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At a time when the spread of consumerism has rendered many places all too similar, any visitor may notice that Norfolk still retains a distinctive way of doing things. Norfolk has an individual character and a natural untidiness that I love. It has always had a wild, rustic feel that goes against the neatly trimmed hedges of suburbia. Its geographical isolation and lack of motor-ways adds to its charm.

We don’t take ourselves too seriously, which may explain why we’re happy to embrace a double-edged concept of ‘Normal for Norfolk’ in the first place.

“Normal for Norfolk” or NFN used to be written on doctors’ notes to insinuate inbreeding, which is why people sometimes get upset about it. But it couldn’t be further from the truth so many people have moved here that it’s actually quite hard to breed with someone from pure Norfolk stock these days.

Residents of the county now use it as a term of endearment to affectionately describe their own quirks. A rich seam of comedy runs through the county’s veins. It is home to comics Charlie Higson, Stephen Fry, Arthur Smith, Adam Buxton and THE BEST OF NORFOLK __ 3

of course Steve Coogan’s tactless and inept Radio Norwich presenter Alan Partridge. There appear to be many benefits to being beyond London’s urban grasp. We have about six months extra life-span compared with the rest of England and most importantly, we are also happier than the average English person. In the words of Sidney Grapes, “Yew can always tell a Norfolk man, but yew can’t tell him much!”


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NORTH NORFOLK North Norfolk is a special destination, whatever the season. Enjoy miles of unspoilt coastline, internationally-important nature reserves and amazing wildlife. It’s ideal for walking or riding, with a host of beautiful views. Feast on some of the many local delicacies and picnic on one of north Norfolk’s enchanting beaches. In summer, there are many fetes and carnivals to enjoy, or simply relax and enjoy the tranquillity of this enchanting county.

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WEST NORFOLK The unassuming beauty of West Norfolk may be overlooked by visitors drawn to the county’s more celebrated regions, but West Norfolk has much to offer, including the breath-taking Sandringham Estate, the country retreat of HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. Late spring and early summer are perfect for visiting the 100-acre Norfolk Lavender Farm at Heacham, or Hunstanton - known as “Sunny Hunny” - with its famous striped cliffs, sandy beaches, rock pools and boat trips to watch seals at play.



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THE BRECKS Central Norfolk is renowned for its unique, charming market towns, such as Swaffham, with its fine Georgian architecture. Located in the Brecks, an area rich in natural beauty, Swaffham hosts a thriving Saturday market and farmers’ markets, on the third Sunday of the month. Pick up some locally-made cider in autumn, or some sumptuous heritage apples. Stretching across mid-Norfolk is Thetford Forest. With its winding, natural trails, you could have stepped back in time 2,000 years!





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It has often been said that there’s no place more peaceful than the Norfolk Broads. This beautiful corner of Norfolk is truly unspoilt, with both the Broads and the coast to explore. Obscured by reeds the height of a house, a mirror-smooth waterway shimmers under the canopy of an expansive sky, the silence broken only by the fluttering of birds’ wings. Otters dip and slide when startled by a passing Broads’ cruiser or dinghy, which appear to skim through a landscape unchanged for generations.








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NORWICH Norwich is famous for its two spectacular cathedrals, the Norman castle and the city hall clock tower, creating a breathtaking skyline for this relatively small city. Norwich Cathedral is magnificent, whatever the season. Stroll through the stunning, 44-acres Cathedral Close to reach two delightful pubs, the Red Lion and the Adam and Eve, both well-placed on the riverside. The Cathedral of St John the Baptist is stunning with its Victorian Gothic Revival architecture. Norwich also offers a myriad of fascinating, historic attractions.


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Publisher | Jonathan Tilston Tilston Phillips Magazines Ltd Editorial Director | Deanna Tilston Sales | Marina Jacobs Design | Rachael Batley | Editorial Contributors Desmond MacCarthy | Richard Campey | Crawford Gillian | Ottilie Tilston | Pickle & Pip Photographic Contributors Key Landscape Photography Justin Minns | Christopher Chill Key Portraiture | Simon Bratt With thanks to Justin Minns, Christopher Hill and Simon Bratt for key photography in this guide. | | p 7 Warren Page | p 11 Norfolk Coast Partnership p 15 Shucks | John Robinson p 24 Elliott Brown | The Plantation Garden, Norwich up the steps - Italiante terrace p 29 Brancaster | Pamela Farrell p 33 p 36 renee.hawk | Snowdrops p 36 Just1snap | Our Lady of Walsingham p 36 mia | The ‘light railway’ engine on the Wells - Walsingham Line p 40, 41 Blakeney Hotel p 44 Cley Windmill p 61 SummonedbyFells | The 40’s weekend p 61 Sheringham Park | Tony Sutton p 64 RNLI Cromer p 64 Dun.can | Norfolk Surf p 80 Norfolk Norfolk Food & Drink Festival p 82, 83 Narborough Hall p 84 Andrew Stawarz | Thetford Forest p 85 National Trust p 88 Gary Roughton | Reepham p 92 Broads Tours p 116 Gary Troughton | Great Massingham p 140 Delain a Haslam - Top of boat and sky p 140 John Ireland DSC_7408 p 142 Brancaster Beach Briarfields Hotel p 146 p 151 Mark Weadon p 155 Arantza Ansotegui Sandringham Sculpture Park p 155 Bobby McKay- Going for a drop kick p 158 Ville de Dijon ©VisitBritain – Rod Edwards, Simon Kreitem. Britain on View, Ian Shaw, Daniel Bosworth, James Barnes, Pawel Libera, Simon Kreitem, Joanna Henderson, Jack Barnes, Grant Pritchard, Richard Surman, Adrian Houston, Tony Pleavin, Jamie Maxwel Maps p 4, 5 Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown Copyright and database rights 2016 Maps created by Oxford Cartographers Maps created by Oxford Cartographers Cover Justin Minns With special thanks to all advertisers. For details of paid content please contact the publisher. Tilston Phillips Magazines Ltd 141 Norwich Road, Ipswich IP1 2PP 01473 286155 ©Tilston Phillips Magazines Ltd 2018 Printed and bound by Lavenham Press,


NORFOLK Whatever the weather, whatever the time of year, it's always a good time to visit Norfolk. Whether you're a local resident, or a first-time visitor, you'll never be short of things to do!

With the Best of Norfolk in your hand, the county’s leading annual visitor guide, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to what’s on and where to go. Even if you’ve lived here all your life, you may still be surprised at some of the hidden treasures on your own doorstep. It’s time to put down your smartphone, forget the stresses of modern-day life and re-connect with your surroundings. Norfolk offers visitors and locals alike the chance to enjoy all of the wonderful attractions on offer in this beautiful part of the country. Norfolk is a fabulously picturesque location, with its huge open skies, breathtaking coastal marshes and beaches, contrasting with a gently undulating inland landscape, making it ideal for exploring. Perfect if you enjoy outdoor pursuits, such as cycling or coastal walks. Choose from plenty of footpaths, through terrain as diverse as riverside paths, open meadows, forest trails and cliff-top paths.

There are also numerous country pubs for refreshments en route! Norfolk prides itself on serving good food, prepared with locally-produced ingredients. In fact, there are many farm shops, delis and independent butchers and fishmongers, providing award-winning food to suit all tastes. If your passion is retail therapy rather than relaxation, there are plenty of excellent places to shop. In addition to Norwich, Norfolk has an array of charming market towns, with Aylsham, Holt and Burnham Market being famous for their independent shops. With a perfect mix of bespoke boutiques and cafés, all pride themselves on excellent customer service.

simply seeking a crackling fire and locally-brewed pint, Norfolk has it all.

Check out the Best of Norfolk to discover what’s on offer. Whether you’re looking for a special item of local craftsmanship, interested in the arts, looking for award-winning fish and chips, planning on visiting a lively market selling local produce, or you’re

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A lot of visitors to Norfolk enjoy the experience so much, they want to come and live here! We’re very proud that Norfolk offers a happier, healthier way of life, with its great outdoors and it’s also bursting at the seams with history and culture. Whatever your passion, we hope you enjoy discovering it as much as we do.

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NORTH NORFOLK 10 Best of Thornham

30 Best of Holkham

14 Found at Drove Orchards

32 Best of Wells next the Sea

19 Titchwell Marsh Seasonal Highlights

36 Best of Walsingham 37 Found at Stiffkey

20 Found at Dalegate Market 22 Best of Burnham Market 24 Five best things to do in Spring and Summer

38 Best of Seal Trips 40 Found at Blakeney 44 Best of Cley next the Sea 46 Best of Holt

26 Creake Abbey, shop, dine explore

60 Best of Sheringham

28 Best of the Brancasters

64 Best of Cromer



THORNHAM Set on the marshes and with a smuggling past, Thornham is a favourite with walkers and bird watchers. THORNHAM DELI More than a deli… Thornham Deli is fast becoming a destination in its own right as a place where visitors and residents alike can go for a barista-prepared cup of coffee, a fabulous meal or a browse and shop in its eclectic and stylish lifestyle store. Winners of the EDP Best Coffee/Tea Shop at the annual Norfolk Food and Drink awards, Thornham Deli is a venue that appeals on so many levels. It is stylish and comfortable with an intimate buzz and a welcoming vibe. It combines old-fashioned qualities of a warm, friendly atmosphere and great service with modern panache and flair. Food and drink remains at the core of all we do. Our kitchen team turn out fantastic and innovative food using locally sourced, top quality products. We have a fabulous relationship with our producers and showcasing Norfolk’s and East Anglia’s finest food and drink is ingrained in our DNA. We are also fast becoming recognised as a leader in interior design in the area. It was a natural progression from decorating the accommodation for our sister company No33 to offering an interior design service to home owners in the area. We take the same innovation, style and enduring fashion that we showcase in our lifestyle store and apply it to our interior design projects.

DROVE ORCHARDS Within walking distance of the sea and set in over 350 acres of orchards, farmland and wild meadows, Drove Orchards farm shop, and kitchen garden supplies seasonal fruit and vegetables all the year round including their range of juices are made with fruit grown and pressed on-site using traditional methods. For those that feel active, you can explore the Heritage Orchards, where they grow over 160 varieties of apples and pears, with 120 of these being of East Anglian heritage.


THE LIFEBOAT INN The Lifeboat Inn offers sumptuous food, fine wines, a selection of local ales and roaring fires all the genuine charm of a traditional coastal inn. It is a homely haven for every guest, two-or four legged. It's a place where wellies, walking-boots and the well-heeled sit comfortably side by side. The inn also has 13 extremely comfortable and inviting bedrooms to snuggle up after a day spent exploring the area. Expect stylish furniture, comfy beds and coastal views. Today The Lifeboat Inn provides a sanctuary from our increasingly nomadic modern day living and is the perfect harbour from which to explore North Norfolk’s unspoilt seaside and charming market towns and villages.

BIRD WATCHING Thornham has some of the best birdwatching in North Norfolk, with a wide variety of species to see throughout the year. There are two RSPB sites just a stone’s throw from Thornham – the wide, sandy beach at Holme-next-the-Sea and marshy Titchwell.

BAREFOOT RETREATS Barefoot Retreats is an luxury holiday cottage rental agency that represents some of the finest luxury cottages and self-catering holiday homes in North Norfolk. Their aim is to create a luxury boutique hotel experience in all their properties and place the personal touch at the heart of a Barefoot Retreats holiday. All you need to do is make yourself at home, kick-off your shoes and enjoy laid-back luxury living in one of our fabulous hand-picked luxury cottages and home stays in this beautiful and unspoilt part of Norfolk.

ORANGE TREE Norfolk Dining Pub of the Year 2013-2018 The Orange Tree is a stylish, contemporary dining pub. They are a family owned business creating award-winning food, from top quality local produce in a laid back, ‘unstuffy’ environment. The Orange Tree offers a haven of tranquillity where couples, families and friends are welcomed with open arms. They have 17 ensuite bedrooms, including 7 rooms in the luxurious Manor Lodge – opened August 2017, making them the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the stunning beaches by day and their awardwinning food and wine by night. THE BEST OF NORFOLK __ 11

Tosier is a new bean-to-bar craft chocolate, hand-made in small batches. Our chocolate is made using the highest quality cocoa, sustainably-sourced from the world’s top 5%, so our farmers get their fair share. All our bars are made with 70% cocoa to enable you to compare and appreciate the delicate and distinctive flavours of the beans and their varieties. Handcrafting our chocolate in six kilo microbatches, we only make a limited number of bars from each harvest. Like wine, each harvest is unique and the delicious flavours of each variety are enhanced by individual roasting profiles.

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THE ORANGE TREE Nestled in the heart of Thornham, arguably Norfolk’s most stunning coastal village, sits The Orange Tree. It is run by Mark and Jo Goode. Together they have created a real gem. The Orange Tree is known first and foremost for it’s awardwinning food. Using local produce, our talented Executive Chef, creates outstanding, mouth-watering dishes. The restaurant menu is original and unique, leaving customers spoilt for choice. If simpler fare is what you are after then you will find it on the bar menu - with curries, Norfolk Red Poll burgers and even a national awardwinning chicken pie. Not to be missed is the signature ‘Fairground’ dessert; this has to be seen to be believed!

Believe it or not The Orange Tree even has it’s own doggie menu, so your furry friends do not need to sit in the car! The Orange Tree has seventeen ensuite bedrooms, six courtyard rooms, four rooms in the Old Bakery including seven rooms in the luxurious Manor Lodge – opened last year, all restored with great care to offer contemporary comfort and style.

Children are welcome at The Orange Tree, with their own three course menu, outside play area and colouring and board games for rainy days.


The Orange Tree, High Street, Thornham, PE36 6LY 01485 512213

NORFOLK’S DINING PUB OF THE YEAR, 2013 – 2018 The Good Pub Guide

DROVE ORCHARDS There is plenty of parking, with retail shops including Danish men and womenswear at Nelle DK, homeware and interiors from Joyful Living and childrenswear and gifts from Bells and Whistles. It's also home to Gurneys Fish Box and two excellent eateries: Shuck's and Eric's FIsh and Chips and a play area for children.They have a friendly welcome for dogs, too.


DROVE ORCHARDS On the outskirts of Thornham, on the way to Holme, is another of those 'hidden' Norfolk gems. NELLE DK A clothing boutique specialising in Danish and Scandinavian designers, Nelle DK stock an everchanging collection of clothing, footwear and accessories for both men and women. Danishborn owner Jeanett has always had a passion for the quality and effortless style that Scandinavian fashion brings and an understanding of the similarity in lifestyle between Denmark and here, in Norfolk. If you are looking for stylish outdoor footwear, a special occasion outfit, a great pair of jeans or a quirky, unique piece of clothing to update your seasonal wardrobe then Jeanett and her staff are always on hand to give style and outfit advice. 01485 525164


SHUCK'S Inside the yurt is the award-winning family-run restaurant Shuck's. Run by chef Philip Milner and his wife Beth it is both family-friendly - with an outside play area, children's menu and its own kid's corner with games and colouring, as well as dog-friendly - with homemade treats and water bowls always available. It is open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner with a fully licensed bar and regular live music events, check the website for details. Using as much local produce as possible, including from local fishermen and its own doorstep gardens at Drove Orchards, the menu features fish dishes, Phil's famous curries, burgers, ramen bowls and weekly specials. Next door to the restaurant, Shuck's Chicken Shack and Pizza takeaway should open this summer. The yurt can also cater for large parties and special events. 01485 525889

GURNEYS FISH SHOP & SMOKEHOUSE Gurneys was set up by Mike Gurney some 40 years ago, when he learned how to grow oysters in the creeks and how to smoke fish. His first shop, in Brancaster, was the first fishmongers on the coast road. In 1992, Gurneys began selling high-quality, locally-produced shellfish, smoked fish and wet fish on Burnham Market. Today, Gurneys is a thriving fishmongers, run by Mike, Ned Catt, Matt Falvey and Alistair Steele. They also make fish products, including pâtés, pies, soups and curries, from original recipes. 01485 525857

BELLS AND WHISTLES A well-established children’s boutique, Bells and Whistles is situated at Drove Orchards in Thornham, a great location on Norfolk’s “hop on and hop off” coastline route. It offers a unique range of clothing for babies and children up to 10 years old. Proprietor Georgie Newling says her inspiration comes from her surroundings - the beaches, the sea breeze, the wildlife and the great expanse of Norfolk’s open skies. She always aims to bring practicality, comfort, fun and vibrancy to her shop.. 01485 525676


ERIC’S FISH & CHIPS Eric’s Fish & chips harks back to traditional great British chippy but with a few modern twists. They serve the finest fresh cod, delicious rock salmon, Japanese style fish burger, tangy Kansas City wings and much more! The black garlic mayonnaise is inventive and delicious. Other dishes include juicy battered king prawns, gruyere and spinach arancini balls, black pudding fritters and crispy battered gherkins! Where they can they’ll source local ingredients and make from scratch, including their chunky tartare sauce and popular curry sauce. They also one of the top 6 finalist for ‘Restaurant of the year’ at The National Fish & Chip 2018 Awards! 01485 512886

TOSIER BEAN-TO-BAR CHOCOLATE Opening this year, is Tosier a new bean-to-bar craft chocolate maker. The only place in Norfolk where chocolate is made from the bean, using only three ingredients: 70% single origin cocoa beans, unrefined organic cane sugar and cocoa butter. The natural goodness of the cocoa is retained by creating individual roasting profiles for each bean and its harvest. Crafting chocolate in twelve kilo micro-batches, only a limited number of bars from each harvest are made. Ethical with providence, gluten-free, dairy-free, clean food that's inherently Vegan, it’s the future of chocolate... 07769 802237

JOYFUL LIVING Joyful Living is a real beauty of an interiors store. Owner and stylist Jo Griffiths has handpicked unique items to add those important finishing touches to your home including soft furnishings, rugs, candles, tableware and bathroom accessories, all interspersed with fresh plants and hand cut flowers. Her focus is on combining textures and soft use of colour for calm, easy living. An eclectic mix of vintage and new pieces, Jo’s stock changes quickly so there is always something new to tempt you. Each season sees beautiful displays of seasonal products all with the guarantee that there is nothing in store that Jo wouldn’t have at her home or covet. With a devoted following of regular customers, Jo has an order book for special stock requests and offers a styling and sourcing service. 01485 525714


THE CHEQUERS INN IN THORNHAM A delightful inn on the North Norfolk coast Dating back to the 16th century, this pretty village inn on the North Norfolk coast is a welcoming sight for visitors wanting somewhere enticing to stay, relax and enjoy a great meal in comfort. Combining rustic charm and contemporary style, The Chequers Inn has a compelling atmosphere making it popular with both locals and visitors from further afield. Inside you will find a traditional bar with a warm country feel, a vast open fire and low beamed ceiling. Enjoy a pint of real ale and a pub meal by the crackling fire, or try the a la carte menu with daily changing specials in the contemporary dining room. If you are looking for a unique setting for a group gathering, celebration or party their charming courtyard with two cedar wood pavilions offers one of the best al fresco dining experiences on the Norfolk coast. There are also 11 stylish bedrooms, recently refurbished with a coastal theme. The luxurious rooms and ensuite bathrooms offer contemporary 21st century comfort and style to relish in. All the bedrooms are stylishly appointed with designer furniture and have smart TVs, coffee and tea making facilities and fluffy bathrobes, some come with double ended baths or comfy seating areas. All the bedrooms at The Chequers Inn have lavish en-suite bathrooms with ESPA complimentary toiletries.

Dogs are welcome to stay in a number of dog-friendly rooms at The Chequers. The team at the inn knows just how much dogs and their owners love walking on the beaches, marshes and exploring the beautiful countryside around Thornham. No one will frown over at muddy paws when visiting The Chequers Inn, you can dine with your dog in the cosy bar, snug or outside in the sunny courtyard. The Chequers Inn is perfectly placed for exploring the subtle beauty of the North Norfolk coast. The stunning beaches of Brancaster and Holkham are close by, as are the nature reserves at RSPB Titchwell and Holme or visit numerous historic houses, including the royal estate at Sandringham. Try the art galleries and delicatessens of Burnham Market or the craft shops and local food stores of Wells-next-the-Sea. High Street, Thornham, Norfolk PE36 6LY 01485 512229 THE BEST OF NORFOLK __ 17


TITCHWELL MANOR Boutique Titchwell Manor has stunning views across open marshes to sea. Family owned by Margaret and Ian Snaith with their son Eric Snaith fully involved. The former Victoria farmhouse has been transformed into an elegant hotel retaining the original high ceilings and open fires. 2018 is a big year for Titchwell Manor due to celebrating their 30th anniversary. They have achieved a lot in the last 30 years and it has become an integral part in the local community. Dining is a gourmet experience where you can savour the wonderful flavours of North Norfolk’s finest local produce. Three AA Rosette Titchwell Manor’s kitchen is run by Chris Mann, the 2015 winner of Norfolk Food and Drink Awards under the guidance of Chef Eric Snaith.. The hotel is also a finalist for the Norfolk & Suffolk Tourism 2018 ‘Independent Hotel of the Year’ award.

You can choose to dine in either the fine dining, beautiful conservatory overlooking the walled garden, or in the striking Eating rooms, complete with a sea view terrace and bar for alfresco drinking and dining in warmer weather. An exquisite á la carte menu is on offer for dinner, light meals and tapas on the menu for lunch. They also have the most delicious afternoon tea served in The Eating Rooms and lounge daily from 12 noon until 5pm, booking required. They offer a slightly different relaxed and informal Sunday buffet brunch style 1-3pm. Filling a table with tempting starters, such as Brancaster oysters, poached salmon, chicken liver parfait and king prawn cocktails to help yourself to whilst they’re preparing your Sunday roast. It’s then back to the dessert table which is filled with an array of mouth-watering options. Accommodation is 26 individually designed ensuite bedrooms, from Victorian Manor house bedrooms to their recently renovated herb rooms each using luxurious fabric and finishing’s. The stunning, standalone THE BEST OF NORFOLK __ 18

potting shed overlooking the garden provides a spacious bedroom complete with a roll- top bath and log burner, as well as a generous walk- in shower and private decking where guests can enjoy an alfresco breakfast or a sundowner. Dogs are welcome in selected ground floor bedrooms, Eating Rooms, bar area, terrace and lounges. Titchwell Manor also holds a civil wedding licence and excels in creating bespoke weddings for couples, including a great signature winter wedding offer. The nearby RSPB Titchwell Marsh nature reserve is a haven for wildlife all year round, while for golfers there are two championship links courses with easy reach and water sports enthusiastic can enjoy sailing and windsurfing from Brancaster Staithe harbour. Titchwell Manor Hotel & Restaurants Titchwell, near Brancaster, Norfolk PE31 8BB 01485 210221


SEASONAL HIGHLIGHTS Visit Titchwell Marsh and don’t just get closer to nature, become part of it. SPRING



This is one of the most exciting times of the year. The first spring migrants, such as swallows and sand martins, can be seen over the lagoons with wheatears along the beach. If you are lucky, you may also hear the ‘booming’ of the bittern, which has recently returned to breed at Titchwell and marsh harriers can be seen performing their ‘sky dancing’ display.

Autumn is the time for waders when, with luck, over 20 species could be seen around the reserve.

Winter is the time for wildfowl at Titchwell. Large numbers of ducks and geese winter in North Norfolk and most of these species can be seen on the lagoons. The commonest species are teal, wigeon, mallard, gadwall and shoveler, with smaller numbers of pintails and goldeneyes.

SUMMER Mid-summer is the quietest time for birds but the best for some of the more elusive reserve species. By midJuly, the breeding marsh harriers will have flying young and up to 15 birds have been seen in a day.

Species such as curlew sandpiper, little stint and black-tailed godwit stop on the lagoons to feed on their return migration from their Arctic breeding grounds to their African wintering grounds. September is one of the best months to view bearded tits. The young gather in small flocks and can show very well feeding on seeds blown onto the mud near the Island Hide.

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Offshore from the reserve, large ‘rafts’ of common scoters, long tailed ducks and eiders can be seen. In the evenings, thousands of pink-footed geese can be seen flying to their roost sites along the coast. Hen harriers, marsh harriers and occasionally barn owls can be seen over the reedbed at dusk. In the evenings, thousands of pink-footed geese may be seen flying to their roost sites along the coast.

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For all your birding needs contact Richard at One Stop Nature Shop, the friendliest specialist on the coast visit


DALEGATE MARKET Located halfway between Hunstanton and Wells-nextthe-Sea, Dalegate Market is an independent retail site in Burnham Deepdale that is well worth a visit. The centre is a major hub of the North Norfolk Coast, offering a place to relax, shop, and eat that is popular with locals and visitors alike. Packed with independent shops and complete with its own Visitor Information Centre, it welcomes Pop Up Shops throughout the year and hosts the Deepdale Christmas Market.

DEEPDALE CAFÉ There’s great food and drink from the family-run Deepdale Café, which offers breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea to peckish shoppers. Eat in or grab a takeaway if you’re heading off to explore the nearby beaches or countryside. 01485 210200

DEEPDALE VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE The Visitor Information Centre is the place to come for friendly, helpful information on everything the beautiful North Norfolk Coast has to offer. Whether you are staying at Deepdale Backpackers hostel or campsite - which offers a variety of self catering rooms or the the campsite that has 75 pitches suitable for tents, campervans and small motor homes; or just passing through. The centre hires out high quality Raleigh bikes for both adults and children as well as extras such as child seats. 01485 211142

GONE CRABBING If you are bored with High Street shopping visit Gone Crabbing. Their shop is full of fun, unique and colourful clothing and gifts all designed in Norfolk. They have top quality fun t-shirts and hoodies for babies, kids and adults all featuring some of their favourite seaside creatures and bucketfuls of gifts - take something different home with you to remember your time spent in beautiful Norfolk. They also stock everything you need for a productive day at the beach and of course all that essential crabbing kit. 01485 211111


ONE STOP NATURE SHOP Nature enthusiasts need look no further than this shop run by passionate wildlife experts. They stock all sorts of accessories to help you enjoy Norfolk’s coastal scenery and wildlife, from binoculars and microscopes to books and bird food. The place for friendly and knowledgeable advice, seven days a week. 01485 211223

THE HARE AND THE HEN This gallery has an unusual collection of handmade pottery as well as a great selection of cards. Owner Philippa Lee works on earthenware pots in the studio, incorporating lively designs of animals, birds, beach huts and more. She takes commissions for bespoke tiled panels and pots. 01485 211245

RELISH This eclectic shop is full of jewellery, accessories and gifts a bit different to those found on the average high street. The ever changing stock swings with the seasons from summer hats and shades, via some occasionally eccentric purses and bags, to winter woolies and gloves. There’s also a varied selection of costume and silver jewellery sourced from around the globe. 01485 211211

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NO. TWENTY9 No.Twenty9 Bar & Restaurant is located in the heart of Burnham Market, in a Georgian Grade II listed property dating back to the 18th century. With original fireplaces, classic artwork adorning the walls and quirky murals by the next 'Banksy'. Architectural detailing from a bygone era, combined with a complete and sympathetic renovation including the latest technological innovations, No.Twenty9 Bar & Restaurant offers both comfort and hospitality in equal measures in a casual but elegant setting.


BURNHAM MARKET A real holiday destination that boxes above its weight, Burnham Market, nicknamed Chelsea on the Sea because of its top end feel, is one of Norfolk’s loveliest villages. Its Georgian buildings surround a huge green with mature trees, and in some years, a stream called the Goose Beck flowing through the middle. GURNEYS FISH SHOP & SMOKEHOUSE Gurneys is a rare breed indeed, the type of top quality fishmonger that is now scarcely seen on our High Streets. They sell the best in locally produced smoked fish, shellfish and wet fish mainly landed locally - the oysters and mussels are particularly good. They also have a kitchen where they make up a selection of fish products including fish soup, fishcakes, kiln roast salmon and dill pate. 01328 738967 |

THE HOSTE LUXURY BOUTIQUE HOTEL & SPA The Hoste is the place to indulge yourself whether in the historic restaurant overlooking the green or settled by the roaring log fire in the traditional bar. Don't miss the beauty spa situated adjacent to the main hotel. 01328 738777 | THE BEST OF NORFOLK __ 22

BURNHAM GRAPEVINE It is over 10 years since Grapevine opened its second generation gallery in Burnham Market and it's now widely recognised as a "must-see” when visiting North Norfolk. From the outset the gallery has always offered a warm welcome. Owner and gallery director Peter Low said “It’s been wonderful to become a valued part of the village

and to find more and more people appreciating our values and returning year after year”. Showing an eclectic mix of contemporary paintings, prints, ceramics and sculpture, the heart of gallery is a personal selection of some of Norfolk’s finest - Pam Noyes, Mari French, Brian Hinton, Michael Chapman, Gerard Stamp - alongside

work from established and emerging artists from further afield. Open throughout the year, feature exhibitions are held at intervals. At other times you may expect to see an everchanging selection of work with much more available to view on request. 01328 730125

SOCIUS Located in one of Burnham’s new Foundry Place properties, independently owned ‘Socius’ creates a memorable food and drink experience in a completely relaxed environment. Offering locally sourced produce in dishes which change to reflect the seasons, Socius serves small plates – as a modern British take on tapas. Guests are able see the chefs at work and watch the genius of their food preparation and plating as the kitchen is entirely open. For those warmer days, an al fresco south-facing terrace offers summer dining with cocktails and drinking snacks.  @sociusnorfolk  @sociusnorfok  @sociusnorfok

CREAKE ABBEY Set among the ruins of an Augustinian abbey founded in 1206, Creake Abbey is home to a café and food hall, shops, studios and an award winning farmers’ market. The Farmers Market is on the 1st Saturday of each month (excluding January) and boasts more than 50 stalls of local produce held in two old Norfolk barns. Outside by the picturesque pond you can expect music and cookery theatre demonstrations at varying times throughout the year. The market opens 9.30am - 1pm. The shops at Creake Abbey are open from 10am to 4pm (to 5pm from Easter to October)





WROXHAM BARNS Visitors love bottle-feeding the lambs and they really are adorable. They are orphan lambs who come to Wroxham Barns from local farms when they are really tiny, so visitors often return several times to feed them and to see how they’re getting on. They usually have at least two dozen lambs and they make sure all the younger visitors have a turn at bottle-feeding



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Increasing numbers of adults are discovering that Britain’s number one forest adventure isn’t just for kids. Go Ape cater for grown ups too and their adult fan base is now well established. Get in touch with your inner Tarzan on the Tree Top Adventure, a great way to get active in stunning scenery that you’ll enjoy just as much as the kids do.

Forget the sandy towels and flapping windbreaks- this year hire a traditional beach hut to create your very own haven right on the shore. Luckily these glorious sheds are in abundance in Norfolk, available at Wells-next-theSea, Hunstanton and Cromer.



This popular surf school runs 7 days a week from April to the end of October, with lessons taking place at the east side of the pier. Anyone over the age of 8 can get involved, with group bookings of up to twelve people accepted. If it’s a calm day try stand up paddle boarding- currently the fastest growing water sport, also available inland on beautiful freshwater lakes.

For the ultimate secret garden experience, these beautiful and historic gardens are tucked away next to the Catholic Cathedral. They are Grade II English Heritage registered and are filled with immaculately maintained foliage stretching over three acres. You can’t miss the medieval wall!

DISCOVER MORE Get fruity with some pick-your-own strawberries at Wiveton Hall Play Golf Norfolk has great taster sessions for beginners Put those binoculars to good use bird watching in spring at Titchwell Marsh Find your inner Robin Hood and have a go Go crabbing or seal spotting at beautiful Blakeney for just £10 per person Drift quietly above the open countryside or the tranquil Norfolk Broads



NO. TWENTY9 BAR & RESTAURANT No.Twenty9 Bar & Restaurant is located in the heart of Burnham Market, in a Georgian Grade II listed property dating back to the 18th century. Original architectural details combined with a contemporary sympathetic renovation means that Burnham’s newest addition to the village’s culinary landscape offers both comfort and hospitality in equal measures in a casual but elegant setting. The menu, created by local awardwinning chef, Philip Milner, is based around fresh, locally sourced ingredients cooked in their open kitchen on a magnificent Argentinianinspired, American-made artisan grill effectively providing a wood-fed fire pit for the most amazing ‘asado’ in Norfolk! You can watch their chefs cooking your meal with the associated ‘theatre’ of live fire cooking, alongside the preparation of classic modern British dishes. Their butchery and vegetable preparation kitchens are also open for you to observe the preparation of the freshest meat cuts, locally caught fish and locally sourced vegetables and garnishes. As befits the relaxed environment, there are a number of seating options for guests. On the ground floor, guests may enjoy meals or drinks in the comfortable lounge bar with its dual-sided log burner lit daily during colder months, or at dining tables in the Orangery facing the kitchen, or on the first floor overlooking the village

green. In the summer the rear of the building opens out to a warm and inviting terrace. Private dining is also available on the first floor in two well appointed, secluded rooms, Zuidam and Basseterre, named after exclusive rums from around the World. At the heart of the floor and seen as you ascend is a glass wine room - which is both impressive and imaginative. Sip one of their innovative cocktails at their fantastic pewter-topped bar, challenge your tastebuds into sampling some of their 101 rums, enjoy a cup of coffee in their intimate yet spacious walled courtyard or taste their imaginative cuisine with a glass of fine wine chosen from the aforementioned fully conditioned glass wine room. Whatever your reason for joining them, No. Twenty9 Bar & Restaurant will ensure your visit will be a memorable one. Reservations are highly recommended. THE BEST OF NORFOLK __ 25

29 Market Place, Burnham Market, Norfolk PE31 8HF 01328 738 498

Creake Abbey, North Creake, Fakenham, Norfolk NR21 9LF  @creakeabbey  @creakeabbey  @creakeabbeycafe

Nestled in rolling hills just three miles south of bustling Burnham Market on the north Norfolk coast, Creake Abbey is a year-round rural retail destination. The ruins of the once magnificent Augustinian priory lie a short walk from the courtyard shops, boutiques, hair salon and framer which also boast a sunny, modern Café and Food Hall with views over the monastic water meadows teaming with wildlife. The Courtyard shops are home to all those featured plus Home by Annie Lambert selling antiques from Europe and the UK and Christopher William Country with fine country clothing and accessories. For details of gift fairs, the annual Plant Lovers’ Day, art workshops and much more please visit our website.

SIX APPLEYARD A premier hair stylist offering the complete Aveda colour service along with expert cutting techniques. You are always guaranteed a friendly smile and firstclass treatment. Salon brands include Aveda, Czech and Speake fragrances and Hervé Gambs candles. 01328 730912


UTOPIA: THE UNEXPECTED GALLERY Discover Norfolk's Utopia: an atmospheric gallery that transports clients into an inspirational world that exudes a faded grandeur. The Unexpected Gallery is a unique concept gallery for unusual decorative interior ideas. At Utopia, everything is designed and created in-house.  Original statement lighting is harmonised with exclusive, limited edition lampshades. Restored antiques, unexpected wall collections of framed antiques and curios are juxtaposed with intriguing contemporary black and white studies of Norfolk’s wild landscapes, flora and fauna. Utopia works to commission with private, corporate and retail clients, dynamically blending art, inventive design and expert craftsmanship. 01328 730827

FINELINE FRAMES Wayne Dodds is a self-styled bespoke picture framer and gallery owner of Fineline Frames. He has been framing in Norfolk for more than 12 years and there is not much he hasn’t – or wouldn’t – frame. He explains that getting the right framing on any picture is crucial to how you will feel about it every time you see it on your wall. Wayne has a huge range of frames to cover the requirements of any type of artwork and to fit in with people’s specific interior needs – coupled with a very friendly service. 01328 258964

Excellent coffee, homemade cakes, proper breakfasts, light lunches or gourmet meals by our team of chefs using classic French techniques with a modern British twist. Regularly changing seasonal dishes including game. The Food Hall features an in-house butcher, an extensive cheese counter, deli items, fresh vegetables and fruit in season and frozen meals (ordering welcome). Wine beer and spirits available plus gifts and hampers. Open 9am to 5pm, 7 days a week. For reservations call: 01328 730399 (Option 1)


BRANCASTER STAITHE WILDLIFE WALK Wander through Brancaster Staithe and enjoy the beautiful sights of the coast and its wildlife. It’s a two hour walk on National Trust land, maps of the walk can be found here brancaster-estate. This area is subject to tidal flooding. So do not leave your car on the hard-standing as it may be flooded. Dog friendly. Habour Way Brancaster Staithe PE31 8BW


BRANCASTERS For shipwrecks, mussels and an outstanding coastline.

THE SHIP HOTEL The Ship Hotel has been lovingly restored to its former glory, with an added luxury feel. Situated at the end of Beach Road, it has a warm and inviting bar area complete with roaring woodburner. The restaurant specializes in preparing fresh, locally caught seafood, while the hotel features nine beautifully designed, fully equipped en-suite bedrooms.


BRANCASTER BEACH Brancaster Beach has easy parking though watch out the beach road can flood during high tide! Royal West Norfolk Golf Club has one of the UK’s challenging links courses and provides the opportunity to improve your technique with tuition.

BRANCASTER MUSSELS The butterfly symmetry of those inky, shiny shells is utterly beguiling – what's inside even more so! Norfolk Blue or Common mussels, particularly those from Brancaster, are big juicy morsels of succulent flesh (the orange ones are female, male ones are more yellow). Once referred to as the 'poor man's shellfish', because they were cheap and plentiful, mussels can be a meal for royalty let alone a poor man! Thankfully, they're still relatively cheap, plentiful and sustainable. Mussels fix themselves to objects with byssus threads, or 'beards', produced as a liquid that quickly hardens in seawater. If you're cooking them, make sure they're firmly shut (or shut when you tap them firmly) and discard any with broken shells. Any that stay open – ditch them. Make sure you clean them thoroughly in cold running water. Tug out any beards. Rinse them and leave in cold water. Any that float – ditch them. Mussels dry out quickly, so a little light steaming in a little liquid, such as white wine or cider, is all it takes. They're ready when they open. Any that stay shut – ditch them! Don’t overcook them or they'll be more rubbery than lovely. To get them at their freshest take a drive on the A149 coast road in north Norfolk – you'll find fishermen selling them directly and there are a number of good outlets too, such as The Fish Shed at Brancaster Staithe, Gurneys Fish Shop at Burnham Market and Westons Fish Shop at Blakeney. Otherwise pop into pretty much any good pub in north Norfolk and they'll be on the menu when in season.


NATURE RESERVE The Nature Reserve here covers 9158 acres, stretching from Wells-next-theSea to Burnham Overy, and includes a variety of sites from salt marsh, sand dunes and pine woodland to grazing marsh. It also offers the chance to spot brilliant wildlife. It is home to a herd of fallow deer as well as a wintering population of pink-footed geese. Open 365 days a year, Holkham’s stunning beach is the main draw for many visitors. It can be accessed via Lady Anne’s Drive in Holkham village, which is just off the A149 and opposite The Victoria Inn. Behind the shoreline lies a semi-circular basin, which fills at very high tide to form a spectacular shallow lagoon. Wonderfully unspoilt, it stretches for miles and is just the place for bracing walks.


HOLKHAM The stunning beach forms the backdrop for Holkham's grand and stately Hall

BIKE & BOAT HIRE There is a cycle and boat hire centre open during the high season, and Holkham Park has a variety of different routes which take you past landmarks of interest. A great place for a picnic. For opening times and prices visit On your bike: Brown, blue and white arrows indicate cycle routes. By foot: Yellow markers will guide you along the lake, or follow red ones for a farm walk. 01328 713 071


THE BEACH A beautiful stretch of unspoilt sand, it is no surprise that Holkham beach holds a rather special title of the ‘Best Beach in the UK’. Finding razor clams at low tide is a great way for all the family to have fun for free. All you need is table salt and lots of patience. You might even gather enough for dinner!

HOLKHAM HALL 18th century Holkham Hall is still the family home of the Earl of Leicester. It is open to the public on Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays but closed in winter.

BRINGING THE OUTSIDE IN & NOMAD & THE BOWERBIRD Martin and Sarah Billing are a husband and wife team that have transformed Holkham’s old village shop into a stop worth making. In 2006, Martin opened the doors to Bringing the Outside In and over the years that followed the space evolved into a shopping experience unlike most on the coast. Outside, a curious collection of finds draws your eye. Once inside, you’ll see that Martin has curated an ever changing collection of artefacts, each piece carefully selected to capture the spirit of the rugged North Norfolk Coast. Next door you’ll find Nomad and the Bowerbird, a sister store to BTOI. Vintage Americana gems nestle beside homeware, accessories and candles. Bowerbirds are renowned for their nest building skills and exquisite eye for detail, when it comes to collecting and arranging their finds, this Bowerbird is no different. Main Rd, Holkham, Wells-next-the-Sea NR23 1AD



WELLS-NEXTTHE-SEA Offering everything from crabbing to sailing, Wells is a winner with all ages. QUAY ART Following the success of Quay Art's established location in Blakeney, an additional gallery opened on The Quay in Wells two years ago. Quay Art has become known and respected as a printmakers' gallery specialising in linocuts, etchings and collagraphs but also shows a wonderful mix of ceramics, designer jewellery, sculpture and original paintings by local artists. The light and spacious gallery space provides the perfect environment in which to enjoy the beautiful pieces of art on display. 01328 710905 NR23 1AR


COASTAL EXPLORATION COMPANY The Coastal Exploration Company create fun, relaxing, sometimes challenging, but undoubtedly life-enriching adventures on traditional wooden sailing boats. Run by a small, local team of professional adventurers, who skipper and host trips ranging from four hours to three days, through creeks, marshes and open sea. Get involved with the sailing and cooking, or sit back and connect with nature – the pace is yours to choose. This year they are launching mussel flat trips, which take people even deeper into the marsh using the tide, sail and punt. 07970 276397

THE GLOBE INN The Globe Inn is a delightful restaurant and boutique hotel overlooking a pretty, leafy Georgian square. They have eighteen luxurious en-suite bedrooms, each one individually designed in a contemporary, stylish look which reflects the quirky maritime charm of the coastal location. The restaurant celebrates simple, honest and in-season food, utilising the quality produce of local fisherman and suppliers from in and around North Norfolk. 01328 710206

WELLS MALTINGS After many years in the making, the new Wells Maltings centre opens its doors this summer, giving everyone the very best in arts, heritage, entertainment and hospitality. The Maltings aims to connect everyone with the very best in live theatre, film (mixing new releases, live transmissions and more classic and offbeat titles), classic and popular music, comedy, family and children’s activities, visual art and entertainment: with a year round programme of broad appeal. The Maltings boasts a new state-of-the-art 140-seat performance space, an art gallery space for local and national artists to exhibit their work, and a light and airy studio - the Clore Space - for both community and learning activities, and public events such as craft markets, talks and public gatherings. Combined with a brand-new heritage centre and museum over four gallery spaces, celebrating and sharing the history and growth of the town and its people, together with a new café, licensed bar and gift shop, the wide and varied Maltings experience is one not to be missed. The centre is also home to the town’s visitor information centre, and a focal point for local people and visitors to come together. 01328 710885


FASHION & HOMEWARE NOMAD & THE BOWERBIRD With a love for things welltravelled and an eye for the inspiring, Sarah has curated a collection of clothing, homeware and curiosities from around the globe. With husband Martin, of Bringing The Outside In at her side, Sarah has hand picked an assemblage of products from trips to America and Europe.

Launched from the Nest at Holkham back in 2012, Nomad and the Bowerbird spread its wings further to open a larger second store on Staithe Street in 2015. You can’t walk down the street without their colourful window catching your eye. This season, Sarah has sourced scarves and accessories from Italy, homeware from The Netherlands, Spain and Denmark, and CLUSE watches direct from Amsterdam. You will also find the welcome addition of Sixton, a new clothing brand which take a vintage influence from the 40’s through to the 70’s to create timeless pieces. Sarah has always had a love for clothing with textures, prints and patterns in timeless designs all of which shines through in her choice of collections from Spanish band Nice Things and homegrown London brand Louche. While styling advice has always been on hand, Sarah has built on her fashion background to launch a dedicated style and colour consultation service, Sarah Billing, Confidence in Colour. From a dedicated studio above the store Sarah can help you discover what shades work best for you and what styles best flatter your shape.

19 Staithe Street, Wells next the Sea, Norfolk NR23 1AG 01328 712282

BRINGING THE OUTSIDE IN The unique shopping experience of BTOI has been brought to a new space. In Wells-nextthe-Sea, towards the top of Staithe Street and next to its sister store Nomad & the Bowerbird. The North Norfolk coast was at the heart of the store when Martin first opened his doors in Holkham in 2006 and things are no different 10 years on. Although stock is sourced from far and wide, Martin artfully manages to select pieces that echo the tones, texture and style of our rugged coastline. Whether it be tableware that mirrors the small pools of water left by the retreating tide or candles with the rich woody notes of your afternoon walk. Each piece is thoughtfully selected to bring a flavour of the outdoors in to your home, with homeware and lighting, stationary, photography and books, tactile cushions and rugs. You will also find a capsule collection, from London menswear brand Hymn, known for their summer prints with a hit of tongue-in-cheek humour, and their heavy shirting and rugged knits in winter.

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WALSINGHAM ABBEY Don't miss the snowdrops at Walsingham Abbey in February.


WALSINGHAM Walsingham is actually two villages about a mile apart – Little Walsingham, where the main attractions are located, and Great Walsingham which, in true Norfolk style, is much smaller. THE RAILWAY Linking Little Walsingham to the coastal town of Wells-next-the-Sea, four miles away, is the Wells and Walsingham Light Railway – the longest 10 1/4’’ narrow-gauge steam railway in the world, offering a scenic journey over five bridges and through lovely countryside

WALSINGHAM FARM SHOP The Farm Shop was set up to celebrate the experience of Norfolk food, in reaction against ‘soulless’ trips to supermarket chains. Here you can watch sausages or game pies being made using seasonal, locally sourced produce, or sit down to a meal in the restaurant.

THE ABBEY A guided tour of Walsingham Abbey will give you an insight into a place of pilgrimage. The Shrine is popular, especially at Easter when it attracts some 100,000 pilgrims. For further information or bookings call:

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STIFFKEY Recorded in The Domesday book, the village is probably most famous for it’s former vicar, the Reverend Harold Davidson who after a notorious court case in 1932, was convicted on charges of immorality and defrocked. Davidson strongly protested his innocence and to raise funds for his reinstatement campaign he exhibited himself in a barrel on the Blackpool seafront. He performed in other sideshows of a similar nature and died after being attacked by a lion in whose cage he was appearing in a Skegness seaside show. These days Stiffkey is best known for Stiffkey Stores well worth a visit as you discover the delights of the coast road.

STIFFKEY STORES Established for twelve years, Andy and Alice have turned this general store into a popular destination, where fresh cakes and patisseries are baked daily in-store, served with delicious coffee. Browse the shelves to find a varied array of local produce, cards, books, children’s goods, plants and flowers. With the sunny courtyard and cosy beach huts, the experience can be enjoyed whatever the season. The store is open every day, all year round. 01328 830489



SEAL TRIPS The best way to get close and personal to the wildlife on Blakeney Point, is to book a trip on one of the locally operated ferry trips departing from Morston Quay. These are very popular, must always be booked in advance and run at different times according to the tide. Please check with individual providers for more information and to book.

and walk up to the old Lifeboat house which is now an information centre owned by the National Trust.

The pups start being born around 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 time for viewing if you wrap up warm!

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.

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 on Blakeney Point when the tide allows,

Beans Seal Trips have been a family run business for over 50 years. Running every day throughout the season (1st April until 31st October)

Norfolk mostly has common seals in the summer months, who arrive at Blakeney Point to have their pups.


as well as regularly throughout the winter.

BISHOP'S BOATS Bishop's Boats have been running seal watching trips departing from the picturesque Blakeney harbour and Morston quay since the early 1960's. This family run business has two traditional purpose built clinker construction wooden boats and one smaller boat. Trips run seasonally.

TEMPLES SEAL TRIPS The Temple family have been operating boat trips for well over 60 years, with skipper Jim starting when he was just 9 years old!! The whole family help run the business with future generations often on board learning the ropes.


PEDDARS WAY 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 that starts in the unique Brecks region 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 through the Brecks, 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 salt-marsh, grazing meadow, sanddune, glacial moraine cliff, flint and chalk-built villages and towns. The whole walk is 93 miles from Knettishall Heath in Suffolk to Cromer! But you can 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 outstanding cafĂŠ and then walk to Burnham Overy Staithe or take the same bus to Holme-next-theSea and walk to Thornham or from Stiffkey to Morston. You can also Join the Peddars Way at North Pickenham and cycle to Castle Acre, or walk from Knettishall Heath to Stonebridge or the Pingo Trail, which uses part of the Peddars Way at Stow Bedon. The possibilities are endless.

EXPLORE In a side street off the quay look out for a 14th century Guildhall which has an early example of a brick built vaulted ceiling. The beautifully restored, village church is large and spacious with many interesting features. Park up for free by The Village Hall and you can take a circular walk around the village, along the Quay, up the High Street and down the aptly named ‘Little Lane’ before ending up on the Pastures, a green open space – a perfect place to enjoy a picnic or fly a kite!

View from Blakeney Hotel


BLAKENEY Blakeney was once a busy medieval commercial port until the estuary began to silt up to form the tranquil nature reserve that we know today. Many people visit Blakeney just to sit on the quay and watch the boats. However there’s more to the village than meets the eye. BLAKENEY DELI Awarded the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2018, 2017 and 2016. Blakeney Delicatessen is a family owned fine food and wine shop on the High Street, offering local goods, deli foods from around the world and a selection of wines. Handmade foods are prepared there daily, alongside fresh local produce, including sausage rolls, tarts, breads, pates, soups and original dishes. Menus change regularly. Follow them on twitter  @BlakeneyDeli


THE HANDCRAFTED COMPANY The Handcrafted Company is a real find. Located on the High Street, everything in this characterful shop is handmade and supports over 50 British artisans. Stocking only the best contemporary craft and design, the Handcrafted Company offers unique gifts and beautiful items for your home, such as ceramics, textiles, glass and jewellery.

BLAKENEY HOTEL Blakeney Hotel has superb views over the marshes - the perfect place to take in the view after a bracing walk

BLAKENEY HOLIDAY COTTAGES Blakeney Holiday Cottages are the leading company specialising in luxury self catering holidays in Blakeney. With a huge selection of beautiful hand picked Norfolk holiday cottages in stunning locations and a habit of going the extra mile for customers. Take a look at their property page to judge for yourself!

CRAB This bright, vibrant and colourful shop, on Westgate Street, stocks a comprehensive range of leisurewear and accessories for men, women and children, including Crew Clothing, Mousqueton and Gone Crabbing. There’s also a fun selection of toys and gifts and, of course, all the equipment you could possibly need for some serious crabbing!


THE FLINT GALLERY Blakeney has become an established destination for Britain's leading artists to exhibit their work. Now celebrating their 10th year, The Flint Gallery of Contemporary Art has an excellent reputation for showing an eclectic mix of styles and techniques including paintings, bronze sculptures, studio ceramics and glassware inspired by the North Norfolk coastline. The spacious and welcoming gallery exhibits the work of up to 40 creators at any one time with prices ranging from ÂŁ100 - ÂŁ5,000. NR25 7NQ

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Find us at the end of The Quay. Westgate Street, Blakeney, Norfolk. NR25 7NQ


QUAY ART Quay Art is a printmakers' gallery specialising in linocuts, etchings and collagraphs. With galleries in both Blakeney and Wells, Quay Art also exhibits a wide variety of affordable ceramics, original watercolours, acrylic paintings and designer jewellery created by local artists. Prices start at just £20 and go up to around £500. NR25 7AL

PICTURES • SCULPTURE • POTTERY • JEWELLERY 4 The Granary, High Street, Blakeney, Norfolk. NR25 7AL Tel: 01263 740013 2 Quayside, The Quay, Wells, Norfolk. NR23 1AR Tel: 01328 710905 THE BEST OF NORFOLK __ 43

THINGS TO DO AND SEE Cley – pronounced to rhyme with pie – is a pretty village protected by an immense shingle bank, not far from Holt. Don’t leave without visiting one of the county’s most iconic landmarks, the Cley windmill. St Margaret’s church is a fine example of 13th-century architecture with craved gargoyles, medieval glass windows and graffiti.


CLEY-NEXT-THE-SEA Wander through the reed beds of the Cley Marshes, an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. HISTORY Cley was once one of the busiest ports in England. The many Flemish gables in the town are a lovely reminder of commerce with the Low Countries. Since the port silted up in the late 19th century, tourism has thrived in the area from the Victorian era to today.

WIVETON HALL CAFÉ Which overlooks the marshes and out to sea, opened in 2007 and quickly gained a reputation for fine, wholesome food. Situated on the fruit farm, surrounded by strawberry fields and raspberry canes, the food is always seasonal which is reflected in the regularly changing menu. The Café gets very busy between 11.45 – 3.00pm so do call to book. 01263 740515 THE BEST OF NORFOLK __ 44

FOODIE HEAVEN If you like smoked fish Cley Smokehouse have been producing smoked fish for well over 40 years slowly, in oak smoked brick kilns

BIRDING Norfolk Wildlife Trust visitors’ centre and cafe has great views over the salt marshes and tidal creeks. There is also a noticeboard alerting birdwatchers to recently spotted species. With the telescopes pointing out towards the shingle bank and sea, this is a good starting point for acquainting yourself with the local bird life.

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THE NORFOLK COTTAGE COMPANY If you have a property to let in the region then The Norfolk Cottage Company like to do things differently. They are small enough to give individuals attention, but large enough to ensure a great level of bookings by quietly focusing on the details. Little touches that make your property stand out – and they have the experience to get these right time after time. A skilled photography and media team capture the unique characteristics of your property forming the basis of the presentations within their brochures and websites. Why not visit their office in Holt?


HOLT This town owes its distinctive architecture to the Great Fire of Holt, which tore through the majority of its medieval foundations in the space of just three hours in 1708. Fortunately this was followed by the large scale Georgian reconstruction which makes the labyrinth of streets so attractive to visitors today. The town has come a long way from its entry in the Domesday Book, at which time it boasted 90 adult males, 60 pigs, one carthorse, five mills and a market. LAKING ART Laking Art is a small shop located on the ground floor of Six Appleyard. Here there’s an eclectic mix of objects – some old, some not so, run enthusiastically by Christopher Graham. Christopher's skill is his aesthetic. The shop’s space shows how a modern B&B Italia chair can sit quite handsomely with a mid 19th Century oak chest, and a beautiful geometric vintage silk scarf can sit amongst a simple vase of white tulips. Assembling precious and beautiful objects together and in some instances the ordinary enables the pieces to shine a little brighter. Richard sources his stock from travels, auctions, fayres, but he also has contacts for ex-display furniture from leading brands. So if you are interested in furniture, both modern and antique, lighting, artworks, soft furnishings, books and mirrors, make sure you pay him a visit.  @christopherarthurgraham THE BEST OF NORFOLK __ 46

BIRCHAM GALLERY Established in 1988, Bircham Gallery is situated on the Market Place in the delightful Georgian town of Holt. Owned by Christopher and Deborah Harrison, the gallery has developed an enviable reputation for exhibiting the best of modern and contemporary British art from East Anglia and beyond. "Our focus is divided between encouraging talent among the current generation of emerging artists and showing the work of established artists, with equal commitment to both." 01263 713312

DRIFTWOOD GLASS STUDIO Driftwood Glass Studio, situated in the cosy Feathers Yard near Holt town centre, is home to two young entrepreneurs, Rose and Keiran, who specialise in the on-site design, manufacture and sale of a variety of original glass products and original artwork. Rose studied Glass and Ceramics, specialising in Architectural Glass at the National Glass Centre, whilst Keiran studied Photography and Digital imaging. Together their knowledge of glass and design allows them to create beautiful bespoke pieces of fused and stained glass inspired by the North Norfolk coastline and countryside, using vibrant colours and textures. This is fully complemented by Keiran’s selection of his original artwork featuring local scenes. Whether you are seeking an original souvenir, such as a Fused Glass coaster or are looking to commission a larger bespoke piece of Stained Glass to grace your home, Rose and Keiran will be happy to advise you, so do visit or call. The Studio offers you the opportunity to have a go at making either fused or stained glass under the guidance of both Rose and Keiran. Regular courses are offered to both children and adults, though sampler sessions may be possible on spec. 01263 710042

SUGARED ROSE COMPANY If you’re looking for stunning bespoke cakes that are all individually made, fresh to order, visit the Sugared Rose Cake Company. Also focusing on sugarcraft work, including handmade sugar flowers, this specialist shop sells pretty gifts associated with baking. The owner, Alyson Bash is on hand to offer advice and help to customers with any icing and cake-decorating problems. This is a unique service which isn’t available at the average supermarket! 01263 860566  @thesugaredrosecakecompany


MORSTON TOWN & COUNTRY Are stockists of beautiful and stylish wax, tweed and fur clothing with sumptuous accessories and footwear. They hold extensive ranges of modern tailoring that retain a strong commitment to classic British heritage. Stockists of a large range of popular British and European labels such as Aigle, Barbour, Belstaff, Matchless, Bonart of Onley, Cirrus, Chrysalis, Dents, Dubarry of Ireland, John Smedley, Ilse Jacobsen, Really Wild, Stetson and Stones. Above all, Morston Town & Country offer you understated luxury.

ART GALLERIES Another draw to the town are the variety of art galleries, ranging from the Red Dot Gallery with its eclectic collection of contemporary work to Bircham Gallery, Jeremy Barlow Fine Art and Adrian Hill, a gallery held in great local affection.

THE OWL TRAIL There’s a lot to miss in Holt but searching out all the ‘Yards’ and other hidden locations has just been made so much easier by following the Holt Owl Trail through a series of numbered and title bronze plaques mounted in the pavements. Simply follow the direction of the Owl depicted on each plaque to complete a circular walk around the town centre which takes about 45 minutes to complete and is suitable for all age groups.

RICHARD SCOTT ANTIQUES Holt has several antiques shops in the town that are well worth exploring don’t miss Richard Scott Antiques on the High Street. As you wander round do pop in you might just stumble on a treasured find.


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HEIRLOOM CUSHIONS Beautifully made with more than a nod to traditional folk art – these cushions are fashioned in 100% merino looped wool, backed with cotton velvet and completed with feather liner. A range of canine designs always in stock. £60.00 each.

AS SEEN ON FISH HILL… The Red Dot Gallery can be found on a hill that’s flat where there are most certainly no fish, but nevertheless number 7 Fish Hill is the address! Colin Rawlings, the proprietor of The Red Dot prefers to think of his retail establishment as a shop that’s a gallery, that’s a shop… Which means paintings, prints and sculpture alongside ceramics, furniture and glass. The offering is a very eclectic mix across a wide price range. The gallery is set over two floors with lifestyle shopping on the ground and artwork or an exhibition on the first.


The majority of the artists are exhibited on an exclusive basis and additionally much of the merchandise that Colin sources is not found in other local stores, in many cases simply not sold elsewhere in the country. Trying to be different is the challenge, which is why you might encounter a life size great dane on a dining table, a crowned ostrich, a dress made of flowers or mice getting married in The Red Dot... So whilst the music is playing and everything is clearly priced, come on in!

Dogs, especially working breeds, have been a major focus for Nigel Hemming during his forty year career as a fine artist. More recently the artist has developed a series of British Bird paintings. The gallery approached Nigel to see if he would consider incorporating one of North Norfolk’s most distinctive churches, St Nicholas at Salthouse, with the graceful Barn Owl. The result ‘THE OWL OF ST. NICHOLAS’ – limited edition of 50, signed and numbered by Nigel. £145.00 + framing.


LUCY BOYDELL – ARTIST Lively upscale images of British Wildlife, Farm Livestock, Dogs and even a Dodo! Lucy’s original monotone works in charcoal and chalk are also available as Limited Editions. Lucy will also undertake commissions, so please ask for detail. Original works in the gallery from around £3,500.00, framed editions from £425.00. (illustrated: ‘VIXEN’)

BARRIE MORRIS – ARTIST The architecture, history, folklore and nature of Norfolk provide a constant source of inspiration for this highly individual artist. ‘THE WHITE HART’ (illustrated) is a creature highly respected in centuries past, thought by the Celts to be a messenger from another world. Morris has placed his Hart recumbent with Houghton Hall as the backdrop. Houghton, appropriately, is home to a herd of over 1000 white deer. Currently the artist is working towards a new collection ‘Quirks & Quiddities’ a miscellany of the counties folklore, forgotten characters and events. Framed Editions from around £400.00, Originals from £850.00.

LIZZIE RICHES – ARTIST A hopeless student at Art School, Lizzie preferred to develop her own style by studying the paintings she had loved as a child, the results speak for themselves. In recent years Lizzie has focussed upon her striking portraits incorporating costume and elements upon a theme, birds, parrots even sea life. ‘FLORA’ (illustrated) based upon the original painting is a silkscreen edition exclusive to the gallery. Working with the team at Harwood King Fine Art, ‘Flora’ took almost a year to print and employs around 40 different screens. In an edition of 100, each signed and numbered by the artist, the print is priced at £500.00 plus framing.

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FOLLY TEAROOMS Escape the stresses of everyday life and be enchanted by the ‘must visit’ destination in Holt. You can browse in its exciting mix of shops then take tea in the Folly Tearoom or its garden where vintage romance will surround you. FOLLY TEAROOM The Folly Tearoom is an enchanting place where the magic of a time gone by combines with quirky vintage décor, this and it’s beautiful garden, combine to ensure the perfect atmosphere to relax in. Traditional afternoon tea is served

with over 40 different unique teas. A very warm welcome awaits you whatever the time of day. Everything is homemade created and served with love from breakfast to early evening bites. Open Winter 9-5 Monday to Saturday-Summer 9-6.

TEA CADDY The Tea Caddy is the must go destination for tea lovers. It offers you the chance to taste and buy forty different teas and fruit infusions uniquely blended with love and attention to detail by Judith herself. Tea as it should be. The teas are wrapped and weighed while you wait. You will find tea caddies, strainers, tea cosies, teapots and individual gifts galore. Visit us and enjoy the total Tea Caddy Experience. THE BEST OF NORFOLK __ 54

SEAHORSE STUDIO In the picturesque town of Holt, artisanal jeweller Helen Wright practices an ancient craft. In her brick and flint studio you’ll find her working glass using an ancient lampworking technique that produces one-of-a-kind glass beads, pendants and earrings. At Seahorse Studio you can buy individual beads and hand-made jewellery and Helen also takes commissions for pieces in any shade or colour scheme you desire.

In lampworking, beads are made by melting glass rods in the torch flame, which reaches about 1000 degrees centigrade, and winding the hot glass round a metal rod called a mandrel. It’s a different technique to blowing glass, but just as old. After being formed, shaped and decorated in the flame, the beads are annealed in a digitally controlled kiln so they cool down at the correct rate to make them robust. They are then used to make unique pieces of jewellery. No two beads are alike – that’s the beauty of hand-made work.

so I asked her if she would like to have some in my studio. After that, it grew organically – local artists called in and we got talking".

Since it opened in 2014 Seahorse Studio has now morphed into a showcase for many local artists. "I intended the building to just house my workshop, as I didn't have room at home. But I happen to live next door to another glass artist, Hazel Millington, whose colourful fused glass is well established in North Norfolk,

Unique to Seahorse Studio are the exquisite glass seahorses and handpainted glass pieces by Sue Jenkinson. "Sue came into the shop one day and remarked that she loved seahorses and used to make glass ones. When I asked why she had stopped, she said, 'what would I do with them?' The rest is history."

Helen is now delighted to have a fantastic selection of local work including ceramics by Jane Bygrave, copper foil work (stained glass) by Suzanne Phillips, hand painted silks by Mims Grogan, mosaics by Ruby Button, cards by local photograher Jo Latham and local artist Mary Newton, and wood turning by Chris Robson.

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Edward Seago RWS RBA, Summer Morning Santa Maria Della Salute, Venice Oil on Board, 20 x26 inches

Deborah Walker RI ARSMA, Perpetuity, Watercolour, 39 x 51 inches

Adrian Hill Fine Art was opened in Lees Yard, Holt in July 2013 and showcases some of the finest paintings selected from the Royal Academy, Royal Institutes, Federations and Societies. The light and airy space is perfectly suited to exhibit original works of art and Adrian Hill is proud to be representing many leading contemporary painters who provide a changing exhibition of new works. Within the collection a carefully selected and diverse portfolio of works from Modern British painters such as Sir Alfred Munnings RA, Dame Laura Knight DBE RA RWS and Edward Seago RWS RBA add to the prestige and offering of this Fine Art gallery Managing Director, Adrian Hill, has been in the art industry for over a decade and owns two art galleries. The Gallery, Picturecraft, also based in Lees Yard, was opened in 1972 by his father and grandparents, and was Holt's first independent art exhibition space and frequented by Lawrence Stephen Lowry RA during the 1970's.

Since opening the Fine Art gallery Adrian Hill has hosted two major solo sell out exhibitions for Rosa Sepple PRI at the prestigious Mall Galleries in London, written numerous art publications for Halsgrove Publishing and is currently co-writing a history of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water

Lucy McKie ROI, Early Summer Light, Oil on Canvas 16x14 inches

Colours due to be published in 2019. Alongside the beautiful works of art, the addition of a high quality espresso bar, serving freshly ground Italian coffee and a range of speciality teas compliment this relaxed gallery space. Despite being in a relatively central location in the busy historic Georgian town of Holt, Lees Yard is perhaps one of the town's best-kept secrets and is renowned as being a most inspirational place to discover. Tucked away behind traditionally built cottages, Lees Yard can be quite difficult to find. There are two entrances, one leading directly off Bull Street (which can be found at plaque number 12 on the Holt Owl Trail) or by the pedestrianised brick weave pathway leading through wroughtiron gates from the Albert Street Car Park. Both galleries are fully accessible for visitors in wheel chairs. THE BEST OF NORFOLK __ 56

Brian Ryder ROI IEA, San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice, Oil on Board, 8x12 inches

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Space to share ideas. Set in 200 acres of beautiful countryside and just 4 miles from the breathtaking north Norfolk coast, Gresham’s gives your child all the time and space they need to develop into confident, well-rounded, young individuals.

Open Mornings An opportunity to have a look around our schools and meet staff and pupils. Nursery and Pre-Prep (aged 2 to 7) Prep (aged 7 to 13) Senior (aged 13 to 18) Gresham’s is an independent, co-educational day and boarding school in Holt, north Norfolk.


GRESHAM'S rooms, a recording studio and a 140 seat auditorium. Children joining the school immediately become part of a unique community where parents can be assured that they will become immersed in a fulfilling and hugely varied school life. Pupils contribute to excellence in a vast range of activities and disciplines including drama, sports, art, music, the Combined Cadet Force and Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

Gresham’s School, enviably located between the awardwinning coast and countryside of north Norfolk, offers an outstanding, all-round education which combines great tradition with innovation and imagination. Established in 1555 by the former Lord Mayor of London, Sir John Gresham, the school has continued to go from strength to strength and is now a thriving co-educational day and boarding school.

Three schools (Pre-Prep, Prep and Senior) provide a seamless education for children who can join our nursery aged 2 and continue their education through to Sixth Form. We offer both A levels and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme in Year 12. In 2016, the school was awarded an ‘excellent’ inspection rating in all nine categories by the Independent Schools Inspectorate. This is testament to the high teaching standards and outstanding pastoral care provided across the school. Attracting pupils from across the UK and overseas, Gresham’s offers a diverse and welcoming environment set in 200 acres of beautiful countryside. The school has a strong commitment to providing first-class facilities, and in 2017, welcomed HRH The Princess Royal, to open a new state-of-the-art Music School named after Old Greshamian Benjamin Britten. The £5 million music centre, includes classrooms, music practice


On leaving Gresham’s, pupils have the skills, knowledge and, most importantly, the confidence, strength and desire to make their mark. Empowering our pupils to make choices that suit them and supporting them as they prepare to take the next step in life leaves them with not just a wealth of career opportunities but with memories of their years at Gresham’s that they will cherish for a lifetime. Many progress to the universities of their choice including Yale, Oxford, Cambridge, Durham, Exeter and Edinburgh. Many Old Greshamians have gone on to develop successful careers in a wide range of fields such as physiologist and biophysicist Sir Alan Lloyd Hodgkin, founder of Dyson, Sir James Dyson, film and television director, Stephen Frears, BAFTA award-winning actress Olivia Colman and poet W.H Auden.

DISCOVER MORE There are two Open Mornings a year in the Autumn and Spring. Alternatively, we are happy to arrange an individual visit during term-time. The school offers scholarships to exceptional children who show outstanding potential academically and/or in the fields of Art, Drama, Music and Sport. Scholarships are available to children wishing to apply for a place in Year 7, Year 9 or Year 12.

MARKETS & MUSEUMS There is a thriving market in the car park next to the North Norfolk Railway station. It takes place twice a week but is busier on Saturday than it is on Wednesday. The Mo Museum on the seafront is also worth a visit, with bright galleries where you can walk amongst an extraordinary historic fleet of lifeboats and fishing boats. You will also find another two lifeboat museums on the eastern side of town.


SHERINGHAM A traditional fishing resort with a great Victorian past.

THE POPPY LINE Sheringham is easily accessible by train, as there is a railway station linking to Cromer and Norwich via the Norfolk Broads, as well as the more scenic North Norfolk Railway along the fabled Poppy Line to Holt, via Kelling Heath. You can’t miss the plume of steam rising when it is running.

DID YOU KNOW? THE TOWN has one of the three blue-flag beaches along the coast, so is perfect for a day on the pristine sandy beach.


1940’S WEEKEND On the 15th - 16th September, step back in time to the days of the blitz, rationing and utility clothing. Remember to go in uniform or 1940s civilian dress to add to the atmosphere.

SHERINGHAM PARK Sheringham Park has several well-marked walks with glimpses of the sea, including one for wheelchair users. The park is at its best in May and June when the spectacular display of purple rhododendrons is in flower.

HILLTOP OUTDOOR CENTRE Give school holiday boredom the boot with an action-packed family adventure day at Hilltop. An exciting array of adventure activities awaits you, including: High Ropes, The Big Zipper, Super Swing, Climbing Wall, Archery, Tree Top Trail and The Air Jump... A thrilling and unique addition to the activities. Minimum age eight years - Booking Essential! Hilltop also offers Children’s Adventure Birthday Parties throughout the year. 01263 824514



BLYTH & WRIGHT At the age of 87, Ron Wright still puts on his shop coat every day to work in the family ironmongers business in Sheringham, North Norfolk. SPRING Equip your green fingers with gardening gloves, compost, plants, bulbs and seeds Get round to that long-forgotten DIY job with ladders, tools and decorating equipment Give the walls a fresh lick of paint after the spring cleaning. Diversify your baking skills with a huge range of cake making equipment

SUMMER Manicure your lawn with a new mower or tidy your bushes with hedge cutters and strimmers. Keep the garden cool and watered with water butts, hoses and sprinklers Get all the kit for your camping holiday, including furniture and accessories Make sure you‘re seaside ready with windbreaks and beach games. The store pictured in the 1930s. Back then it was a single shop front, but over the years Ron and Richard Wright astutely bought adjoining shops that came up for sale, developing the business into the hive of rows.

It is a job he first started in the Blyth and Wright business over 70 years ago at the tender age of 13. Back then, in 1944, his father Clarence Granville Wright’s shop was one of three ironmongers in the seaside town. Times might have changed, but the popular department store now employs a staff of 18 and sells everything from kitchen goods to garden furniture and fine china. But the army of loyal customers can still buy a single screw for just five pence. The shop is now managed under the watchful eye of son Chris, 48. It first opened as C A Sadlers in 1897, when Queen Victoria was on the throne. It wasn’t until Mr Wright’s father, Clarence, bought into the business in 1930 that it took its present name. It started as a single shop front but, over the years, Mr Wright and his brother, Richard bought adjoining property, expanding the business into the hive of rows and rooms stocking thousands of products it is today. Despite the shop’s change in size and range, the Wright family has battled to

keep its traditional charm. A washing mangle is tucked in between the wood-burning stoves and a collection of ancient screws. But with progress, old-fashioned flat irons were replaced with modern electric ones in the 1920s. And one of the shop’s biggest sellers, dry toilet buckets, were phased out with the advent of flush lavatories. Mr Wright was also a top gunsmith and did a brisk trade selling shotguns to local landowners and farmers. As Ron and his brother Richard, now deceased, grew up they expanded into glass and china. Speaking with the launch of the shop’s new front, Richard said: ‘We pride ourselves on our service to customers. Although this is a large shop, you can still be served by the proprietor. Whether you spend 50p or £50 we like to feel you get just as good service.” To experience a truly unique family business when you are in Sheringham, make sure you pay Chris and his colleagues a visit you’ll understand first hand why they say: “Blyth and Wright – I bet we’ve got it!” THE BEST OF NORFOLK __ 62

Host a barbeque to die for with the latest equipment and garden furniture

AUTUMN You’ll find all you need for jamming, pickling and bottling your favourite preserves. Prepare your home for the festive season with wonderful Christmas decorations Browse the unique china shop for oneoff presents Get inspired with novel gift ideas by the range of 1940’s inspired gifts Buy a gift voucher for a friend who’ll reap the year-round benefit - perfect for those who are difficult to buy for

WINTER Fuel your hearth with coal, logs and kindling Replace your coal bunkers, coal hods and fireguards Keep the chill out with wood burners, paraffin heaters and gas fires Everything you need to make a Christmas puddling including the decorations Nurture garden wildlife with bird food, feeders and tables as well as homes for bats, hedgehogs and insects.

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THE PIER Is a great year-round attraction, and whatever the weather Cromer hosts the last ‘end of the pier’ show in Europe every summer. It is a traditional British Summer variety performance now in its 41st year, and should not be missed. Aside from sampling the famous Cromer crab (best in early summer) and watching the crab boats, be sure to spend time walking the shoreline. Cromer’s safe and sandy beaches have consistently won both the Keep Britain Tidy Seaside Award and the prestigious EU blue flag award for water quality. Patrolled by Lifeguards in summer, the beach is ideal for families of all ages.



A busy town with a historic pier and plenty to explore through its narrow streets. CROMER LIFEBOAT Watch out for the lifeboat launch from the pier every Sunday from 11am.

SURF’S UP If you are here in the summer, try surfing or paddle-boarding at Glide Surf school (open April to October).

THE GARDEN HOUSE GALLERY & SHOP A former Fisherman’s cottage, this quaint brick and flint listed building houses six rooms of vibrant artwork and gifts. It has been under the ownership of Kate Gale since 2010, and is situated in Garden Street, a popular thoroughfare to the famous Cromer Pier. Kate says: “Our visitors love exploring the quirky little rooms and are always amazed how the building opens out. They are enticed in by our regularly changing exhibitions (although I suspect they are actually coming to see Cassedy my gorgeous labradoodle!) We are fortunate to live in an area rich and diverse in its artistic talent and I aim to capture a snapshot of that on our walls.”


VIRGINIA COURT HOTEL One of the best independently owned hotels along the North Norfolk Coast, the award-winning Virginia Court Hotel, offers stylish accommodation within a converted Edwardian Club House and is famous for its friendly welcome and exceptional service

Set back from the centre of Cromer, on a quiet tree-lined avenue, yet just moments away from Cromer’s ‘blue flag’ beach. All bedrooms feature modern en-suites with great power showers, comfortable beds with hypoallergenic four season duvets and pillows.There’s free Wi-Fi and a relaxing lounge with bar. The hotel serves afternoon tea in it’s spacious and sunny garden, and its restaurant - which is open to nonresidents for evening meals - offers a full a la carte menu serving, when in season, local daily Cromer Crab specials as well as an abundance of Norfolk-sourced dishes. Knowledgeable staff are always on hand to help with planning day-trips locally or further afield. With so many of Norfolk’s attractions only a short drive away, Virginia Court is a great place to stay and explore North Norfolk.

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NORFOLK DINING 68 Best of Dining

79 Norfolk Restaurant Week

75 Norfolk Top Eats

80 North Norfolk Food & Drink Festival

76 Best of Norfolk Deli’s

81 Norfolk Pub Walks

Benedicts, 3 AA Rosette dining in central Norwich

78 Best of Local Produce



DINING THE GLOBE INN The kitchen team at The Globe work closely with local fishermen and butchers in Wells-next-the-Sea and around North Norfolk, taking real delight in producing locallysourced, consistently fresh and delicious meals. The beef cattle fattened on salt marshes belonging to ancient estates and baskets of crabs and mussels brought straight up from the quay have a special unbeatable flavour. Their three-course lunch and dinner menus alter seasonally to take advantage of the fantastic harvests of local produce, with vegetarian options always available. Continental and full Norfolk breakfast is available to ‘walks-ins’ as well as residents and is popular with (early) bird-watchers. The Globe Inn, The Buttlands, Wells-next-the-Sea NR23 1EU 01328 710206

THE CHEQUERS INN Enjoy a choice of menus from seasonal a la carte to homemade pizzas or Norfolk tapas at The Chequers Inn restaurant. This beautifully renovated former coaching inn on the North Norfolk coast offers a variety of areas to dine, relax and enjoy a laid-back informality. The service is charmingly chummy and atmosphere is calm and relaxed. Peruse Head Chef, Shayne Wood’s, seasonal and irresistible menus. Shayne is passionate about local, high quality produce and seafood, including the famous Brancaster mussels. All the food is home-made on the premises, using ingredients that are sourced and supplied from local producers. The Chequers menus suit every taste including hearty Sunday lunch, lighter lunchtime snacks and pizzas. There is very popular tapas too – Norfolk style.

The Chequers Inn High St, Thornham PE36 6LY 01485 512229



DINING BENEDICTS Benedicts is a small modern neighbourhood restaurant with classic values, run by husband and wife team Richard and Katja Bainbridge. A true family business in the heart of Norwich. After being head chef for seven years at the Michelin starred Morston Hall and after winning BBC 2’s Great British Menu 2015, Richard who heads up the kitchen, wanted to go back to his roots as a Norwich boy and showcase the best of what this fine county has to offer, which he does with a forever seasonal changing menu in a relaxed environment and with hospitality at its heart. For special occasions, celebrations and business meetings Benedicts has a beautiful private dining room which seats 8-14 guests available at lunch and dinner times. Set Lunch 2 Courses £16 3 Courses £20 A lá Carte 2 Courses £29 3 Courses £37 6/8 Course Menu £49/£61 Wine pairings available

Benedicts Restaurant 9 St Benedicts Street, Norwich, NR2 4PE 01603 92 60 80

STRATTONS Strattons is an award winning boutique hotel, restaurant and cafe deli offering cool contemporary style with originality and strong environmental ethics. The hotel has 12 bedrooms, two self catering apartments, a 40 cover restaurant and an onsite café deli 'CoCoes'. Restaurant The chic restaurant is open daily from 6.30pm where everything is made on site and the kitchen has a committed philosophy to use the plentiful and abundant seasonal produce on its own Norfolk doorstep, including eggs from the hotels hens and fruit from the orchard. Afternoon tea Strattons is the perfect venue for traditional afternoon tea by the fire in winter or alfresco in summer, with a themed monthly changing menu. Available daily from 12pm and prices start from £16.50pp, booking essential. Look out for our special afternoon tea dates from £20. Strattons Hotel, 4 Ash Cl, Swaffham PE37 7NH 01760 723845



DINING CONGHAM HALL Whether you are looking for a relaxing place to stay, a family lunch in pleasant surroundings or somewhere to celebrate in style, then look no further! Congham Hall, set in 30 acres of beautiful parkland on the edge of the Sandringham Estate, and has been welcoming guests for over 30 years. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner every day and offers a varied choice of dishes using fresh local produce, as well as vegetables and herbs from our own garden and a choice of excellent cellar wines. On sunny days, there is nothing better than lunch on the terrace followed by a walk around the grounds and herb garden. Rooms are from £135 including breakfast (dog friendly and family rooms available). Congham Hall boasts of 3 AA red stars and 2 AA rosettes for the restaurant. Congham Hall Grimston, King’s Lynn PE32 1AH 01485 600250

NO. TWENTY9 No.Twenty9 Bar & Restaurant is located in the heart of Burnham Market, in a Georgian Grade II listed property dating back to the 18th century. The menu, created by their award-winning chef, Philip Milner, is based around fresh, locally sourced ingredients cooked on an open wood fired fire pit and served alongside classic and modern British dishes. Their unique fire pit is located in an ‘open’ kitchen for you to watch the chefs cooking your meal with the associated ‘theatre’ of live fire cooking. The butchery and vegetable preparation kitchens are also open for you to observe the preparation of the freshest meat cuts, locally caught fish and locally sourced vegetables and garnishes.

No. Twenty9, 29 Market Place, Burnham Market, Norfolk PE31 8HF 01328 738 498



DINING THE WELLS CRAB HOUSE The Wells Crab House is a small, intimate and informal restaurant. Their ethos is to create a friendly, relaxed and welcoming dining experience centred around beautifully prepared local and seasonal seafood dishes. The seafood platters are consistently popular. They also offer a smattering of ‘landlubber’ dishes on their monthly menu and the specials board offers some unique and tantalising dishes. For their talented Kitchen brigade using local produce is a top priority and they are proud to supply crabs and mussels from Andy Frary on his Andorra Star 2 boat, lobsters from Billy Ward on his Ma Freen boat and oysters from Richard Loose from Brancaster, The landlubber dishes coming from award-winning butcher Arthur Howell. Wells Crab House 38 Freeman Street, Wells-next-the-Sea NR23 1BA 01328 710456

BRIARFIELDS Whether it’s a light bite, simple supper or celebratory meal with friends and family, at Briarfields we start with good food and create imaginative dishes that are inspired by our coastal location. From Brancaster mussels to venison from the nearby Holkham Estate, we enjoy the simple pleasures of using fantastic local ingredients and fresh, seasonal produce. Start with our home-smoked salmon gravlax, marinated in Norfolk ‘Black Shuck’ gin and served with a pickled fennel salad – a superb dish that showcases Norfolk artisan producers. Classic dishes are elevated into something spectacular, such as Briarfields’ fish pie with salmon, smoked haddock, crayfish tails and prawns, with a delicious Parmesan mash topping; or for meat-lovers, a stunning braised shin of beef with horseradish mash, roasted carrots and red wine sauce. Enjoy a meal – or perhaps an indulgent Posh Afternoon Tea – in Briarfields’ elegant dining room, overlooking the salt marshes at Titchwell. Cozy by the log-burner in winter or sit out on the decking in warmer weather, relax and enjoy a taste of Norfolk life.

Briarfields, Main Road, Titchwell PE31 8BB 01485 210742



DINING TITCHWELL MANOR Renowned for it’s superb three AA Rosette cuisine, a smart retreat for those seeking dining in stylish surroundings. Sunday brunch with a twist is served between 12pm and 3pm, while the hotels famous Afternoon Tea served daily in The Eating Rooms and lounge from 12 noon until 5pm. Head chef Chris Mann and Eric Snaith’s menus focus on modern European cuisine taking advantage of the fantastic local fish and seafood as well as fine game and meat from nearby estates. Guests can choose to dine in the elegant conservatory overlooking the garden, or in the striking and informal Eating Rooms, complete with sea view terrace and bar. An exquisite á la carte menu is on offer for dinner with light meals and tapas available at lunch. Open everyday for lunch and dinner with a choice of two restaurants.

Titchwell Manor Hotel & Restaurants, Titchwell, Near Brancaster, Norfolk, PE31 8BB 01485 210221

THE LIFEBOAT INN The Lifeboat Inn’s restaurant in Thornham offers a variety of places and cosy corners with roaring fires, comfy sofas to dine or simply have a drink and unwind. Whether you prefer to dine in our history-soaked bar, spacious, bright conservatory or relaxed dining room, we're as passionate about the quality of our food as we are about its provenance. With some of the UK's best local producers on our doorstep, we're proud to be able to showcase locallyreared meats, freshly caught fish and Norfolk grown vegetables on our comprehensive, mouth-watering menu. Our Head Chef and his dedicated, highly skilled team knows just how to make the most of this locally-grown fayre. Our menus evolve constantly and feature seasonal produce while it is at its best. From delicious, set-you-up-for-theday hearty breakfasts, to traditional lunchtime or evening meals like fish and chips, country pates, ploughman's platters, crisp salads, hearty soups and stews and the best Sunday roasts, rest assured that each and every dish is sourced, prepared and cooked with provenance in mind, from field, sea or river to fork.

The Lifeboat Inn, Ship Lane, Thornham, Norfolk, PE36 6LT 01485 51226



DINING THE ORANGE TREE The Orange Tree is a stylish, contemporary dining pub, nestled in one of North Norfolk’s most beautiful coastal villages. We are a family owned business and strive hard, day and night, to serve award-winning food, from top quality local produce in a laid back, ‘unstuffy’ environment. The OT offers a haven of tranquillity where couples, families and friends are welcomed with open arms.

Dining Pub of the Year The Good Food Guide 2013-18

The restaurant is the ‘jewel in our crown’. We are thrilled that the awards just keep on coming for our food. Our kitchen team are constantly striving to devise innovative new dishes, as well as adding new twists to age old pub classics. In particular we are well known for our local seafood dishes – a passion which won us the award for ‘Great British Seafood Pub Chef of the Year’ for the Wild Seabass and Norfolk Razor Clams dish. We have seventeen ensuite bedrooms, making us the perfect spot to relax and enjoy our stunning beaches by day and our awardwinning food and wine by night.

The Orange Tree, High Street, Thornham Norfolk, PE36 6LY 01485 512213

DABBLING DUCK This lovely nine bedroom pub situated in the extremely pretty village of Great Massingham is an ideal choice for a short break in the heart of the North Norfolk countryside from where Sandringham and Houghton Hall are just a short drive away. The fine pub food and CAMRA recommended bar sit extremely well together in the cosiest of surroundings. Locally-owned, friendly and informal, The Dabbling Duck has gone from strength to strength since the arrival of Mark Dobby in 2013. Recently three high-spec bedrooms have been built in the picturesque garden. All the rooms are en-suite equipped with either bath or power shower, flat screen TV with wi-fi available. The Dabbling Duck is open all day seven days a week for Breakfast 8.00am-10am, Lunch 12noon2.30pm (Mon-Sat), Dinner 6.309.00pm (Mon-Thurs) 6.00pm9.30pm (Fri & Sat) and Sunday lunch service 12noon -8pm.

The Dabbling Duck, 11 Abbey Road, Great Massingham, PE32 2HN 01485 520827



DINING CALEY HALL Situated in the peaceful village of Old Hunstanton, just ten minutes’ walk from the beach the AA rosette awarded restaurant offers a mix of fine dining and bar classics. Our head chef combines a touch of the traditional countryside with a modern twist, using the freshest, seasonal ingredients and local flavours. Food is served daily from 8am9pm offering a mouth-watering roast lunch on Sundays between 12 and 2.30pm. Afternoon teas on the sun terrace or in the warm and cosy lounge are very popular and the bar offers a host of delights including real ales and local spirits. A sumptuous children’s menu is served daily, and families with children and dogs are all warmly welcomed. Our friendly and dedicated restaurant team provide a relaxing dining experience whilst maintaining attentive service. With thirty eight bedrooms and an eighty cover restaurant Caley Hall provides the perfect base for couples, families and groups to explore Norfolk.

Caley Hall Hotel, Old Hunstanton Road, Old Hunstanton, PE36 6HH 01485 533486

THE BOATHOUSE The Boathouse incorporates a magnificently refurbished pub and restaurant with intimate dining areas as well as areas for larger groups. The interior is finished to the highest standard using natural finishes with subtle lighting for a warm ambience. Inside is a long bar with several large bay windows offering lovely views of the water. Exposed brickwork, two open fireplaces, pine floorboards and oak beams make for a welcoming spot. The light and airy main restaurant has a wonderful vaulted ceiling and offers a contemporary dining space with classic touches.

The Boathouse, Ormesby Broad, Eels Foot Road, Ormesby St. Michael Norfolk NR29 3LP 01493 730342


NORFOLK'S TOP EATS Whether you’re after a sophisticated afternoon tea or a casual pie and pint, this county caters excellently for peckish customers. Here’s our top picks of the most memorable eating and drinking experiences you’ll find in this corner of the UK.




Wiveton Hall Café, which overlooks the marshes and out to sea, it has a reputation for fine, wholesome food. Situated on a fruit farm, surrounded by strawberry fields and raspberry canes, the food is always seasonal which is reflected in the regularly changing menu.

This eatery is gloriously situated on the marshland coastline of North Norfolk at Brancaster Staithe, a designated area of outstanding natural beauty. The landscaped sunken garden, planted with marsh type shrubbery, is perfect for all day al fresco eating. In summer, the big blue skies and spectacular sunsets are not to be missed.

Near Cley, this authentic shop serves a selection of seafood platters, salads and sandwiches in a garden overlooking the salt marshes. Feel free to bring your own beer or wine to accompany your meal.

Wiveton Hall, 1 Marsh Lane, Wiveton, Holt, NR25 7TE

The Green, Salthouse, Holt NR25 7AJ

Brancaster Staithe, Norfolk PE31 8BY



Stangers in Norwich showcase some of the best coffees from around the world. They want customers to try exciting and complex coffees, which have been specifically picked by them. Coffees change throughout the year depending on the current crop cycles so there's always something new to try.

Don’t miss with this North Norfolk small batch artisan coffee roasters. Their coffee is roasted using beans imported from across the world, with a range that change seasonally, incorporating a broad variety of origins and flavours.

Monmouth Coffee served at Stiffkey Stores


1 Quayside Wells next-the Sea NR23 1EA

This is a great creative hangout on the north Norfolk coast. They sell Monmouth coffee, which sources and roasts coffee from single farms, estates and cooperatives.


5 Westgate Street Blakeney NR25 7NQ

The Old Coach House, Wells Road Stiffkey NR23 1QH



Everything you would expect from a Norfolk village inn – twisting passages and hidden corners, low ceilings and old beams, pamment floors and log fires. Old Church Road, Snettisham, Norfolk PE31 7LX

Dating back to the 16th century, this traditional coastal inn retains the character and rustic charm of its heritage – but with the added sophistication and comforts of contemporary living. All of the benefits of a genuine local pub can be found in the bar where the welcome is warm, the atmosphere relaxed, and plenty of local ales are consumed.


Ship Lane, Thornham, Norfolk, PE36 6LT




This funky noshery at Strattons Hotel offers an exquisite range of freshly made cakes and biscuits. Enjoy homemade lemon polenta, rosewater and raspberry meringues, sticky ginger or fudgy nut slice. There are always gluten free, vegan or diabetic choices, it’s bike and dog friendly and you can dine alfresco in summer.

This quayside location is unmissable for its magnificent views across the estuary and salt marshes to Blakeney Point. Sink into delicious finger sandwiches, patisserie and fruit scones in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Take your afternoon tea wherever you like in the hotel, next to the lounge fire, in front of the sea view or in the walled garden. Relish the retro ‘Crunchie’ teacakes with beverages from the Rare Tea Company or Moutard Champagne. If you’re gluten free, be sure to advise in advance.

21 Pottergate, Norwich, NR2 1DS

4 Ash Cl, Swaffham PE37 7NH

Manor Farm Barns, Glandford NR25 7JP

Served daily from 3.00pm to 5.30pm. The Quay, Blakeney, Nr. Holt NR25 7NE THE BEST OF NORFOLK __ 75

The Lifeboat Inn, Thornham

Served daily from noon till 5pm. Titchwell, Nr Brancaster PE31 8BB

JARROLD Jarrolds department store in Norwich has a fantastic basement deli that makes a point of supporting local producers. Here you can browse all manner of fine produce that includes cheeses, speciality pastas, “on tap” organic oils and vinegars, pâtés, pies, cakes, teas, coffees, wines, gins, speciality beers and chocolates. Their hampers, including a selection called “Norfolk in a Box”, make a perfect gift.


NORFOLK DELIS Norfolk is deliciously well-served by delightful “destination” delis, providing somewhere different for people to browse, shop or eat. Increasingly viewed as visitor attractions in their own right, they are ideal places to stock up on must-have holiday treats. Typically, they provide a showcase for the very best of local produce and take pride in sourcing their supplies – for what they make and bake as well as sell – from growers and producers who share their appetite for top quality and provenance. THORNHAM DELI Having started out as a small food counter serving delicious, locally-sourced produce, Thornham Deli has grown into a hugely popular destination cafe with a growing range of complementary enterprises that include a lifestyle shop inspired by its charming holiday lets. Alongside the scrumptious home-made cakes, pastries, pies and locally baked bread – which you can eat in or take with you for your picnic – you will find cheeses and charcuterie, wines, soft drinks and locally-brewed craft beers.


BAILEYS DELICATESSEN It is worth straying slightly south of the border into Suffolk to discover Baileys small food emporium in the lovely market town of Beccles. Priding itself on sourcing products that are different and original (including its vast variety of cheeses) it features an unexpected taste of Spain, showcasing a carefully selected range of Spanish wines and providing an authentic menu to match in one of its two eateries. If you are looking for something to take home, it will happily make up a bespoke gift hamper.

HUMBLE PIE Now located above Gurney’s celebrated wet fish shop in Burnham Market, Humble Pie has long been an attraction for foodies visiting or living in this part of the world. Small in size but big on content, local produce has always been a fixture alongside the often intriguing offers from farther afield. Whether you are in pursuit of delicious cheeses or fabulous cakes, it is a great little discovery and, given its location, you may find yourself irresistibly drawn to the delicious seafood on sale downstairs, too.

BACK TO THE GARDEN In Letheringset, near Holt, doesn’t just offer a Deli (or a garden). It also comes with an award-winning farm shop selling its own organic meat and an excitingly wide range of home-grown veg. Its deli choices embrace the pick of British artisan cheeses, organic salami, wonderful wines and, of course, a selection of delicious foods from the kitchen that also serves its picturesque restaurant and cafe.

BLAKENEY DELI No visit to the gorgeous village of Blakeney is entirely complete without popping into the renowned, family-owned, fine food and wine shop that is the Blakeney deli – and they have the TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence to prove it! Offering the pick of deli fare and carefully selected wines, the hub of the shop is the on-site kitchen where cakes, breads and pastries (including their, famous sausage rolls) are produced alongside pâtés, soups and a range of appetising and original dishes using fresh seasonal and local produce.

Certificate of Excellence Winner 2017



LOCAL PRODUCE The farm shops in Norfolk are some of the best in the UK thanks to their long agricultural history. Food production remains a critical part of the local economy today and you will often find the best of local produce available at farm shops and deli’s. This locally-based, eco-friendly way to shop enables you to find out where your produce comes from at source. The farm shops are well worth a visit as not only do they offer fresh, healthy produce, but the food is much tastier than the long-hauled supermarket alternative. ALGY’S FARM SHOP The home of Bintree Bird Seeds and Algy’s Norfolk Popcorn. Do visit our new farm shop at Bintree. They now stock a large range of locally grown and produced fine foods; from milk to meat; pies to pickles; chicken to cheese; fish to fruit they have it all! They grow their own asparagus, sweetcorn, pumpkins, squashes as well as our famous popcorn and bird

HUMBLEYARD VINEYARD Humbleyard Vineyard, Mulbarton, Norwich, was established in 2010 with nine grape varieties, selected for their compatibility with the Norfolk climate and the desire to make the wines they like – crisp whites, delicate rosés and classic, traditionally made sparkling. The exciting range of award-winning wines and their new High Spirit No.1, triple distilled rosé, are for sale in the shop or online.

TOP PICK Fakenham Thursday Market It has everything you would expect from a food market and much more with a flea market and auction from 11am. There is plenty of free parking too 9am - 3pm NR21 9DN

FARMERS MARKETS North Creake 1st Saturday of the month


Sheringham Wednesday, Saturday April November Norwich Monday - Saturday 8:30am–5:30pm

PICK YOUR OWN Drove Orchards 01485 525652 | PE36 6LS Wiverton Hall 01263 740515 | NR25 7TE

FISH Cookies Crab Shop

Cromer Friday 10am - 12 noon

01263 740352 | NR25 7AJ

Hunstanton Wednesday, Sunday 8am - 3pm

01328 738967 | PE31 8HF

King’s Lynn Tuesday, Friday, Saturday 8am - 3pm

01485 525857 | PE36 6LS

Swaffham Saturday 9am - 4pm

Gurneys Burnham Market Gurneys Fish Box The Fish Shed 01485 210 532 | PE31 8BY THE BEST OF NORFOLK __ 78

seeds. Why not ‘pop in’ for a really local shopping experience! Opening times: Mon-Sat 8am-6pm Sunday 10am-4pm A1067, Bintree, NR20 5NE 01362 683893 or 07775 517473 Please visit the website for details of vineyard tours and wine tastings from June to September. Opening Times Mon-Sat 9am - 5pm Paddock Farm Shop, Paddock Farm, Mulbarton, Norwich NR14 8JT 01508 571000 The Norfolk Norfolk Fish Company 01263 711913 | NR25 6BN

RESTAURANT WEEK There is appetisingly good news for everyone who will be in Norfolk later in the year – Norfolk Restaurant Week is back (from October 29 to November 9). In case you haven’t come across it before, the concept is simple. Dedicated diners get to take their pick from dozens of fixed-price special lunch or dinner menus in a mouthwatering selection of exciting eating places. Restaurants, cafes, pubs and hotels get to showcase their individual talents, as well as demonstrating, collectively, that Norfolk boasts an awesome culinary scene People already checking their diaries will notice the event actually takes place across a fortnight (including weekdays but excluding weekends). Carefully positioned between the highs of the summer and Christmas seasons, it provides an enticing attraction for late-autumn visitors and spreads the love to the wider tourism economy. Locals get a treat, too. The idea for Restaurant Week started in New York (where it lasts a whole month) and was soon taken up in other parts of the world. In Norfolk, it began modestly in 2012, with barely a dozen establishments, all on or near the North Norfolk coast. Within five years the team behind the initiative increased participation to

more than 60, and while the biggest concentration of venues remains in North Norfolk, the initiative now extends across the county, including Norwich. Food-lovers come in ever-increasing numbers to enjoy the experience and try new places. So popular has it become, that those who could once have expected to get round every venue, now know it pays to plan (and book) in advance. There are top names on the list as well as wonderful discoveries to be made. Whether you elect to dine in style or lunch at leisure, a two or a three-course option is always available, satisfying different appetites as well as a variety of tastes. Menus are posted on line so that prospective customers can immerse themselves in the process and the cuisine. Founder Martin Billing explains: “The intention has always been to highlight the wealth of talent we have on our doorstep and to place Norfolk, not only as a destination to enjoy big skies and lush beaches, but also as a culinary one. THE BEST OF NORFOLK __ 79

“We have a plethora of producers in the area, many of whom supply the local pubs and restaurants, who showcase the best Norfolk has to offer. Norfolk Restaurant Week provides locals and visitors alike with the opportunity to experience this marriage of local produce and creative talent in the kitchen. “We are essentially celebrating the food-to-table ethos and by offering it at great value, diners embrace the opportunity to try new places as well as old favourites, making Norfolk Restaurant Week a firm favourite on the food-lovers’ calendar.” Diners confirm this. “We love exploring restaurants,” says one serial returner, “and Norfolk Restaurant Week gives us the opportunity to try as many as we can fit in! None of the restaurants we have visited has ever disappointed and the menu selection is always excellent.” You can browse the restaurants at Permission to start drooling...

Chris Coubrough, popular and engaging hotelier, chef and North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival Chairman, firing up the crowd at one of the many enjoyable cookery demonstrations.

TIMES & DATES Gates open at 10am and close at 4pm. Holkham Hall is open on the Sunday from noon until 4pm (last entry). Holkham Park is open both days, 10am to 5pm.


FOOD & DRINK FESTIVAL Now in its ninth year, the North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival is the biggest event of its kind in the region. And it just keeps growing. Each year thousands of people pour through the gates of Holkham Hall, licking their lips in anticipation of an unrivalled taste of the best produce that this appetising corner of East Anglia has to offer. Held in early autumn, the festival extends an open invitation to producers, suppliers and consumers to come and celebrate the pick of what the sea and land so bountifully provide. The only rule? Everything must either be grown, reared, caught, produced or sold in North Norfolk. Passionately partisan, the perennial popularity of this event simply serves to underline how far above its weight this area punches when it comes to food and drink. Food fans familiar with this neck of the woods are already accustomed to

enjoying the very best of fresh local fare wherever they go – in restaurants and gastro pubs, at delis and even roadside stalls. So it’s no wonder they flock here from far and wide.

activities for all the family – which take place across the two days. This ensures there is plenty to see and consume while you are here, as well as to purchase to take home.

Like opening the door on a gigantic fantasy larder, it is hard to imagine a lovelier setting for this cornucopia of culinary delight. The selection of produce the festival traditionally attracts and showcases in and around its historic Walled Garden makes for a wonderful celebration of everything from meats, poultry and seafood to local honey, ice-cream and real ale. Not forgetting all the puddings, tarts, cakes, fruit juices, vegetables, cheeses, yoghurts and pretty much anything else that anyone who loves fresh local produce can think of providing.

It is no surprise the festival captures the imagination – and taste buds – of so many returning aficionados as well as the first-time foodies for whom the pleasure of discovery still awaits.

There’s a long list of guest exhibitors, stallholders and chefs who contribute something special to the various tastings, cookery demonstrations, baking competitions and associated THE BEST OF NORFOLK __ 80

FESTIVAL FACTS The 2018 North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival takes place in the grounds of Holkham Hall on Saturday and Sunday, September 1 and 2. As usual, there will be a great range of produce on show and on sale. Entry for the general public is free but a carparking charge applies. The festival is organised by a committee and supported by county-wide organisation, Norfolk Food and Drink Ltd.



We have paired a selection of great circular walks with some brilliant pubs that are well worth a visit. All the pubs have car parks, but out of courtesy, check before you leave your car there unattended, especially if you plan to walk first and visit the pub later. FELBRIGG HALL & THE GUNTON ARMS

Just a short 20-minute drive from Felbrigg Hall, with its sumptuous Stuart architecture and fascinating history is The Gunton Arms. A kind of rock’n’roll hunting lodge, filled with overspill pieces from Ivor Braka’s collection of modern art. Don’t miss the theatre of real flame cooking in the Elk Room, overseen with great skill by chef Stuart Tattersall, who cooks from local ingredients including venison from the surrounding deer park. There’s also a proper pub bit, smelling of beer and wood-smoke, with a pool table and dartboard. The Gunton Arms, Cromer Road, Thorpe Market, Norwich NR11 8TZ. 01263 832010 | Felbrigg Hall, Gardens and Estate NR11 8PR.


Wander through Brancaster Staithe and enjoy the beautiful sights of the coast and its wildlife. There are excellent views from Barrow Common and the chance to see the site of Brandounum Roman Fort. The White Horse is gloriously situated overlooking the Coastal Path and its conservatory restaurant with deck terrace is one of the best places to witness spectacular sunsets over Scolt Head Island. The food is pretty appealing too, with two AA Rosette’s for the past four year’s, Head Chef, Avrum Frankel, creates a menu that includes much local produce cooked simply but with skill and culinary flair. The White Horse, Main Road, Brancaster Staithe, PE31 8BY. 01485 210262 | Alternatively hop in the car and drive the short distance – about 15 minutes – to the Duck Inn at Stanhoe. Rapidly establishing itself as a key foodie destination Ben and Sarah Handley’s pleasant and unassuming venue masks a pub with a passionate heart. Daily changing specials make full use of the seasons and wonderful Norfolk produce. Don’t miss their ‘Bar Bites’, which will impress – including the now famous ‘Mr H’ scotch egg or their lager & lime whitebait. The Duck Inn, Burnham Road, Stanhoe, King’s Lynn, PE31 8QD. 01485 518330 |


The Massingham Strollers is a walking group who arrange regular Sunday morning rambles around the many footpaths in the area. Anyone can join in, and visitors are most welcome. They publish a series of walks of varying lengths on their community website. The Dabbling Duck pub was opened in 2006 as the result of a tireless community action group and a far-sighted local authority’s six-year campaign to prevent the beautiful old building from being converted into housing. It not only plays a vital part in the heart of the local community but also offers outstanding food and drink to hungry and thirsty travellers. One to watch! The Dabbling Duck, 11 Abbey Road, Great Massingham PE32 2HN. 01485 520827 |



THE BRECKS 84 Best of the Brecks

88 Best of Reepham

85 Best of Swaffham



ELVEDEN ESTATE All foodies would enjoy a visit to the Elveden Estate. With an AA Rosette restaurant and a nature trail through the woodland, it’s a smart place for a stopover. Its food hall has more than 50 local artisanal producers of fine food and wine and there is also an inhouse butchery with estate reared beef, wild venison, free range chickens and lamb.


is celebrated by a festival held on the third weekend in September every year as part of the Norfolk Food Festival. You’ll find events throughout the central Norfolk area.

BRECKLAND AND THETFORD FOREST The Brecks has one of the most distinctive landscapes in the UK, including an eight mile trail of ‘pingos’, or circular lakes created in the last Ice Age. It also boasts an excellent overall climate with low rainfall and hot summers. Embark on your own outdoor adventure at Thetford Forest, whether you prefer cycling, walking or aerial antics. Walking trails are available to download online, but you are sure to stumble across beautiful spots to have a picnic and watch the wildlife.

NARBOROUGH HALL This enchanting hall is surrounded by ancient parkland and a watery landscape of lakes, woods and romantic gardens. The peaceful River Nar flows through the grounds, and the orchard and kitchen garden are a thriving organic haven. Described in photographer Clive Nichols’ recent book as “Romantic English gardening at its best”, the grounds overflow with gentle English colour, a lake full of waterlilies and roses that cascade down every facade of the beautiful old Hall.

GRESSENHALL FARM AND WORKHOUSE This excellent museum offers a great family day out with much to explore both inside and out. Discover hundreds of relics of Norfolk’s rural life as well as a dairy where you can learn about the history of milk, butter and cheese production. Alongside these exhibitions of working and domestic life you’ll find a farm full of East Anglian breeds that are maintained by traditional techniques. Cart rides depart from the farm yard most afternoons but are dependent on the weather. This living museum is only open during the February half term, then from 11th March for the 2018 season, so make sure you don’t miss it. THE BEST OF NORFOLK __ 84

OXBURGH HALL NEAR SWAFFHAM Whether you would prefer to relax in the tranquillity of the formal gardens or embark on a woodland trail with the family, the beautiful gardens at Oxburgh are the perfect place to enjoy nature at its best.


SWAFFHAM Swaffham is one of the most famous market towns in South-West Norfolk. It has a large number of very attractive Georgian buildings facing onto the market square.

DID YOU KNOW? HOWARD CARTER was a Swaffham resident and

the town’s museum has a Egyptology room dedicated to him and his world-renowned discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamen

SATURDAY MARKET Swaffham has a vibrant Saturday market in the middle of the town that goes back centuries with many different stalls ranging from fish, fruit and veg to everyday wares and old trinkets. With a 8:30am start, it’s a good idea to get there early to stock up on your local produce.

CAFE DELI Cafe deli ‘CoCoes’ is open daily, offering great coffee, triple alliance teas, organic wine, local beers, homemade cakes and cookies, all day breakfast or a proper lunch, light bites and tasty take out. Take home freshly baked bread, organic and bio-dynamic wines, deli items, eggs, scrummy cakes, homemade chocolates, Norfolk cheeses and freshly prepared dishes from the menu. THE BEST OF NORFOLK __ 85


STRATTONS HOTEL & RESTAURANT Strattons is an award winning boutique hotel, restaurant and cafe deli offering cool contemporary style with originality and strong environmental ethics. 14 individual, sumptuous eclectic bedrooms and suites; maybe a carved four-poster bed; an open fire; a freestanding bath at the foot of the bed with room for two; a Moroccan style tented ceiling; a mermaid mosaic; a cow hide or two; antiques and art; contemporary cool; original period features; a huge private decked balcony or a cinema screen. Recent awards include International Hotel Awards 5* Small Hotel for the UK and EDP Norfolk food and drink ‘best afternoon tea’.

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RESTAURANT Eat in the chic restaurant, open every evening from 6.30pm serving organic and locally sourced produce in an innovative and exciting modern English style. Everything is made on site and the kitchen has a committed philosophy to use the plentiful and abundant seasonal produce on its own Norfolk doorstep including eggs from the hotels hens and fruit from the orchard. On the menu you might see 24 hour slow cooked Scotts field Pork belly, bubble & squeak, shredded sprouts, black pudding and chestnuts or cured salmon, treacle loaf, pickled fennel and cider vinegar dressing. Book in for brunch club every bank holiday Monday and try Jules’s homemade pastries.

AFTERNOON TEA Enjoy traditional afternoon teas alfresco in summer or by the fire in winter, with a monthly themed changing menu, a great way to celebrate birthdays, christenings, graduations, weddings or just catch up with friends. Available daily from 12pm with prices from £16.50pp, advanced

booking essential. Look out for our special afternoon tea dates from £20pp including Mother’s day, Valentines and New Year.

COCOES CAFÉ DELI Pop in for great coffee, triple alliance teas, organic wine, local beers, homemade cakes and cookies, all day breakfast or a proper lunch, light bites and tasty take out. Take home freshly baked bread, organic and bio-dynamic wines, deli items, eggs, scrummy cakes, homemade chocolates, Norfolk cheeses and freshly prepared dishes from the menu.

LOCATION Swaffham is a thriving and bustling Norfolk market town located in the fascinating and historic Brecks; 370 square miles of forest, heath and farmland. Strattons sits in a quiet, concealed yet central private close in the town, an ideal base from which to explore the Brecks, Norwich, King’s Lynn and the coast – if, that is, you can tear yourself away from the hotel with its luxurious tranquility and delicious food. For more information check out our website

SELF CATERING Stay in one of the stylish one bedroom Print room apartments, with kitchen facilities and spacious lounges. A great base to explore the beautiful Brecks countryside or follow the coastal road and enjoy the breathtaking North Norfolk coastline. Print room one is suitable for families and pets. Self catering guests can still take advantage of the hotel facilities perhaps breakfast in the café deli, dinner or afternoon tea in the hotel. THE BEST OF NORFOLK __ 87

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CARRICK’S FIVE STAR GUEST HOUSE The award-winning Carrick’s at Castle Farm Guest House is located on the banks of the River Wensum in Swanton Morley. It has been the home of the Carrick family for almost 100 years.Carrick’s is at its heart a family farming enterprise comprising 550 acres of arable and grassland, grazed by forty rare breed White Park cows and their calves together with the de Morley herd of Lincoln Red cattle. Carrick’s, is the perfect base to explore the county, from the wide open beaches of North Norfolk to the special heathland and forests to the south. Through an agreement with English Nature, they offer guests an insight into the stunning beauty of this very special area. A series of interconnecting permissive footpaths enable visitors to find peace and quiet rarely experienced today.



A tranquil, tucked-away village with market town status. HISTORY


Reepham may feel like a village but it is very proud of its market town status, granted in 1277. It is famous for being one of only two places in Europe to have three churches in one churchyard: St Mary’s, St Michael’s and All Saints, Hackford, now in ruins. St Mary’s church was mainly built in the 14th century and contains a canopied tomb on the north wall of the sanctuary famous for its exquisite detail.

If you are interested in fishing, the Reepham Fishery is just outside the historic town. It is regarded as one of Norfolk’s premier coarse fisheries, having been established for many years on spring-fed lakes. The fishery is renowned for the size and quality of the crucian carp, and has four wellstocked lakes in total.

Marriott’s Way is a 26-mile path that follows disused railway tracks, passing through Whitwell and Reepham railway station so you can enjoy walking or cycling through many picturesque villages on the way towards Norwich or Aylsham. The station also houses a small museum, a tearoom and has cycles to hire.

EXPLORE Foxley Woods, Norfolk’s largest remaining ancient woodland. In spring, the bluebells carpet the woodland floor.

VISIT Drive to Blickling Hall, a lavishly decorated 17th-century stately home with painted ceilings and a variety of ornamental gardens and woodland. Under the care of the National Trust, the Estate is worth a visit, as little has changes over the centuries and it is quintessentially Norfolk!

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AT C A S T L E FA R M "Booked for a long weekend (3 nights) – saw on Wolsley Lodge website and TA. Jean & John are great hosts & the place itself is lovely; we stayed in the Carrick Room which is grand & comfortable. The breakfast was excellent. Try this place out if in the area – its very pleasant, interesting & I’m sure you would not be disappointed."

The award-winning Carrick’s at Castle Farm Guest House is located on the banks of the River Wensum in Swanton Morley. It has been the home of the Carrick family for almost 100 years. Our history is who we are. Whilst that is true for all of us, here at Carrick’s our past surrounds us. The bricks of the Victorian farmhouse, the boundaries of the fields and the curve of the River Wensum define what we are all about and what we have to offer. Guests tell us that coming to Castle Farm is a civilised step back in time and we love that. Our house and our rooms boast every modern luxury, it is true but it is the overwhelming sense of timelessness that makes us different, that is our identity. Wake early and walk the river. Take a book on the lawns during the day, or a drink to the riverbank in the evening and you won’t hear traffic, only the rooks perhaps, the call of an owl, the occasional ‘crawk’ of a goose or the heavy breathing of the farm cattle in the farmyard pen. We offer gorgeous rooms in a historic house all set in an idyllic riverside setting. Park Farm Campsite. Hidden away in lush meadows surrounding Park Farm, our campsite offers a safe and peaceful base from which to explore our wonderful county of Norfolk. So whether you are looking for a quiet place to ‘chill out’ or you seek more strenuous activity, you will find it all here at Castle Farm.

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WROXHAM As the gateway to the Broads, Wroxham is packed with plenty for land-lovers and sailing enthusiasts to enjoy. HISTORY The Norfolk Broads have been a popular boating holiday destination and centre for yacht racing since the late 19th century, but they were not always such leisurely locations. For many years the broads were thought to be natural features of the landscape, but it was not until the 1960s that they were revealed to be the product of man’s labour. The Broads were actually formed by the flooding of medieval peat excavations, creating the current landscape filled with reed beds and wet woodland.

MARKET DAYS Hoveton Farmers & Producers Market 9.30 -12.30 every fourth Saturday of the month.




You may initially find yourself confused between Hoveton and Wroxham, which are often referred to in the same breath, so they sound like the same place. They are separated by the River Bure but both are excellent starting points from which to explore this magical area as there are countless boat trips and boat-hire companies from which to choose as well as plenty of landbased activities in the vicinity.

Wroxham Barns, just on the outskirts of the town, is a collection of shops and workshops where a number of rural crafts are practised and the products sold. It is set in 15 acres and there is also Junior Farm, which is a real pull for youngsters where the accent is on hands-on fun – you can cuddle the guniea pigs, feed the horses and help collect eggs. The Pantry stocks one of the best collections of local produce around

and their cafe is a great spot for Sunday lunches – and cakes!

THINGS TO DO AND SEE Hiring a boat to explore the waterways, and getting off the beaten track, allows you to fully understand the beauty of this area, spot its wildlife and try out a few of the pubs, many of which are best reached from the water. And don’t worry if you don’t fancy taking charge of a boat yourself as there are plenty of manned motor cruisers offering trips, although the boats are very easy to manage. There is also the chance to learn about the local history at the Museum of the Broads in nearby Stalham, in buildings formerly associated with the wherry trade. If the weather is inclement a trip on the Bure Valley Railway is always popular. It runs between Wroxham and Aylsham in the school holidays as well as the main summer season.

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HOW IT ALL BEGAN Bradley developed a fascination for fine jewellery as a boy when accompanying his father, an antiques dealer, to auctions all over the UK. Determined to one day set up a business of his own, Bradley worked hard learning his trade and finally achieved his ambition when he acquired the Wroxham premises.

THE SHOP Bradley continues to visit trade fairs regularly, searching for rare pieces overlooked by other jewellers. His personal approach ensures the Bradley Hatch treasure house is full of unique items not to be found elsewhere. Their classic pearl sets, stunning vintage jewellery and exquisite eternity rings ensure life’s key moments are celebrated in an unforgettable way. Vintage jewellery makes a special gift because, aside from being an excellent investment, it represents a moment in history. Both in the shop and online customers will find a carefully chosen selection of pre-owned and vintage jewellery, often with surprising tales to tell.


"Committed to quality and service" Located at the heart of the Broads, Bradley Hatch Jewellers was established nearly twenty five years ago in Wroxham. Owner Bradley believes the secret to the success of the business stems from serving customers with genuine care and respect. Over the years Bradley has been privileged to sell engagement rings to customers who return to buy their wedding rings and a few years later, christening gifts! Pride in continuity underpins every aspect of the business.

If you prefer to purchase something unique to your story, their in house Master Craftsman will create a bespoke design. His skills and experience enhance your original ideas to create a piece of jewellery so fine it surpasses all expectations. He can also redesign an existing piece, using original gems in a new way.

RESTORATION & REPAIR Bradley Hatch Jewellers takes great pleasure in restoring favourite items to their original sparkling condition. Their workshop offers a range of services, including redesigning heirlooms, repairing jewellery, watches and clocks and they also provide valuations for insurance and probate.

WEDDING AND OCCASION JEWELLERY For the finest selection of wedding and engagement rings in Norfolk, pay them a visit. Browse at your own pace and talk things through with their friendly, knowledgeable staff. Visitors who make a point of returning to the shop year on year do so because they receive the same warm welcome they experienced the first time. For nearly twenty five years, pride in continuity has ensured Bradley Hatch Jewellers gives customers the very best of Norfolk.

The Bradley Hatch ethos is to share a passion for jewellery and beautiful items with customers seeking professional, honest advice. Staff deliver the highest level of customer service and whether you are making a small or large purchase, you are guaranteed a warm welcome.



WROXHAM BARNS Wroxham Barns is the award-winning “must visit” destination in the Broads with something for everybody… Wroxham Barns started life in 1982 as the brainchild of Ian Russell who bought some derelict farm buildings with the idea of opening a Craft Centre to capitalise on the latest “leisure activity” – shopping! The plan was to create somewhere in a rural setting where people could buy original, handmade gifts, see where they were made and chat to the artisans. It opened on 24th May 1983 and today, 35 years later, Wroxham Barns receives around 200,000 visitors every year, proving that shopping is still a national pastime. There are nearly eleven studios and and specialist shops where visitors can meet the craftsmen and women working in their studios who are happy to chat about their

work and many will take customer commissions for unique and quirky items for the home or beautiful gifts. Discover stained glass pieces from tiffany lamps to window panels, handmade fudge and traditional confectionery you’ll remember from childhood. Woodcraft gifts, furniture and plaques as well as engraving onto glass, slate, wood and more, needlecrafts for quilting, embroidery, cross-stitch and tapestry enthusiasts, stunning original artwork, prints and photography from East Anglian artists. Handmade gemstone and freshwater pearl jewellery, favourite labels ladies clothing, accessories and jewellery, hand painted ceramics, drawings and paintings, men’s and women’s country clothing, waterproofs, accessories and gifts for lovers of the great outdoors. “Proper” Norfolk cider and apple juice, home accessories, mirrors, occasional furniture and more, food and drink from small handpicked producers ranging from store cupboard staples to stock the pantry or freezer to gourmet gifts and hampers, including probably the largest range of bottled Norfolk beers, plus The Gallery Gift Shop, Rose & Plant Centre and even a Unisex Salon offering hair and beauty services and retail products that are kind to the planet. The award-winning restaurant is perfect for ‘foodies’ and a finalist in the Best Food & Drink Tourism Attraction 2018 Norfolk & Suffolk Tourism Awards. Serving delicious homemade food, sourcing the best ingredients from trusted suppliers with fresh, seasonal and local produce featuring on the menu. The relaxed Sunday lunches are a particular favourite and the restaurant is the proud recipient of a Broads Quality Charter Gold Award. Everything is freshly prepared and food is available all day, from a simple poached egg muffin to a full English at breakfast time, light snacks and drinks throughout the day, a tasty three-course lunch, seasonal daily ‘specials’ and a tempting array of desserts or try the fabulous traditional afternoon tea with the famous Wroxham Barns scones. There’s also The Pantry Coffee Shop with outdoor terrace


for a snack on the go or to re-fuel with a cuppa and yummy cake. There’s something for all the family - with a Junior Farm offering a daily programme of activities to join in: Made By You craft studio to try your hand at decopatch, sand art or pottery painting; children’s funfair and championship adventure mini golf course too. Open daily 10am – 5pm (closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day) 01603 783762






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THE BROADS There is no better way to explore ‘Britain’s Magical Waterland’ - The Broads National Park – than stepping on board your own luxury cruiser or staying in a stunning waterside holiday home with the award winning, Norfolk Broads Direct. Perhaps the best way to discover the Broad’s 125 miles of magical rivers and Broads (lakes) is by boat, since it offers an unrivalled opportunity to explore at your own pace, enjoy fabulous fishing and look out for some of the rarest wildlife in Britain. Better still, Norfolk Broads Direct, conveniently located in the pretty village of Wroxham, offers one of the most modern fleets of holiday cruisers in the region.

WANT TO TRY A BOATING HOLIDAY? If it’s your first time on a boating holiday, the Broads National Park’s is a great place to start. The safe inland waterways mean that no boating experience is required there are no locks to navigate - so you can relax and enjoy yourself. After a brief lesson from Norfolk Broads Direct’s experienced team on arrival, you will soon be confident casting off on your own. After each day of discovery it’s

up to you whether you moor up in wild places under the stars, a quaint village or cosy riverside pub.

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Although better known state-side than in his native land, Paine was a Thetford born man who went on to be one of the most influential political theorists of the 1776 American Revolution. Thetford now hosts a trail for you to trace his steps around the town. Discover commemorative plaques & statues as well as Thetford Grammar where he went to school. Don’t miss the Ancient House Museum or the memorabilia at the Thomas Paine Hotel.

This awe inspiring cathedral has recently undergone a revamp, and is fast becoming a place to be seen in the city. Regardless of whether you’re religious or not, this is the most complete piece of Norman architecture in England and its vast structure mustn’t be missed. People of all faiths are welcome to enjoy the diverse program of events throughout the year which includes popular art and photography exhibitions. If you pop in you can enjoy a light lunch or coffee and cake in the Refectory cafe, and experience the tranquillity of the Herb and Japanese Gardens.

THE NORFOLK SCHOOL OF PAINTERS During the early nineteenth century, a movement of Norfolk painters known for their rural watercolours made an impact on the art scene. Following the creation of the Norwich Society of Artists, the movement continued for over three generations. Wealthy Norwich families were the patrons of this elite, but at a time when lots of art was overshadowed by the vast output of Turner and Constable, much of this work didn’t reach the heights of fame that it perhaps deserved. Today their work can be seen at the Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery

A cultural visit to Norfolk wouldn’t be complete without popping into the internationally renowned Sainsburys Centre. Not only does is it have collections spanning 5000 years of human creativity, the space is also divided into unique transparent sections. This year look out for Roger Law until 3rd April and then Superstructures: The New Architecture 1960–1990 from 24 March - 2 September 2018 Further details of these exhibitions and more are on the website.



When visiting Norfolk’s churches keep an eye out for medieval doodles carved into the wall. Stained glass windows and plaques only tell us about the local elite, but look closer and you might see crude carvings that give a fascinating insight to the ordinary people of yesteryear. An exciting study is recording these pre-Reformation graffiti inscriptions in places such as Kelling Church. Be a part of the project at

In 1998, the shifting sands of Holme beach on the North Norfolk coast revealed something extraordinary. Preserved in the sand were the remains of a unique timber circle dating back 4000 years to the Early Bronze Age. The timbers soon became known as ‘Seahenge’ and are now preserved at Lynn Museum in 48 parts. Experience a life-size replica of the structure in its glory days, then discover the timbers as they were found on the beach.




NORWICH 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. THE BEST OF NORFOLK __ 102

‘Play with Fire’ Norwich Snap Dragon by Barrie Morris (The Red Dot Gallery, Holt.)

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century. Billed as a fire-smoking symbol of wickedness and evil, it was subject to considerable licensed abuse – not just from the dragon-goading St George and watchful St Margaret, but from the accompanying hoi polloi as they made their way to the cathedral. Poor old Snap was forced to take a back seat in the drearier days of the Puritan ascendancy, but swiftly regained popularity after the Restoration and eventually wormed his way into the civic pageantry associated with the office of mayor. During the 19th century, municipal reform again threatened to obscure his popularity, but there is no keeping THE BEST OF NORFOLK __ 103

a good dragon down (at least not in Norwich ) and he surfaced triumphantly again in the 20th and 21st centuries. Dragon festivals were back on the city calendar. Just why Norwich has held on to its affinity with this mythical creature is open to debate. Elsewhere, it disappeared along with the Medieval Morality Play. Some suggest it is connected to a local spirit of rebellion and liking for opposition and misrule. Whatever the case, the legacy of Snap lives on. So watch out for dragons... and, if you are desperate to see one, visit the Castle Museum.


NORWICH The Norwich Lanes are an area of great historical interest, which sit adjacent to the main city centre. Predominantly pedestrianized, the Lanes are a series of alleyways, courtyards and open spaces and are home to some of the most creative, independent retailers, eateries and public houses to be found. SHOPPING

The first thing that hits you when you visit the area is the relaxing pace that people go about their business, so very hard to find in this modern age. You’ll soon find out the Lanes are no ordinary ‘High Street’ and you won’t see a chain store in sight.

Shopping in the Norwich Lanes is a retail experience like no other. You’ll find international brands such as Vivienne Westwood and Crombie in one shop, then handmade and local art pieces in the next. This ties in nicely with the local saying, ‘If you can’t find it here, it probably doesn’t exist’. With over 300 independent retailers in the Lanes, it really is very easy to shop all day. Not only that, there’s more than meets the eye. Look up and you’ll see yet more businesses flourishing as many shops rent their upper storeys to the creative industries, including illustrators, web designers and for the lucky ones, beautifully maintained apartments. THE BEST OF NORFOLK __ 104

As well as taking in the beautiful architecture and admiring the shop fronts, culturally the Lanes have a lot to offer too. There’s the chance to visit several medieval churches, independent art galleries and two museums of local interest.

STAY For those looking to prolong their stay, there’s a great selection, from a stunning four star hotel, several boutique B&Bs and self-serviced apartments.

EATING OUT The Norwich Lanes are also packed with fantastic places to eat. There are a large amount of independently owned café bars offering many great dishes, often created from local produce of which there is plenty in a county such as Norfolk. You’ll find afternoon tea, several coffee shops, and by night a whole host of award winning restaurants to suit all tastes.

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Gallyons Country Clothing are a family business, specialising in luxury high quality outdoor clothing, footwear, accessories and gifts. The Gallyons name is synonymous to East Anglia since 1784. Their two shops are situated in the heart of historic Norwich city centre, our original branch sits in the beautiful cobbled lanes of Bedford Street nestled in the Norwich Lanes area, where a full and varied collection for the great outdoors can be found and their other branch centrally located in Red Lion Street, enhanced by the beautiful stone carvings designed by George Skipper. It houses a fashionable city & country lifestyle look and both shops compliment each other really well. Whether you are living the country life or you just like the country look, they offer a range of fabulous collections. If your look is classic or contemporary; they have the perfect all weather clothing be it Tweed, Wax, Quilt,

Waterproof, just about everything to prepare you for the glorious British climate; smart or casual, you can be sure to find something that will appeal to your individual style and express your personality to perfection. They stock: Barbour, Hunter, Dubarry, Schoffel, Musto, Aigle, Le Chameau, Fairfax & Favor, R.M Williams. Alan Paine, Stetson, Harkilla, Tilley. Chrysalis, Seeland, Jack Murphy, Anna Lascata, Hicks & Brown, Joe Browns, Ariat, a fabulous selection of tweeds plus so much more. They are passionate about what they do and their aim is to provide a professional, friendly personal service in every way they can. Visit either store and discover for yourself.

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Proudly Norfolk Food & Drink is a membership scheme which helps businesses in the food and drink industry in Norfolk highlight their commitment to the county’s food and drink community. Membership of Proudly Norfolk Food & Drink is open to anyone who grows, makes, serves or sells Norfolk food and drink, as well as those supporting the industry. So that includes farmers, producers, butchers, tourist attractions, hotels, B&B’s, restaurants, pubs, cafes, coffee shops, retailers, farm shops, garden centres – basically anyone who works with the fantastic local produce which is right here on our doorstep in Norfolk.

food and drink events which take place across the county throughout the year, to supporting local food and drink businesses with anything they might need help with. In fact, they have, quite simply, become the Go To organisation for the food and drink industry in Norfolk. So when you are out and about in Norfolk look out for the Proudly Norfolk Food & Drink logo and show your support of those businesses who are truly local. For more information about Proudly Norfolk Food & Drink and not-forprofit organisation Norfolk Food & Drink, please visit the website

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ARCHITECTURE King’s Lynn has more listed buildings than York and was one of England’s most important ports from as early as the 12th Century. When visiting, start at the iconic Custom House, home to the Tourist Information Centre where you can discover the story of King’s Lynn’s maritime history and pick up a free copy of the Discover King’s Lynn Heritage Trail.


KINGS LYNN A port with plenty, rich in history, myth and legend MARKET BISTRO An award-winning restaurant where the knowledgeable owners make everything from scratch in their tiny ‘galley-like’ kitchen. It has previously been voted as one of the Times Top 25 Family Run Restaurants, and features in the Good Food Guide.

DID YOU KNOW? MARKETS are conveniently held on Saturdays at Saturday Marketplace, and on Tuesdays at Tuesday Market Place.


GROUNDWORK GALLERY GroundWork Gallery is a project that brings contemporary art to the historic town of King’s Lynn. Expect to see all forms of outwardlooking visual arts: from painting to film to sculpture, all within a space to be inspired by art and environment.

TREEHOUSES & GLAMPING Relive childhood adventures in these treehouses, uniquely designed around the trees in West Lexham. The glamping is also ideal for rustic-chic holidays

Discover the history of King’s Lynn Tour the old gaol cells, see the magnificent King John cup, and more! Fascinating for all ages. Saturday Market Place, King’s Lynn, PE30 5DQ Open Daily | 01553 774297 App available now



THREE UNIQUE One Destination EXPERIENCES Three Unique Experiences Monday - Saturday 9am - 6pm, Sundays and Bank Holidays 10am - 4pm

Simply the Biggest range of Beer & Spirits  in the UK

Not Just Beer, Not Just Europe. With Over 5000 Interesting, Rare & Unusual Beers, Wines & Spirits From Around The World

East Anglia's Largest Selection of Steiff Bears & Animals

15,000 sq. ft. of Antiques & Collectables on one level

Over 100 stands & cabinets Other Traditional Items Available

Classic Metal Pedal Cars & Ride On's Wooden Toys Puzzles & Games

Full disabled access & toilets ample free parking

Beers of Europe Ltd, Garage Lane, Setchey, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, PE33 0BE The Steiff Shop and The Warehouse Antiques & Collectables are located to Beersand of Europe Monday - Saturday 9 am - 6pm, next Saturdays Bank Holidays 10am - 4pm Telephone: 01553 812000   Beers, Bears, Antiques and Collectables Norfolk PE33 0BE, 3 miles South of King’s Lynn 01553 812000 THE BEST OF NORFOLK __ 114

If you enjoy browsing through beer, bears and a relish the thought of a sensibly-priced antiques and collectables there’s an impressive and indepth range, just three miles from the centre of King’s Lynn. Here three neighbouring businesses are almost encyclopedic in nature. BEERS Beers of Europe is the country’s biggest beer shop, with over 2000 beers and 2000 spirits and liqueurs, and hundreds of wines, ports and sherries carefully sourced from over 75 different countries. The growing popularity of craft beers and artisanal spirits mean there is always something new to discover here.

BEARS Next door, owners Derek and family have extended this family-run business to create The Steiff Shop, inspired by their lifelong passion for toys and collectables. Applying the same eye for breadth, they stock classic brands such as Steiff and Brio in a depth that is very difficult to find elsewhere. Steiff was the first brand to create stuffed bears with moveable arms and legs in 1902, and have been highly prized by collectors ever since, reaching some of the highest ever prices at auction. The Steiff Shop in King’s Lynn is an enchanting showcase of 500 different bears and animals, as well as special limited editions. Almost the entire collection of these classic German bears with their trademark buttoned ears can be found here, ranging from keyring to jumbo size. Other products include a fabulous selection of timeless Swedish wooden toys from Brio, French-based range of retro-style Baghera metal pedal cars and elaborate Jigsaws from the classic brand Ravensburger.

ANTIQUES & COLLECTABLES The most recent addition to the complex is ‘The Warehouse’, not just another antiques centre, it’s a veritable Aladdin’s cave. Covering some 15,000 square ft of modern floor space on one easy-access level, The Warehouse features over 70 local dealers and thousands of items. It is cleverly divided into separate stands, units and cabinets, a true collector’s paradise, and each unit is laid out in a room setting. That means there’s plenty of space to wander around enabling you to see the pieces at their best. In addition to high quality furniture and fine antiques, The Warehouse features an impressive range of vintage and retro pieces, silver and jewellery, collectables and wartime memorabilia, taxidermy, toys and paintings – and with the stock changing on an almost daily basis there’s always something new to discover. The Warehouse is open seven days a week from 9am6pm Monday to Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sundays, and with plenty of free parking and full disabled access there’s something here for all the family to enjoy. THE BEST OF NORFOLK __ 115




One of Norfolk’s most attractive villages, Great Massingham is located only thirteen miles east of King’s Lynn. It has one of the most impressive greens in the country with several large ponds (home to the dabbling ducks!), which were originally fish ponds for an 11th century Augustinian Abbey. Stay at The Dabbling Duck and make sure you don’t miss the stunning nearby attractions. Britain’s first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole, was educated in the village before going on to build the breathtaking 18th century Palladianstyle mansion, Houghton Hall nearby, it offers a wide range of museums, exhibitions and gardens to discover and is a ‘must-see’ destination for those interested in contemporary art and sculpture. Castle Rising Castle is one of the largest, best preserved and most lavishly decorated keeps in England, THE BEST OF NORFOLK __ 116

surrounded by 20 acres of grounds and a mighty moat and Castle Acre boasts one of the largest and best preserved monastic sites in England dating back to 1090. There are beautiful walks throughout the area, Sandringham (see page 152) is less than eight miles away, the estate stretches to over 8000 hectares and can enjoy long walks and views of the West Norfolk coastline and beyond. and Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve is a peaceful place, with a rich variety of wildlife in its woodland, fen and reed bed habitats. Kit yourself out at Lings Country Goods before you set off and you’ll be sure of a great adventure. For children a brilliant option is Snettisham Park, a working farm where a trip can involve a deer safari where you will meet their magnificent red deer herd, you can bottle feed lambs, collect fresh farm eggs and ride ponies as well as taking a walk on one of three wonderful trails. If all that sounds to strenuous, why not spoil yourself with a treatment at Congham Hall’s Secret Garden Spa, a truly unique and remarkable setting, making it the perfect place to relax and unwind.

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Dabbling DUCK

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Four years ago experienced husband and wife team Mark and Sally Dobby were convinced to join forces with the owners at the beautiful Dabbling Duck pub as managers. They were quickly made partners and are delighted to be moving the pub on from strength to strength as they saw from the beginning the potential and fell in love with the Dabbling Duck and Great Massingham.

Four years ago Mark and Sally Dobby joined the team as managers and were quickly made partners. Between the husband and wife team, they had plenty of experience. But really they choose The Dabbling Duck because they saw its potential and fell in love with the pub and the village. This also meant finding a like-minded head chef, and they recruited Dale Smith who joined the team offering his experience of working on the coast, but understanding the need to keep the pub true to itself. Dale offers a delicious selection of classics, but if you are looking for something different and special he creates an amazing and varied selection. In addition to the indoor dining menu, The Dabbling Duck, serves pizza from a wood-fired pizza oven as takeaway on Friday and Saturday evenings, weather permitting. In the summer months the outside bar opens offering the hugely


successful 'Dales Street Food' in addition to pizzas - a real hit with family groups! The kitchen is spoilt for local produce, with game coming in abundance from Dom and Steve's shoots on their farm as well as a good supply of venison. A regular to the pub is John Morton who has a smallholding just a mile up the road supplying them with rare breed beef and lamb. He specifically has chosen to supply the pub as he understands the importance of supporting and promoting Great Massingham village. The local residents deserve a special mention as their continued and fulsome support of the pub create a real welcoming atmosphere. It’s clear they care about the pub as much as as Mark and Sally do, creating a really thriving pub and in turn village!

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Mark, Sally and Dale's standards are high, constantly pushing to be the at the top of their game, achieving their best and working hard. They are extremely lucky to have a team that supports them every step of the way, many of them also local to the area and love Norfolk as much as they do, and understand how much there is for the visitor and tourist to participate in. Call in when you are passing, relax and stay. You won’t be disappointed. 01485 520827 THE BEST OF NORFOLK __ 119

COASTAL PATH Hunstanton is also famous for its climate. It really is sunny as the locals would have it, and it is one of the driest places in the country – facing west so the sunsets are especially beautiful. Hunstanton is also the starting point for the invigorating Norfolk Coastal Path that runs all the way to Cromer, around 40 miles away, and is a stunning place for a family walk.


HUNSTANTON & BEYOND The nickname of Sunny Hunny sums up this family-friendly West Norfolk seaside town CALEY MILL Also nearby is Caley Mill, at Heacham, home of the famous Norfolk lavender, whose fields in season are really impressive. They also sell a wide range of lavender products for the home and body that make great souvenirs.


THE LODGE With its own nine or 11-mile circular walk which takes in beautiful Ringstead Downs, the Le Strange Estate, Hunstanton Park and view of Hunstanton Hall (accessible on a Thursday, thanks to a medieval custom when commoners were permitted to pick firewood ‘by hook or by crook’), The Lodge Old Hunstanton is the perfect place to explore the North Norfolk coast. With easy access to the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coastal Path, you can even walk as far as Cromer and Great Yarmouth, encompassing an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

SNETTISHAM PARK Is a very busy working farm consisting of 329 acres, and is a great place to get close to nature. Hand feed a spectacular herd of over 60 hinds and stags on the Deer Safari ride. Witness ewes which lamb inside the barns February to April, and bottle feed the lambs from March. Year-round you can collect and grade freshly laid eggs, groom ponies, feed the goats, and cuddle a guinea pig or rabbit.

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NORFOLK'S HOLIDAY ACCOMMODATION Whether you are looking for a cosy cottage in the countryside with an open fire, a seaside holiday home or a modern, stylish studio apartment – there are lots to choose from in Norfolk. Location is everything and when it comes to spectacular scenery a cottage in Norfolk is hard to beat.

The fact that holiday cottages are self-catering is the single biggest advantage for many holidaymakers, giving you the chance to try local produce at your own pace as well as eating out in some of the county’s great restaurants and eateries. Holiday cottages are ideal for groups and large families – family and friends can get together around the dinner table at night, relax in the garden during afternoons or play board games during the evenings. Many holiday cottages allow pets, so there is no need to confine Fido to kennels while the rest of the family enjoys a week or two away. Renting a self-contained holiday cottage means there’s little chance of your dog disturbing other guests and many places have a garden or outside space for pets to enjoy. For those who don’t have children, the extra space that staying in a holiday cottage provides can be a life-saver. Being able to spread out means you can really relax and enjoy your stay. It’s true that there won’t be someone on hand to change your towels or make your bed every day – but why worry? You’re on holiday after all!

SALT SALT is a unique and small company on the Norfolk coast, offering boutique and very special holiday retreats for discerning visitors to enjoy. Based in Holkham, their portfolio comprises of personally-selected properties spanning the entire Norfolk coastline, from the sandy expanses of Hunstanton to the heritagerich jewels of Happisburgh. All properties are chosen with the belief they will enhance a visitor's experience of the county - whether it's a stunning view, elegant interior or incredible pool. If you book your holiday with SALT, not only will you be assured of a stunning property, but also exceptional customer service. From the point of booking your retreat through to returning home after your stay, you are promised attentive and professional care. SALT is a truly local, family company, comprised of a team of people passionate about their home county. With such a deep knowledge of Norfolk’s coast, as well as knowing each property personally, you can relax knowing you’re in safe hands. 01328 887600 THE BEST OF NORFOLK __ 122

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A hand-picked selection of the finest self-catering accommodation in North Norfolk For many people visiting Norfolk for the first time it is rather a revelation! Far from being Noel Coward’s ‘very flat, Norfolk’, the gently undulating countryside conceals pretty little villages tucked between ancient woodland and a patchwork of fields. The endless miles of beaches, salt marsh and little estuaries are teeming with wildlife and the great open skies are an artist’s delight. The pace of life is slower and for many holidaying in the area, an amazing sense of peace and calm takes over from the worries of everyday living. Take time to wander from village to village visiting one of many famous stately homes in the area, or to discover the myriad of  coastal and countryside  footpaths and walks. Try sampling the wonderfully fresh local produce, either in one of the many village pubs and restaurants or from delightful local suppliers of everything from lobsters, crab and shellfish, to fruits, asparagus and local speciality breads and cheeses.  Staying in one of the many beautiful self catering properties dotted around North Norfolk, visitors to the area can take full advantage of this laid back life style. The Blakeney Cottage Company has the pick of luxury and unusual holiday homes in the area, from one bedroom romantic retreats to country houses sleeping up to eighteen guests and every size and style in between!  With over one hundred handpicked properties in their portfolio of coastal and country special places to


stay, guests can enjoy all the delights of this unique corner of England. The Blakeney Cottage Company has quietly gone from strength to strength over the past few years with owners of holiday properties seeking them out to represent and manage their second homes following recommendations from friends and colleagues. The owners of this family run company are justly very proud that their reputation for excellent customer care, both for the owners they represent and guests wishing to stay in and around the area, and this reputation has resulted in a portfolio of  properties that have come to them purely through word of mouth. Due to the unprecedented demand for their marketing skills they have decided to expand their operation to allow more owners to experience their unique service. As James Player, director of the company explains, ‘We take the time to really find out what aspirations and

expectations the owners of properties have. We are happy to offer advice prior to the purchase of second homes and welcome discussing possible renovations required that will maximise the letting potential of any property. If owners want a full make over we work very closely with a talented interior designer who has a great grasp of the letting market, but also we have years of experience ‘in house’ and know exactly what works for guests and owners alike through having very successful letting properties of our own.’ ‘Guests can either pick out their ideal choice of property from our live, informative website and book online or they can give us a call with their requirements or any queries they may have. Everyone at our main office on Blakeney Quay has intimate knowledge of all the properties on our books and can help guests through every step of choosing, booking and making the most of their holiday in North Norfolk.  Guests can have complete confidence


that we will give them an honest assessment whether the properties they have been considering will meet all their demands and expectations, whether for a short break, special occasion or family holiday.’ With levels of returning guests being exceptionally high and many of these guests then deciding to purchase and place their new holiday hideaways with The Blakeney Cottage Company, it seems this well established and approachable company most certainly understand exactly what is needed when choosing a great place to either buy, let out or stay in.

THE BLAKENEY COTTAGE COMPANY The Granary, High Street Blakeney, North Norfolk NR25 7AL 01263 741777

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Elegance STYLE Ocean Breaks are the owners of five luxury holiday cottages sleeping between two and fourteen people. From grand country properties to a charming sixteenth-century cottage, our sumptuously designed homes are all within a short distance of the Norfolk coast. Truly inspirational interiors combined with our unique settings make any of our five homes the perfect place to enjoy your holiday. Whichever property you prefer, please contact us to discuss your requirements and discover how we can make your stay a truly memorable one.

LAVENDER BARN HOLME-NEXT-THE-SEA This stunning barn conversion lies in the pretty north Norfolk village of Holme-next-the-Sea and sleeps 12 to 14. Converted to a high specification the five bedroom property offers an ideal setting for a relaxing holiday. The double panelled entrance door and full height glazing offer an impressive entrance into the large open hall where a hand built solid oak staircase leads to a galleried landing. There’s a woodburning stove in the sitting room, a large dining table, a fully-equipped hand built kitchen with Aga and an enclosed courtyard garden boasts an outside fireplace with covered seating area.

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With stunning beaches, wide open skies, sand dunes and wonderful wildlife, Norfolk is an easy choice when it comes to choosing a holiday location here in the UK. To fully immerse yourself in what North Norfolk is all about – see the sights, hear the sounds and fall in love with the laidback local way of life – you’ll need a place to stay. Award-winning Norfolk Hideaways have over 350 self-catering properties from cosy cottages crammed full of Norfolk charm to luxury retreats; close to beautiful beaches, in rural hotspots or in the middle of quaint market towns. So whether you’re looking for something romantic, dog-friendly or somewhere for that big family get-together, you’re sure to find the perfect hideaway with us.

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your holiday home? If you own a holiday home or are considering buying one, we’re here to help you every step of the way. Whether coastal or rural, we’re sure to have space for you within our ever-growing portfolio. From providing you with an initial rental forecast, guidance on how to renovate, furnish and present your property, to supplying names of trusted suppliers, we’ll make the whole process easy. Being local, we know the best places to buy and types of property to invest in and with no joining fee, no restrictions and a targeted marketing strategy designed to direct as many people as possible to our website to generate you bookings, you’re in safe hands. Email us at

LYNWOOD HOUSE BRANCASTER STAITHE This stunning property is set over four floors with breath-taking views across the marshes and the North Norfolk Coastline. Sleeping up to 8 guests in four fabulous bedrooms, Lynwood House is sure to impress with its modern architecture, contemporary furnishings and sought-after location. 01485 512245

THE OLD BUTCHER’S STORES HEACHAM Effortlessly relaxed, this luxury open-plan barn conversion flaunts exposed oak beams and lofty ceilings which complement the retro style furnishings and individual flair which the owners have so cleverly introduced into this bespoke conversion.

Norfolk coast, The Old Butcher’s Stores boasts two bedrooms both with en-suites and private access to two separate courtyard gardens, making it the perfect choice for those looking for time on their own or wanting to holiday with another couple, or as a small family.

If romance and rusticity are high on your list, then this gorgeous self-catering abode, located in the bustling little village of Heacham, right on the North Norfolk coast, might just be your utopia. Formerly the old stores, which served the Old Butcher’s shop (also available to rent) this gorgeous property has been in the same family for the last 100 years. Having been painstakingly restored, The Old Butcher’s Stores has been transformed into a stunning Norfolk Hideaway, quietly tucked away, but within easy walking distance of amenities, pubs, restaurants and two beaches.

With so much local produce available, who could blame you for wanting to cook up a treat in the spacious kitchen, before snuggling down together in front of the cosy log burner. With two reception rooms to relax in and two large beds with sumptuous linens, your dreams promise to be sweet ones!

Ideal for couples wanting a relaxing weekend or longer holiday to explore and indulge in the captivating North

Prices start from £490 for 7 nights in low season (short breaks and flexible arrival dates available). 01485 211022


SAIL AWAY BRANCASTER STAITHE Sail Away is a fabulous newly renovated stylish holiday home with a balcony and roof terrace looking directly across Brancaster Staithe harbour - with undoubtedly the best views from the best location in Norfolk! This is a luxurious contemporary conversion above a boat-house, cleverly configured with a superb open plan light and spacious first floor living area with uninterrupted sea views. Also on the first floor are two beautifully presented bedrooms, one with stunning harbour views, and a modern bathroom. On the ground level is a contemporary shower room and a convenient utility room, with the entrance leading to the private parking area. We are delighted to offer guests the opportunity to stay at this fantastic new property, enviably located literally steps from the Norfolk Coastal path and the picturesque harbour, making this a perfect place to stay throughout the year for walkers, sailors or anyone wanting the ultimate coastal outlook. 01328 730880

THE BOATHOUSE Unique and luxurious accommodation in a magical location, The Boathouse in Sennowe Park is a truly special property. Designed by renowned Norfolk architect George Skipper The Boathouse sits in a totally unrivalled position overlooking the beautiful lake and grounds at Sennowe Park, next to Pensthorpe Nature reserve (recent home of BBC’s ‘Springwatch’) and just a 20 minute drive from the North Norfolk coast at Wells-next-the-Sea. There is even a small rowing boat under the property for guests use 01263 741777


RE T RE AT S Laid-back luxury holiday cottages

Laid-back luxury holiday retreats AT BAREFOOT RETREATS we are passionate

about marketing luxury holiday properties that are individual and unique. From cottage hideaways, beautiful boltholes, coastal gems to rural retreats, their unique features will define our portfolio.

AS OUR GUESTS you will have the keys to some of the

most beautiful and individual private homes in Norfolk, providing a distinct laid-back luxury holiday experience ensuring you feel at home from the moment you arrive, until you leave. With an indepth knowledge of our hand-picked portfolio, we will ensure we match you with the right property. You’ll have access to our exclusive concierge service, ideal if you’re organising a special celebration or want to experience something different on your holiday. And once you’ve booked your holiday, you’ll receive a Barefoot guide ensuring you have all the information you could need to enjoy your precious time away.

AS A HOME OWNER we will maximise the earning potential of your home by managing all the marketing, PR and guest liaison for you. Unlike other agencies, we are more than a booking agent and as a team we will take all of the hassle away from letting out your holiday home by providing a fully managed service. Sharing your holiday home should be as easy and enjoyable as the holidays our guests will enjoy there and we will make it our job to look after your home as if it were our own. We can also assist in finding and creating your unique holiday home and we offer an interior design styling and staging service to increase the appeal of your property. If required, we can source furnishings to create the perfect place for you and your guests to enjoy.



WHY BAREFOOT? Our guests don’t pay a booking fee

and our home owners don’t pay anything to join us. Surprisingly our commission fee is the same or less than our local and national competitors. We cover the cost of professional photography for home owners and provide a welcome hamper for all our guests and all our houses have Barefoot branded bathrobes, slippers and beautiful linens. If you’re looking for a wonderful holiday experience or are considering marketing your home and are seeking a fresh and innovative approach, please visit our website or pop into our office and join us for a cup of coffee or glass of fizz.


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NORFOLK COUNTRY COTTAGES Holidays spent with friends, family and loved ones, are the most special times of our lives. Whether they are booked way in advance or as a last-minute get-away, these times are highlights looked forward to by everyone and cherished for years to come. As a local, familyrun company with 26 years of experience, Norfolk Country Cottages understand this. Their portfolio of 500+ hand-picked properties, all fully-assessed, are located throughout the county in beautiful locations. From expansive, red brick and flint barn conversions Norfolk is renowned for, to cosy romantic cottages for two, there’s an array of choice. Norfolk Country Cottages is a family-owned and run company, that started from a kitchen table in the pretty market town of Reepham. Now located in Holt, their team are all local experts with a passion for the area and dedicated to making sure your experience, from start to finish, is a smooth and enjoyable one. Finalists in the Global Family Traveller Awards 2017, and Feefo Gold Trusted Service award-winners, this is a company with strong customer loyalty. We can see why! 01263 715779

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Local established agency offering over 250 of the finest hand-picked Norfolk Coast holiday cottages I am incredibly proud of the superb and diverse collection of over 250 holiday cottages that we have hand-picked over the last 14 years to add to our portfolio, specialising in much-loved second homes ranging from cosy beamed cottages for 2 to stunning contemporary barn conversions for up to 14 guests, in the best of locations in North Norfolk. My company ethos has always been “quality rather than quantity� to make sure that we only offer places that we would all like to stay in, knowing how precious time away is and understanding that no one wants to pay to stay somewhere less comfortable than their own home. I am fortunate to have an experienced and dedicated team who all live locally close to our offices in the lovely village of Burnham Market and the iconic Granary building in Wells-nextthe-Sea. We can offer inside knowledge on the best places to go for shopping, eating, drinking, culture, walking and even keeping your children occupied! We work closely with our homeowners and regularly visit all our cottages to ensure that standards are maintained and that everything is in place to make your stay as relaxing as possible. Having first-hand experience of our cottages means we can offer the best advice and help you choose the perfect place for you. We look forward to hearing from you!

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COASTGUARD LOOKOUT HUNSTANTON NW Norfolk‘s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty offers a wealth of places to explore and discover for all ages. The ‘world may be your oyster’, but Norfolk is everyone’s ‘cup of tea’! So whether you prefer chilled and tranquil or busy and action-packed, Norfolk is the place to be. Throughout the year there is an extravaganza of festivals, shows, fetes, events and celebrations. All our properties are within easy reach of beaches and holiday interests and are professionally graded so guests know they are getting quality. What better way to explore than stay in a holiday home with the freedom of self-catering?! 01485 534267

THE LIGHTHOUSE HUNSTANTON Recently having been given a top to bottom makeover this is an exciting new self-catering property for holidaymakers looking to experience nature-in-the-raw. The original lighthouse tower, which dates back to 1840, is still accessible by guests who are able to climb the 62-steps to the top to enjoy a 360-degree view of the North Norfolk coast or one of Hunstanton’s legendary sunsets. For those who prefer to enjoy the views from inside, the property has been transformed with a luxe living space on the first floor. A beautiful, first floor open plan lounge, dining area and kitchen, offer a panoramic view of the sea and Norfolk’s famous big skies, and the property even includes a telescope to study the sky at night. Accommodating up to eight guests in four en suite bedrooms, across two floors, The Old Lighthouse is ideal for families and small groups looking for a landmark property with spectacular coastal views. A fully equipped kitchen with a range cooker makes home cooking easy, while The Lodge, which is a short walk away, offers a chef and butler service for an in-house luxury dining experience. 01485 532896


NORFOLK COAST There is one thing you can guarantee to see a lot of when you come to Norfolk and that’s water. Be it the great North Sea, the many rivers running into the sea or the mighty Broads.


THE WATER We thought we would take this opportunity to explore some of the many ways you could spend some time ‘on the water’. If your idea of fun is cruising along watching the watery world go by then there are several companies that can make this happen: NORTH SEA FISHING TRIPS Whether you want to go out with a gang of you for the whole day or have a father and son/mother and daughter moment for three or four hours this is a great way to experience sea fishing. All gear can be provided if required and there’s even a chef on board should you wish to dine at sea too. They are based at Thornham with their winter cod fishing trips leaving from Lowestoft. Check their website and with three and a half hours mackerel and bass fishing starting at just £35 per person this is a very accessible way to get out on the water. 01485 517610 THE BEST OF NORFOLK __ 140

NORFOLK’S CHALK RIVERS Did you know that there are only 200 chalk rivers in the world, with 160 in Britain and 10% of these are in Norfolk! The result of flowing over a chalk bed means that chalk rivers with their calcium rich, clear waters have their very own particular set of flora and fauna. The Norfolk chalk rivers include the Glaven, Babingley, Stiffkey, Gaywood, Hun, Mun, Ingol, Heacham and Burn. You can explore some of these rivers at certain points, so for more information go to: 01263 711299

SURFING Finally, for those of you with an appetite for the slightly more adventurous maybe a surfing session is more up your street – Norfolk can give Cornwall surf a run for its money any day! Deep swells and good waves can be experienced at several sites along the coast including Mundesley and Cromer and at the other end of the coast Hunstanton. There is definitely a surf culture to be experienced in these areas and for more information on lessons for surfing, windsurfing and kite surfing and information on surf conditions, check out the following sites: and at Cromer.




Norfolk is famous far and wide for the richness of its natural habitats and as a result its wildlife with many of these creatures and plants live by, under or often on or over water. Luckily, safe access to this natural wonder is available through the services of several local companies:

We can now move from an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to an area that has the important designation of ‘National Park’ – The Broads! From tranquil, slow flowing waterways, explored up close and personal by canoe to motoring in style along the main water ways aboard a ‘gin palace’ the choice is extensive. The CanoeMan offers guided trips, including overnight camping expeditions or just canoe hire and gives access to some of the most beautiful and peaceful parts of the broads. The ‘Paddle Steamer’ trip is highly recommended, with a trip to or back from the canoe hire point by steam train!

The ‘gin palace’ option and other cruisers, including the environmentally friendly electric boats, can be hired by the day or longer from a number of boat companies, mainly based in Wroxham. Check out the Broads Authority’s very good website that has a plethora of information on all things water and boating on the Broads, including hire company details:

At Blakeney Harbour, private sailing and boat charters are available via Norfolketc from Morston Quay. Using traditional Norfolk Oyster Sail boats, they can accommodate up to five people with pets welcome. Sailing lessons are also available and information on surf conditions. 01263 740 704 01603 783777

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BEACHES BRANCASTER Backed by gorgeous sand dunes and with a peaceful RSPB bird reserve. An intimate, dog-friendly beach, this stretch of coast offers many great walks, starting with the scenic beach route just off Gypsy Lane Walk. Those willing to brave the waters will have a great time swimming, just be mindful that there is no lifeguard service. A picnic is the best bet here or alternatively a tasty lunch at one of the nearby hotels.

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Norfolk has 93 miles of coastline filled with unspoilt beaches that are clean, safe and family-friendly. They’re great to enjoy throughout the seasons, with most welcoming dog walkers all year round. However you choose to spend the day, be sure to stick around for the breathtaking sunsets!

WELLS Privacy and great views from the sand dunes are the two things that set Wells apart. It’s full of cosy, quaint beach huts that are a lovely backdrop for an open air picnic. Remember to bring a bucket of ice to keep your drinks cool as it is a long walk back to get provisions. Dogs are allowed all year round on part of the beach. If you are swimming here please be aware that the tide comes in extremely fast. 

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CROMER Cromer has a long family beach overlooked by a nostalgic Victorian pier. Equipped with its own surf school and an RNLI lifeguard in the summer months, it’s a place where kids can run wild. It is also one of three beaches awarded the Blue Flag in 2016 for water quality.

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HAPPISBURGH Famous for its striking red and white lighthouse and unspoilt bay, Happisburgh was once linked to mainland Europe. Evacuations at the beach have revealed some of the first evidence of hunter gatherers in Britain dating back more than 800,000 years. If you are feeling like a trek yourself, there is a circular seven and a half mile walk from Happisburgh inland across open fields and lanes to the villages of Bridlington and Walcott.

Best for walking in the footsteps of early humans NR12 0PY

HOLKHAM This beach is a bit too exposed for a swim, but when the tide is out it stretches for miles, creating a beautiful space to explore. It’s backed by fragrant pine forests and is lovely for a walk, flying a kite, playing boule or cricket, or even a spot of bare-foot running. Whatever you get up to, you’re are sure to be undisturbed and to enjoy the invigorating and brisk North Sea Wind.

Best for walking the dog. NR33 7RW

GORLESTON-ON-SEA On a smaller scale and with a gentle tide, this beach is excellent for little ones. It is a sandy beach with RNLI Lifeguards on patrol during the summer months. At the top of the grassy cliffs you’ll find a play area as well as a flat prom that is great for cycling – both with or without stabilisers.

Best for younger children NR31 6DQ

HUNSTANTON This beach is ideal for exploring after the tide has gone out. Make sure to bring some soft shoes to avoid any scrapes or scratches. The whole family is welcome at Hunstanton, even fourlegged members of your clan who'll have ample space to run and play.

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WILD NORFOLK One of Norfolk’s most appealing assets is its unspoilt countryside and the abundant wildlife you will encounter there. What better way to get the low down on what you can expect to see and one of the best places to visit than from local wildlife expert Richard Campey from the One Stop Nature Shop. GET TO KNOW NORFOLK'S NATURE WITH ONE STOP NATURE SHOP

places; places that they want to share and enjoy with others. They have chosen sites and dates to offer something for everyone, some are places you may know, others may be a little more off the beaten track and offer you the opportunity to explore somewhere new. Above all, their walks are aimed at providing Norfolk’s visitors with the chance to experience the region’s wonderful landscapes and enjoy the very special wildlife that makes a home here.

One thing you can’t fail to notice when in North Norfolk is the amazing abundance of wildlife that thrives along the coastal marshes, woodlands, beaches and dunes of this scenic area. Norfolk has long been a mecca for birdwatchers who are ‘in the know’, but with so much choice, deciding where to go and what to see can be daunting for the visitor. At The One Stop Nature Shop, they provide you with the solution, with a series of fun, wildlife-packed walks that take you to the very best places at the ideal time of year.

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For many wildlife enthusiasts, the lure of Norfolk is its plentiful birdlife. Beaches and saltings ring to the calls of curlews, redshanks and the feisty piping of wonderful avocets, the fields and lanes harbour whitethroats, yellowhammers and secretive grey partridges and woodlands of English oak and beech are home to nuthatches, green woodpeckers and much more. But they shall also be looking out for other Norfolk treats; fallow deer grazing in parkland, common seals on the beaches and boisterous brown hares in the cornfields. Their walks attract a real diversity of people, both novices and experienced enthusiasts, but above

all, they love to share the county's heritage with people who come to learn and who are looking to find out more about local wildlife.

and Trips page of their website, or just call them for further details – they look forward to spending time in the field with you!

Starting their walks from the One Shop Nature Shop in Burnham Deepdale gives walkers and birdwatchers the opportunity to meet up and get acquainted before heading out for a fun-filled adventure!


More information on these events can be found on the Events, Walks

A pair of binoculars will, without doubt enhance your visit to our beautiful county whether you are watching a ghostly barn owl drifting silently over a meadow or watching some of the 1000s of pink-footed geese that visit us from Scandinavia in the winter. Choosing binoculars is very much a personal decision; it’s all about what feels right for you, what level of nature watching you do and the budget you have available. To start with, let’s demystify the numbers on a pair of binoculars. The first number is the magnification; the second is the diameter of the objective glass and the larger the diameter the more light will enter the binocular. The smaller this number, generally the smaller the binocular which can be good for people wanting particularly lightweight and compact binoculars.

and then’ policy! Whether you are buying a pair for £45 or £2000, it is important to us that you get the right ones. We pride ourselves in offering you our expert, unbiased advice to achieve this. As well as a wide range of optics to suit all preferences and budget including binoculars, telescopes and tripods, The One Stop Nature Shop also stocks: • • • • • •

Wildlife books, identification aids and maps Nestboxes and wildlife cameras Microscopes and hand magnifiers Bird food and feeders Outdoor clothing and rucksacks Night vision equipment

How they feel in the hand, ease of use, how they perform with spectacles, weight and size all vary with individual models and the only way to get the right one for you is to try them out and compare different ones. Choosing a pair of binoculars should be a pleasant experience so we have a ‘no rush, no obligation to buy there


The One Stop Nature Shop, 9 Dalegate Market, Burnham Deepdale, PE31 8FB 01485 211 223. Open every day except Christmas Day 10am – 5pm




Let's face it, us Norfolk dogs have got it pretty good. Why settle for being hauled around the block when there is a whole county of canine excitiement out there? Whether you are large and slobbery or small and yappy (like ourselves), there is no end to the off-leash fun you'll have off the beaten track. THE ORANGE TREE, THORNHAM


NORFOLK'S BEACHES Recently acknowledged by the Kennel Club as Britain’s best great outdoor space. Holkham is the ideal place for a brisk chase across massive stretches of sand, followed by a refreshing dip in the sea. The Beach Cafe at Wellsnext-the-Sea remains my favourite for its excellent Dog Wash facilitiesperfect for a freshen up.

Getting muddy and wet on a nice country walk makes me feel on top of the world, but can’t help feeling a little cold and deflated afterwards. Luckily Ruff and Tumble make some cosy towelling coats that leave me dry as a bone in no time. They are designed in Brancaster and are very popular among Norfolk’s most stylish hounds!

BEST FOR WILD SWIMMING Whether you prefer dipping one paw or jumping right in, nothing gets tails wagging like encountering waterways on a walk. Norfolk has plenty of gentle streams that are perfect for a splash about. Try the Lamas, River Bure (near the Broads).

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A travelling pooch like me really appreciates a dining pub where I can put my paws up. All the ground floor rooms are dog friendly, and water bowls are never far away to quench one’s thirst. The Scoobie Snacks menu is delicious - everything from probiotic salmon to juicy Pigs Ears washed down with gravy.

BEST FOR LIFE OFF THE LEASH... Norfolk's forests give you so much freedom to run, dig and chew away from concrete and cars. The rich wildlife really gets our wolf radars going, as my pup and I jet off in all directions to chase squirrels or rabbits. We love Thetford Forest and Foxley Wood, where we both feel like pint-sized beasts of mass destruction – despite having never caught a single thing.

GUESTS WITH PAWS AT THE LIFEBOAT INN Don't forget your four-legged family members when you visit The Lifeboat Inn, hotel and restaurant in Thornham. The inn has a number of dog friendly rooms and offers soft dog blankets, a welcome bowl with treats in room on arrival and a serving of a delicious sausage for breakfast to all their guests with paws. There are also plenty of stickthrowing opportunities and lots of places to walk right on The Lifeboat’s doorstep, you can choose from sandy beaches to breezy marshes.

POOCH’S HANDMADE NORFOLK DOG TREATS When it comes to treats, nothing beats Pooch’s for local sourcing and quality. With meat fresh from their Norfolk butcher and venison brought in directly from Holkham Hall, they bake healthy snacks that are enough to make us all behave. Try the Pig’n’Mix.

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NORFOLK'S BEST DRIVE Any road trip in Norfolk can get you from point A to point B. The question is: why would you want it to? Especially when the merest meander might bring you to the perfect place to explore, eat, shop or stop over. Our route through the county begins just across the Suffolk border in Bury St. Edmunds and runs all the way up to the coast at the most north-easterly corner of the county, before heading west and back across the border again. Yes, it will get you from Bury St Edmunds to Thornham, Norwich and back. But that’s not the point. There is so much else to enjoy en route. So fill up the tank, open the roof, ignore your watch and succumb to the serendipity of Norfolk. The first thing to appreciate as you set off is that all around you lies The

Brecks, a unique area of around 1,000 sq km (385 sq miles) in southwest Norfolk and northwest Suffolk. The area’s distinctive warm microclimate, acidic soils and long history of landuse revolving around sheep-grazing and rabbit-warrening has led to the creation of some of the country’s most important grass heathland areas with Thetford Forest at its heart. If it’s an early stop you fancy, factor in a stop along the A 1065 to Strattons at Swaffham. But be warned, the chances are you will want to come back here for a more protracted sampling of the alluring dining options. Once you return to the A47, a diversion to Kings Lynn could take you to the magnificent, newlyrevealed vaulted undercroft of the 15th century Trinity Guildhall, where Stories of Lynn invites you to discover stories of the seafarers, explorers, merchants, mayors,


magistrates and miscreants who have shaped King’s Lynn, one of England’s most important medieval port towns, over more than 800 years. Alternatively, save your energy for a walk by the sea along Holme Dunes coastal walk, an open wilderness of sand dunes, mud flats, salt marshes, water meadows and pine forests, as well as a pretty much deserted beach, well known for its important find in 1998 of “Seahenge” (now housed at Lynn Museum). Just inland is Drove Orchards at Thornham, a great place to stop for refreshment with a choice of three restaurants, some diverting retail therapy, plus the chance to pick up fresh local produce. If an overnight stay is on the cards, then look no further than ~ The Hoste luxury boutique Hotels & Spa, dating back 400 years, where guests can choose to stay in one of six diverse properties all located in the picturesque village of Burnham Market.

The all-new E-Class Cabriolet. Open to enjoy.

Intelligent technology is a hallmark of the E-Class line-up and the new Cabriolet is no exception. Highlights contributing to a smooth, stress-free journey include a self-guided parking system and autonomous emergency braking. In addition, AIRSCARF neck-level heating and the AIRCAP wind deflector help ensure that top-down motoring is as comfortable as it is exhilarating, even in cooler temperatures.

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Matching elegant proportions and athletic lines with sporty AMG bodystyling and 19-inch AMG alloy wheels, the new Cabriolet is another eye-catching addition to the E-Class lineup that will turn heads wherever your journey takes you.

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Official government fuel consumption figures in mpg (litres per 100km) for the E-Class Cabriolet range: urban 28.3(10.0)-47.1(6.0), extra urban 47.9(5.9)-62.8(4.5), combined 37.7(7.5)-56.5(5.0). CO2 emissions 173-131 g/ km. Official EU-regulated test data are provided for comparison purposes and actual performance will depend on driving style, road conditions and other non-technical factors. Whilst this offer is only available through Mercedes-Benz Finance, we do arrange finance behalf of other finance companies as well. Model featured is a Mercedes-Benz E 220 d AMG Line at £45,360 on-the-road (on-the-road price includes VAT, delivery, 12 months’ Road Fund Licence, number plates, first registration fee and fuel). Specification imagery may show optional features. Content relating to finance is promoted by Mercedes-Benz Finance. Your Retailer may offer finance on behalf of other companies. *Finance offer based on a E 220 d AMG Line on a Mercedes-Benz Agility Agreement, on 10,000 miles per annum. Vehicle condition, excess mileage and other charges apply. †Payable if you exercise the option to purchase the car. ††Includes optional purchase payment, purchase activation fee and Retailer deposit contribution. Orders/credit approvals on selected E-Class models, between 1 January and 31 March 2018, registered by 30 June 2018. Guarantees may be required. Offers cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Some combinations of features/options may not be available. Credit provided subject to status by Mercedes-Benz Finance, MK15 8BA. Prices, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions correct at time of production.

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___ THE HOSTE LUXURY BOUTIQUE HOTEL & SPA Burnham Market ___ NORWICH CATHEDRAL, Norwich This is where we turn the corner in our travels and head along the A149 towards Wells-next-the Sea, which set between the epic expanse of sand of the world-renowned Holkham Beach and the precious bird sanctuary of Blakeney Point. The town is actually a mile inland nestling behind a bank of pines and an expanse of saltmarsh reclaimed for agriculture by the Holkham Estate in the 1800s. Further along this famous, north Norfolk coast road is Morston Hall, one of Norfolk’s acclaimed Michelin stared hotels. Well worth a stop, they serve tea and coffee through the day, as well a delicious afternoon tea, or of course you could indulge in the set tasting menu that changes daily.

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any number of restaurants, cafés, bars, and pubs - it’s a delight to explore. If time allows why not visit Benedicts for lunch. A modern British restaurant on St Benedicts Street, in the centre of the city. As and when you can drag yourself away, it’s time to head along the A11 with just one further visitor attraction - Bressingham Steam and Gardens, the collection of working locomotives will take you round their magnificent gardens and woodland If there’s anything better than travelling hopefully, surely it’s got to be arriving at this kind of choice! And, after all, there’s always tomorrow…

Why not break your journey at the Virginia Court Hotel in Cromer, located in a town that is a favourite with families looking for a more traditional seaside holiday. With great sandy beaches, museums, surfing, plenty of attractions and wonderful walking along the Norfolk Coast Path. Your next destination should be historic Norwich - the UK’s most complete medieval city, yet a wonderful fusion of the modern and historic, one complementing the other. Here you will be spoilt for choice with the glorious cathedrals and museums to explore, enticing shopping streets, great museums, micro breweries and THE BEST OF NORFOLK __ 150

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This impressive estate has been going from strength to strength in recent years. The 950 acres of woodland that make up its grounds have long been a place to go for picturesque walks, and the indoor activities are just as entertaining when it’s too cold to venture out. The Jacobean mansion houses beautiful 1930s decor, exhibits an array of local art and is also home to the largest collection of second hand books in the National Trust with over 30,000 titles

Enjoy a day out riding a historic steam train through Norfolk’s stunning coast. Channel your inner beretwaving child from The Railway Children as the glorious locomotive passes through Sheringham, Weybourne and Holt. Kids and adults alike will enjoy watching the landscape of wooded hills in Sheringham Park roll past. The sea is within easy walking distance from the various stations at the northern end of the line.

DISCOVER MORE A Yarmouth museum built from driftwood containing a fully working pottery and art studio

ALYSHAM AUCTIONS In our opinion you simply can’t beat an auction on a chilly day. This is a region renowned for its unique antiques where you’re bound to stumble upon that special find. Keys Fine Art Auctioneers are one of the longestestablished regional auctions of it’s kind in East Anglia, so we recommend you check auction days online ahead of your visit. Enthusiasts will also want to visit James Beck Auctions in Fakenham and Diss Auction.

TIME & TIDE MUSEUM GREAT YARMOUTH This award winning museum space contains an imaginative collection housed in a recently renovated Victorian herring curing works. There is no better way to find out about the relationship with the sea so historically important to life in this county. Wander through a Victorian fisherman’s house, experience a bustling quayside at the peak of herring season and listen to nail-biting tales of wreck and rescue on the high seas.


Happisburgh Owl Barn is open during Autumn, visit the lighthouse while you are here Davenports Magic Kingdom in North Walsham offers a touch of the mystical Horsey Beach for close-up seal watching and a bracing walk Exciting exhibitions as well as the classic Castle Keep at Norwich Castle. Forage for forest berries, samphire and wild mushrooms. Check out the super fungi pages at  Tour the English Whisky distillery


STATELY HOMES & GARDENS From small higgledy-piggledy cottage plots to magnificent green spaces at stately homes, Norfolk has a huge collection of gardens. It is also a historic area replete with grand houses and aristocratic estates. Take the whole family to feast their eyes on the elaborate architecture, smell the aromatic greenery and stretch their legs out in the open. SANDRINGHAM


The most famous stately home in Norfolk, Sandringham is the muchloved country retreat of Her Majesty The Queen. There are 274 rooms filled with treasures, and over 60 acres of gardens. On a tractor tour or woodland walk through the country park you will even glimpse Park House, the birthplace of Princess Diana.

This maze is unlike any other as its design is based on the ruins of the adjacent Beeston Priory. As it’s not symmetrical, there is no middle, but see if you can find the viewing platform for a bird’s eye view of these ten acres of garden. The series of paths mean you have to explore in order to find the exit.

The most spectacular time to visit Sandringham House is late spring/ early summer when the grounds abound with fantastically coloured rhododendrons and azaleas.

Open for 2018 season from Easter NR26 8SF

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BLICKLING HALL One of England’s great Jacobean houses, Blickling features the spectacular Long Gallery, fine Mortlake tapestries, and the restored 19th-century Hungerford Pollen painted ceiling. Great for cycling or fishing, and don’t miss the Heritage Open Days or Proms in August. NR11 6NF

HOLKHAM HALL A classic 18th century Palladian-style mansion nestled in a 3,000 acre deer park on the beautiful north Norfolk coast. Great for roaming the outdoors on bike, boat or by foot, it also has a great play area. Don’t miss the North Norfolk Food Festival in September NR23 1AB



Priory Maze and Gardens is home to Norfolk’s only traditional hedge maze, be sure to get lost in this seven foot tall maze! There are also numerous themed gardens to explore, from the Fern Walk to the Norfolk Riviera Garden within the 10 acre site. Take a piece of Priory Maze home with you; our plant centre is full of home grown plants. We also have a beautiful gift cabin, and a very popular CafÊ, both are open to non-garden visitors | +44(0) 1263 822986

Discover, Explore, Lose yourself A wonderful Stately Home & Gardens

Open from 29th March to 28th October Somerleyton Hall & Gardens, Somerleyton NR32 5QQ For opening days, times and prices


OXBURGH HALL This 15th century moated manor house is located on 70 acres of beautiful estate. Panoramic views from the roof look out over the Victorian French parterre, walled orchard, kitchen garden and a Catholic chapel. Guided walks are available to witness snowdrops carpeting the ground at certain times of year. Open February until October, with weekend openings up until Christmas PE33 9PS




Take in the sumptuous Stuart architecture and fascinating history of Felbrigg on the relaxing circular 2.5 mile walk around the estate. Inside you’ll find an impressive Georgian interior, with plenty of activities to keep children engaged.

Located just outside of Swaffham, these water gardens are a peaceful aquatic paradise. The network of waterways and ponds includes thirteen bridges and a natural trout stream. It is the creation of 70-yearold farmer Billy Knights, who built on his damp meadow when it became too wet for his cattle to graze on.

Open Feb to Oct from 11am-5pm.

Open all year round

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One of the most remarkable gardens created in recent years, Alan Gray and Graham Robeson have assembled an accomplished feast of formal design and decorative exuberance. Sculptures, lavishly planted pots and finely detailed walls and gates also play their decorative part. Please note dogs are not allowed NR12 9HN

Open end of April to September


Open throughout the year from dawn to dusk. NR26 8TL


NR21 0QA Home to three spectacular gardens, as well as Hootz House indoor play and WildRootz, this is a great family day out. At the Millennium Garden you’ll find an acre of lush floral tapestry, then immerse yourself in the beautiful water-focused Wildlife Habitat Garden, before strolling through the vast wildflower meadow Open daily except for main Christmas period NR21 0LN

BRESSINGHAM STEAM & GARDENS The appropriately named Bloom family have been gradually expanding these vibrant gardens for over 50 years. Nearly 5,000 different species and varieties have now been collected. Be sure to take a packed lunch to the fragrant picnic area and fit in a ride on The Gallopers. Open from February half term IP22 2AA

FAIRHAVEN WOODLAND & WATER GARDEN BROAD Just over the border in Suffolk is Somerleyton. A magnificent and unique Hall and 12 acre gardens that house a yew hedge maze built in 1846. The Victorian stately mansion is renowned as one of the finest Victorian Stately homes in the country and the Gardens are open from Easter to the end of October. NR32 5QQ

HINDRINGHAM HALL GARDENS The most striking feature of these gardens is the moat surrounding the property, which dates from 1100. Along with the stream and adjacent fish ponds, it has been designated as a Scheduled Ancient Monument. It is one of only a handful of complete moats in Norfolk, and is open to the public on Wednesdays and Sundays during the summer.

Open March until October.

One of the finest examples of the work of famous landscape gardener Humphry Repton, Sheringham Park has viewing towers providing amazing views. Enjoy the exhibition, discover some rare and unusual trees on the Tree Trail, and attend The Wild Garden Walk when the rhododendrons and azaleas are in full bloom.

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Set in the heart of the Norfolk broads, the house and formal gardens at Fairhaven were used as a convalescence home and gardens and a training ground for the home guard during World War Two. Thanks to the gradual introduction of shade and water loving plants, the garden was completed 15 years later. Open all year round, with daily boat trips available from April - October NR13 6DZ THE BEST OF NORFOLK __ 154

HOUGHTON HALL Built in the 1720s for Great Britain’s first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole, Houghton Hall remains one of England’s finest Palladian houses. It is filled with curiosities, from a collection of contemporary sculptures displayed throughout the grounds, to The Soldier Museum, the largest private collection of model soldiers in the world. Opens for season on 30 April PE31 6UE


CHILDREN Norfolk is a real playground for children – it’s packed with adventure to suit all ages and interests

BRESSINGHAM Bressingham has over four miles of narrow-gauge steam lines and four magnificent journeys to choose from. The long track of the Nursery Railway (2ft gauge) leaves from the museum building and passes locomotive sheds and a lake before crossing over the Waveney Valley Line. Don’t miss a ride on the Gallopers good for both young and old. Check the website for the  daily timetable. IP22 2AA 01379 686900

THE NORTH NORFOLK RIDING CENTRE The North Norfolk Riding centre at Walsingham is a small family run business offering lessons and hacking for all ages and abilities. NR22 6DL 01328 820933  @northnorfolkridingcentre

BECCLES LIDO & BIG DOG FERRY Perfect for a family day out, the heated open-air pool and separate toddler pool has a slide, springboard, giant inflatable and kiddies adventure play area, with a café serving hot and cold snacks, drinks and ices. Canoe Hire also offered (advance bookings only). Open 26th May - 9th September | 01502 713297 Or take a river trip to Geldeston. Enjoy the wildlife en-route - such as otters, kingfishers and marsh harriers and a meal, drink or music at the Locks Inn. Or stay on board for a round trip.

THE WASH MONSTER These unique seal safaris and coastal trips are run by charismatic Captain Willie. Using two original amphibious vessels, the Wash Monsters depart from the central promenade in Hunstanton, each tour provides an imaginative and fun way of discovering the local wildlife populations and panoramic views as well as learning of historic legends around The Wash. PE36 5BH 01485 534444

Open to October | 07532 072761

SANDRINGHAM ADVENTURE PLAY AREA AND SCULPTURE TRAIL The play area has more than thirty pieces of equipment and the sculpture trail is a walk through the Arboretum passing sculptures, all made by chainsaw carvers from natural tree trunks. At present there are 15 sculptures. Both the play area and the sculpture trail are free of charge, as are the Visitor Centre car parks, and are open every day of the year. PE35 6EN


HAPPISBURGH OWLS Happisburgh Owls is a friendly, welcoming and calm place to visit, perfect for youngsters if you want to see, interact with, and learn about owls. They have a a variety of owls, some you will recognise and some you may not. The owls are all imprinted and very friendly and will be very happy to see you NR12 0QA 01692 651501


BRESSINGHAM For where else would you be able to ride on a Victorian roundabout, indulge a passion for all things steam driven, wallow in nostalgia for one of the television's best-lobed comedies and glory in gardens that offer a glimpse of horticultural heaven? Add a couple of railways running around the across the site, a genuine old signal box, a museum, restaurant and picnic place, the mix soon promises something for everyone. Privately owned by the bloom family. Adrian Bloom and his father Alan each created a six acre garden, the Dell and Foggy Bottom. Together with the other linking gardens, there are now over 8,000 species and varieties on display. Alan Bloom's other passion - for steam led to Bressingham becoming home to a fine collection of traction engines and locomotives. 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. 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 nonsteam days throughout. There is also a special events programme running throughout the summer. Visitors can ride through the glorious gardens on one of the four working railways or step back in time on the working Victorian steam carousel ‘the Gallopers’, the beautiful painted horses that eternally travel ‘up and down’ and three-abreast around Bressingham’s restored steam carousel. There is always something for all the family at Bressingham. You can even stay as a bed-and-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.

Low Road, Bressingham, Diss IP22 2AA 01379 686900 | |




BEWILDERWOOD A world with more than a little sprinkling of fairy dust for the whole family – where you can take lazy boat rides across the Scaaaaary Lake, cross jungle bridges, visit treehouses, whizz down the Wobbly Wires, get befuddled in the Mudlde Maze, build dens with bracken and sticks and dress up and join in with the enchanting daily storytelling. NR12 8JW 01692 633033

CRABBING AT SHERINGHAM & CROMER Taking the children crabbing on the Sheringham Prom or the Pier at Cromer adds something special to a family day out and is a truly British pastime. What’s more, it won’t break the bank; all you need is a piece of string, old scraps of meat or fish and a weight. To let you in on a local tip, grab some frozen sand eels from a fishing shop – for crabs they are as irresistible as caviar. After throwing these morsels off the footbridge, you won’t have to wait long for the pincers to grab on. A timeless source of fun for adults and children alike.

GO LAKE SWIMMING If you’re feeling adventurous, Fritton Lake on the Somerleyton estate offers a flawless setting for a natural dip. It is one of the loveliest stretches of water in East Anglia, which can be enjoyed for a charge of £6 per session. If the weather is too chilly for a swim, bike hire is also available so you can explore the estate on land along with the adventure playground and pitch & put. NR31 9HA 0333 456 0777




Just behind Norfolk Lavender is East Anglia’s largest children’s indoor play area, with something to suit all ages. For older children, there’s state-of-theart interactive gaming and a 3D spider tower. Younger visitors can enjoy the stimulating 0-2’s area or the specially designed low ropes adventure course perfect for ages 2-4.

Church Farm, Stow Bardolph - a fantastic day out of Family Farm Fun.

The North Norfolk coast is the best place to learn about birds and the RSPB run events throughout the year for everything from beginning birding to Titchwell’s fabulous wildlife.

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Meet our friendly animals, watch the pig racing, take a tractor ride or play on the adventure playground, with ground level trampolines. Don’t forget to jump around in the straw barn, make sandcastles in the undercover sandpit or play on the tractors on our pedal tractor trail. There is also our fabulous indoor play area, the Treehouse, with Under 5’s area. Homemade lunches and cakes available PE34 3HT 01366 382162


Check the website for the events and a range of activities to get you started.


Norwich Arts

NORFOLK & NORWICH OPEN STUDIOS Gives the county’s artists an opportunity to open their doors to the public, in order to exhibit, sell and talk about their work. Studios are free to visit as part of this successful scheme, and a helpful geographical guide is published online. 26th May -10th June nnopenstudios

THE HOSTRY FESTIVAL Takes place between 14th - 28th October at Norwich Cathedral. Details are TBC but 2018 is sure to bring the best in theatre, music, dance and the visual arts.

GREAT YARMOUTH ARTS FESTIVAL Is also accompanied by a carnival and parade. It’s a great place to let loose, enjoying creativity at its finest expressed through art and performance. 8th -16th June

Whether you want to lose yourself in a poetry reading, talk to an artist about their work or stop by to watch a street performance, Norfolk is the place to get stuck in with the arts. Here’s a taste of our favourite creative events and festivals for 2018. CITY OF LITERATURE Year-round, the city of Norwich has an exciting and eloquent range of literary events to attend.

UEA Host annual literary festivals in Spring and Autumn. The spring season opens on 21st February and includes Caryl Phillips, Margaret Drabble and Jon Mc Gregor and ends with Emma Healey on 16 May.

WRITER’S CENTRE Writer’s Centre led Norwich’s successful bid for UNESCO City of Literature status and continues to promote the importance of literature within the city. It is situated in the Dragon’s Hall, built in 1430, which now hosts an exciting programme of literary events and workshops throughout the year.

NORFOLK & NORWICH FESTIVAL The Norfolk & Norwich Festival is one of the oldest city festivals in England, having been held since 1824 and tracing its roots back further to 1772. This year it will take place between 11th - 27th May.

BOOK HIVE Look out for this award-winning bookshop that hosts regular readings and book launches, as well as other non-

book related occasions such as cookery classes, coffee tastings plus literary events and talks in the market town of Aylsham, 11 miles north of the city.

LITERARY FESTIVALS IN NORFOLK KING’S LYNN LITERATURE FESTIVALS The King’s Lynn Literature Festivals are held during a single weekend in March (Fiction) and September (Poetry) each year. Contemporary writers of chapter and verse such as Louis de Bernieres, Rachel Hore and DJ Taylor have been confirmed so far for 2018.

CROMER AND SHERINGHAM ART AND LITERARY FESTIVAL This local festival incorporates a diverse range of art forms. You’ll find literature and poetry alongside photography, theatre, painting and more, all with the aim of celebrating the quality of local work. In 2018, the festival will take place during October half Term.

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OUT THERE FESTIVAL Great Yarmouth is also home to the Out There Festival during 15th - 16th September which showcases a range of international street arts & circus entertainment. Prepare yourself for the surreal, the vibrant and the unexpected.

BRIARFIELDS BOOKFEST If books are just your cup of tea... If you looking for a literary treat, the Briarfields Hotel at Titchwell has become adept at serving up some of the hottest names in fiction. Three times a year it hosts one of its Briarfields Bookfests, where booklovers not only get to meet one of their favourite authors in charming and intimate surroundings, but they get the chance to enjoy a delicious afternoon tea as part of the package. In the years it has been running, the event has gone from strength to strength, welcoming a line-up of bestselling authors – including Anthony Horowitz , Deborah Moggach, Mark Billingham, Elizabeth Haynes, Freya North, Sophie Hannah, Kate Mosse, Emma Healey, Elly Griffiths, Clare Macintosh, Michelle Miller, Jim Kelly and Barbara Erskine, to name but a

few. Briarfields’ biggest fans are often returning customers, who visit North Norfolk especially for this event. This year’s authors include Christopher Brookmyre, the Scottish novelist, whose work has often been dubbed ‘Tartan Noir’, and popular writer Lisa Jewell (The House We Grew Up In, The Girls, Then She Was Gone). The Bookfests are enormously popular, with sell-out audiences of literary fans who come to enjoy the question-and-answer sessions, get their books signed and savour Briarfields’ famous Posh Afternoon Tea. All for £15 per person. No wonder the tickets go like hot cakes... For more information call 01485 210742 or visit




NORFOLK'S FINE ART North Norfolk is awash with fine art galleries and we have asked leading gallery owners to select artists that they consider ‘ones to watch’. The majority of these artists are exhibiting in their galleries so why not pop in to get a close-up look. If you are tempted by that special find some of the galleries featured are part of the ‘Own Art Scheme’ where payment can be equally divided and spread over 10 months.

BIRCHAM GALLERY JAMES DODDS James Dodds is a leading East Anglian artist, recognized nationally and internationally. After being apprenticed as a shipwright in Maldon, Essex, he studied at Colchester School of Art, Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of Art. James’ work follows the coastal variations of the simple workboat and his dramatic linocuts are inspired by boats and boat building, coastal towns, nautical myths and legends as well as large paintings of various boats. East Anglia locations especially feature including images of Brightlingsea, Wivenhoe, Southwold, Great Yarmouth and Cromer to name a few.

James has collaborated as an artist on many books with other artists and recognized poets and his own biography ‘Tidelines’ was published in 2011, written by art historian Ian Collins about his life and influences. 14 Market Place Holt NR25 6BW

THE FLINT GALLERY RICHARD BARRETT After introducing his incredibly atmospheric paintings to our exhibitions last year, Richard Barrett has become one of the gallery's most popular artists. Having grown up by the coast, the inspiration for Richard’s painting is rooted in both land and sea. The son of an art teacher, Richard was lucky enough to be surrounded by pencils, crayons and brushes. His paintings are driven by the elements, by the changing dynamics of weather and light, and how this breathes life into the landscape. Much of Richard's recent work is focused on the coastline of North Norfolk and its unique qualities. He claims that walking the salt marshes to the sea under gigantic skies gives a special sense of space and calm – even on the wild and windy days. Richard’s paintings begin with a series of sketches, providing an anchor or starting point for each piece. As the process of painting begins, a more intuitive approach comes into play. The landscapes which emerge have a suggestive, abstracted quality. They invite the viewer in, to find their own interpretation, their own personal story. Westgate Street, Blakeney NR25 7NQ


You will also find a striking selection of original contemporary coastal watercolours alongside ceramics, glass and sculpture, all inspired by coast and countryside.

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Quay Art is a printmakers gallery showcasing original printmaking techniques including linocuts, etchings, collagraphs and woodcuts.




The Flint Gallery of contemporary fine art showcases a wide variety of work created by established and emerging artists, all in response to the inspirational combination of countryside and coast. Located at the end of The Quay in the picturesque village of Blakeney on the North Norfolk Coast, the gallery offers a friendly and welcoming environment in which to enjoy the finest contemporary art including paintings, wildlife sculpture, glass and ceramics.




Proud to offer the Own Art Scheme

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BURNHAM GRAPEVINE MARI FRENCH The roots of Mari French’s paintings lie in her deep-seated love and affinity with landscape and weather. Born in Manchester she grew up close to the brooding presence of the Pennine hills and then spent 15 years living on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. Her early paintings from this time reflect the locale powerful, at times moody and always evocative. Moving to live in Norfolk, her

sources of inspiration and the resulting paintings changed - the colours brighter, and the mood less intense but still capturing the elemental forces of these wild landscapes.   Her work is constantly evolving, with experimentation employing paint, ink, collage and oil pastel. The most recent paintings reflect a greater confidence, employing bigger brushes and bolder gestures, the work freer and more expressive but still evoking the interaction of wind, rain, and light.

RED DOT GALLERY ALAN SCHMIDT ‘A chance situation, often producing good results’ – in the case of artist Alan Schmidt, clearly both unique as well as striking results. Schmidt has taken the art of collage to a new and entertaining level, the results can be seen at The Red Dot Gallery through 2018. Over many years the artist has gathered a significant library, not only books and volumes but also a wealth of past auction catalogues, comics, folios and ephemera from which to source the imagery that he requires. And thus, with a particular subject in mind, be it Circus or Magic, Flight or Food, the production commences. It’s a topsy turvy world that Alan creates where cheese can be taller than a windmill or a motor car is as big as Saturn. Typography plays an important role, often setting the scene or indeed lending the title of the work itself, sometimes adding a touch of humour, intrigue or curiosity. The assemblages are presented as three dimensional, almost like scaled down stage sets. Individually elements are placed and fixed in such a way to vary their levels thus casting shadow when lit. It’s a simple but clever device giving an illusion of depth. 7 Fish Hill, Holt NR25 6BD THE BEST OF NORFOLK __ 163

Having been a selected artist in the 2014 Sunday Times Watercolour Competition her work has most recently been selected for the Royal Watercolour Society 2018 Contemporary Exhibition. Always fascinating to look at on first sight, Mari’s paintings reveal more about themselves and ourselves as time passes. Overy Rd, Burnham Market PE31 8HH


QUAY ART COLIN MOORE Colin Moore was born in a small town on the west coast of Scotland in 1949. His first artistic work, a bold cargo vessel scribed into the lid of a shoe box at the age of three, set him off on a journey which took in an international career as an architect and designer living in Venezuela, Spain and London. Colin’s passion for our dynamic and ever-changing coastal landscape brought him back to the harbours, towns and villages around the

coast of the British Isles where he has worked as a print maker since 2004. Colin creates traditional original prints from linocuts... Many of them inspired by places along the North Norfolk coast. His quirky fluid lines and application of bold blocks of contrasting colours make for a refreshingly modern interpretation of well know and much-loved locations. The linocut blocks are inked using colours applied by hand, in the traditional time-honoured fashion, on successive blocks and tied together in by a final key block which carries the drawing.

Colin is a member of various printmaking associations and has regular national exhibitions. The full series of his original North Norfolk linocuts can be found at Quay Art’s galleries in Blakeney and Wells-nextthe-Sea. 2 Quayside, The Quay, Wells NR23 1AR 01328 710905 4 The Granary, High Street, Blakeney NR25 7AL 01263 740013

ADRIAN HILL FINE ART DAVID HOCKNEY OM CH RA It may be unusual to say that an artist who is in his 80s is an artist to watch but David Hockney OM, CH, RA has fast become one of the most significant investments in modern British art Hockney, who was born in 1937, is now 80 years old but his original works of art, drawings and etchings are highly sought after many fetching in excess of a million pounds. Indeed a piece secured in 2006 for £20,000 has recently been sold at auction at over £3 million! He pioneered the use of an iPad in his work and his Yosemite series exhibited in the states and in London caused international critical acclaim for his bold and vibrant works of art and his etchings from the 1960's, regarded as some of the finest of a modern day artist earned him the title of a Master Etcher. Adrian Hill Fine Art is delighted to say that we hold a varied catalogue of Hockney's sketches, etchings, iPad drawings and signed posters which are available to view by appointment. Adrian Hill Fine Art, Lees Yard, Holt THE BEST OF NORFOLK __ 164



NORWICH Norfolk Showground Antique and Collectors Fair The county’s largest event with over 500 inside and outside stands spread over the Norfolk Showground. Norwich, NR5 0TT Norwich, also has a collection of 30 dealers in a redundant church located in the Norwich lanes area. St Gregory’s antiques & collectibles offer an eclectic mix of stock and are open seven days a week. Pop Up Antique & Collectors Fairs throughout the year at Bircham, Blakeney, Cromer, Dunston Hall, Horsham St. Faiths, Loddon and Holt Antiques & Interiors Vintage Fair. Check the website for dates and opening times

THE MAIN AUCTIONS HOUSES Townsend Auction Galleries in Beeston hold bi-weekly antiques, collectibles & interiors sales together with regular specialist toy, collectibles, fine art and classic car sales. James Beck hold weekly auctions of antique & household furniture, art and collectables in Fakenham. Keys Fine Art Auctioneers have a weekly sale in addition to special, books, picture and antique specialist sales based in Aylsham. The Diss Auction Rooms, weekly sales plus 20 special category Saturday sales, in addition to diverse specialist auctions. diss-auction-rooms/

PRIVATE DEALERS Richard Scott Antiques in Holt, is well worth a visit. Richard, a former restorer at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, has run this most diverting business for almost five decades. His early reputation was built on seeing the beauty and charm in broken and damaged ceramics. Grove Farm antiques can be visited by appointment at Syderstone but you can get a flavour of their stock online too at.

ONLINE SHOPS Check out the current stock online at Stalham Antiques Gallery. Alternatively you can pop into the shop to browse.

Acle Salesrooms hold weekly country and specialist auctions.

Acle Antiques hold dining room, lounge furniture and a large selection of occasional pieces from the Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian periods.

View online and in Acle.

Landles Auctioneers 1856 in King’s Lynn hold general house clearance, antiques & collectibles auctions

Honeycombe Antiques in Harleston have a wide range of antiques available well worth a rummage online to get a feel for the quality and range of stock. Arts & Crafts Antiques clean modern website with good visuals of the stock. Or visit the shop at 31-35 Elm Hill Norwich NR3 1HG



ALBY CRAFTS & GARDENS A plethora of artists and craftspeople. Alby Crafts & Gardens hosts twelve creative businesses in a complex of converted farm buildings midway between Cromer and Aylsham. With plenty of free parking you can enjoy a coffee break or lunch in our café, visit the numerous busy studios and galleries and enjoy a walk through our four acre RHS listed garden.

ALBY TEA ROOM Alby Tea Room is a regular meeting place throughout the year for local customers and visitors alike to enjoy a coffee break or lunch with friends and family. From cake to quiche, soup to Sunday roasts, you will find quality home-cooked food using locally sourced produce, including gluten free and vegan options. 01263 761652

KEVERNE DEWICK You will find the working studio of Keverne Dewick in the lower courtyard, a craftsman producing turned decorative items and bespoke wooden furniture. Whether it’s a lamp to brighten up that dark corner or a display cabinet to fill that awkward alcove, if it’s not already on display Keverne will happily make it for you. He also offers one-to-one courses giving the recipient an intensive introduction to woodturning and all the skills necessary to further develop this fascinating craft. 01263 761400

NAVIGATION ART Tracy Myers creates constantly evolving artwork – hand made limited edition prints, graphic design, ceramics, photography and painting. Based on world travel and the working, historical and natural life of the coasts. Imprinted with the textures, colours and stories which inspired them. Highly original, striking, with much cross-over between print and clay. All contained in Tracy’s bijou, colourful, working studio. 01263 768853 THE BEST OF NORFOLK __ 166

ANGLIA CLAY SUPPLIES & ALLBEES Ceramic artist Helen Dixon runs Anglia Clay Supplies from her studio, where you will find all the things you need to create beautiful pottery and sculpture. There is a comprehensive range of clay and glazes available, a great selection of potters’ tools, and a firing service for those who don’t have a kiln. Pottery sessions regularly take place at the Learn·Create classroom next door which is also available to hire as a work space. 07947 880163 info@learn· Allbees supplies beekeepers with all the essential equipment, from protective clothing, hive tools and smokers, to jars and labels to package your crop of honey



Studio House runs courses in sculpture from beginners to master classes, in a friendly atmosphere where like minded people from all walks of life can enhance their skills together. Classes cover portrait bust, figurative, plaque, direct wax modelling and open study projects. Mould making in plaster and silicon rubber is carried out in the Alby studio alongside a gallery space where you can purchase sculpture by Mitchell House, prints and originals by Norfolk artists Michael Sanders and Sam Thomas amongst others.

Sun Essences stock an extensive range of well-being products for all the family’s seasonal needs. Also ideal as gifts, browse the extensive range of herbal products, creams, essential oils, crystals, diffusers, homeopathics, plus Sun Essences' own collection of Bach Flower Essences which are prepared on the premises. Jo and Viv are extremely knowledgeable and very happy to give you any advice you might need. 01263 768227

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THE HARE & MOON GALLERY Claire Knight’s gallery showcases an ever-changing selection of work by contemporary East Anglian artists and craftspeople. The range of work on display includes jewellery, art glass, creative textiles, metalwork, prints, paintings and photography as well as Claire’s own framed paper cuts, plasma cut steel garden sculptures, hand tooled leather and wood-fired ceramics.

OPENING TIMES Winter opening times: 29 October - 25 March Tuesday to Sunday 10am - 4pm Summer opening times: 26 March - 28 October Tuesday to Sunday 10am - 5pm Open bank holiday Mondays in summer

EVENTS 2018 All 10am - 4pm Plant Fair: Saturday 14th April Craft Fair: Saturday 25th August Winter Barn Christmas Market: 1st & 2nd December

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THE PURPLE PARROT In the Purple Parrot gift shop you will find an eclectic mix of gifts, cards, toys, home and gardenware. The ethos of Purple Parrot is to provide affordable and interesting items with an ever-increasing and changing range of products. Linger in the relaxed atmosphere and browse the beautiful items at your leisure. You’re sure to find that perfect purchase for friends, family – or even yourself! The Purple Parrot is also delighted to be taking orders for local florist Floribunda, including hand-tied bouquets, garlands and candle arrangements. 01263 761573


The Gallery upstairs at Alby Crafts & Gardens is home to three ladies who sew, all experts in their field. Jane Kenning specialises in corsetry and dressmaking, from tutus for professional dancers to bespoke wedding gowns, vintage dresses and skirts in quirky fabrics. Interior designer Hannah Ghoorahoo of Perfectly Pencil creates bespoke soft furnishings for beautiful homes and hotels; with a fabulous range of fabrics to choose from and an expert eye for detail you are assured of the very best result. And our ‘new girl’ Erica Appleton of Duck & Dart makes beautiful and eye-catching fabric bags in a range of colours and designs. Erica loves working with fabrics and will be launching a new range this year featuring her own screen printed designs. Jane Kenning Hannah Ghoorahoo Erica Appleton


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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.




Picturesque and unspoilt, Suffolk’s coastline provides the ideal getaway for all the family. Set within an area of outstanding natural beauty is Southwold, voted Britain’s Most Traditional Resort. Classic shops and restaurants are minutes away from the beach, harbour and a fantastic pier

Step back in time with Suffolk’s variety of castles, halls and burial grounds.

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.

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.



Kentwell Hall has been the leader in large-scale domestic living history since 1979. Visitors can enjoy recreations 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.

If you are a Benjamin Britten fan,you should visit Aldeburgh. He is inextricably linked with Aldeburgh. He not only lived most of his life there but also created the Aldeburgh Festival and initiated Snape Maltings Concert Hall, now run by Aldeburgh Music ( The Red House, where Britten and Peter Pears lived from 1957, is open where visitors are able to visit the composer’s studio, learn about his life and work in a major new exhibition, and browse his amazing archive.



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Nestled in the heart of Suffolk, Ufford Park Woodbridge has been owned and run by the Aldous family since opening for trade in 1992. Set in 120 acres of historic parkland and located just off the A12, this 90-bedroom hotel, golf and spa is the ideal base for exploring Suffolk’s beautiful countryside. Offering a fantastic array of onsite facilities, the hotel is also ideally located close to Sutton Hoo, Rendlesham Forest, Framlingham and Orford Castle and a short drive away from the coastal towns of Aldeburgh and Southwold Ufford Park golf course is an award winning, ‘Top Winter’ 18 hole, par 71 course and is generally regarded as an enjoyable, yet stern test of golf. It has a unique two-storey floodlit driving range with heated bays ensuring year round use. There is a small fleet of golf buggies available to hire, as well as an AmericanGolf Superstore for a huge range of modern equipment, clothing and accessories. Ufford Park Spa is the ideal destination for anyone looking to relax, revitalise or restore – couples seeking quality

time together, groups wishing to enjoy themselves or purely to treat yourself, this is the place to be. The Thermal Suite is based on the ancient ritual of bathing. The body is treated using a series of heat and cooling experiences. It guides your body through a sensory journey with the ultimate aim of inducing deep relaxation. Our highly trained beauty therapists provide treatments and have access to great range of high quality products, and are therefore able to give you the experience you deserve. Membership and spa gift vouchers are available all year round, so why not treat yourself or someone special. For more information about the range of facilities and treatments, please visit our website With our comfortable and relaxing environment, Ufford Park Woodbridge Hotel, Golf and Spa has everything you could need. The hotel boasts conference and event facilities, and


offers 90 well-appointed en-suite bedrooms, many with balconies overlooking stunning parkland. There is a spacious bar area where residents and non-residents are able to relax throughout the day or in the evening with friends and family over a coffee or drink from the bar. Enjoy a delicious meal in the bar or The Park Restaurant whilst enjoying beautiful views across the golf course. There is a varied menu offering the very best locally produced food. Parking and Wi-Fi is FREE to residents and non-residents. Call 0844 847 9409 for more information or to book.



Chica Shoes is a well established independent ladies shoe shop in the heart of medieval Bury St Edmunds which has been trading for over twentyfive years. This great independent shoe shop stocks a wide range of affordable stylish quality footwear from Italy, Spain and Germany. Carolyn Sennett, the founder of Chica Shoes, is passionate and prides herself of knowing exactly what styles and trends her customers desire. They have been the main stockists of H.B Shoes since they first started trading, the brand is known for their wonderful loafers and court shoes. Opening times: Mon-Sat 9.30am - 5pm 01284 762488

COLLEN & CLARE This successful Suffolk womenswear and menswear boutique, located in Southwold’s Market Place, was founded in 2002 by Vanessa Collen. The ethos of Collen & Clare remains the same today as it did on opening - to offer an edited selection from some of the most coveted designer collections in the fashion industry in an environment that is utterly relaxed. C&C has grown to become a destination store, which has been listed among the best 50 independent boutiques in the country. Merchandised like a department store, a relaxed ambiance emanates throughout. If you are in Burnham Market, don't forget to visit their Norfolk outpost! 01502 724823

VANIL Vanil is an ever-evolving, eclectic mix of Scandinavian inspired design. In-fact, every encounter with them is a world of discovery. Every six weeks you will be able to explore and purchase a carefully selected range of products which owner Mandy Leeson feels particularly passionate about. From the shop, she curates a unique assortment of accessories, gifts and home décor which are selected from designers she loves. As Mandy says: “I feel passionately about championing partnerships with designers and artists who share my belief in slow design, which is all about taking time to create designs you’ll cherish for a lifetime.” 07702 877081


Hopkins Homes, fusing Exceptional Design with Superior Build


o craft beautifully designed homes of character, style and substance that blend seamlessly with their surroundings whilst creating desirable and sustainable communities is the passion out of which every Hopkins Homes and sister company Hopkins & Moore development is born.

From cottage to country house, contemporary city apartment to opulent restoration, every Hopkins home has been individually designed with sensitivity, flair and panache. Locations are carefully chosen to complement the lifestyle requirements of discerning buyers resulting in exceptional developments amidst some of East Anglia’s finest settings. Established in 1985 and starting with a single renovation project in the village of Halesworth, Hopkins Homes has continued to grow and is now East Anglia’s largest independent homebuilder with developments throughout Suffolk and Norfolk and with a growing number in Essex and Cambridgeshire. Last year the company reached the

milestone of building over 1000 homes in a single year but their commitment to high quality design remains fundamental to their approach. The multiple-award winning homebuilder has a reputation for creating new homes and developments that blend into the landscape of the area. Taking inspiration from the local vernacular, features and finishes will be incorporated into the overall design scheme that include details such as multi-paned sash windows, traditional renders, decorative pargetting,


weatherboarding, a range of brick colours, fanlights, dovecotes and varying roof lines – ensuring a Hopkins’ home is distinguished whilst complementing the developments locality. Green space is a prominent feature in Hopkins Homes’ developments with generous gardens creating some private outdoor space along with careful landscaping which includes mature trees and shrubs so that new developments quickly look and feel established. Developments also offer ample garaging and off-road parking minimising congestion and keeping the street scene uncluttered. This emphasis on design extends to the interiors too with great efforts made to maximise the use of natural light and create a layout that meets the needs of modern lifestyles. A high specification throughout includes a fully fitted kitchen that includes a cooker,

hob and extractor fan fitted as standard and a choice of cupboards and counter tops. Bathrooms and en-suite showers are fitted with classic white sanitaryware and chrome-effect fittings. Both kitchen and bath/shower rooms can be personalised by the buyers with a selection of stunning floor and wall tiles in accordance with the standard specification, subject to the stage of construction. Open plan kitchen and dining areas are always popular with buyers and with the rise of more flexible working arrangements many of the homes have a dedicated study – although if homeworking isn’t a priority this can easily be transformed into an extra living space or snug. In their show homes Hopkins Homes favours natural finishes for the hallways which creates a rich, warm first impression whilst kitchens and bathrooms are kept light and airy with elegant tiles and finishes. Depending on the stage of construction at reservation, Hopkins Homes offers a full variations service whereby items such as granite worktops, downlights, integrated appliances, carpets and turf can be purchased and installed prior to completion – making a house a home from the very beginning. In all cases, Hopkins Homes believes that given their build quality, flexibility and bespoke choices, they achieve a timely delivery of not just a house but a superior home; a haven that reflects your personality that will be a joy to own, live in and come home to.

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14, 15 15 22, 77




15, 22 80

Stiffkey Stores


The Sugared Rose Cake Company 47 Tosier Chocolate

10, 76 12, 16



Priory Maze & Gardens





Stories of Lynn


Barefoot Retreats

132, 133

Wells Maltings


Blakeney Holiday Cottages

124, 125

Wroxham Barns

96, 97



Folly Tea Rooms


Wiveton Hall Cafe


CHAUFFEUR Anglian Chauffeur Service

Church Farm

Norfolk Country Cottages


Norfolk Cottage Company Norfolk Cottage Care Norfolk Hideaways Norfolk Holiday Homes Salt

46, 138 134 128, 129 138 126, 127 123

Sowerbys Holiday Cottages 136, 137

CHILDREN Bells & Whistles


15 157

31, 34

Farmer Fred’s Playbarn


Joyful Living


Hilltop Outdoor Centre


Moochi Modo


DEPARTMENT STORE Blyth and Wright Jarrolds Roys

62, 63 2 93

FASHION Chica Shoes

Nomad & the Bowerbird


The Handcrafted Company


Caley Hall Hotel 171

Congham Hall


Big Dog Ferry




Gallyons Country Clothing


Gone Crabbing



117 21, 144, 145

PETS 147

PROPERTY Hopkins Homes

1, 172, 173

PUBS & INNS Chequers Inn Orange Tree The Dabbling Duck The Lifeboat Inn

17, 68 13, 73 73, 118, 119 11, 72




71 74, 121 70


No Twenty9 Bar & Restaurant 25, 70 Shucks




The Boathouse The Wells Crab House

HOTELS Briarfields




148, 149, 150

Beccles Lido

Ruff and Tumble

Carricks at Castle Farm

Ocean Breaks 176


20, 21


One Stop Nature Shop

Hilltop Outdoor Centre

6 Appleyard

Dalegate Market


Food & Drink Festival

Thornham Deli


74, 100 71

SCHOOLS Gresham’s

58, 59

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Best of Norfolk 2018 I an annual curated guide to the best of the county  
Best of Norfolk 2018 I an annual curated guide to the best of the county  

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