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Brand New Hire Fleet Now Arriving!

Not only have we got a new lodge development underway, we have 6 new caravans arriving on site for our hire fleet. Our new two and three bed caravans are contemporary with all the modern touches. Two will have centre lounges, two will have baths and two will be pet friendly. Below is the first of our caravans being transported. Ash 5 is a Victory Echo, a two-bed caravan with a bath in the family bathroom. This, along with our other new caravans, will be available to hire from the end of February. Keep an eye out for regular blogs on our hire fleet to stay updated!

Woodland Holiday Park Development Update

The grounds work team have set up base and the breakthrough of the new road is well underway. The new road will take you from the clubhouse down past Burn Mountain, giving access to Hulver Hill and what will be our brand new lodge development. Not only is this the start of our new lodge development, this is also the beginning of a clubhouse extension, turning our current leisure facilities into a modern and luxury spa. It’s all happening at Woodland Holiday Park, so keep an eye out for regular blogs to stay updated!

 

What’s on in November

No matter the time of year, there’s always plenty to do in North Norfolk, and November is no exception. Bonfire night is just around the corner and, as much as some may protest, it’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas.

Here’s a few events we’d recommend this month:

 

  • Friday 2nd November – Firework Spectacular Display at The Lighthouse Inn, Walcott.

This event promises to be equally entertaining for you and your little ones. The Lighthouse Inn will start off with a children’s firework display at 7.15pm, followed by their main display at 8.30pm. Live entertainment runs throughout the evening from 6pm – 8pm, and if you fancy a bite to eat there will be plenty of delicious food on offer, as well as a licensed bar. Advance tickets: Family of 4 £20, single £10. On the night: Family of 4 £30, single £15.

 

  • Friday 2nd November – Rackheath Firework Display, Rackheath

Head to Rackheath for a fantastic night of fireworks. The first display starts at 7.30pm and finale is at 8/30pm. There’s a variety of food to choose from if you get peckish (including donuts and crepes!) and a licensed bar. Adult tickets are £5, Under 16s £2.

 

  • Friday 2nd November – Big Boom Fireworks, Norwich

The Big Boom event returns to Norwich City Centre this year and is sure to live up to the name. Set in the heart of the city, with the display firing from Norwich Castle itself, there’s plenty of places to grab a bite to eat beforehand. The display will be fired to the beat of the music, making for a spectacular show. The event is on Friday 2nd November from 7.30pm. Entry is free.

 

  • Sunday 4th November – Filby Fireworks, Filby

Complete with music, children’s funfair rides, delicious food and drinks, and a bar, Filby’s Firework night is perfect for families and young children. Gates open at 5pm and the display starts at 7pm. Adult tickets £4, Children £2.

 

 

  • Wednesday 14th November – Holt Christmas Lights, Holt

This event is truly fun for all the family. The light switch-on and firework display is at 6.30pm, but in the mean-time there will be food stalls, entertainment, a parade, and even a pantomime horse race that starts at 4.30pm.

 

  • Friday 16th – Sunday 18th November – Christmas Fair, Sandringham

A bit further afield – but certainly worth the trip – is the Sandringham Christmas Fair. Set in the picturesque Sandringham Estate, the Fair is an annual event in the Norfolk calendar and offers a plethora of unique crafts stalls, gift and shopping arcades, the ever-popular Food Hall, and festive entertainment for all the family.  For the Christmas enthusiasts among us, this is the ultimate festive experience. Adults £8, Seniors £7.50, Children £2.

 

Fancy a short November break in Norfolk?

Book a stay in one of our luxury Cabins, Caravans or Lodges. Call us now on 01263 579208 to book. Or you can book online here: https://via.eviivo.com/woodlandnr11

 

Fall into Norfolk

After a hectic summer a visit to North Norfolk is the perfect way to relax and unwind; slowing down to a Norfolk pace of life and getting yourself rested and ready for the Christmas season. Although stunning in the summertime Norfolk really comes into its own in autumn, where you can enjoy wild walks along the beach before warming up by the open fire of one of the many local pubs.

Throughout our woodland park the trees provide a kaleidoscope of colours for the whole family to enjoy; as you stroll through the woods keep your eyes out for the animals who live here too!

Be sure to wrap up warm so you can enjoy the crisp fresh morning air as you spend the day exploring the countryside – a trip to Horsey to see the seals is always worth while with the large expanse of a stretch of un-spolit beach where huge colonies of seals spend their winter. Or take out our bikes and cycle the rural routes to one of the local beauty spots to see Norfolk at its most peaceful.

 

For a more cultured day out a trip to Blickling Hall is a must! Home to the infamous Boleyn Family this historic house is one of Norfolk’s finest stately homes; tour the house, gardens and lakeside paths without the summer crowds and take the scenic route down quiet country lanes back to the Park before cosy-ing up in your cabin in front of the fire and watch the night drawing in from the comfort of your living room.

 

 

 

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 estates beautiful grounds are perfect for families to go for a walk and explore the area. Within the gardens the estates 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 areas 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 stones 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 bird-watching, 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.