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May 08, 2020

I don't know about you but the last few weeks have been tiring in our household. Even though our physical shops have been closed our online presence is still going full steam ahead and suddenly I have had to juggle being a working Mummy and a teacher for three different age groups all at the same time.  So while it feels like we should be enjoying a little more down time than normal actually life is going at a hundred miles an hour with a constant juggle going on.  Don't get me wrong this is nothing compared to the amazing NHS staff saving our nation every day but still each night when my head hits my pillow I am out like a light instantly. 

This has lead to many chats about summer holidays in our household and it looks like going abroad just isn't a sensible plan this summer so we are looking closer to home (actually we won't even leave the county!). We are so lucky to live in Norfolk where we are surrounded by the most beautiful beaches and so I thought I might give you some Staycation ideas for North Norfolk!

As a child we spent most holidays in Burnham Overy Staithe even though we only lived a few miles away! I remember loathing the walk out to Scolt Head Island but now my children adore it as we take inflatable canoes and work with the tides to paddle out and then spend the afternoon or morning on the back at the Island depending on the tides and if the little one is tired two might paddle back and one or two might get the ferry back. When you arrive at this tidal Island which is known as SkullHead Island it's truly magical. There are far fewer that make this journey as it is very much tide dependent and you really do need to know what you are doing as you can very easily get cut off so you are far from the madding crowd on unspoilt sand and dunes. 

If you are not yet ready to traverse the tides then Brancaster Beach and Holkham Beach offer miles and miles of sand in fact it's the same along the coast. 

After a long day on the beach one is need of sustenance so it's back to your holiday abode which could be a charming cottage, a static caravan at Pinewoods Holiday park in Wells or a boutique hotel stay such as The White House, The Hoste Armsor The Victoria Inn for a good de-sanding session. We love our Beach Powder for this job!  Then off to one of the lovely pubs along the coast to eat. The choice is endless from The White Horse at Brancaster looking out over the marshes, to the Jolly Sailors which is totally kid friendly or The Hero at Burnham Overy Staithe to name a tiny selection. 


Another wonderful day can be spent shopping and perusing the cafes and eateries in the village of Burnham Market.   The village has a charming village green surrounded by quaint perfectly kept shops and houses a true English rural idyll.  The shops are proudly independent and we at Aurina are lucky enough to have one of our shops sitting on the green.  There is a fabulous new website which lists all of the fabulous shops, restaurants and more that are in the village a great resource for those who have not visited before. 

If you love the monarchy then the Queens palace of Sandringham is just a few miles up the coast. Sandringham is the much-loved country retreat of her majesty the Queen , and has been the private home of four generations of British Monarchs since 1862. Equally impressive is Holkham Hall and Estate offering not just a wonderful piece of British history in the palladian style  hall but stunning parkland to bike around, boat hire for the lake, a ropes course, a walled garden and much more. 

So for us it's going to be the North Norfolk coast for our summer break this year. Truly staycationing but truly lucky to be just a stones throw away.  Where will you staycation this year? If you haven't yet decided I would take a look at this beautiful part of the world. 



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