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Whether you'e on a date, in a big group, out with the family or work colleagues or are wanting to play competitively, there are many places in Norfolk where you can play ten pin bowls. Suitable for all age groups and abilities, ten pin bowling is a fun way to pass a few hours and is especially popular on a rainy day.
The Norfolk & Norwich Association for The Blind, also known as the NNAB, is one of Norfolk’s oldest charities and will be celebrating its 214th anniversary this year. Loss of sight can affect anyone, from babies through to the elderly, and the mission of the NNAB is to help Norfolk’s 20,000 people with poor sight remain both independent and confident. Making around 4000 visits last year, The NNAB’s community workers helped thousands of individuals in their homes and over 6,000 visitors went to their Equipment Centres in Norwich, King’s Lynn, Cromer and Great Yarmouth and to their Mobile Centre.
Ever since 1814, Colman’s Mustard has called Norfolk home and this is set to continue, with a new factory in Honigham receiving the green light. In 2018 parent company Unilever, announced it would close its base in Norwich, where it has been producing mustard for 160 years. Employing over 100 people, this was devastating news for the county, so this turn-around is a big win for the region.
If you like to bag a bargain, the following Norfolk car boot sales are sure to be of interest. A car boot sale or boot fair, as they are sometimes known, are where private individuals come together to sell their unwanted household, personal and garden goods. Extremely popular in the UK, Norfolk has its fair share of car boot sales and attracts many buyers who love browsing through other people’s unwanted items in search of a bargain. Research has shown that sales of this nature help reduce waste and disposal costs and the rotation of surplus household stock is a good way of recycling and reducing what ends up in landfill sites. These car boot communities are full of thrifty and entrepreneurial individuals who enjoy restoring, refurbishing and upcycling tired, old and unloved home and garden objects.
The Norfolk Wildlife Trust is the oldest Wildlife Trust in the country and aims to provide hands-on, learning experiences to develop knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of the natural world. 400 acres of marshland at Cley, on the north Norfolk coast, was purchased in 1926 to be held ‘in perpetuity as a bird breeding sanctuary’. This has provided a blueprint for nature conservation which has since been replicated the length and breadth of the UK.
Norfolk has a history of very wealthy landowners and today examples of this wealth can be seen in the form of magnificent stately homes, many of which are open to the public. These imposing country houses are as diverse as they are impressive, with beautifully landscaped gardens, soaring ceilings, moats, secret corridors, stained glass windows and art collections, there is plenty to see and explore; here are seven of the best in Norfolk……
Cromer crabs are caught in the North Sea around the Norfolk village of Cromer. The nutrient-rich waters and chalk shelf in this area mean the crabs are particularly flavoursome, fragrant and tender and are one of Norfolk’s most famous exports. These meaty crabs have a relatively high proportion of white to brown meat and can be used in lots of recipes but are arguably at their best when eaten freshly dressed with a squeeze of lemon juice and some freshly milled black pepper.
In Norfolk it is estimated that there are 100,000 unpaid carers living in the region who look after someone suffering from an illness, disability, mental ill health or addiction, who would not be able to cope without their support.
January can often be a difficult month, a mini-season of limbo, an awkward in-between time, and summer seems such a long way off. Many are feeling guilty for over-indulging during the festive season and are busy writing New Year’s resolutions that are so hard to keep.
There is nothing better than a long winter walk on Boxing Day after a day of Christmas indulgence. The Boxing Day walk is a tradition honoured by many UK families and is perfect for working off all that Christmas pudding, sausage rolls and booze. After days of feasting and gorging on all manner of calorific delights, nothing feels more invigorating than a bracing walk. Choose from stunning coastal walks, country trails, National Trust Parks and the Norfolk Broads, Norfolk has them all.
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