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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.
Christmas 2020 is going to look a little different this year, the usual visit to see Santa and his helpers is not going to be as simple as it normally is. Children can still enjoy one of the most magical experiences, but to ensure the safety of all visitors and staff, this year they can see Santa from the comfort of their car, in this exciting drive-thru event.
Christmas is a very special time for many and at Holkham they certainly know how to celebrate this magical time of the year. 2020 has been a very different year, to say the least, but at Holkham they want to continue with their seasonal traditions and warmly welcome visitors to enjoy some Christmas magic in the weeks to come. Their passionate and dedicated team have worked tirelessly to create a wonderfully varied Christmas programme that includes events and workshops covering a broad spectrum, whilst ensuring a safe experience is had by all. Regrettably, their popular Christmas Candlelight Tour and Audience with Father Christmas won’t now take place until 2021, but there are many other great things planned at Holkham this festive season for the whole family to enjoy.
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.
Halloween is just around the corner and whether you love it or loathe it, Halloween celebrations and events in Norfolk increase year on year. However, this year things are looking a little different, with many of the events that were scheduled to take place already cancelled. Some are still going ahead, so if you love Halloween and want to mark the occasion, here is all the information you need to enjoy Halloween 2020 in Norfolk.
A Grimm Halloween is promised at the Holkham Estate, Norfolk - Wednesday 28th October to Saturday 31st October 2020, 10am - 1pm or 1pm - 4pm.
Thursford’s annual and hugely popular Christmas Spectacular is sadly cancelled this year due to Covid-19, but their Enchanted Journey of Light is set to be an exciting alternative, offering socially distanced festive fun for the whole family!
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!
It has been an unprecedented year, with many wedding fairs and events sadly cancelled due to Covid-19. However, there are still some events scheduled to go ahead before the end of 2020 in Norfolk, details of which can been found below.
This Norfolk event has proved hugely popular throughout the summer of 2020 at The Pigs in Edgefield, and is due to continue for the next two Saturdays in September – 19th and 26th.
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.
The historic Hippodrome built in 1903 by the legendary circus showman George Gilbert is Britain’s only surviving total circus building. Located close to the popular Golden Mile and Great Yarmouth’s town centre, this well-known and much-loved tourist destination has been attracting visitors, both young and old for decades.
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.
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