Norfolk Guide

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Britain might be basking in a heatwave, but young children at Gorleston seafront are keeping their cool as Great Yarmouth Borough Council has opened a new, fun wet play facility today (Wednesday, August 8). Over recent months, families have eagerly watched the new splashpad taking shape, with its fountain sprays, jet streams and buckets of tipping water – all set within an ocean-themed play environment featuring a sail boat, fish, seaweed and starfish. Today a group of local children were the first to try out the new splashpad, which was officially opened by Cllr Mary Coleman, the mayor, who cut a ribbon across the entrance gate.
Wednesday, 01 August 2018 00:00

Sea Palling and Waxham

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This month we move further north along the Norfolk coast. Here we take a look at Sea Palling and Waxham beach. Sea Palling is probably the better known of the two and certainly has more parking and facilities. Waxham can be reached by walking south along the beach from Sea Palling. There is very limited parking available by Waxham beach itself. I like to make the most of any unique features at a location. This helps viewers to identify where the image was taken by giving a strong sense of place. It also means that I work differently at different locations, creating varying images by allowing myself to be guided by the environment around me. When we think of Sea Palling, there are a few distinctive elements that come to…
Saturday, 23 June 2018 00:00

Caister Beach

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Norfolk is fortunate to have a long stretch of varied coastline. This month we step out of Norwich and head to the coast to begin exploring a series of locations with their own unique character. We begin in Caister. For those of you unfamiliar with it, Caister-On-Sea is just north of Great Yarmouth. A good sized car park can be found on Beach Road (postcode NR30 5HD) by the Lifeboat centre. You can often find interesting things to photograph before you even get onto the beach at Caister. For many years there has been old machinery stored at the end of the car park as well as the Lifeboat building. It is worth having a look at them before going further.
Wednesday, 30 May 2018 00:00

River Wensum at Night

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Last month we looked at some of the photographic possibilities along the river Wensum in Norwich between Carrow Road and Fye Bridge Street during daylight hours. This time we will retrace our route by night and look for fresh possibilities. We start down by the river near to the football stadium at Carrow Road. Similarly to during the day we can make the most of reflections in the water. At night, these reflections can sometimes be even clearer to see. Night photography is slightly more difficult than during the day due to the low light levels. So, you need to make sure that you have a tripod to mount your camera on. If not, you won't be able to hold the camera steady enough to get a good photo. As…
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It’s official: North Norfolk continues to have some of the best beaches in the country. The beaches in Cromer, East Runton, Mundesley, Sea Palling, Sheringham and West Runton have all been awarded prestigious Blue Flags for another year – and that means the 45-mile North Norfolk coastline is home to half of all the Blue Flag beaches in the east of England. The awards are given out only to those beaches that have the highest quality of water, facilities, environmental education and management, with superb levels of cleanliness and safety. It means the hundreds of thousands of residents and visitors who visit North Norfolk’s beaches each year can be sure they are enjoying top-notch destinations. North Norfolk is the only district in the county that has been awarded any Blue…
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Norfolk is very popular with photographers. It is easy to see why. We've got stunning coastline, the broads, mills & windpumps, lovely villages and a city full of character to name but a few of the highlights. Whether you are coming to Norfolk on holiday or are lucky enough to live here, there is always something worth exploring with your camera in hand. Over the coming months I will be sharing some tips for locations that I've enjoyed photographing.
Tuesday, 12 September 2017 00:00

Norwich Market wins prestigious award

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Norwich Market has won the Best Independent Food and Drink Award at the prestigious EDP Norfolk Food and Drink Awards 2017, which took place at Norwich Open last night (September 11). The annual awards, run in association with East of England Co-op, celebrate everything from great chefs to fabulous produce, pubs and restaurants. Sweet treats specialist, Figbar, which has a stall on Norwich Market, won the award for best newcomer. 
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The Walks, Tower Gardens and Mintlyn Crematorium in King's Lynn and Esplanade Gardens and Boston Square Gardens in Hunstanton have been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as some of the very best in the world. They are among a record-breaking 1,797 UK parks and green spaces that have received a prestigious Green Flag Award/Green Flag Community Award – the mark of a quality park or green space. This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities. 
Monday, 17 July 2017 00:00

Holt Country Park among UK's best open spaces

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Holt Country Park, Sadler’s Wood, near North Walsham, and Pretty Corner Woods, near Sheringham, have again been named amongst the best open spaces in the UK, winning the right to fly the prestigious Green Flag for 2017/18. This is the thirteenth year in a row that Holt Country Park has been able to fly the Green Flag, which denotes a welcoming, safe, clean and well-managed site. The award demands year-on-year improvement for the status to be retained.
Thursday, 06 July 2017 00:00

Cromer sea-life mural completed

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A large sea-life mural surrounding the new Cromer West Prom play area has been finished. The 26m-long mural has been painted on the walls around the recently opened shipwreck play area. It depicts underwater flora and fauna local to North Norfolk’s coast, including seals, fish and seaweed. The new mural is part of North Norfolk District Council’s £1m Cromer West Prom investment that includes the recently opened ‘futureproofed’ catering kiosk, toilets and showers, as well as the play area, that can all be craned to higher ground in the event of a storm surge.
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