The Poppyland Blog

Christmas in Norfolk

Posted November 18th, 2012

Norfolk is the perfect area to visit for the Christmas season, with a fantastic selection of special Christmas events.  Thursford Spectacular to Norwich Christmas celebrations, there’s something for everyone. And don’t forget the speciality festive shopping, Sandringham Christmas Craft Fair ,  Christmas Tree Festivals, Dragon Halls Medieval Christmas markets, historic Christmas markets and traditional pantomimes all making a great seasonal  mix and adding some festive glitz to your Christmas brake.

Arts Festival 2012

Posted October 17th, 2012

Cromer and Sheringham Arts festival returns for it’s 3rd year. From 27th October – 4th November a variety of  events will take place between Overstrand and Sheringham including concerts in church, poetry in pubs, exhibitions in beach huts, sculpture, singing and garden events. . COAST is run entirely by a small team of dedicated volunteers and, with over 90 events in just 8 days, it is an amazing achievment.


1940s Weekend

Posted September 4th, 2012

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.

Beach Cottage – new cottage!

Posted July 10th, 2012

Beach retreat, new  for this year, available  from mid July. This two bedroom cottage is situated in the village of Overstrand, just two minutes walk from the beach. For all enquiries and more information please email or phone.

Bookings are now being taken – visit the Beach Retreat property page.

Weeks currently booked, 03/08/2012, 10/08/2012.

Rock pooling at West Runton

Posted July 10th, 2012

West Runton has a lovely sandy beach as well as an area of rocks and pebbles. This creates an ideal enviroment for children hunting for sea urchins, crabs, fossils and other sea creatures.  This is one of the few beaches on the north Norfolk coast where you can take the children rock pooling.

West Runton can put its name to the discovery of the remains of a woolly mammoth in 1990.

Fields of yellow

Posted May 23rd, 2012

At last the finer weather is upon us, these fields of rapeseed have flourished with all the rain fall we have had giving a wonderful display of colour. These pictures  were taken at Thurgarton, near Aldborough Norfolk.


Puffing Billy

Posted May 8th, 2012

This bank holiday weekend, the Poppyline steam railway will be having a special guest arrive for all the family to enjoy. The locomotive is a replica  built in 2006 and is on loan from the Beamish Museum. The original locomotive still survives and  can be found in the science museum.


The difference a year makes.

Posted May 8th, 2012

April  2011 was one off the warmest and dryest for many  years. On the 29th this year, these pictures of Cromer pier  were taken as gale force winds were battering the coast.  What a difference to the  29th last year when Prince William and Kate Middleton were  married.

April 2012

April 2011

The Norfolk and Norwich Festival is a celebration of creativity, innovation, beauty and diversity with jazz, classical music, comedy and dance.

It takes place between 11-26th May, something for everyone.


East Ruston Old Vicarage

Posted April 18th, 2012

The Old Vicarage is a remarkable garden designed by it’s owners Alan Gray & Grayham Robeson.  The vicarage was bought in 1973 with no garden at all, now it has been transformed into many individual gardens including exotic, mediterranean, vegetable, sunken garden, woodland gardens, borders and wild flower areas.

It is located on the Norfolk coast but is sheltered from the winds by dense hedges and planting, enabling unusual and tender plants to grow.

A lovely afernoon was spent strolling round the grounds with the family, finishing  the afternoon with tea and cakes at the cafe.


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