Vintage fan Gemma's Norfolk
Gemma Seager is the editor of local events website Vintage Norwich, writes a fashion and lifestyle blog called Retro Chick, and organises events, mostly with a vintage theme. She's lived in Norwich for 10 years - she came on holiday and fell in love with the city! She tells us some of her favourite things...
What would your ideal weekend in Norfolk involve? I'd jump on the train to Sheringham or Cromer and walk on the beach and eat chips by the sea. Maybe do a spot of vintage shopping in Holt. Then back to Norwich in the evening for some city nightlife with good food and cocktails. It's worth keeping an eye on Open for vintage styled events – Bo Nanafana and Festival Asylum both organise events there.
Your favourite place to eat and why? I love to eat at the newly-reopened Sir Garnet. Their gourmet burgers are all hand made on the premises from locally sourced ingredients and are just delicious.
Your favourite pub and why? The Kings Arms on Hall Road. I used to live nearby and it's always really friendly with an excellent selection of real ales. I also love the Kings Head on Magdalen Street for the same reason. If I'm not in a real ale mood, then I love to have cocktails at 42 King Street which are just perfectly made with great ingredients and The Birdcage on Pottergate is very nice with music, good cocktail list and art installations downstairs.
What do you long for if you've been away? I'm away quite a bit, and I mostly miss a walk by the river in Norwich and the view of the Cathedral.
What's your favourite Norfolk place and why? I love Norwich. I'm a city girl at heart and Norwich has everything you could want in the way of shopping, eating and cocktails, whilst still being compact enough to travel across on foot. I'm also very fond of Holt, it has some great delicatessans and is excellent for browsing the vintage shops.
Where would you have a picnic and what Norfolk food would you have? I love to take a picnic down to Cow Tower or to the Plantation Gardens. Brays cottage pies have to be in my picnic basket and a bottle of real ale. I love Tipples Black Moth.
Your favourite Norfolk view? Walking down Silver Road towards the city you get a beautiful view of the cathedral. When the sun is out and the skies are blue it's beautiful.
Where would you send a visitor to really appreciate Norfolk? I'd send them several places to get a flavour of everything Norfolk has to offer. Great Yarmouth for some seaside fun, Wells-next-the-Sea for seal watching and country walks, Holt for some small town shopping and Norwich for a taste of city life.
What piece of advice would you give a visitor to the county? Make sure you get out into the country and go for a walk. Don't just drive from place to place or you'll miss out.
What's your idea of Norfolk Big Sky Thinking? There's so much variety in the places to visit in Norfolk. Big Sky Thinking means to me losing pre-conceived ideas and really exploring what the county has to offer.