North Norfolk is a firm favourite with domestic holidaymakers but what’s new on the coastal stretch this summer?
After significant investment at the start of 2014, The Globe at Wells has been beautifully renovated and boasts a contemporary stylish look which reflects the quirky Georgian maritime charm of this harbour town. Under new stewardship, it is expected that the transformation will rejuvenate this iconic watering-hole-come-hotel.
North Norfolk is ripe with artisan producers and one of the newest on the scene is Bread Source; a trendy bakery with a shop in the market town of Aylsham. Its impressive selection of freshly-baked breads and cakes is irresistible and, good news, it’s almost impossible not to bump into their produce at local farmers markets!
Nature enthusiasts will appreciate the recent investment made at Pensthorpe Natural Park near Fakenham, which, aside from the stunning gardens, wetlands and animal conservation centre, has produced WildRootz; a two-acre back-to-nature outdoor play development with over 30 individual items of play equipment! New ‘show and tell’ sessions with owls and hedgehogs take place daily (in school holidays), plus visitors can enjoy the new daily lunchtime BBQ serving local farm-reared meat.
For afternoon tea or a slice of cake in vintage inspired surroundings, The Folly Tea Room in the popular market town of Holt should be on the hit list. Vintage china, scrumptious breakfasts and a pretty garden courtyard make it a charming place to rest weary feet from all the boutique shopping. Plus, Holt is a favourite of Kate Middleton who was spotted browsing the shops earlier this year.
Retail therapy just got more interesting with the imminent arrival of four new popup shops at Dalegate Market in Burnham Deepdale. From 3rdJuly four new retailers will arrive every Thursday and trade through to the following Tuesday. Pop up shops already booked include Pebbles Photography, Ruff & Tumble, Lymn Bank Farm Cheese, The General Store, Camrovision, KABCO Crafts, Norfolk Home & Garden, Sea2see and James Buttifant with many more expressing an interest.
Marrying old and new, the eighteenth century The Grove in Cromer has launched Bell Tents for hire in its historic grounds. Located within the orchards, the tents (sleeping up to six people) boast enviable views over the gardens and enjoy access to a private walkway through the trees down the Cromer beach. Two nights from £215 for two people.
Foodies will enjoy The Norfolk Deli along Greevegate, just off the High Street in Hunstanton which opened earlier this year and stocks an enormous range of local produce. Aside from the bread, ales, chutneys, cheeses, sauces and cakes, the Deli provide beach hampers packed with delicious local fare, which are ideal to enjoy next to the famous red and white cliffs of nearby Old Hunstanton.