100 things to do in Norfolk 100-91
99 Had a pint of Woodforde's wherry sitting outside the brewery tap, the thatched Fur and Feathers at Woodbastwick (ask for a traditional handle jug). A pond with ducks, cows mooing in the nearby fields, sun on your skin… you'll be in heaven. (They do brewery tours too).
98 Visited Wheatfen, famous naturalist Ted Ellis' nature reserve at Surlingham, south of Norwich and close to the River Yare. There's a rewarding circular walk where you can learn about the medieval inundated peat diggings. Yes, the Broads are man-made.
97 Had a cycle in The Fens. Not just because it's great cycling: it's flat, the views are gorgeous and you can see for miles. Did we say it's flat? No, it's not just that… it's that only a few hundred years ago you were on swamp! SWAMP we tell you. (This was great for resistance against the Romans and the Normans, but really, who wants to live in a swamp?). No wonder King John got a little confused when he came past on his way to Nottingham and dropped his Crown Jewels in the Wash.
96 Got chips on Norwich market. Okay, there's more to it than just the chips. Buy them, liberally douse with vinegar, sprinkle over salt, then go and take a walk. Yeh, cos that's the real thing. Take in the vista… the Guildhall, St Peter Mancroft Church, the Forum, the Norman Castle. Any direction will provide great sights… and always keep your head up. Our best shot is to head along Gentleman's Walk, through the Royal Arcade, then left along London Street. Then head into Tombland and the Cathedral precinct. A drink at the Adam and Eve isn’t a bad idea either. But that's just us. Find your own way. Oh, but once you're finished with the chips, the shopping's FANTASTIC!
95 Located Kett's Oak between Wymondham and Hethersett. It was here in 1549 that Robert Kett rallied the common men against the landowners' enclosure of common ground for their own use. Marching off to Norwich where his raggle-tag army took on the King’s mercenaries, Kett's Rebellion has gone down in history. It didn’t end happily.
94 Shopped at Roys of Wroxham in the Norfolk Broads – it's the world's largest village store! Yes, really! Their range of locally-sourced food is excellent too.
93 Felt the adrenaline rush of a big ride on Great Yarmouth seafront. Trust us… eat a few fresh donuts, maybe a 99 ice cream or a candyfloss, take a deep breath, gird your lions, and get ready to go… 'WOO-HOOOOOO!'
92 Visited Blickling Hall and taken a stroll around the gardens and lake. It's the ancestral home of Anne Boleyn and her ghost is said to appear once a year. Better still, see if they have a music and firework evening – and prepare a picnic.
91 Walked at least part of the Boudicca Way between Diss and Norwich railway stations. Enjoy the south Norfolk countryside while imaging the derring-do of the flame-haired, Roman-ravaging queen whose Iceni tribe lived in these here parts. That’s ravage, not ravish… there’s no mistaking the two in Boudicca's case.
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