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Ideas for the Perfect Norfolk Staycation this Festive Season

Written by  Chloe Hashemi
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Ideas for the Perfect Norfolk Staycation this Festive Season

When it comes to the holiday season, it is natural to want to get away from it all and take a short break from the stresses of your usual routine. It is also normal to be unable to afford such a luxury, as flights and hotels can cost a bomb, especially around the festive season.

There is a very realistic alternative out there though- how about a small break in your home country? Why not take a week off and travel to Norfolk, which is within close proximity to the sea for those crisp winter walks along the beach, and boasts the wealth of fresh local produce to really add a punch to your holiday menu. Staycations are cheaper for you and can do great favours for the local economy too. This year, The Telegraph reported that inquiries and bookings were up by approximately 25% in the peak summer months in Norfolk.

Norfolk is just a short train ride away from the capital, and you can get there easily from all over the country too. Once in the beautiful county, there are several unique places to stay, in the various distinct areas will all provide a different experience to your vacation. Depending on what you want from your staycation Norfolk is varied enough to have it all!

Norwich
Nestled in the heart of Norfolk, is the beautiful medieval city of Norwich. Filled to the brim with independent shops and cafes, art and culture, you won’t be short of things to do and see, and beautiful places to grab a drink or try some new food. With great transport links to the rest of the county, you can even catch a short train ride to one of Norfolk’s quaint seaside towns such as Sheringham. Scattered around the city centre are a selection of boutique and independent hotels, and if you would prefer the cheaper alternative, why not have a look at the Airbnb options in the midst of it all.

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Countryside
If you would prefer a more quiet break, why not check out some Country Cottages in Norfolk? At this time of the year, you could rent a gorgeous cottage for the whole family in North Norfolk for example, which have no shortage of Christmas Markets, Christmas Tree Festivals and Christmas shows around the holiday period. You can take long country strolls, sample proper pub food, and just spend some quality time with the family- all within 3 hour’s drive from the bustling capital, and less than an hour drive from Norfolk’s unofficial capital; Norwich.

Seaside
One of the beauties of Norfolk is that you have some of the most stunning coastlines in all of the UK, right on your doorstep. A majority of Norfolk beaches are golden and sandy, which is great of you have little ones, and also a bonus if you want to get some attractive photographs of your holiday. Once again, you have no shortage of boutique or independent hotels to stay in, and Airbnbs to rent for the long weekend. One of the great things about steering clear of chain hotels this holiday season is that you can get a chance to soak up the rich Norfolk culture. Some Airbnb hosts even leave personal guides of the best local haunts to give a try on your holiday.

The Broads
Did you know you could find Britain's largest protected wetland in Norfolk? The Norfolk Broads are a beautiful and natural addition to the county where you could spend the whole holiday if you are the ‘outdoorsy’ type. You can rent a boat on the broads in the summer time, there are beautiful cycle routes all year around, a perfect place for exploring too.

So the choice is yours. What kind of Norfolk staycation will you choose…?

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