Lecturer Amanda's Norfolk

Amanda Nichol, City College lecturer and photographer, has lived in Norfolk for 10 years, the past 5 in Norwich. She loves the city's variety of independent shops and great social life, the county's amazing coast and natural woodlands, its affordability and easy access to the rest of the UK.

What would your ideal weekend in Norfolk involve? Socialising with friends at one of many eclectic vintage venues in Norwich around St Benedict Street, St Gregory's Alley, Magdalen Street and The Lanes. Bo Nanafana Social Club have great themed events, there's vintage dance classes and music at Swing City, vintage dance at The Rumsey Wells and Epic Studios and The Birdcage are good too. For shopping I'd go to Goldfinches Vintage Clothing, Retreat Vintage Clothing on Magdalen St, and Looses Emporium for everything kitsch and quirky. For a treat I might visit award-winning hair and make-up stylis Flamingo Amy. Out of the city, a walk/picnic on the beach would be great.

Your favourite place to eat? The Bicycle Shop, it's original and quirky, has healthy, alternative food, and also doubles up as a venue. The best coffee shop in the city is The Window on Wensum Street and I love Biddy's Tea Room.

Your favourite pub? The Fat Cat Tap (the Old Cider Shed) in the city has guest beers and ciders. It's always different and never mainstream, and is also a good venue for live music and a great atmosphere. Also The Fisherman's Return at Winterton-on-Sea has a good location, is independent, and has excellent food and regional real ales. And it's dog friendly!

What do you long for if you've been away? The tranquillity of the coast.

What's your favourite Norfolk place? Horsey Beach - it's natural, wild and free from commercial tourism.

Where would you have a picnic and what Norfolk food would you have? Local cider and sandwiches at Winterton-on-Sea or maybe Bacton Woods with fish & chips from the Kingfisher Fish bar.

Where would you send a visitor to really appreciate Norfolk? Norwich without a doubt, and also Holkham Hall, Burnham Deepdale, Waxham, Hemsby...

What piece of advice would you give a visitor to the county? Take your time, there's more here than you think.

What's your idea of Norfolk Big Sky Thinking? Big Sky Thinking captures the essence of what Norfolk is about, and the fact this county has so much potential!

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