Alison Hammond and Cheryl Fergison set off on a must-see adventure as they visit Norfolk in their vintage VW Camper.
Norfolk draws in millions of visitors every year to the East of England. Tourists travel far and wide to enjoy the diverse scenery and eclectic mix of attractions. Things to do in Norfolkrange from rollercoasters to waterways, countryside to coastline and fudge-making to fishing. It is also the birthplace of some of the most famous figures in British history, including Lord Nelson and Princess Diana. The Royal connections don’t stop there, as Norfolk is also home to HM The Queen’s Sandringham Estate. And for two days only, home to novice TM campers Alison Hammond and Cheryl Fergison.
Our broads were lucky enough to sample a few of the delights that the area has to offer on their camping weekend together. The ladies began their journey in style, in a classic VW Campervan (available to hire from £225 for a weekend www.retrocampersnorfolk.co.uk
They then set up camp at the award-winning Clippesby Hall – a 5 star campsite in the heart of the Norfolk Broads. Prices range between £12.25 - £32 per pitch per night, depending on the season (www.clippesby.com). The campsite also has a café and a restaurant, providing snacks and pizzas in the day and cooked meals at night during peak seasons (main meals start from £7.95).
Alison and Cheryl’s first port of call was Wroxham Barns – a collection of traditional and contemporary craft studios and boutique shops near the village of Wroxham. There’s also a junior petting farm on site, and a highly-recommended restaurant providing meals and snacks. The Barns (www.wroxhambarns.co.uk) are open everyday 10am – 5pm (except some holidays) and admission is FREE except for the petting farm (admission is £5.75 for persons over 2yrs) .
The ladies hit the water to take a boat out on the waterways that make up the Norfolk Broads. Covering 303sq km, the Broads are mostly made up of lakes and rivers and are a popular boating destination for tourists – a tradition which is said to have started in 1878. Alison and Cheryl hired their own boat from Broads Tours (prices range from £15 - £17 per hour www.broadstours.co.uk).
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