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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...

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...

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...

Most people enjoy a tipple while they’re on holiday.  A nice Beaujolais in France; a glass of ouzo in Greece; a warming grappa in Italy...But what of Norfolk? What can you have to really get a taste of the place? We may not have a regional speciality, but we are home to some amazing local gins, some award-winning beers and a wine which was voted the best in the world. We also have our own whisky. ...