Three of the best . . .

PUBLISHED: 15:43 15 May 2013 | UPDATED: 15:43 15 May 2013

Terry O'Neil and her partner Ted Caske run the beach cafe The Funky Mackeral  cafe in Sheringham;

Terry O'Neil and her partner Ted Caske run the beach cafe The Funky Mackeral cafe in Sheringham;


Set in 10 acres of striking parkland, Yaxham Waters Holiday Park is a great hideaway from day-to-day life.

Two miles from the bustle of Dereham, Yaxham is an ideal base for exploring - stay for family camping trip, a luxurious lakeside lodge or a stylish stay in a Mongolian yurt, and you’ll love the surrounding waters, great for fishing, and the Mid-Norfolk railway that runs alongside the park.

Children can feed the pygmy goats and rescue chickens in the open farm area, while adults relax on Yaxham’s café veranda, overlooking the pond and countryside with home-made cakes, soups and heart-warming specials. And for the little ones there are miniature tomato pasta meals, fish fingers or goodies from the park’s farm shop.

Open all year round, with pitch prices ranging from £10-£22.50 per night.

Yaxham Waters Holiday park, Dereham Road, Yaxham, Dereham, NR19 1RF; 01362 696750.

The Funky Mackerel Café in Sheringham serves plenty of fishy dishes, like spicy crab cakes with wild rice and sardines on ciabatta.

Sample their aromatic fair trade coffee and taste the flavours of spicy Bombay mix or cherry and ginger in home-made flapjacks.

Family run, this trendy café sells vintage clothes, bric-a-brac and homeware in their Rummage Room.

Open Thursday to Sunday, from 10am until 5pm.

The Funky Mackerel Café, Cliff Road car park, Sheringham, NR26 9BJ; 07887 676649.

Norwich’s gateway to the Broads, Whitlingham Park is open all year, and is perfect for dog walkers with its Green Flag Award for high quality green space and cyclists’ favourite with National Route One running through the park.

There’s plenty to do at the Visitor Centre, and venture to the Outdoor Education Centre for canoeing, sailing, windsurfing and much more.

Or hop on a city boat from Station or Griffin Lane Quay and moor up outside the park, with wheelchair ramps for easy disabled access.

Round off with home-made chilli, steak pies and a selection of scrummy cakes in the Whitlingham Park café by the lake - for children there are choices like hot pot and hot dogs.

The park is always open, with the Broads Authority’s Visitor Centre and café open Monday to Sunday from 10am until 5pm and Norfolk County Council’s Outdoor Education Centre from 9am until 8pm, Monday to Sunday.

Whitlingham Country Park, Trowse, Norwich, NR14 8TR; 01603 617332.

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