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The history of Valentine’s Day

To get you in the mood for a bit of romance, we’re taking a look at the history of Valentine’s Day and how you can make the most of this romantic occasion in the heart of Norfolk.

Origins
The origins of Valentine’s Day lie in Ancient Rome. Once upon a time, the 15th February was a pagan fertility festival called Lupercalia. However when Pope Gelasius I came to power he rebranded it as a Christian festival and declared February 14th St Valentine’s Day.

The St Valentine he was honouring is thought to have lived around 270 AD. The saint was said to have performed secret marriages against the wishes of the then emperor who preferred his soldiers to remain bachelors. When he was caught, St Valentine was quickly put to death, meeting his end on February 14th.

Chaucer
It wasn’t until the 14th century that the feast day was linked with romantic love. English poet Geoffrey Chaucer wrote a poem in honour of the engagement of England’s Richard II and Anne of Bohemia. In it, he associated Valentine’s Day with mating birds and the royal engagement, starting an enduring tradition as he went.

Valentine’s cards
The tradition of giving cards on Valentine’s Day developed over a number of years. In the UK, Valentine’s cards had become popular by the 18th century, however in the US, the tradition didn’t become common until the 1850s. Today, according to the Greeting Card Association, around 25% of all cards are now sent on Valentine’s Day.

Celebrating Valentine’s Day
Whether you believe in Valentine’s Day or not, it’s impossible to deny that putting some dedicated time aside for your loved one is a great way to strengthen a relationship. Putting thought and effort into planning a treat shows your partner you really care, while spending some quality time together can be great for your relationship.

If you’re thinking about whisking your other half off for a night away in the countryside this Valentine’s Day, Norfolk is the perfect destination. Give us a call today on 01485-571765 to book your room or Click here to go to our Valentines page on our website.

Winter is coming…… stock up your wine cellar with first class wines

Wine, dine and stock up your wine cellar for the festive season –

Special Event Wednesday 26 November

Wine and fire

Start the festive season in style with an evening of fine dining and wine tasting at The King William on Wednesday, 26 November. This special event includes a three course supper for just £25,00 with complimentary wines to sample, and purchase at great prices ready for the Christmas holidays. Master of Wine, Mark Lynton, from Lynton Wines brings his wine selection and expertise to the evening. To book your table call 01485 571765 – and room if you wish – ask for our special accommodation deals for the event.

Cosy log fires and comfy sofas await – not forgetting excellent Real Ales and fine wines – The King Will again features in next year’s national Good Beer Guide. Please visit the website for updates on all events at the Inn, accommodation and dining offers – or please call in to discuss your Christmas party or special celebration.

Easter Breaks in beautiful Norfolk

We are ready for Easter, are you?

Easter Short Breaks – Book Now!

Colourful Easter 2013With Easter falling early this year you can still take advantage of our great value Winter short break prices.

Valid until 31 March (Easter Sunday). Holidaying later? No worries
we also have excellent 3 nights offers for you from 1 April.

 

Easter Breaks – 3 night Short Break incl. Breakfast
3 nights double room from only £235 (from 1 April £270)
3 nights superior double room from only £260 (from 1 April £295)
3 nights standard family room from only £310 (from 1 April £345)

Add on a great Dinner Deal to your room booking
3 courses for only £20* pppn valid until end March 2013
3 courses for only £25* pppn from 1 April
* Supplement applies on certain dishes.

SEE MORE SPECIAL OFFERS ON OUR WEBSITE – CALL O1485-571765 TO BOOK NOW!