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You may have noticed that here at Sykes, we’re big fans of the picturesque county of Norfolk. From the stunning landscape of the Broads to the traditional seaside towns with their beach huts, we love talking and hearing about the places and attractions that make this county so special. Today, we want to share with you some of Norfolk’s best historical days outs and why you should visit them this summer.

Bircham Windmill

Bircham Windmill, near King’s Lynn, is a great day out for all the family. Built in 1846, the windmill’s appearance hasn’t really changed and it still looks very much like it would have done 100 years ago. Visitors to this popular attraction can climb the five floors to see all the machinery, experience the beautiful views and read more information about the history of the windmill. There are also plenty of other interesting and fun activities on offer including bread making at the adjoining bakery; a tea room serving a delicious selection of home-made light meals, scones, cakes and clotted cream teas; sheep milking every day at 2pm and petting days with the windmill’s animals. There is also a wonderful gift shop and bake shop where you can purchase souvenirs and treats to take home for friends and family.

Shakespeare Festival at Norwich Cathedral

Norwich Cathedral, Norfolk

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This summer, Norwich’s Shakespeare Festival is returning to the Norwich Cathedral once more to thrill and entertain audiences with performances of two of the Bard’s most famous plays, Much Ado About Nothing and Romeo and Juliet. Presented by Shakespearean touring companies and running for four nights from 16th-19th July, this is a truly unique chance to see masterpieces of English literature performed against the spectacular backdrop of the cathedral. This is a fantastic opportunity that should not be missed! The refectory team at Norwich Cathedral will also be on hand to provide a BBQ and bar for guests.

Blickling Estate

Blickling Estate, Norfolk

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Blickling Estate is a stunning Jacobean mansion house just north of Aylsham and is one of Norfolk’s top tourist attractions. Once home to Sir John Falstof and later, the Boleyn family, Blickling Estate is also widely thought to be the birthplace of Anne Boleyn and her statue and portrait can still be found in Blickling Hall today. Aside from being steeped in history, this magnificent estate is a fantastic day out for holiday-makers in Norfolk this summer. Visitors are able to explore the house with its opulent décor and view one of the nation’s most historically important collections of books, and with nearly 5000 acres of gardens and woodland to discover, there’s no better place to head for a walk. Now owned by the National Trust, Blickling Estate has a lot to offer children too with family activities and quizzes on offer throughout the season.

Rent a holiday cottage in Norfolk

Holiday cottage in Norfolk

Kath’s Cottage, Heacham, Ref 4040

If you’re heading to Norfolk this summer then why not consider booking one of our fantastic holiday cottages for your trip. We’ve over 120 cottages in Norfolk for you to choose from and a diverse range of locations, from coast to countryside and city centre to the Broads.

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