The Poppyland Blog

Horsey Seals

Posted November 13th, 2014

During the months of November to February a colony of Grey Seals come onto the beach at Horsey, to breed. This is one of the few accessible mainland Grey Seal breeding sites. This stretch of east coast is part of the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is well known for its scenery and wildlife. At trip to see the Seal Colony is a popular family activity during the breeding season.


Seals at Morston

Humpback whale

Posted November 13th, 2014

A humpback whale has been spotted off the Norfolk coast, a year after the first recorded sighting was made in the county. Hopefully it could become an annual event.



North Norfolks railways

Posted April 11th, 2014
If you’re thinking of coming to Norfolk, why not come by train
Journey on the Bure Valley Railway
Norfolk’s longest fifteen inch gauge line runs between the ancient market town of Aylsham and Wroxham, on the Norfolk Broads’
Journey on the Poppy line Railway
The North Norfolk Railway offers far more than just a train ride, experience yesterday tomorrow with a day out travelling through some of Norfolk’s stunning coastal countryside

January and Feburary events 2014

Posted January 22nd, 2014

Hope in the Great War at RNLI Henry Blogg Museum.

The Rocket House, The Gangway, Cromer, Norfolk, NR27 9ET

Exhibition, Tue 4 – Fri 28 Feb 2014, free entry.

See the First World War through the eyes of those living on the coast of the UK and Ireland. ‘Hope in the Great War’ honours the bravery of both rescuers and survivors. Six heroic wartime rescues are brought to life in this family-friendly exhibition. Build the giant jigsaw, watch the animation and gather round the story quilt to retell these tales of relentless courage and lifesaving heroism.


Snowdrop Walks at Oxburgh Hall.

Oxborough, King’s Lynn, Oxborough, Nr Swaffham, Norfolk, PE33 9PS.

Outdoor Event, Sat 1 Feb – Sun 9 Mar 2014

Guided walk around the Hall’s woodlands to take in the stunning carpets of snowdrops, aconites and other spring flowers.

Signs of Spring week at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden.

School Road, South Walsham, Norfolk, NR13 6DZ.

Sat 15 – Sun 23 Feb 2014

It’s (nearly) Spring!  Fairhaven will be looking out for signs of Spring in their woodland garden to win a prize.


Lots to see, lots to do 2014

Posted January 2nd, 2014

As part of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Overstrand, Aylmerton and Wickmere are ideal for traditional bucket-and-spade seaside holidays, walking, bird watching, fishing and a host of other activities.

Here are some of the popular things to do locally:

Historic Houses
Wolterton Hall
Eighteenth century house built by diplomat brother of Sir Robert Walpole with fascinating history and interesting collections. Spectacular landscape views.

Mannington Hall
Beautiful gardens with lake, trees and shrubs surround a medieval moated manor (not open). Feature trees, shrubs, roses. Country walks and trails with lovely views.

Visit stately homes – Sandringham, Holkham, Houghton, Blickling, Felbrigg, Wolterton and Mannington

Boating on the Norfolk Broads
Explore the Broads at your own pace, with flexible boat hire to suit everyone. (

Explore the Norfolk Broads by canoe, kayak or bicycle. (

Watch the birds– at Wells, Cley Marshes Nature Reserve, Blakeney National Nature Reserve and Titchwell Marsh RSPB Reserve ( )

See the Seals– boats go out from Blakeney (

Take a sightseeing boat trip – Wells Harbour Tours (

Mucleburgh Collectionof tanks and equipment, Holt (

Meet some wildlife – drive to Pensthorpe Wildlife and Gardens, Fakenham (

Poppy Line (North Norfolk Railway)
One of the UK’s great five heritage railways, The Poppy Line offers a spectacularly scenic ride from Sheringham along the coast to Weybourne and through the heathland to Holt. (

An award winning forest of wild family fun and adventure. Treehouse, zip wires, jungle bridges, Crocklebogs, boat trips, storytelling, marsh walks and really yummy food! (

Dinosaur Adventure
A monster day out set in 100 acres of woodland. Dinosaur Trail, Secret Animal Garden, adventure play areas and lots more. Sat Nav: NR9 5JE.


Christmas and New Year at Poppyland

Posted November 3rd, 2013

Get away from it all  have a cosy break by the sea, bracing walks on the beach and returning to a cosy cottage, with open fire.  All cottages are decorated  with Christmas tree and  trimmings.

Bookings are now being taken for Christmas and New year.

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September events

Posted September 20th, 2013

1940s Weekend

A very British weekend on the North Norfolk Railway.

North Norfolk Railway turns back the clock for  the 1940s weekend on 21st and 22nd of September.  This increasingly popular event  takes place at Sheringham, Weybourne and Holt stations on the Poppy Line Railway , lots of  atmosphere and action attracts  visitors  from all over the country. You can go in 1940s uniform or civilian dress to get into the swing of things even take your gas mask and ration book. See the vintage cars, bicycles, steam trains arriving at the station. Sample the different war-time foods while listening to the music of the Salvation Army band.

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September of Wildlife – Trees & Fungi

Monday 23rd 13.00 – 16.00 hours

Free expert-led sessions where you can discover and learn to identify a wide variety of local plants and animals. All activities are suitable for beginners as well as those with more experience.

Pigney Wood, NR28 0SB, between North Walsham and Knapton. Meet at car park. Activities will move to the barn if raining. FREE minibus transport available, leaving from North Walsham train station half an hour before the start time, returning at the end.

Plant Fair at Holkham Hall

Saturday 28th- Sunday 29th

Plant nurseries from across East Anglia will come together for this two-day plant fair hosted in the Walled Gardens at Holkham. September is a great time to stock up on plants for autumn planting. Find that special plant for a special spot and get advice and tips for selecting the right plant. Other gardening essentials such as pots, compost and labels will also be available.


Autumn Trail Walk at Titchwell Marsh.

Wednesday 25th, Guided walk along new





Houghton Hall Revisited

Posted July 1st, 2013

Between 17th May and 29th September Houghton Hall will be hosting a spectacular display of Old Master paintings from the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, which were sold from the house in 1779 to Catherine the Great.

They will be hung in their original positions in the State Rooms, recreating how the house would have looked in Sir Robert Walpole’s time.  Over 70 paintings from the collection, including works by Van Dyck, Velazquez, Poussin, and Rembrandt.

For further information, visit

Blakeney Point

Posted April 30th, 2013

Blakeney Point is famous for its Seals and 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. The Seal colony is made up of Common & Grey seals . Common seals have their young between June and August, the Greys between November and January.

Beans boat trips run from Morston or Blakeney Quay to see the seals and birds.




Fish night at the Saracens Head

Posted March 10th, 2013

Saracens Supper Club Fish Feast

Thursday 14 and Friday 15 March.

A celebration of sea food caught locally and further afield, prepared and cooked by

Mark Sayers here at Wolterton, using influences and recipes from around the world.


King prawns “caldini” – cooked with Indian spices and coconut, almonds and coriander.

French style Fish soup with croutons, parmesan and rouille.

Norfolk mussel, parsley, Wells alpine cheese tart with watercress and rocket salad.

Brancaster Smoked salmon with lime, cucumber, tomato and red onion salad.

Main Courses.

Fish “Tagine” – Monkfish, octopus, Pollack, olives and tomatoes served with rice and salad.

Swordfish char grilled with mushroom gravy and olive oil mash.

John dory, creamy cabbage, smoked bacon and thyme.

Smoked haddock, salmon and prawn pie.


Vanilla pannacotta, roast plums and sable biscuit

Warm Bakewell tart with custard.

Dark chocolate and hazelnut torte with pistachio ice cream

Lemon syllabub with langue’s de chat biscuit

3 Courses and coffee £24 per head.

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