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Fancy a cup of tea and a biscuit?  What about a piece of cake… perhaps a scone… or maybe a crumpet… or a muffin...? Or how about a proper afternoon tea? That most quintessential of English customs has recently enjoyed a resurgence, tempting us with naughty treats and turning an ordinary afternoon into a special occasion. While the custom of drinking tea goes back millennia to ancient China, King C...

Roll up, roll up, for a story about the greatest show on earth – well, Great Yamouth… the story of the world famous Hippodrome Circus! Built in 1903 by the legendary showman George Gilbert, the Great Yarmouth Hippodrome was one of many purpose-built circus buildings put up around the country at a time when circuses were the number one form of entertainment. There were six in Great Yarmouth alone, ...

The First World War had not long ended, jobs were in short supply and men needed work. The country embarked on a programme of building parks and other attractions, cheering up the country in difficult times and providing paid employment for hundreds of thousands of people. Gt Yarmouth was no exception to this, and in the 1920s work began on public pleasure gardens, a bowling green, yachting ponds ...

It’s not just holidaymakers who return to Norfolk again and again. Birds also flock to our part of the world every year to raise their families in the summer or to sit out the winter. And it’s these feathered visitors which make it the perfect place for birdwatchers – all year round.  Internationally-renowned sites such as Cley, Titchwell and Minsmere are not too far away, and are rewarding for th...

We hope all our guests feel that they get the red carpet experience when they stay with us – but did you know our village played a starring role in the winning of three Oscars? In 1976, the makers of the film Julia – starring Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave, Meryl Streep and Jason Robards – were looking for a location which could pass for the American resort of Cape Cod in the 1930s. Their location s...