Following our recent posts on making the most of the summer holidays in Devon and the Lake District, this week we shine the Sykes spotlight on Norfolk. Planning a holiday to East Anglia can often mean a lengthy car journey but the combination of great weather, natural beauty and fantastic year-round attractions more than makes up for it, we promise! Here’s what not to miss this summer in Norfolk…
If you didn’t make it to Glastonbury earlier in the summer, try the Sundown Festival held on the final weekend of August at the Norfolk Showground where this year’s headliners include Olly Murs, Pixie Lott and Dizzee Rascal. Previous success has meant tickets are in high demand for this year’s festival but there is still plenty of tickets available starting at just over £30 for the day. For something a little bit more unusual, the Wells Pirate Festival has to be top of your list. In mid-September, this popular fishing town on the North Norfolk coast will be transformed into a swashbuckling array of pirate activities from sea shanties to puppet shows and even a smugglers ball. With all the proceeds from the pirate festival being used to create a cultural hub for the community, what’s not to love?
Birds and Boats on the Norfolk Broads
Located in the east of the region, the Norfolk Broads is one of the UK’s National Parks and home to the largest protected area of wetland in the UK. Getting out on the water is undoubtedly the best way to make the most of the area and with more than 200km of navigable waterways; you’ll be spoilt for choice! Choose a canoe to feel at ne with nature or join one of the many organised boat trips and just sit back and relax. The Broads are also famous for bird watching with twitchers flocking (pardon the pun) to the area throughout the year. With the area home to more than 400 species and it possible to spot as many as 100 breeds in a single day, it’s easy to see why Norfolk lays claim to being the best place to bird watch in the UK. Even during the summer months it’s possible to escape the tourist crowds and just enjoy the slower pace of life on the Broads.
Rub shoulders with the Royals
Well, sort of! The Sandringham Estate, located just six miles from King’s Lynn, is HM the Queen’s country retreat which has been used by the last four monarchs since 1862. During the summer when the Queen resides in Balmoral, the house, museum and gardens are open to the public and offer an intriguing insight into life as a Royal. The museum in particular is well worth the trip as it’s home to gifts given to the Queen on her trips abroad as well as a selection of items no longer used by the household. If you’re anything like me, the chance to imagine life as a Royal is unmissable!
Wherever you choose for a holiday in Norfolk, you can almost guarantee we’ll have a holiday cottage nearby. We have more than 100 Norfolk cottages to choose from including luxurious barn conversions and charming stone-built cottages originally built for the region’s fishermen. In fact, the most difficult thing is deciding which of our fantastic cottages to choose! Sykes Cottages are here to help; start planning a summer break to Norfolk by visiting our website or giving us a call on 01244 356695 today!