If you go down to the woods today…….

Spent a lovely morning wandering around Bacton Woods today – we love these woods whatever the season, but Autumn is pretty special.  3 mins in the car from the chalet or easily walkable on the quiet back roads.    A great place to exercise your dogs when they tire of the beach ??!!     It was so peaceful today ….

A taste of the Exotic “Suil na mara”

A few weeks ago we had the pleasure of visiting the wonderful exotic garden of Bill Kerr and Bev Cole –  Suil Na Mara is a miniature oasis on the edge of Bacton village and, if you are a keen gardener interested in unusual plants, a must see…..

The 1/4 acre garden incorporates more than 130 lush and exotic plant varieties set in various garden rooms.  Bill and Bev incorporate beachcombing finds and artefacts with flair and style in a garden full of surprises.

The garden is open on set days under the National Garden Scheme, and other times by appointment with Bill direct from June through to September.  Bill and Bev have raised thousands for charity by opening their garden under the scheme.

When we visited the garden was passing it’s prime, but nevertheless still stunning with architectural planting and features.   We will look forward to visiting again in the summer months…

 

For full details see www.ngs.org.uk/gardens/find-a-garden/garden.aspx?id=31734

 

 

 

West Runton rock pools

Welcome to West Runton, 5 miles west of Cromer  – a great destination for the kids to have fun in the famous rock pools.   Summer or winter there are always families on the beach with their fishing nets looking for shrimps, crabs and starfish.  West Runton is  most famous for the fossilised remains of a woolly mammal discovered in 1990 and is considered to be one of the best beaches in the area, alongside Hunstanton for fossils.   Once the activities are finished, a great beach side cafe looking over the beach….. and a fantastic view of Cromer pier in the distance ….

Sugar and Spice and all things nice….

The lovely Sugar and Spice cafe has recently moved to fabulous new premises on the Coast Road in Bacton.   The cafe is really popular and serves great food, breakfasts, snacks and full meals.     Be warned, big portions…..!

The new premises are clean, light and airy with some lovely quirky features including a working jukebox!   Outside seating for warmer days and a dog friendly venue.    The cafe, deservedly so, gets consistently high revews on Tripadvisor (has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence 2014 like us) and is a great place to walk to from Seascape for a hearty breakfast.

To see the seals at Blakeney point…….

You can’t help but smile on a trip out to Blakeney point to see the seal colony!   We took our trip with Ptarmigan, a traditional clinker built ferry boat last Saturday on a breezy but bright day.     Buy your tickets at Blakeney and then drive the mile or so back to Morston quay to pick up the boat.    The journey out to Blakeney point takes about 20 mins – in itself a lovely sight to see the sailing boats, but the highlight is arrival at the tip of the point and the huge colony of common and grey seals bask in the sun. The boat hovers around the point for about 10 mins, so plenty of time to get loads of photos and enjoy the antics of the seals.    It’s dog friendly as well !

We have a lovely print at Seascape by local artist Brian Lewis showing the seals enjoying the visitors…..

The trips vary according to tide times, so check the website for further information www.blakeneypointsealtrips.co.uk

Keeping the kids amused in the rain !!

We can guarantee lots at Seascape, but sadly not the weather !!    So what is there to do when it’s a rainy day at the beach?

To start, it’s only water ! Put your welly boots and macs on and get on out there !  Kids and dogs never worry about the rain and it only adds to the fun to jump the waves on the beach and stomp through the mud, leaves and puddles in Bacton woods.welly boots

Sometimes it just nice to cosy up and stay indoors until the rain passes.   We have a massive collection of films for our young guests to enjoy – Shrek, Toy Story, Rio, Madagascar and Harry Potter to name a few.    We are constantly adding to the collection !

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How about proper family time with board games – Monopoly, Scrabble, Blokus – our lives are so busy these days, it’s good to take time out to enjoy the old fashioned pleasure of sitting down together as a family and spending an hour or so over a game.

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Out and about, ten pin bowling at Rossis Leisure in North Walsham (10 mins away) is always a winner for the older children or the Regal Movieplex in Cromer.       Want to get wet, but not fancy the North Sea for swimming?   Pools at North Walsham, Marina Centre in Great Yarmouth, Splash at Sheringham or book a slot at the private pool in Bacton featured in one of our earlier blogs….

We haven’t had the chance to visit, but Davenport’s Magic Kingdom at North Walsham is getting good reviews on Tripadvisor.

The Hippodrome circus in Great Yarmouth is well worth a visit.   An amazing building with a summer spectacular and water show which runs 16 July to 21 September.   Fond childhood memories for Trish of visits to the Hippodrome circus.

In our experience, a bag of coins and a trip to the amusements at Mundesley, Cromer, Sheringham or Great Yarmouth is always a winner with the little (and not so little!) ones…

We have a great book at the chalet full of ideas of things to do with the children indoors and out if you need further inspiration and of course free Broadband for your research !

Let us know any ideas you have !

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The Vernon Arms South Repps – a lovely traditional country village pub

This is one of our favourite low key places to eat whilst at Seascape.   The  Vernon Arms at South Repps is about 10 mins drive from Seascape.   We have cycled – you can pick your way around country lanes and roads to avoid the main roads and it took us about an hour to get there (we are not fast cyclists……!)  or take a long walk – maps in the chalet to plot a route.

South Repps is a lovely village with the Vernon in the middle of the village, nice beer garden, but our favourite time is in autumn/winter as they have a HUGE open fire.   Restaurant is nice, but in our opinion, best atmosphere in the bar where the fire is – and you can take dogs into the bar.     Lovely home cooked food and good portions, desserts are always fabulous.  Well worth a visit.

www.vernonarms.com 

 

Historic Sheringham railway station and the Poppy Line

Sheringham railway station is a must see for a nostalgia hit….     A trip back in time and a great place to visit with your children if the weather is not so good for the beach.  Platform 3 houses a “hands on” children’s activity area to introduce the little ones to the railway and how things work.    You can take  a trip on the Poppy Line aboard a vintage steam train through spectacular countryside and even sit behind the driver to see how the train is operated!   There are special events throughout the year culminating in the hugely popular Santa Specials from late November through to Christmas Eve.  For further information see www.nnrailway.co.uk

A trip down memory lane….

Annual trip to Great Yarmouth.    About 30 mins drive from Seascape.   Ok, let’s be honest, it’s not Blakeney or Burnham Market –  no designer shops, upmarket gastro pubs or high end dining.    But, when you are holidaying with your young ones, it’s all about  the kids …. Happy kids = happy mum and dad……      What GY offers is lots to keep the younger generation amused – crazy golf, the Pleasure Beach, Joyland for the littlies, amusement arcades and miles and miles of golden sands.      Weather not so good? the Sealife Centre, swimming at The Marina Centre and bowling alley.    Older children?  There are  some really good museums – Time and Tide in a converted Victorian herring curing works and The Elizabethan House (National Trust owned) which is a “hands on” museum housed  in a 16th century quayide building.

I have a fondness for GY as I was born and raised there –  whilst I was a child my mum ran a traditional bed and breakfast in the town.   Many memories – being taken to the beach with the “visitors”, often huddled in our coats sitting on the beach eating our sandwiches, the Tubs and Snails at Joyland and spending my 1 pennies in the slot machines…   My first job working on the market and then later in a cafe at the  end of Britannia Pier (all many years ago!)  AND the chips on Yarmouth market are THE BEST…….

So, embrace the tackiness, forget your diet, take your loose coins and find your inner child!

Here are a few pics from our day out….

With a selfie thrown in for good measure!

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Final note, we did find a lovely little cafe – Henrys  – on the seafront, just opposite the Britannia Pier – shabby chic, seaside style   Great welsh rarebit for lunch…

 

 

A private pool for hire – minutes from Seascape

Swimming in the North Sea is not everyone’s cup of tea!   Although try it, it’s very invigorating….    However, if you like your water a little warmer, we have great news! A private pool has now opened for guests just 5 mins walk from Seascape.    I popped in to meet the welcoming owners last week and have a look at their pool and facilities.

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The pool was spotless, large changing rooms, toilet and small outside seating area. The pool is available for private hire by the hour – £10.50 for up to 3 swimmers, £16.00 for 4.

How lovely to have the pool to yourselves – kids will love it !!

To book, telephone 01692 652971 www.bactonprivatepoolhire.co.uk

Our plan for next visit is to book an early morning swim and then walk down to enjoy a full English at The Kingfisher Cafe!!