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!
Top five things to do in North Norfolk this winter
Winter is just over a month away; the days are already getting shorter and it’s getting darker earlier. North Norfolk has many gems which come to life in winter, so grab a coat and scarf and prepare for the beautiful winter wonders that North Norfolk has to offer.
Winter woodland trails
Head down to Holt Country Park to experience the joy of winter along the trailed paths. Take your children, take your dogs, take your grandparents and walk amongst the crispy leaves and frosty grounds for a wonderful escape in the woodlands.
Embrace local history
Wood Farm is on the doorstep from lots of local history and heritage sites, so escape the cold weather and learn a little at the same time. Holkham Hall, the Cromer Museum and the Mundesley Maritime Museum are some of our favourites.
Feed the ducks!
It’s winter for the ducks too – don’t forget they need their bread! A short walk from the Wood Farm cottages is a pond in the centre of the village, with the occasional friendly duck!
Wander the Christmas markets
The Christmas markets really bring a magical feel to North Norfolk. Holt Hall’s Christmas Fair is 25th and Sunday 26th November, with over 50 stalls showcasing food, drink, crafts and more; making it the perfect place to get in the festive mood!
Visit the beach
Yes, this may sound odd, but the beach brings out a different kind of beauty in the winter. Wrap up warm, grab a hot chocolate, indulge in some fish and chips and walk along the sandy beaches on the North Norfolk coast.
Are you a bird watcher? Look no further! Norfolk is often described as the bird watching capital of England, with North Norfolk famous for the largest and most varied concentrations of geese nationally; embrace the opportunity to see the rare visiting birds and fantastic nature reserves that Norfolk has to offer.
Just down the road we have the famous NWT Cley Marshes which is Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s oldest and best known nature reserve. It was purchased in 1926 to be held ‘in perpetuity as a bird breeding sanctuary’.
A new eco-friendly visitor centre opened in 2007 containing a café, shop, viewing areas (including viewing from a camera on the reserve). We have since added to this with the fantastic Simon Aspinall Wildlife Education Centre, a courtyard and viewing deck. The view from the visitor centre across the Marsh to the sea is breathtaking.
Nestled into the Norfolk seaside is the Holkham Nature Reserve, combining the stunning scenery of the sand dunes and the 11-mile stretch of coastline with the fantastic wildlife. Quietly explore the wooded paths or the coastline to see migrant birds and thousands of pink-footed geese in their natural habitat.
Free to all RSPB members and only £5 per car for non-members, the Titchwell Marsh Nature Reserve is a wonderful place to bird watch, with thousands of birds spending winter there. Expect to see many species of ducks, waders, seabirds and geese.
This magical time of year has reappeared once again, so if you’re looking for a dazzling display then look no further; here’s some eye-catching bonfire events near Wood Farm!
The Walks – Kings Lynn
On Friday 3rd November 2017, The Walks is hosting its annual firework display at 6pm. This free family event will be bustling with stalls and family-friendly fun fair rides. Who doesn’t love a bit of free fun!?
Or just down the road on Saturday 5th November in Corpusty – always a fabulous affair with the bonfire growing weekly through the preceding months!
Rackheath Playing Fields – Rackheath
Just under forty minutes’ drive from Wood Farm, Rackheath hosts an evening of fun, including a BBQ and chips, a bar (adults only!) a funfair, and plenty of donuts and ice cream for all. The gates open at 6pm, the bonfire is lit at 7pm, main firework display at 7.30 and the grand finale at 8.30. Ensure not to miss out on the 3 choreographed rows of fireworks! This incredible evening costs £5 for adults, £2 under 16’s and free for under 2’s.
Norwich Castle – Norwich
This free display in the heart of the city is the perfect family friendly event to see a spectacular firework show from 7.30pm on Friday 3rd November. The fireworks are fired from Norwich Castle, so find a good viewing spot and join the crowds in front of the city hall to experience the full effect.
Forget about the trick; this Halloween it is all about the treat.
On Friday 27th October, Langley Abbey are hosting a masquerade Halloween ball in aid of The Hamlet Charity. The Hamlet Charity supports children and adults with disabilities and complex health needs in Norfolk.
Under 40 minutes’ drive from Wood Farm, this is the perfect place to celebrate the spooky holiday.
Creep it real with a drink on arrival, canapes and a three-course Halloween-themed meal.
Expect to see special guests, music from ‘The Midnight Soul Band’, a magic performance by Dave Lee and an auction.
Dress to impress – the theme is Halloween but with an elegant twist, and don’t forget the masquerade mask!
Tickets are £60 per person. For more information, click here.
From four years running successfully in North Norfolk, Norfolk restaurant week is spreading its culinary wings – this year it has gone countywide across the whole of Norfolk from 30th October until 10th November 2017.
Restaurants in Norfolk are renowned for their fine countryside food and fresh produce. For North Norfolk restaurant week 2016, 46 of North Norfolk’s best restaurants lowered their prices to encourage excited diners to taste their homecooked food at competitively priced menus. This year, Norfolk restaurant 2017 will be bigger and better than last year with more restaurants involved across Norfolk – meaning more food!
Norfolk restaurant week will be spread over two weeks, with deals available from Monday through to Friday.
Some of the classic Wood Farm favourites are featuring: The Pigs of course! Plus, other fantastic restaurants in Holt like The Kings Head, The Lawns Hotel and Byfords Café. If you ever need an excuse to indulge, this is it!
Many of the restaurants are offering tantalising deals like 2 for £10 and 3 for £15 at lunch, or 2 for £15 and 3 for £20 at dinner.
As much as us Britons long for a hot summer, we know that our wishful thinking only goes so far. We’ve prepared a list of some fun things to do at Wood Farm on a rainy day, perfect for children, teenagers, adults, or the whole family!
Board games don’t have to be boring! Take the opportunity to bring the family together; team up and reveal your competitive side to each other whilst it’s pouring outside. For those who haven’t come equipped with board games, why not stick to the old reliable favourites of charades or Pictionary.
Cook up a storm
Get your creative juices flowing by digging deep into a cookbook and creating a gastronomic masterpiece. Whether you choose to plan and prepare a slow cooked meal or bake a delicious treat, you can utilise our equipped kitchens in the cottages to cater to your culinary needs.
Put on a classic
Who doesn’t enjoy a good film? Embrace the rainy weather and curl up on the sofa with a glass of wine and bowl of popcorn with your loved ones.
Practice your mixology skills
This one is for adults only! Use a lazy afternoon to try and test all your favourite drink combinations, be as creative as possible!
The magic never stops at Thursford; a popular museum known for its collection of steam engines, organs and fairground attractions. Not only does Thursford provide a spectacular winter wonderland, it also hosts an array of special events throughout the year.
Thursford holds the world’s largest collection of organs and steam engines, as well as offering exciting backstage tours.
Enjoy a wholesome lunch at the restaurant, or make the most of the family picnic benches in nice weather.
Thursford’s ‘olde worlde’ collection of shops has something to cater to every taste; including a boutique offering fashion, crafts and gifts, as well as a traditional sweet shop, a traditionally British store, and an all year-round Christmas store supplying everything needed for the festive season!
The adventure play park is perfect for children who can’t sit still! The zip wire, swings and slides are certain to please children of all different ages.