A little North Norfolk break 

Felicity on the beach

Just before the work on our kitchen started, we managed to escape to North Norfolk for five days housesitting for Will’s parents near Hunstanton. It was our first actual holiday this year (and first for #take12trips), and although things were a little hectic at home it was so nice to take some time out and have some family time. We spent a good bit of time just pootling about on the beach, searching for shells and generally enjoying the bracing March air. Here are some of the other things we got up to.

Felicity and beach huts

See & do

Wells-next-the-Sea – it’s not a trip to North Norfolk without a trip to Wells, and it turns out that it is just as enjoyable with a small human as it was in our pre-child life, though admittedly for different reasons. This time we spent a lot more time in the quayside public playground – the pirate ship climbing frame is very impressive – then took the little train along to the beach. We weren’t completely lazy as we did at least walk back. We ate lunch at the beach cafe and then had a wander on the beach, which was mostly desperately trying to convince F that the beach huts aren’t amazing Wendy houses we’re keeping secret from her. A quick stop at the chocolate shop (see below) and we headed off after a thoroughly lovely morning.

RSPB Titchwell Marsh

RSPB Titchwell – this is perhaps more of a reserve designed for wildlife enthusiasts rather than toddlers, but it is a spectacular place to see wildlife and we’d also arranged to meet my Mum there for Mother’s Day so obviously F came along too. Luckily we mostly had the hides to ourselves as F merrily stomping around making the wood echo and pointing out every bird loudly both in and outside the hide is not the most social of behaviours when you’re trying not to disturb the peace and quiet. Will even managed, purely by luck, to coincide our long planned visit with a twitch (a trip to see a specific rarity) and managed to see a bird he’d never seen in Britain before, quite an unusual occurrence for him now. We’re looking forward to taking F again when she can have her own little pair of binoculars.

Sealife Hunstanton

SeaLife centre – I love aquariums but I am always a bit dubious about how ethical the SeaLife chain are.  I did used to go to the Hunstanton one when I was little, and due to some unexpected weather Will and I ended up there on an early date soon after we met, so I do have a bit of a forbidden love of this attraction! At least Hunstanton SeaLife also has a seal sanctuary so I feel some of our entrance money is going to help wildlife at some point. On the last day of our holiday it was grey and a bit rainy, so this seemed perfect way to spend the day. F also loved it, which helped, she is a big fan of ‘phish’ and the ability to run up and down the walk through tunnel was endlessly entertaining (even on roughly the 18th rotation).

Eat

Thornham Deli. This is a lovely farm shop and cafe and handily the village’s playground is right next door, combined with a mini play area in the farm shop and it is a reasonable relaxing ‘nice’ cafe to take F to – which is a lovely change.

Eric’s Fish and Chips – this is on the main road between Wells and Hunstanton and randomly for the location is a lovely fish and chip shop. We had takeaway but you can also eat in too.

The Chocolate Deli – this is on the quay at Wells and (at my request) my Mother’s Day present came from here. They even had an Easter egg making robot when we were there. It wasn’t Easter yet though so we went for a pick and mix box of chocolates. They were absolutely delicious, perhaps not the cheapest, but interestingly they were so rich that you didn’t need many of them, and I’m someone who can usually eat a lot of chocolate.

In fact I think I may have to have a trip back to Norfolk very soon just to eat a few more of those chocolates!

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