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1 Norfolk is the fifth largest county by area in England and has a great variety of landscape – marram grass and dunes in the east, tidal creeks, salt marshes and huge expanses of beach in the north; beautiful Broads (they're man-made!); rugged Brecks; gentle Waveney Valley; Thetford Forest and Fens. Which means a huge variety of holidays and breaks!

2 There is a chalk reef off Cromer – a great home for shellfish and the reason why Cromer crabs are so sweet and succulent.

3 The best way to have a dirty weekend in north Norfolk is to look out for the annual Blakeney Greasy Pole contest. Win or lose, competitors end up in the mud! See a film of it here.

4 There are 41 Broads in Norfolk, the largest is Hickling at 141 hectares and the second largest is Barton. Horsey Mere is the only broad to be called a mere.

5 Colman's mustard celebrated its 200th anniversary in 2014 – it was in 1814 when Jeremiah Colman, a flour miller, took over a mustard manufacturing business based at Stoke Holy Cross, four miles south of Norwich. To this day all Colman's mustard products continue to be made at Carrow in Norwich.

6 The original Nosey Parker was a Norfolk man. Archbishop Matthew Parker was asked by Queen Elizabeth I to make sure there were no plots against her, a task he did by sticking his nose in to everybody else’s business.

7 Norfolk is the fifth largest county in England and Norwich is the most easterly city in the UK.

8 Norfolk's (and indeed East Anglia's) highest point is Beacon Hill (also known as Roman Camp) near West Runton, between Sheringham and Cromer, 338 ft above sea level. The second highest point in Norfolk is Piggs' Graves crossroad at Swanton Novers which is 331 ft above sea level. And who said Norfolk's flat? Oh yes, it was Noel Coward in Private Lives.

9 Hovercraft inventor Sir Christopher Cockerell’s scientific bent was nurtured at Gresham's School at Holt in north Norfolk. He had a boat building/hire business on the Norfolk Broads and used a baked bean can and a firework in an early attempt to prove that a vehicle could float on air. He finally proved that it was possible on Oulton Broad in the southern Broads in the early 1950s. The first commercial vessel crossed the channel in 1959.

10 There are two place names in Norfolk with only three letters: Oby (10 north-west of Great Yarmouth) and Hoe (2 miles north of Dereham).

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