5 Things To Do In Norfolk

A memorable and exciting summer awaits this year. Our plans are already well underway, and I cannot wait to bring my two favourite people together and create lots more memories together. Norfolk is a beautiful place with so many things to see and do, making it one of the best places you will ever visit. The best part of living in Norfolk is being surrounded by its idyllic coastline, where you can walk on unspoiled sands, enjoy ice cream, have a picnic, and take in the beauty of the sea. So today, I am going to share five unforgettable things that you can do in Norfolk.

Somewhere Free: Norfolk Lavender.

I don't know about you, but there's nothing more exciting than heading out the door with the family to discover new adventures. Not only is Norfolk blessed with beautiful coastlines and local attractions there are so many woodland and walks throughout the whole of Norfolk just waiting to be explored and discovered. A perfect splash of colour signalling that the sun is definitely on the way, the delicate purple flowers are definitely appealing in the gardens at Norfolk Lavender. Besides that, a beautiful place that isn't too far away, and the fact that the grounds and meadow are free to the general public makes them even better. A small fee is charged to the public to tour the lavender distillery. The Norfolk Lavender shop offers a guided tour with a guide who can tell guests all about the history of the company and how they obtain the lavender oil for their famous soaps and perfumes.

Somewhere For the Whole Day: Hunstanton Beach

I feel so fortunate to live so close to so much of the beautiful coastline. We love being by the sea, building sandcastles, paddling, or simply walking and watching our dog jump the waves with our little girl. We are surrounded by some of the best beaches but Hunstanton has to be our favourite. Hunstanton beach is an extraordinarily diverse and unique beach. It's a place you won't forget with candy-striped cliffs, long promenade, and fossils galore. On the one hand, you have the South Beach, or main beach, which has all the modern seaside attractions that many desire, such as a fairground, donkey rides, seal boat tours, crazy golf, and The Sealife Sanctuary, among others. There are also excellent eating establishments, ice cream shops, and amusement parks close by. 

Alternatively, the North Beach is where you can marvel at the wonders of nature away from the hustle and bustle. It features three bright-striped cliff faces, huge boulders covered with moss on straight lines that defy nature, and is ideal for exploring with the family. Whether you're traveling with a large family or enjoy taking your dog for a walk on the beach, there is ample parking available.

Somewhere Outdoors: Sandringham Estate

The Sandringham Estate, with its surrounding splendour, is one of Norfolk's top attractions and is definitely worth seeing, whether you are a Norfolk local or visiting. The Royal Family's country retreat, Sandringham House, is perhaps one of the most famous and beautiful stately homes in Norfolk. There are acres of breath taking gardens, an interesting museum of Royal memorabilia, and a charming collection of interior d├ęcor on display for visitors.

The grounds are so big that you can do so many other things before you even enter the main attraction. Picnics in the woods are a wonderful way to relax and try out the beautiful outdoors. You can discover nature by putting together a family scavenger hunt or by following the directions on the nature trails at Sandringham. While you're at the playground, you can wander over to the visitor centre or gift shop for a cream tea, or grab an afternoon snack or a delicious cake at the restaurant. You can even find a garden centre full of beautiful, enticing plants, flowers, or herbs you can use in your own garden. At Sandringham Estate, you can truly find something for everyone.

Somewhere to Eat: Congham Hall

This Georgian country house is the perfect place to enjoy all that Congham Hall has to offer, whether you are with a loved one or by yourself. The beautiful Congham Hall boasts a restaurant and spa, a herb garden, 30 acres of parkland, secret gardens, and orchards, which allow you to explore the outdoors and fully enjoy this stunning location. A log fire and fine ceramics create a warm atmosphere inside where you can enjoy an Afternoon Tea of sandwiches, cakes, scones and preserves with your choice of tea, coffee or fruit infusions. The relaxing atmosphere of Congham Hall makes it the perfect spot for a leisurely afternoon tea or coffee in the morning, perhaps after exploring the herb garden and orchard. When you're surrounded by gorgeous and tranquil settings, it's hard to resist indulging in a little luxury.

Somewhere for Rainy Days: Bircham Windmill

Children are always full of energy and love to get into mischief. When it rains and cooped up inside, their energy levels rise, so it can be challenging to keep them occupied while trying not to pull your hair out! Don't let the rain spoil your fun. Bircham Windmill is one of the most spectacular windmills still operating today. It is open to the public and offers a chance for some fun and wonderment. The five floors can be climbed to reach the fan stage and, if feasible, visitors can also see the sails and the milling machinery turn on windy days. Throughout Bircham Windmill's busy bakery, little ones can test their baking skills in the Children's Baking Corner, making their own rolls or mini-loaves to take home. There are also plenty of opportunities to get up close to some of the animals at Bircham Windmill, where children can get in with the goats or sheep and even feed them, for a small fee.

Have you ever been to Norfolk? What places would you like to visit?