If you are pottering round the North Norfolk coastline, perhaps on your way to Holkham or Wells, you drive through the lovely village of Stiffkey. Take some time out to stop for a break at Stiffkey Stores. The Stores are a working post office and village store, with a lovely selection of gifts and cookbooks, but they also sell the most AMAZING coffee and cakes. The fun part, you can sit outside in one of their beach huts to enjoy your purchases…… A really quaint and pretty place in a beautiful area of Norfolk
On Sunday we booted up and went in search of the pigneys in Pigneys Wood, a few miles drive from Seascape on the North Walsham Road. We didn’t find any, but did find a sea of bluebells and gorgeous trees in blossom.
Pigneys is not as large as Bacton Woods, but lovely for a walk on the marked trails to admire the flora and fauna. Pigneys Wood is owned and managed by North Norfolk Community Woodland Trust. A great spot for a picnic, with several designated picnic areas. Dogs are allowed, but on leads during the spring/early summer months to safeguard the breeding habitats for nesting ground birds.
We’ve done “the dogs” – today we move up to horses! First meet at Great Yarmouth race course. Typical bank holiday weather, cold and damp! Great fun afternoon though – race meets throughout the summer – racecourse is about 30 mins drive from Seascape
Full details of race meetings on greatyarmouth-racecourse.co.uk
Mundesley (5 mins drive) from Seascape is a quaint little seaside village, well worth exploring. Feeling active? you can walk along the beach from Seascape at low tide and head straight into The Ship for a restorative pint….
A village with its own cinema, the Coronation Hall shows films on a regular basis – admission is a princely sum of £4 for adults, under 15s £2! Visit the village website www.mundesley.org for listings.
The Blue Flag sandy beach is wonderful for the kids with tidal pools, a beachside cafe serving snacks and colourful beach huts lining the promenade.
The village centre is quaint, with a few nice shops to explore. For the ladies, Jupe, a little independent boutique selling White Stuff, Seasalt and Mudd and Water clothing is well worth a visit – Anna the owner has kindly given us some 10% discount vouchers which are in the chalet for our guests.
A grey Monday morning spent at Aylsham auctions (about 25 mins drive from Seascape) – very fast and furious action at the garden sales – plants sell for a fraction of garden centre price. All kicks off at 10 am each Monday in one of the saleroom sheds – make sure you have plenty of cash (or keep your hands firmly in your pockets) and plenty of room in your car…. Great for people watching ! Main auction sales ongoing throughout the day.
Finished off the morning with a great lunch at Buckinghamshire Arms at Blickling – amazing fresh grilled sardines and pear tart !
Now where am I going to fit those plants in?
Hurrah, one of our favourite places, Wiveton Hall Cafe has re-opened for the season!! Lunch last week… Clearly the Cafe has been busy over the winter months with the premises being extended and a new pizza oven being built. This is another one of those quirky, but fun, places to eat on the Norfolk coast (just outside Blakeney). Wiveton Hall is actually a working farm with PYO fruit during the summer months. The Cafe is through the farm, with a great view across the marshes. The decor is shabby chic, bright and breezy with a great outdoor eating area. However the highlight is the food – fresh, innovative and tasty, using lots of produce from the farm. Cakes are amazing ! The Cafe displays local artists work and has a great deli/food shops next door. It’s always very busy, even during the week, but you can book ahead on their Facebook page.
We have posted lots of blogs about things to do out and about. But hold on, you are on holiday, you want some rest and relaxation! So close the shutters, open that bottle of wine, order your Chinese takeaway (Chinese bowls and chopsticks in the chalet!), put a dvd on and RELAX and enjoy the break from your routine. We have a massive collection of dvds to suit all tastes for our guests to enjoy, which we regularly update with new releases.
Or enjoy some good old fashioned board games or cards!
Sunday 30 March saw the opening of the gardens for the season . My highlights – beautiful sight of magnolias in full bloom and heady fragrance of huge containers of hyacinths.
The garden is in the process of reawakening for Spring, but really interesting to see the changes for this year. Apparently the location of the garden creates a unique microclimate for growing, hence the wide variety of unusual plants that can be grown. There are lots of quirky features to see and, if you are interested in gardening, a lovely way to spend some peaceful time….
The gardens are about 5 mins drive from Seascape and open 1 pm to 5.30 pm on Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat and Sunday (and bank hols) until Saturday 25 October.
Here’s a little slideslow from Sunday
It’s lobster season!!
Whilst Cromer is famous for its crabs, there are amazing lobsters to be caught off the Norfolk coast.
We were lucky enough to be given these beauties by a friend in Cromer, fresh off the boat. We cooked them as a lobster thermidor and they tasted wonderful.
There are lots of places along the coast in Norfolk where you can purchase fresh crabs and lobster.
Enjoy !! ps We didn’t pinch the board from Jamie Oliver’s restaurant……
Do you love shellfish? Then this is the place for you. Not your regular seafood restaurant though….. Cookies is a Norfolk institution, a long standing family run business on the green at Salthouse (on the coast road just before Cley/Blakeney). Cookies is a little shellfish shop selling crabs/lobsters/cockles and much more, but you can eat amazing crab and lobster platters on the green outside, in their shop or the shed type building. Yes, that’s correct, a shed type building! It’s basic, no frills (or even toilets on site!), but very quirky with fantastic fresh produce and incredibly cheap meals. You can even take your own wine……
Here’s a taster of what to expect