Six-weeks Fun In The UK

Bridlington HarbourSome say Britain is boring, but I love the diverse culture and rural activities. MiMi and I have now been here six weeks. What have we done? Well, quite a lot! Apart from usual work, highlights are:

Five weekends selling at Bead Fairs
Wetherby Bead Fair1) Norwich in Norfolk.
2) Haydock in Lancashire.
3) Kentish Town in London.
4) Bath Rock n Gem in Somerset.
5) Wetherby in North Yorkshire.

All went well. Norwich was the most profitable, and Wetherby the most fun as we stayed an extra day by the coast at Bridlingham. Click for our next 16 bead fairs.

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards – Royal Albert Hall
Mark Knopler at BBC Radio 2 Folk AwardsApril 27th. Great night with Joan Armatrading, Mark Knopler and the Unthanks playing.

Lucky I ordered an interval beer in advance – but was a long walk in the rain to the nearest underground station.

Horning Boat Show
Horning Boat Show 2016April 30th. Nice day by the river in Norfolk. Horning is such a beautiful village with three great pubs.

One day I’ll take Rosey to the show. Tasty homemade open-air food and real cider.

Stay nearby at my Wroxham Cottage: Bure Cottage

Bircham Windmill and Burnham Overy Coastal Walk
Bircham WindmillMay 1st. Rural North Norfolk is unspoilt, remaining as it used to be centuries before: winding lanes and flint cottages, some still thatched.

Not far from the Queen’s Sandringham estate and where Kate & William live is Bircham Windmill, rebuilt in 1846. I was there visiting a craft fair and enjoying a cream tea from their own Royal-Warranted bakery.

Bircham Windmill:

Burnham OveryA few miles north is where Horatio Nelson was born at Burnham Thorpe in 1758. Wonderful coastal walks start there near the harbour.

I followed the footpath from the car-park, with the river to the left, about a mile, then over the sand dunes to the beach. However, don’t walk along the beach to try to make it a round trip as I did – because a tributary blocks your access back.

Details of the full walk at Burnham Overy Walk

Stotfold Mill Steam Fair
Stotfold Mill Steam Fair 2016May 8th Not just another mill with cream teas, but a full-blown country show and steam fair with motorcycle stunts, air display, and a band in the beer tent. Mum loved it!

Full details at Stotfold Mill Steam Fair

Bridlington to Flamborough Cliff Walk
Flamborough Cliffs
We strolled from Bridlingham Promenade along Framborough Head and Dane’s Dyke to Framborough Village (about 6-miles), and took the bus back.

Further along is a lighthouse and nature reserve. Birdwatchers flock to Bempton Cliffs there to see hundreds-of-thousands of puffins.

Large picture at top of blog is Bridlingham Harbour.

The Ship, FlamboroughFor details of the full walk click Bridlington to Flamborough


Back in Norfolk
Next weekend we’re taking Rosey out to Thorne Regatta. She loves it there, despite Thorne Dyke being very narrow. We use the wind to turn her round on ropes.

Thorne WindmillThe windmill looks beautiful at sunset from a riverside BBQ, and the 1970s rock band in the marquee goes great with barrels of real ale. Hope the weather’s good.

A couple of weeks latter we’re camping at Middlewich Folk & Boat Festival – click to see the past blog. Then back to Hong Kong and to empty our Guangzhou flat.

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