Guide To Holidaying In Norfolk
A guide by Tasha Savell
Norfolk is full of interesting towns and activities and if the obvious places to see don't attract you than the weather should. The weather is drier and sunnier on average than anywhere in the UK, due to its eastern position. The Norfolk coast enjoys the longest days and best weather for great holidays in the UK.
Norwich is where most of the action is in Norfolk, but although containing the highest population of residents than other towns in this region, it is a pleasant mixture of bustling townspeople and tranquil countryside. Around every corner you find stately homes to look at, lovely places to walk and sites to see.
Along with the numerous attractions, the shops aren't half-bad either! In fact, Norwich is one of the top five shopping destinations in Britain. Including the usual high street shops, two shopping malls, four department stores, independent shops and a permanent six-day market.
For you who are searching for a quieter situation, there are also many smaller market towns where between breakfast and lunch you can explore places such as Holt, Burnham, Swaffham, Diss markets and loads more.
Browse around the antique shops, and meet the locals on the stalls were you could buy your fresh fruits and vegetables! Norfolk also has a range of very pretty towns to explore, complete with ancient buildings such as Butter-Cross or Guildhall or old merchants' houses. You will find the houses in Norfolk an interesting mix of old and new, walking around Reepham is like stepping back in time with the rows of 18th century houses, whereby, Aylsham holds popular auctions for fine art, books and antiques. On the other hand, pretty Swaffham has a famous market and livestock auction along with a state of the art wind turbine!Need more persuading? Pop along to Fakenham and place your bets on the horses at a great racecourse, which is a favourite haunt for the Royals. Instead, maybe delve into the history of Thetford with its ancient priory and magnificent forest. See if you recognise any of the buildings, along the special Dad's Army Trail, which I the popular series appeared!
For you horsy people, Norfolk is pure horsy country. Imagine trotting along quiet country lanes and bridle routes through forests and heath land, while you take in the beautiful unspoilt countryside. While riding for miles without seeing anyone you will be surprised to come across the huge expansive beaches of the Norfolk coast. With the wind in your hair and the smell of the sea you can pick up a gallop and feel the adrenaline as you make your way along the deserted sand!
The Neptune Gallery is situated in the village of [linkhttp://www.about-norfolk.com/about/towns/Hunstanton.htm]Old Hunstanton [/link]on the north coast. A number of exhibitions are held here, mostly solo shows of outstanding contemporary fine art, along with exhibitions of collections running along a theme.
The Norwich Puppet Theatre is run by a professional theatre company, and demonstrates its own work under command of the director Luis Z Boy. It is a year round programme of varied performances, so you are unlikely to see the same performance twice! Your experience here also includes workshops, master class activities and contains a gallery featuring visual art. Housed in a converted medieval church of St. James in the city of Norwich, England, it has an international reputation for its work and the most prestigious facilities contained into four buildings which are totally dedicated to animation in the UK.
Heritage museums such as the City of Norwich Aviation Museum are also great fun to visit. This museum is full of aircrafts and memorabilia, giving you an experience of the aviation history of Norfolk, featuring a massive Vulcan Bomber and some of the civil and military aircrafts from Norfolk's airfields. Indoor exhibitions tell of heroes and pioneers who made local aviation history.
Why not take a boat ride with George Smith and Sons on one of their fully equipped boats including a fun gallery. From Wroxham you can explore some of the prettiest places on the Broads. A half-day hire will take you to Harning and Ranworth with several pretty broads to cruise through on the way. You can also insist on mooring on the riverside in order to pop in to a nearby pup for lunch.
At the heart of Norfolk you will stumble across The Bridewell Museum, and discover how Norwich became rich and prosperous from producing mustard, shoes, textiles, chocolate and beer! Once a prison for women and beggars ('a Bridewell') it is now home to a collection of historic objects and machinery revealing how Norwich people earned a living. A mysterious recreated pharmacy offers an insight to the everyday lives of shopkeepers. Have a peek into the Pawnbrokers' shop, and the 'Smithy' (blacksmith) to see the shoes being made. Also admire the stunning Victorian engine and the huge 17th century Jacquard loom which was used to weave the famous Norwich shawls.
Go to the craft centre and experience the Sutton Pottery. Malcolm Flatman was born in Sutton, and received an honors degree in ceramic design, after which he moved back to his hometown in 1976 to create his pottery workshop. In fact, most of the equipment you will see he actually made himself, including the kiln, potters' wheel and the tools. He began in 1977 and you are all invited to watch Malcolm at work. He specializes in practical, affordable and repeatable tableware and also decorative pieces. So why not place your order on anything you fancy, because he loves a challenge and thrives at the opportunity to make you a something to take home and treasure!
If there is ever a rainy day, why not go bowling. The Regent Bowl is a 22-lane tenpin bowling centre and all lanes are fitted with automatic bumpers and the latest computerised scoring system. Bumpers can be selected for some or all bowlers on the lane, which means children, can compete on an equal footing with Mum and Dad.
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