The Poppyland Blog

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.


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.

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