PUBLISHED: 10:10 12 October 2019 | UPDATED: 10:21 12 October 2019 Two whales, believed to be minke, have been sighted off the Norfolk coast Picture: Submitted Archant Two whales have been seen off the Norfolk coastline. A dead minke whale washed up on Sheringham beach.Picture: Karen BethellA naturalist's group says one was sighted in The Wash and the other off Mundesley Beach in recent days.Wildlife guide Carl Chapman, who logs sightings on the Norfolk Cetaceans blog, said both had come from reputable sources. He said both were probably minke whales, which pass through our waters at this time of year.A sperm whale is stranded on Hunstanton Beach near the cliffs. Picture: Matthew Usher.MORE - Norfolk's history of stranded whales "It's par for the course really," he said. "Sometimes if the herrings are good they'll stop around for a day or two." Minke are one of the smaller whales, with adults reaching around 25ft in length. They migrate between the tropics and the poles. … [Read more...] about Whales seen off Norfolk coast
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Soft light just after sunrise at Horsey Gap beach. Picture: JP Appleton (c) copyright newzulu.com Two Norfolk seaside spots made The Sunday Times' best beaches in Britain list recently. Beautiful Holkham beach in the sunshine. Picture: Martin SizelandBut there are more than two beautiful beaches in the county, and with a heatwave in full swing now's the time to enjoy them.So pack up your bucket and spade and don't forget the suncream - here are nine of the best beaches in Norfolk according to vistor feedback on TripAdvisor.1. Horsey BeachTopping the list with 82pc of the 805 reviewers giving it the highest rating of 'excellent' is Horsey Beach on the east Norfolk coast.The beach, which is described by seaside-goers as 'unspoilt' and 'stunning', is famous for its spectacular seal sightings.People enjoying Sea Palling beach. Picture : ANTONY KELLYA recent visitor said: "Fantastic to see the seals at a good distance without wanting to get too close and disturb them."Great views whether … [Read more...] about Nine of the best beaches in Norfolk according to TripAdvisor
PUBLISHED: 07:45 15 May 2019 | UPDATED: 07:59 15 May 2019 Cromer beach is among the Blue Flag winners. Picture: David Bale Archant Six beaches in Norfolk have been named among the best in the world - after they were awarded the prestigious Blue Flag status. And a further two beaches in Norfolk and three in Suffolk have scooped a Seaside Award, because they meet high standards for cleanliness and facilities.Cromer, Sea Palling, Sheringham, Mundesley, East Runton and West Runton have been handed the Blue Flag accolade by the charity Keep Britain Tidy.The charity has bestowed the Seaside Award on beaches at Hunstanton and Wells-next-the-Sea in Norfolk and at Lowestoft South, Southwold and Kessingland in Suffolk.The international Blue Flag and the UK Seaside Awards mean those visiting them can be sure that they are clean, safe and meet the highest environmental standards, as well as the tough international bathing water quality standards. Alongside that, Blue Flag beaches have to run a … [Read more...] about Beaches in Norfolk and Suffolk named among best in world
Nostalgia PUBLISHED: 12:45 30 March 2019 | UPDATED: 12:45 30 March 2019 Life before Chelsea-on-Sea with prams to the fore on Front Street in Burnham Market Archant Keith Skipper says Norfolk has much to be proud of That ole tremble of trepidation runs through my Norfolk soul on the road to Easter.A first whirly ice-cream of the year carries a topping of guilt as our seaside starts licking itself into shape for a new season. It’s as if I am giving tacit approval for even shriller cries to “dew more” rather than “dew diffrunt” on the tourism front. My cornet and cream shaped like a tiny Olympic flame are ready to launch the 2019 race towards a record-breaking campaign.Yes, there were several more discerning visitors last summer. But they didn’t spend much. So a bigger crowd this year may liven up the tills and repay some of the holiday trade’s long-term investment. Omens are healthy.The taste for home-grown breaks remains strong and it … [Read more...] about Norfolk hasn’t sold its soul to the tourists
PUBLISHED: 10:56 13 February 2019 | UPDATED: 11:00 13 February 2019 Rowan Mantell The Sheringham Viking Festival 2018 Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018 ARCHANT EASTERN DAILY PRESS (01603) 772434 As the new Viking exhibition at Norwich Castle unveils some of the country’s greatest Viking treasures we visit Viking links around Norfolk from a festival in Sheringham to a great heathen army in Thetford. SHERINGHAMA boat burning, a beach battle, a living history encampment parade and axe throwing are all part of Sheringham’s Viking Festival. From Saturday February 16 to Saturday February 23 Vikings will rampage through Sheringham – before burning a boat on the beach in a spectacular finale.The Viking Festival, organised by Sheringham Carnival Association, also includes the chance to find out more about the Viking history of the town, take part in Viking crafts, hear Old Norse sagas, make Viking good-luck charms and runes, and design … [Read more...] about Where can I find Viking treasures in Norfolk?