MY NORFOLK BUCKET LIST
I mentioned creating a Norfolk bucket list in my New Year resolution post. I put it out there on Twitter and loads of you lovely lot made some suggestions. I’ve added a few things that I have already done. Mainly because they’re rather iconic for Norfolk and if you ever visit you should probably have them on your list.
- Deer safari at Snettisham Park – suggested by Chloe of New Girl in Toon.
- Eat at the Hoste Arms in Burnham Market – I’ve been to Burnham Market many times, but I’ve never eaten at the Hoste which has been frequented by the likes of Stephen Fry, Keira Knightley and Hugh Grant.
- Take a walk along Old Hunstanton beach with Pip and visit the Norfolk Deli for a peruse, and probably some cheese – suggested by Hannah from That Adventurer.
Visit the seal colony at Horsey followed by lunch or hot chocolate at the Nelson’s Head – I’ve done this, but it’s a must for anyone visiting Norfolk during the winter months.
- Crabbing off Cromer Pier – suggested by Abigail from Snug.
Hire a boat and explore the broads – I actually went on a boating holiday along the broads a good few years ago, perhaps even pre-dating this blog. So I must do this again and get you some photos.
- Stay overnight at Cley Windmill – another suggestion from Chloe. You can actually get married here too!
See a show at the Norwich Puppet Theatre.
Visit Holt and have afternoon tea in Byfords – I went to Holt this weekend just gone and ate lunch in Byfords. I must go back for their afternoon tea and take some photos when it isn’t grey and miserable.
- Eat at Back to the Garden, near Holt – another place that popped up on my wedding venue hunt – suggested by Violet Creme, my go to Norfolk Twitter fave.
- Do a Park Run at either Sheringham Park or Blickling Hall – you guys can of course just visit.
- Visit Castle Acre Priory and paddle in the river – also suggested by Violet Creme.
- Visit Houghton Hall.
- Have tea and cake at the Heydon Village Tea Shop – I have been to Heydon, which is possibly the cutest English village I have ever been to, but I couldn’t get in the tea room it was so busy.
Wander down Elm Hill in Norwich. Stop for lunch in the Britons Arms (the pub used in Stardust) and try one of the many teas in The Tea House, followed by a peruse in the antiques shop opposite. It is incredible in there!
- Visit East Ruston Old Vicarage Gardens.
- Visit the Plantation Gardens and the Exotic Gardens (The Secret Gardens) in Norwich.
- Do the snowdrop walk at Walsingham Abbey
- Visit Gooderstone Water Gardens.
- Visit Bewilderwood – I need to have children purely so I can go here.
Find the ruins of St Mary’s Church near Winterton on Sea – Pip and I did this last year, next time we need to go to the little beach cafe in Winterton.
- Fish and Chips at Walsingham Fish & Chip shop and a trip on the North Norfolk Light Railway to Wells afterwards.
- Cream tea at the Kelling Reading Rooms and a peruse of the books.
- A trip to Norfolk Lavender – let’s face it, I really should have done this having lived in Norfolk for 7 years.
- Lunch at the Wiveton Hall Cafe .
- Visit the antiques and craft centre in Swaffham at the old Hammond’s Grammar School.
- Go on a private tour of Voewood House.
- A walk along Salthouse beach followed by lunch at Cookie’s Crab Shop.
I’m sure there are many more things I could add to this list, so please let me know if you have any suggestions. But for now this will probably keep me quite busy.