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Half term is almost upon us in Norfolk, so it’s a good time to start thinking about places to visit around the region. The weather in February can be rather wet, so here are some indoor and outdoor destinations to keep the children entertained this coming holiday.
By February the festive chocolates, Christmas cake and all the leftover booze have probably been consumed and maybe you are thinking now is a good time to make some lifestyle changes and embrace a healthier way of living.
What could be more satisfying than a large slice of warm treacle tart with lashings of cream or ice cream? Norfolk folk like to do things a little differently, and generally most Norfolk Treacle Tarts don’t contain breadcrumbs, a key ingredient in recipes from other regions. Nor do they contain actual treacle…..but after much research, food writer Nigel Slater states, “treacle refers to all forms of syrups made during sugar refining, from golden syrup through to black molasses”, so who are we to argue with Nigel?
The sight of snowdrops peeping through the earth in January never fails to cheer us up and brightens these often-gloomy winter months. Despite the cold, these hardy little pretty white flowers can be found thriving in woods, ditches, pastures and orchards across Norfolk. After a long, dark, wet and cold winter their delicate white petals and perfect green leaves are a very welcome sight that signals new life and hope.
If you are still looking for a romantic way to treat your loved one this coming Valentine’s Day, here are some ideas to help you out. From dinner in a fabulous restaurant to something a bit more adventurous, here are some traditional and more unusual ways you could mark the day.
On Sunday 5th April 2020 it’s the Norwich Half Marathon and online entry is open – there’s still time to enter and secure your place! Starting at 10:30am at Norfolk Showground, the MHA Larking Gowen City of Norwich Half Marathon, organised by the members and friends of City of Norwich Athletic Club, also finishes at Norfolk Showground. Runners follow a rural single lap route through Easton, Honingham, Colton, Barnham Broom and Marlingford, with all roads along the race route closed to through traffic whilst the race is underway.
Royal Norfolk Showground - Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd February 2020
Norfolk shortcakes are regularly baked around the county, gracing the shelves of many local bakeries. If you fancy making your own, here is an easy recipe that is sure to become a firm favourite.
This free to enter Norfolk Makers’ Festival, at The Forum, in Norwich, is a mix of demonstrations, talks, exhibitions and hands-on activities. If you are looking for a new hobby and want some inspiration, this festival is for you. Why not try your hand at painting, beading, embroidery, weaving, crocheting, knitting, upcycling, spinning, printing, felting, sketching, carving, crafting, quilting, sculpting and much more?
Here are some of the best wedding fairs and events in Norfolk in 2020 for those who are planning to tie the knot. Meet super-talented local suppliers, check out some stunning Norfolk venues and discover inspiration you didn’t know you needed at these upcoming wedding events and fairs across Norfolk. From wedding day venues, dresses and tailoring to floral creations, wedding entertainment and even the chance to sample sumptuous wedding cake! Make sure you put these all-important dates in your diary if you intend saying ‘I do’ anytime soon.
Beat the January blues with a little bit of luxury, pampering and relaxation. After what has no doubt been a hectic Christmas and New Year, it is time to recharge the batteries and face the new year with renewed vigour and energy. With that in mind, here are some destinations in Norfolk where you can re-energise and start 2020 feeling fabulous. From day treatments to pamper packages, spa days and overnight stays – there is something to suit all tastes and budgets in Norfolk.
What better time to find a new hobby, challenge or adventure than in January and in Norfolk there are many opportunities to get fitter, happier and busier.
Santa is busy making toys, reading Christmas lists, organising his elves and checking who’s on the naughty list yet still manages to find time for all the children who are eager to pay him a visit. There are many locations around Norfolk where Father Christmas can be seen during the festive period; how does he fit it all in? Pay Father Christmas a visit in Norfolk in 2019 and you may even get the chance to meet his reindeer too!
Across Norfolk there are many magical Christmas events and activities taking place throughout the festive season, catering for all age groups, tastes and budgets.
Christmas markets and fairs in Norfolk are a real festive treat, with mulled wine, mince pies and maybe even the chance to meet the big man himself. Here are some of the best Christmas markets around Norfolk, with gifts galore just in time for Christmas.
Showcasing international, national and local artists, galleries and dealers to art lovers and collectors from the eastern region, this major art fair returns to Norwich in 2019. Housed again this year in the centre of Norwich, in the stunning setting of Saint Andrews Hall, the art fair is one of the largest exhibitions of its kind outside of London. Visitors can browse and purchase hundreds of pieces of artwork by both international and regional talent, from affordable prints by recognised artists and new talent to investment pieces including original paintings, sculpture, photography and commissions.
Saturday 23rd November to Saturday 30th December 2019 - There is no better way to get yourself in the Christmas spirit than watching Cromer’s end of the pier Christmas show. Enjoy festive fun, laugh-out-loud comedy, mesmerizing dance routines, beautiful costumes and show-stopping vocals in this famous theatre on the stunning north Norfolk coast.
Pantomime season is almost upon us……….oh yes it is!! With only around six weeks before Christmas, it’s a good time to take a look at all the pantos showing across Norfolk.
Britain has long been regarded as a nation of animal lovers and dogs lead the way as the nation’s favourite animal companion.
Research shows that being playful makes us happier, more open-minded, allows our creative juices to flow and helps us bond with others. That’s why so many companies offer team-building days – it can even help those suffering from depression. We are hardwired to play, and this doesn’t stop when we reach a certain age or become an adult.
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