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Tuesday, 5 September 2017

A WEEK IN THE NORFOLK COUNTRYSIDE - WHERE TO VISIT & EAT



Ever since I was a little girl I have visited Norfolk. My great aunt owns a cottage in Holme-Next-The-Sea minutes from Hunstanton which she rents out to friends and family to be able to get away for a while and enjoy the countryside, and let me tell you, it is absolute bliss!

It has always been somewhere I love to go to recharge my batteries, clear my mind and just live in peace for a while. Plus it's full of cute farm animals and if you are such a huge animal lover like me, how could you say no!?


It's a place full of things to do and see. I visited for a week recently and even though I fit in a lot of days out, I could still of had plenty more to see if I had of stayed another week. Boo, I wish I could have. Especially as the weather was so lovely and warm. I have got some lovely recommendations I have been looking forward to sharing with you all.

Days Out

Snettisham Farm Park - Now I know you're probably thinking 'What? aren't farm parks for kids?' but out of all the days out this has to be my all time favourite. As well as there being things to do for the kids there is also so much for us adults with an inner child inside ha ha. You can purely visit just for the cafe if you wish to which provides some lovely food such as sandwiches, jacket potatoes, cakes and drinks etc which over looks the paddocks and the fields, or you can pay to enter the farm and deer safari. We decided to do everything as I feel you get an experience here you do not get in any other farm. You can help feed the lambs and put them back in their pens, groom the rabbits and other rodents, help with farm work and go on a 45 minute deer safari on a tractor where you can hand feed all the 100+ deer in a large open field. Even my boyfriend enjoyed this day, though he won't admit to it!

Burnham Market - This has to be the prettiest, classiest village I ever have ever been to. If you are looking for somewhere upmarket with pretty shops, full of crafts and interiors, pretty flowers and modern restaurants .. this is a must visit! It is also a huge hit with the celebs, Made In Chelsea stars visit regularly as well as Amanda Holden. I visited all the shops first, one of which was Jack Wills, then I found the most gorgeous interior shop I have ever seen and could have spent thousands in! Though I was so in to it I completely forgot the name. Silly me. Then we settled down for a drink at 'The Hoste' which is absolutely stunning and well worth a visit - just if you are visiting for lunch or dinner ensure you have a decent amount of money with you as it can be pretty expensive. They have tables indoors but also a gorgeous area outside with large parasols if the weather is nice. I felt like a millionaire in that place, if only..

Hunstanton Pier & Arcades - Just a two-three minute drive from where I was staying you have the Hunstanton pier and arcades. You can ensure you will never get bored down there. There are absolutely tons of arcades, rides on the seafront, a SeaLife centre, leisure centre with an indoor swimming pool, skating and restaurant. Shops that sell every candy and ice-cream flavour you can imagine, especially old fashioned sweet shops. There is also the U.K's largest joke shop which is a must visit because some of the products in there are hilarious!

Wells to Walsingham Light Railway - Again, you would be thinking it's a day out for the kids. But this steam train (worlds smallest public railway) takes you on a 30-40 minute journey from Wells to Walsingham through gorgeous countryside with themed items to look out for if you do have children, which is a nice change to just driving there and it's very cheap. Walsingham is another cute and quaint village, though not a lot to do there is still nice places to visit. We had lunch in a lovely pub overlooking pretty cottages and a church in the middle of a square. There is also stunning gardens to visit which is lovely for a picnic and you can even pick up a key there to visit an ancient underground prison in the dark. I know, what was I thinking? But I am actually glad I went in as it was an experience that was quite interesting. Great if you are really in to your history.



Places To Eat

The White Horse Inn / Holme-Next-the-Sea - We stopped off here for some last minute dinner after finding everywhere we had originally planned and thought of was fully booked. The staff were very accommodating and I am so glad this is where we ended up because the food was absolutely gorgeous! I had a chicken, ham and leek pie for my main which is one of the nicest pies I have ever tried, and I do love a pie! For dessert I had honeycomb ice-cream which was also yummy and everyone else I was with also loved their dishes. Reasonably priced also.

Big G's / Hunstanton - I had never heard of this restaurant before until I visited this time. Having spoken to the lady who owns it we found out it is newly opened. It is an all you can eat buffet with foods ranging from pizza, pasta, salad and desserts such as chocolate pizza. Mmm! It was around £8 per person, which I think is pretty reasonable if you have a big appetite. You can also have unlimited drink refills at a little extra cost. All the decor is based around the seaside with booth style tables to resemble beach huts which is so cute! It's such a lovely atmosphere as well. Perfect for anyone who cannot decide what they fancy to eat!

The Black Lion Hotel / Walsingham - Another stumble upon. We had walked for ages to try and find somewhere nice to eat, as my Dad ended up getting us lost believing that there was a lovely cafe nearby. Which had in fact closed down, lol. We had never seen this hotel / restaurant before, but it is set in the middle of a stunning square surrounded by pretty cottages and churches. There are tables set up out the front so you can enjoy the scenery whilst you're eating. I had a sausage and pickle sandwich which came with a side salad and crisps - it was delicious! What I had also noticed about most eateries in Norfolk is that you can bring along your dog with you if you wish to. Perfect.



I hope that some my recommendations could be helpful to any of you visiting or wanting to find somewhere lovely in the U.K to add to your travel list.

Is there any places you have you always visited and gone back to? 



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