Out and About in Norwich and Norfolk…..

Norfolk is a diverse county with historic market towns, quaint coastal villages, the Broads, the coast and lots in between. There are clean, sandy beaches around half an hour’s drive to the east, and about an hour to the north the coastline is more rugged with charming villages where you can buy fresh, locally caught shellfish.


Norwich
 is the most complete medieval city in England with a stunning Norman Castle, two Cathedrals, the largest open-air market in the country and many historic buildings. It is England’s first and only UNESCO City of Literature. The city is an excellent shopping destination with an eclectic blend of independent and multiple retailers in two shopping malls and in the ‘Norwich Lanes’. There is a choice of theatres, museums and galleries, cafés and restaurants and sports and leisure facilities, including Whitlingham Outdoor Centre for walking, sailing and water sports.

Within a short distance are many RSPB and NWT nature reserves (NWT Thorpe Marshes is just across the road); woodland, heathland, Broadland, coasts and marshes provide habitat for some of the country’s rarest species. RSPB Minsmere (home of BBC Springwatch) is about a 45 minute drive.

There are walking routes a plenty including the Wherryman’s Way, a 35 mile route along the River Yare, the ancient 93 mile Peddars Way, and the Weaver’s Way, a 61 mile route from Cromer to Great Yarmouth. For something a little less challenging you can take a gentle amble around some of our pretty Norfolk villages. We have lots of information, routes and maps in the hotel and we can pack you up a picnic to take out for the day.

There are too many heritage sites to mention with the ‘Norwich 12’, ‘the UK’s finest collection of individually outstanding heritage buildings’, historic houses, churches, museums and gardens galore but whatever your taste, you will certainly find something of interest.

 

Norfolk is great for cycling but it’s not as flat as you may think! There are quiet lanes, marked trails around the Broads, and Thetford Forest for a bit of off-road adventure. You can take your bicycle on Bittern Line trains and follow a number of routes from Bittern Line stations. A network of bike hire points around the county also offer tandems, child seats and trailers, safety equipment and more. If you bring your own bikes you can store them securely overnight in our garage.

 

For sailors and boaters, the Norfolk Broads offers a network of peaceful waterways on which you can slow down the pace of life and see an array of wildlife including iconic species such as Swallowtail butterflies, Norfolk Hawker dragonflies, Marsh Harrier and Bittern, maybe even an otter. You can hire sail, electric or motorised day boats or paddle your way along some of the more shallow channels in a canoe. Guided canoe trails are available in spring and summer.

Whenever you visit us, you will find something of interest:

Spring

  • Courting Marsh Harriers and booming Bitterns at Strumpshaw, breeding waders at Berney Marshes
  • Rhododendrons & Azaleas at Sheringham Park (mid-May to June)
  • Norfolk and Norwich Festival (May)

Summer

  • Royal Norfolk Show (end of June)
  • Swallowtail butterflies at Strumpshaw Fen
  • National Parks Week – events around the Broads

Autumn

  • Norwich Beer Festival (end October)
  • Sandringham Game and Country Show
  • Norfolk & Norwich Food Festival

Winter

  • Christmas Markets / Christmas Shopping.
  • Spectacular wintering wildfowl and waders at RSPB Minsmere (home of BBC Springwatch), Buckenham Marshes and Holme.

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    Warmer weather and longer days mean more time to take in the sights and culture of Norwich and Norfolk, shopping in one of the country's 'Top 10' shopping destinations or seeing the summer migrants at our many nature reserves. And at the end of the day, come home to the relaxing atmosphere of Norwich's only AA 'Red Star' & 2 Rosette hotel. Your break includes a pot of freshly brewed tea or coffee on arrival, 3 course 2AA Rosette dinner each evening, accommodation in one of our stylish guest rooms plus a delicious freshly cooked English Breakfast. (Mon - Sat inclusive, min. two night stay, based on two people sharing)

     

    What's On
    24 May - 14 September: The Wonder of Birds Exhibition, Norwich Castle l 1 April - 31 October: 1st World War Exhibition, Holkham Hall l 30 July: Sandringham Flower Show l 23 - 25 August: All About Gardening Show, Norfolk Showground l 1 Sep - 30 Nov: UEA Autumn Literary Festival l 22 Oct - 2 Nov: Hostry Festival, Norwich Cathedral's own Arts Festival l 15 - 16 Nov: Norfolk Festive Gift Show, Norfolk Showground l 21 - 23 Nov: Sandringham Christmas Fair l 5 - 6 Dec: Norwich Global Village Christmas Market, The Forum

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