Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Norfolk Break

Hi Everyone!  I thought i'd blog some pictures from our 'coupley' break in Norfolk last week.  I haven't been since I was a child so I really enjoyed looking around this chilled-out place with its stretched out fields, vast skyline, broads, marshland, coastal villages and of course the Queen's winter-home.  I think we were just in time to capture the last moment of summer sun...

A mecca for bird-lovers with all the marshland
We took an afternoon trip out on the Broads 


We loved our Californian Honeymoon last May/June, but this reminded us that there's still a lot to see here in the UK





Once we left the Norfolk Broads area, we took the camper van up to the north coast of Norfolk (this is a random picture of a boat, not the camper!)



Here is the Windmill at Cley Next to the Sea.  We were especially pleased to see this place since a friend had an amazing Wedding here last year and told us all about it.

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We didn't go in to Holkham Hall unfortunately but we did enjoy seeing the deer at the Holkham Hall Deer Park.





 Wells by the Sea was our next stop, a beautiful sandy beach with cute beach huts.  It wasn't very warm on this day but it was still a very popular spot for dog-walkers.


We had a lovely pub meal at the Salthouse Dun Cow, including my first experience of lobster.


Time for a hotel-stay!  We booked into The Pheasant Hotel last-minute and really relaxed after driving around in the camper.  Very nice place, comfortable beds and friendly-staff (in fact everyone in Norfolk seemed very friendly). 

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I wasn't feeling too good in the morning due to my M.E so they set me up with a tray to have breakfast in bed, which was so nice of them!  It was delicious especially along with the Twining tea.


Burnham Market; what a lovely quaint coastal village to look around and enjoy fresh food... We sampled a Ploughman's pie and some salted caramel chocolates, which I wanted to marry.


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Bumped in to this massive hat shop, which must be the best place to visit if you have a wedding coming up! 



On the way home, we visited Sandringham House, where the Royal Family live during the winter months including Christmas.  We had a great time looking around and the guides dotted around the house were very informed.  I told one of them I wasn't sure if we had time for a cup of tea in the tearooms, which he replied "oh, there's always time for a cup of tea...".  Love that!


We weren't allowed to take photos in the house but the museum was very interesting.


Inside  The Church of St. Mary Magdalene on the Estate where you see the Royal Family going on Christmas Day.


 And finally, a nice cup of tea to end the trip (in the stables!!)...



We really enjoyed visiting Norfolk and found it to be a very relaxed, scenic place even at night-time with stars galore in the sky.  It was fun in the camper, but there's also loads of really cute B&Bs and hotels or rental cottages if you really want to enjoy the lifestyle. Although I didn't get a photo, there were some great places to get picnic food, especially on the north coast, and having a picnic on the boat and also on the beach were some of my favourite memories.

So the summer draws to a close, but before us is the joy of Autumn and all it's colours...

Norfolk Fields of Pumpkin



If, like us you enjoy looking around the amazing history that England has to offer, English Heritage membership offers unlimited access to over 400 historic properties across the country. You can see a list of Norfolk's historic sites here, including Grime's Grave flint Mine from Neolithic times, crazy!