100 things to do in Norfolk 70-61
70 Do the traditional things on Great Yarmouth's Golden Mile – roll your trouser legs up and have a paddle, eat an ice cream, build a sandcastle. Or stroll along chomping freshly-made, sugared donuts from a paper bag. Order them and salivate as you watch them being made before your very eyes! Bet you can't eat one without licking your lips.
69 Be a flaneur for the day and take a gentle stroll around Norwich, with over 1500 historic buildings within the city walls. The city has 33 medieval churches (one of them hosting the Norwich Puppet Theatre), more than any other city in northern Europe, and Elm Hill is a complete historical cobbled street with stunning examples of Tudor buildings and wealthy merchants' houses. And don’t miss our Norman cathedral, one of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture in Europe, boasting the second tallest spire in the country and the largest cloisters in England.
68 Get fruity with some pick-your-own strawberries. One of the best places to do this is at Wiveton Hall in north Norfolk. You know PYO are the best way to enjoy sun-ripened strawbs. Just don't eat too many while you're picking… make sure there's enough for everyone.
67 Enjoyed the adrenaline rush of orienteering or trail cycling in Thetford Forest. You'll be surprised to hear that Thetford Forest was only planted in 1922, whereas The New Forest in Hampshire dates back to the 11th century! It covers over 20,000 hectares and has its own unique microclimate.
66 Taken a leisurely stroll around one of south Norfolk’s lovely market towns – Diss, Harleston, Wymondham and Attleborough. You’re sure to find a cost little tea room. And look out for 'narrow' or 'street' commons and greens, a reminder of the linear network of grazing verges that were used to sustain livestock on their way to market way back when.
65 Travelled 'The Poppy Line', otherwise known as the North Norfolk Railway, from Sheringham to Holt. You'll get a real sense of adventure as you steam through the beautiful countryside and see the twinkling sea in the distance. And that’s just one of many heritage railways Norfolk has. All aboard!
64 Spent an afternoon lazing around Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, a secret hideaway in the heart of the Norfolk Broads. There are wonderful woodland walks, gardens rich in wildlife with an eclectic mix of native and cultivated plantings plus a private broad – if you're lucky you’ll get it all to yourself!
63 Visit Houghton Hall, home of England's first Prime Minister! This is one of the most exquisite stately homes in the country, built by Sir Robert Walpole, and it represents the highest quality of design and collecting in its era. Take a stroll in the gardens and park – and then take a look out at the military model re-enactments. This could be where you meet your Waterloo… in miniature.
62 Bumped into Lady Hamilton and Horatio Nelson at the Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival. It takes place every September along the length of the historic South Quay, featuring tall ships, shanty music, and more pirates than you can shake a cutlass at. Just make sure you don't get press-ganged!
61 Got lost in the Somerleyton Hall maze… and no, it's not good form to leave a trail of breadcrumbs behind you. The maze, made of yew hedge, was built in 1846 and is a highlight of the 12 acre gardens. The Victorian stately mansion, built in Anglo-Italian style with lavish architectural features, magnificent carved stonework and fine state rooms, is pretty impressive too!