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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    Winter Warmer Short Breaks

    Blow away the cobwebs with a winter break at Norwich's only AA 'Red Star' 2 AA Rosette hotel! There's plenty to do, even if the weather outside maybe a little chilly - Norwich has many accolades including UNESCO 'City of Literature',  history and culture abound with medieval churches, museums, a Norman Cathedral and Castle and our many nature reserves are awash with winter migrants. If you want to hunt for bargains in the January Sales, the eclectic mix of high street names plus the independent retailers in the Norwich 'Lanes' (Great British High Street of the Year) provides a unique shopping experience.

    Your break includes a warming glass of mulled wine by our log fire on arrival, a tempting three course 2AA Rosette dinner each evening, accommodation in one of our stylish guest rooms and a delicious cooked breakfast, served to your table, to set you up for your days sightseeing, shopping or touring. 

    T&C: Avail. Mon - Sat incl, min. 2 night stay, based on two people sharing. Deposit required for stays of three nights or more. Book online or if you prefer to speak to us in person, just call us on 01603 700772. 

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    What's On
    25 Feb - 29 Apr (Wednesdays): UEA Spring Literary Festival l 31 Jan - 19 Apr: Homage to Manet, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery 3 - 7 Feb: Edward Scissorhands, Norwich Theatre Royal l 7 & 8 Feb: Norfolk Antiques & Collectors Fair, Norfolk Showground l To 1 March: REALITY: Modern and Contemporary British Painting, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts 3 - 14 March: BARNUM - Norwich Theatre Royal 25 & 26 April: East Anglian Game & Country Fair, Norfolk Showground l 18 Apr - 26 July: Francis Bacon and the Masters, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

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