was still too hot. So it was replaced with a “Six deck oven” powered by electricity and this is the oven Grooms use today.


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James Groom, grandson of Arthur Groom, is now at the helm and still provides that traditional produce but he has also introduced modern food as there was so much demand. To tickle your taste buds there is a vast variety of freshly-baked produce – ranging from homemade quiches, more exotic breads to choose from, such as spelt bread (very fashionable with health addicts), takeaway hot soup to warm you up in the winter, freshlymade sandwiches with sumptuous, lipsmacking fillings, hot paninis cooked to order and, of course, conventional pasties, sausage rolls and so on. So, if you still fancy the old-fashioned sponge cake, or jam doughnut, then you will not be disappointed, but if you fancy something more exotic then Grooms is the bakery for you. The choice of pastries is very tempting, so beware, if you are visiting

for just one loaf you will probably wind up getting yourself a treat (or two). Grooms also provide local restaurants and pubs, so if you are an up-and-coming new catering business be sure to speak to James about your requirements. They are also happy to help with picnic arrangements too, which is very handy for those long walks on the beautiful North Norfolk coast. Additionally, Grooms also stock day-to-day provisions, such as tea, coffee, sugar, jam, etc, which makes life so much easier for locals and visitors alike. So it is a “one-stop” for all things good. Grooms bakery is 100 per cent committed and passionate about their products and, they know how to deliver! Grooms Bakery, Market Place, Burnham Market, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, PE31 8HD Tel: 01328738289

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ake a close look at a piece of Burnham Market Pine and you will not find a plywood back or a factory spray finish. The items of furniture that leave Tim Healey’s premises on the edge of one of Norfolk’s loveliest villages are hand-finished, quality items, made from new or reclaimed timber and waxed or painted to order. Yet they remain affordable, and can usually be made to order within two to three weeks. It is the combination of quality, reasonable prices and service that keeps customers beating a path to his door. And that keeps the merchandise flowing out of it – much of it to London, where Burnham Market Pine makes a delivery about once a month. With 100 or so pieces in stock, from milk stools to mantelpieces and from bedside cabinets to wardrobes, Burnham Market Pine customers have plenty of ideas to choose from. Best-sellers include the rustic dining or coffee tables that take a breath of the country with them wherever they go. With its staff of six, the company is able to tackle commissions of most styles and sizes, so this is definitely the place to come if you are looking for a lovely large table to accommodate all your family and friends at the heart of your home. They have made several seven-footers and one measuring a whopping 12ft x 3ft 6in. Also, this year, they have made a 14ft 6in long x 8ft 6in high bookcase and a 16ft 6in desk with four pedestals for a large country house. If it is painted pine you are after then Gina, Tim’s wife, can oblige. She is the one who provides the paint finishes. Open seven days a week, browsers are welcome at the company’s warehouse building (near the garage on the Fakenham Road) where they will also find an eclectic range of giftware to tempt them alongside the main merchandise.

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Inspired by childhood memories B Kidz is a truly delightful shopping experience. Opened in 2004 by owner Annie Gordon and originally in Little Walsingham, the shop has now relocated to Emma’s Court in Burnham Market.


had four children and two grandchildren I know from experience how difficult it is to find the best toys and clothes for your child at reasonable prices… So B Kidz was born!”

Annie fell in love with the North Norfolk Coast many years ago. Bringing up her children here felt like the clock had been turned back many years. It is this nostalgic slant on rural life that is so clearly visible from all the shelves and rails that are bursting with marvelous things. The clothes won’t be found easily on the High Street, vintage style clothing from Their Nibs and Rachel Riley are timeless. The organic companies Frugi and Kite Kids were simply made for the beach. Baby clothes from Petit Bateau and Organics for Kids are just perfect for little ones. Fun and safety are the key ingredients to the glorious blend of traditional and modern toys, many being Fair Trade, eco-friendly and sustainable such as Le Toy Van, Djeco, Win Green and Moulin Roty to name but a few. This shop has every thing you need for fairytale coastal childhood! Open: Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm Sunday 10.30am - 4pm

Emma's Court, Burnham Market, PE31 8HD Tel: 01328 738950 | www.bkidz.co.uk

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discovered ‘Norfolk Living’ in Burnham Market, you will know how deceptively large it is. Walk through the double-fronted Georgian interior, with its original fireplaces, then into the sanctuary of the leafy courtyard and explore the old stable, barn and cottage. Its reputation has quickly spread far beyond Norfolk and its inspiring displays of both the decorative and functional are a feast for the eyes. Everything you need is here to enhance your home, holiday cottage, conservatory, terrace and garden. Colours range through the seasons from vibrant summer deckchair stripes to cosy autumnal and rich winter shades. There are cushions and throws, glassware and china, jewellery and bags. A delicious scent from candles and carefully selected toiletries pervades the air. Clocks, lamps, stationery, mirrors and distressed furniture complete the look. Venture outside into the courtyard where there is a huge selection of modern and traditional garden pots, bird-baths, statues and stone plaques. The barn, old stable and cottage house stylish wroughtiron furniture and accessories in creams, blues and greens. Ironwork, candleholders, planters, baskets, enamelware, birdhouses and garden accessories are also in abundance. ‘Norfolk Living’ is home to a wide range of goodies, but is cohesive in its style, putting into practice its ethos that good-looking products do not have to be expensive. So why not treat yourself and come and enjoy the ‘Norfolk Living’ experience – you will not be disappointed!


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Cley-next-the-Sea Just along from Blakeney and Morston to the west and Salthouse to the east, lovely Cley (rhymes with pie!) is the very place to stop for sustenance of both the eye and the tummy!

A Coastal Paradise A full day out to feast, relax and explore Whether it is as part of a coast walk or approached by car, Cley is a destination in itself, easily able to occupy a whole day’s outing. The sea is close by over the immense shingle bank once you have parked your car. Nearby is Cley Smoke House with the best kippers anywhere, delicious smoked salmon, pickled herrings and various fish-based patÊs. And if you decide to eat in the village, there is The Three Swallows pub, or The George just opposite the famous Cley Windmill.

Also worth a visit is Picnic Fayre, an award-winning delicatessen where you can put together a gastronomic feast for the beach or take home a host of lovely gift items. The windmill operates as a guesthouse, Arrive early to enjoy a magnificent view from the gallery over the reedbeds to the sea.

There is the Cley Marshes Nature Reserve and Visitors Centre on the Salthouse side of the village, with a noticeboard alerting keen bird-watchers to species recently observed. With its telescopes pointing out towards the shingle bank and the sea, this is a good starting point for acquainting yourself with the local wild- and birdlife.In the village there are interesting galleries. Made in Cley and the PinkFoot Gallery offer pottery and paintings respectively, by local artists

Cromer Known in its Victorian and Edwardian heyday as the ‘Gem of the Norfolk Coast’, Cromer retains so much of its former charm. Photo: Kate Barclay

Beside the Seaside, beside the sea... A town steeped in history and fame Cromer ‘Gem of the Norfolk Coast’ is best known for its famous crabs, but there are other attractions to entice the visitor: its church, lighthouse and pier. A traditional seaside resort, Cromer is fast becoming a ‘year round’ holiday destination attracting visitors from all parts of the UK, Europe and farther afield. Cromer’s Parish Church, the Church of St Peter and St Paul, dominates the town, its massive perpendicular tower, thought to be the highest in Norfolk, can be seen from whichever direction you approach the town. The tower is open to visitors and while the climb is steep and somewhat demanding the view from the top is well worth the effort and its interesting to reflect that before the erection of a lighthouse at Cromer, lights for the guidance of vessels were shown from this tower, they were small, but served a useful purpose for many years. Also, whilst visiting the church, don’t miss the impressive stained glass in the east window of the south aisle, made by Morris & Co and designed by PreRaphaelite Edward Burne-Jones.

The Pavilion Theatre, at the end of the pier, is home to Seaside Special one of the last ‘End-of-the-Pier’ summer variety shows in England. The show regularly plays to packed houses and has over the years broken many box office records. Its draw is its simplicity, ‘the show is the star’, its aim is to please and delight the audience with comedy, music, song and dance. Seaside Special runs from June 18 to September 25 with shows each night except Sundays. For those holiday visitors who enjoy a Christmas break then Christmas Seaside Special, a superb variety show of music, comedy song and dance with a special festive twist, is a show not to be missed. It runs for the month of December with two shows a day, six days a week. The theatre is also host to a rich variety of Celebrity Concerts and Shows from Barbara Dickson to Neil Morrissey. There are also a host of tribute performances from The Bohemians to The Vienna Festival Ballet. The theatre is also in demand from many local artists and plays host to the regular May production from the Cromer and Sheringham Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society. It is also the home to

the annual North Norfolk Folk Festival ‘Folk on the Pier’. Tides restaurant, at the land end of the pier, is open daily from Easter until the end of December, offering a wide choice of meals, snacks, and lunches. The theatre bar, open all year, is a great place to watch the sun go down or sit and enjoy the views as the tides wash against the beach. Cromer’s safe, sandy beaches have for some years won both the Keep Britain Tidy ‘Seaside Award’ and the prestigious EU ‘Blue Flag’ award for water quality. Patrolled by lifeguards during the summer season, the beach is ideal for families of all ages. An excursion that shouldn’t be missed is the walk to Cromer Lighthouse, described as one of the ‘best walks in Norfolk’, the lighthouse can be reached either from Cromer itself (turning right at the pier and walking along the Esplanade!) or from the Overstand clifftop car-park, here a footpath can be found that takes you along the clifftop, past the Royal Cromer Golf Club. The present lighthouse, a white octagonal tower standing about ½ mile from the cliff

Cromer Fact File Cromer and Sheringham Crab & Lobster Festival 20th to 22nd May 2011 The Crab & Lobster Festival is a weekend celebration with a wide range of events and activities that celebrate local links with the sea. Seafood Cooking will be showcased by celebrity chef and cookery writer Mary Berry and entertainment over the main weekend will also include concerts, crafts, heritage displays, family fun and an ale trail. There will be an edge, was built in 1833 and converted to electric operation in 1958. In June 1990 the station was converted to automatic operation and is now monitored from Harwich. The Cromer Carnival is one of the biggest in East Anglia it sees events staged throughout the town while the Runton Road car park carnival field is home to the main events, funfair, arena events and the famous ‘fancy dress’ ball. Cromer Carnival day is the only weekday during the summer season that the Pavilion Theatre does not present a show. For ‘one night only’ the cast of Seaside Special hang up their costumes and join in the celebrations with their own carnival float. Cromer boasts two museums. The Cromer Museum, displaying a host of local history, geology and archaeology, is housed in a row of fishermen’s cottages next to the church. The RNLI Lifeboat Museum can be found at the foot of the Gangway, packed full of history and tales of bravery, including a tribute to Cromer’s most famous lifeboat coxswain Henry Blogg. The town’s ever-growing collection of interesting shops cater for most tastes and fashions while its choice of places to eat, from the traditional seaside pubs to cafés and restaurants, gives visitors the chance to sample the famous Cromer Crab, a delicious Indian

or Chinese meal or a good oldfashioned portion of ‘fish and chips’.

innovative Deckchair Art Trail - literally providing a canvas for amateur and professional artists to showcase their designs.

There are a good selection of hotels, pubs and restaurants in the town and as well as serving Cromer Crab when in season, The Dining Room at Virginia Court Hotel is proud to serve daily Norfolk breakfasts and evening meals using fresh locally sourced food, beers from Norfolk breweries are also available. With its contemporary feel the hotel is the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion, especially if it includes an overnight stay! The Regal Movieplex Cinema in the town centre has four screens and features all the latest releases and, like all good cinemas of today, offers a range of refreshments and reasonablypriced seats for both matinee and evening performances. Cromer has a small collection of seaside amusements, including a boating lake, a children’s funfair on the promenade, and a model boating lake and children’s rides in North Lodge Park. For those of a more sporting disposition there is tennis, horse-riding, golf, superb countryside and beach walking, there is even a daily surf school throughout the summer months! It is during this time when the town is a riot of colour and prides itself on the high standard of its parks and gardens.


Cromer Carnival 13th to 19th August 2011 Carnival Day being held on Wednesday 17th August 2011. Children’s Weeks run from Monday 1st to Friday 5th August 2011 and Monday 8th to Friday 12th August 2011. Cromer's annual carnival is celebrating its 42nd year. www.cromercarnival.co.uk

Cromer and Sheringham Arts Festival 22nd to 30th October 2011 Nine days of concerts, exhibitions, lectures, workshops and events at venues between Salthouse and Overstrand celebrating the creativity of the artistic community living and working in the North Norfolk coastal area. www.casaf.co.uk

Cromer Museum Church Street, Cromer. NR27 9HB Summer opening: Mon – Sat 10.00am – 5.00pm Sun 2.00pm – 5.00pm Winter opening: Mon – Sat 10.00am -4.00pm Tel: 01263 513543 Email: cromer.museum@norfolk.gov.uk www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk

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The principal feature of Dereham, arguably, is its ancient history: both bloody and charming!

Explore the Dark Side But with an innocent charm and character St Withburga, a saint granted a holy vision, is buried in the local churchyard where, legend has it, a spring appeared around her grave which in turn has inspired generations of pilgrims to make the journey to Dereham. Darker tales are told of the 14th-century Bishop Bonner, the Bishop of London instructed by Mary Tudor to burn hundreds of Protestants at the stake. His little cottage is, today, a museum of innocent charm and character that belies its evil past. Despite a relatively modernlooking appearance in its shop-fronts, Dereham has many buildings of historic charm and interest which include some fine Georgian structures as well as the

16th-century bell-tower used as a prison in Napoleonic times. Dereham has a variety of excellent shops including a legendary sausage-making butcher, restaurants, pubs and bars and, on Tuesdays and Fridays, a lively market. There is also a Hobbies Museum of Fretwork and Craft Centre. Much of the local appeal lies in the location of the town; surrounding it are many truly rural,

secret patches of Norfolk where tourism seems a distant phenomenon. It is also easily accessible from Norwich, Swaffham and Wymondham and has the coast within easy reach: an excellent central spot from which to explore the variety of the county. Near Dereham is Gressenhall, where the famous Roots of Norfolk, a museum about rural life, is located. A truly interactive experience, you can dress up in Victorian clothing and take tractor rides round the former workhouse. This is an experience of the true countryside and a great contrast to the coast which, while wonderful, should not eclipse the fact that there is so much more to the county.

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onservation and preservation The fruits of the hedgerows, orchards has been the key theme and vegetable garden are harvested and throughout the Carrick enterprises. made into conserves, pickles, pies and tarts as well as traditional cakes and puddings made in our own The past 10 years have seen the kitchens together with our own rare evolvement of the most charismatic breed beef are available to purchase. Hunters Hall wedding, conference and event venue situated in the centre of Norfolk. Your special event Hunters Hall campsite has new will be co-ordinated to meet your shower and toilet facilities which also individual requirements. encompass a laundry. For the next season we will have a barbecue area together with children’s play area . The accommodation at Hunters Hall is continually improving to give fresh appeal and provide impressive facilities A permissive footpath meanders for our guests. The rooms are amazingly along the banks of the River Wensum comfortable and evoke the traditions and through the water meadows before of an old Norfolk farmhouse. tracking around the headland of fields planted with wheat, barley, oil-seed rape and beans, which incidentally, A recent addition to our facilities is when the bees feed on the nectar, the conversion of the farmhouse kitchen produces beautiful honey, (which which we have fondly named Peggy’s is available to buy). Pantry, which caters for the ramblers and walkers not to mention the cyclists who tour our many lanes and byways, drinking Darby’s Freehouse and Restaurant in the beauty of the Norfolk countryside. is on the edge of the Wensum Valley


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village of Swanton Morley, a unique traditional family freehouse offering something for everyone. It occupies what was originally a large 18th-century house, later a pair of cottages before being converted and run as a freehouse in 1988. Dedicated to the farm worker, the walls are exposed brick and dressed with farm memorabilia, inglenook fireplace, and stripped pine tables creating a warm rustic character. The most recent development has been the renovation of the Carrick family home into a five-star, silver-award guesthouse. Guests can experience a stay in a family home where each bedroom is named after a member of the family, all of whom had diverse interests, from owning a regional brewery to being the leading light in establishing the postimpressionist school for ladies in Paris. The rooms have the elegance and luxury of a bygone age but with up-to-date touches of interest and under-floor heating from our biomass boiler.

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Diss The written history of the town of Diss can be traced back to the Domesday Book, but there is also evidence of stone, iron and bronze-age man in the area

A Truly Historic Market Town Traced back to the Domesday Book The town lies in the beautiful Waveney Valley and has been established around one of the deepest natural inland lakes in the country. Known as the Mere, it covers six acres and provides a picturesque setting for the eclectic selection of Medieval, Georgian and Victorian buildings in the quaint town centre of Diss. The town centre has a number of thriving shopping streets and interesting yards where many individual shops and independent cafés can be found. On Mere St you will find Mere Moments and the Diss Publishing Café. There is a market every Friday and flea markets and farmers’ markets are held the second Saturday of the month at 9am -1pm. Also on Fridays an antiques and collectables auction is held at Gazes Saleroom, which has achieved fame through TV programmes such as ‘Cash in the Attic’ and ‘Bargain Hunt’. The Mere is bordered on one side by the

picturesque Diss Park. Here children can have fun on the exciting new play equipment or visitors can simply relax and enjoy a picnic or refreshments from the pavilion kiosk. A short walk from the park is Fair Green, a charming village green surrounded by character cottages. A charter to hold an annual fair was originally granted for the town in the 1100s and from the mid-1400s was held

on Fair Green. Travelling fairs and circuses continue to visit the Green to this day. There is also Quaker wood which was opened by Richard Mabey in 2010, this five acre community woodland off Factory Lane is the latest addition to the town’s natural resources. In 2006, Diss became a Cittaslow town and it has actively embraced the aims of the movement to preserve and enhance the traditional way of life and the unique character of market towns. Conveniently located on the main Norwich-to-London railway line and on the Norfolk/Suffolk border, Diss is in the heart of East Anglia and well worth a visit for a day, a weekend or even as the perfect base for exploring the region. For more information on Diss and all it has to offer, please visit www.south-norfolk.gov.uk/visiting

Fakenham The fortunes of Fakenham have risen and fallen in the press like a rollercoaster: from being dubbed the most boring town in England, it has ascended to the lauded position of seventh best place to live in the UK, in ‘Country Life’.

A Great Place to Live Days at the races and shopping galore Fakenham is a market town with a justly famous Thursday market that is a huge draw for collectors, browsers, visitors and locals alike. The town has a beautiful cinema in its Georgian town centre, in the former Corn Exchange. Excellent shops line this attractive area which, on Thursdays, is transformed into a riot of colour and activity with stalls from fabrics to exotic vegetables, local eggs and fish, and every form of garment and shoe available. There is also a monthly farmers’ market normally held on the fourth Saturday of every month and a Craft Market takes place in the Parish Church for 10 months of the year from March to December. Races are keenly anticipated at Fakenham Racecourse, of

which HRH the Prince of Wales is patron, and its £1.25 million stand is named in his honour. The races are a truly egalitarian event held in great affection where locals and guests mix in conviviality for a splendid day out, either with a picnic or enjoying the excellent catering facilities on site. Other sporting attractions in Fakenham include golf, tennis and both indoor and

outdoor bowling. Several good restaurants and pubs are dotted round the town, and there are excellent estate agents offering property that is in a great area to live but by no means the most expensive in the county. A river – the Wensum – runs through the town which is centrally located with easy access to both Norwich and King’s Lynn, as well as the coast within a comfortable half hour. There is even a fascinating small museum, the Museum of Gas and Local History: these small specialist museums are a wonderful way to learn the history of the locality. Nearby is Thursford, home of Thursford at Christmas, aka the Thursford Spectacular, the biggest Christmas show on the British stage which takes place at a little village farm.

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Holt Holt is one of Norfolk’s bestknown and wellloved towns. A Georgian market town, its High Street and network of lanes and alleyways are filled with elegant architecture, and small flint cottages so typical of the area, their little gardens filled with colour

A Year-round Destination With a home-loving community While Holt has, in recent years, attained a very sophisticated reputation for shopping and eating, the town has nonetheless lost nothing of its inherent character and is lovingly maintained by a very active community. Holt has become a really desirable destination for a day or even a weekend. Just 10 minutes from the coast and less than an hour from the centre of Norwich, it is not surprising that people come from far and wide. The small market-place is lined with gorgeous shops from the Fortnum and Mason of Norfolk – Bakers and Larners – which is also a major department store and significant garden centre, to bookshops, galleries, food shops and fashion. In the fashion arena, Francois

Bouttier epitomises the chic sophistication that now characterises the town and Nicholsons have been exemplary in understanding the needs of a discerning market among the young as well as older customers. Also well worth a visit is The Stables for original fashion design, as is Gun Hill and Morston Town & Country for good quality casual clothing. Annie & Boo is also found in Holt. From stylish essentials to this season’s must-haves you will find something as unique as you are. There are a great number of superb antique shops including Anthony Baron at Baron Art, the antiquarian bookshop at Fish Hill and the Holt Antiques Centre, as well as the well-established Richard Scott for beautiful china.

Modern and contemporary art is well represented in a variety of outlets, and vintage clothing is also in evidence at several shops. Another draw to the town is Picturecraft, an old-established business held in great affection locally and by those who always return when in the county to see up to 32 artists exhibiting at any one time; there will always be something new to see, and the art shop attached to the gallery is absolutely superb. Also worthy of a visit is Letheringsett Mill, the last watermill in Norfolk which still produces flour. Lovingly restored it grinds organic wheat. It is open 9am to 1pm on Saturdays phone to check working times 01263 713153

Butlers has become a favourite for excellent food all day and evening. Butlers also has one of the best cookshops in the county, Butler’s Pantry, next door. The choice of places to eat in Holt is extremely wide with both new and long-lived restaurants, pubs, hotels and cafés all thriving with the popularity of the town. If you fancy doing some exploring not far from the town centre stands Holt Station – western terminus of the Poppy Lane a restored steam railway which puffs through some of North Norfolk most dazzling scenery on its way to Sheringham. A return ticket is £10.50. Please visit: www.nnrailway.co.uk


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No Trip to Holt is complete without a visit to Living Home & Garden and The Appleyard Gallery. Housed in a lovely converted barn with a pretty courtyard area outside, Living Home & Garden has many unique items sourced from leading UK & European designers all elegantly displayed in this wonderful space often referred to by visitors as being “the most beautiful shop in Holt.” Hand-made Interior and Garden furniture from Neptune Classics, Bed and Table Linen, Cushions and throws from Linum, Notebooks from Legami, Floral

Display items from Serax, Candles from True Grace, Table and Glassware from Denmark to name just a few of the wonderful things you will find. From Living Home & Garden, you can walk through to the Appleyard Gallery where you’ll find beautiful and collectable contemporary, decorative and applied arts including ceramics, glass, wood, textiles, metals, sculpture, jewellery, accessories, original prints and paintings - all selected for their originality, quality and desirability. Living Home & Garden and The Appleyard Gallery is a beautiful,

open and serene space with a warm and approachable atmosphere, a place to find something original and different for yourself, your home, as a present for another, or equally just view the wonderful work. Conveniently situated just off the High Street in Feathers Yard and close to Budgens Car Park. Open Monday to Saturday all year round and Sundays in August and December. The Barn Feathers Yard Holt NR25 6BW 01263 712315 www.livinghomeandgarden.co.uk

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Hunstanton The affectionate nickname of Sunny Hunny sums up this well-loved West Norfolk seaside town

Sunny Hunny A family-friendly seaside town If you have meandered along the North Norfolk coast you will have observed its wonderful variety, from cliffs to creeks, sand to shingle, and this is exemplified by Hunstanton which has a character all of its own, spend a day at busy, bustling Hunny with all its myriad attractions. Formerly an elegant seaside resort that even brought Royalty to the town – Edward V11 was a visitor – there is plenty of its Victorian elegance still in evidence. Distinguished by its dramatic striped cliffs, with their three layers of red and white lime and rust brown sandstone, you will observe that many of the houses in the area are similarly rusty coloured. The history of the area is an ancient one and a short trip along the coast takes the visitor to Holme-next-the-Sea where the incredible 4,000-year old Seahenge was discovered, and where the coast path meets the prehistoric Peddars Way cutting through the fields. Also nearby is Heacham, home of the famous Norfolk lavender, whose fields in season make a truly spellbinding spectacle, and from which a wide range of lavender products can be purchased. Farther along the coast road is Titchwell Marsh,

an endless stretch of marshy landscape that plays host to an astonishing variety of bird life. When sea lavender is in bloom in high summer, the spectacle is truly breathtaking on the coastal marshes. Another distinct feature of Hunstanton is its climate: it really is sunny as the locals would have it, one of the driest places in the country and facing west so that the sunsets here are especially beautiful to observe. For the contemporary visitor Hunstanton also offers plenty of fun and things to do. There is an annual lawn tennis week from 14th-20 August, which has been running since 1920’s, a big funfair, a road train and sea buggy for trips across the sands. There is the Princess Theatre, a delightful venue for a variety of shows, and the Sea Life Sanctuary, which children will love where they can see otters, seals and sharks among other species. Or of course just messing about on the sands: delving into rock pools under the cliffs, building sandcastles or just dozing away in a deckchair: Sunny Hunny is for everyone.

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The original spark of an idea for a specialist beer shop came from years of travelling throughout Europe and beyond and experiencing the truly distinctive and different range of beers available compared with here. We had a corner of a very large warehouse available and built within it a purpose-built 5,000 sq ft shop which now contains more than 1,700 different beers from all over the world and a warehouse behind for bulk stock. We also stock around 1,000 malt whiskies, unusual spirits and liqueurs, plus branded glasses and gift packs.

Next is the 450-strong Belgian range with an absolutely incredible variety of styles and tastes, many of which are produced by monasteries and abbeys. The brews produced by monks are known as trappist beers. Belgian beer tends to be strong with alcohol content ranging up to 12% by volume. Belgium also produces a huge range of fruit beers, the most popular being kriek (cherry) and framboise (raspberry) some of these are ‘champagne’ like in corked and wired bottles.

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King’s Lynn The medieval architecture of King’s Lynn is one of England’s great gems: of tremendous historical significance and matchless aesthetic appeal

A Port with Plenty Rich in history, myth and legend Juxtaposed with its bustling docks and notable market-places in the centre of the town, the ancient part around the quays makes an excellent starting point for exploring King’s Lynn. The town in a former age, until 1537, was actually known as Bishops Lynn, and to trace its history, visit a series of rooms at the Town House Museum which gives you the chance to step back in time and see the domestic life of Lynn residents from medieval times through to the 1950s. Even more so perhaps at Tales of the Old Gaol House where stories abound of witches, murderers and highwaymen – and in fact King’s Lynn is on the borders of the Fens and the Wash where legend thrives and mysterious hauntings are still believed to take place. To experience this fully the keen walker will be longing to set out on the Fen Rivers Way, a 50-mile path running all the way to Cambridge, tracing the course of the rivers draining across the Fens into the Wash. King’s Lynn is on the edge of the territory which probably caused Noel Coward disdainfully to proclaim ‘Very flat, Norfolk!’ but he misses the point: the fenlands over in West Norfolk and into Cambridgeshire with their dykes and vast black fields of rich soil are some of the most atmospheric places in England, rich in myth and legend. To guide you on your way around the town,

call in at The Custom House where there is an excellent Tourist Information Centre, which houses an exhibition of the maritime history of the port. And if you are a market lover you can combine a feast of architectural gems with a visit to the Tuesday Market Place, one of England’s grandest squares. Also visit the Corn Exchange where concerts, comedies and flea markets take place. The King’s Lynn Arts Centre has a great repertoire of performances ranging from concerts to artists and the July King’s Lynn Festival is one of the highlights of a town bursting with cultural events. Staying at or visiting King’s Lynn gives you easy access to splendid Sandringham, the Queen’s Norfolk home. Beautiful grounds to stroll in, gracious parklands and gardens, a firstrate gift shop and a range of vintage and historic cars are some of the attractions. Park House at Sandringham is, of course, where Princess Diana was born. Also worth a visit is the Lynnsport Miniature Railway open at noon which runs every Sunday Easter to October. www.kldsme.org.uk. One of the most rewarding ways in which to absorb the atmosphere of King’s Lynn itself, is simply by walking its winding streets or wide pedestrian areas lined with good shopping. History blends with the life of today, as you weave your way about and there are also guided tours which are always an excellent way to learn more about the town’s history.

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Norwich is an increasingly popular place to shop and enjoy food. Whether you want a quick bite before going to the theatre or a more relaxed lunch or dinner, the choice is varied. Plus, there is an exciting choice for shopping

A Grand Day Out One of the best medieval cities in Europe My Norwich Whenever I walk around Norwich, I am struck by how ‘walkable’ the city centre is and the number of delightful routes through it. Interesting buildings and streets survive from all eras of the past thousand years reflecting Norwich’s historic significance. Landmark buildings such as The Forum, opposite St Peter Mancroft church, and The Refectory at Norwich Cathedral, both designed by Sir Michael Hopkins, and, on the edge of the city at the university, the Sainsbury Centre, designed by Lord Foster, have been constructed in the past 30 years and continue to add to the rich tapestry. Heritage Open Days in early September each year give a

fascinating opportunity to explore and understand the history of the city. Culturally there is also much to enjoy, including many different types of performances and exhibitions throughout the year. A highlight of international significance is the Norfolk & Norwich Festival, which takes place in May, bringing world-quality cultural activities to a variety of venues as well as to the streets of Norwich. Throughout the year, the Theatre Royal has an outstanding programme of drama, shows, opera and music. There is always something to see or do whether professional or amateur – the problem is finding the time to do everything! Norwich is increasingly popular as a place to shop and enjoy food. The

number of good restaurants has increased over the past few years, whether you want a quick bite before going to the theatre or a more relaxed lunch or dinner. The Norfolk Food Festival, which takes place in the autumn, is a great showcase for the local food offering. The shopping temptations are many. The centre is flanked by two large shopping malls, but what continues to make Norwich different is its wide variety of independent shops, the largest being Jarrolds department store, on the corner of the Market Place, which has been in Norwich since 1823. Many independent shops are situated in the lanes and alleys around the city centre and these and the six-day, open-air market are all well worth exploring. Caroline Jarrold the best of Norfolk 39

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Norwich is the epitome of understatement. The sign welcomes you to ‘Norwich – a Fine City’, and indeed it is possibly one of the loveliest in the country

The fact that at one time Norwich boasted a pub for every day of the year and a church for every week, gives you some idea of the city’s character. They may not number as many these days, but it still does both rather well, from its two cathedrals to its many thriving yet ancient pubs. Visit Norwich’s oldest pub, the tiny Adam and Eve, or one of the newer additions, the real ale specialist and multi-award winner, the Fat Cat. Norwich has a fascinating and sometimes tumultuous history and this is evident everywhere from the fascinating Norman Castle, standing proud over the city, to the perfectlypreserved medieval cobbled street of Elm Hill. The city grew out of various Saxon settlements along the Wensum river and in the Middle Ages was second only to London in its importance as a trading post. It was the centre of the weaving and textiles industry that had sprung up in Norfolk. Today Norwich remains one of the bestpreserved medieval cities in Europe but it is also a top-five shopping destination with plenty to see and do. Tour the castle’s museum for a ride in a chariot similar to one used by East Anglia’s own Queen Boadicea and be spooked by the dungeons and centuries-old death-masks from public executions. Relax with a boat ride on the Wensum (around the city or head out to Surlingham), or visit one of the 32 medieval churches. The words that greet the visitor to ‘Norwich: A Fine City’, are the perfect embodiment of what the city has to offer, stating the case exactly as it is: a fine history, a fine culture, a fine future and the city thrives today just as it has throughout the centuries. A church for every week – including two magnificent cathedrals – and a pub for every day take care of soul and sustenance while the energy of the city is its beating heart. Certainly there are activities, shops, events and facilities for everyone of every age as well.

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Norwich The diversity within this fascinating city is astonishing, and past and present contrive to blend seamlessly in its many streets and lanes. Modern buildings such as the acclaimed Millennium Forum sit cheek by jowl with medieval church towers, while the regenerated market is as flourishing and bustling as ever. Norwich really is a city of yesterday, today and tomorrow. From the earliest Saxon and Norman inhabitants to the young students of today from the University of East Anglia, many have chosen to make this place home and it still draws visitors from all over the world. You may have arrived by train into the superbly-restored railway station, so perhaps you will walk along the river or over the bridge into the centre. The Forum is a good place to lay plans for exploring the city, whether you choose a guided tour or to make your own discoveries just by wandering through its lanes and arcades. Although the scale of the place is friendly to the foot, it is worth remembering that, having experienced rapid expansion from the original Saxon settlement, Norwich was once the largest walled town in England, and fragments of the original city wall can still be seen. History is richly textured from the city’s great weaving supremacy and churchbuilding resulting from its prosperity, through the great rebellion led by Wymondham farmer Robert Kett, and into the 16th century when ‘strangers’, weavers from the Netherlands, came to Norwich. They also introduced canarybreeding and the emblem is synonymous with Norwich City Football Club. Shopping in Norwich is varied and excellent, constantly widening in its range, particularly since the Chapelfield development opened with many big-

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A Fine City name shops and a good variety of new cafés and restaurants as well as an expansive underground car park. The Norwich Cathedral Quarter is a beautiful area of the city where you can wander and soak up the history of the city; relax in its green spaces; eat in one of its many cafes and restaurants or visit its unique shops. If you are looking for historic buildings, diverse cultural activity and a continental atmosphere then the Cathedral Quarter is where you need to be. But it is also a great pleasure to walk around the older shopping areas of Gentlemen’s Walk, Castle Meadow, St Gregory’s Alley, St Giles, St Benedicts, Timber Hill and the sensational Art Nouveau Royal Arcade. Cobbled Elm Hill is one of the prettiest streets in the city, its steep road leading the eye from one enticing shop to the next. The walk along London Street leads you to Queen Street and on into Tombland where there are a number of great cafés and restaurants. From here enter the tranquillity and beauty of Cathedral Close where many of its buildings are part of King Edward V1 School, whose choristers sing in the cathedral. As you explore you will stumble upon one historic structure after another: the famously beautiful Pulls Ferry on the riverside, Cow Tower on another bend of the river, a defensive tower dating from the 13th century, or Bishops Bridge, the oldest in Norwich. The river informs the whole history of the city and there are some beautiful new developments lining its banks today, while Riverside just across the road from the railway station, is a centre of cinema, bowling, clubs and restaurants. From here and various points along the river trips can be taken out to the Norfolk Broads or just around the city. You will also observe how many interesting museums and galleries there are in the city, and its cultural life is abundant all year round.

There is a great diversity of theatres and cinemas, most celebrated of which is the Theatre Royal while the Norwich Playhouse and The Maddermarket are also thriving. In May, the Norfolk and Norwich Festival brings performers from all over the world. For more information please contact the Tourist Information Centre Tel: 01603 727927 Email: tic@visitnorwich.co.uk or visit www.visitnorwich.co.uk


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Shopping in the city The Mall Located next to Norwich Castle, The Mall has five floors of great shopping, ample parking and an eight-screen cinema. Find big-name brands such as Boots, H&M, New Look and Peacocks, with men’s fashion from D2, Blue Inc and Madhouse. There is also a wide variety of independent stores like Aspects of Norfolk and The Tea Junction and children will be spoilt for choice with The Disney Store, Early Learning Centre and Mothercare. Why not take a break from shopping and stop off at the Mall Kitchen for a bite to eat or if you are in a hurry try some of the takeaway food outlets like Subway or Auntie Anne’s Pretzels. The services also include Bedlams soft-play area for young children and Shopmobility, which hires out mobility vehicles. The Mall is open every day with latenight shopping every Thursday, (open until 8.00pm) with free parking after 5.00pm. For evening entertainment take the family to watch the latest film at Vue Cinema before sitting down for a relaxing meal in the Italian restaurant Auberge. You will find everything you need for a great shopping experience at The Mall Norwich.

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idely regarded as the flagship department store in Norwich, Jarrold is proud to be one of the most recognisable landmarks in this unique city, which has been home to our family-run business since 1823. Today the store offers a unique and contemporary shopping experience over five floors, with more than 50 departments offering a stunning choice of products, including many individual and exclusive ranges. Those in need of refreshment are well catered for too, with a choice of three restaurants and the basement Deli. Our womenswear fashion floor offers a unique boutique-style experience with an exciting mix of well-known, established brands alongside fresh new labels, many of which are exclusive to us in the area. A complimentary Personal Shopper service is available to help make choosing a special outfit or updating your look a fun and stress-free experience, and is a great way to make the most of your looks and budget. There are lots of colourful and funky looks to delight all junior followers of fashion in our third floor childrenswear department, while on the ground floor our menswear collections range from young urban wear through to traditional tailoring. The ground floor is also home to our beauty and perfumery hall – truly a pampering heaven! Here you will find a stunning selection of beauty, bath and skincare products from top beauty houses and exclusive iconic brands. Our SKINspa includes an exciting range of natural, organic and ethically manufactured skin and bodycare products while a stop-off at our NAILspa will give a perfectly-polished look from a range of luxurious treatments. The addition of our BROWspa has proved extremely popular, with the ancient art of threading revealing the secret of perfectlygroomed eyebrows. If your home is also in need of some pampering, our new-look furniture floor is full of inspiring ideas. Here contemporary chic meets traditional style with an inspiring range of furniture for

every room of the house. Carpets, rugs, curtains and linens help complete the look, while our fabulous collection of accessories, ranging from opulent mirrors through to statement piece lamps and colourful cushions, add the all-important finishing touches. Elsewhere in store you will find numerous other departments, including cookware, china, gifts, luggage, accessories, shoes, stationery, computers, toys and haberdashery. Our award-winning book department is regarded as the independent bookseller in the city and often holds

exciting and unusual events featuring many well-known names. A diverse range of interests is covered from cookery to the classics, politics to poetry, fashion to food and much more! A visit to Norwich would not be complete without a visit to Jarrold – almost 200 years on, still an essential part of this very fine city.

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Shop, meet, dine, enjoy... the complete shopping experience. A staggering 50 million people have visited Chapelfield since opening in 2005; and with over 90 shops, cafes and restaurants as well as the only House of Fraser in the region it’s easy to see why. Chapelfield is much more than just another shopping centre. It is a place to shop, a place to dine, and a place to meet. Most of all it is a place to enjoy. Chapelfield is proud to be home to a unique mix of stores, many that are new to the region; such as Superdry, Hollister Co., Clas Ohlson and Pandora to name but a few. Zara, H&M, Esprit and Monsoon all boast flagship stores within the centre; and the only Apple Store, House of Fraser and Disney Store in the region can also be found here. Whatever your interest: from the techsavvy to the jewellery magpie; and whatever your style, age and budget,


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there is something to suit every kind of visitor to Chapelfield. Delicious restaurants for a special meal out, to lighter snack options at one of the many coffee shops, make for a relaxing way to round off any shopping trip, or simply perfect places to meet up with friends. It’s clear to see how Chapelfield has helped to cement Norwich’s place as one of the top ten shopping destinations within the UK. So much more than shopping and great food... Look out for family-friendly entertainment happening at Chapelfield throughout the year. The spring fashion show is just one of the highlights in the Chapelfield events calendar; plus interactive activities, from craft-making workshops to puppet shows, take place during kids’ school holidays. The Big Screen outside on Chapelfield Plain provides additional entertainment by way

of free screenings of live events, like Wimbledon and Covent Garden operas; as well as feature films like How to Train Your Dragon happening as part of Norwich’s Dragon Festival in February this year. Reaching Chapelfield could not be easier. Located in the heart of the city it is a short walk away from the main bus station, including the Park and Ride buses; one of the main taxi ranks in the city is opposite; three cycle parking areas are available; plus it’s only a 20 minute walk from the train station. For those travelling by car, Chapelfield offers around 1,000 parking spaces with a special rate of £1.50 after 3pm each day of the week. With fashion, food, family and transport all taken care of in the best possible way– there is no excuse not to have a field day at Chapelfield.

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Reepham Without doubt one of the prettiest small market-places in Norfolk, and with a wealth of character in its small side lanes and alleys

A Charming Village With market town status Reepham may feel like a village but it is very proud of its town status which was granted in 1277.When you arrive in the beautiful old market square you can easily imagine that you have gone back in time. The buildings are unspoilt and the range of small, family-owned shops gives a feeling of timelessness. You will find all the shops have friendly, wellinformed staff who enjoy serving their regulars and visitors alike. If you are interested in fishing there is the Reepham Fishery, just outside the historic town which is regarded as one of Norfolk's premier coarse fisheries having been established for many years on spring-fed lakes.

Reepham is famous for having three churches in one churchyard: St Mary’s, St Michael’s and All Saints, Hackford, now in ruins. It was destroyed by fire in 1543 and never rebuilt. The tower was dismantled in 1790. St Mary’s was mainly built in the 14th century and contains a canopied tomb on the north wall of the sanctuary which is famous for its exquisite detail. The tomb, probably to Sir Roger De Kerdeston, who died in 1337, is one of the finest of the 14th century in Norfolk. Sir Roger was Lord of the Manor of Kerdeston, in Reepham. He lies on a bed of pebbles and is wearing knights armour. His shield can be found on the west end of the tomb.

The famous Norfolk diarist, Parson Woodforde, did his shopping in Reepham in the 1700s, as did the rector of Booton, Whitwell Elwin, 100 years later. Whitwell Elwin is noted for his literary talents and for a number of years edited the famous Quarterly Review. He also designed the extraordinary church at Booton, just outside Reepham. Reepham is a lovely place to wander and explore with old alleyways and lanes. But it is the rich mix of people and characters who bring modern life to the beautiful old buildings.It is a great place to live and work as well as an interesting place to visit. Sue Cutting

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Sheringham While much of the Norfolk coast has become increasingly fashionable and cosmopolitan, there is equally just as much that remains gloriously untouched and with a real sense of place

A Traditional Resort With a great Victorian past The town of Sheringham remains gloriously untouched and with a real sense of place. Roads crammed with little flint fishermen’s cottages define the town, with their distinct round stones and brickwork decoration. And on the outskirts of Sheringham, are many a splendid Victorian or 20th-century grander suburban homes, some perched high on the hill above sea level and with resplendent views over the coast. So, little wonder that this stretch of coast was such a popular resort in Victorian and Edwardian times, and remains so today. There is a very active railway station linking with stations to the beautiful city of Norwich, as well as the North Norfolk Steam Railway setting off along the fabled Poppy Line to Holt, which offers many special occasions in summer and Santa Specials at Christmas. Do not miss the 1940s weekend in September.

At the heart of local tradition is fishing, the lifeboatmen and the sea. A small museum, featuring the J. C. Madge Lifeboat, and another museum next to the excellent Crown pub at the eastern side of town, featuring two more of the town’s historic lifeboats, bring the story to life. The Blue Flag beach is one of the town’s greatest attractions, a classic British seaside resort under the cliffs. There is plenty of activity here: cafés and pubs to visit and all the best of seaside amusements in the town, from ice-cream to candy floss, gift and souvenir shops and there is a thriving market on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Sheringham also has a very successful theatre, the Little Theatre, with a good variety of shows and cinema, just near the pretty clock tower. From the 22nd to 30th October there is The Cromer and Sheringham Arts Festival - and the

summer carnival runs in August Sheringham Park, is also worth a visit with its Repton-designed garden, and from one point on a glorious rhododendron-lined path you can catch three simultaneous glimpses of the sea. The park is at its resplendent best in May and June and, later in the summer, you can see the plume of steam rising from the Poppy Line as the train makes its stately progress through the scarlet poppy fields and past the windmill at Weybourne. Children will clamour to be taken to the Splash Leisure Centre, an absolute must on wet days and great family fun at any time. Brian Lewis

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Swaffham In its heyday there were theatres, assembly rooms, pleasure gardens and a racecourse and Lady Hamilton preferred to live here because Burnham was too quiet

A Medieval Town Next to a unique landscape Swaffham is one of the small Brecks market towns which grew during Norfolk’s wealthy medieval agricultural past. Dominated by a huge church, most of the Georgian and Victorian façades hide medieval houses. The town itself sits on a slight rise, elevating Swaffham’s two wind turbines and giving visitors a glimpse from afar. Historically the town was a stopping point for pilgrims going to Walsingham and a funnel for travellers going south from the Norfolk coast. It was also the main market for goods and travellers east and west. Today, you no longer need to hire a guide to take you west through the Fenland landscape but the old drove roads remain, giving unique access to quiet countryside. Peddars Way, the old Roman road, runs north to south through Swaffham linking up the Icknield Way and is now a long-distance footpath to the coast. Both the theatre and racecourse closed in the 1840s but it is now possible to enjoy a new theatre at West Acre and the racecourse at Fakenham. The Breckland landscape and the area to the north have been more densely populated in the past, so have left us a legacy of abandoned villages, hidden castles, remote round barrows and an 54

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excess of churches. The area is rich in wildlife including rare species like the stone curlew, which can be viewed at Weeting Heath. The town’s famous eclectic Saturday market reveals treasures among the bric-a-brac and book stalls, fresh local produce and greengrocery, a wide variety of cheese and eggs and the popular auction opposite the market cross, itself adorned with the statue of Ceres, the Roman goddess of the harvest. The Brecks area is a truly unique landscape, which contains some unusual features whose origins go back to the ice ages, like Pingo ponds. After Neolithic man cleared the natural forest with axes fashioned from flints mined in the area, heathland developed. In the past the Brecks was an open landscape of sheep walk, rabbit warren and breck – temporary fields allowed to revert back to heath – abounding with heathland wildlife. The heaths developed on areas of poor soil with fragile fertility. Burning, grazing, arable farming, turf-cutting and harvesting of furze and bracken have helped create and maintain them. On these ancient heaths rabbits were farmed from medieval times, for several

centuries, in warrens until they became a major pest. Two minutes outside the town on the old drove road over Swaffham Heath leads you to Beachamwell Warren, one of the many warrens in the vicinity that reflects this historical association with rabbits and offers great walking opportunities. On the same stroll or jog you will see deer – red, roe, fallow muntjak and hares. Today the Brecks is mostly a landscape of forestry and farming. Thetford forest, which is spread across an area of about 80 square miles, is the largest lowland pine forest in Britain. It was started in the 1920s as a strategic timber reserve and is now home for endangered wildlife such as red squirrel, woodlark and nightjar and very accessible. By far the most characteristic symbols of this countryside are the hedges and shelter belts of Scots pines planted as wind-breaks at the time of enclosure from 1768 onwards to stop the precious topsoil from blowing away. They line the roads and edges of the fields, their branches and trunks twisted by age and the elements. Les and Vanessa Scott

Thornham A magnet for artists, photographers and birdwatchers, boasting a small harbour, a coastline of intriguing smuggling legends

A coastal village On the North Norfolk coast Thornham is a small village on the North Norfolk coast, renowned for its natural beauty. A magnet for artists, photographers and bird-watchers, boasting a small harbour, a coastline of intriguing smuggling legends, a church dating back to the 1300s, a shop and post office, three welcoming pubs and – given a resident population of less than 500 and a large percentage of holiday and second homes – a very healthy community spirit. The past few years have seen a much increased activity level in the village involving all sections of the community focused on working together to update village facilities. Thornham has four pub/restaurants which cater for locals and visitors alike. The famous Lifeboat Inn overlooks the marshes and is a long-time favourite with its small gaslight-lit bar as well as a modern conservatory and dining room. The Old Coach House, on the main A149, has proved to be a centre of village community activity over the past three years. It is a popular venue

for pies and pizzas. Orange Tree is run by Mark and Jo Goode, who moved into the village from Suffolk and have brought a new lease of life to this popular village centre pub, indeed last year Head Chef, Philip Milner was Winner of the Great British Seafood Pub Chef of the Year Award, 2010. Just down the road at Drove Farm Orchards, The Yurt Restaurant brings relaxed dining and afternoon teas in unusual large tented accommodation reminiscent of the Mongolian steppes! The many talents of the local ladies have led to “The Bag Ladies of Thornham” who, under the leadership of Melanie Venes, a local weaver, have produced superb quality furnishings from recycled materials for sale at village events. As well as being an enjoyable activity in which villagers are encouraged to join, the Bag Ladies have raised substantial funds for village projects. A new playing field has been laid out next to the village shop and a new cricket pitch is under construction. A

new sports complex with facilities for tennis, five-a-side football, netball and basketball was opened during 2009 and is proving a big attraction for the many visitors during the summer months. Do not pass through the village without stopping off to buy some of Ken and Kathy Hayward’s delicious Thornham Oysters produced in the creeks surrounding the village. Thornham’s history has been put on the map with the publication of Thornham, a Photographic History of a Norfolk Village, written by former resident Peter Oliver, while Neil Holmes’ book The Lawless Coast chronicles the smuggling activities of past centuries, many of which took place in Thornham. Bringing the village’s story up to date is John Warham’s Thornham – People & Places, a photographic portrait of the village and the people who work in it. All these books are available from the village shop and pubs in Thornham and at www.thornhamphotography.com John Warham

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Walsingham A charming place of faith and pilgrimage, Walsingham has been welcoming visitors from far afield since 1061

A Great Place of Faith and History Famous for its religious shrines and visitors At its height in medieval times, Walsingham rivalled Canterbury and the great shrines of Europe, with pilgrimages from nearly all the kings and queens of England from Henry III in 1226 to Henry VIII. Although its fame lies in its religious significance, Walsingham today offers many other very good reasons for a visit: excellent shops and an awardwinning gastronomic emporium, are also a major draw. Similarly, the charm of the village itself makes Walsingham well worth a detour: its half-timbered buildings set the place aside from other more typically flint villages and the feeling

of antiquity is tangible. Little wonder, as its legend dates from more than 900 years ago when a local noblewoman, Richeldis de Faverche, experienced a holy vision of the Virgin Mary asking her to build a replica of Mary’s house in Nazareth where the angel Gabriel had made his revelation of the forthcoming birth of Jesus. The holy house is within the Anglican Shrine of Our Lady, while the famous Slipper Chapel is actually along the road about a mile away. Walsingham Abbey, with its ruins of the original priory founded in 1153, is very beautiful and in the depths of February, the gardens are a swathe of snowdrops

so dense there is hardly space to place your feet between them. Inevitably such a place spawns a host of tea shops and cafés, and the Walsingham Farms Shop has attracted a lot of recent attention. Through their partnership with farmers and food producers, the shop brings the best local food direct from producers to customers at the shop and restaurant. Linking Little Walsingham to the coastal town of Wells-next-the-Sea, some four miles away, is the Wells & Walsingham Light Railway - the longest 10¼" narrow gauge steam railway in the world and offers a scenic journey with five bridges through lovely countryside.

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Watton Welcome to a land of open spaces, quiet walks and peaceful lanes, of rolling farmland and secretive woods, enchanting villages and a bustling market town

The Wayland Parishes Steeped in history Wayland is a place of mystery and legend, dating from before the Domesday Book, and is the home of the sad tale of the Babes in the Wood. At the heart of Wayland, and indeed of Norfolk, lies the ancient market town of Watton, for centuries the centre of the local agricultural economy. Most of the buildings in the long High Street date from the 18th and 19th centuries but the town is much older – indeed it was granted its market charter in 1204. Almost 800 years later an award-winning monthly farmers’ market was introduced to broaden the range of goods the town can offer. The Watton Clock Tower was built in 1679 to house a warning bell after the great fire in the 1670s. The town council occupy the old corn hall, a lovely building standing at the back of the market square, which has also been in its time a magistrates court, a dance hall, a cinema and a library. Watton is a friendly little town, full of independent shops and a number of distinctive buildings some of which are recently refurbished. In addition there is an excellent sports centre

and a golf club, while Loch Neaton and the Memorial Garden offer green spaces for relaxation. All year round there is a lively menu of cultural activity with exhibitions at the Dragonfly Exhibition Centre, and music and drama at the Queen’s Hall. Within a mile of the town there are paths and bridleways for walking and riding; the Peddars Way runs through the Wayland area and links with the Great Eastern Pingo Trail with its Ice Age pools and there are Heritage trails and the Wayland Word Journey trails or the Wayland Church Tours to pursue. Nearby is Melsop Farm Park, much loved by the children and Wayland Wood now owned by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust and home to a number of rare species, but once a forest in which, legend says, the Babes in the Wood were lost. Surrounding Watton are the Wayland parishes each unique and full of attractive features, interesting architecture and steeped in history. Like the town each has something to offer the discerning visitor including a range of highquality accommodation.




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Wells-next-the-Sea Situated in the heart of an area of outstanding natural beauty, Wells-next-the-Sea is a typical seaside town, firmly anchored amid the traditional delights of everything we love about the seaside

With Beach Huts Galore A port and seaside town The sights, sounds and smells of the Quay arouse the senses at every turn – chips and vinegar; sweet-scented candy floss and pink rock; raucous seagulls swooping overhead; the aroma of cockles and crabs from the seafood kiosk; all reminiscent of carefree childhood summers.

The rolling sand-dunes tumble effortlessly into the pinewoods, inviting you to explore countless pathways and enjoy the cool shade on a hot afternoon. The diversity of habitats to be found at Wells attracts a rich variety of bird life, and its proximity to Titchwell and Cley make it a haven for bird-watchers.

The Quay is the midway point for holiday explorers and day-trippers alike. Take time out to admire The Albatross, an ancient but beautiful sailing barge, and a flotilla of fishing boats and small sailing craft, before enjoying a leisurely walk along the footpath leading to the pinewoods and sandy beach beyond. If the thought of a walk is too daunting, why not catch a ride on the miniature steam train?

Walking back to the town presents you with a superb view of the harbour and its most impressive feature, the old granary building, now converted to luxury flats which offer unspoilt views over the marshes and out to sea.

The wide, flat beach with its belt of sheltering pinewoods and brightlycoloured beach huts is the perfect place to unwind, gather shells, play beach cricket or simply have a family picnic. Children can play in the shallow pools, build impossible sandcastles or fly kites; the potential is limitless.

Exploring the town provides an opportunity to discover the many shops dotted among the narrow alleys and quaintly-named yards. Bustling with residents, visitors and holidaymakers, Staithe Street is the natural focus for shoppers of all ages and inclinations. A gift for your neighbour, postcards for friends, bikinis and swim shorts that you forgot to pack, and that irresistible designer gift you simply must have. This is stress-free shopping with the added bonus of friendly staff and great scenery.

Finding somewhere to eat is the proverbial ‘piece of cake’. The town boasts several good pubs; the Crown Hotel is a must for that special evening out; keep it traditional with fish and chips on the Quay; or why not visit Mermaid’s Purse for sumptuously-filled fresh rolls, or home-made cakes and strawberry scones that would tempt an angel. Location is everything, which makes Wells ideally suited as a base from which to explore the wider countryside. Celebrated Holkham Hall is just five minutes down the road and a slightly longer drive takes you to Sandringham, about 20 miles away. Possibly one of Norfolk’s nature reserves or wildlife parks is more to your liking, in which case you will be spoilt for choice. Whatever you yearn for in a holiday destination, Wells has something for everyone. And if summer has passed, why not discover the charms of Wells in autumn or winter? Sally Reynolds

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isit Wroxham Barns, one of Norfolk’s most popular visitor attractions and we’ll make your day! It’s great for children and great for grown ups. Youngsters (and the young at heart) will want to visit our delightful Junior Farm where they can meet and feed our friendly animals – new for 2011, our undercover piggery and play barn. Then play our 18-hole championship mini adventure golf course. See if you can beat the course record of 29, set during the English Minigolf Open 2009. Children will also love our funfair rides. Meet craftsmen and artists in our craft studios, creating beautiful and unique pieces, including stained-glass items, hand-thrown pottery, large and small sculptures, Norfolk sketches and handmade jewellery. There’s also a patchwork and quilting specialist, as well as Bill

LeGrice Roses, one of the country’s leading rose growers. Explore Uncle Stuart’s NEW Brewery Visitor Centre. Sample the exclusive Wroxham Barns bitter and choose from one of the county’s largest ranges of local beer. Pop into The Apple Shop selling all things apple including Norfolk cider and apple juice. Head for The Gallery for ladies fashions, accessories, jewellery, menswear and inspiring gifts for all ages, along with the Fudge Shop bursting with naughty treats. We have our own art gallery, The Norfolk Gallery, which hosts a changing exhibition of photographs, paintings and illustrations of Norfolk.

serves delicious home-cooked food throughout the day, from breakfast through to leisurely lunches and afternoon tea, with coffee and cake at any time. Wroxham Barns is open all year round, 10am to 5pm, (closed December 25 and 26 and January 1). Entry and car parking is free. Entry to Junior Farm costs £5.50 per person, under 2’s free (closes at dusk during winter). The funfair rides and golf are individually priced. Fair rides subject to the weather.

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Wroxham You can initially find yourself confused between Hoveton and Wroxham, which are often referred to in the same breath, sounding like the same place – which in a sense they are – divided by the river

Both Sides of The River Bure A magical place to start exploring The Broads The local story is that when the railway here was built, the line should have run to the Wroxham side of the River Bure, but when it was established at Hoveton, the signs for Wroxham had already been made. Confused? We certainly were, but in any event the glorious Norfolk Broads are the feature of our county which draws thousands of visitors to the area every year and are a unique destination. Hoveton and Wroxham are an excellent starting point from which to explore this magical place, and there are countless boat trips and boat-hire companies from which to choose as well as plenty of land-based accommodation in the vicinity.

Some traditional wherry boats, the vessel of the Broads, have been converted for holidays from their original purpose as trading craft. And it does not matter about your particular level of ability as you do not even have to take charge of your boat if you prefer to explore in the hands of an expert crew.

section. There is also the chance to learn of the local history at the Museum of the Broads in nearby Stalham, in buildings formerly associated with the wherry trade.

Although it is almost certain that visitors are here for the purpose of exploring the Broads there are other interesting things to do in Wroxham. There is, for example, one of Norfolk’s best-loved department stores, Roys of Wroxham, which has just about everything, including an excellent food

Set in 15 pretty acres, in which you can walk and admire the views, Wroxham Barns is a complex of interesting shops and workshops where a number of rural crafts are practised and the products for sale. Children will fall in love with a farmyard of cuddly animals, and you can eat in its lovely café.

It would be perfect on a rainy day, but equally not to be missed in any weather, to pay a visit to Wroxham Barns.

The Broads Britain’s magical waterland


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The Broads This wonderful protected wetland – England’s largest – has over 125 miles of safe, enchanting waterways, carefully managed over centuries for people and for nature

The Broads is a wonderful contrast to the North Norfolk coast which is perhaps its greatest rival in terms of visitor numbers. The Broads are one of the most powerful magnets to those who love life on and beside the water, and the history is a fascinating one. While today the 63 shallow lakes and the Rivers Yare, Bure, Waveney, Ant, Thurne and Chet are teeming with human as well as bird life in summer, there are still little escape routes known to the more intrepid explorer that allow a secret life to continue unchallenged by the 21st century. Conservation thrives, enabling animals, insects, birds and flowers to reproduce themselves endlessly as they have for centuries and

the charm of the old buildings lining the rivers to flourish.This unique patch of English heritage is a combination of lakes, rivers and dykes bounded by Norwich, Stalham, Stalham, Gt Yarmouth, Oulton Broad and Beccles as well as more than 200 km of navigable waterways and 330 km of paths and boardwalks if dry land is your preference. The Broads originate from pits dug in the Middle Ages, from the 9th to the 13th centuries, to extract peat for cooking. To grasp the scale of this is perhaps exemplified by just one statistic from the time: the Episcopal monastery of Norwich required 200,000 bales of peat a year. In the space of 200 years, nine million cubic feet of peat had

been cut from the area. In the 14th century as the sea level rose it flooded the area and this accident was the birth of the Broads we know today. While boats of every description explore the waterways today, this is also an ornithologist’s dream. The bearded reedling, the marsh harrier, the bittern and a host of other smaller birds and wildfowl are living out their secret lives among the watery reeds and trees. It must also be remembered that the Broads are an important source of livelihood for many Norfolk and Suffolk people and the visitor is rewarded with the fruits of their labours: excellent shops, food outlets, cafés, pubs and inns and the all-important leisure boat industry all thrive as a result of what was, in effect, an accident of nature.

The Broads offers endless activities to work up an appetite for a delicious meal or to relax afterwards. The Broads is part of the family of national parks, with delights for all the senses, whether you want to feast your eyes on big skies, hear the booming of a bittern, one of its rare birds, touch the feathery reeds, smell the sweet scent of wild honeysuckle or just enjoy good local food.

areas of the Broads and many are on nature reserves. These and other easy access paths are suitable for wheelchair users and people with pushchairs. Please remember that dogs are allowed on public rights of way under close control, but many nature reserves do not allow access for dogs.


Gently rolling countryside, quiet lanes, wide open skies - take to two wheels with bikes from the Broads bike hire network and you'll discover hidden backwaters, thatched churches and wildlife treasures. There are bike hire centres throughout the Broads - details from Hoveton Broads Information Centre. Day, half- day, hourly and family rates are available. Centres supply children's seats, helmets, locks and racks, as well as a map of a long or

Many people associate the Broads with boating, but what does it offer to those who want to explore on foot? Lots with over 190 miles (300 km) of footpaths through some of the area's most attractive landscapes. Broads information centres stock walks leaflets and guides, including Bure Valley and Waveney Valley walks packs. Boardwalks are often the best way to reach marshy


short cycle route starting from each centre. Some centres also have children's bikes and tandems. Canoeing The Broads is a great place to go up the creeks with a paddle, and Canadian canoes are suitable for all the family. They usually carry up to three adults but you are advised to check with the operator. There are canoe hire centres throughout the Broads - details from Hoveton Broads Information Centre. There are day, halfday, hourly and 24 hour rates. Hire centres supply buoyancy aids and waterproof rucksacks and staff will advise you on safety and on a suitable route. Canoeing is ideal for exploring the headwaters (less tidal waters). We don't recommend canoeing in the lower reaches. If you do you need to be extremely experienced, fit and able.

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Take your pick from our fleet of luxury day cruisers featuring galley with two ring hob & sink, seating areas & WC. Two destinations to choose from Ferry Marina at Horning or Waveney River Centre at Burgh St Peter View our fleet & book online at www.daycruisers.co.uk Ferry Marina Tel: 01692 631111 Waveney River Centre Tel: 01502 677343


How Hill National Nature Reserve Experience the magic of the Broads and get close to nature on a wildlife water trail - silently gliding through secret reed-fringed dykes aboard the Electric Eel, stopping at a bird hide along the way. Dragonflies and damselflies live here in abundance, and on a sunny summer’s day you may even see the very rare and spectacular Swallowtail butterfly, which only lives in the Broads. Visit Toad Hole Cottage, the Victorian home of an eel catcher, which doubles as a Broads information centre. Stroll along the Wildlife Nature Trail through woodlands, past windmills and How Hill’s very own broad. To book the Electric Eel, which runs at varying times from Easter to the end of October ring Toad Hole Cottage on 01603 756096. For more information visit www.enjoythebroads.com


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The name means ‘The Folk who live on the high ground between the rivers’. Chocolate-box pretty, Horning is one of those villages that you can hardly believe truly exists.

Between The Rivers An exciting and bustling area Perfection is, of course, brought about by the sterling efforts of conservationists and it is thanks to them that there are still pockets of the Broads that appear to have changed very little in centuries. Of course in summer, these areas are lively, bustling hives of activity, but this again is one of the endearing and enjoyable aspects of the Norfolk Broads. And, in any event, much of the activity is brought about by the wealth of natural history in this enchanted part of Norfolk. A nature-lover’s dream, animals, insects, bird life and flowers are found in abundance and there are still places to get away from it all, the Secret Norfolk of our imagination.

But it must be said that pleasureseekers and shoppers will love it here too. There are shops which specialise in top-quality, locally-produced foods and products. Norfolk is playing a significant role in championing local and seasonal food and such shops contribute to making the Broads a year-round destination. The Swan Inn is a lovely pub, next to which is the mooring for the pleasure boat the Mississippi Gambler. Play at The Wind in the Willows by eating on the riverbank at Taps Restaurant, in the garden at Staithe ’n’ Willows, or just take picnics on or beside the water at any one of thousands of beautiful spots.

The Great Outdoors There was no weather bad enough for us to get an inside job,’ Norfolk legend George Cushing once said of his work as a boy labourer at a little farm in Thursford.

Simply a Place to Get Out and Explore And discover the feeling of space He never saw this as a hardship: the county is all about the Great Outdoors and what it offers, year-round and not just as a holiday destination on the Broads or the coast.

experience could be enjoyed on the waters that surround it or on the atmospheric Broads where once long ago hundreds of thousands of tons of peat were dug.

the tumultuous life of natural history. The sounds of birds crying across the huge, wide-open skies are one of the defining features of this endlessly compelling coastline.

Out of season, Norfolk is a wonderful walking, riding, cycling and birdwatching county: to enthusiasts the chance to observe the seasonal habits of birds is as enticing as anything that can be offered in the summer months when swathes of sea-lavender and samphire cover the marshes and children plaster themselves in black mud and jump shrieking with delight into the shallow, warm creeks. Your whole Norfolk

On the coast, of course, there is a wealth of nature reserves and pathways for walking, nature trails and birdwatching hides. Titchwell is one of the RSPB’s most popular reserves and many rare species are observed there including avocets, which breed in front of Parrinder hide. And at Cley-nextthe-Sea there is a superb new visitors’ centre with the opportunity to survey the marshes, shingle bank and sea and

Of course sailing is a very popular occupation on this coast, and there are a number of clubs and schools offering choices for sailors of all ages and levels of ability. Or you could charter the Thames sailing barge Juno for a wonderful day sailing along the North Norfolk coast, or alternatively mess about for a day on the Broads under your own steam or with an expert crew. There is something for anyone with an

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interest in boats, at all levels of ability. Inland Norfolk is also an outdoor county with its beautiful country estates and woodlands. The interior of the region is still largely undiscovered and it is perfectly possible even on a busy weekend to be the only person on your walk. You might bear witness to carpets of sweetly-scented bluebells in May, the dazzling yellow of rape fields in summer or an immense sweep of scarlet poppies swaying in the breeze. And for children, it is a delight to be able to watch them running freely and enjoying the many adventure parks and outside activities the county offers. All

will fall for the charm of the Dinosaur Park, for example, where monsters lurk around every corner, or the new Bewilderwood with strange creatures making their tree-houses in the woods. An excellent means of exploring Norfolk’s outdoors at the same time as its natural history is to follow one of the many church trails, looking perhaps for the distinctive Saxon round towers. Or you might chart your course by the windmills found all over the county. And many disused railway tracks now form great cycling and walking paths that network in spidery form around the area.

Or you may prefer a lazier visit to the many lovely pubs with gardens, whether they are on a river, near the sea or in the depths of the countryside. Finally, the notion of outdoor life should not at all be confined to rural Norfolk. In the cities are some fascinating guided tours exploring their history and architecture. There is no substitute for shanks’s pony when you want to absorb the atmosphere of historic and contemporary life in Norwich, King’s Lynn, or the many historic market towns of the county. Sandy Byrne


Birdwatching... on the north Norfolk coast Nowhere in the United Kingdom is more revered as a year-round birdwatching locality than north Norfolk. Between the landmarks of the old windmill, set back above the low, crumbling cliffs at Weybourne, and the scenic sandstone and chalk cliff-face at Hunstanton, lies a string of national and local nature reserves. Together, these reserves constitute a wildlife haven that comprises one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline anywhere in the country. The National Trust cares for much of the coastal marshes to the eastern end of the north Norfolk coast, including the extensive shingle spit known as Blakeney Point, that shelters the quays at Blakeney and Morston. Moving westwards, the National Nature Reserves at Holkham and Scolt Head, managed by Natural England, offer the shelter of the coastal pine belt and magnificent expanse of sandy beach at the former, and stark expanses of mudflats, saltmarsh and marramcovered dunes at the latter. Further west, Titchwell Marsh featuring a combination of both brackish and 72

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freshwater habitats, has become the RSPB flagship reserve, offering both the facility of state-of-the-art birdwatching hides and access to another beautiful beach. At opposite ends of the coastal strip the Norfolk Wildlife Trust owns and manages areas of freshwater marsh and saltings at Cley Marsh, and at Holme Dunes, where the low sand dunes and boardwalks of the latter offer access to further expanses of sand. To this vast array of habitats flock hundreds of thousands of wading birds, geese and ducks each winter. The now legendary skeins of pink-footed geese are most easily seen on the marshes at Holkham NNR, but are perhaps at their most spectacular when entering or leaving their roots at Scolt Head or Wells East Hills, often silhouetted against the last or first light of the short winter days. The marshes and lagoons of any of the aforementioned reserves offer chances to see vast numbers of feeding or roosting wildfowl and waders during the autumn and winter months, whilst the sandy beaches and mudflats host impressive numbers of feeding shorebirds.

With patience, the Norfolk speciality breeding species, such as bittern, bearded tit and marsh harrier can be seen at the north coast reserves with freshwater marshes and reedbeds, and breeding waders such as avocets and lapwing can be seen during the summer months in similar habitat. Situated where it is, jutting into the North Sea, both spring and autumn in north Norfolk can sometimes produce large numbers of migrant birds grounded along the coast, including the sought after rarities and vagrants. In truth, with such diversity of habitats, when birdwatching in north Norfolk at any time of year, it is best to be prepared for the unexpected. Red-flanked Bluetail a rare visitor from the east

in focus Essential viewing for birdwatching and travel ituated on the North Norfolk coast road in the village of Titchwell, In Focus have been selling binoculars and telescopes from their shop in a traditional flint cottage for the past 20 years.


Run by local birdwatchers Vernon Eve (pictured above top) and Richard Campey, they put their success down to an unhurried approach combined with ensuring the customer finds exactly the right pair of binoculars or telescope outfit to suit. Shop manager Vernon Eve believes that most people just require a little guidance and sound advice to allow them to make the right choice: “We are non-commission based and believe in getting it right, that combined with our viewing area

ensures our customers really do have time to make a considered choice”. It clearly works as their customers return time and time again. Richard Campey believes “the right pair of binoculars will enhance people’s enjoyment of the countryside and wildlife.” He adds “In years gone by binoculars and telescopes used to be big, heavy and expensive. Nowadays there has been a shift to more lightweight equipment and better value for money.” That said, the shop boasts a wide range of optics, including top-quality binoculars and telescopes from Nikon, Zeiss, Steiner, Delta, Minox, Opticron and Kowa. Special offers and second-hand equipment are always available for those seeking

a bargain. Digiscoping kits, now increasingly popular, are also available. The shop, which is opposite Briarfields Hotel, has its own car park and a raised patio with views over a wildflower meadow and out to the sea. The shop also boasts an impressive list of birds with more than 200 species seen. In Focus have an extensive range of accessories, books on all aspects of wildlife and travel, in addition to information on the latest bird sightings in the county. Open seven days 9.00am – 5.00pm (winter 9.00am – 4.00pm) Including bank holidays (except Christmas Day and Boxing Day)

in focus Main Road, Titchwell, King’s Lynn, Norfolk PE31 8BB Tel: 01485 210101 www.infocusoptics.co.uk

Coasthopper shadows the Norfolk Coast Path National Trail all the way along from Hunstanton to Cromer, so it’s really easy to take the bus, get off for a good walk, and rejoin the bus a bit further along the route. What’s more the Peddars Way National Trail also reaches the coast at Holme next the Sea.

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Beaches along the North Norfolk Coast For many people, beaches are a place to run, splash and dig sandcastles. To others the wielding of a spade is a more serious and solitary business. Whatever your approach, a trip to Norfolk wouldn’t be complete without a trip to one of its beaches... Holkham Bay www.holkham.co.uk/html/beach.html Holkham Bay is one of the most beautiful beaches on the North Norfolk Coast and indeed in the British Isles. It is the most extensive, diverse and dramatic nature reserve in Norfolk, with windswept sand dunes, a maze of creeks, shady pinewoods, green pastures and marshes. Alf Alderson wrote in the Daily Telgraph, "A seemingly infinite stretch of golden sands running down to the blue-green waters of the North Sea, backed by huge horizons - you feel as if you could walk forever. The sensation of space is totally liberating".

Brancaster Beach and Harbour www.nationaltrust.org.uk Brancaster Beach is controlled by The National Trust and is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty consisting of saltmarsh, intertidal mud and sandflats and miles of sandy beach stretching as far as the eye can see.

views that lie beyond. From the car park, take one of the footpaths for about a mile over this tree-covered ridge to find one of the most secluded and self-contained beaches on the Norfolk coast. The character of the beach is entirely dependent on the tide so its worthwhile checking the times.

Holme-next-the-Sea Holme-next-the-Sea is a quiet favourite with visitors to the Norfolk coast. There's a smooth, flat sandy beach, rolling sand dunes and a village pub. Nearby you'll find a wildfowl reserve and a nudist beach: the place has something for everyone!

Hunstanton www.hunstanton-on-line.co.uk Hunstanton has the unusual distinction of being an east coast resort that faces west and as a result the beaches get more than their fair share of sun with spectacular sunsets which you can really appreciate from Magazine Wood.

Wells-next-the-Sea www.wells-guide.co.uk The beach at Wells-next-the-sea is one of the hidden gems of the Norfolk coast. Driving along the road to the car park there are few clues of the beautiful

Sheringham www.sheringhamtown.co.uk Sheringham was once a tiny fishing place known as Sheringham Hythe and has a stony beach but at low tide an expanse of sand and rock pools is revealed.

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Great days out in Suffolk

Just across the Norfolk border lies Suffolk. A bustling county that offers great days out and delivers ideas a plenty for family adventures.

It could be a day spent down on the farm feeding the lambs at one of the county’s farm attractions, seeking more exotic species in our zoos and wildlife parks or riding the thrills of our theme parks, Suffolk provides a wealth of inspiring activities...


icturesque and unspoilt, Suffolk’s coastline provides the ideal getaway for all the family. Set within an area of outstanding natural beauty is Southwold, recently voted Britain’s Most Traditional Resort. Classic shops and restaurants are minutes away from the beach, harbour and a fantastic pier. Catch the rowboat ferry to Walberswick, which provides a great site for crabbing. Not far away is Thorpeness which has a Peter Panthemed rowing lake. Oulton Broad, however, is the southern gateway to the Broads National Park. Hire a boat and navigate your own voyage or take part in water sports. Family-friendly Lowestoft has two vast Blue Flag beaches, two lively piers and a range of attractions to entertain the whole family. Or take a trip down the road to the region’s biggest and best theme park, Pleasurewood Hills. Come for the rides and stay for the shows. If you are keen to catch a glimpse of the wildlife Suffolk has to offer, there are a

variety of nature reserves including Redgrave and Lopham Fen, the largest fen in lowland England. However, if you want to get a bit more hands-on, why not visit Easton Farm Park or Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm where you can feed the lambs and ducks and even catch a sight of chicks being born? At Africa Alive! (Kessingland), winner of Best Suffolk Attraction 2009, you can get close to the animals and discover the sights of this wonderful continent. Step back in time with Suffolk’s variety of castles, halls and burial grounds. Kentwell Hall has been the leader in large-scale domestic living history since 1979. Visitors can enjoy re-creations of many aspects of Tudor life on selected weekends including those of the Great Annual Re-Creation in June/July and over Bank Holidays. Today you can walk in the footsteps of warriors, pagans and kings and visit the atmospheric burial mounds at the National Trust’s Sutton Hoo. Or if you fancy being a King or Queen for a day, come and explore Framlingham Castle, a magnificent 12th-century fortress – once a refuge

for Mary Tudor, who mustered her supporters before being crowned the first English Queen in 1553. Even when the sun is not shining, Suffolk has a range of activities to keep everyone happy. Suffolk Open Studios is a unique and creative initiative in its own right. These openaccess artist studios allow visitors to appreciate the artwork on display and ask artists about their approach and inspirations. DanceEast lets you go one step farther and become a dancer for a day. No matter what your age or training, DanceEast provides classes for a variety of different skills and dance genres. If you would rather be a spectator than join in there are a variety of performances available. The Aldeburgh Music concert hall ensures that the Suffolk coast remains a world-renowned meeting place for artists, students, audiences and academics. Presenting a packed yearround arts programme encompassing

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f you are a fan of piers (and, ideally, no seaside should be without one) allow Southwold Pier to introduce you to a different level.

Lovingly renovated and restored when others of its kind were struggling or being swept away, it is an object lesson in how to put 623 feet of tradition to effective 21stcentury use. Nostalgia meets new waves. From its family-oriented amusement arcade to its themed shopping opportunities, the pier is a perfect reflection of all things Southwold. British seaside nostalgia is given a judicious tweak to meet the modern-day aspirations of holidaymakers and day-trippers who, let’s face it, have moved on a bit since the pier’s Edwardian heyday. In those days the principal purpose of the pier was to facilitate docking of the pleasure steamers that plied the East Coast – a delight that is occasionally revived now that the pier is once again operational. While it remains the aim of the pier’s proprietors to be able to provide for every seaside holiday necessity – from beach games to picnic sets, tasteful souvenirs to sticks of rock, buckets and spades to pocketmoney toys – visitors can also browse among a classy range of lifestyle goods and come away with something highly desirable for the home (holiday or otherwise). The pier’s choice of eateries offers a similar mix of traditional fare and flair which can take you from a hearty breakfast through morning coffee to lunch, high tea and supper. Enjoy a plate of mussels or something like grilled plaice on a parmesan



risotto, or simply stick to good old fish and chips (which can also be taken away and eaten from the paper). Along the pier, and farther out to sea as it were, that seaside essential, a windbreak, has cleverly been built in so that brasserie customers can enjoy the alfresco experience even on more bracing days. It is this variety and range that makes the pier a perfect (and fun) one-stop lunch and shopping destination out of season – important when you consider that the pier is open 364 days a year (don’t go on Christmas Day). What is there to do besides shopping and eating? As well as the arcade games there is Tim Hunkin’s ‘Under the Pier Show’ featuring famously unique hand-made machines that are guaranteed to raise a smile. And a thriving fishing club ensures that the anglers casting their lines for slip sole, mackerel and bass provide their own end-ofthe-pier show. In summer you can come across Punch and Judy, morris dancers and a jazz pianist playing outdoors. If you can’t tear yourselves away from Southwold, we have just the answer: Don’t go home! Stay in one of our 2 beautiful holiday homes. Both are just minutes from the beach, shops and other local amenities. And when you stay, we give you a 10% discount on everything you buy at the Pier – now that’s the perfect holiday.

Gallery, with favourites including a woolly mammoth, a rhino and more. Only a five-minute walk from Ipswich Museum is Christchurch Mansion. Here you can discover 500 years of history and see period rooms from the past. Enjoy the enchanting kitchen and scullery, as well as the toys and costumes. Both of which are totally FREE! 16:59

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‘Here, following tradition is never a timid choice, because the Aldeburgh tradition, as put in place by its founders ... is so dynamic’ The New York Times The timeless beauty of the Suffolk coastline, its broad horizons, skies and landscapes was a major inspiration for the music of Benjamin Britten and it was here that he, together with his friends Peter Pears and Eric Crozier created the first Aldeburgh Festival. That was in 1948. Since its acclaimed early years, the Festival has flourished, and Aldeburgh’s reputation is now three-fold: as an international venue for outstanding music performances, centred around Snape Maltings Concert Hall, renowned for its superb acoustics; a place where top musicians and emerging musical talents come together, with the first training scheme for professional musicians, the Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme; and also as a focus for wide ranging education and community work. Today, Aldeburgh is the UK’s largest provider of performance training for the world’s young professional musicians, and the courses at the Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme, as well as the Aldeburgh Residencies, keep going from strength to strength. With a recent major capital expansion to create a much expanded music campus, this is an exciting time to experience Aldeburgh’s musical landscape.

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ow do you describe a place like Bressingham? Except by saying that there is not anywhere else quite like Bressingham! For where else would you be able to ride on a Victorian roundabout, indulge a passion for all things steamdriven, wallow in nostalgia for one of television’s best-loved comedies and glory in gardens that offer a glimpse of horticultural heaven? Add a couple of railways running around and across the site, a genuine old signal box, a museum, restaurant and picnic place, and the mix soon promises something for everyone, young and old alike. And to think that none of it might be here if one-time owner, the legendary Alan Bloom, had not happened to combine his passion for plants with an

enthusiasm for steam locomotives and traction engines. Or if his son, Adrian, had not in turn continued to develop the gardens, including the famous, and now 40-year-old, Foggy Bottom! The Dad’s Army Collection is another piece of serendipity. Some of Bressingham’s vehicles were used in the much-loved sitcom when it was filmed around Thetford. Now Bressingham has extended the wartime spirit by recreating Walmington-on-Sea in its museum. Situated close to the town of Diss, Bressingham’s main season runs from Easter to the end of October, with steam and non-steam days throughout. There is also a calendar of special events. Rides include trips on the narrow-gauge railway and a chance to get into the saddle aboard the

Gallopers, the beautiful painted horses that eternally travel ‘up and down’ and three-abreast around Bressingham’s restored steam carousel. For fans of the footplate, the newest excitement includes the return, after restoration, of the Royal Scot. The gardens, with upwards of 8,000 species and varieties, reward a visit any time of year. You can even stay as a bedand-breakfast guest in Alan Bloom’s old home of Bressingham Hall. Or failing that, take home a Bloom’s bloom from the adjacent garden centre. Bressingham Steam Museum & Gardens Low Road, Bressingham, Diss IP22 2AA Tel: 01379 686900 For more details visit www.bressingham.co.uk or www.bressinghamgardens.com

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Beacons of History in the Landscape “The parish churches of England are some of the most sparkling jewels in the precious crown that is our historic environment.� Simon Thurley, English Heritage


Norfolk is full of the most beautiful, mainly medieval churches. There are 653 of them, every one with a treasure to discover and a fascinating story to tell. There are more medieval churches here than anywhere else in the world.

between light and dark. The county is especially famous for its church towers. Over 140 of them are round, a shape peculiar to East Anglia, many over a thousand years old. Every one a Treasure

Wherever you look there’s a tower, beckoning the visitor across the wide open spaces of the Norfolk countryside. From tiny Saxon parish churches to the great cathedrals of Norwich and the Shrines of Walsingham, there’s so much to see and enjoy, both outside and in. Every one of Norfolk’s innumerable villages has a church, sometimes two. Some of the villages they have served for centuries have even disappeared, leaving the churches standing by themselves, lonely monuments to a busy past. Others have been the focal point of village life for centuries, and still are to the present day. Within its ancient walls, the city of Norwich boasts the most mediaeval churches in Western Europe. Unique Character Norfolk churches have a character all of their own. Most are built of flint from the fields, giving them a rich texture, especially when the flint is “knapped” or cut to give a smooth face. Many have wonderful stone decoration known as “flushwork”, giving a magical contrast

Get a glimpse, through trees, over a marsh, across a field, of a tower or spire. Seek out the quirky like Booton or Burgh St Peter, the huge and stunning, like Salle and Tunstead. Look out for the stained glass, the ancient bells, and the superb carving in stone and wood Green Men, angels, monumental tombs and magnificent rood screens. Plan a day or more touring these precious landmarks as part of your visit. Trace your ancestors in churches and in the churchyards, many of which have been undisturbed for centuries. Whether you’re in Breckland, on the Broads, in the Fens, on the coast or in the towns and villages. Whether by train, car, by bike, on a boat or on foot, you’ll find a historic church. It’ll tell you a story that won’t disappoint you and will add to the enjoyment of your stay. Visiting Churches The Norfolk and Waveney Churches Discovery Project produces a guide to open churches in the diocese. Pick up a

copy at Tourist information Centres throughout Norfolk. The guide can also be downloaded from www.norfolkopenchurches.com Art Alive in Norfolk Churches 2011 takes place on June 11th and 12th in conjunction with The Bergh Apton Sculpture Trail and The RC Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Norwich and with The Welborne Festival on June 18th and 19th. Look out for the special Art Alive leaflet. Norfolk and Waveney Open Churches Week 2011 takes place from August 6th – August 14th. It starts with an Ecclesiastical Classic Car Rally on August 6th, and The Bishop of Norwich’s Annual Service at St Benet’s Abbey on August 7th. The Car Rally starts at Norwich Cathedral and finishes at Raveningham. There are lots of special events at churches throughout the county. Look out for the Open Churches Week leaflet. Further Information about Art Alive in Churches and Open Churches Week is at www.norfolkopenchurches.com, where you can also download three Norman Church Trails, a guide to visiting churches in the Broads by boat and a Broads Churches Dragon Trail.

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oughton Hall, the hidden jewel of north-west Norfolk, is one of the finest Palladian Houses in this country. Built by Sir Robert Walpole in the 1720s, the superbly designed building with its lavish furnishings of the staterooms, designed by William Kent, reflect Walpole’s status as Britain’s first Prime Minister. Visitors can step back in time and enjoy Houghton much as it would have been in Walpole’s day. The Hall is surrounded by parkland, home to a herd of white fallow and exotic deer. In May the park is the setting for the Subaru Houghton International Horse Trials. Contemporary Sculptures in the gardens include works by James Turrell – Skyspace 2006; Richard Long’s Full Moon Circle; Stephen Cox has two different sculptures on view – Interior Space in the woods, and Flask II in the south loggia; Anya Gallaccio has designed The Sybil Hedge based on the signature of the late Lady Cholmondeley, who lived at Houghton for 60 years; the

latest installation is by Zhang Wang entitled Scholar Rock 85. The Stable Square houses The Model Soldier Collection, one of the finest and largest private collections in the world, with 20,000 models displayed in the various famous battle formations. The Restaurant, provides morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea. A well-stocked Gift Shop. The Stable building reflects the elegant age of riding and coach-horses. The award-winning five-acre Walled Garden, is laid out into ‘garden rooms’ divided by trimmed yew hedges. A stunning 120-yard double herbaceous border runs through the centre of the garden. The Rose Parterre, with more than 150 varieties of English roses, kitchen garden, fountains, including Waterflame by Jeppe Hein, statues, glasshouse and rustic temple, make a visit to this garden a most relaxing and enjoyable experience.

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Explore... Houses, halls and castles There is a real sense of living history when you find the same family has been in a house for generations – like Oxburgh Hall (near Swaffham). Norfolk, its history and pre-history, is defined by its location, cut off on three sides by the sea, an afterthought of God’s creation: to the east of England and relatively inaccessible, even now, from the mainstream. Enter the county through Thetford Forest and the mysterious Breckland with its Ice Age pingos, ancient flint mines and the reconstructed Iceni tribal village, or by means of the atmospheric wide-open fenlands and endless dykes; either way the county in all its diversity is full of myth and legend, history and a rural, feudal heritage. In the depths of inland Norfolk little can have changed over the centuries, while its coast is besieged with the threat of nature’s storms yet still endures as a relic of a former time when little villages such as Blakeney or Cley-next-the-Sea were thriving ports before the harbour silted up.

The county consists of a series of important country estates and great houses, all of which contribute to its fascinating history, as do its wealth of medieval and Saxon churches. Architecture tells its own story with the hundreds of flint cottages with their distinctive red-tiled roofs peppering both towns and countryside. The proud and independent nature of a people who have always needed to be resilient and resourceful was embodied in the person of Queen Boadicea, Warrior Queen of the Iceni, as well as through the story of Kett’s Rebellion, the last peasants’ rising. It is hard to believe, with all our wide-open space, that Norfolk in the Middle Ages was the most densely populated county of all. Now, of the 726 settlements listed in the Domesday Book, 130 have disappeared. Norwich, Yarmouth and King’s Lynn, in the early

18th centuries, were wealthy towns famous for trade and navigation. The county’s maritime history is of major significance and both Great Yarmouth Maritime Museum and Mundesley Maritime Museum are of interest. The history of Norfolk is well documented both through its other myriad museums of which the flagship is Norwich Castle – of particular interest is the rural life museum at Gressenhall – and its important country houses, many of which are open to the public. Holkham Hall, Houghton Hall, Blickling Hall, Felbrigg Hall, Sandringham, Oxburgh – the list is a long one and these houses offer an excellent means of absorbing the atmospheric history of old Norfolk families. An excellent film ‘Origins’ can be viewed at The Forum in Norwich where all tourist information is also available.

Sandringham There may be more interest in Sandringham than ever following the superb film ‘The Queen’

A Grand House to Tour A stunning Edwardian, Royal retreat Although you are not likely to see either the monarch herself, or even her impersonator, Helen Mirren, gliding through its beautiful parkland, the house and its grounds remain one of Norfolk’s enduring treasures.

see in the New Year is one of great interest and reflects many of the family’s interests – in farming, shooting, horses and cars. As George V said of it: “Dear old Sandringham, the place I love better than anywhere else in the world.”

The estate was a 21st birthday present from Queen Victoria to her eldest son, Edward V11, known as Bertie, in 1862, and as well as commissioning the architect A J Humbert to build a bigger, neo-Elizabethan residence with lots of gables and chimneys, he had the road moved a mile away from the house.

The interior of the house contains a wealth of treasure, from 17th-century Brussels tapestries and huge mirrors to mahogany tables and fine china – Dresden, Copenhagen and Royal Worcester. Originally there were 365 rooms in the house but following the demolition of one wing there are now a rather more modest number, a mere 274 of which some on the ground floor are open to visitors.

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While it is easy to imagine the family using the rooms and the things within them, perhaps it is the outdoors –

much beloved by the Queen – at Sandringham which holds most interest. There are 60 acres of gardens, in which Queen Alexandra’s favourite dogs, Facie and Punchie, lie buried. There is the village church with its solid silver altar, and the whole estate includes seven villages, orchards, grain fields and forests. Also seen in the park are the magnificent Norwich Gates, the wrought-iron wedding present from the city of Norwich to Edward V11, made by Thomas Jekyll. There is a collection of vintage cars on view and you will glimpse Park House, the birthplace of Princess Diana. A tractor and trailer tour of the country park can be taken and there are many fascinating and beautiful woodland walks as well as an excellent gift shop and café at the visitor centre.

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Stately Homes and Gardens Norfolk is blessed with country houses that should not be missed Holkham Hall A classic 18th century Palladian-style mansion. Home of the Coke family and the Earls of Leicester, Holkham Hall was built between 1734 and 1764 by Thomas Coke, the first Earl of Leicester providing a living treasure house of artistic and architectural history. Situated in a 3,000 acre deer park on the beautiful north Norfolk coast, it is part of a great agricultural estate. Attractions include: Bygones Museum, an evocative collection of over 4,000 items from cars, crafts and kitchens to steam. History of Farming Exhibition with audiovisual aids and dioramas. Holkham Pottery and Gift Shop, art gallery, café, tearooms, lake cruises and The Victoria Hotel. Holkham Beach and Nature Reserve are minutes away from this truly stunning stately home. Blickling Hall Built in the early 17th century, Blickling is one of England's great Jacobean houses. The spectacular Long Gallery houses one of the finest private collections of rare books in England, and you can view fine Mortlake tapestries, intricate plasterwork ceilings, an excellent collection of furniture and paintings, as well as the newly restored 19th-century Hungerford Pollen painted ceiling. The glorious gardens are beautiful all year round – with thousands of spring bulbs, swathes of bluebells, vibrant summer borders and rich

autumn colours. It really is a garden for all seasons and, with its 18th-century Orangery, secret garden and woodland dell, there is plenty to discover. The Hall is set in an historic park with miles of beautiful woodland and lakeside walks – it even has a pyramid-shaped Mausoleum. Felbrigg Hall Felbrigg was built both before and after the English Civil War, and behind the sumptuous Stuart architecture lies a fascinating history. In the 19th century Felbrigg was almost lost to the shopping sprees of rackety 'Mad Windham', but was rescued when it passed to the Ketton-Cremer family in 1923, who restored it to its former glory. Explore the imposing Georgian Drawing Room and Gothic-style library, then investigate the kitchen, with its collection of beautiful kitchen implements and shining array of copperware. Outside, Felbrigg is a gardener's delight, with a decorative and productive walled garden, Victorian pleasure garden and rolling landscape park – with a lake and 200 hectares (520 acres) of woods to walk through on waymarked trails. Oxburgh Hall Oxburgh's secret doors and priest's hole make this a house of mystery and history. Step back in time through the magnificent Tudor gatehouse into the dangerous world of Tudor politics. Home

to the Bedingfield family since 1482, this stunning red-brick house charts their history from medieval austerity to neo-Gothic Victorian comfort. As well as early Mortlake tapestries in the Queen's Room, Oxburgh houses beautiful embroidered hangings by Mary, Queen of Scots, and Bess of Hardwick. Panoramic views from the roof look out over the Victorian French parterre, walled orchard, kitchen garden and a Catholic chapel. There are quizzes, trails and dressing-up clothes to try on, and charming woodland walks. Sheringham Park With fabulous displays of rhododendrons and azaleas from mid May to June and viewing towers providing amazing views, Sheringham Park is one of the finest examples of the work of Humphry Repton. Discover more about this famous landscape gardener in the exhibition, look around the shop and sample local, seasonal food from the courtyard kiosk. Stroll along the paths through woodland and parkland or follow the 'Tree Trail' to discover some rare and unusual trees. You could also take part in one of the organised events aimed at making the most of your visit. East Ruston Old Vicarage East Ruston Old Vicarage is one of the most remarkable and enjoyable gardens made in recent years. Created by Alan Gray and Graham Robeson, now 15

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years old and expanding at a rate of knots, it is a feast of formal design, and decorative exuberance. It is located quite close to the sea and well protected from the full blast of the wind by dense wind breaks, making it possible to grow remarkably tender plants.Clustering about the Arts and Crafts Vicarage, walled and hedged compartments vary strongly in mood from cool formality to explosions of colour and form. Sculptures, lavishly planted pots and finely detailed walls and gates also play their decorative part. If you are any form of garden lover although far away so worth the visit. www.e-ruston-oldvicaragegardens.co.uk Walpole Water Gardens Designed and landscaped by the Norfolk born artist Peter Cousins, Walpole Water Gardens offers its visitors over 20 kinds of eucalyptus, as well as palms, bananas and grasses, black swans, ornamental ducks and koi carp. With an exotic feel all year round, you can take a guided tour of the gardens, or simply sit back and relax in these peaceful surroundings.The gardens also feature a tea room serving hot and cold drinks and snacks, an extensive range of exotic plants and an aquatic sales area, and a gallery exhibiting the work of Peter Cousins - limited and unlimited edition prints of wildlife, aviation, tropical, marine and fantasy landscapes. www.walpolewatergardens.gbr.cc 88

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The Best Places to Visit by Sandy Byrne

The greatest attraction for visitors to Norfolk is its variety and the diversity of its landscape and natural features

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Marshland, wetland, sandy and pebble beaches, woods and wide open fields and huge skies. Added to this, in recent years, while the county’s wonderful traditional seaside resorts continue to flourish, there has been a raised profile within the area that results in a new sophistication in its shops, restaurants and lifestyle. So the diversity simply increases as a consequence, and this heady combination of history, tradition and contemporary style set against a natural landscape of infinite fascination and scope, places Norfolk as a superb holiday destination with appeal to all ages and tastes. Children will thrive without need of television or computers as they fish for

crabs from the quay at Wells or Blakeney, but if it is wet there are lots of fun places to take them: indoor leisure centres and swimming pools, the Poppy Line steam railway or the myriad attractions of traditional resorts such as Hunstanton (‘Sunny Hunny’) or Great Yarmouth with its splendid funfair and circus. Children will also adore the new Bewilderwood, at Hoveton, where ‘strange creatures’ have built their tree-house homes and you can explore the Muddle Maze or creep along wobbly zip wires. There is nothing, though, to beat life out in the open in Norfolk, whether for the whole family or through the pursuit of interest in natural history, birdlife, walking, riding, fishing or cycling, or perhaps by boat on the Broads. One excellent means of seeing the county is by train – perhaps on the North Norfolk

Railway from Sheringham to Holt, the Bure Valley railway at Aylsham or the Wells and Walsingham Light Railway. Noel Coward did us a grave disservice when he stated “Very flat, Norfolk.” On the contrary, it is a gently undulating landscape on the whole, ideal for walking or riding from one surprisingly beautiful view to the next and dotted with excellent pubs and lovely picnic places to stop and enjoy the unique tranquillity. In summer there are endless fêtes and carnivals: Cromer in particular has a famous week of festivities while every village will have either craft or antique fairs, cricket matches or a good pub, perhaps on a pretty green. The main tourist attraction of Norfolk is that you find your own, and it is still easily possible to feel far from the madding crowd in this most unspoilt of counties.

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Secret Norfolk

The secret to happiness

Norfolk is like a great stately home, abounding with secret passageways, hidden staircases and a myriad of nooks and crannies. Winding country lanes lead to village greens and ponds, fords, broads, bluebell woods and more.

Still, in this most undiscovered of counties, the secrets of Norfolk lie in its past, present and future. The sea sighs with stories of maritime adventure, long-ago legends carried out on its waves across the huge skies and into oblivion, while buried under the ancient roots of trees and high in their branches the mysteries of wildlife are secreted forever. In the graveyards of medieval churches the stories of distant inhabitants of Norfolk’s towns and villages keep their eternal counsel. When the visitor makes his tracks across the pathways and byways of rural and coastal Norfolk, he creates his own

memories and it is within them that the secrets of the place, unique to every individual, repose. A secret can, of course, never be told, but there are treasures within these memories we create which are discovered by exploring the hidden woods, spidery lanes, fields rolling and yellow with round bales dotted as far as the eye can see, the pools and creeks of the endlessly diverse beaches and the cries of birds carried away on the wind. Churches and museums offer clues of heroes and villains long gone, and local people are sometimes craftsmen and women of a lifetime’s knowledge

nothing but blue skies

by Sandy Byrne

Photograph: Kate Barclay

passed down through generations, some of which is closely guarded and some to be lost for ever with their passing. Secret Norfolk is yours to keep and to hold, perhaps embodied by a shell or a piece of driftwood collected on your walk or a wild flower pressed between the leaves of a book. You may leave filled with the excitement and fulfilment of a new place discovered to eat or drink that is not in the guidebooks, or a perfect picnic spot where you enjoyed your food out of sight of another single human being. You could have got lost trying to find Guestwick or Wolterton, and been very happy as a

result to find yourself in a meadow of wild flowers or hedgerows heavy with berries. There are the secrets of history in Norfolk’s towns and in its rich maritime past and traditions. And there are the secrets of the future to be discovered on your next return to this endlessly fascinating place. While aspects of this ancient county are unchanging, untouched by man or his attempts to modernise, others benefit from his influence, with new secrets revealing themselves on every visit.

electric blue puddles to the marshes, swirling masses of birds circling the skies, sunlight glinting out on a distant point or high church spire, misty and frosty mornings leaving icy tracks on emerald grass, curling aromatic wood smoke, a rare snow fall, the spectacular colour of a pheasant’s feathers low over the ground, fruit weighing down the trees, the endless sound of owls even in daylight, the perpetual skylark, a hare skimming across the fields, and a midnight mass at Christmas.

Ours and yours alone are the perceptions of a sky that is constantly changing: the seasons which bring

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Peddars Way

A truly national trail Sustainable travel in Norfolk The Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path is the necklace that links two great natural areas, the Brecks and the Norfolk Coast AONB and in between a string of gems, small villages and great coastal and market towns.

The route is really two national trails in one. The historic Roman Peddars Way starts in the unique Brecks then passes through the chalk uplands of north west Norfolk before joining the Norfolk Coast Path at Holme-next-the-Sea. Whereas the Roman route, on the whole, shuns habitation the Norfolk Coast Path seamlessly joins all of the coastal towns and villages between Hunstanton and Cromer. The Path is an intoxicating mix of priceless salt-marsh, grazing meadow, sand-dune, glacial moraine cliff and flint and chalk-built

villages and towns.If you really want to find out what makes the Brecks so unique, walk in the footsteps of Roman legionnaires and savour the special Norfolk countryside and coast. Without doubt the best way is to walk the whole 93 miles from Knettishall Heath in Suffolk to Cromer staying in the many hotels along the route. There is even a baggage-carrying company that will take the hard work out of walking by collecting your bags and moving them on to your next stop. Including visits to local attractions will

really make for a holiday to remember. Take half a day to explore Castle Acre or charter Juno, the Morton sailing barge, for a day. An Italian visitor exclaimed that “the experience was unique, overwhelming. I came back home changed, happy, contented. Feeling an immense sensation of achievement.” If you do not have a spare eight days just dip into sections of the route. Cycle parts of the Peddars Way or wander along the Norfolk Coast Path.

Try taking the CoastHopper bus service to Burnham Deepdale, have coffee in the café and then walk to Burnham Overy Staithe for lunch at The Hero or the same bus to Holme-next-the-Sea and walk to Thornham for lunch or from Stiffkey to Morston.

Stonebridge or the Pingo Trail, which uses part of the Peddars Way at Stow Bedon. The possibilities are many. Ask your hotel for more details or visit our website: www.nationaltrail.co.uk/peddarsway

If you are staying in or close to the Brecks see if your hotel will arrange hire bikes from Bike Art. Join the Peddars Way at North Pickenham and cycle to Castle Acre, or walk from Knettishall Heath to

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the best of

Art Galleries in the


Arterie Gallery

Arterie is a recently established galley in the

the flint gallery The Flint Gallery of Contemporary and

centre of Cromer showing contemporary and

Applied Arts showcases a wide variety of

more traditional work mainly by local artists

work created by established and emerging

and makers, including gallery owner Nick

artists, some local and others from farther

Reynolds. Our policy is to feature original

afield, but all inspired by the dynamic and

work at attractive, affordable prices.

beautiful combination of countryside and coast. Located in a delightful position,

We also have a selection of prints,

just back from The Quay in the picturesque

photographs and crafts. Arterie also holds

village of Blakeney on the North Norfolk

exhibitions by individuals and artists groups.

coast, the gallery offers a welcoming and

Gallery space is available for hire at

characterful environment in which to enjoy

competitive rates.

the very finest contemporary arts including original paintings, framed prints, bronze

Whether you are on a day out


sculpture, ceramics and designer jewellery.

browsing or looking for that

8 West Street,

The Flint Gallery, 5 Westgate Street,


Blakeney, Norfolk. NR25 7NQ


Email: info@theflintgallery.co.uk

NR27 9HZ


Tel: 01263 515353

Tel: 01263 741791

special gift, here is a selection of galleries ready to offer you something different.

Bluejacket Workshop

Doric Arts

Picturecraft Gallery

In Morston, on the North Norfolk coast road,

Doric Arts Gallery shows 20th Century and

A unique ‘non-commission’ system

run by a collective of high quality Norfolk

Contemporary art from all over the world,

display attracts some of the UK’s finest

makers, artists & an antique dealer.

household names including David Hockney,

professional and semi-professional artists.

Nick Hamond - hand made furniture for

Sandra Blow, Marc Chagall etc.

house, garden & sea; Ned Hamond - wood

The range and variety of original artwork on show is simply amazing, there truly

& copperwork chandeliers, wooden toys;

The Gallery also has a reputation for showing

Wendy Watt - textile pictures & screens,

new artists often giving them their first show.

hand blocked hats; Roberta Hamond -

is something to suit everybody’s taste. Surprisingly, the gallery stages 10 such exhibitions each year interlinked with five

children’s hand knitted Norfolk Ganseys;

The Gallery also shows 20th Century Design

to seven major events. Needless to say,

Saffron Paffron - textile art, soft furnishings,

Classic Furniture, Eames, Arne Jacobson etc,

this venue attracts visitors from all over

loose covered furniture; Luke Scott - antique

also Sculpture and retro glass.

the world.

furniture & textiles, 20th century lighting. Plus guest artists and makers.

Doric Arts, 4 Albert Street,


Bluejacket Workshop, Stiffkey Road,


Morston, Norfolk, NR25 7JB. Open: Saturdays,

NR25 6HX

Sundays & Bank Holidays 10am – 5pm

Email: rbatdoricholt@aol.com



Tel: 01263 740144

Tel: 01263 711084

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Tel: 01263 711040

Manor Mews Luxury self-catering barn conversions in North Norfolk

Nestled in the beautiful Norfolk countryside just inland from the coast is Manor Mews, a collection of sympathetically converted barns offering everything from a cosy cottage for 2 to the original Manor House for a maximum of 22. Or why not book the whole of Manor Mews for that special occasion.

Manor Mews, Tattersett, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, PE31 8RS

Tel: 01485 528204 Mob: 07760 776593 Email: enquiries@manormews.co.uk

www.manormews.co.uk Up to 25% discount available on booking. To take advantage of this offer please quote BN001. Discount subject to availability and season.

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a schools guide

the best of independent education




ORWELL PARK SCHOOL Nacton, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP10 0ER




“Orwell Park provides an excellent, academically challenging, stimulating, happy and fulfilling,      experience for  its pupils.”     all-roundeducational  ISI Inspection 2009  


Saturday 5 February 2011, 10am-12noon Saturday 7 May 2011, 10am-12noon       Saturday 8 October 2011, 10am-12noon    

FOR MORE INFORMATION or to arrange a visit t: 01473 659225 e: admissions@orwellpark.co.uk www.orwellpark.co.uk Registered Charity Number: 310482

Independent Education

Orwell Park School A modern approach in a traditional setting... Rowland Constantine, Headmaster of Orwell Park School in Nacton, near Ipswich writes:

Orwell Park School is a long established, co-ed prep school in one of the most beautiful school settings in the country. Boys and girls up to the age of 13 attend as day pupils or boarders – full, weekly or flexi! At some stage in their time at Orwell, most children will ask their parents if they can board? Why ?

At Orwell Park, boys and girls enjoy the exclusive use of all facilities after school: the grounds, the swimming pool, and activities organised in the evenings such as golf, sailing, Brownies or Boys’ Club.

The parental view

A flexible approach

Many adults’ view of boarding, especially at a young age, is based not surprisingly on their own experience: they loved it or they hated it. Or their lack of experience: we didn’t board and we have never thought of letting our children board.

At Orwell Park, no child feels pressurised into boarding because boarding is offered on a flexible basis, possibly only one night per week to start with. Parents of flexi-boarders chose boarding nights to suit family circumstances and, of course, what is best for their child. Boys and girls may choose to increase the number of nights spent boarding if they wish. Alternatively, if they do not wish to board at all, their view is respected and the subject will only be raised again if and when it comes from the child, after discussion within the family.

play in complete safety with a couple of dozen friends after school?

Reassurance to parents In their busy working lives, Parents can be reassured that their children are well cared for during and beyond the normal school day. Academic expectations are high at Orwell Park; so is the quality of pastoral care, considered ‘Outstanding’ in the most recent Ofsted Inspection. Fringe benefits

Whether they boarded or not, today’s parents will be pleasantly surprised to see for themselves what a school such as Orwell Park is like: modern in outlook, flexible in the number of nights children board and above all, full of young boys and girls who are enthusiastic about school, whether as day pupils or boarders. At Orwell Park, children board because they want to. Why? Time to work and play Usually, the decision to board will be driven by the desire to ‘be with friends’ once the normal school day is over. Where else in today’s world can a child

Health & welfare The quality of care is excellent and in the school’s most recent Ofsted Inspection, boarding provision was judged ‘outstanding’. All those involved in boarding care (houseparents, matrons, cooks, cleaners) are totally committed to the health and welfare of the boys and girls. Food, which is locally sourced, is appetising and healthy. Dormitories are bright, spacious and clean.

The fringe benefits of boarding, especially in today’s busy world are many but, above all: the liberation of time - including those school journeys! - to enjoy work, play and the company of friends; the development of selfconfidence and independence; a sense of ownership and loyalty towards school.

Parents are warmly invited to come and see Orwell Park for themselves and talk to the boys and girls both day pupils and boarders. I am confident that you, and your children, will enjoy the experience!

Rowland Constantine Headmaster Orwell Park School

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Independent Education

…choice throughout the county

Woodbridge School

Beeston Hall

Woodbridge School is a thriving, forward-looking co-educational community with a boarding house for pupils aged 13+, set in 50 acres of parkland.

‘Prep. school should be about inspiring moments where the spirit is well and truly lifted. It should engender a life-long spirit and passion for learning.’ – Robin Gainher, Headmaster.

The school attracts pupils from a wide catchment area covering Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex, and offers a continuous education to girls and boys from ages 4 to 18. The younger children attend Woodbridge’s own preparatory school, The Abbey, which includes a pre-preparatory department, Queen’s House. At the age of 11 they move to the senior school, where they are joined by a large intake from primaries and other prep schools.

A traditional family school and one of the few remaining full boarding and day co-educational preparatory schools, Beeston Hall is idyllically located on the North Norfolk coast. Beeston pupils move on to leading public schools throughout the country, achieving remarkable results across the board – approximately one third of leavers, year on year, receive an award – and all from a non-selective entry.

The school has a proud reputation of excellence in education, with sciences, maths and languages being particular strengths – more than 98 per cent of students continuing to the selecting universities. International exchange programmes offer pupils the opportunity to study in Australia, China, India, Oman and South Africa as well as countries within the EU.

At Beeston Hall we recognise that every child is an individual who comes to us with his or her own special gifts and talents and an innate ability to fulfil their individual potential and succeed at the highest levels. In the face of a continuously changing world there is only one answer: to keep learning.

The school’s reputation for music is well-deserved, described by school inspectors as “exceptional” and with the opening the stateof-the-art Seckford Theatre drama is growing in strength.

We instil in our children an enduring passion for learning, equipping them with the confidence, independent spirit and skills necessary for the outside world.

Norwich High School Where can you become a Viking for the day, scale a mountainside in Iceland AND sing in cathedrals throughout Europe? You can do all these things and more at Norwich High School for Girls, the only school in Norfolk dedicated to putting girls (aged 3-18 years) first. Music, sport and drama are all strong features of the school. From tennis, rounders and lacrosse through to dance and drama, the opportunities are broad and varied. Girls can join the wind band or one of more than 20 music groups. There are also up to 30 extra-curricular clubs including rowing, fencing, chess and the Cosmos (science) group. Girls can go exploring or enter the world of business through the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and Young Enterprise Schemes. Academically, a wide range of subjects is available – 24 at A-level and 20 at GCSE. Future engineers, artists, physicists and politicians all thrive at Norwich High School. Academic results are excellent. In the recent inspection report, pastoral care and the pupils’ personal development continue to be graded ‘outstanding’. Scholarships (including music scholarships) and bursaries are available in the senior school.


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One of the country’s leading co-educational boarding and Fidu day independent preparatory schools cia

“Rich educational experience provided.” ISI 2010

“This solidly successful school produces impressive academic, musical and sporting results.” Tatler’s Schools Guide 2011

Modern education, traditional values and a proven reputation for excellence. Placing the individual needs of every child at the core of all that we do. A number of bursaries available - please do enquire. www.beestonhall.co.uk | 01263 837 324 | office@beestonhall.co.uk Beeston Hall, West Runton, Norfolk, NR27 9NQ

| Registered Charity No. 311274

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Unit 410, Chapelfield Plain Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1SZ

Mad Moose & 1up

Telephone 01603 627687 madmoose@animalinns.co.uk www.themadmoose.co.uk



82-86 Norwich Road Stoke Holly Cross NR14 8QJ


The Green, Hunworth Nr Holt, Norfolk, NR24 2AA

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A Flying Kiwi s food for thought... When I moved to Norfolk it was not a destination most knew of, regarded by many as backward, behind the times, virtually inaccessible and more importantly, in my line of work, a no-go zone for food lovers. It was no surprise that the main question I was repeatedly asked was ‘why are you going there?’ Now just eight years later how it has changed! Although still considered one of the most undiscovered counties in the UK this is now part of its charm, that and the fact that it now provides chefs like me with such a wonderful array of seasonal produce. Norfolk has very much become a hotspot for fashionable foodies who appreciate the flavours of locally grown food served in exciting ways that can easily rival the finest London restaurants. As someone who prides himself on only using the best I now know that I can get what I want by talking and working with local farmers. Inspiration for our menus are quite literally being created for me by passionate farming individuals who are so confident in the quality of their produce, they will put their name and face to it. As someone once said ‘this is

Chris Coubrough is a New Zealandborn TV Master chef who owns and runs The Flying Kiwi Inns, a group of awardwinning luxury hotels and inns in Norfolk.


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farming land and you’ll soon notice the benefits when you’re sampling its food and drink’.

Oysters and succulent little Lynn Shrimps your taste buds are guaranteed to have an enjoyable time!

It is easy to give a positive message to the problem of food miles and help strengthen our local economy when we have so much on our doorstep. I love that my wife can now produce one of my most popular beers from wheat grown five miles from where I live, that I can pull over to the side of the road and grab a punnet of sweet juicy strawberries or call into a farmers yard and pick up a bundle of tender asparagus.

I am proud to say that Norfolk is blessed with dozens of excellent chefs who have the same passion and enthusiasm I do for using exquisite Norfolk food and creating everything from sophisticated menus to traditional home-cooked food. Norfolk is no longer an outpost it is now THE post!

Chris Coubrough And let’s not forget the seafood – it is quite literally exceptional and offers such a variety; from the tasty Cromer crabs, fabulous Mussels, Orgasmic


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a gourmet’s guide Strattons, Swaffham

Morston Hall, Morston

Strattons is an award-winning, green boutique hotel that appeals to all the senses and eating here is a real pleasure.

Galton Blackiston with his wife Tracy and their team create a warm and friendly atmosphere on the beautiful north Norfolk coast situated on the coastal road next to Blakeney, set in three acres of delightful gardens.

The chic restaurant serves organic and locally-sourced produce in an innovative and exciting modern English style. Extensive and illustrated wine list, featuring some organic and bio-dynamic examples. The seasonal menu has a strong regional identity. Based in the Brecks, Strattons is well-placed to source good ingredients grown in a rich and diverse area, which has long been associated with agriculture and food production. CoCoes deli is now open daily for great coffee, fair-trade teas, homemade cakes and cookies, light bites and tasty take-out. “Luxury without sacrifice to the environment”, for more information visit us online at www.strattonshotel.com

Offering guests plenty of peace and tranquillity with an outstanding Michelin-starred restaurant. Open each evening for dinner and Sundays for lunch, offering a daily changing set menu using the finest of what Norfolk produce has to offer. Without doubt one of Norfolk’s favourite places to dine and stay.

Dine or stay at Norfolk’s finest Open each evening Dinner 7.30 for 8.00pm Sunday Lunch 12.30 for 1.00pm Afternoon tea in the garden or next to the open fire Spacious, individually styled suites and bedrooms Morston Hall, Morston, Holt, Norfolk NR25 7AA Tel: 01263 741041 www.morstonhall.com www.galtonblackiston.com 106

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the best of eating out The Hoste Arms, Burnham Market

The Olive Branch, Tunstead

The Hoste Arms is very much the hub of this pretty village near the stunning North Norfolk coast, and is relaxed and informal.

The Olive Branch Restaurant is thriving and going from strength to strength. The new front of house staff have settled in and are proving somewhat of an attraction!

Award-winning head chef Aaron Smith heads up a team of dedicated staff who pride themselves on sourcing the best local and seasonal produce to create innovative and tasty dishes, using meat and fish of exceptional quality. Signature dishes include Brancaster Mussels, the 21-day Aged New York Rib Steak with hand-cut chips, and for dessert a fabulous Assiette for two which offers a little of everything; such as orange flower pannacotta and sticky toffee pudding with nutmeg ice-cream.

In the Patisserie we are always refining our product range, so if you want a three course fine dining experience come to the Restaurant or if you want morning coffee or afternoon Tea and a snack– then just stop by. Even if you have run out of bread, fancy some bacon for breakfast or potatoes for tea have a browse around the Delicatessen and Off License.

There are several dining areas including a panelled dining room, a cosy bar, a conservatory and in summer a stylish Moroccanthemed terrace.

We look forward to seeing you soon and welcoming you to the Olive Branch.

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Olive Branch


hoste arms

17th Century Coaching Inn The Green, Burnham Market Norfolk, PE31 8HD Tel: 01328 738777 Email: reception@hostearms.co.uk www.hostearms.co.uk

Olive Branch

bar & restaurant

Coffee Shop

MARKET STREET TUNSTEAD NORFOLK NR12 8AH 01603 737555 info@olivebranchnorfolk.co.uk www.olivebranchnorfolk.co.uk

OPENING TIMES Tuesday - Friday 9 am - 4 pm and Saturday and Sunday 10 am - 4 pm

RESTAURANT OPENING TIMES Tuesday – Saturday Lunch, 12 noon – 2pm (last orders) Dinner, 6pm – 9pm (last orders) Sunday opening Lunch, 12 noon – 3pm (last orders)

Come in and see us for a Cup of Tea or Coffee. and have a look at our new products from seasonal fruit and veg to those forgotten home essentials:- Tea, Coffee, Milk - so as well as our delicious pastries there is even more reason to stop.... And if you fancy a lighter lunch to take away or eat in we can offer Soup of the Day, Jacket Potatoes, Baguettes so.... The Olive Branch has grown Come in and have a look....

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a gourmet’s guide The Crown Hotel, Wells-next-the-Sea The Crown Hotel, a former coaching inn, overlooks the quiet tree-lined green known as The Buttlands at the heart of this busy fishing town.

The Kings Head, Letheringsett County Dining Pub of the Year 2011 – Good Pub Guide Best Freehouse in East Anglia 2011 Best Turnaround Site in East Anglia 2011 – Great British Pub Awards Voted one of the top 30 gastro pubs in the country following it’s reopening in 2009. The Kings Head offers a homely mix of original features and modern-day comfort in its bar and restaurant.

There are two restaurants, both offering different styles but with the emphasis always on local, seasonal produce served with flair and imagination. The A la Carte restaurant offers an elegant dining experience perfect for a special occasion, whilst The Orangery and bar have a more relaxed and contemporary feel, perfect for all the family to enjoy.

Food of the highest quality is prepared to order using only the freshest, natural ingredients all sourced locally from farmers, fishermen, traders as well as our own herd of Dexter cows which are reared in the adjacent field.

With all that Wells has to offer including its famous beach and coastline, the Crown Hotel offers an ideal place to relax and unwind.

Situated just outside the beautiful Georgian town of Holt, it is the perfect place to unwind with the family friendly garden with its own bar, climbing frame and large ‘play’ castle - ideal for keeping youngsters entertained for hours.


01328 710209 www.crownhotelnorfolk.co.uk The Buttlands, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk NR23 1EX reception@crownhotelnorfolk.co.uk


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the best of eating out The Crown Inn, East Rudham

The Ship Hotel, Brancaster

County Dining Pub of the Year 2010 – Good Pub Guide Best Gastropub in East Anglia 2011 – Great British Pub Awards

The Ship Hotel opened its doors in May 2010 having been lovingly restored to its former glory. Situated at the end of Beach Road in the traditional coastal fishing village of Brancaster it is located at the centre of the North Norfolk coast, a designated area of outstanding natural beauty.

Standing at the head of the Village Green, this outstanding Norfolk country pub/restaurant combines traditional period features with stunning modern-day comfort and luxury hotel accommodation. An integral part of the community The Crown is loved by guests for its warm and inviting bar, open fires, friendly staff and the promise of award winning food. To ensure customers never get bored we change our menu every wo weeks and our specials board daily. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing drink or a short break away, The Crown Inn at East Rudham, Norfolk has it all.

At the hub of The Ship Hotel is a warm and inviting bar area with roaring wood-burners for people to relax and warm themselves on the coldest of days. Our restaurant specialises in preparing fresh, locally caught seafood to the highest standard by highly experienced, award winning chefs as well as meat and vegetarian dishes from local produce. The restaurant caters for up to 100 diners. In the summer, our garden provides an idyllic setting for al-fresco dining. The Map Room can privately seat up to 20 people which makes it perfect for a wide variety of different functions from corporate meetings to small wedding receptions, christenings and private celebrations. It also has its own access to the bar.


01485 528530

01485 210333



The Green, East Rudham, Norfolk PE31 8RD

The Ship Hotel, Main Road, Brancaster, Norfolk PE31 8AP


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a gourmet’s guide Virginia Court Hotel, Cromer Virginia Court Hotel is the leading hotel in Cromer and reflects the Best of Norfolk. With echoes of coastal traditions, local art adorns the walls and carefully planned menus focus on fresh locally sourced ingredients for both breakfast and evening meals. With its sun-trap garden, off-street parking and quiet location, it is the perfect place to unwind after a day sightseeing. Why not enjoy an afternoon tea, a glass of wine or local Norfolk beer before sampling a real Taste of Norfolk with the evening’s menu? As well as daily Norfolk specials, Cromer Crab is always available when in season.


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The King William, Sedgeford Welcome to The King William, Sedgeford. This award winning 9 bedroom Inn is your perfect base to visit the nearby Peddars Way, North Norfolk’s beautiful coastline, RSPB Reserves, Norfolk Lavender, Sandringham and golf links. Dining is informal with a choice of four restaurants. Easy wheelchair access and facilities are provided for the reception, dog friendly bar and garden restaurants. Extensive menu and daily specials, complemented with an excellent range of beers, cask ales and fine wines. Stay overnight in one of our luxury bedrooms with King Size beds that guarantee you an excellent night’s sleep. All rooms offer the same high standard, dog friendly and family rooms available. No day can start better. ETC 4 star – silver award.

the best of eating out Darby’s Freehouse & Restaurant, Swanton Morley Darby’s is on the edge of the Wensum Valley in the village of Swanton Morley, a unique traditional family freehouse offering something for everyone! It occupies what was originally a large 18th-century house, before being converted and run as a freehouse since 1988. Dedicated to the farm workers, the walls are dressed with farm memorabilia, inglenook fireplace, stripped pine tables create a warm, rustic character. Darby’s is very family friendly, with a children’s menu in two-sized portions, adventure playground, highchairs and booster seats. We also offer a home-cooked menu, from vegetarian, light bites to beef and kidney suet pudding, with a range of six real ales, lagers, ciders and wines by the bottle or glass to accompany your meal. Try our Wensum walk, on the Carrick Estate followed by a traditional Sunday roast. Staying with us is truly experiencing the ‘Best of Rural Norfolk’.

The Wiveton Bell Award-winning pub between Blakeney and Holt Situated on the tranquil Village Green, just two minutes drive from the pretty coastal village of Blakeney and five minutes from Holt . Winners of several awards and this years winners of the prestigious Good Food Guides 2010 Readers Restaurant award. Although renowned for its cuisine, the ‘Bell’ remains a traditional village pub where people can wander in with walking boots to enjoy fine ales, wine and food. In the summer you can enjoy the beautiful sunny garden where drinks are served all day. See our web site for full details.

DARBYS Free House & Restaurant

Regional Winners of 2010 Good Food Guide Readers Award

Darby’s Free House & Restaurant 1 & 2 Elsing Road, Swanton Morley, Dereham, Norfolk NR20 4NY Tel: 01362 637647 www.darbysfreehouse.com


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Cromer Crab Crab are a large part of the income of Cromer. The fleet has reduced to a dozen boats making it even more of a specialty!

The Cromer Crab In Cromer at 3am, two sounds cut through the chilly sea air: the throaty chug of ancient tractors and the song of stirring seagulls. To this music, and with the backdrop of Cromer's faded Victorian pier and Pavilion Theatre, 40year-old fisherman John Davies throws on leggings, waders and short boots, topped off with an oilskin for the rain. It's May, the peak of the crab season, and Davies's boat, the Laura Ann (named after his 13-year-old daughter), will be tugged into the water by one of the tractors. Nine other boats, ranging from catamarans to rickety, one-manned vessels will join his. By lunchtime, the tiny fleet will return to the ice cream parlours and crab shacks of the sea front with their handcrafted pots full of the claw-snapping crustacean that makes this Norfolk town famous. You can find crabs in various spots along Britain's coast, so why are Cromer's so renowned, I ask Davies. "The meat is much sweeter than most I think the taste is down to the chalky, flinty sea bed, as well as the warm, shallow waters along the stretch of coast where these crabs are caught." Whatever the reason, Cromer crabs are softer and richer than those you will find elsewhere in the UK. Davies learned the techniques of capturing these Norfolk gems from his father and grandfather. "You have to think like a


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crab," he says. "You have to understand how they feed and know the patterns of the sea." The eighth generation to take on the family business, he was just three when he first went to sea. As well as Cromer crab, Norfolk abounds with wonderful foods, both in its blessed waters and inland. When not on the hunt for crabs, Davies seeks out a few of these… "I also catch lobster. The stuff I catch off Cromer is incredible," he says, "but I export nearly all of my catch: mainly to France, where it fetches a higher price than British diners would pay". Davies and other fishermen spend the cooler months enjoying the Norfolk landscape, out on shoots. "I was out shooting for 39 days this year – mostly pheasants and partridge," Davies says. "There's a big estate further up the coast, but there are also some in Cromer. Most local restaurants serve some sort of Norfolk game when its in season." Norfolk Products of note… Cheese Norfolk White Lady is a creamy, Brie-like cheese made using milk from a 60strong herd of white Friesland sheep, which grazes in the Black Fens. "Norfolk isn't known for dairy," says cheesemaker

Jane Murray, "but my patch of land has richer, wetter soil than other parts of the county." Herbs For John and Rosemarie Chandler, the secret of their 400-acre herb farm in Breckland, near Diss, is in its geology. "The soil here has a sandy, Mediterranean feel," says Rosemarie. "Herbs love it." The Chandler's produce is dried in an 18th-century barn before being sold as Norfolk's Finest Herbs. Onions The free-draining soil of the southern, inland belly of Norfolk is ideal for onions. "Muddy soils stain onion skins," explains Robert Oldershaw Jr, director of the Moulton Bulb Company. "But you don't get this from a sandy soil, such as that on our farm at Thetford." Pork Sunnier and drier than most parts of Britain, Norfolk has a climate ideally suited to high-quality pig-rearing. So much so that most of the British freerange pork, sausages and bacon you'll see in Waitrose branches across the country comes from Claire and Trevor Carlton-Moor's farm near Diss or Roger Newton's in Blakeney. Rachel de Thample is author of the newly published 'Less Meat More Veg', published by Kyle Cathie, £16.99

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North Norfolk meets North Africa in a barn outside Holt at Bayfield Brecks... Berber Interiors occupies a barn, built of Norfolk flint which has stood for hundreds of years. In all that time it has not often been visited by strangers. Now a sign on the picturesque country road which runs between Holt and Cley invites you to take the short drive up the scenic farm track to discover a lifestyle devised and produced far away in North Africa. Berber Interiors began in 2007 when John Pryor visited Morocco, and whilst there, met talented artisans and designers who inspired him to set up the business. Now most of the goods in Berber Interiors come from family run 114

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home to seals, and the wide expanse of the North Sea.

The now brightly lit barn is filled with rugs, mirrors, lamps, bags, pottery and furniture. Morocco is a land of extremes: of freezing nights and blazing hot days in the desert; lush, fertile farmland in the valleys; steep rocky outcrops grazed by sheep and goats and the comfort of the reliably mild winter by the Mediterranean coast. Here, in contrast, huge, evergreen holme oaks line the road before it opens onto gently sloping fields. The land is wooded, green and undulating before flattening out into reed filled marsh, a broad shingle bank

A bull used to live in the barn. Now, the only real evidence for this is the trough, beautifully built from dark blue engineering bricks, along the back wall. Lamps, carpet bags and mirrors sit on the boards spanning the top of the trough and silver tables, laden with hand thrown, decorated bowls from Safi and tinted candles from Marrakech, fill the floor space between the couches, colourful painted stools and piles of rugs in a variety of shapes and sizes. Silky fabric and plump cushions shine out against the rich dark leather of chairs

and daybeds. The long back wall is hung with a variety of rugs from the extensive collection. These include knotted, flat weave, embroidered and natural creamy wool with traditional women's dark tattoo decoration. There are many intricate designs in saffron, cobalt, ochre dyed yarns, patterns in rich colours made from plants and minerals taken from the Moroccan landscape. It is a beautiful space filled with colour, light, pattern and texture. In the summer months look out for the black and white Moroccan tent with its traditional red, green and gold embroidered lining. The showroom is open Wednesday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm.and look for the sign on the road outside normal opening times. It is a good idea to check the website or telephone for directions. Elizabeth Prudence

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CONSERVATORY AND ORANGERY SHOWSITE Notcutts Garden Centre Ipswich Road, Woodbridge, IP12 4AF

We supply an extensive range of glass, ceramic and natural stone wall and floor tiles. Our showroom has a comprehensive display with the majority of products being exclusive in our region. To complement the quality of our tiles we also supply the very stylish range of Bisque radiators and are the main Ultima dealer for the wonderful Roca bathroom sanitaryware.

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MIV WATTS DESIGN Blending the traditional with the modern, crossing the boundries of conformity and opening the mind to the possibility of new and exciting concepts... Inspired by Nature, Travel, Warm Climes, and a love of beauty and the well crafted, Miv can take an empty shell and create a sense of home and beauty, supplying everything from flooring, bespoke furniture and fabrics down to the very finest most exquisite detail. Working Internationally for over thirty years as a stylist, decorator, colour consultant, and sourcing agent, Miv can locate anything from the divine to the

ridiculous as she works to create interiors that harmoniously enhance her client’s personality. Her particular feeling for colour and love of theatre and the exotic, coupled with an intrinsic appreciation for the simple, textured, and well formed, ensures that her palette is extensive while remaining calm and reassuringly comfortable. She has an appreciation for fun in her interiors. This is reflected in her use of

layers and an unconventional way of building a scene. To Miv home is a place for the heart and the family built on the sums of our parts, and the history of our life. For this reason she will often use a genuinely old and beloved object as her initial inspiration to begin a design. She works regularly with Francesca Wezel at Francesca’s paints and together they liaise over new colour stories inspired by travel in Europe and The Far East.

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Bespoke British Style One of the few remaining British furniture manufacturers, Jayrest is a family-run company which has been successfully manufacturing bespoke upholstered furniture using traditional methods for more than forty years.

top quality English hides. Only the finest fillings are used for the upholstery cushions (foam, fibre and Suffolk sourced feathers) and fabrics from most of the major houses such as Sanderson. Swaffer, J.P & G Baker, Romo and Parkertex can be selected by customers for their furniture.

bigger or smaller than usual, Jayrest craftsmen can alter the seat depth or the back height to make the piece of furniture perfect for the client. Chairs can be individually designed in this manner as part of a suite and there is no additional charge for this service!'

Much of the success of the company lies with the quality and experience of its staff, all of whom have a long history with Jayrest - the newest employee joined the company twenty-one years ago and the longest serving member of staff has achieved a record forty-one years and still counting.

Jayrest craftsmen can also design a sofa to fit into an exact space within a home or even build a sofa within the customer's

Jayrest was founded by Alan James in a small workshop in Ipswich, Suffolk, just over forty years ago. It has gradually progressed to its current large premises with the factory and an adjoining large showroom located just down the road in Hadleigh. The company is renowned for the quality and value of its upholstered products, all made from solid beech frames and manufactured by craftsmen using traditional methods.

The contemporary trend in upholstered furniture is for natural fabrics in a plain or semi-plain design although many customers still prefer the traditional styles, while the antique designs such as the Knowle or Queen Anne have a continuing appeal. Leather suites are the newest addition to the company portfolio and they are increasing, in popularity at a steady rate.

All raw material is sourced in Great Britain and locally whenever possible - the beech frames are made in East Anglia, coil springs are English and all leather used is all from

Jayrest offers a unique service to its customers, as each piece of furniture can be sized to suit individual requirements. Therefore, if the customer is shorter, taller,

home if access is limited (this would involve some extra charge). The attention to detail may sound expensive but the company retains realistic prices because it does not have High Street or retail park overheads. Locally based, their showroom has over twenty models on display - why not pay them a visit?

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RobertOliver T a i l o r i n g Robert Oliver Menswear (previously George Goddard Ltd) has been trading since 1895 and offers the highest level of personal service backed by a wealth of experience We stock the finest gentleman’s clothing either as ready to wear or personally tailored from some of the world’s most luxurious cloths Select from our sophisticated and elegant menswear, a wide choice of city suiting to country tweeds and we are one of the county’s leading specialists in shooting clothing Home or office visits are a pleasure

Robert Oliver Menswear Ltd (formerly George Goddard) Cherry Tree Courtyard 41 Pitt Street Norwich Norfolk NR3 1DE Telephone: 01603 661220 Mobile: 07961 010059 E-mail: r.oliver123@ntlworld.com www.menswearnorfolk.co.uk Relocating in 2011 please ring for new address details

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EMBRACING country pursuits Morston Country Sports has been trading in Holt for nearly 20 years and recently opened its sister store, Morston Town & Country, the core emphasis of which is on practical clothing with a very stylish and contemporary twist. Whether out on a bracing country walk, shooting or relaxing in the pub you will immediately be at home in our comfortable range of stylish clothes. If you embrace country pursuits, or aspire to the look and style of those that do, the Really Wild clothing range for ladies is the label to be seen wearing. From fulllength tweed coats with matching mini skirts, to leather jeans and scrumptious cashmere sweaters, this range encompasses the country look but with a very ‘city’ edge. Belstaff for men and ladies has been a huge success for us. Although synonymous with fantastic biker jackets as worn by the likes of Steve McQueen and Che Guevara, this brand has become very high profile, designing practical jackets with their legendary Italian design style. This season we will also be introducing a superb range of boots and bags. Barbour has a longstanding reputation for providing quality clothing that is truly fit for the country lifestyle. It is not uncommon for customers to keep their

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Independent Shopping Looking for something different? Independently run shops are an integral part of Britain's heritage. Known as a 'nation of shopkeepers', our country has a wonderful array of small, independent shops for us to delight in. However, with the increasing strength of multiple retailers and national chains, a high street of independent shops now seems as rare as gold dust. Luckily for us, North Norfolk still has plenty of locally run businesses to tempt shoppers in... High streets across the country can often feel the same: crammed full of corporate giants, nationwide chains and boring, bland shops selling similar things. Although these can offer good money saving ideas, it really is the uniqueness, creativity and character of independent shops that make a shopping experience so special and diverse. Plus, it's not just the contents or the shopkeepers of these small independent shops which should tempt shoppers in: spending in these also


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help the local economy. Recent studies suggest that not only do independently run businesses create higher paying jobs, but they also reinvest in the local economy at a 60% higher rate than nationwide chains. North Norfolk, with its many small, pretty market towns is a shoppers dream come true - and with thriving independent shops lining the high streets shopping has never felt less guilty.

Popular places such as Swaffham, North Walsham, Aylsham, Downham Market and Attleborough blend tradition with modernity through their bustling markets and their successful and unique local shops. These markets are a long standing tradition (in fact, Attleborough's market has been running since 1285!) and strongly promote the importance of locally sourced produce. The farmer's market in North Walsham, for example, only sells produce made or grown within 30 miles.


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Indeed, tasty local food is a common theme running through North Norfolk and there are a variety of delightful delicatessens and food shops dotted around - why not try Samphire in Wymondham, the smoked fish shop in Cley or the butchers in Swaffham? For other shops, the Georgian town Holt is particularly popular, having a range of local businesses which include Butlers Pantry (selling kitchenware), the Pied Piper Shop (for children's toys) and Something Special (for sewing ideas). Holt is also well known for its collection of galleries, where art-lovers can wonder at the paintings, jewellery, sculptures and ceramics for sale. Bakers and Larners in Holt are worth a further mention. Described as 'East Anglian's answer to Fortnum & Mason' by the Financial Times, this is a unique department store originating back to the 1770s and is still in the founding family's hands today. Stocking many famous brands, with products ranging from garden tools to books and clothes, the store also sells locally produced and

organic food in the deli which boasts 700 different products. As well as Holt, Burnham Market has a strong reputation for its eclectic and unique mix of independent shops and has become increasingly popular lately among celebrities. The chic boutiques and jewellers are perfect for those wanting exclusive and elegant pieces that no-one else will be wearing. Two other shops in North Norfolk perhaps worth noting are Cat Pottery in North Walsham – a shop selling hand crafted cat pottery perfect for all cat lovers - and Big Blue Sky - an interiors shop near Wells-next-the-Sea, which won an award in last year’s Telegraph Magazine Shop Awards. These pretty towns and villages pride themselves on the quality of their independent shops and take great pleasure in providing excellent service for all their visitors. So, go on...why not treat yourself to something different and help the local economy too?

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your man can sit and relax whilst you try on your favourites.The shop has evolved from their sister company, Pure Brides on St Benedicts Street and so also caters for the modern Mother of the Bride and wedding guest, with outfits having been sourced from designers across the globe and they take pride in offering stylish, feminine collections with a contemporary edge, many of which have been put together especially for Pure.

They even offer a ‘men’s crèche’ with magazines and tea and coffee where

They also work hard to ensure that their outfits are exclusive to them

and never hold more than four of any one outfit ensuring that each is as exclusive as possible. Pure pride themselves on their customers experience with their Sales Consultants expertly helping you to create your perfect look for every occasion, guiding and advising you on colour, style and fit and they genuinely love what they do. So if you’re just looking to freshen up your wardrobe or need help with a style make over, why not let Pure help you stand out from the crowd this season...

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An annual guide showcasing the best that Norfolk has to offer.