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Thetford Forest is the UK’s largest man-made lowland forest with 18,730 hectares to explore on foot or on bike. Straddling the south of Norfolk and the north of Suffolk, this patchwork of heathland, pine trees and broad leaf trees makes the perfect destination on a dry day. High Lodge Visitor Centre, 4 miles from the Norfolk town of Thetford, offers excellent outdoor facilities, including Go Ape!, 4 walking trails, 3 cycling trails, forest Segway, picnic areas, bike hire, archery, play areas and BBQ hire. Dogs are welcome and there is a café serving hot and cold food and drink. There is a large, well signposted carpark and parking charges apply.
With its long and rugged coastline, Norfolk has always had a strong and important relationship with the sea. The lighthouses dotted along the Norfolk coast have been invaluable, warning vessels of dangerous areas and to also serve as navigational aids. These iconic historical constructions can be seen for miles and are an important part of the Norfolk landscape.
Norfolk is one of the UK’s driest and sunniest regions, so the perfect place for a round of golf. With courses set in picturesque Norfolk countryside and others overlooking breath-taking coastal beaches, it is no wonder golfers love to holiday and live in Norfolk.
The north Norfolk coastal town of Cromer is located 23 miles north of Norwich and is a popular seaside destination, attracting a vast number of visitors from the UK and further afield each year. Renowned for its world-famous Cromer Crab, there are plenty of restaurants and fishmongers in the town where this can be sampled. Its beautiful beaches, historic pier and Seaside Special Show are just some of the reasons people visit this Norfolk town; with so many things to see and do, you may need to spend more than a day in Cromer to see all its highlights.
One of the driest and sunniest counties in the country, Norfolk does still have its fair share of rainy days. When the weather is wet, gloomy and cold, there is still plenty of fun to be had in Norfolk and here is our pick of the best……...
The Swallowtail Butterfly, Papilio Machaon Britannicus is a large, strong and colourful butterfly that forms part of the Papilionidae family. The largest native UK butterfly, with a wingspan of up to 9cm, it is also one of the rarest. The Swallowtail Butterfly has very distinctive yellow and black markings and if you are lucky enough to spot one in flight, it’s a beautiful sight to behold.
Whether it’s a traditional market or a farmers’ market that you are after, in Norfolk there is an abundance of both.
If you were born and raised in Norfolk, you might know many of the following Norfolk facts. However, some are quite obscure; how many are you familiar with?
Norfolk’s largest dining event is about to begin………
Norfolk has a great variety of theatres dotted across the county, from the impressive Theatre Royal in Norwich, to smaller, more intimate venues.
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