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Norfolks’ great big skies – Get romantic – go star gazing

star-gazingStargazing in Norfolk
With its enormous skies and low levels of light pollution, it’s no surprise that Norfolk is one of the best places in the country for stargazing. The north of the county is an especially good place to explore the galaxy, with stargazing events regularly held across the area.
Around 90% of the UK population is unable to fully see the stars thanks to light pollution, so it’s no wonder that thousands flock to the Norfolk coast every year to see the constellations. Whether you’ve set up a telescope in our expansive countryside or you’ve found the perfect spot on an idyllic East Anglian beach, Norfolk is a fantastic place to lie back, relax and watch the universe go by.

Stargazing in Norfolk
Though stargazing has always been a popular activity in Norfolk, the BBC’s recent series Stargazing Live, has brought the pastime into the mainstream. One of the programme’s presenters, and the astronomer on The One Show, Mark Thompson is also the president of the Norwich Astronomical Society. The show has helped to inspire a whole new generation of stargazers, with many of Norfolk’s best locations now teaming with amateur astronomers.

The best places to see the stars in Norfolk
Whether you’ve been recently inspired to take up the telescope, or you’re an old hand when it comes to identifying Orion, The Plough and the Seven Sisters, you’ll find plenty of locations to explore across Norfolk. Regular events take place at Kelling Heath, one of the best known stargazing spots in the county. Other popular Norfolk locations include Salthouse and Cley, but great views can be enjoyed from pretty much any rural spot in the county.

Getting involved
If you’re just in the county for a holiday, check with the local tourist board to find out about events that are taking place during your stay. If you live nearby, or want to find out a little more about stargazing while you’re in the area, drop into the Norwich Astronomical Society for one of the group’s weekly meetings and get a taste of what stargazing is all about.

With countless beaches, country parks and protected areas to explore, there are more than enough excellent stargazing spots in Norfolk to keep you busy. If you are heading out to the beach to have a go – or even want to nip out into our back garden just see our constellation maps on the pinboard or ask a member of staff for a copy.

Norfolk’s Famous Farmers’ Markets

Farmers MarketOne of the most fertile parts of the UK, Norfolk has long been known for the quality of its meat, dairy, fruit and veg. From handmade cheeses and specialist sausages to delicious jams and plump, ripe vegetables, the county boasts a range of mouth-watering delicacies and specialities. Visitors to Norfolk can sample this outstanding produce at one of the many farmers markets that dot the county. Fun, vibrant and full of tantalising sights and smells, these markets are the perfect introduction to Norfolk’s culinary heritage.

Farmers’ markets take place in towns, villages and cities across Norfolk throughout the year. Some of the most famous markets are located in Norwich, Loddon, Creake Abbey, Poringland and Fakenham, though smaller markets and farm shops can be found throughout the county. As well as fruit, veg, meat and dairy, a lot of farmers markets also offer plants for sale and most boast a choice of food stands.

Farmers Market 2The vast majority of the produce on offer in Norfolk’s farmers’ markets is grown locally. Most markets ensure that at least 70% of the food sold is produced in Norfolk, giving visitors the chance to sample the very best ingredients the county has to offer. Fans of cheese will be spoiled for choice as Norfolk is home to some of the tastiest vintages in the country. From Binham Blue and Wighton to Wells Alpine and Warham, Norfolk boasts some of the most varied and delicious cheese made anywhere in the UK. Other products you may come across at Norfolk’s farmers’ markets include fresh, crunchy broccoli, firm, ripe tomatoes, fragrant mint and, or course, mustard. Holidaymakers who visit markets close to the sea may also come across the world famous Cromer Crab, freshly harvest samphire and mouth-watering Brancaster mussels.

Head Chef Chris Marshall & his team at the King William love working with our very own county’s produce and we try to use locally sourced meat, fruit and veg wherever possible. Not only does this allow us to produce outstanding meals for you, it also gives you the chance to try some of the best produce in the country.

Creake Abbey 1st Saturday of every month. 9.30am – 1pm at Creake Abbey
Fakenham 4th Saturday of every month. 8.30am – 12pm. at Fakenham Market Square
Holt Country Market every Friday. 9am – 11am. at St Andrews Church Hall
Norwich Monthly 9am-3pm at the Forum
Sandringham 4th Sunday of every month. 10am – 3pm, at Sandringham Visitor Centre.
Thornham last Saturday of every month. 9.30am – 12.30pm, at Thornham Deli.

 

 

5 ways to love November

Autumn in Norfolk UK

There’s no need to wait until Christmas to have a wonderful time.

Love Life today and enjoy Autumn in all its Glory.

Here are 5 ways to simply enjoy November to the full.

1) Mmm! Mussels…
Take a refreshing walk along the beach or through the colourful woods at Sandringham and then sit back and relax with the family by a cosy log fire in our bar, and enjoy a bowl of steaming Brancaster Mussels – making Winter all the more welcoming!

2) Clever savings! Winter Dining Restaurant Promotion (From 1 November).
For every £25 you spend in the restaurant (incl. Pre- Christmas parties!) we reward you with a £2.50 gift voucher – so when you’ve finished all your Christmas shopping you can still treat yourself to a great meal out.

3) MSM (Monthly Set Menu)
Introducing our brand new MSM Menu bringing you Great Food at Great Prices. Together with Tuesdays Curry & a Pint evenings at only £10, Your Dining Club Member Benefits, special event nights (see below) & our fabulous Daily Take Away service you can really start planning some regular days off in your kitchen.

4) Event Nights!
Wednesday 13 November 2013 – Mussels Night
Unlimited ‘Moules et Frites’ – Only £15 per person – Cooked & Served to order in 4 delicious sauces – Discover your favourite – Book your table now on 01485 571765

Wednesday 27 November Italian Night
Fun evening with a two course buffet of delicious Italian dishes. Only £17.50 per person. Proceeds & Raffle on the night in aid of the new Sedgeford village Defibrillator. Bring Your Friends & Book your table now on 01485 571765

5) Great Value 3 night Shortbreaks.
Classic Double Room Only £250, Superior Double Room Only £275.
This rate is for 2 persons and includes our award winning breakfast.

Enjoy your pre-Christmas and festive celebrations with us!
Plan ahead and book your special event now to avoid disappointment.
Call us now on 01485 571765

* Pre-Christmas Dinner Party – from 1/12 for parties of just 2 – 60 persons
Includes Voucher Scheme, Grand Christmas Prize Draw, Pre Dinner Cocktail for
Dining Club Members, festive crackers. See our website for menu.
* Christmas Day Lunch – Sorry! Sold out! – Reserve list only
* Boxing Day Lunch/Dinner – only a few spaces left!
* New Years Eve Dinner – set menu – bookings taken now.
* 3 Night Accommodation Christmas Package – Sorry! Sold out! – Reserve list only

For full details of all of the above see our website on www.thekingwilliamsedgeford.co.uk. or call us and book now on 01485 571765.

We look forward to welcoming you soon to The King William Country Inn & Restaurant!

Nick & Lili Skerritt