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Thursday, 06 July 2017 00:00

Cromer sea-life mural completed

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A large sea-life mural surrounding the new Cromer West Prom play area has been finished. The 26m-long mural has been painted on the walls around the recently opened shipwreck play area. It depicts underwater flora and fauna local to North Norfolk’s coast, including seals, fish and seaweed. The new mural is part of North Norfolk District Council’s £1m Cromer West Prom investment that includes the recently opened ‘futureproofed’ catering kiosk, toilets and showers, as well as the play area, that can all be craned to higher ground in the event of a storm surge.
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On Friday 23 June the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk officially opened a new £130k play area in the Hunstanton Heritage Gardens. The new play area is part of the £1.3m project to regenerate the Hunstanton Heritage Gardens, funded by the borough council and the National Lottery through a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Big Lottery Fund. The official opening of the play area marks the final phase of the project; with completion dates being finalised for all the project’s remaining elements.
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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.
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Wymondham, with its attractive town centre, has had many famous people living within the area. The most notable from an historian’s point of view is Robert Kett who led a rebellion in 1549 of peasants and farmers protesting at the enclosure of common land. His virtually unarmed forces held the City of Norwich for six weeks until defeated by the King’s men. He was hanged in Norwich Castle and Kett’s Oak – the rebellion rallying point can still be seen today on the road between Wymondham and Hethersett. Nearby is Wymondham Abbey – a beautiful building which began life as a Benedictine Priory. With its twin towers it is a landmark for miles around.
Saturday, 25 February 2017 00:00

All Things Norfolk Guide to Aylsham

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A look at Aylsham this month – an attractive market town with the streets still arranged on the original medieval layout. It has plenty of character and offers almost everything you can think of! From great pubs, restaurants and tea rooms, a lovely marketplace, a range of businesses offering anything from accountancy to veterinary; architects to venue hire, it even has its own stately home right on its doorstep! Recorded as Elesham in the Domesday Book the manor was passed to John of Gaunt, Edward III’s son and subsequently father of King Henry IV. It was eventually sold to Sir John Hobart of Blickling and the nearby Jacobean Blickling Hall is now a jewel in the crown of the National Trust. On the anniversary of her death, Anne Boleyn is…
Monday, 13 February 2017 00:00

All Things Norfolk guide to Cromer

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Every month we’ll be featuring a much loved part of Norfolk which owes its continued existence to the independent business and organisations which are devoted to encouraging and serving customers. This month, and with the recent sad loss of one of our most famous local residents, we are focusing on Cromer and will bring you news of local events and what’s on offer in the area. When you think of Cromer do your thoughts turn to piers, crabs, Poppyland, lighthouses and lifeboats? Obviously the answer’s yes, but there’s so much more to this delightful Victorian seaside town which was recently adopted as the home of one of Britain’s most popular and sadly recently departed thespians, Sir John Hurt.
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As one of the Greater Yarmouth Tourism and Business Improvement Area Ltd’s (GYTABIA) first projects to come to fruition, Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth’s Golden Mile is now aglow once again in the evening with 42 decorative sails in position in lamp posts all along the seafront.
Tuesday, 21 July 2015 00:00

Green Flag awards in North Norfolk

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Holt Country Park, Sadler’s Wood and Pretty Corner, near Sheringham, have again been named amongst the best open spaces in the UK, winning the right to fly the prestigious Green Flag for 2015/16. It is the eleventh year in a row that Holt Country Park, which, like the other two winners, is run by North Norfolk District Council (NNDC), has earned a Green Flag for being welcoming, safe, clean and well-managed.
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 00:00

Flags out for North Norfolk beaches

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Flying the flag for North Norfolk’s seaside resorts this year are Sheringham, Cromer, Mundesley and Sea Palling. All four are continuing the standard of excellence that was recognised with the awards of Blue Flag status last year. North Norfolk District Council is celebrating an extra award this year; alongside East Runton beach which has been awarded a Seaside Award for the second year running, Wells-next-the-Sea beach has won the coveted award for the first time. The Seaside Award is in recognition of high standards of beach management.
Tuesday, 19 May 2015 00:00

Great Yarmouth Heritage Walks

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Discover ‘Gorey Stories on a Wicked Walk’ on a special Whitsun Holiday Heritage Walk in Great Yarmouth on Wednesday, May 27. The walk starts at 2pm from the Fishermen’s Hospital Gates in the Market Place and lasts up to two hours. Places must be booked in advance on 01493 846346, or at Great Yarmouth Tourist Information Centre, Marine Parade. Prices: £6.50 adults, £4 children (7-16), under 7’s free, price includes refreshments in the Star Hotel. Twenty maximum on the walk, so book early (10 minimum for guided walk to take place).
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RT @kosbornphoto: Great to be in company with such fab Norfolk businesses.