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Over a thousand years ago there was a Saxon market in Norwich, but it was during the Norman period that the market moved to its current site. Norwich market has been refurbished over the years, with the latest refurbishment being completed in 2006. It is one of the oldest and largest outdoor markets and sells all manner of products and services under brightly coloured striped roofs.
Norfolk has a proud and long history with the Armed Forces, still having bases at Marham and Swanton Morley as well as a large training area near Thetford. There is a significant number of serving regular and reserve personnel as well as veterans and their families living in Norfolk.
1 in 100 people in the UK has coeliac disease and following a strict gluten free diet is essential; even a tiny amount of gluten could be very harmful to their health. There are also a large number of people who don’t have coeliac disease but choose to eat foods free from gluten and/or wheat for various reasons, so all restaurants and cafés really should be catering for these groups. Over the past 15 years awareness of the disease has greatly improved, with more and more people being diagnosed. Finding eateries that offer gluten free alternatives is definitely becoming easier, but there is still room for improvement.
Poor mental health affects more people every year in the UK than cancer or heart disease. Did you know that one in four of us in the UK is affected by a mental health problem each year? Living with a mental health condition can affect so many aspects of daily life, from our physical health, to our work, our homelife and managing money.
Over the past 30 years skateparks have increased in number, with skateboarding, scootering and BMXing all growing in popularity. Skateparks come in varying shapes and sizes, with differing terrain and designs. They can be both indoor and outdoor and in Norfolk you can find many examples, dotted around the county. Attracting riders of skateboards, BMX bikes and scooters, these skateparks offer visitors a fun location to practice their skills and stunts.
The bittern is one of the rarest breeding birds in the UK, it is very well camouflaged and spends all year round in Norfolk, making its home in reedbeds on the Norfolk Broads. The male has a very distinctive booming call, that it uses to attract a mate, and this can be heard up to 2km away between March and June.
Swimming is a great way to improve fitness, burn calories, tone up and relax. It is a low impact exercise meaning there is less risk of injury, it will improve flexibility and is great for rehabilitation. It’s also a fun activity that the whole family can enjoy together and learning to swim is an important life skill.
Whilst it is only October, mentioning the ‘C’ word so early is with good reason. Tickets for the Thursford Christmas Spectacular sell like hot cakes, so if you want to see the 2018 show, you might want to purchase your tickets sooner rather than later.
Norfolk is not widely recognised as a grape growing region, with wheat, barley and sugar beet more commonly grown. However, Norfolk does have the climate to produce some delicious award-winning wines, especially still whites, so you may like to consider buying a Norfolk produced wine when you next replenish your wine rack.
There is nothing like putting on your winter woollies and standing round a crackling bonfire, watching fireworks magically light up the night sky. The sweet smell of toffee apples, candy floss, popcorn and cinder toffee fill the air as children excitedly hold sparklers with their knitted mittens. There is something special about Bonfire Night, however old you are.
The nights are pulling in and shops are being stocked with pumpkins, lanterns, dressing up costumes and other freakish items to terrify the county. Whether you love it or loathe it, Halloween has become a big event across the UK, Norfolk included! Wednesday 31st October 2018, will soon be upon us, so dig out your witch’s or wizard’s hat, locate your broomstick and start practicing your prosthetic-application skills and face painting, you haven’t got long.
Norwich and Norfolk Terriers are the smallest of the terrier breeds, standing at around 10 inches, 25cm. Originally bred to be ratters, they are today both more commonly companion breeds, with friendly dispositions.
Several regular auctions take place in Norfolk, on a weekly, bi-weekly and monthly basis. Buy antique and household furniture, art and collectables, specialist sales, farm and machinery equipment, jewellery, ceramics, glassware, clocks, watches, metal ware, toys, musical instruments, oil paintings, watercolours, prints, cars, commercial vehicles, houses and commercial property from an auction in Norfolk; the list is considerable.
Once known as ‘mother’s ruin’ gin has seen a massive surge in popularity in recent years, with gin parties, gin trains, gin advent calendars, gin afternoon teas, and gin experience days; there is even a gin hotel!
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