Category: Local attractions

Keeping the kids amused in the rain !!

We can guarantee lots at Seascape, but sadly not the weather !!    So what is there to do when it’s a rainy day at the beach?

To start, it’s only water ! Put your welly boots and macs on and get on out there !  Kids and dogs never worry about the rain and it only adds to the fun to jump the waves on the beach and stomp through the mud, leaves and puddles in Bacton woods.welly boots

Sometimes it just nice to cosy up and stay indoors until the rain passes.   We have a massive collection of films for our young guests to enjoy – Shrek, Toy Story, Rio, Madagascar and Harry Potter to name a few.    We are constantly adding to the collection !

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How about proper family time with board games – Monopoly, Scrabble, Blokus – our lives are so busy these days, it’s good to take time out to enjoy the old fashioned pleasure of sitting down together as a family and spending an hour or so over a game.

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Out and about, ten pin bowling at Rossis Leisure in North Walsham (10 mins away) is always a winner for the older children or the Regal Movieplex in Cromer.       Want to get wet, but not fancy the North Sea for swimming?   Pools at North Walsham, Marina Centre in Great Yarmouth, Splash at Sheringham or book a slot at the private pool in Bacton featured in one of our earlier blogs….

We haven’t had the chance to visit, but Davenport’s Magic Kingdom at North Walsham is getting good reviews on Tripadvisor.

The Hippodrome circus in Great Yarmouth is well worth a visit.   An amazing building with a summer spectacular and water show which runs 16 July to 21 September.   Fond childhood memories for Trish of visits to the Hippodrome circus.

In our experience, a bag of coins and a trip to the amusements at Mundesley, Cromer, Sheringham or Great Yarmouth is always a winner with the little (and not so little!) ones…

We have a great book at the chalet full of ideas of things to do with the children indoors and out if you need further inspiration and of course free Broadband for your research !

Let us know any ideas you have !

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Searching for the Pigneys in Pigneys Wood

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.

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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.

pigneyswood.co.uk 

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Postcards from Mundesley

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.

 

Holkham Hall and Estate

Just over an hour’s drive from Seascape, Holkham Hall and estate is an absolute must for a wonderful day out, whatever the season.

The privately owned Holkham Hall is occupied as a family home by Viscount Coke and his young family – the Coke family having lived at Holkham continuously since the 1750s.

The estate has much to offer for the visitor, the Hall, gardens, deer park and lake.  You can hire cycles at the estate – a great way to explore.

There are regular open air concerts during the summer and classical concerts in the beautiful Marble Hall.  Maybe spend a lazy Sunday afternoon watching the cricket? – there could not be a better backdrop to the pitch.

Take a picnic to enjoy in the grounds or visit The Victoria pub which stands at the entrance to the estate, a very classy establishment that serves breakfast to non residents, coffees, lunch and dinner with a lovely courtyard garden.

The famous Holkham beach is a short walk through the pineforest – one of the most stunning and unspoilt beaches in the country – Gwyneth Paltrow walked across Holkham beach at low tide during the closing scenes of “Shakespeare in Love”…..

Holkham beach has just been voted “Best Beach in the UK” in  a survey of travel writers.

 

 

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden

At last, the rain and wind has stopped (for now).   In desperate need of fresh air and a bit of exercise we headed off to Fairhaven at South Walsham (signposted from Acle, about 20 mins from Seascape).

Fairhaven is open 364 days of the year and is a lovely peaceful place for a walk at any time of the year.     Situated in the heart of the Norfolk Broads in 131 acres with lovely woodland and waterway paths.   Boat trips are available during the summer – you can take a trip to St Benets Abbey or a shorter ride out on South Walsham broad.   The gardens change dramatically with the seasons – today the gardens were just starting to burst into Spring their Spring growth.

Fairhaven has a nice cafe for lunch/afternoon tea, a gift shop and plant sales.    Various events, including jazz afternoons (at no additional cost) throughout the summer.

 

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

wroxhambarns.co.uk

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.

Truly Local Stalham

Stalham High St (about 6 miles from Seascape) is home to a brilliant shop little shop “Truly Local”.    I was fascinated to chat to Michael, one of the directors, to hear how the business was set up as a not for profit social enterprise.   All profits go into sustaining the business and therefore back into the local community.

Truly Local has an amazing variety of wares, stocking best quality seasonal and local produce.     Everything sold in the shop comes from a 35 mile radius of Stalham, including whisky from a Norfolk distillery.  Stocks were a little low as it was just over the Christmas holiday, but I still came away with a loaded shopping bag…..

The store has won and continues to win awards, including winning the Norfolk Food and Drink awards 2012 for Best Independent Food and Drink Retailer.    Prince Charles has made a personal visit to the shop !

In these days of mega size supermarkets and closure of independent high street retailers, it is truly wonderful to see such a successful venture.

Do go and give Truly Local a look and support this enterprising venture.

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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Well worth a visit.   Don’t miss the reindeer

 

Santa's reindeer at Blickling Hall

Santa’s reindeer at Blickling Hall

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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