If you follow me on Instagram you’ll know that I have *finally* booked my driving test in early November.
It’s safe to say I have a list as long as my arm of things I want to do once I pass and am finally on the road.
Whilst most people would expect me to be off in Alice exploring the UK – there are so many things that have caught my eye in North Norfolk since I moved back in late 2016. Yes the world is my oyster, but I want to spend the winter getting to know Alice, and how she drives. I want to be confident in my driving ( I am doing a 40 hour beginner intensive course) and know I need to build these skills. Once I have spend some time behind the wheel we will be off. And I will be documenting it all on this blog and my Instagram!
But that doesn’t mean that I cant explore the local area in the time being. After all we are a tourist destination – there are SO many things to do.
Here is my top 10 – in no particular order…
1) Go on a stand up paddle board Dawn Raid with Secret SUP Now granted I have probably left this too late for 2019, but as soon as she starts up again I will be there. A local company that runs weekly SUP sessions as well as special events, such as Paddle Chats and SUP Yoga, I have been watching their instagram with envy all summer!
2) Go out with the Costal Exploration Company. Based in Wells next the Sea, you can charter or be part of an organised trip and go sailing! You can be dropped off in very private locations only accessible by boat and have a guided walk.”enjoy hot soup & fresh bread as you immerse yourself in the sounds of the salt marsh.” (ps – you should totally head on over to their website, its so beautiful!)
3) Wells Harbour Tour. Carrying on with the nautical theme I’d also quite like to do a tour with Wells Harbour Tours. They do well priced hour long beach, marsh or sunset tours. This could be another case of me missing the boat (hehe) with this one but it’s a definite one for springtime! I find since walking up there earlier in the year I want to get out and explore the nooks and crannies of our coast line and these two companies will really help.
( and maybe once I am an amazing stand up paddleboard-er I can learn tide times and get out and explore myself.)
4) Visit all the local National Trust places. A huge bonus of working for the National Trust is that you get free entry to all properties. I want to head over to East Norfolk to explore Oxborough Hall and Peckover, as well as get to know our neighbour Blickling a bit better.
5) All the NOT National Trust places, such as Houghton Hall and Holkham. We are very lucky in North Norfolk that so many of our amazing houses and parklands have stayed privately owned. Some are open to the public in a National Trust style and I want to explore them too, and all the events they hold throughout the year.
6) Go on one of the historic railways that Norfolk has. Sheringham runs Christmas dinner trains, as well as murder mystery trains and an exciting Lights Express that is coming later in the year! Now I know I go to Sheringham ALL the time because of work, but it will be nice to not have to rely on Greater Anglia to get home.
7) Norfolk Wildlife Trust events. The Norfolk Wildlife Trust have such a wide range of events running throughout the year that I could just spend the next few months going to those alone. Activities such as Bat Walks, Stargazing and other guided walks. They even hold creative writing courses and painting too.
8) Norfolk Vineyard Tour– I would love to do a tour or two of our local Vineyards, Such as Winbirri Vineyard and Flint Vineyard . This will probably include camping nearby and making a weekend of it. I have also realised this is probably another seasonal thing too that I will have to wait for the warmer months for!
9) Deli’s and Pubs along the coastline I have heard so much about. This is an all year round thing! Lots of eating! Any recommendations would be amazing down in the comments section too.
10) Count the seal pups at Blakeney or Horsey Windpump. Whilst this is something that is technically arranged through the National Trust – anyone can actually do this by volunteering. Last year was a record breaking year with over 3000 seal pups counted and I really want to take part this year.
OK – I am going to cheat.
There is a Number 11 – but this one is a given.
I want to complete my walk of the Norfolk Coast Path with Margins Walk and Glamp. When I arrived at Cromer on the last day my feet wanted nothing more than to carry on. As soon as the Margins team are up and running for their 2020 season I will be there; walking boots on my feet ready to finish those final miles! If it’s something that tickles your fancy, have a read of my blog series and then head on over to their website before their season starts booking up!
Do you have any other Norfolk ( and Suffolk) recommendations for me for when I pass my test? Leave them below in the comments.