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Travel News Sept/Oct 2021 ... continued from Page 10


Gardens. The surrounding 600-acre Royal Park is freely accessible year-round (car parking charges apply) and includes a shop, café, and play area with 26ft high water tower and slide. All were explored and enjoyed before we ended our day glimpsing inside the estate’s St. Mary Magdalene Church where the royals attend the Christmas Day service.


DAY SEVEN: NORTH NORFOLK COAST Halfway through the trip, and a necklace of villages


dotted with distinct flint cottages bejewelled our drive along the beautiful North Norfolk Coast. Stops at upmarket Holt and charmingly named Wells-Next-The- Sea topped and tailed our main destination of Cromer. The kids revelled in a North Sea dip beside Cromer Pier as families trawled the waters with buckets and nets in search of some famous Cromer crab. We chose to secure our catch with Crab Burgers at the award-winning No. 1 Cromer café. What a treat!


DAY EIGHT: NORWICH


Bidding our country pad farewell, we headed 40 miles east to Norwich, Norfolk’s capital city famous for Coleman’s mustard, Delia Smith and, you’ve guessed it, a fabulous big cathedral. Dominating the skyline with its 96m tower, the second highest in England, Norwich Cathedral packs more than 900 years of history in its picturesque 44-acre Close and Cloisters. A City Sightseeing Bus Tour showcases the spire and other


Heidi and her family paid a visit stunning Sandringham (Photo Credit Mike Page)


Ray, Freddie and Scarlett on Norwich’s Elm Hill


city highlights, among them the Norwich City football ground whose owner Delia famously cajoled the crowd with her war cry ‘Let’s be ‘aving ya!’. I dare any visitor not to leave Norwich without doing the same. Exploring a city anew often uncovers happy surprises. And, for us, one was undoubtedly Norwich Market. This cornucopia of around 200 stalls can trace its origins back as far as the cathedral’s, making it one of the largest and oldest markets in England. Losing ourselves within this wonderful warren rewards us with spicy Cuban sandwiches, minty mushy peas and gravity defying cupcakes. And though much of the city’s architectural heritage has been lost over the centuries, Elm Hill remains a shining reminder of its medieval heyday. Thatched dwellings and merchant houses share this striking streetscape with boho shops and cute cafes. Speaking of which, more award-winning fish and chips awaited us at The Grosvenor Fish Bar, a culinary landmark reimagined with industrial chic décor and a trad fusion menu. We tucked into Krusty Krab Rolls and good old Cod & Chips alongside its legion of local fans.


DAY NINE: GREAT YARMOUTH


With one final destination to tick off our Norfolk bucket (and spade) list, we headed 22 miles east to the seaside town of Great Yarmouth. If Barry’s and Vegas had a lovechild it would surely be this bumper resort. Its Golden Mile stretches from Britannia Pier to the Pleasure Beach with dodgems, log flume and traditional wooden roller coaster. The Venetian Waterways, Observation Wheel, Merrivale Model Village and Sea Life Centre also populate the bustling promenade, with Sara’s Tearoom providing a welcome beachfront pitstop for - what else but - those trusty fish and chips. At night, the resort dazzles with cash guzzling casinos and come-hither amusement arcades while the Hippodrome entertains with its unique Circus Water Spectacular combining comedy, acrobatics, wheel of death motorcycle stunts and synchronised swimmers! A fabulous end to what we all agreed was the best family day of the entire trip yet. And with more cathedrals, cities and stately homes to come, lots more surprises and adventures lay ahead for our full-on family satycay. Next


FAMILY ROAD TRIP 11


time: Cambridge to Birmingham via Ely, Althorp and the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct.


For more info on all the destinations visited by Heidi and her family check out:


• www.visitcheshire.com/chester • www.chatsworth.org • www.visitlincoln.com • www.visitnorfolk.co.uk • sandringhamestate.co.uk • www.visitnorwich.co.uk


Heidi and family stayed at:


• Holiday Inn Chester South basic hotel with swimming pool. • Hassop Station charming B&B along the Peak District’s traffic-free Monsal Trail and 10min drive to Chatsworth House. • Holiday Inn Express, Lincoln sleek budget hotel within walking distance of the city. • Ffolkes Arms Hotel charming rustic pub hotel close to Sandringham and handy for Norfolk daytrips. • City Pad Norwich clean and cosy terrace house with cheap parking and a short stroll into town.


Heidi, Freddie and Lincoln Cathedral

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