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Gone are the days when a farm shop was just a makeshift shed selling own-reared meat and surplus fruit and vegetables. Today they have become destinations, offering a wide selection of produce from many different local producers, from fruit and veg, meat, pies, fish, local honey and conserves, bread and cakes, coffee, oil, free range eggs and cheeses to local handmade crafts and locally produced beer, wine and spirits. Some have on-site restaurants and cafés, Pick Your Own fields and garden centres and plant sales.
This annual two-day family event is taking place on Saturday and Sunday, 27th & 28th of April 2019 at the Euston Estate near Thetford, just off the A11.
Honey is as old as history itself and humans have bathed in it, eaten it, traded with it and used it to help heal their wounds since records began. In Valencia a rock painting believed to date back 8000 years was discovered depicting a honey seeker collecting honey from a wild bee colony. Archaeologists found honey comb buried with the pharaohs in their tombs in Egypt and honey is repeatedly mentioned in the old testament.
Whether you’re after a classic Cosmopolitan, a punchy Mojito, a tropical Pina Colada or something more obscure, there are some great venues in Norfolk serving some fantastic cocktails. Norwich itself is filled with pubs and bars, from contemporary cocktail bars to historic and haunted inns. According to Britain’s Pub Capitals study, Norwich is one of the pub capitals of the country and many of its pubs now serve cocktails alongside their regular menu of beer, wines and spirits.
Mooching around one of Norfolk’s garden centres is the perfect way to spend a weekend and with Easter weekend soon upon us, here are some ideas of where to go in search of a plant or two. Many of the garden centres in Norfolk have cafés, pet shops, gift and craft areas and stock garden furniture and equipment, clothing, barbeques, sheds and summerhouses.
Whether you love traditional pieces, contemporary art, sculpture, photography, ceramics or glassware, there is an excellent choice of art galleries across Norfolk where art, in many forms can be enjoyed and purchased. From original artwork depicting local scenes to abstract work, Norfolk has something to suit every conceivable taste and budget. Explore Norfolk’s intimate galleries and find some hidden gems or visit larger exhibitions showcasing the region’s better-known artists.
The west Norfolk town of King’s Lynn is situated 44 miles from Norwich, 12 miles from the beautiful Norfolk coastline and 8 miles from the Queen’s Sandringham Estate. The town is an interesting mix of old and new and was once one of England’s major trading ports. With a rich maritime heritage, King’s Lynn has a lot to offer day visitors or those wanting a short break or a longer holiday. Discover some of King’s Lynn’s most historic buildings, visitor attractions, restaurants and places of interest in and around this Norfolk town.
Holt is a pretty Georgian market town in north Norfolk, 23 miles from the city of Norwich and 9.5 miles from Cromer. It is the perfect place for a full day out and is an ideal base to stay and explore the surrounding area, being in close proximity to the beautiful north Norfolk coastline and stunning countryside.
Cromer’s seaside pier attracts many visitors each year and stands strong and proud in the often-unforgiving and sometimes brutally destructive North Sea. Spending many months battered by harsh winds and rough seas, Cromer Pier enjoys calmer times during the summer months when the sun shines, waves gently lap and visitors flock. It’s the town’s most famous landmark and if you head towards the beach, you simply can’t miss it.
If you are thinking of taking a holiday, weekend break or day trip to Great Yarmouth you will no doubt want to eat out at some point during your stay. This Norfolk seaside town is one of the most populated places in Norfolk and offers all manner of cuisine, from chip stalls on the market to fine dining experiences. It is close to the Norfolk Broads, the beach and the city of Norwich and it is thought that around 5 million visitors visit this Norfolk town each year.
This year Easter weekend begins on Good Friday, April 19th until Easter Monday, April 22nd, 2019 with most Norfolk schools closing between Monday 8th and Monday 22nd April 2019.
Read about some of Norwich’s most important dates in history, including when Norwich Castle, Norwich Cathedral and other historic and important buildings were built. When the Black Death reached Norwich, Kett’s Rebellion and when devasting fires hit the city. See important dates in history for Jarrold Department Store, Colman’s Mustard, The University of East Anglia, Norwich International Airport and Norwich City Football Club.
The kebab is thought to have originated in the Middle East and is pieces of meat or vegetables often grilled on a long thin stick, or slices of grilled meat, or minced meat, mostly served in pitta bread. There are differing recipes and cooking methods that vary from country to country, but one thing that never changes is its popularity.
Are you looking to spoil your Mum, Grandma or the whole family this coming Mother’s Day? This year Mothering Sunday is on Sunday 31st March 2019 and in Norfolk there are many ways you can spoil the special lady or ladies in your life, from a coastal walk, to afternoon tea, a trip on the Norfolk Broads, a luxury spa day or a fantastic family day out at a top Norfolk attraction. If you haven’t already made plans and are looking for some help to organise the perfect Mother’s Day, the following information should hopefully give you the inspiration you need.
Norfolk - big skies, stunning beaches, windswept marshes, pretty flint houses, meandering inland waterways, ancient woodland, historic houses and a very fine city. It is said that the locals have ’one foot on the land, and one in the sea’, and in Norfolk you are never far from water, whether it’s the beautiful Norfolk Broads or the wide, wildlife-rich shores of the Norfolk coast.
Great Yarmouth is like Marmite – some people love it and some people loathe it. Whatever side of the fence you sit, there is no disputing the fact that it attracts a vast number of visitors each year and is one of the UK’s most popular seaside destinations. Situated 20 miles east of Norwich, Great Yarmouth has been a seaside resort since 1760 and with more than 70,000 bed spaces it accommodates over a third of all visitors to Norfolk each year.
Jarrold was founded in Woodbridge, Suffolk in 1770 and today its flagship store is situated in the centre of Norwich, in the historic St James Mill. This independent department store is considered by many as the county’s favourite and has been serving Norfolk for more than 200 years. With an emphasis on excellent customer service and offering a personal service, Jarrold will hopefully remain on the high street for many more years to come.
Norfolk has many traditional luxury hotels and a great number of fine boutique hotels where you will feel pampered and indulged from the moment you arrive. Dotted across this beautiful county, discover where some of the best hotels in Norfolk are located. Choose from coastal locations, market towns and villages and those that are conveniently situated in Norwich’s city centre, to countryside retreats and those that are nestled close to the Norfolk Broads.
Pensthorpe Natural Park is one of Norfolk’s finest attractions and is located 45 minutes from Norwich on the A1067 Fakenham to Norwich road. It is home to many species of mammals, birds, invertebrates and plants and its diverse range of habitats creates a stunning rich landscape which Pensthorpe Conservation Trust manages. With indoor and outdoor adventure play areas, educational facilities, talks and guided tours, bird hides, a café and gift shop, it’s a great place to visit, whatever your age.
Gone are the days when watching a film meant going to the local cinema. Today there are many other options available, with on-demand movies proving very popular, with the likes of Netflix, Sky, Amazon Prime and other streaming services all vying for a share of the market. Many people have cinema sized TVs as standard at home, so going to the cinema to watch a movie is no longer imperative.
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