Category: Events

A right Royal day out….

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.

Aylsham auction sales…..

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?

 

and for something very different – We’ve gone to the dogs….

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.

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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.

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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…….

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Spring is on the way – Lambs at Wroxham Barns Junior Farm

Spring LambThe 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

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Horsey Seals

Sunday visit to Horsey (about 14 miles from Seascape) to see the seals on Horsey beach.

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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…..

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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.

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.

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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….

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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

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…

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…

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Olly Day with the man of the season

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

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