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Historic houses to visit during your trip to North Norfolk

Visiting a country estate is the perfect family day out during a holiday to North Norfolk. For history enthusiasts it provides a fantastic glimpse into the past, while for those who like the outdoors the extensive grounds are perfect for walking and cycling. During warmer days there is also the opportunity for families to bring a picnic and enjoy a relaxing lunch; while many estates also run family friendly activities throughout the year that are perfect for entertaining children.

In Norfolk our county’s wealthy past means that there we have a number of country estates open to the public that are perfect for a family day out. These are three of our favourites:

Holkham Hall

Just a short drive from Woodland Holiday Park is Holkham Hall. This beautiful country estate is still privately owned, but its grounds, which include the stunning Holkham Beach, are open to the public all year round. The Hall itself is an elegant 18th Century Palladian style house that is open to the public. Inside the house visitors can explore state rooms and discover the original furniture and tapestries, as well as paintings by a well known painters including Rubens and Van Dyck. Throughout the year Holkham Hall also hosts a number of family friendly events that are designed to appeal to children and offers a fun day out for the entire family. Holkham beach is a short walk from the house and is considered one of the best beaches in North Norfolk and is the perfect place for families to have a relaxing day by the sea.

Blickling Hall

Further inland and you will discover Blickling Estate, a National Trust property that dates back to 1616. The estate is rich in history and the house offers visitors a fascinating glimpse into the past. Away from the house the estate’s beautiful grounds are perfect for families to go for a walk and explore the area. Within the gardens the estate’s gardening team have created two secret tunnels, which enable children to find the animals of Blickling wood inside; as well as this the larger tunnel has tree stump seats that provide the perfect place to enjoy a family picnic. Further ways from the garden, families can explore Blickling’s woodland areas and maybe even catch a glimpse of one of its resident deer. Throughout the year Blickling Hall arranges family friendly events that are designed to appeal to the whole family and offer an entertaining and fun day out for families.

Felbrigg Hall

Considered one of the most elegant houses in the region, visitors to Felbrigg Hall, a National Trust property, are able to explore its many rooms that were designed to mix opulence with homeliness. Throughout the year Felbrigg Hall puts on many family friendly events that are designed to engage children and get them involved in all areas of this stunning house and grounds and which provides families with a unique and fun day out. Families can also explore the estate’s grounds and both young and old will enjoy discovering its tranquil lake and venturing into the Felbrigg Great Wood.

Our holiday park location on the North Norfolk coast means that all these country houses are within easy reach and are a great day out for our guests wanting to explore this interesting and culturally rich region.

Spring time in North Norfolk

North Norfolk is a beautiful part of the world whatever the season, but if you are lucky enough to be here during spring you will see that the region comes alive at this time of year. As our holiday park is located within a stunning woodland setting we can really notice the changing seasons and how they impact nature, so it is no surprise to us that many of our guests keep returning during the spring months to enjoy one of the prettiest times of year to stay at Woodland Holiday Park.

These are just a few of the reasons why we believe North Norfolk is an ideal spring time holiday destination.

Spring nature walks

Spring is one of the best times to take a relaxing nature walk. Whether you choose to follow our onsite nature trail or any of the lovely nature walks throughout North Norfolk you will be able to see the trees come alive again with blossom in numerous shades of pinks. As well as blossom, during spring early plants can be seen with region having an abundance of spring flowers including snowdrops, bluebells and daffodils. In short, during spring the region comes alive with pretty shades of pinks, white and vibrant yellows – making it one of the most beautiful times to explore North Norfolk.

Beautiful beach walks

Spring brings with it longer daylight hours and warmer weather, which makes it a perfect time for exploring the stunning North Norfolk coast. As well as this, as spring is still before the main tourist season you will be able to find beaches are still uncrowded and are a great place for families to enjoy a beach walk together. Spring is also the perfect time to holiday with your dog as many of the most popular beaches in the region allow dogs on them at this time of year.

Eating out

North Norfolk still has strong farming and fishing industries and during spring more local produce becomes available and is often used by the region’s restaurants and pubs to serve fresh, locally produced and delicious meals. During spring there is lots of seasonal, fresh produce that makes this one of the best times of the year to eat out in North Norfolk.

Unusual wildlife

During spring many of the region’s birds return and nest, with chicks often hatching at this time of year. For keen bird watchers, the spring months are the ideal time to visit North Norfolk and spot many of our unique birds. Alternatively, spring is the ideal time to head across to Blakeney Point and see the UK largest seal colony.  This nature reserve is open to the public and captivates visitors both young and old, as it provides a rare chance to see these beautiful animals in their natural habitat.

Outdoor activities

With the days starting to get warmer spring it is the perfect time to indulge in many of North Norfolk’s outdoor activities. At Woodland Holiday Park we provide an onsite cycle hire service that makes it easy for the whole family to explore the region on two wheels. Close to our park, there are also many outdoor activities from golf to surfing, that are ideal for outdoor enthusiasts. If there does happen to be a spring shower, however, our heated onsite swimming pool is the ideal place to relax and wait for the downpour to end.

Why North Norfolk is a unique holiday destination

North Norfolk not only attracts visitors from across the UK but also from across the world. At Woodland Holiday Park we sometimes take for granted the many reasons why so many people journey to North Norfolk every year for their holiday, but we know that one reason is that it is one of the most unique holiday destinations in the UK.

Here are just some of the things that make North Norfolk a unique holiday destination.

Rare wildlife

From rare birds to the largest colony of seals in the UK, North Norfolk is teaming with wildlife. There are many nature reserves across the region that help to protect unusual species or ensure wildlife remain unthreatened by humans, these are also accessible to the public and are often a great way of seeing rare animals in their natural habitat. North Norfolk is proud of its wildlife and there have been schemes set up in the county to help endangered animals to breed, most notably red squirrels which can be now be found in some of the woodland areas in Norfolk.

History

North Norfolk has a rich and interesting history. Fossils along the coast have been found that date back to pre-historic times, while the county’s capital Norwich was once England’s second most important city (after London). This means that almost everywhere you go in North Norfolk there is some sort of historical significance. The village of Burnham Thorpe, for example, is the birthplace of the British Naval hero Lord Nelson, while Blickling Hall Estate was once owned by the Boleyn family and is thought that Anne Boleyn (second wife to Henry VIII) was born there.

Stunning coastline

One of North Norfolk’s biggest draws is its stunning coastline. From cliff edges to miles of sandy beaches the North Norfolk coast has it all. Sheringham and Cromer beaches are close to Woodland Holiday Park and are especially popular with families during the summer months. Further along the coast is Wells next the Sea, which is a popular destination with many visitors enjoying the unusual beach huts that line the beach. Holkham Beach, which is part of the Holkham Estate, offers miles of sandy beaches and is visited throughout the year – this beach has even featured in an Oscar winning Hollywood film!

Traditional charm

From traditional seaside towns to quaint English villages, many places in North Norfolk has an old-fashioned charm that delights UK and international visitors alike. Comer is a traditional Victorian seaside town, complete with a Pier that offers entertainment throughout the year; while across the county there are many traditional villages to discover that have largely remained the same for hundreds of years.

Laid back way of life

What brings many visitors back to North Norfolk time and again is the stress-free and laid-back way of life here. Life moves a little slower in North Norfolk than in cities, which makes it the ideal place for visitors wanting a relaxing break from everyday life to visit. As well as this, the friendly locals, great food and fresh air makes North Norfolk a perfect holiday destination.

North Norfolk is the perfect holiday destination for the whole family

Top of many lists when it comes to choosing a holiday destination is finding one that will appeal to the whole family. This can be more challenging than it first seems, especially with so many interests to cater for. At Woodland Holiday Park we have built our holiday park around the idea of creating the ideal family holiday base and we believe our park’s location close to the North Norfolk coast makes it the perfect holiday destination for the whole family.

These are just some of the reasons why we believe North Norfolk is the perfect holiday destination for the whole family.

Family friendly beaches

Beaches are almost always popular with every member of the whole family. Older teenagers and adults enjoy sunbathing on hot, sunny days while younger children can build sandcastles and paddle in the sea. On cooler days, beaches offer the perfect place for family walks or to do traditional seaside activities like crabbing. In North Norfolk we are spoilt for choice when it comes to stunning beaches that are family friendly. Not only do we enjoy miles of sandy beaches that are ideal for sunbathing on or building sandcastles, but along the coast there are lots of beach activities that will appeal to all members of the family such as surfing or horse riding.

Accessible walking routes

The high number of interesting and accessible walking routes in North Norfolk makes it an ideal place for families to explore on foot. Walking is great for families as it provides an opportunity for fresh air and gentle exercise, as well as bonding time. North Norfolk has a wide variety of walking routes, from coastal paths to country walks, which together with its relatively flat terrain makes it an ideal place for walkers.

The wildlife

Children young and old, as well as adults, enjoy North Norfolk’s wildlife. North Norfolk is well known for having the largest seal colony in England. Located at Blakeney Point, which is easily accessible from Woodland Holiday Park, the colony includes Common and Grey Seals that captivate visitors of all ages. Along with seals, North Norfolk is home to many rare birds that make it a prime location for bird watching holidays. You don’t even have to leave our holiday park to appreciate the local wildlife as many animals can be spotted during a walk through our onsite nature trail, including a number of beautiful deer that live on our site.

Norwich shopping

Within an easy drive from our holiday park is the region’s major city, Norwich. This city attracts visitors from throughout the UK and many come for the shopping. Norwich has a wide range of shops from well-known high street brands to a variety of independent shops. The department shop Jarrold is one of Norwich’s flagship shops that has been operating for over 200 years and still remains privately owned. Throughout the Norwich Lanes there a number of small independent shops, while the Royal Arcade includes a large toy shop that is always a hit with children!

Even dogs are welcome

What makes North Norfolk unique as a family destination is that the whole family is welcome – including pet dogs. At our holiday park dogs are welcome and many beaches, pubs and cafes throughout the region welcome dogs as well. This means that North Norfolk really is the perfect destination for every member of the family.

Five of our favourite North Norfolk towns

North Norfolk is blessed with lots of small, and market, towns. Quaint, yet

offering up to the minute facilities; quiet, yet packed with lovely shops and excellent places to eat and drink, these historically interesting and easily accessible towns are very much part of the area’s charm.

We’ve chosen five our favourites because we think you’ll love to visit them. But, we must stress that these five favourites are in no particular order. We wouldn’t want to offend anyone!

So, in random order, our five favourite small towns in North Norfolk are –

1.HOLT

Definitely one of Norfolk’s most handsome towns, Holt was established way back in Anglo Saxon times. It’s Georgian elegance, coupled with some splendid Victorian architecture is the result of it being almost completely rebuilt after a disastrous fire in 1708.

In the centre of modern Holt you’ll find Byfords, the popular cafe and delicatessen. Ironically it’s in one of the oldest buildings in Holt because it survived the great fire, and another one in 1906.

Holt has a lovely selection of independent retailers, antique shops, art galleries and places to eat and drink.

Famous for its Christmas lights, but utterly charming all year round, Holt is a definite port of call on any trip around North Norfolk.

2. BURNHAM MARKET

At a rough count Burnham Market has 30 or more independent shops, salons and galleries selling everything from high quality necessities to downright luxuries.

The Hoste Arms is a central and very popular place to eat and drink, but by no means the only purveyor of sustenance in this prettiest of places.

Burnham Market is a sought after place for holiday, and full time, homes. Despite the name, the original market which was probably once part of the important amber trade, has gone. But you’ll still find plenty to tempt you in this seriously stylish place.

In fact Burnham Market is the best known of a group of what had been seven villages – Burnham Deepdale, Burnham Norton, Burnham Sutton, Burnham Thorpe, Burnham Overy, Burnham Ulph, Burnham Westgate. You’ll have noticed that the list doesn’t include Burnham Market! That’s because it’s a merging of some of the ancient villages. They must have been important once though because there’s a rhyme, apparently popular in the Middle Ages, that went –

‘London, York and Coventry

And the Seven Burnhams by the Sea’.

And that’s another bonus of Burnham. It’s only a stone’s throw from the wonderful North Norfolk coast.

3. AYLSHAM

Aylsham is a heady mixture of rich history and exciting present. In historical terms you could start with the town sign. On it you’ll find the man who was Lord of the Manor in Aylsham in the 1370s. He’s John of Gaunt, and he appears in Shakespeare’s Richard II. He’s only the one who says some of the most famous lines in all literature! He’s on his death bed when he utters –

‘This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle,

This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,

This happy breed of men, this little world,

This precious stone set in a silver sea’.

And there’s more history. The Black Boys Inn has some impressive connections.

Daniel Defoe, author of Robinson Crusoe, stayed, and dined at the inn in 1732. Parson Woodforde, Norfolk’s legendary diarist and food fan ate there too, in 1781. Perhaps Norfolk’s most famous son, Lord Nelson, danced at a ball held in he Assembly Room, attached to the inn.

All of that ancient wining and dining seem to have set the scene, because today Aylsham is a favourite place for food lovers. The town boasts award winning butchers, as well as an array  of independent food outlets, and  Aylsham  holds FARMA accredited farmers markets as well as an internationally recognised food festival.

4.FAKENHAM

The one thing you won’t be short of in Fakenham is information. The all year round ‘info hub’ in the Tourist Information Centre is in the Market Place and it’s packed with ideas for places to go and things to do.

For something extra to do while you’re there, Fakenham has its own racecourse. Bet you go (if you see what we mean!)

With a bustling Thursday market, and monthly farmers market, Fakenham is a real slice of Norfolk life.

Situated on the River Wensum, and just under 20 miles from King’s Lynn, Fakenham is easy to get to, but it’s so full of attractions it’s not easy to leave!

Want some Fakenham facts? It’s home to Kinnertons Chocolate. They’re now the largest manufacturer in Britain of  novelty confectionery specialising in character licensing.

And, we said it’s a real slice of Norfolk life. Well, Country Life love it too. In their ‘Quality of Life’ survey, Fakenham was cited as the seventh best place to live in Britain! So it has to be worth a visit.

 5.WELLS- NEXT-THE-SEA

A really fabulous place for wildlife and birdwatching, the town is part of the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

There’s so much to like about this place. The lovely beach, with its characteristic beach huts; the narrow gauge railway that runs from the town and car parks to the beach. Try the outstanding cafe. Visit the harbour. It’s great for crabbing.

You’ll find a real mix of shops, and the whole scene is overlooked by the famous granary, with its gantry high above the street.

People from outside Norfolk often comment on the town’s name. Well, it does seem rather precise! Unsurprisingly ‘Wells’ derives from an ancient word – Guella- which meant ‘ wells or springs’. By the time the holiday traffic was establishing itself in the 19th century the residents decided to call the town ‘Wells-next-the-Sea’ to remove any confusion with other towns called Wells.

As a footnote in history, The Wells and Fakenham Railway Company was launched in 1857, but they called their station ‘Wells-on-Sea’. Nearly a century later, in 1956 the local District Council decided they liked the original idea best, and duly  reverted, officially to Wells-next-the-Sea’.

You’ll find a welcome, and so much to do and see, in all of these little towns. And best of all? All of them are so easy to get to when you’re staying at Woodland Holiday Park.

Maybe that’s why they’re our five favourites! We think you’ll love then too.

When it comes to bird watching, you really should come to Norfolk.

Some great destinations for you to explore.

Are you a dedicated Twitcher, who knows all about birds, and possibly books your holiday around your birdwatching? Or are you a holidaymaker who would like to spend some time birdwatching? Or maybe you’re booking a break for the family, and, now you think about it, birdwatching could be a good idea to get the kids interested in something different. And cheap.

In Norfolk it doesn’t matter. There are so many beautiful places to watch birds that, whatever your level of knowledge, there’s bound to be somewhere to appeal to you.

If you fancy a really nice walk, to simply watch the birds as you go, then start with The Norfolk Coast Path. The 4 miles or so between Brancaster Staithe and Burnham Overy Staithe is not only part of the designated area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) it’s a fantastic place to see out over the marshes to spot migrating and residential birds.

Still in North Norfolk, you have to go to Cley Marshes. It’s the oldest nature reserve in The Norfolk  Wildlife Trust, and world famous. The landscape has been wonderfully preserved. It’s a perfect slice of North Norfolk and a perfect spot to see wintering and migrating wildfowl and waders. It’s not uncommon to spot marsh harriers, bittern and bearded tits here either, so it’s definitely worth the visit.

The HOLKHAM NATIONAL NATURE RESERVE is, quite frankly, spectacular. Saltmarsh, dunes, pinewoods, a rugged panorama of huge coastal wetlands – it’s a birdwatchers paradise. A great big piece of Norfolk, rolling out across the landscape from Burnham Norton to Blakeney, it’s 3700 hectares of nature.

There are car parks and footpaths which means it’s all really navigable. As to the birds, Puffinus mauretanicus have been spotted here. Need we say more?

If coots, grebe, swans and geese are the sort of species you like to see then you’ll love  Barton Broad. It’s on this Broad that Lord Nelson learned to sail. Yes, really. Britain’s most famous naval hero learned to sail on Norfolk’s Barton Broad.

There’s a boardwalk and viewing point to help you explore the Broad nowadays.

When it comes to viewing points  you’ll be seriously impressed by the one at Ranworth Broad Conservation Centre. It’s thatched. And it’s floating! On the edge of the Broad it’s ideal not just for viewing and bird watching, but also for learning about the local geography and history. It’s packed with things to see and do.

Ranworth isn’t the largest of the Norfolk Broads. But Hickling is! And Hickling Broad Nature Reserve is a top choice for bird watching. Booming bitterns and bearded tits can be spotted in the reed beds at Hickling. Crested grebes are not uncommon on the Broad, and marsh harriers are regularly seen. Others spotted at Hickling include avocet, osprey and spoonbill. In recent years common cranes have returned to the Broad to nest.

From Broads to Hoards. Snettisham is world famous for the Iron Age and Roman treasure hoards found there. But it’s also home to the RSPB’s  Snettisham Nature Reserve. And that’s a treasure  trove for bird watchers. Flights of over 50,000 wading birds have been seen from Snettisham’s hides.

For autumn birdwatchers the RSPB Titchwell Marsh Nature Reserve offers the chance to see curlew sandpipers. Winter there brings pink footed geese.

With so  many places to see and watch birds, and we’ve not even mentioned Pensthorpe Natural Park, the RSPB Reserve at Strumpshaw Fen, or Scuthorpe Moor, it’s worth your while checking online before you visit. It will help plan your trip. There’s loads of information available.

Our staff at Woodland Holiday Park are always pleased to help too. After all, they know the area, because we’re situated in wonderful north Norfolk. In fact we’re only a few minutes’ walk from the Norfolk Coast Path. And that makes us a great place to stay when you’re planning a bird watching holiday. We’re close enough to nature for you to enjoy it, and packed with creature comforts so that you can relax.

Relax between the days of  walking and bird spotting that is, because you’ll have a lot of ground to cover. Did we mention Berney Marshes and Breydon Water? Or Foxley  Wood………

North Norfolk is lovely at any time of year. But in autumn it positively glows.

And here are some bright ideas for how to enjoy it.

Autumn is a season that brings out the best in many places. In North Norfolk it’s a time of unbridled beauty.

Nowhere loves visitors more than this part of the country.  Somehow though, the slightly quieter time of autumn, when the bustle of summer has settled, has an atmosphere of calm, colourful splendour that makes it even more delightful to savour.

One of the simplest, and let’s be honest, cheapest, ways of taking it all in is to simply go for a walk. At Woodland Holiday Park you’re ideally placed to set off on a stroll through some of North Norfolk’s most picturesque scenery and sights. Wander through the National Trust’s Sheringham Park and take in both countryside and coastline. Or try Holt Country Park where the Scots Pines are superb. It’s been called one of the ‘best green spaces in the country’. It’s also very close to the delightful town of Holt where you can reward yourself for walking with all manner of treats.

If you like to walk, and be close to a town, you really should investigate The Walks in King’s Lynn. A glorious space, it contains some 800 mature trees, as well as a beautifully restored chapel. There’s a cafe and games area too.

One place that really does change character in autumn is Sandringham Park. The 600 acres seem even more spacious after summer has settled in to autumn. Try the nature trails. Kick up some leaves. Just stroll.

It might be slightly cooler, but when it comes to colour North Norfolk is aflame in autumn. Essential visits are the Blickling Estates, where the herbaceous borders  are beautiful, and world famous Holkham Hall  where apart from the spectacular scenery you can glimpse that most seasonal of sights in seeing the stags shaking their antlers to impress the females. Check out the Deer Safari to get a real close up.

And never forget to look up. Light pollution is minimal in North Norfolk and the stars in the autumn night skies are wonderful to behold.

Those clear skies are very much to do with the fact that the region is largely agricultural, and that means there are lots of ‘foodie’ things going on. Food fairs, and fresh seasonal produce in local restaurants and pubs, are a real theme at this time of year.

All of the steam railways, museums and cultural venues are mostly  still operating in autumn and you’ll find lots of advice and ideas on several websites for the area.

Of course, we’d like you to visit our website at www.woodlandholidyapark.co.uk and then visit us for a stay. We’re beautifully located to allow you to enjoy all this beauty, and our first rate accommodation is just what you’ll need after a day’s exploring. For that matter you can explore our restaurant, indoor pool and tennis courts too.

We have cycles for hire as well, which is yet another way to see all that’s best in North Norfolk in autumn.

Everything you’ve heard about autumn – all its colours and vibrancy – really are true here. It’s quieter, but colourful. Less crowded, but packed with things to do and see. It’s North Norfolk in autumn. And it’s waiting for you.

 

There’s one other thought too. In the craft shops and byways of the villages and market towns you might just find some inspiration for Christmas presents to take home. Sorry! But it is getting close. And what better than finding something unique that isn’t online and in the big stores?

 

A Woodland Holiday Park break in autumn. Now that is a bright idea.

The best beaches in North Norfolk

One of the advantages of holidaying at our holiday park is the easy access you have to many of the best beaches in North Norfolk. This region offers some of the most beautiful and unspoilt beaches Britain has to offer and they regularly draw tourists and locals alike. Even off-season many people head to our coast to enjoy the stunning scenery and fresh air that our beaches provide.

So whether you are looking to while away the time relaxing on the beach during hot summer days or are looking for an energetic beach walk on cold winter days, these are some of the best beaches to head to:

Sheringham Beach

Not far from Woodland Holiday Park is the seaside town Sheringham that has one of the most popular beaches in North Norfolk. This beach is ideal for families and, when the tide is low, children enjoy playing on the sand and paddling in the sea. As well as this, this beach has lots of facilities to make your beach day more enjoyable including public toilets; plus it is close enough to the town so that you can easily head to one of Sheringham’s many cafes and restaurants for a traditional seaside lunch.

Cromer

Just along the coast and still very close to our holiday park is Cromer beach. Cromer is a traditional Victorian fisherman’s town and is famous for its pier that holds shows throughout the year, but one of Cromer’s biggest draws is its beach. Cromer is another family friendly beach that is ideal for young children and provides lots of space for building sandcastles and paddling in the sea. As well as this, many children love the English custom of crabbing here and Cromer crab is world famous for its quality and taste.

Holkham Beach

A short drive along the coast is the stunning Holkham Beach. This is another of North Norfolk’s famous beaches and has even featured in an Oscar winning Hollywood film. Holkham Beach is easy to get to, provides lots of parking and attracts both tourists and locals throughout the year. This beach offers miles of sand and even at peak times it is still possible to find a quiet spot for sunbathing and a picnic – ideal if you are a couple wanting a relaxing day at the beach. This beach is also popular with families and during the summer months is a great place for swimming and playing on the beach. During winter Holkham’s miles of sandy beach is the ideal place for a walk and is especially popular with couples wanting to get away from the ‘real world’ for a time.

Wells next the Sea

Wells next the Sea is a traditional English fishing village with a beach that is well known for its colourful beach huts and beautiful sandy beach. During summer this beach is a magnet for tourists and can get busy, especially on warm sunny days. It offers lots of family-friendly activities including building sand castles and kite flying. Off season this beach is ideal for those wanting a beach walk, and dogs are welcome too! Many people love this beach for its traditional charm, fun beach huts and pine wood back drop.

North Norfolk is famous for its beautiful coast line, so whether you decide to explore these beaches or discover a favourite one of your own, there is sure to be the perfect Norfolk beach waiting for you.

Golf Holidays in North Norfolk

Golf Holidays in North Norfolk

Woodland Holiday Park offers the ideal setting for a golf holiday on the north Norfolk coast. We have a wide range of accommodation from luxurious self-catering 2 and 3 bedroom lodges nestled in the idyllic North Norfolk woodland.

Each lodge is equipped with outside terraces and hot tubs so you can relax with a glass of wine or a cold beer after a round of golf at one of the near by championship courses.

Woodland Holiday Park also has a wide range of static caravans, self-contained cabins with hot tubs and even a 10-berth cottage if you are golfing with a big party.

Located in the heart of North Norfolk, Woodland Holiday Park is close to some wonderful championship golf courses, Royal Cromer, Sheringham and Hunstanton to name a few.

Royal Cromer Golf Club

6528 yard par 72, 18 hole championship golf course. (Website)

Situated only 9 miles down the road, Royal Cromer Golf Club is amongst the top 100 courses in England. Designed by the famous golfer and course designer “Old Tom Morris”. Morris held the record for the largest margin of victory in a major championship at the Open Championship in 1882, winning by 14 strokes.

Royal Cromer is a par 72 course set on the coast, with sandy hills, grassy valleys and a wealth of gorse and bracken. Together with the North Norfolk wind this a a challenging course whatever your handicap. The clubhouse is large and friendly and offers a wide range of food options to make your day complete.

The pro shop is always well stocked with a variety of golfing clothing, clubs and accessories, including the leading brands of Titleist, Cleveland, Callaway, Taylormade and Ping. All in all your time at Royal Cromer Golf club is sure to be a pleasurable one.

Sheringham Golf Club

6251 yard par 70, 18 hole championship golf course. (Website)

With only a 10-mile drive down the coast, Sheringham Golf club is well worth a visit. Steeped in history the links type course set on the cliffs of North Norfolk coast hosts a number of prestigious golfing events including the English Ladies Golf Championships, The English Boys Championships and the Senior Ladies Home Internationals.

Sheringham is one of the most respected golf courses in Norfolk. A par 70, of both whites and yellows and par 67 for the ladies this is a challenge whatever your handicap. The course is 6251 yards long and has some of the most stunning views in the whole of Norfolk.

Established in 1891 the clubhouse is like stepping back in time and has retained its original character and charm. Photographs of famous golfers playing on this prestigious course line the corridors as you walk in, which gives you a real sense of history.

The dining room is large and offers full English breakfasts on your arrival and lunch when you have finished and capable of accommodating up to 80 golfers this is the perfect venue for golfing societies of any size.

Hunstanton Golf Club

6741 yard par 72, 18 hole championship golf course. (Website)

This course is a little further up the coast at just over an hours drive, but well worth a visit . Established over 125 years ago Hunstanton Golf Club is one of the oldest golf clubs in the area and is host to some of the UK’s most prestigious tournaments, including twelve British & Ladies Amateur Championships, five Brabazon Trophies and three English Amateur Championships.

It was at Hunstanton Golf Club in the 1974 Eastern Counties Championship where the unique feat occurred by Bob Taylor a county player form Leicestershire who achieved 3 holes-in-one on 3 consecutive days at the par 3 189-yard 16th hole.

See Bernard Gallacher play Hunstanton Golf Course in this fantastic video published in 2013.

The clubhouse is steeped in history from its 125 year existence and can cater from light food to four course banquets for up to 125 guests. This course is for the more experienced golfer and will certainly provide a challenge whatever your handicap.

Mundesley Golf Club

5377 yard par 68, 9 hole golf course. (Website)

This quaint 9 hole golf course is only 3 miles down the coast in the idyllic village of Mundesley and offers some stunning panoramic views of the North Norfolk countryside. The club was Established in 1901, but don’t be fooled by its 9 hole status, this is a challenging course for any handicap and has 18 separate tee boxes giving this the feel of an 18 hole course.

Complemented with a modern clubhouse, fully licensed bar and restaurant this is a great alternative so some of the championship courses in the area, and well worth a visit.

Summary

All in all Woodland Holiday Park is a fantastic venue for either a weekend golf break or a full golfing holiday with your friends or family. If you fancy a day off the golf course you can visit some of North Norfolk’s fantastic local attractions; including the North Norfolk Railway, walking and cycling in the beautiful North Norfolk countryside, or visit one of the many National Trust Parks. Whatever your mood there is always something for everyone at Woodland Holiday Park.

A holiday in North Norfolk has to include a trip into Norwich – the Fine City!

Norwich is an ancient city, and so much of its heritage is still there to be seen. The castle, cathedral and winding streets are stunning.

But so too are the up to the minute shops and facilities. If you’re staying in North Norfolk a trip  to Norwich is a must.

Let’s do the ‘history bit’ first. Norwich was here centuries ago, and certainly became a major city after the Norman invasion in 1066. The Normans built the magnificent cathedral, and castle. The city became an important centre for the cloth industry and by the 17th century was the place to be.  It was second only to London.

shot of cathedral on perfect english summers day with copy space in foreground

By the time of the industrial revolution in the 19th century cloth making moved to the north, and the city’s importance  was reduced, but since then it’s emerged as a nationally respected centre for finance, commerce and the arts.

One of the things visitors love about Norwich is that it has a very ‘self contained’ centre. All of the main attractions are within walking distance of each other. So, if you want to take a peek at the heritage then the castle and cathedral are essentials, as are the wealth of museums including Strangers Hall and The Museum of Norwich, which you’ll find in Bridewell Alley.

That’s in an area known as the ‘Norwich Lanes’. These winding streets contain all sorts of shops, cafes, restaurants and galleries; it’s where you’ll find lots of small independent retailers selling everything from food to clothes to books.

And all of that is close to the main shopping area where national brands abound.

You’ll also be close to the market. It’s been there ever since the Normans moved the original one to build their cathedral ( they’re forgiven – it was a long time ago!) and is one of the country’s largest, permanent provision markets.  As well as fruit and veg the market has a wealth of stall holders selling cheeses, bread, vintage clothing – and just about anything else you can imagine. It’s a thriving, bustling place and in the heart of the city.

A few steps from the Market is The Forum. This stunning modern building was created to replace the previous library which was destroyed in a fire. It’s an amazing space, and as well as the library features places to have coffee, a meal, and see exhibitions which are often  mounted in the vast ground floor area. It also houses a shop, where you’ll find really interesting souvenirs of your visit, and an information office to help you plan what to do in the city, and elsewhere in the county, for the rest of your holiday.

Food and drink have become increasingly important in Norwich over recent years and the city regularly features in national guides as somewhere to find a wide range of high quality dining, of all types. The city is rather proud of a certain Delia Smith – she’s now one of the most successful authors of cookery books – ever! (And she’s very much involved with the local football team – Norwich City. The fans are passionate – be warned!)

There are plenty of fast food places too if you want to eat and run. Or buy from one of the city’s brilliant delicatessens and have a picnic. Norwich has some wonderful parks.

Elm Hill is always a favourite with visitors. Sometimes called one of the prettiest streets in England it’s closely linked to the history of weaving in Norwich, and nowadays has all sorts of antique and collectables places, as well as art galleries and cafes.

You’ll find the Royal Arcade pretty impressive too – a stunning Art Nouveau creation by local Edwardian architect George Skipper.

He built the head office for Norwich Union, which is now known as Aviva; it’s just one one of the famous names, including Barclays, Start Rite and Colman’s to have been created in Norwich.

If you want to venture just outside the city centre, it will be well worth your time to visit the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts. The building was the first major public project by

legendary architect Norman Foster, and it contains a truly eclectic and massively important collection including works by  Picasso, Moore, Degas and Bacon, as well as artefacts from Africa and the Americas. (If you think you’ve seen the building before it could be because you watched the movie ‘Avengers Age of Ultron’, starring Robert Downey Jr and Scarlett Johansson. The Sainsbury Centre appears as the base of operations for the Marvel Super Heroes!

All in all, Norwich is a super city. Steeped in history, and yet full of all the ‘retail therapy’ and entertainment you’ll want; it’s easy to get to from North Norfolk – and the journey will give you a lovely glimpse of the county as well.