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Norfolk's American connections

24 February 2017

The historical connections between Norfolk and North America began in the 17th century, when a large number of migrants moved to the newly-created colonies. Norfolk was the county that provided the biggest percentage of known passengers on The Mayflower. It was also birthplace of Thomas Paine, the man whose work helped fuel the American War of Independence. And Pocahontas and John Rolfe were America's opening First Couple and the pairing that created the Special Relationship.

The couple that began The Special Relationship

23 February 2017

Native American Pocahontas and her Norfolk husband John Rolfe have a very special American claim to fame - not only did they have the first inter-racial church wedding in US history, their pairing helped establish the English colony in Virginia, and ensured the creation of the United States of America. Without this First Couple of the Colony, Americans might be speaking Spanish, Dutch or French instead of English! This was the start of the Special Relationship.

Spring wildlife in Norfolk

16 February 2017

Spring is the time when Norfolk bounces back to life, and the county's fauna and flora does the same. Here David North of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust gives us the Top 10 natural spectacles to look out for during the Spring months...

Top dog-friendly parks and woods

15 February 2017

Norfolk welcomes dogs and their owners, and we can promise lots of opportunities to run around on our coast and beaches and in the countryside. Here's our favourite dog-friendly parks and woods to explore.

Walk the Norfolk Coastal Path

30 January 2017

For the timeless pleasure of being at one with the natural world try the 45 mile long Norfolk Coastal Path. It can take three days, from Holme-next-the-Sea near Hunstanton where Seahenge was discovered in 1999, across to the delightful Victorian seaside town of Cromer, but you can break it down into chunks using the Coasthopper bus which runs along the A149 coastal road

Our Low Country and Dutch links

22 January 2017

Norwich has long been a busy cultural capital, heavily settled by those who had come over the North Sea, including the Dutch and Huguenots escaping religious persecution, and even emigres from the French Revolution. Yes, the North Sea has always been a carrier, not a barrier, and even today it's quicker to get from Norwich to Amsterdam than it is London!

Crabbing in Norfolk

21 January 2017

Catching crabs by a line (also called Gillie-crabbing) is as old as the seaside itself, but how to do it hasn't changed a great deal. So here's how you do it… step by step.

Rockpooling in Norfolk

18 January 2017

When you’re at the seaside there’s nothing more magical than exploring the depths of a coastal rock pool. Get a glimpse into the depths for an intriguing snapshot of life under the waves – this is the easiest way to get up close to marine wildlife.

Literary locations in Norfolk

17 January 2017

Cameron Self of Literary Norfolk offers us ten Norfolk locations from which authors, writers and poets including Arthur Conan Doyle, Arthur Ransome and Henry Rider Haggard took literary inspiration...

Norfolk's top 10 foods

17 January 2017

Norfolk has some of the best fresh, seasonal produce you'll find anywhere, from Cromer crab to Brancaster mussels, artisan cheeses, and the best malting barley in the country, as well as an English whisky distillery. Of course, we're also renowned for our Norfolk black turkeys and this is the home of Colman's Mustard and Mint.