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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.

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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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A Monster Day Out

Posted March 10th, 2013

Have a fun packed day at the adventure dinosaur park, set in 100 acres of woodland. Come face to face with life size dinosaurs hidden in the wood. Follow the trails discover T Rex, styracosuarus, aptosaurus and many more  dinosaurs.

Other activities include, Secret Animal Garden, adventure play area, deer park, fun barn, face painting and raptor races.

New Display at Norwich Castle

Posted March 10th, 2013

 The largest hoard of Iron Age coins found in Britain since 1849 is now on display at Norwich Castle. All 840 gold alloy coins were found by metal detecting near Wickham Market in Suffolk in 2008. The coins, a denomination now called staters, were issued by the Iceni tribe who occupied parts of modern day Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridge and were buried in a pottery jar.

Colchester and Ipswich Museums purchased the hoard and it is now on tour in the Eastern Region. It can be seen at the entrance to the Anglo-Saxon and Viking Gallery.

Celebrate Easter at Pensthorpe. The self-guided trail weaves explorers through the Reserve, unearthing secrets about enchanting Easter traditions.
With the help of a map, this fun self-guided trail will take you around the reserve so you can uncover some fascinating facts about nature in the Spring time. With lots of games to play and questions to answers, you will be able to see how the natural world ties in with Easter Traditions.

The first spring snowdrops

Posted January 6th, 2013

Fairhaven woodland and Water Gardens.

Fairhaven is a beautiful garden set in the heart of the Norfolk Broads made up by a network of dyke systems and a private broad.  Well worth a visit during the next few months, the new winter garden has been planted with hellebores, snowdrops, primroses and spring daffodils .

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.   The season starts on Saturday 2nd February .

Oxburgh Hall.
Step outside and experience the crisp winter countryside.  Early spring flowers including snowdrops and aconites, enjoy a free guided woodland walk with the garden stewards, and trails for the children.

Christmas at Poppyland

Posted November 21st, 2012

Why not escape to the north Norfolk coast for a week or a short break over the festive period?  We still have some availability in our cottages over Christmas, so come and enjoy a walk on the  beach Christmas morning or join in with the  Boxing day swim, then back to sit in front of a roaring fire.

The cottages will be decorated with a tree and trimmings,  mince pies and mulled wine will be provided for  your arrival.

Whats on in the lead up to Christmas

Deepdale Christmas market.  With over 50 stalls this  market is held over the weekend of the 1st and 2nd of December, so stock up on those little extras you can’t find anywhere else.

Catch the Santa special on the Poppyline from Sheringham to Weybourne  where father christmas will be waiting by the fire.  This is a wonderful experience which many families have enjoyed over the years with their children. The exciting journey on the steam train and the thought of father Christmas  in his grotto really gets you in the festive mood.


Christmas Seaside Special has been held on Cromer Pier for several years and this year is running from 3rd December to 31st December. The show is packed with fun, song and dance creating  a spectacular show for all the family.

National Trust 12 days of Christmas.   For several weekends in December, Blickling estate is offering a traditional Christmas experience.  The house and gardens will be open, Christmas trees, wreaths and greenery will be for sale.

Cromer Parish Church – Christingle, will be held on Christmas eve at 1530.




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