The Poppyland Blog

Swallow Cottages achieve Gold award

Posted February 28th, 2012

Both Swallow Cottage 1 & 2 have achieved the Visit England Gold Award, in recognition of quality within their star rating.






Snowdrop walk at Walsingham

Posted February 18th, 2012

Just a few weeks left to stroll the Abbey grounds and admire the spectacular display  of snowdrops, set in almost 20 acres of woodland. Walsingham Abbey is famous for its medieval priory and as a place of religious pilgrimage.

The Norfolk Riddle restaurant is just a few minutes walk from the Abbey grounds and museum, serving delicious locally sourced food.


Winters walk

Posted February 16th, 2012

On a  chilly but beautiful sunny morning this week, while out walking with the family, we came across a pair of whooper swans swimming on Wolterton Hall  lake.

Flocks of geese

Beautiful January sunset

Posted January 23rd, 2012

Happy 2012

Posted January 1st, 2012


Locals and visitors alike flocked to Cromer to watch the 2012 new year’s day firework display on Cromer pier.  The evening was warm and the tide was out, children were playing on the beach in the dark, people sat at candle lit tables outside their beach huts. Since the first fireworks display on new year’s day 2000 it has  become a hugely successful annual event .  The north Norfolk beach runners organized a run along the promenade for all ages, fancy dress optional.  A  torch lit procession left Cromer church at 4.30 to arrive at the pier for the  count down at 5 pm for the fireworks to start.

Boxing day dip

Posted December 27th, 2011

A large gathering watched  the boxing day swim at Overstrand, this year being an exceptionally warm day.  About thirty people braved the water and money raised from the event was donated to the millenium group for the play ground.

While enjoying a walk from Overstrand to Cromer we came across a very inquisitive seal.  Watching  him for about twenty minutes coming back and forth to the shore line, and disappearing just after we left.  Seals are often spotted  along the north Norfolk  coast, you can take a boat trip to Blakeney Point between April and October, to visit them in their natural environment. Grey & common seals can be seen basking on the sandbanks.  Beans boats will take you from Morston or Blakeney Quay. Blakeney point is also famous for its bird life, a variety of terns can be seen in the summer months & during the winter  large numbers of geese, ducks and teal.  The National Trust took over the  point and it is now an international breeding ground.




Scenes from  Santa’s Magical Journey at Thursford 2011.


Christmas at Poppyland

Posted December 3rd, 2011

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.




Holt Christmas lights

Posted November 25th, 2011

Holt Christmas lights were a spectacular event with fireworks exploding immediately after the lights were switched on. The lantern parade was a lovely touch, with traditional lit lanterns being made prior to the event by  children &  adults.

Shops were open before and after for you to browse or finish your Christmas shopping!  My son really enjoyed taking part  in Bakers & Larners Christmas competition, looking for the mystery object in the stockings.

The Christmas shop is just a joy to visit.


The last days of Autumn 2011

Posted November 24th, 2011

A few remaining leaves still hang on the old chestnut out side Wolterton hall.

Nearly time for the cattle to return to their sheds for winter.

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