We may be a bit biased by we honestly think that Norfolk has more to offer than any other area in the UK.
And with the thaw just setting in and icicles dripping from rooftops now is the time to dream of summer holidays, whether slowly meandering from pub to pub on the Broads or visiting Norwich’s Norman castle or Cathedral or simply taking advantage of the miles of footpaths across fields of barley or wheat from village to village.
Beaches and seaside food
There are also enormous sandy beaches – if you haven’t spent a day on the sands at Holkham or Wells then you haven’t seen how beautiful an unspoiled a beach can be.
There are also the small coastal villages of Sheringham and Cromer, which grew up in the Victorian days when the railways arrived and became the summer holiday retreats of well-to-do Londoners. Nowadays they are famous for their crabs and many small shops sell them fresh boiled, delicious and a bargain.You can often see the boats coming back to the beaches with baskets of crabs and sometimes you can buy them directly from, the fishermen.
And why not try ‘the poor man’s asparagus’ samphire, picked from the sandy estuaries around Blakeney, another local delicacy.
And while we have your taste buds salivating, there are mussel beds at Blakeney and neighbouring Morston. Fresh mussels are also readily available from village shops near the coast.
And what other county can boast the huge Norfolk skies, ever changing, sometimes purple to black as rain threatens, at other times the palest pink down to fiery red as the summer sun sets over fields and seas and rivers.
Places to visit
We may be biased, but you’d be amazed at how much our county has to offer, whether it be the bustle of the city or Great Yarmouth or the tranquillity of hamlets where people still have time to stop and chat. Not for nothing are we looked on as a Royal county with the Queen’s private house at Sandringham set in acres of parkland some of which is open to the public.
And if you like visiting the best of British stately homes the county has some wonderful buildings, from the better known Blickling Hall, home of Anne Boleyn, to the lesser known histotic Felbrigg Hall.
So much to explore
We think Norfolk has everything. Even locals find hidden corners where time seems to have stood still for centuries. And we live here!