100 things to do in Norfolk 10-1

10 Imagined you're Godzilla at the Merrivale Model Village in Great Yarmouth. Only imagine, mind, don't go stepping on anything! Imagined you're Gulliver on his travels and you've just arrived in Lilliput at the Merrivale Model Village in Great Yarmouth. That's better…

9 Been star-gazing in north Norfolk. There's so little light pollution in areas such as Kelling that it's an ideal place to gaze up on a dark night and wonder if there are aliens out there… who might like to visit Norfolk. It's even been known to see the Aurora Borealis here!

8 Been thrilled by the jumping at the Burnham Market International Horse Trials in north Norfolk. It's one of the country's finest events where visitors can see a multitude of Olympic and Championship athletes competing on home turf. Riders who have competed in recent years include Zara Phillips, Team GB Olympians William Fox-Pitt, Pippa Funnell and local girl Piggy French. It's our very own version of the Badminton Horse Trials, although our horses just do the usual stuff… they don't play badminton.

7 Driven the scenic Great Yarmouth to Cromer A149 coast road, starting on the Golden Mile, then going through beautiful countryside and quaint, quiet villages, the sea never far away, and ending up at the home of the tastiest crustaceans you'll ever come across! Nothing beats a crab sarnie on brown after a gentle 34-mile drive…

6 Taken a scenic cycle trip around the gently rolling countryside and quiet lanes of south Norfolk. It's particularly great in summer, when the yellow and green fields are a natural advertisement for Norwich City Football Club. Now, are those Canary-coloured fields rape or mustard? We're never sure…

5 Walked amid the dunes and marram grass at Winterton-on-Sea beach. Don't expect amusement arcades and hot dogs here – this is a quieter beach that's so peaceful a Tern colony has moved in. Great for playing games on, like beach cricket. Howzat! Look out for the cute and colourful thatched roundhouses too.

4 Appreciated the view of Norwich, our Fine City, from Mousehold Heath. This lovely park high above the city has great views looking down on the cathedral, castle and city centre. You could even imagine what it looked like in 1549 when Robert Kett camped his troops up here prior to attacking Norwich (see 95).

3 Driven the A149 coast road of north Norfolk. There is so much Farrow & Ball paint on view, and a plethora of spa and boutique hotels and quaint country pubs that you might think you've stumbled upon the Cotswolds-by-the-Coast.

2 Been on the wooden 1932 Rollercoaster at Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach. It's the only remaining ride of its kind in the UK, and only one of two remaining rollercoasters where a brakeman is required to ride the train, as there are no brakes on the track. And it is just so much fun! Don't take any food with you…

1 Romped around Holkham beach in north Norfolk. It's had Gwyneth Paltrow shipwrecked on it. It's had the All Saints sing Pure Shores on it. It's been featured in Stephen Fry's ITV series Kingdom. Most summers it hosts a Household Cavalry regiment as the horsemen take their steeds galloping in the surf… often without their tops on (the guys, we mean, not the horses)! It's also been voted the best beach in Britain.

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