Author Archives: Alison@NorfolkHolidayGuide

Norfolk Holiday Guide is going on another road trip!

Norfolk Holiday Guide is going on another road trip!

Next month we plan to take in the delights of Snetterton, Attleborough, Wymondham, Norwich, Wroxham, Sea Palling, Mundesley, Cromer, Sheringham, Fakenham & Swaffham armed with our video and camera.

Where should we go & what should we see? 

We want to share the gems of Norfolk with our website visitors and our newsletter followers and who better to know them than the people that live there or who have previously visited.

So we would really appreciate your responses and if you would kindly “like” and “share” this post on our Facebook page in support of a small, but growing, business supporting tourism in the wonderful county of Norfolk, we would be most grateful.

And if you are thinking of visiting or going on holiday to Norfolk please visit our website!

Thank you 

Alison & Malcolm

Norfolk Holiday Guide visits their customer The Gables B&B

With our planned camping trip to Deepdale Backpackers, Camping and Glamping in Bertie, our VW T25, shelved due to The Other Half being poorly, The Small One and I set about plan B.

Hunstanton was chosen as our first destination, due to it being budget-friendly and having so much to keep The Small One busy. A scour of our B&B’s and Guesthouses in Hunstanton on showed favour on this occasion to The Gables Bed and Breakfast.

The Gables, run by the delightful Richard and Linda, is in a fantastic location – just a short walk in to Hunstanton town centre, the promenade and all it has to offer, including the Sea Life Centre (with its fabulous pirate play area), arcades, restaurants, take-aways, pubs and more.

The delightful Gables bed and breakfast,in Hunstanton, run by Richard and Linda

The delightful Gables bed and breakfast,in Hunstanton, run by Richard and Linda

A 15 minute walk in the other direction took us to Old Hunstanton and the lovely sandy beach (although thankfully still littered with plenty of interesting shells and pebbles to make beach combing interesting). There is a shop/cafe there and a pay and display car park.

However, we prefer the more “secret” beach cafe and shop a bit further on and, no, we aren’t telling you where it is as it’s one of our precious gems 🙂 But we can be bribed…

So, back to The Gables – Linda called to establish our time of arrival to ensure they were there to greet us. She also explained about parking – free on street parking available on their road, Austin Street, and neighbouring roads, subject to availability (we arrived at 3pm on a boiling hot beach weather day and found no problem parking within a minutes walk of the B&B).

When we arrived Richard kindly checked us in and explained where we were in relation to the town’s facilities.He also showed us a breakfast menu and took our order for breakfast and asked us what time we would like it served. A little unusual we thought, but then on reading the Welcome book in our room we established that Richard and Linda are keen to eliminate waste and want to ensure that guests have space and time to enjoy their breakfast, rather than all being in the two dining areas at one time. All made for a better experience (more of which later).

Our room (number 2 on the 1st floor), was small but perfectly adequate. One room housed a toilet and basin, a cupboard revealed a large storage area with hanging space, a mini fridge should we require it and spare blankets. The final door revealed a shower which provided plentiful hot water at a very decent rate (one of my biggest bug bears, with long thick hair to wash, is when you have a dribble for a shower! No such complaints here!).

It also had a delightful balcony with two chairs and a table that afforded a sea view!

There were toiletries for our use if required, along with tea/coffee making facilities and, for those that hate that UHT milk (does anyone actually like the stuff?!) there is always fresh milk available on request.

After a wonderful afternoon on Old Hunstanton beach, followed by the best fish and chips I have ever tasted – accompanied by a very welcome cold glass of Pinot Grigio, we had a great nights sleep and woke up to a lovely breakfast the next day. There must have been 8 or more cereals to choose from, alongside yoghurts and fresh fruit. Juice, milk and butter was already on the tables. Your choice of tea or coffee served directly to you. The breakfast was very tasty – we opted for the cooked variety (vegetarian options are also available) and it was cooked to perfection.

We both thoroughly enjoyed a warm, comfortable stay at The Gables and could not fault the service we received from Richard and Linda. We very much hope to visit again and would have no hesitation in recommending this lovely B&B to our website visitors.

We will tell more about the places we visited and the lovely food we ate in another post.

If you would like us to visit your business to provide a first hand review we would be delighted to hear from you.




Welcome back Steve!

Norfolk Holiday Guide is very pleased to welcome back Steve D’Vonne Ramey to the team.

Steve is our fabulous friendly Sales Executive and Account Manager. He loves speaking to our tourism business owners to find out how Norfolk is shaping up for the summer season and to explain how he can help them to grow their business by partnering with

He might look a tad serious in his photo 🙂 but he is really a very approachable, down to earth guy!

Norfolk Holiday Guide welcomes back Steve to our Sales team

Norfolk Holiday Guide welcomes back Steve to our Sales team

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Our very own VW T25

And here’s our own little beauty – currently (and rather frantically) being rebuilt, following lots of work. Here’s hoping Bertie is finished in time for VW Whitenoise 2013!

Bertie the VW T25

California Westfalia conversion with all manner of nooks and crannies to hide away the stuff Norfolk Holiday Guide owner, Alison, just cannot live without!

VW Whitenoise 2013 – 18 days to go!

Well they say time flies when you are having fun and working on Norfolk Holiday Guide is certainly that. 🙂

We get to hear first hand all the wonderful activities and events happening in the county.

For a few years now we have been working closely with Lucy and Neil who founded VW Whitenoise back in 2001.

It is a family run event organised by people passionate about VW’s and camping, oh and music! It’s an annual VW and Music Festival celebrating all things Volkswagen and takes place over three days. Apparently, so we are told, it is East Anglia’s largest VW & Music Festival. Over 10,000 visitors enjoyed the  2012 Norfolk show and they are expecting similar numbers for the 2013 event from 16-18 August at the Norfolk Showground.

VW Whitenoise 2012 – let’s hope for similar skies this year!

We will be there (enjoying ourselves NOT working, hehe!) and are looking forward to the free kids activities, the roller disco, the music and MOST IMPORTANTLY – the food!! Whether you are a veggie, a meat lover, a spice freak or a noodle nosher there is truly something for everyone 🙂

Here’s some pics of us enjoying a previous VW Whitenoise festival (plus you get to see how lovely we are 🙂 )

Alison, Norfolk Holiday Guide owner, enjoying the “Show & Shine” at VW Whitenoise 2011

The Small One and The Other Half also love nosing around other people’s VW’s!








Some weekend camping tickets are still available for VW Whitenoise (but all electric hook up’s gone so let’s hope your mobile can last the weekend!) or just turn up on the day!

Look forward to seeing you there!

Welcome to our blog!

So since the world and his wife are blogging and we know it makes absolute sense from an SEO perspective, we thought it about time we added another medium to communicate with both our prospective paying customers and the visitors to our website Norfolk Holiday who come in search of interesting and informative information about Norfolk.

We love to promote anything happening in Norfolk – whether you are a local business growing or making something in Norfolk – like Yare Valley Rapeseed Oils or making products from home grown chilli’s like Philli Chillies – we want to hear from you and share it with the world 🙂

Philli Chillies - home grown in Norfolk

Philli Chillies – home grown in Norfolk

Summertime is a very busy time for our advertisers. There are lots of events happening in the county, so it would be rude of us not to promote our “What’s on” section. Go on, take a look. The boss isn’t looking over your shoulder, promise!

For those of us a bit disorganised and yet to plan our 2013 hols – well you had better get your skates on and pick something as availability is scarce, but there are still some good bargains to be had:

Sykes Cottages say they still have some good late availability deals

Sea view caravan’s at Cable Gap’s Holiday Park

Or how about staying in a windmill! How cool would that be?!

Or in a waterside lodge?

Wow! The choices are just endless. If none of our choices have tickled your fancy, why not try searching for your own: