100 things to do in Norfolk 50-41
50 Been to a show at the Pavilion Theatre, Cromer – the last end-of-the-pier show in the country! The summer show is NOT TO BE MISSED – a gallimaufry of gorgeous comedy, dance, music and more! And then you can take a stroll along the Prom, Prom, Prom! Singing 'Tiddely-om-pom-pom!'
49 Visited the Bridewell Museum of Norwich, in the lovely Lanes (shopaholics will love the independent shopping). A look back at the history of our Fine City, you'll also find a first edition of The Revelations of Divine Love, the first book published in English that was written by a woman, Julian of Norwich, and considered one of the great spiritual classics.
48 Watched the sunset at Hunstanton, the only east coast resort where you can do this. Normally on the east coast, as they like to say at panto-time, 'It's behind you!' But Hunstanton faces west. That land in front of you is actually Lincolnshire (although we'll often tell first-timers to Norfolk that it's Holland – you'll be surprised how many of them fall for it) and that building in the distance is the Boston Stump, St Botolph's Church.
47 Or watched the sunset behind Breydon Water and Halvergate marshes at Roman Burgh Castle (see 79) near Great Yarmouth. When the Romans were here in the first century AD our famous seaside resort didn't even exist! (Can you imagine Romans rolling up their tunics for a paddle, eating ice cream and using the sestertia slot machines?). Longshore drift and the prevailing north-west tides created the sand spit across the estuary mouth much later.
46 Been to a football game at Carrow Road in Norwich to see the mighty Canaries and join in a rendition of the oldest known football song, On The Ball City, which goes:
Kick it off, throw it in, have a little scrimmage,
Keep it low, a splendid rush, bravo, win or die;
On the ball, City, never mind the danger,
Steady on, now's your chance,
Hurrah! We've scored a goal.
City!, City!, City!
In October 1938 King George VI became the first British monarch to watch a football league match when he visited Carrow Road (they used to play at The Nest – yes, really!). Why are they called the Canaries? Because an early club chairman, a keen breeder of the birds, changed their strip to yellow and green. In season 2014/15 Norwich will once again be playing their nearest rivals, Ipswich Town, in the Old Farm Derby. To get the Norfolk dialect off pat, just recite this line, 'Um guha roide moy boike dahna Carra Ruhd'…
45 Eaten Stewkey Blues, the famous Stiffley cockles! These are one of our must-eat Norfolk seafoods, along with Cromer crab and Brancaster Mussels. You can often find them at No 1 fish and chip shop on Cromer seafront, served as cockle popcorn! Uhm…
44 Been to the three-day Wells Pirate Festival in September and gone along the quay doing an impression of Long John Silver. Or invent your pirate playlist – perhaps include Bruce Springsteen's Born To Rum. (As they say in the BBC, other festivals are available).
43 Been to Swaffham's independent and eponymous museum – and discovered why Tutankhamun explorer Howard Carter was a Mummy's Boy. Take a stroll around this lovely Brecks market town while you're there and perhaps pop into CoCoes deli for some fab local food.
42 Walked around Thetford in the footsteps of the Dad's Army actors. Most of the external scenes from the still-popular BBC series (and to be made into a new film starring Bill Nighy) were filmed in and around the town, with Thetford Guildhall used as Walmington-on-Sea Town Hall. And that's not the only time Thetford has been on the screen.
41 Discovered if you have Norfolk ancestry at the Norfolk Heritage Centre. We once had strong trading links with Yorkshire, became American pioneers, sent many to distant parts of the Empire, had émigrés go to Canada and packed a few off to Australia as well (uhm… perhaps you may not want to delve into that, like the Aussie woman who said she didn't want to go to England because that's where all the criminals came from).