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Considered the UK’s largest and finest wetland landscape, the Norfolk Broads have been a popular destination to hire boats for many decades. These waterways offer open spaces, spectacular scenery, peace and tranquillity and are full to the brim with stunning Norfolk wildlife.
There are an ever-increasing number of Indian restaurants and takeaways in Norfolk, in fact you would be hard-pressed to find a Norfolk town that doesn’t have one. Indian cuisine is no longer synonymous with too many beers on a Friday night, and many once dark and dank restaurants have been replaced by quality establishments serving fine traditional Indian fayre.
Sunday 10th February 2019 is Derby Day, one of the biggest and most important dates in the footballing calendar for Norwich City and Ipswich Town players and supporters. Having drawn 1-1 at Ipswich in September 2018, the Canaries are hoping for a win when they welcome their biggest rivals this coming weekend.
Trusting someone to look after your precious pooch, cat or other pets while you are away on holiday can be tough, it’s important to do your research first and find the best arrangement for you and your fury friend. Leaving a pet behind when you take a holiday can be stressful for both pet and owner, so finding the most suitable pet care for you and them is paramount. This will allow you to enjoy your time away, safe in the knowledge your pet is being well cared for. Dogs and cats that spend their lives sleeping on a warm bed or sofa won’t take kindly to being sent away to an outside kennel or cattery. The stress of other dogs barking, and the lack of human interaction and home comforts can be overwhelming for pets that are used to doing as they please.
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.
Indulge your mind, body and soul, relax, recuperate and feel rejuvenated at one of Norfolk’s finest spas. Whether you live in the county or are holidaying here, a spa day is the perfect way to unwind, treat yourself and have some ‘me’ time. From massages, waxing, facials and body wraps to salt scrubs, manicures, pedicures and beauty treatments, visit a spa in Norfolk for the perfect pampering session.
Traditionally Christmas is a time for turkey, presents and spending time with the family with the heating turned up high. But you could always immerse yourself in some icy sea water and raise money for some worthy charities instead.
Christmas brings extra rubbish so recycling as much of it as possible over the holiday season is crucial. Food packaging, wrapping paper, gift boxes, Christmas cards, cans and bottles are just some of the additional rubbish the festive period creates. Much of it can be recycled, so make sure you do your bit by recycling where possible and keep the rubbish that ends up in landfills to a minimum.
Staycations have become very popular in recent years, with many people choosing to holiday in Norfolk. Attracted by its beautiful coastline, quaint market towns, the Norfolk Broads and the fine City of Norwich, there is so much to see and do in the region. If you are visiting the county or are lucky enough to live in Norfolk and have a dog, you will probably want to know some good places to eat and drink with your four-legged companion.
Here are some of the gigs taking place in Norfolk in December 2018. Whatever genre, you are sure to find a live music event that fits the bill. With a number of superb live music venues across Norfolk, select from a vast array of bands and solo artists that are performing in the region this December.
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