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Things to do in a Norfolk Winter

Norfolk is not just a sunshine coastal county, but a destination which can surprise and delight at all times of the year. Don’t be depressed by Winter’s long, dark days – here in Norfolk there are some pretty exciting and unusual activities on offer: Eco Skating Thrills, spills but not so many chills at the… Read more »

A labour of fruit

This is the time of year when larders and freezers are groaning with the rewards of a productive year with harvests of  blackberries, sloes, damsons, quinces and apples all safely gathered in.  Here in North Norfolk, with plentiful fruit and produce available, cottage industries have grown up around using the local (and sometimes unusual) fruits… Read more »

2017 Kett Calendar – Which picture for the cover?

Every year we produce a calendar to celebrate the best of the Norfolk countryside. This year we’re having trouble deciding the right image for our cover and we’d like your help.  We’ve got 13 images to choose from, so take a look and then email me at tessa@kettcountrycottages.co.uk, putting your  chosen images month in subject line. From the… Read more »

Norfolk Walking Festival 2016

Whatever your age or fitness level, whether you favour coast or countryside, Norfolk has a walk for everyone, with its varied and beautiful landscapes and easy to follow routes and trails.  The latter come under the governance of the Norfolk County Council, who organise the Norfolk Walking Festival, which this year takes place from 22nd-30th… Read more »

5 bizarre facts from past Olympics

With the 2016 Rio Olympics only days away, already preceded by doping scandals and health scares, we thought we would take a look at some unusual goings on from bygone Olympic eras:   During the 1904 games in St Louis, American marathon runner Fred Lorz sneakily hitched a ride in a car for most of… Read more »

From Brazil to Brancaster

With the Olympics just a few weeks away and competitive excitement reaching fever pitch, there may well be an inclination for some people to up their sport participation, albeit on a temporary basis.  How difficult can it be to hit or kick a ball, run a few yards, or pedal really fast? If you are… Read more »

Love Tennis? Love Norfolk!

There is nothing that says that summer has arrived more than the sound of ball hitting racquet, and with Wimbledon firmly in our sights, tennis fever is steadily rising. The strawberries are poised, the forecast is looking suitably uncertain, and everywhere people are looking out their old tennis racquets which haven’t been used since inspiration… Read more »

5 Great Walks in North Norfolk

  North Norfolk is a beautiful place filled with wonderful scenery and varied wildlife.  Don’t take our word for it – Norfolk is peppered with designated ‘areas of outstanding natural beauty’,  and in our humble opinion the best way to enjoy them is to walk through them, whether by the coast or in the countryside. We may not have… Read more »

Tea, cake and a royal birthday

With the Queen’s 90th birthday this week, planned celebrations seem to consist largely of consuming significant amounts of tea and cake in her honour.  Which is only fitting, as it is reportedly Her Majesty’s favourite meal of the day, and she doesn’t look bad on a lifetime of regular cake intake. If you consider it… Read more »

5 Great Norfolk Gardens

Looking round someone else’s beautiful garden on a Sunday afternoon in the summer, with side servings of tea and homemade cake is something of a national pastime, and in North Norfolk we can boast more than our fair share of spectacular gardens.   72 Norfolk gardens are open under the NGS scheme alone this summer, not forgetting whole villages who… Read more »