North Norfolk officially is the District with the best beaches in England, with no fewer than six of its beaches being awarded prestigious Blue Flags.
East Runton and West Runton beaches have joined Cromer, Mundesley, Sea Palling and Sheringham in the top tier of English beaches.
The awards are given out only to those beaches that have the highest quality of water, facilities, environmental education and management, with superb levels of cleanliness and safety. The only other district that has six Blue Flags is Thanet.
North Norfolk District Council’s new facilities along Cromer’s West Promenade will be ready for use by residents and visitors in advance of the 2017 summer season.
The ‘futureproofed’ catering kiosk, toilets and showers units, as well as the new play equipment, are able to be craned out of the area to higher ground in the event of a storm surge warning.
The Grove in Cromer, owned by three generations of the Graveling family for the past 81 years, is the winner of AA’s Bed and Breakfast with a Story for 2017-18.
Richard, Chris and Liz Graveling picked up the award at a gala lunch hosted by the five-star Landmark Hotel in London on Monday.
“We’re absolutely thrilled to win such a prestigious honour”, said Richard. “The standard of entries was apparently very high so to come out on top is a real compliment.”
Cromer’s 60s Festival drew big crowds on Sunday April 23 to North Norfolk’s iconic Cromer Pier.
The St George’s Day celebration organised by North Norfolk District Council welcomed in excess of 3,000 visitors over the course of the day. Many came on vintage scooters and motorcycles and even more got into the spirit of the 1960s by dressing in period clothing.
Investment by North Norfolk District Council in North Lodge Park, Cromer, has seen the yacht pond extensively refurbished and refilled in readiness for the main visitor season.
North Norfolk District Council contracted Thrower & Rutland Ltd to undertake the works, which cost £8,556.50.
The pond, which had been leaking, was drained and then lined with glass-reinforced plastic, giving a 25-year guarantee. The outside of the pond was given a coating of non-toxic mineral paint.
A herd of eight Bagot goats have been moved back into their spring and summer residence on Cromer’s cliff. The goats have been clearing land in recent months at Happy Valley. Their move back into the heart of Cromer was made today thanks to NNDC officers.
The Bagot billies, which have appeared on television and in newspapers, will be joined by another eight Bagots from Cumbria sometime in May.
The Norfolk Festival of Nature at Gresham’s, a celebration of the county’s unique countryside, returns to Holt on 16 – 18 June 2017 with a fantastic new family friendly line-up.
The opening event on Friday 16 June welcomes well-known television presenters and wildlife lovers, Martin Hughes-Games (BBC’s Springwatch) and Iolo Williams (BBC Wales) for an amusing and informative show. The ‘Wildlife Road Trip’ will be packed with facts and fun for the whole family to enjoy.
Volunteers who have helped improve their communities were thanked publicly as they were named winners in the Big Society Awards during a ceremony at Sheringham Little Theatre. North Norfolk District Council organised the Big Society Awards to thank the people and the projects that help to create a strong community. Cllr Tom FitzPatrick, Leader of North Norfolk District Council and Chairman of the Big Society Fund Panel, said: “It has been a pleasure watching such deserving people come here tonight for recognition. The winners are of course hugely deserving, but so are the other finalists who may not have won, but should leave here full of pride at their efforts and achievements.”
Simon Hunter Marsh has taken over as Head Chef at the Grove in Cromer and hopes to build on their reputation as one of the best eateries on the Norfolk coast.
Simon started his career at Green Farm working with Phillip Lomax, before travelling to the capital to take up a prestigious post at the Hilton, one of the world’s iconic hotels. But the call of Norfolk was never far away and Simon came home as the head chef role at the George Hotel in Cley, putting this wonderful Norfolk restaurant firmly on the map.
This weekend sees Burnham Deepdale really waking up for Spring. The second annual Deepdale Spring Market opens its doors for three days of ‘not on the high street’ shopping on Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10am to 5pm. The inaugural Deepdale Hygge, Deepdale’s weekend long festival of the North Norfolk Coast, kicks off on Friday evening. And to top off the weekend, the first North Norfolk Coast Hygge Fair takes place on Saturday.
Deepdale Spring Market hosts over fifty Norfolk artisans & producers at Dalegate Market, and visitors are invited for three days of Spring shopping. The stalls are in large marquees amongst the permanent shops and Deepdale Cafe. You’ll find very tasty food & drink, toys, homewares, clothing, jewellery, accessories, art, photography, soaps, beers, spirits and of course chocolates.