Saturday morning Aylsham Farmers’ market and Blickling Hall

 

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

Aylsham farmers’ market

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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.

 

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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.

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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

Taking back Christmas

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Well worth a visit.   Don’t miss the reindeer

 

Santa's reindeer at Blickling Hall

Santa’s reindeer at Blickling Hall

The Folly…… What a find !!!

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

Interior of Tatty Tides

Hoppers Yard

Hoppers Yard

 

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.

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Courtyard at The Folly

Courtyard at The Folly

 

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Retail therapy in Holt…

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

Antiques emporium Holt

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

Happy rummaging…

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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…….

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Go crabbing at Cromer, or maybe Blakeney……

Cromer is famous for it’s succulent crabs, but Cromer pier is a hive of activity during the summer with kids (and parents!) trying to catch crabs over the side.     It’s great fun and can pass hours at a minimal cost – basic crabbing kits are available in the town for a few pounds.
A bit further round the coast another popular spot for crab fishing is Blakeney quay, a bustling area during the summer months with wonderful views across the marshes.

Crabbing guide below kindly supplied by www.gonecrabbing.co.uk

We all love the fun of dangling a line with a bit of bacon tied on, over the side of the quay in the hop of catching the biggest crab. We want everyone to continue to enjoy this great seaside past time but we also want to make sure our lovely crabs don’t get hurt in the process.
If you follow the list of ‘Dos and Don’ts’ below, it will ensure that our crabs will not suffer any unintentional harm and will stop them becoming too stressed. So here goes….

Don’t …. put too many crabs in one bucket. Stick to 10 per pail
Do …. add rocks and seaweed to the bucket to help replicate the crab’s natural environment and reduce stress
Don’t …. keep them all day long – return them to sea
Do …. change the water every 10 minutes to avoid asphyxiation. Only keep the crabs in sea water.
Don’t …. store your bucket in the sun
Don’t …. use a line with a hook on.  Either tie your bacon on or use an old pair of tights/bit of net to hold your bacon in.
Do …. hold your crab correctly – gently hold it either side of  its shell or pick it up with one finger on top of the shell and one  finger underneath – avoiding the claws though!
Do …. remove any crabs which are fighting – male crabs tend to be more aggressive than the ladies.
Do …. remember to take all your equipment and rubbish home with you.
Do… go crabbing.  When done responsibly, crabbing is an excellent way to introduce children to the marine ecology.
Happy crabbing! 

Many thanks to www.gonecrabbing.co.uk for permission to use this guide.

Do check out their wonderful range of seaside inspired clothing, accessories and homeware…

The Waterside Rollesby

Afternoon tea at The WatersideThe amazing view from the decking

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……

 

 

 

 

Everybody goes surfing USA, or Cromer……

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!

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Take some time for a pre Christmas Seascape “Olly Day”

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 and Santa

Olly Day with the man of the season

As they say in the showbiz world, break a leg Olly…

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Sea Fishing at Bacton for beginners…..

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

www.bactonfishingforbeginners.co.uk

Those guys certainly look like they know what to do …

Shopping local and eating cake at Smallsticks Cafe!

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 !

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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…

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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…