The Poppyland Blog
Flower Festival and Show, Wed 25 Jul 2018
Sandringham Flower Show is one of the most prestigious horticultural events in the East of England. The show is now in its 137th year and is so much more than just a Flower Show. The event offers not only the best in horticulture but also an excellent family day out.
Set in the magnificent surroundings of Sandringham Park with Sandringham House and Sandringham Church as a backdrop, this one-day Show attracts around 20,000 visitors each year.
Boat trips from Fairhaven Garden to St Benet’s Abbey during July with a 45 minute guided tour of the abbey.
The surviving ruins and earthwork remains are very interesting, it was the only Norfolk monastery founded in the Anglo-Saxon period which continued in use throughout the Middle Ages.
As well as being of great historical interest, St Benet’s is also very atmospheric. Standing in the depths of Broadland, away from roads, it is a wonderful place to spend time surrounded by the wide open skies on the edge of the river.
Blue Festival 19 April – 19 May
Bluebell season at Blickling changes wintered woodlands into a magical sea of blues and purples, offering a perfect opportunity to walk the grounds of one of Norfolk’s historic sites.
Blickling Estate historically known for its links to Anne Boleyn. The hall its self boasts the national trusts most reputable book collection and its walls are strung with portraits making it the cynosure for all budding artists, historians and book fanatics.
This utopian image was captured at the beginning of May. Commonly known as ‘fairy flowers’ bluebells are thought to have been around since the last ice age, although picking these blue wonders could be costly due to their protection under the law. When in numbers bluebells create an image that can’t be forgotten and is altogether truly magical. The flowering of the bluebell signifies the end of its yearly cycle and its presence proving the site is ancient woodland. Breath taking views such as this can be seen on many of the estates walks and completed with some pub grub or a quick coffee, making it the perfect family day out.
The Buckinghamshire Arms, just opposite the picturesque opening to the hall is the perfect spot to grab a bite to eat. “The bucks” is a 17th century pub serving scrumptious food that can be washed down with a drink or two before or after heading out to view the bluebells. If you are more of a tea and cake person the National Trust offers several on site cafes, perfect on a spring day. Blickling estate is only a 10-minute drive from the cottages at Wickmere and can be made an easy walking distance.
A taster video to give you an idea of what you can expect when visiting the beautiful north Norfolk Coast.
We still have availability in Beach Retreat and Gardeners cottage over Christmas for a week or short break.
Brograve Mill is a windpump located on Brograve level within the Norfolk Broads National Park.
Park up at Horsey mill car park and just follow the path.
Thank you T for great image.