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Norfolk is fortunate to have a number of distilleries that produce some very fine gins and there has never been a better time to shop local and support independent retailers in the region by purchasing these tasty tipples. If you are looking to buy Christmas gifts or just want to restock your drinks cabinet, then why not purchase some locally produced gins and help support local independent businesses in the process.
With lockdown 2.0 upon us it is a good time to take a look at the independent local companies that are offering home deliveries of fruit and vegetables across Norfolk. Staying healthy amid the coronavirus pandemic is paramount and there are a number of ways in which we can support our immune system to make it as strong and effective as possible, one being eating plenty of fruit and vegetables every day.
With Christmas fast approaching why not try something different this year by sourcing your presents closer to home and supporting local businesses. In Norfolk we are spoilt for choice, with many independent retailers offering festive hampers, from fine homemade foods and drink to cleverly crafted creations; nothing says Christmas quite like a luxurious hamper. Brimming with sumptuous and mouth-watering treats, a Christmas hamper is arguably the perfect Christmas gift and can easily be personalised and tailored for all tastes and budgets.
These traditional savoury rusks are simple to make, use basic ingredients you probably already have and are tasty too. Once gracing the shelves of bakeries all across Norfolk, today Norfolk Rusks are much harder to find. When stored in an airtight container, they will last around a week. Served with butter and cheese they make a change from sandwiches and are a great lunchbox addition.
The British Drift Championship is heading to Norfolk for a two-day event from Friday 16th October to Saturday 17th October 2020. This one-of-a-kind event, hosted by the NADT brings the worlds of BDC and Battle Royale head to head, with a twist. The Adrian Flux Arena is hosting a 2-day drift event, with all day practice sessions, night demos and a Top 32. Drivers who put on the best show can win some excellent prizes and a champion will be crowned.
There are few things more quintessentially British than an afternoon tea, so it’s no surprise that even in the dark times we find ourselves in, we have maintained our allegiance to scones, cakes and dainty finger sandwiches. Research shows that Google searches for afternoon tea delivery and cream teas shot up since the pandemic hit, as we endeavour to cheer ourselves up with some sweet treats and savouries from the comfort of our homes.
The Norfolk dialect which is also known as Broad Norfolk has some fantastic words and phrases unique to this part of the country. Norfolk folk can get a little cross when people try and imitate their accents, often talking more like someone from the west country rather than someone who is Norfolk born and bred!
Chocolate oat crunchies have been enjoyed by many children in schools around the county for decades. This chocolatey, crumbly, sweet traybake is known by several names, including chocolate oaties and chocolate crunch slices, and has been a school dinner favourite of many across Norfolk. Often served with pink custard or chocolate sauce in schools, they are great with any accompaniment or just as good served on their own. If you would like to recreate these at home, here is a recipe for you to try.
Norfolk is popular with all types of cyclists and has a number of hire and service centres conveniently located throughout the county. Cycling is not only healthy exercise but great fun too and is the perfect way to explore the county, taking in the stunning Norfolk scenery. Discover quiet country lanes, coastal routes, woodland trails and even disused railway lines to cycle along. Whatever distance and route you choose, cycling around Norfolk is one of the best ways to fully appreciate this beautiful part of the UK, and you will soon see how inaccurate Noel Coward was when he described the county as flat!
There’s something special about eating great food outdoors when the sun is shining, and in Norfolk you are spoilt for choice. There are many establishments offering outdoor dining, from hotels, pubs and restaurants to cafes and tearooms. Enjoy dining outside in pretty courtyards and gardens to those with views of the spectacular Norfolk coastline, on the water’s edge to rural locations surrounded by rolling countryside. Eating al-fresco has never been more popular, here are some of the best places to enjoy dining outdoors in Norfolk.
Watatunga Wildlife Reserve can be found in west Norfolk, 6 miles south of King’s Lynn, in 170 acres of woodland, grassland and lakes. Its aim is to protect endangered deer, antelope and rare birds and provides a unique environment for many species of ungulate (hoofed mammals) who live alongside birds including rare pheasants, ducks and the majestic great bustard. Visitors can learn about these creatures and how they are struggling to survive and find out how each and every one of us can play our part in ensuring these species continue to exist.
Norfolk Bread Pudding, sometimes known as Nelson Slices or Nelson Cake was named after Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson, a Norfolk man, born in Burnham Thorpe in 1758.
When you visit somewhere new it’s always great to try out their local delicacies, produce that is sourced from the region and their twist on traditional recipes. Norfolk has a wealth of fine restaurants, cafes and pubs around the county selling local fayre and many markets, shops, delicatessens and artisans selling food local to Norfolk.
North Norfolk is a popular destination, for a day trip, weekend or longer holiday. There is so much to see and do in this part of the county, it makes sense to carry out a spot of research before you arrive, to ensure you fit in as many of the highlights as possible. North Norfolk has some breath-taking unspoilt beaches and stunning scenery, iconic buildings, beautiful walks and cycle routes, amazing wildlife and some great attractions the whole family will love. Here are some of North Norfolk’s highlights not to be missed.
Norwich takes some beating when it comes to shopping. Independent stores stand shoulder to shoulder with well-known high street retailers in a compact setting that is easily explored on foot. With two extensive shopping malls, large department stores, many independent boutiques and one of the largest outdoor markets in the UK, it is no wonder Norwich is considered one of the best places to visit in the country for a spot of retail therapy.
Located behind the town’s library, close to the town Hall, The Tolhouse Gaol in Great Yarmouth is an interesting attraction and one of the UK’s oldest gaols. Built around 800 years ago, The Tolhouse Gaol with its sturdy stone walls, finely carved doorway and arched windows, looks rather out of place amongst the current modern houses and offices. Once the private residence of a rich merchant whose livelihood probably depended on the nearby quayside, it has also had a long association with the law, having been used as a courtroom, police station and town gaol.
Located in a residential part of Great Yarmouth, a 10-minute walk from the beach and the town’s popular seafront, the Time and Tide Museum is an interesting place to visit. Housed in one of the UK’s best-preserved Victorian herring curing works, Time and Tide tells the story of Great Yarmouth from its Ice Age origins to the present day. Visitors can experience the heady atmosphere of a 1950s fish wharf and still smell the aroma of smoked herring and take the wheel of a steam drifter.
Discover an extensive collection of military tanks, guns and equipment including models, ammunition, and light weapons. The Muckleburgh Military Collection is open from Easter until the end of October and can be found in Weybourne, on the north Norfolk coast, close to the pretty market town of Holt.
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