Magical countryside, tinged with sparkling hoar frost, beautiful coast bathed in winter sunshine, all under those huge, never-ending skies – Winter is a wonderful time to explore Norfolk, when you feel as if you've almost got the county to yourself.
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1 Wrap up warm and brave the great outdoors for a bracing walk. Head to the northern coast and it's likely it'll just be you, the shoreline, the sea and sky – and perhaps your partner, the kids and a dog or two! If you're up for it, there are some longer walks too.
Or when you've finished your clifftop stroll or jaunt by a riverside or through the forest, find a welcoming pub with a roaring fire for a well-earned pint and a hearty meal
, or a friendly café for a warming mug of hot chocolate or a cream tea. Then again... fish and chips by the coast?
Take a trip out on the Broads
and get a heron's view of the world. The birdlife is great and with the vegetation died back, you'll get a better view than during the summer.
Hunker down in the marram-topped sand dunes and watch the sea whip up a swell and unleash its power as giant waves explode on the shoreline. On the eastern coast
you'll get a real sense of the elements.
It's the time of the year for the whole family to enjoy the county's fantastic Christmas shows
, from pantos around the coast and in Norwich to the Thursford Christmas Spectacular and Cromer end-of-pier show. Simply the best way to get into the festive spirit!
Find one of the many coastal pubs that serve steaming bowls of fresh north Norfolk mussels
. Scoop the meat from the shell and dunk your bread into the garlicky, creamy broth. Uhm…
There's other great Norfolk food
to eat too.
Get out early and watch the sun rise at 7am – this is the sunrise coast, after all! And in North and West Norfolk we have the brilliant migratory birdlife
– add in the seals
and you have Norfolk's Winter Wildlife Safari
Spend a day in our Fine City
, just bimbling. Do a spot of shopping
(Norwich has fabulous independent shopping, particularly in The Lanes, as well major High Street stores, two malls and five department stores), exploring, eating, taking in a few galleries and museums. We'd recommend Bridewell Museum, Norwich Castle and the Colman's Mustard Shop.
Take a bike out into Thetford Forest
– it's a great time for a gentle pedal or a more lung-busting adrenaline thrash through the woods. Or you could just pull on your hiking boots and take a walk in the woods. You might even spot a few wild deer. There's plenty of other great cycling
too, particularly in the Broads
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