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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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Wed 21 Oct – Sun 1 Nov 2015

Spend the day exploring the Halloween woodland decorations and listen to the special edition Bewilderbats storytelling. Then wind your way through the woods to make  your own lantern that glows in the dark.

This sounds an amazing Halloween day out, wrap up warm as I’m sure it will be a long day.

The show starts at dusk. Snagglefang the bat will get things going with a poem, then it’s off through the dark to meet Slitherigrubs, Witches, naughty Thorneycold Spiders and even Swampy himself! Be delighted by lights and lazers and glowing pumpkins as the whole parade reaches an awesome crescendo in the deep marsh. It would be madness not to come and join us in this stunning show for all ages. It’s spooky, its spine-tingly but it really isn’t all that scary – well, unless witches count.

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Norfolk Walking Festival

Posted October 18th, 2015

Saturday 17 October to Sunday 1 November
This October sees the first Norfolk Walking Festival, along the north east Norfolk coast.

The festival will celebrate  the opening of Norfolk’s first stretch of England Coast Path, running between Weybourne and Sea Palling.

There will be walks specifically for families to enjoy during half term or at the weekends and longer walks will also be on offer for those looking to really stretch their legs. Also themed guided walks.

The following are just a few events that have been planned. For the full festival itinerary, go to where you are able to filter events by theme, length and accessibility.

20 October 2015 9. A Walk from Sheringham An 11 mile walk from Sheringham along cliff top paths to Sheringham Park and the visitor centre.

21 October 2015 11. Eccles Juxta-Mare: A Lost Village Discovered A 3 mile beach and country lane walk from Sea Palling, visiting the buried bits of Eccles Medieval Village.

24 October 2015 21. Roman Camp Circular A varied 8.5 mile circular walk along the coastal path from Cromer to Sheringham.

25 October 2015 22. A Walk into History – Cromer to Erpingham A 9.2 mile walk designed to have something for everyone – young or old.

26 October 2015 27. Walk, Talk, Create A magical 1-2 mile walk, exploring the natural world on the newly opened stretch of Norfolk Coast Path.







September evening at Blakeney

Posted September 2nd, 2015

Gorgeous evening in Blakeney, lots of crab fishing by the quay.


The three rivers race is, for many, the premier sailing event on the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads. It is organised by Horning sailing club and run usually on the first Saturday in June. Great day out sitting by the river.

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Peregrine Falcon

Posted March 21st, 2015

Peregrine falcons have successfully fledged chicks in Norwich Cathedrals 250ft spire since 2012. The first egg of 2015 has just been laid, so hopefully they will hatch towards the end of April.  The Hawk and Owl Trust have a webcam and observation point set up until  the end of June.


Easter Holiday Events

Posted March 19th, 2015


Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden  April 3rd. Hunt for the colourful eggs that will lead you to a chocolatey eggy prize! Face painting and Easter crafts for children.

Bure Valley Railway  April 3rd – 6th.  Enjoy a train ride on Norfolk’s longest Narrow Gauge Steam Railway from either Aylsham or Wroxham. There is a free Easter egg for every child when accompanied by a fare-paying adult (maximum two children per adult).

Pensthorpe, Easter Eggstravagansa. 28th March – 12th April.  Hop along and join in the fun.

Blickling Hall. April 5th – 6th . Easter trail, don’t forget to claim your Cadbury chocolate Egghead at the end!

Holkham Hall, Holkham Estate, April 3rd – 6th.  Four days packed full of ‘egg-citing’ things to do over Easter.
Meet storyteller, Paul Jackson, in his magical yurt where he has exciting tales to tell. Decorate your own biscuit in the Old kitchen. Easter decorations, face painting and much more.

Easter at Holkham

Holkham Hall

Tracy Riches, Poppyland Holiday Cottages, 21 Regent Street, Wickmere, Norfolk, NR11 7ND
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