Sandringham hosts a wonderful annual flower festival at the end of July each year. I enjoyed a trip with my sister this year and was amazed how much was going on !
In addition to the lovely show gardens and nursery stands, loads of general stalls and crafts and a central ring with an ongoing programme over the day. The air display late afternoon was magnificent…
The show is attended by HRH Prince Charles and Camilla and, completely by chance, Sue and I managed to secure ourselves pole position next to the press photographers opposite East Anglian Air Ambulance stand (where William is now working). We were so excited to shake hands with the royals as they passed !
If you are interested in gardens and plants this is a “must do” occasion, I will certainly be heading back next year….
Sandringham is a beautiful place to visit any time of the year, the house is open to the public, lovely walks around the grounds and park and a great tea room.
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
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?
Yarmouth Stadium greyhound racing is a fun night out for the family. About 30 mins drive from Seascape, racing takes place on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday throughout the year.
The Raceview Restaurant is a great place from which to enjoy the racing and enjoy a meal at the same time – alternatively join the more informal atmosphere of the trackside.
Our betting was limited to £1 a time, damage limitation, just as well – let’s just say we won’t be dining at Morston Hall on the winnings…….
The Junior Farm at Wroxham Barns is now open every day from 10 am to dusk.
Wroxham Barns is about 20 mins drive from Seascape and a lovely place to visit for adults and children. The Junior Farm is an opportunity for your children to get involved and feed, groom and pet the animals. The lamb feeding sessions will start from half term, 16 February and continue through to June. Sessions will take place in the main barn in the Junior Farm at 11 am, 1.30 and 3.30pm
Sunday visit to Horsey (about 14 miles from Seascape) to see the seals on Horsey beach.
A lot of other people had the same idea and we joined the stream of people along the dunes to the designated viewing areas. It has been a very sad season for the grey seals who come ashore to breed from November (and have done for many years) at Horsey dunes. The pups are very vulnerable from birth and even in normal conditions, many do not survive their first year. The tidal surge in early December devasted the colony and over 260 seal pups were lost. More are being rehabilitated by the RSPCA at East Winch near Kings Lynn.
The sight of these large mammals cannot fail to bring a smile to your face. The area is marshalled by volunteer wardens via www.friendsofhorseyseals.co.uk One little chap, seal, not a warden, was determined to get centre stage in the dunes and was probably the most photographed animal in the land of Sunday…..
We ended the walk with a visit to the Nelsons Head – a welcoming walker’ s pub with open fires and good beer (try and get a table in the front bar near the fire!) It’s dog friendly, so good for our Seascape visitors with their four legged friends.
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
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…