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Norfolk in general
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Norfolk in general
Date: 05/09/04, updated on 19/09/04 (233 review reads)
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Originally heralding from the county they call Norfolk, I thought it was about time I gave my views on it. For those of you not aware of your UK geography, Norfolk is on the East Coast around 100 miles north from London. Although considered as in the South, it is level with Birmingham, considered as the Midlands.
Norfolk is reasonably easy to get to. By car you can come in from the A47, A11 and A14. But don’t ask about Motorways, we don’t have them! You can get the train from Liverpool Street in London direct to Norwich, or National Express coach from Victoria Station. There is also the world-renowned* Norwich International Airport which you can fly into from Edinburgh and Manchester as well as a couple of European cities.
*Ok, I made that bit up.
Norfolk is quite a large, open county. Quite hill-less so bike riding is very popular especially through the woodlands of Thetford Forest. Norfolk has a long coastline stretching from The Wash near Kings Lynn (North facing) to Lowerstoft (The East facing, and just outside the Norfolk border).
Norfolk only has one City. That being Norwich. Norwich is home to the only major successful football team (Norwich City FC), Norwich Castle, The Forum (A huge new glass library and entertainment building) and everyone’s favourite fictional DJ, Alan Partridge.
Norwich also has a permanent market in front of the City Hall and some good shopping areas such as The Castle Mall, The Riverside, St Stephens and a new development being built just off that.
Norwich attracts bands and artists to the usual venues of The
87;aterfront and The UEA (The Uni). Bands that have played in the past and an idea to what you can expect: Placebo, Ash, Muse, Pitchshifter, Fatboy Slim, Dizzee Rascal, Keane, Jules Holland and Embrace. Tickets are about £12 to £18.
Norwich is where you will find The University of East Anglia. The UEA is a respected Uni which can be found at www.uea.ac.uk
~ Coastal Destinations
Norfolk has many seaside resorts. The most famous one is probably Great Yarmouth. There you can find a nice, clean beach, pier, pleasure beach (mini-theme park) and various typical seaside entertainment such as amusements and arcades.
Other resorts worth checking out are Wells-next-the-sea (I love these catchy names), Sheringham, Cromer (Yep, where the crabs come from. Crab Fishing is very popular) and Hunstanton (known affectionately as Sunny Hunny).
~ The Broads
You will find the broads flow through Norfolk between Norwich and the coast. Apparently there is over 200km off waterways. Boat Hire is easy and well priced and most people start at Wroxham or Potter Heigham. They Broads have many riverside pubs so certain members on dooyoo would manage (!).
~ Other Towns
Many Norfolk towns are deep in history and you can find many small museums, places of interest and the like. In central Norfolk you will find Dereham and Swafham. Downham Market and Fakenham are also nice places to visit for the day. Most have their own Market Days.
~ Thetford Forest
Thetford forest is the largest lowland pine forest in the UK and has up to 1.5 million visitors every year. It was
planted soon after the First World War and also has its own pieces of history including a Desert Rats Full Size Tank Statue. The forest itself is over 20,000 Hectares.
~ Lotus Cars
Lotus have their factory in Hethel which is just outside Norwich. They also sponsor Norwich City FC and normally have a stand at The Royal Norfolk Show (a half sponsorship half agricultural show that takes place yearly) and also have occasional open days. There is a race track at their grounds and certain events take place throughout the year.
~ Bernard Matthews
Probably the most popular thing non-Norfolkians are aware of when Norfolk is mentioned. Yeah, his factory and grounds (the big house on the logo) are here. No, no more jokes please.
~ The Weather
Well, you can’t predict this one. But I can give you averages from the Met Office. Because Norfolk is sitting on the East Coast, the days are longer and also sunnier, only beaten by Cornwall (Averaging nearly 4.5 hours of sunshine per day).
And the rain? Norfolk receives just a mean annual rainfall of just over 600mm. Now, to compare that to say Cornwall (1150mm), Blackpool (800mm) or the Lake District (1800mm!)
Many families go to Norfolk on holiday. For kids there are lots of places to go such as
Pleasure Wood Hills Theme Park
Thrigby Hall Wildlife Park
As well as all the beaches to choose from. Caravan, Chalet prices are not absurd but like everywhere, shop around.
Norfolk is a great place to visit. Just for the day is you live within a reasonable distance or
maybe a weekend if a little further off or come here for the week. There is always something different to do. My sister is going there today to go canoeing, I hope she enjoys it!
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