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A quick get-away

PUBLISHED: 06:00 19 January 2015

A seagull flying over Cromer Pier.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

A seagull flying over Cromer Pier. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

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Need a little seasonal tonic, a chance to escape the chaos of Christmas planning? Treat yourself to some time out with these 31 cool ideas for a cold winter's day from Visit North Norfolk.

1 Sip a mug of tea (or a hot toddy!), savour fish and chips and watch the world go by on the quay in Wells.

2 Watch the floodlit feeds and admire the winter gardens at Pensthorpe Natural Park, on the outskirts of Fakenham.

3 Try sea-fishing off Cromer Pier, good for cod, whiting and flatfish during the winter months.

4 See the panto at Sheringham Little Theatre – it’s Robin Hood this year, so expect some fun from the men in green tights!

5 Under-12s can let off steam in the indoor play area, Jungle Tumbles at Amazona Zoo, Cromer.

6 Have a bracing walk on beautiful Holkham beach, and do some dune running and jumping if you’re feeling fit.

7 Follow your north Norfolk walk with a delicious supper one of the great hotels, pubs and restaurants in the area.

8 Watch the geese and many other wild ducks and birds overwintering at RSPB Titchwell.

9 See the Thursford Christmas Spectacular. The largest Christmas show in the country, this is a not-to-be-missed treat.

10 Peruse the delicious counter at the Norfolk Deli, Hunstanton, still celebrating after being highly commended in the EDP Norfolk Food and Drink Awards 2014 in association with the East of England Co-Op.

11 Rent a cosy woodland holiday lodge at Kelling Heath for a lovely few days with nature on your doorstep.

12 Crack your Christmas shopping list in Holt, and see the beautiful festive lights glistening around this pretty town.

13 Take in a Christmas Fayre at Blicking Hall, the National Trust’s so impressive property on the edge of Aylsham.

14 Marvel at Holkham Hall in all its Christmas splendour. Join the celebrations including candlelit tours, a visit from Father Christmas and his elves, costumed characters and enjoy a horse and carriage ride through the grounds. You can even try to spot Rudolf with a guided deer discovery walk!

15 Blow away the cobwebs with a refreshing walk along the Norfolk Coastal Path.

16 Sing carols in the courtyard at the National Trust’s Felbrigg Hall on Sunday, December 14.

17 Call in to Back to the Garden at Letheringsett – another highly commended finalist in the EDP Norfolk Food and Drink Awards 2014 in association with the East of England Co-Op - for some fresh-from-the-field organic vegetables and make yourself a delicious, warming soup.

18 Take a walk around the ever peaceful streets of Walsingham – and pop in to Great Walsingham Farm Shop for a pie to fill you up on your travels.

19 Enjoy the Santa Special train from Sheringham to Weybourne Station with the North Norfolk Railway and meet the man himself!

20 Shelter from that brisk sea wind with a box of popcorn and a great film at Cromer Regal Movieplex cinema. Due up in December are Get Santa, The Penguins of Madagascar and The Good Life.

21 Treat yourself to a Michelin-star meal at Galton Blackiston’s award-winning Morston Hall.

22 Enjoy a Christmas party night with Jazz at the Movies at The Hoste in Burnham Market on December 12.

23 Have a flutter at the Fakenham Races – who knows, the pre-Christmas race date, Sunday, December 21 could be your lucky day!

24 Join the crowds on Christmas morning to wave to the Royal Family as they walk to and from the service at Sandringham Church.

25 Work off some of that Christmas excess with a cycle ride along Marriotts Way, from Aylsham to Cromer.

26 Sample a selection of the 30 rums available at The Jolly Sailors at Brancaster Staithe.

27 Treat yourself to a afternoon tea and a cake, or a post-walk hot chocolate, at one of the many cafes that line the coastal route.

28 Explore the foodie delights at Creake Abbey Food Hall, and take a look around the delightful little shops there too.

29 Put on your warmest clothes and get on to the beach for a spot of fossil hunting along the West Runton shore.

30 On a lovely winter’s day, set sail in a Norfolk Oyster from Morston Creek with watersports specialists Norfolketc.

31 Are you brave enough to go for a Boxing Day dip with the North Norfolk Beach Runners at Cromer? We’ll hold your coat!

For more great ideas for days out in the area, see www.visitnorthnorfolk.com

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