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Glorious Norfolk in January

Posted January 28th, 2016

Cant believe its January! more like a summers day apart from a chilly wind along the north Norfolk coast. Brisk Walk from Sheringham to Weybourne, quick coffee stop at the village shop, then back by Weybourne station and Sheringham park. Managed to capture some lovely pictures on the way.

Approximate time to complete this walk with coffee break, three hours.


Fishing Boat on the shingle bank at Weybourne.



Sheringham Park






The Poppyline Railway Spring Steam Gala. Taking place over the first weekend of March. Opportunities to see visiting engines working alongside the engines already on the Poppyline.


Visiting Locomotives

LMS Ivatt Class 4, NO. 43106, 2-6-0 ‘Flying Pig’

SR Maunsell U Class, No. 31806, 2-6-0 ‘U Boat’

Home Fleet Locomotives

BR Standard 9F Class, No. 92203, 2-10-0 ‘Black Prince’

BR Standard 4MT, No. 76084, 2-6-0 ‘Standard 4′

GER Y14 Class, No. 564, 0-6-0

As well as one of the folowing (subject to confirmation)

LNER B12 Class, No. 8572, 4-6-0

HUNSLET ’16 Inch’ Class, No.1982, 0-6-0

Animal Tracking

Posted January 23rd, 2016

Animal tracking at Sheringham park. Learn how to track deer, badgers, foxes by spotting footprints and signs that they leave behind. Also have fun making a plaster cast print.

This event is taking place on  the 16th and 17th of February, 10.30 – 12.30

Sheringham Park, north Norfolk



Astronomy evening

Posted January 23rd, 2016

In partnership with Norwich Astronomical Society, Fairhaven gardens will be hosting an astronomy evening on the 13th February at 7pm. Feel free to take your own telescopes. Refreshments will be available.


Design a Den Week

Posted January 23rd, 2016

Fun for all over half term, Fairhaven gardens are holding a design a den week. Chance to win a family membership for the year, just take a photo of your den  and send to their Facebook page.

Walsingham Abbey snowdrop walk

Posted January 10th, 2016

Walsingham Abbey

Over twenty acres of woodland, provides a stunning display of different varieties of snowdrops as well as the spectacular ruins of the medieval priory and place of pilgrimage. From the  30th January to Sunday 6th March 2016 the walk will be open every day .


Blakeney National Nature Reserve

Posted January 10th, 2016

Blakeney National Nature Reserve, National Trust.

The shingle spit of Blakeney gives protection for Blakeney Harbour and the surrounding saltmarshes.  The saltmarshes provide a perfect habitat for residential and migratory birds.  At Blakeney point you can see the common and grey seals, a boat trip from Morston or Blakeney is the best way to experience these inquisitive animals.  The reserve is a must when visiting north Norfolk, enjoy uninterrupted views of Norfolk’s coast line, see the wildlife  and have a relaxing day out.



Events in Norwich over Christmas

Posted December 14th, 2015

Victorian Themed Christmas Market

From Saturday 19th December 2015 10:00
to Sunday 20th December 2015 17:00.

Victorian attired stall holders will be offering  quality hand crafted gifts, food & festive produce presented in a traditional Yule tide setting.

Come and experience the spirit of Christmas with traditional entertainment, food & drink and why not round it all off with a visit to Santa!

Snow White

Theatre Royal from Tuesday 15th December 2015 19:30
to Sunday 17th January 2016 22:00

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is this years panto, at the Theatre Royal this Christmas.

You can expect all the usual traditional ingredients for a fabulous family pantomime , songsheets, comedy routines, spectacular sets and special effects, beautiful costumes, unexpected surprises. Great fun for all.



The Christmas Cromer Pier Show will be running from 28 Nov 2015 – 30 Dec 2015.  This year Cromer Pier is celebrating winning Pier of the Year 2015 and is the only End of the Pier show in Europe.  A traditional live variety at its best, is a mixture of comedy, music, song and dance for all the family.

The Cromer Pier Christmas Show

Sheringham Park

On 27th December, 11am – 1pm, join in a relaxing stroll around the Park taking in the natural beauty of the area. Round off the walk with a hot drink and mince pies. Ability to walk up to five miles required.  £5.50 Adults, £2.75 Children.

New Year’s Day

Fakenham Racecourse

Next race meeting New years day 2016. First race time:12.30. Last race time: 15.35. Gates open at 11.00 am


Morston circular walk

Posted October 30th, 2015

Tried one of the many walks from the Norfolk Trails website. Glorious Autumn afternoon, took about two and half hours with all the family to do this route.

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