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Summertime is the perfect season to grab a glass of the finest apple nectar and in Norfolk there are some great cider producers. Although not just a summer tipple, when the mercury starts to rise, a glass of chilled cider always hits the spot. Lazy picnics in the park, music festivals and barbeques with friends and family have us reaching for a cold cider during the warmer months. There are many Norfolk ciders available – different styles, flavour infusions, apple varieties and strengths, the question is which ones are the best? The answer is subjective, what one person may love, another may loathe. Really the only way to decide which is the best Norfolk cider is to try them all – let the research begin!
The weather in the UK now is just right for ice cream and whether you prefer yours in a tub or on a waffle cone with all the trimmings, Norfolk is home to some seriously good ice cream. Choose from traditional favourites, sorbets and more obscure combinations; whatever ice cream floats your boat you are sure to be able to find somewhere in the county where it is stocked.
There was a time when it looked like sweet-shop favourites might disappear, as corner shops with sets of scales and shelves lined with clear jars of colourful sticky sweet treats became a thing of the past. A world without cherry lips, flying saucers, floral gums, violet creams, humbugs, toffees and chocolate limes by the quarter seemed feasible, but thanks to the wider trend for all things retro, there has been a resurgence of sweet emporiums and a renewed determination to keep those that never went away open on our high streets.
Summer, spring, autumn or winter, a visit to Norfolk wouldn’t be complete without a trip to one of the county’s stunning beaches. Whether you are looking for a beach to soak up the sun, build sandcastles, fly a kite, wear the kids out, take a paddle, walk the dog or enjoy a romantic stroll, there are plenty of choices and terrains in Norfolk. From vast sandy stretches to rock pools and dunes, breath in the fresh sea air and enjoy Norfolk’s unspoilt coastline.
There are many beautiful gardens to visit across Norfolk that can offer visitors inspiration for planting and designing their own garden. Enjoy classic formal gardens such as those at Blickling Hall and Felbrigg Hall to more contemporary styles such as East Ruston Gardens and the gardens at Pensthorpe Natural Park; there is a garden for every conceivable taste and style in Norfolk.
Are you wondering where’s the best place to stay in Norfolk? There is a vast range of holiday accommodation in Norfolk, from luxury boutique hotels, B&B accommodation, campsites, holiday river cruisers, and holiday parks to inns and pubs, self-catering cottages ttages and hostels. Whatever type of accommodation you are looking for, you are sure to find it in Norfolk. Choose from coastal destinations, riverside settings, quaint market towns to country retreats and city centre locations – Norfolk has holiday accommodation to suit every conceivable taste and budget.
Perched on the edge of the north Norfolk coast, Cromer is probably most famous for its delicious crabs, wide open beaches and skies and its iconic pier and end of the pier variety show. A traditional seaside town with many locally owned and run shops, Cromer has a rich fishing heritage and a proud and strong relationship with the RNLI. The Henry Blogg Museum on Cromer’s promenade offers a fascinating insight into the service’s history and is worth a visit.
Luckily Norfolk is one of the UK’s driest counties, so it’s a great part of the country to enjoy outdoor cinema. With many warm and sunny evenings ahead, it’s worth taking full advantage of the upcoming balmy weather (fingers tightly crossed); nothing beats watching a movie under the stars. From cinematic classics, to modern day blockbusters and family favourites, there are a wide range of films showing outdoors this summer in Norfolk.
Norfolk is a crabbing hotspot, and even has an annual crabbing competition in Cromer, this year taking place on Sunday 25th August 2019 on Cromer Pier. Crabbing or gillying, as it is often referred to in Norfolk, is a fun activity, suitable for the whole family and particularly popular during the summer months.
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