As the clock struck midnight on New Year's Eve and the world headed into 2017 I was extra excited because in just a few hours time I knew I would be packing up the car and heading to the Norfolk coast.
My break in Norfolk was just two days yet it felt like a fantastic mini break. As part of the Living In The Weekend I'm sharing my recommendations of things to do, where to stay and of course I'll cover off some great places to eat with the hope that it will inspire you to go and visit Norfolk and make the most of your weekend.
Things to Do
If you've been following me for a while you'll know that a weekend away is going to involve being out and about and exploring with my four-legged friend, Gatsby. There's plenty to do in Norfolk and here are a few things I would recommend:
Wells-Next-The-Sea - this is a gorgeous stretch of beach with cute little beach huts. I'd recommend getting their early for a gorgeous empty picturesque beach and free parking! (We parked in the car park right at the end of Beach Lane, there's some steps which lead straight to the beach). I recommend going early for a peaceful empty walk along the beach.
Hokeham Hall - a National Trust property with something to do for the whole family. A gorgeous period property with fantastic gardens and even now a place to join your Saturday morning Parkrun
Seal watching - how about hopping on a boat and going off to see some seals. You can pick up a boat at Morston (also National Trust) and some companies let you plan your own route. We had a few stops on our boat ride including a little stop for a picnic on a cute little island. There were loads of seals too.
A walk to the pub - if you like walking but you're not keen to go on a long hike or you're with people who don't enjoy it so much try a walk along the coast. Try parking at Morston and walking along to Blakeney, there're both cute little villages with great pubs. Try The White Horse at Blakeney for great gastro food and a dog friendly lunch.
Pop in for tea with HM the Queen - aka a visit to the Sandringham Estate. The house and grounds open again to visitors in April.
Where to stay
I stayed at The Hoste which is set in a gorgeous little village called Burnham Market. The location is great for visiting some lovely parts of the coastline and the hotel caters for all. There's a cosy gastro pub area, a more relaxed conservatory with lots of comfortable sofas where you can take afternoon tea (quite pricey though) and a fantastic restaurant. There was no question I would be leaving Gatsby behind for my first adventure of the New Year so I had to find a dog friendly hotel. With or without a dog I could not recommend The Hoste more. The room I stayed in was slightly downgraded to the one I booked to allow for a dog but it was an incredible room with gorgeous tartan and a four-poster bed and even at a lower grade it was one of the best hotel rooms I've ever stayed in. Gatsby even had his own welcome letter which was a nice touch. The hotel also allow dogs in many of their dining areas except for fine dining. If you don't fancy a hotel or you'd like a longer stay there are a number of little cottages nearby. I would recommend getting in touch directly and asking to stay for one night especially out of season.
There's something for everyone... whether you're on your own, with a young family or a group of friends or you're looking for a mini-break with your gf/bf, Norfolk has something for everyone.
It's well located .... Norfolk is easy to get to by car and train form London and from the Midlands. I met friends from home (Sheffield) when I was there and it took them a little over 2.5 hours.
Let me know if you've been to Norfolk before or if you have any recommendations of where I can try next time by sending me an email or commenting below. Or by tagging your pictures on social with #LivingInTheWeekend.
Have fun and enjoy your visit.