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Adventures, ramblings and photos featuring locations and events in and around Norfolk. If you know of an event happening in Norfolk, share it with us (contact info@norfolkholidaycottages.biz).

From the beach to bonfire night!

Wow – what a great end to the Summer! It’s hard to believe that only a couple of weekends ago I was still swimming in the blue, crystal clear, still waters of the sea at Sheringham. At last, the fabled Indian Summer finally turned up, even if somewhat fleetingly.

Sheringham Beach, Norfolk - 30 September, 2011

The sea had become so still that I managed to do some snorkelling near the lifeboat launch slope at Sheringham and discovered a sunken ship wreck, complete with lobsters and crabs scuttling around everywhere. It was quite magical…

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Swimming at East Runton in October?

It’s been a fantastic end to the Summer here in Norfolk, as with many other parts of England. Bathers are still swimming in the sea and it’s only a month until Bonfire Night!

Here’s a few photos taken down at East Runton beach on Sunday. The sea was a beautiful blue colour and almost crystal clear – perfect for snorkelling. East Runton’s a great beach.

There’s plenty of sandy beach, especially at low tide when there are rock pools to be explored. And it’s only a short walk up the beach to Cromer Pier. It’s also very popular with canoe, kayak and dinghy fans.

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Great Time at Pleasurewood Hills

The entrance gates for Pleasurewood Hills, Norfolk

I first visited Pleasurewood Hills (10 mins south of Great Yarmouth) back in 1984 at the tender age of 14. The park had only recently opened and I was very disappointed. There were far fewer attractions and everything was geared towards younger children.

Since then, the park has spectacularly evolved (read the Wikipedia article on Pleasurewood Hills for the full history). And, it still maintains its beautiful open spaces, as can be fully appreciated when riding on the 2 miniature railways.

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Sunset from Cromer Pier

Sunset from Cromer Pier, north Norfolk

Photograph taken 25/08/2011 19:42

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Low tide at Trimingham beach, Norfolk

Trimingham Beach, Norfolk

View taken from the cliffs at Trimingham, looking towards Sidestrand and Overstrand in the distance.

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A rough sea hits Sheringham yesterday

Thanks to an area of low pressure east of the UK and though the weather was warm yesterday, the sea left much to be desired. The red warning flag was flying to indicate that the sea was too dangerous to swim in. But it was exciting to see the the waves pummelling the beach.

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Explorers on Sheringham beach at low tide

Sheringham beach at low tide

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Overstrand Beach, Poppyland, north Norfolk

Overstrand Beach, Poppyland, north Norfolk

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The sun setting at Wickmere, Norfolk

The sun setting at Wickmere, Norfolk

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Strawberry Picking at Wiveton Hall Farm

Pick Your Own Strawberries - Wiveton HallWith the kids loving smoothies and milk shakes at the moment, we decided to go picking our own strawberries. Initially, we planned to go to Sharrington but a phone call confirmed that they don’t offer a ‘pick-your-own’ option. But Wiveton Hall was recommended instead…

So we headed on down to Wiveton Hall (between Cley and Blakeney on the coast road). We were really impressed with what we found.

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