Whilst a list of places to visit and local eating places is very useful, there’s nothing quite so descriptive as a map. Whereabouts is that recommended pub and how long might it take to get there? What happens if your dog is taken ill; where is the nearest vets? Well hopefully all these questions will be answered by looking at the maps I’ve created. [Read more…]
Another year nearly over and what a busy one it’s been. Do you find there are never enough hours in the day? Well they say the jobs expand to fill whatever time we have so I guess it shouldn’t be a surprise then! This is sent to you all, from all of us at Norfolk Coastal Holidays. [Read more…]
If you follow us on social media you will have already seen the competition running, but I wanted to give you all a final call to enter as the competition closes tomorrow!
The prize is two pairs of tickets for the All About Dog Show, organised by Dog Lovers for Dog Lovers, which is on at the Norfolk Showground on Sunday 28th and Monday 29th August. That means you have two chances to win and with only a handful of entries so far you are in with a very good chance of winning!
Entry is simple, via the pinned post on our facebook page. Just like the post and comment; the comment can be dog related in any way, so perhaps a word that describes your dog, a quote, or a photo of your dog on holiday.
Click here to enter
Read the terms and conditions here
Good luck and don’t delay entering!
Well none of us like to see unused shops no matter where we live in the country, but we do like to see these shops brought back to life. Cue Happy Paws Dog Grooming has arrived in the village of Bacton. Yay! It takes over the old newsagent and mini market, but fear not, there was already a much bigger and better one in the village aka Bacton Superstores, so the village is still well catered for food, drink, your daily newspaper and more.
Normal For Norfolk – The TV Show
Just repeated this week and next, late night on BBC2, the show follows the trials and tribulation of gentleman farmer Desmond in trying to keep his 17th century family home afloat.
It’s an insight into life in renovating holiday homes, running a cafe, a fruit farm, country pursuits and lots more. Each episode covers a season, so we follow a year in the life of Desmond, his 99 year old mother Chloe and his two children in the ups and downs of trying to make a living from the estate.
Where did the term come from used as the title for the series? “Normal for Norfolk” is a phrase used to describe someone who is seen as so ridiculous they could only have been born as a result of the “inbreeding” supposedly commonly found in Norfolk! This can range from the unusual local pronunciations and dialect, but also applies to the many silly accidents in the region.
Apparently, the term was first used by the staff at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, in relation to the number of accidents caused by the sheer stupidity of locals. People who move to Norfolk from outside the region quickly pick it up and use it as a derogatory term. Norfolk folk on the other hand use it affectionately to describe their own quirks. It is more likely to be associated with rural Norfolk folk than the Norwich city folk!
For those of us that travel in and out of the region on holiday, it can only be an affectionate term. There’s something about the slower pace of life, the friendliness of the locals and the individual shops and cafes than make it such a great place to holiday.
You’ll find Desmond and his family at Wiveton Hall on the North Norfolk Coast just after Cley-next-the-sea, about an hour or less on a pleasant drive from any of our properties. Spend a few hours there, walking around the walled garden, picking your own strawberries or raspberries, shopping at the farm and gift shop and finally stopping off at the cafe. Meander home along the coast road and perhaps pick up some fish and chips from my favourite local, Bacton fish and chips for your supper. 🙂
If you missed it then the episodes are available on You Tube here: