During the colder winter months, it’s a quieter time of year for walkers in North Norfolk, but it provides a completely different outlook on the countryside with immense empty beaches, frosty paths and winter wildlife.
Everyone loves a summer walk, but there’s something magical about getting wrapped up and seeing your breath whilst taking in the stunning surroundings that North Norfolk has to offer. Here are our top three winter walks:
Sheringham to Cromer
This coastal walk starts at Sheringham, taking you over Beeston Bump, then continuing onto the West Runton cliff path followed by East Runton, before arriving at the destination of the seafront at Cromer. Expect to see grassy clifftop trails and breath-taking views.
Wells to Holkham
Another coastal path walk; this trail takes you along Wells beach which is dotted with colourful beach huts, until you reach the sandy scenes at Holkham, before walking back along the Norfolk coast path. The Wells to Holkham route is mostly through the luscious greenery of the North Norfolk forests.
Through the winter months, this coastal walk creates a dramatic coastline with wonderful views. One of the most exciting highlights of this walk is the opportunity to take a boat trip to see the seal pups that gather on Blakeney Point (boats leave from nearby Morston see Temples Seal trips).
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner – we couldn’t think of a better place to spend it than in the stunning Norfolk countryside. We’ve gathered a list of our favourite romantic things to do near Wood Farm to get those sparks flying this Valentine’s Day.
The cottages at Wood Farm are the perfect escape from everyday life to really enjoy each other’s company. Whether you prefer cooking, walking around the grounds or having a lazy lie in, there’s plenty of things to do on the Wood Farm grounds.
An ideal place for a morning stroll or an evening walk to watch the sunset. Holkham Beach was featured in the film ‘Shakespeare in Love’, can it get more romantic than that?
The Gazebo – Sheringham Park
For a spectacular backdrop and 360-degree views of north Norfolk, the 100 steps lead you to a tree canopy where you can relax and absorb the natural beauty of the landscape.
Norfolk Coast Cycleway
For those energetic couples, this is the perfect activity for you. The Norfolk Coast AONB (Area of Natural Beauty) is a protected landscape in Norfolk and stretches from King’s Lynn to Great Yarmouth.
Walsingham Abbey Grounds
These historical ruins offer tranquillity and peacefulness, as well as gorgeous surroundings to soak in. Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to visit – with snowdrops in season, it couldn’t be prettier.
Shrove Tuesday, otherwise known as Pancake Day, is an excellent excuse for us all to indulge in some sugary goodness. With Pancake Day only a couple of weeks away on Tuesday 13th February, it’s time to think about how to make the most of it before lent.
We’ve gathered a list of some of our favourite places to have pancakes near Wood Farm for Pancake Day 2018:
Right here, at Wood Farm!
We have fully equipped kitchens with excellent quality cooking and serving utensils, so make the most of them and cook up your pancakes in the comfort of our cottages. (An extra advantage with making pancakes at home is you can go for 2nds, 3rds, 4ths or more and no one will be judging you!)
Just 4 miles down the road you will find – Byfords and they don’t mess around with pancakes, sticking with the classic flavours that are always family favourites. Enjoy lemon and sugar, jam and butter or smoked bacon and maple syrup. Or all three!
The Albatross, Wells-Next-The-Sea
It is a bit of a drive away from Wood Farm, but well worth it for the fantastic selection of pancakes and the unique experience of dining on a boat. The Albatross serves king size savoury pancakes, with creative flavours like hummus, red peppers, pesto and olives, and bacon brie and cranberry sauce. They also offer king size sweet pancakes, offering delightful combinations like chocolate and double cream, and mincemeat and maple syrup.
Now that Christmas is over and we’re slowly getting back into the swing of things, suddenly the February half term holidays are edging closer. Wood Farm is well known for being family friendly and welcoming kids and adults of all ages, with plenty of onsite activities as well as nearby fun things for families and children to enjoy.
Outdoor Space & Play Area
Nestled behind the cottages is a large green space for kids to play, with exciting equipment like the zip wire, tyre snake, tree house, climbing frame, and many more fantastic things to entertain the children.
Indoor Space & Play Facilities
For when the weather is cold and it’s a little too dark outside, the indoor space has plenty of fun things to keep the younger ones preoccupied. You’ll find table tennis, table football, badminton, a pool table and a dart board.
Nearby to Wood Farm
Embrace the cold weather that February brings us and venture to some of the fantastic family friendly attractions near Wood Farm. Some of our favourites include the totally amazing Bewilderwood, the somewhat furthur afield Banham Zoo which provides endless entertainment whatever the weather, Pleasurewood Hills which has an array of rides and attractions, as well as the nearby Hilltop Outdoor Centre which has everything your heart could desire – from high ropes course, to zip wires to archery!
As we’re slowly coming towards the end of January, this is the time that many of us lose our new-found motivation that we wistfully promised ourselves would last for the whole year. Rather than retreating to the warmth of our sofas, let’s embrace the exciting activities that Norfolk has to offer and not break our New Year’s resolutions just yet!
Amazona Zoo – Cromer
Exercising doesn’t have to be hardcore two-hour gym sessions or an intensive session of hot yoga. It can be as fun and simple as visiting the zoo. Amazona Zoo in Cromer provides an exciting and unique day out for the whole family, whilst giving you the opportunity to walk (skip, or run!) around the grounds.
The Mo – Sheringham
Wander around the gorgeous galleries alongside the North Norfolk coast, whilst learning about the fascinating history that goes back over a thousand years. The Mo lets you stretch your legs, browse the stunning photographs and admire the history items and artefacts that line the museum.
Muckleburgh Military Collection – Holt
Can’t get enough of military memorabilia? Visit Muckleburgh and explore the extensive range of armoured cars and tanks, as well as the exhibits which include artillery, machine guns and missiles. Much more fun than staying in and watching TV all day!
For those of us who are persevering through dry January, any recommendations of alcohol-free activities are always appreciated! Forget the pub; here’s a list of fantastic activities in North Norfolk near Wood Farm that will help you resist the temptation of a cheeky drink.
Take the kids on a treasure trail
There are plenty of treasure trails dotted around Norfolk, with one trail local to Wood Farm based in Holt. For £6.99 you can enjoy a Spy Mission Treasure Trail, providing the perfect opportunity to get on your feet and explore Holt, with the chance to win real treasure!
Wrap up and admire the local nature
Head out early to watch the sunrise and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by Norfolk’s wonderful birdlife; watch in awe as they leave their overnight roost and fly overhead as the sun comes up. We recommend the Wildflower and Countryside Centre or the NWT Cley Marshes to spot some of Norfolk’s local birds.
Dig deep into history with a spot of fossil hunting
North Norfolk is ideal for exploring rock pools and combing the beach for fossils, with over 45 miles to cover, there’s no limit to the exciting discoveries that may be found. If you don’t want to do the hard work yourself, take a trip to the Cromer Museum to find out why Cromer is famous as a geological area.
From dancing to dinner, however you liked to celebrate, 2018 started in style with our events around Norfolk as we headed into the new year.
New Year’s Eve at The Hoste
The Hoste in Burnham Market hosted a fabulous evening; guests were greeted with a glass of champagne, followed by a show-stopping five-course dinner and non-stop dancing.
Titchwell Manor’s New Year Party
Renowned for it’s quality of food, Titchwell Manor hosted a new year’s party which was unforgettable. Guests enjoyed a candlelit dinner, before hitting the dance floor to say goodbye to 2017.
Fancy Dress at Carrow Road
Who doesn’t love a good excuse to pull out the wigs, dress up and look ridiculous? Norwich City Football Club – Carrow Road was the place to be if you wanted to celebrate new year a little differently. The ticket price included a drink on arrival and late-night snack, and prizes were given out to the best fancy dress.
The Old Rectory Country House
Just over 30 minutes’ drive away from Wood Farm, the Old Rectory Country House in Crostwick offered a wonderful evening which consists of a three-course meal, disco dancing and a grand firework show.
This holiday season Norfolk is being talked about around the country – and we’re not surprised! From good food to stunning scenery, there’s every reason for Norfolk to be on everybody’s minds.
The perfect movie location
Natalie Portman is starring in Netflix’s 2018 film, Annihilation, which is filmed on Norfolk’s own Holkham beach. Far from Holkham beach’s unspoilt and beautiful scenery that we know, Holkham beach was transformed into a wreckage of bones and skeletons to set the scene for this exciting sci-fi.
Dining at its best
Two of Norfolk’s fantastic restaurants have been named amongst the UK’s top 100 restaurants for 2018. The restaurants include Morston Hall in Morston and The Neptune in Old Hunstanton, placing at 36th and 44th position. Both fine dining eateries with a Michelin star, these gorgeous eateries are not somewhere to miss.
Whether you’re a food fanatic or a movie mogul, staying at Wood Farm gives the perfect base to explore everything that Norfolk has to offer.
Just a short drive from Wood Farm, Holt Hall hosts a festive family-friendly day which features Father Christmas, wreath making and lots of homemade cakes and drinks. This free event is on Sunday 10th December from 10am – 4pm.
Kick off the festive season with a visit to the Christmas craft market at Hindolveston Village Hall. Visit the markets on Saturday 2nd or Sunday 3rd December 2017 to see beautiful crafts, modern textiles, pottery, seasonal food, mulled wine, and live music.
Christmas Market – King’s Lynn Trail
Running alongside the late-night shopping on Thursday 7th December, the Christmas markets at King’s Lynn feature your all time Christmas favourites like carol singing and live music, as well as stalls selling handmade local products.
November is a magical time of year – winter is on the door step, Christmas is just over a month away and there is excitement in the air. But sometimes when it’s cold outside, the last thing you want to do is leave the warmth of the indoors! So here are some of our favourite things to do snuggled up in one of our cottages.
Bring out your competitive side
A family holiday wouldn’t be a family holiday without a board game related scuffle now, would it? At Wood Farm we provide a selection of board games and puzzles, so need to bring your own.
Snuggle on the sofa
Take the opportunity to watch your family favourites on our flat screen TVs, set with Freeview and a DVD player. Don’t forget the popcorn!
Enjoy a glass or two of wine
Or more, we’re not here to judge! Sit by the fire and indulge in some good old-fashioned conversation with your loved ones.
Get crafty in the kitchen
At Wood Farm our kitchens are fully equipped with electric cookers, microwaves, dishwashers and fridge freezers, so bring out your inner chef and cook something delicious!
All our holiday cottages bar Willow have king-sized beds in, so embrace your time away from home, and don’t set an alarm. This is a rare opportunity – seize it!