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Tennis or lawn tennis enjoys a long and proud history and is now an Olympic sport. The rules are easy to learn and it’s a sociable sport, played between either two players or two teams of two players. Playing tennis has many health benefits that include increasing aerobic capacities, improving metabolic function, lowering blood pressure, improving muscle tone, strength and flexibility, lowering body fat and increasing bone density and reaction times.
In the summer of 1549, Kett’s Rebellion started in Wymondham after a small group of peasants got together to protest against rich landowners who stole common land that they depended on to farm and graze their animals. Kett was one of these landowners who had put up fences around common land, but when he was approached by the peasants and heard their plight, instead of reacting with violence he helped them tear down the fences he had erected.
Norfolk has some beautiful woodland that are rich and diverse and the lifeblood of the planet, providing habitat for animals as well as helping to maintain the balance of the air around us. From lush forests to ancient woodland, parkland and heathland, these varied and tranquil spaces offer the perfect opportunity to get close to nature, shaped by geology, soils, climate and people over generations. Escape the hustle and bustle of life and improve your mental and physical wellbeing as you discover the spectacular wildlife and enjoy being outside in these magical places across Norfolk.
North Norfolk’s vast sandy unspoilt beaches are a huge draw for visitors, attracting walkers and families to the county all year round. With room to fly a kite, enjoy a picnic or play ball games in the warmer months, to an invigorating brisk walk on a windswept beach in the winter; both are equally enjoyable.
Blakeney Point is located close to the North Norfolk villages of Blakeney, Morston and Cley-next-the-Sea and is a beautiful and idyllic part of the county. It is home to England’s largest Grey Seal colony and an array of summer breeding birds and is popular with birdwatchers and nature lovers.
The Norfolk seaside town of Great Yarmouth is blessed with long stretches of enticing golden sands and attracts vast swathes of visitors each year. With bright lights, plenty of family entertainment, activities and attractions and amusements galore in the town’s Golden Mile, Great Yarmouth is for some the perfect holiday destination.
The village of Overstrand is located on the North Norfolk coast and is around a 45-minute drive from Norwich. There is a large pay and display carpark in the village overlooking the beach, with toilets, an ice cream van during the holiday season and a café close by. The walk starts at the cliff top carpark in Overstrand, to the left, as you look out to sea. It continues into Cromer, along the cliffs that tower above the beach, in some places reaching 70m high.
intu Chapelfield have a Coffee Compost Scheme which is very successful, but they are looking for further support from the local community to take more of this compost. intu Chapelfield’s Environmental Services Manager Jamie Brett states that the scheme is receiving very high volumes of coffee compost from its retailers, which is currently outweighing the demand, and he is therefore looking for more individuals or groups to take this surplus coffee compost. No payment is required, and he would love to get further arrangements in place to take this coffee compost on a regular basis.
Located 10 miles from Norwich and close to the stunning Norfolk Broads, Wroxham Barns is an all-weather destination suitable for all ages. Younger visitors will love the Junior Farm, play area and new Funpark opening 2nd April 2020 and grownups are sure to enjoy all the local crafts and gifts on offer.
Across Britain more and more people are choosing vegan products and plant-based diets are becoming increasingly popular. Supermarkets are stocking more vegan-friendly food and in recent years there has been a dramatic rise in consumers looking for restaurants and cafes serving vegan food and drink.
High Street footfall around the UK is dropping, Norfolk included, and the number of consumers choosing to shop at out of town retail parks is increasing. Whilst this is bad news for retailers solely on the high street, businesses located at out of town retail parks are benefiting from this switch in behaviour. With free parking and large stores offering a wide range of products, it is easy to see why they have become popular.
A boating holiday on the Norfolk Broads allows you to see the beautiful county from a unique and picturesque angle. Norfolk has a rich mix of attractions and activities suitable for all tastes and ages, with pretty towns and villages, fine pubs, restaurants and tearooms, endless scenic walks, water sports, stunning coastline and the city of Norwich, all within close proximity. The Norfolk Broads have a large choice of convenient moorings, with plenty of areas to explore on foot that are easily accessible from your hire boat.
Located in the centre of Norfolk, Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse is 3 miles northwest of Dereham and a 30-minute drive from Norwich, King’s Lynn and Cromer. Set in 50 acres of unspoilt Norfolk countryside, the grounds include a picturesque river valley, water meadows, gardens, woodland and country trails. A popular visitor attraction, there is loads to see and do, both inside and out at Gressenhall, making it a great all-weather destination for the whole family.
Green Flag award winner - Located close to the Norfolk coast and a mile from the quaint market town of Holt, Holt Country Park is managed by North Norfolk District Council and is an area of tranquil woodland and heathland. It is a Green Flag award winner; a sign to visitors that Holt Country Park has the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained with excellent facilities.
Snooker originated amongst British Army officers who were stationed in India in the 19th century and is today popular around the globe and governed by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA). Top professional players compete regularly around the world and earn themselves millions of pounds on the World Snooker Tour. The WPBSA believes that snooker is a sport for all and that it offers opportunity and equality for all who want to take part.
Half term is almost upon us in Norfolk, so it’s a good time to start thinking about places to visit around the region. The weather in February can be rather wet, so here are some indoor and outdoor destinations to keep the children entertained this coming holiday.
By February the festive chocolates, Christmas cake and all the leftover booze have probably been consumed and maybe you are thinking now is a good time to make some lifestyle changes and embrace a healthier way of living.
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