Jessica's Norfolk weekend

It may have been chilly, but there was still a warm Norfolk welcome for 12-year-old Jessica Costen, who visited at Easter with her parents Shareen and Neal from Horsham in West Sussex...

We were in Norfolk at Easter and we had an amazing time! We came up from freezing Horsham to the sunniest place ever. We drove past lots of beautiful countryside and farmed fields and saw lots of lovely towns and villages in the bright sunlight.

One day we spent in Cromer – it was glorious and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. All the attractions on the pier were full of people buzzing with excitement, enjoying the beach rides, warm doughnuts, amusements and not forgetting Cromer’s luxury fish and chips! There are so many lovely shops in every corner, filled with everything you could imagine.

Easter in NorfolkJessica at Banham Zoo in south Norfolk.

Cromer is great to explore and there are lots of wonderful people around to explain about the town's heritage and culture. Cromer also has an RNLI lifeboat station, from where brave men go out to sea to save stranded sailors. The station dates back to 1828 – which is even way, way older than my dad. The RNLI team are open every single day of the year ready to be called out if anything happens.

The next day we went to Banham Zoo. It was awesome!!! I was soooo excited because I love animals and this experience was amazing. We saw lots of reptiles, amphibians, mammals, insects and birds. My favourite animals were the prairie dogs, which look like big guinea pigs. Actually, my guinea pig is probably the same size. My other favourite animal was the red panda. It was adorable, and sat still for ages, eating ripe bamboo. I couldn't sit still for that long!

Both days were fantastic, doing completely different things. We had a brilliant time – Norfolk's magnificent!

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