On the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month, Aylsham hosts a FARMA accredited market in the National Trust market place. FARMA is a not for profit co-operative of farmers and producers selling on a local scale. Farmers’ market organisers seek to ensure the produce on sale is genuinely local and to promote high standards.
Aylsham farmers’ market
Gorgeous breads at the market
There is a great atmosphere, helped by the foot tapping sounds of One Foot in the Groove, an “informal” jazz band playing outside The Black Boys pub.
Great range of goods on sale – wonderful bread, meats, fruit and veg, cakes and preserves. We managed to load ourselves up with goodies for the weekend !!
Close by is the beautiful National Trust property Blickling Hall.
This weekend the Hall is decked for Christmas with a theme “Taking back Christmas” to give a flavour of how past residents have celebrated Christmas.
A huge effort had gone into the Hall decorations and great enthusiasm from the participants….
Taking back Christmas
Well worth a visit. Don’t miss the reindeer
Santa’s reindeer at Blickling Hall
Out and about in Holt still – had heard of a new tearoom called The Folly – most keen to locate and research in the interests of Seascape….. It’s hard work, but someone has to do it for future Seascape guests
The Folly is located in Hoppers Yard in the town centre – what a wonderful place – a beautiful courtyard garden (although December day too cold to enjoy) but the café was decorated with style for the festive season. Hoppers Yard itself has some lovely shops, including the cutely named “Tatty Tides” which has some lovely coastal themed goods.
Interior of Tatty Tides
Back to The Folly – Immaculate and tasteful décor, vintage crockery and cakestands, but more importantly excellent coffee and a stunning selection of homemade cakes. I tried the banoffee cake, which was absolutely gorgeous. If you are visiting Holt, do give this lovely place a visit, you won’t be disappointed.
Courtyard at The Folly
Holt, a fabulous Georgian market town, about 20 miles from Seascape.
A perfect place to while away the day – great shopping, galleries, craft shops, cafes and restaurants
Is it just me, or does anyone else enjoy a good forage in an antique store/flea market…?Stumbled across this one in the town, an Aladdin’s cave spread over several floors and rooms
Holt has some lovely independent stores including the family run department store “Bakers and Larners of Holt”. A Norfolk institution – the food hall is amazing, very upmarket – the Harrods of the Norfolk coast…….
Only window shopping today !
On a grey damp November day thoughts drift to warm summer days and dining al fresco
This is the wonderful view from the deck of the stunning Waterside at Rollesby Broad, about 20 mins drive from Seascape.
The Waterside is in the most amazing location on the edge of Rollesby Broad. They serve snacks, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.
Rollesby Broad is recognised as a Site of Special Scientific interest and home to a diversity of wildlife which you can spot from the terrace, their own specially designed bird hut, or even out on the broad –
the Waterside offers boat trips or, for that special occasion, picnics on Lady Belinda.
Sadly our November trip meant that we didn’t get to enjoy the outdoor dining experience – so the photos kindly provided by the Waterside to illustrate the beauty of the location in the spring and summer. If we have a summer like 2013, could not be a better place……
Once the domain of the south coast, Norfolk is giving Cornwall a run for its money. Surf beaches aplenty around the North Norfolk coast. Favourite surf beaches close to Seascape are found at East Runton, Mundesley and Cromer, however the last craze, stand up paddle boarding doesn’t need the swell so can be enjoyed off the beach directly below Seascape. Try it out at Cromer…
The Glide Surf School has been established in Cromer since 2007. Take lessons with the experienced Glide team in a group or individual with all equipment provided. Images with courtesy of Glide Surf School www.glidesurfschool.co.uk Have fun!
Our dear friend, local comedian, magician, and generally all round good guy, Olly Day, returns to The Cromer Christmas Show this year.
The traditional end of pier Pavilion theatre is an amazing venue for this fantastic festive show, a great mix of variety, song, dance and magic to get you in the Christmas mood.
Why not combine the show into a pre Christmas break at Seascape, enjoy long bracing seaside walks, festive food at the many fantastic pubs around the area and then curl up with our library of Christmas DVDs…
Olly Day with the man of the season
As they say in the showbiz world, break a leg Olly…
Ok, now we will be honest and say we haven’t tried this. But rumour has it that there are real fish to be caught off the beach at Bacton. This site looks great to give it a try without committing to buying loads of equipment
Those guys certainly look like they know what to do …
Our final visit of Sunday to walk off the weekend excesses…..
One of our favourite places to walk and fantastic for dogs, cycling with the family www.northnorfolk.org/files/Bacton_Leaflet.pdf
Post lunch at The Star, a meandering and aimless drive back stopping at various points in the area to pick up local produce from the roadside stalls around and about Seascape. There are so many little stalls around selling preserves, veg, eggs, plants and of course, lovely fudge from Sea Palling. Much better than supermarket shopping !
Despite declining a pud in The Star as we were too full, our random road trip took us by chance to a fantastic little café at Cart Gap in Happisburgh “Smallsticks Café” In the interests of research we had to try their cakes…
Amazing Sticky Toffee cake… Have a look at their website www.smallstickcafe.co.uk
Plan to go and try the Thursday night fish and chips soon…