Cool Britannia is just so yesterday, but Norfolk remains the cool place to be... and not just when you're walking on the cliffs in a t-shirt...
The young Royals call it home
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have moved to a house on the Queen's Sandringham Estate in West Norfolk with their children, meaning the second, third and fourth in line to the British throne all call Norfolk their home.
Royal history in Norfolk
Norfolk hosted the Radio 1 Big Weekend
We've got the best beach in Britain
The beach at Holkham/Wells
in north Norfolk
has been voted the best beach in Britain! And why not - it's simply superb, with vast expanses of sand (that stretch for miles at low tide) and around 100 multi-coloured beach huts. You might remember it from the closing shots of Shakespeare in Love
, with Gwyneth Paltrow's Viola being shipwrecked on a 'Virginia' beach.
Broads are a magnet for celebrities
Hollywood A-listers Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis shunned the glitzy life they're accustomed to, instead opting to bunk up on a riverboat on the Norfolk Broads before their marriage. And as for Harrison Ford, he'd rather be on a boat on the Broads with partner Calista Flockhart and their son than be seen sailing a luxury yacht around the Caribbean.
Deep History Coast is the new Jurassic Coast
The 16 mile stretch of coast from West Runton to Happisburgh is unique in the entire world! The 600-year-old mammoth skeleton found at the former is the oldest and best-preserved found in the world (and twice as big as anything found on the Jurassic Coast), the 850,000-year-old human footprints found at the latter are the oldest evidence of man found outside the Great Rift Valley in Africa (which means the first tourists ever to come to Britain visited Norfolk!). Deep History Coast
is going to be the next big thing!
We are Cotswolds-by-the-Coast
You know the problem with the Cotswolds? It's not by the sea! But north Norfolk
is. Drive the A149 from Cromer to Hunstanton (otherwise known as Sunny Hunny) and you won't see dry stone walls, but you'll see magnificent flint homes. You'll see boutique hotels, gastropubs and spas... just like in the Cotswolds. And Farrow & Ball love it so much they've just launched a new Stiffkey Blue paint. Enough said...
Dad's Army is back in the headlines
A new version of Dad's Army has been filmed for the Big Screen, featuring Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bill Nighy (Corporal Jones), Michael Gambon (Godfrey) and Toby Jones (Captain Mainwaring). But the original BBC TV programme was filmed in Thetford and the Brecks
in Norfolk. Just saying...
We've got UK's oldest arts festival
The Norfolk & Norwich Festival
that takes place every May is the oldest arts festival in the country and still in the top five overall. Come along and take part... or just kick back and enjoy. And we've got plenty of other festivals
We have brilliant food and drink
Yes, we know every county says that, but how many have Cromer crab (meaty and flavoursome because they feed on a chalk reef... yes really!), Binham Blue cheese, wonderful Woodforde's Wherry, magnificent malting barley
, succulent samphire, awesome asparagus, Stewkey Blues and so, so much more? Trust us, a visit to Norfolk is worth it just for the food and drink
Largest seal colony in England
Norfolk has fabulous wildlife throughout the year, including brilliant birdwatching
and super seal
spotting. Over the Winter of 2014/2015 Blakeney Point in north Norfolk
hosted over 5000 Grey seals and their pups, making it the largest colony in England. Come on, admit it, they are just SOOOO cute!