A winter staycation is probably what you need after a busy year. Scenic countryside, tinged with sparkling frost, and beautiful coastlines bathed in winter sunshine can all be seen here in Norfolk. Winter is the perfect time to explore, so we have picked our favourite winter activities you should try, especially if you are staying in one of our Norfolk holiday parks.
Winter woodland walks
Did you know that walking in the woods can reduce stress? Set out in the morning and take a long stroll through one of Norfolk’s beautiful woodlands. Woodlands seem to thrive in the colder months and this makes for a great winter walk.
A taste of Norfolk
Norfolk are famous for their Brancaster Mussels and most local pubs and restaurants serve them. The mussels are collected when they are young, then they are moved to beds in the tidal creek and then left to mature before harvesting. Just scoop the meat from the shell and dunk your bread into the creamy broth for a delicious meal. If you are visiting the area, this delicacy is one you must try.
Cromer crabs are another thing you should try whilst in the area. The reason that they are so good is because the Cromer crabs thrive on the chalk reef, and are known for their tender flesh and high proportion of white meat.
There are many quaint pubs spread throughout the county. Just relax in front of an open fire with your favourite beverage in hand whilst admiring the beautiful views of Norfolk.
Norfolk is full of history and winter is the perfect time to get exploring. Take a trip to a medieval castle, a stately home, a cathedral or even a mine.
There are several castles throughout Norfolk and each one of them has an interesting story.
Norwich castle was built 900 years ago and was originally built as a royal palace. William the Conqueror gave the order, and the Normans made sure this castle dominated the skyline, as it still does to this day. There is a museum within the castle walls, and you can also explore the dungeons and battlements.
One of the largest and best preserved castles can be found near Kings Lynn. Castle Rising is surrounded by 20 acres of mighty earthworks, and was built in 1138, commissioned by William d’Albini for his new wife, the window of Henry l.
Castle Acre was founded after the Norman Conquest in the 1070s by William de Wavennem who was awarded the land by William the Conqueror. There might not be much stone left, but the earthworks are still really impressive.
There are many more ancient castles to explore throughout the county, so do your research and you can have a great day out.
Have you really experienced Norfolk if you haven’t watched the sunrise? Head out early and watch the sun fill the skies above the county. It will be a perfect way to start your day, just head down to the coast and watch the beauty unfold.
Do a spot of shopping in Norwich. Norwich is filled with fabulous independent shops as well as two malls and five department stores. Just head into the city and amble about, you may even feel like doing a spot of Christmas shopping. There are loads of places to explore and eat, so just take your time and enjoy what the city has to offer.