For a collection of great local independent businesses in Breckland Norfolk including Dereham, Swaffham, Attleborough, Thetford and Watton and surrounding villages which includes pubs, restaurants, hotels, bed and breakfast, shops, attractions, wedding services, business services, local producers, arts, crafts and gifts, health and beauty, everything for the house and garden,
The environmental benefits of upcycling are mammoth, aside from minimising the volume of discarded materials and waste being sent to landfill each year, it also reduces the need for production using new or raw materials which means a reduction in air pollution, water pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and often a conservation of global resources.
Nothing beats that feeling when you’ve done something great for the planet. Repairing an item and giving it a new life is a great feeling.
Whether you’re upcycling things yourself or buying products from designers, it’s always nice to know that you have something that is completely unique.
A bit about me
I’ve always had an interest in interior design and love sprucing up the rooms in our house. And buying all the little accessories and furniture to go with it!!
I love going to antique fairs and shops, not just to buy, but to get ideas for my next project. A change in circumstances gave me the opportunity to have a go at upcycling my own furniture and bring it back to life.
Before, it was all too easy to sell it, or bin it, because it no longer matched the room or colours. I started with a couple of smaller items, an old coffee table and side table. I was pleased with the results, so I decided to take myself to the auction and plucked up the courage to bid on a couple of bits. And there my new venture began, and I haven’t looked back!
Spruce Up Your Stuff
Mass manufacturing of furniture and the advent of the flatpack means that it’s hard to be different and to stand out without spending a fortune. Upcycling gives you the chance to own a one-of-a-kind piece.
Most of us can’t afford to replace our furniture every time we get bored or want to try something new. Upcycling means that you don’t have to be spending the earth for something new and unique.
When you fancy a change, give me a call. We can discuss what item of furniture you’re looking to breathe new life into, the colours you like and the type of finish you have in mind.
College Farm is a medieval house situated in the village of Thompson three miles from the market town of Watton. It was built by Katharine's ancestors in 1349 as a College of Priests to serve St Martin's Church and the villagers of Thompson. The college was dissolved by Henry VIII in 1541 when it then became a private house.
College Farm sits in 17 acres of lawns and woodland on the edge of the village and is the perfect secluded venue for your wedding reception or private party. B&B accommodation is also available in our 3 newly refurbished en suite rooms.
Our Jacobean dining room is available for hire for private lunch or dinner parties and we also serve traditional cream teas in the garden (weather permitting) or by the fire in the dining room if it's too cold to sit outside.
We are currently converting some derelict barns next to the house and will be able to offer a new one bedroom unit which will be perfect for self-catering staycations or wedding accommodation, as well as a barn with loos, a shower and kitchen adjoining a party room suitable for smaller weddings and functions. Both will open out onto a private west facing courtyard. The new accommodation should be ready by Summer 2021. Please keep an eye on our website for progress with this exciting new project.
Perfect Pamper is a one-stop-shop for your party requirements. We cover the counties of Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk providing you with mobile services delivered directly to your door.
We offer a spa-by-car service with a pop-up salon for relaxing treatments of massage, facial, manicure and pedicure and more. We have a database of professional therapists so we are able cater for any group size from 3 guests upwards. We can provide a pop-up-salon for corporate and workplace events too.
Our pamper packages offer a selection of treatments and duration all you have to do is choose what you would like and contact us with the service you require, the date, the venue and we will check availability send you a detailed quotation. Pop onto www.perfectpamper.com and fill out the form.
We work with some fantastic local businesses to provide you with catering, activities and five star self-catering holiday accommodation to host your event. If you need a one-off package of activities we can provide the entire event.
Our services are ideal for small or large size groups for hen parties, birthday parties, corporate events, or just a get away with family and friends.
All Things Holiday and Travel is based in Norfolk and offers all types of holidays and short Breaks from a week in the Broads National Park to a Round the World Cruise. Our crew provide a high level of personal service and we are flexible by being available in the evenings and weekends at a time that suits you in order to arrange your perfect holiday at internet prices, the only things we don't do is your packing!.
As a Hays Travel franchise owned by Simon Chapman and trading as All Things Holiday and Travel you can book with confidence knowing that All Things Holiday and Travel is registered with ABTA to sell travel services and benefits from Hays Travel's membership of ABTA (ABTA membership number is L3832).
Our independence means we are not tied to a small number of suppliers but have access to 100's of suppliers and over 135,000 Hotels Worldwide. Our partners include Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, P&O Cruises, Cunard, Kuoni, Jet2 holidays, Easyjet Holidays, Sandals and 100's more
We are Cruise specialists and we work closely with every cruise line so whether its a round the World Cruise on Cunard, fun in the Med with Royal Caribbean International, Baltic Cities with Celebrity, Alaska with Princess, Northern Lights with Hurtigruten, Caribbean with P&O or River Cruising with Viking, we have a great sailaway deal for you as we will not be beaten on price, not forgetting personal service from cruise experts.
We can't wait to share our experiences of holidays on Cruise Ships and provide you with some insider information which only those who have cruised extensively will have to help you find your perfect cruise holiday. There are many subtle differences between the Cruise Lines and we can support you in deciding which Cruise Line and Ship would be perfect for you.
All Things Holiday and Travel also has a key focus on Staycation and have some great deals on breaks in Norfolk from Cottages in the Countryside to Boating holidays in the Broads National Park.
We are proud of the testimonies that we receive from our explorers as illustrated below.
Hi Simon, I would like thank you and share my recent experiences of the cruise you organised. Firstly, we had a wonderful time cruising up to the fjords on the Crown Princess. The ship was absolutely fantastic. The customer service was amongst the best we have ever experienced, the food was out of this world and the variety of things to do kept myself and my family thoroughly entertained. It was an excellent choice by yourself that this would be a worthwhile first time cruise. Most of all though I wanted to thank you for taking the time to research and investigate which would be the best cruise for my family to take. You used your vast cruising experience to identify our needs and you put our minds to rest with superb customer service. You walked us through every step of the booking process and always made yourself available regarding the many questions we had whether it was about the cruise, embarkation and disembarkation or what to do in Norway. The service you offered was just amazing and we would not only consider you first for future cruise bookings but also would highly recommend you to friends and family in the future. Thanks again for everything - Mr and Mrs Gyde
"Having always been sceptical about dealing with travel agents, it took some persuading to use All Things Holiday and Travel. My fears were totally unjustified – Simon asked what we wanted and was able to organise the whole thing. At every stage, we were given realistic options, with all the relevant information. Once the details were decided, he gave us a time frame and throughout the process, by Email, or phone when necessary, kept me informed and explained what I had to do. We had a wonderful holiday with everything, from the parking, flights, transfers, hotel and the tours we’d booked, going like clockwork. I can honestly recommend All Things Holiday and Travel. The care and attention given to us made everything stress free – and all at a very competitive price. When I’m asked “would you recommend to friends and family” I’ll say 10 (where 1 equals least likely and 10 equals most likely)” Martin Jones Norwich
"Reflecting on what was an entirely new experience for me, I realised that I might have had less enjoyment from the cruise had I not had the advantage of some expert advice from travel agent Simon Chapman. I wanted to visit the Baltic, but it was Simon who picked Celebrity Silhouette as the right vessel for the inclement weather you can experience even in June.It was Simon who recommended Aqua class - well worth the extra, not least for the marvellous dining experience in the Blue restaurant, with an attentive head water who quickly learned my preferences, and somehow always managed to get my husband and I a table by the large picture windows just a few feet from the sea. And it was Simon who provided knowledgeable advice on shore excursions in places I had never visited before - like St Petersburg, Tallinn and Riga. Five star service Simon" - Susan Grice
"We would like to say a massive thank you for the super cruise you organised for us. It was great to have a personal service from our travel organiser who made sure everything we needed was planned to perfection. The holiday was wonderful and all connections were smooth and faultless , thanks to your superb attention to detail. We would not hesitate to recommend your service to any of our friends who need holiday and booking advice". The Haines family, Norwich
Office Water Supplies is a family run business established in 1989 to supply chilled and hot drinking water dispensers to both business and domestic customers.
Based in the Brecklands area of Norfolk just off the A11, we are able to cover Norfolk & Suffolk area’s with a rapid response service, offering a same/next day delivery service to some areas. Over the years Office Water Supplies has established good strong working relationships with some of the area's largest recognised businesses, we continuously receive excellent feedback due to our personal, local service that we provide. Our fully managed stock system reassures customers they will receive their delivery either on an agreed automatic replenishment schedule or “Order As You Go” flexible service.
We offer a range of products, Water Coolers Bottled & Mains solutions, Water Boilers, Coffee Machines, Hot and Chilled Filtered Taps, Refill Stations, Consumable’s and Hygiene Products. Our experience and knowledge has seen us obtain local distribution for some of the leading manufactures such as: Borg & Overstrom, Oasis, Hotspot Titanium, So Pure, Lincat and Brita to name a few. We have a dedicated team that can assist and advise on systems that are both productive and cost effective, ensuring the customer expectations are fully meet.
Further to the outbreak of Covid19, the water cooler industry has undertaken a small revolution in terms of its innovation with various models being re-designed to become a touchless system, either via a infra-red sensor, a mobile app or a foot pedal dispense option. We can offer the latest products at affordable rates .
In addition we are now stocking several sanitisation products , such as Cambcol 80% Alcohol Hand Sanitiser, Disinfecting Wipes and we have distribution rights for the exciting Purhold Hygiene Door Handle solutions including the gel dispensing PRO option.
Working from Home has become the new norm, as a result workers/home owners have opted to have a water cooler in their home, offering instant chilled, high quality, drinking water. We can offer weekly packages that offers both replenishment and maintenance direct to their front door.
Our water is bottled at source from a specialist plant in Norfolk, a fresh local product, fully accredited with Water Dispenser & Hydration Association membership. As our business only supplies to the local counties, the food miles our products incur are minimal, in some cases as little as 5 miles from bottling plant to door.
The impact of the environment is important to us, we are all conscious of our responsibilities to help protect the planet and younger generations. Over the past few years we have replaced our plastic cups with fully recyclable paper, our replenishment service results in our plastic bottles being continuously recycled, we have teamed up with European Water Care ensuring all our filter cartridges are recycled after their use at a plant in Harlow. Following the introduction of refill stations, we can assist with the prevention of the ongoing purchase of single-use plastic bottles. Our systems have been built to accommodate large sports bottles for an easy dispense, furthermore they have a built-in bottle counter advising of the bottles saved.
For any assistance or requirements please do not hesitate to contact our friendly team who will assist you with your requirements.
Barnham Broom is a luxury resort offering a warm welcome to all guests looking for an exceptional experience. With first class facilities and amenities, Barnham Broom boasts a stylish setting in the heart of the Norfolk countryside.
Conveniently located just west of Norwich, Barnham Broom is the perfect base to explore both the city and the surrounding area. The resort overlooks 300 acres of beautiful Norfolk countryside with 46 contemporary bedrooms offering comfortable, stylish and luxurious accommodation.
Two contrasting 18-hole golf courses, The Valley and The Hill, surround the River Yare Valley, offer a premium golf destination.
The Spa at Barnham Broom is a wonderful place to relax and unwind, offering a complete range of professional treatments and luxurious ESPA products. The Spa has recently introduced the luxurious range of Ytsara treatments and products, which are vegan and cruelty-free and are central to the new spa day.
The Vegan Spa journey offers a guilt free indulgence and treatment with a back exfoliation followed by a relaxing back massage and a deeply relaxing scalp massage. Afterwards guests can settle down to a vegan afternoon tea in the Valley Bar or out on the terrace, along with access to the swimming pool, relaxation pool, saina, steam room and loungers. The Vegan Spa day is available from just £75 per person.
The Edge Health & Fitness Club, with its state-of-the-art gym equipment, sauna, steam room, squash courts, tennis courts, fitness classes and heated indoor swimming pool, is the perfect place to improve your health & well-being.
Enjoy high-quality dining in the award-winning Brasserie or visit the Valley Bar’s comfortable lounge for afternoon tea or an indulgent cocktail or two. Or, come and relax at the Sports Bar, which offers a fantastic menu in an informal setting.