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Think about a beach. What comes to mind? Miles of soft white sand lapped by gentle turquoise waves? Sun on your skin? A parasol moved by a soft breeze? Making sandcastles; eating ice cream; paddling in the shallows; sunburned shoulders? Sounds lovely. But some of us yearn for a different scenario. Our beach is wide and empty. There are miles of soft sand, but ours is pounded by rolling surf. The s...

It’s nearly St Valentine’s Day – and while today we might dismiss it as a marketing gimmick, it has always been a very big thing in Norfolk. In Victorian times, people could spend as much money on February 14 as they did at Christmas. As well as buying sweets for their sweets, people would walk through their villages with bags of ‘love tokens’ to give away to others that they met on the way.    An...

It usually starts as soon as the suitcases come out. Following you around the house, big brown eyes beseeching: “Take me with you.” It’s no fun being the only member of the family left behind when everyone else is off for a week or two of fun and games – which is why we love you to bring your dog with you when you come to stay in Winterton. Most of our cottages welcome pets and the area is just pe...

There is one thing that everybody knows about Norfolk. No, not Alan Partridge; not Bernard’s bootiful turkeys; not even Delia’s impassioned “Let’s be ’avin’ you” rant at Carrow Road. It’s that it’s very flat – which makes it the ideal place for cycling. Go at your own pace along country roads and specialist cycling tracks and enjoy the countryside, birdsong and those big, big skies that we are als...

If you’re planning a trip to Norfolk for February half term, I bet you might be wondering what there is to do this time of year. The answer is that there’s still plenty going on, and it’s a lovely time of year to visit. Here are some suggestions for a stress free half term, with something to keep every member of the family occupied! Beaches Winterton-on-Sea has a fabulous beach, which stretches fo...