Friday, 5 January 2018

Last Easter, my family and I bundled in the car and drove to the other side of the country to spend a week with friends in Norfolk. We hadn't been before but we all fell in love with the picturesque villages, beautiful countryside and wonderful beaches.

Where is Norfolk?
Norfolk is on the East Coast of England.

Where did we stay?
We stayed in a place called Nelson's Barn. It was in Burnham Thorpe, just outside the beautiful village of Burnham Market. It was actually the birthplace of Horatio Nelson.

What did we do?
We were so lucky with the weather. We spent a few days relaxing on some of the wonderful beaches including Holkham and Brancaster. It took about 20 minutes to walk from the car park to Brancaster beach but it was so worth it. There was a great walk we did. We walked all along the beach from Holkham to Wells-next-the-Sea, then walked back through the woods to Holkham.

Wells-next-the-Sea was more of a typical old fashion seaside town, with shops selling crabbing equipment and keepsakes. I think there might have also been an arcade. If you're looking to spend a whole day on the beach, there is also a cafe and a few shops near to the beach. It also has the cutest little beach huts.

If you're lucky, you might also spot some of the cuter sunbathers...

Burnham Market was the closest town to where we stayed and it was oh-so-pretty. It has old-timey shops as well as little boutiques, old fashioned sweet shops and bookshops that you could get lost in for hours.

As we (mainly the girls) are big fans of stately homes (essentially being nosey around somebody else's house!) we made sure to visit Holkham Hall. The setting for Keira Knightley's The Duchess, Holkham Hall is still lived in by the Earl of Leicester and his family. I made sure to check if they needed any extras should the film there again!!

Another lovely place to visit is Holt if you fancy an afternoon wandering through cute shops. Or Blakeney for lovely picture perfect streets.

One of the (few) rainy afternoons we were in Norfolk, we visited Walsingham or 'England's Nazareth.' Even if you are not religious, it is an interesting place to visit, and very peaceful. We also had an emergency hot chocolate pit stop in The Black Lion Hotel.

After watching BBC 2's 'Normal in Norfolk' we made sure to stop off at Wiveton Hall's Farm Shop. It's on the expensive side and was very busy but the food is delicious!! There are also holiday cottages on the estate that you can stay on. Sadly, we didn't spot Desmond!

Norfolk was wonderful. It was beautiful and one of the only other places in England that I could truly see myself living one day. We will most definitely be making another trip - hopefully in the not to distant future. Although, it might be a challenge to fit more into a week that we did this time - still, I'm willing to try!

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