Sunday, 23 September 2018

A Long Weekend in Norfolk

A couple of weeks ago, I headed to our little cottage in Norfolk for a long weekend of relaxation and beach adventures. After my old car failed on me before the previous trip (meaning I couldn't go) I was so excited to spend a few days by the sea, it really is the best medicine. We always try to make the most of our time in Norfolk, while still enjoying the calm quiet setting of our own little cottage. Here's what we got up to!

FRIDAY
We arrived in Norfolk just after midday and headed straight through the town to Tesco to pick up some nibbles (its a five minute walk away). We also picked up food for a fry up for Saturday morning.

We spent a bit of time unpacking our bags and settling in and then put the dogs in the car and headed to Holkham beach. Max especially loved running through the water and ended up filthy. We had to wash the dogs off when we got home and then got a chinese takeaway for tea.
SATURDAY

After a little bit of a lay in we prepared our mini fry up breakfast and tucked in to fuel us for what ended up being a super fun morning and afternoon. First things first, we took the dogs out for a walk along the river.
North Norfolk Food Festival at Holkham Hall. The grounds were amazing and the sun was shining all day. (So much so, that my sister ended up with slightly sunburnt shoulders..) There were so many stalls, but it was pretty busy. We opted for the stone baked pizza stall for our lunch, and a gooey chocolate brownie for afters!
We arrived home and, of course, had a few minutes to catch our breath. Then we all jumped in the car and went off to Brancaster beach for an evening dog walk. We really can't go a day in Norfolk without visiting at least one beach!
SUNDAY

On Sunday we decided to head to Wells-next-the-sea. One of the most popular beaches in Norfolk! It's quite a walk away from most car parking so we decided to walk the dogs through Fakenham town and then leave them at home for our morning at Wells. The weather was GLORIOUS for the start of September, and I'm sure the people competing/taking part in the triathlon were also grateful for the fantastic weather. We spent half an hour spectating the swimming section of the triathlon and then walked up to the beach huts. Before we stepped onto the sand we picked up a couple of tubs of mint choc-chip ice cream.
As you can see, people really took advantage of the last weekend of the summer holidays, there were hundreds of people on the beach. My sister and I tried to pick up as much micro plastic and general rubbish as possible as part of the #takethreeforthesea movement, please remember to always take your rubbish with you to keep our beautiful beaches clean!

We decided against walking back to the car that was in the centre of town, so got on the little train that runs alongside the walkway. I think it was £1.50 each, definitely worth it when the sun's beaming down and your legs are a little tired! Before heading back to the cottage we grabbed *another* icecream, this time a chocolate cone.

MONDAY

Monday was going home day :(. We took the dogs for a walk around the river first thing and then went to Thornham Deli for some brunch. I chose the maple syrup pancake which was a thick large pancake, I didn't manage to finish the whole thing! We drove back to the cottage, but not before exploring another beach first (this time from the car). Arriving back to the cottage, we packed up the car with our bags and the dogs and began the 2 hour journey home. I'm already looking forward to the next time we can get to the cottage!

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