East Anglia is home to some glorious stretches of sand and shingle. From Hunstanton’s pinky-red cliffs and Blakeney Point’s grey seal colony (if you want to see oodles of adorable seal pups, now’s the time to go) to Cromer’s sandy shores and the colourful beach huts of Southwold, there’s a beach for everyone and every season.
Steeped in history, culture and architectural heritage, Norwich is one of my favourite cities in the UK – and not just because it’s home to No. 33, a cake emporium which tops my to-visit list every time I visit the city. I doubt I could ever tire of wandering its cobbled streets and elegantly styled arcades, browsing its antique sales and independent retailers, or working my way through the city’s many eateries. Designated a UNESCO City of Literature in 2012, Norwich’s Business Improvement District (BID) has since commissioned a number of eye-catching murals which draw on the city’s vibrant past. Some seamlessly blend elements of folklore with the fabric of the city; others combine the city’s landmarks with its literary heritage. Here are six of my favourites, from a morning spent wandering the city’s streets . . .
There are a few things in life worth getting up early for, and the seal pups at Blakeney Point are one of them. Over the months of November, December and January, hundreds of seal pups are born in the sand dunes of Blakeney National Nature Reserve, making this the largest seal colony in England. (And a beachful of blubber – but a cute one at that.)
Even taking into account the unreliability of British weather, few things beat a trip to the seaside. Enter, Wells-next-the-Sea, a picturesque seaside town on the North Norfolk coast.
In the heart of Norfolk lies the city of Norwich, a city steeped in history and full of cultural gems. Norwich blends old and new seamlessly, with a labyrinth of cobbled streets (featuring an abundance of quirky independent cafés) linking the Norman cathedral and medieval hilltop stronghold to more recent shopping complexes. Over my Easter break, I spent almost a week in Norwich visiting Laurence – and although I’ve visited several times before, there is always something new to see!
With 93 miles of unspoilt beaches, vast expanses of open countryside and The Broads, Norfolk has a veritable quarry of stunning natural features. The Norfolk Coast is a designated AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) – and if you visit any of the pretty seaside towns, you’ll certainly see why this is the case! If that’s not enough to convince you that Norfolk’s worth a visit, consider this: it’s the combined sunniest and driest county in England. That’s saying something, right?