V is for voila!
You want a holiday or short break by the coast, with fabulous beaches, great food and drink, lots of accommodation types to choose from, and lots to do when you don't want to just kick back and relax. Voila! Welcome to Norfolk!
So what do you know about our coastal county? You probably know it's where the Norfolk Broads are… you possibly remember the reference in David Bowie's Life on Mars? It's where The Queen holidays over Christmas and where Kate and Wills have a home (Norfolk now has the 2nd, 3rd and 4th in line to the throne all living here).
It has a city where Alan Partridge has a radio show. You probably know it's where England's greatest naval hero was born. If you believe Noel Coward, it's 'very flat'.
It's all of those things, except the last one. Anyone walking the Norfolk Coast Path or cycling on the Cromer Ridge, the highest point in East Anglia, will testify that it undulates quite nicely, thank you.
Norfolk is about bucket and spade and end-of-the-pier, candyfloss and fish and chips at Great Yarmouth, Hunstanton, Cromer and Sheringham, but it's also strolling with dogs on wide open, empty beaches, warming mugs of hot chocolate, candy-coloured beach huts and big bowls of mussels with frites in cosy gastropubs.
Uniquely, we have the Deep History Coast, home of the oldest and best-preserved mammoth skeleton ever found (some bones have hyena teeth marks!) and where 850,000 year old human footprints were found, the earliest evidence of man found outside the Great Rift Valley in Africa.
This means that not only is Norfolk the cradle of British civilisation, it's also the destination for the first tourists ever to come to the UK!
At seaside Heacham, you'll see the village sign has Pocahontas in it. She married local man John Rolfe in what was America's first inter-racial church wedding - so we can say they started The Special Relationship! Their marriage and Rolfe's cash crop of tobacco helped save the colony - so we can also say that without a Norfolk man Americans would probably now be speaking Dutch, Spanish or French!
Norfolk is all about big skies, stunning vistas and far-off horizons on which you can always spot a Norman or Saxon church tower, but it's also racing through forest trails on bikes, clambering through woodland adventure parks and kitesurfing in the tumbling waves.
It's the sum of the parts that makes Norfolk so unique when it comes to choosing a holiday or short break here. There's something to suit all tastes, interests and pockets.
We believe we have the best and most diverse tourism offering of any county in the country, with superb seasonal food and drink, lots of events and a brilliant range of attractions, things to do and places to stay. We're proud of our Royal county status.
And let's not forget that Norfolk is also the combined driest/sunniest county in the UK!
In fact, you could say we have it all. That's Big Sky Thinking - anything is possible in Norfolk. We look forward to welcoming you.