The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Norfolk Edition

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Wouldn't you though?

Red and raspberry and cyan and grey, indigo, rose and black... I can see a rainbow, see a rainbow, see a rainbow too...

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Muddy Guide, What’s on – Fri 19 – Thurs 25 August

18 Aug 2016
pop up shops

From craft fairs and kite flying festivals to live jazz and theatre, it’s all happening in Norfolk this week, starting tomorrow. The summer is still here – don’t miss out!

Fri 19 August – Sun 4 September
Thetford’s Great Festival, Thetford
Get ready for three weeks of events in Thetford including a Great Pantomime Dame Pageant (19th), Park Fun Run (20th), Folk in The Gardens (21st), Cooking demonstrations (22nd) and a performance of Mid Summer Night’s Dream at Lynford Hall Country House Hotel (25th).

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Muddy eats: The Wildebeest, Stoke Holy Cross

12 Aug 2016
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If you tune into BBC2’s The Great British Menu  later this year and spot Chef extraordinaire Daniel Smith on the screen representing The Ingham Swan, marvel at this fact: Daniel is also head honcho at The Wildebeest in Stoke Holy Cross, bringing true the metaphor of wearing two hats (unless he transports his white chef’s hat between the two establishments, that is). As job shares go: not too shabby.

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Muddy reviews: Brighton’s i360

12 Aug 2016

The ‘i360’, the ‘Cough Ring’ (ask a local), whatever you call it, and whether you love it or hate it, that big tower with the doughnut up it on Brighton seafront finally opened on Thursday 4 Aug and the lovely Debbie over at Muddy Sussex just had a sneaky peek – so, before you start buying tickets, read what she thought of it:

Drone’s eye view by Visual Air

Opinion has been divided at Chez Muddy, and frankly in my own head, over the project, as it has been in Brighton itself.

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Let’s visit… Wymondham

10 Aug 2016
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The low down:
I have to admit to having quite low expectations of Wymondham, not least because of the way the locals pronounce it (‘Windham’ – I ask you, have they not been to school?). But Wymondham is a town that keeps on giving – the longer you stay, the more you find and the more you love it. And, ironically, the schools really are a selling point with Wymondham College simply exemplary.

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Muddy visits: The Old Stores, Roydon

5 Aug 2016

There are nice gift shops and then there are those that you simply want to throw your arms around – The Old Stores is the latter. A quaint little spot in the lovely village of Roydon near King’s Lynn, if you’re a fan of bunting, duck egg blue and hearts (as I wholeheartedly am), then this is definitely the store for you.

But this country store isn’t just about the items on sale, but the property itself – as much thought going into the outside as the in.

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Let’s visit… King’s Lynn

4 Aug 2016

In the first of a new series of Let’s Visit… articles, I will head to most of Norfolk’s major towns (gulp) and spend the day looking around for hidden treasures to write and tell you about.

First up, the port town of King’s Lynn in North Norfolk, which I visited on a rather grey and gloomy summer’s day.

The low down:
A mish-mash of downbeat 1960s retail outlets and quaint cobbled streets with warehouses sitting proudly on the waterfront, King’s Lynn is a mixed bag of trash and treasure.

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WIN: a bottle of Norfolk Gin

2 Aug 2016

Whether it’s served over an ice cube or two, doused in Schweppes or is the predominant part of a sophisticated cocktail, you can’t beat cold gin – particularly on a hot summer’s day.

To celebrate this fabulous alcoholic drink, that has been loved for decades (and has been making a comeback for years), Muddy Stilettos has teamed up with local gin producer Jonathan to give you lovely readers the chance to win a bottle of his hand-crafted gin.

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5 gardening tips for August

1 Aug 2016

With the weather finally perking up, we talk to local gardening guru Ellen Mary about what to prioritise in your garden this month.

1. One of the delights of growing herbs is how hardy they are in different weather conditions. Give them a cut back around now and you should see some new growth before the Autumn; pick what you need to see you through Winter and freeze them.


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Bread Source opens in Norwich

29 Jul 2016
Or a Brioche?

I’ve been trying to take photographs of the new Bread Source for a couple of weeks now, but every time I’ve popped in, it hasn’t been ‘quite ready’. Today, I was able to get in and snap some beautiful pics of this beautiful, award-winning bakery (the Aylsham branch won the Muddy Stilletos 2016 award for Best Bakery).

While I’ve not yet stepped inside the first version, I can say that If The Great British Bake Off were ever to fold up their big white tent and set up camp in Norwich, it would doubttess be in a spot like this.

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Muddy guide: Fri 29 Jul – Thurs 3 Aug

28 Jul 2016
holt festival

It’s festival-tastic this weekend in Norfolk as annual festivals in Holt, Kings Lynn and Gorleston all come to a close, often saving the best until last. Let’s get stuck in…

Fri 29 – Sun 31 July
Holt Festival, Holt
There’s just one weekend left of the nine-day Holt Festival, taking place at a variety of venues all over the town. From comedy to cuisine, politics to pop, Holt Festival is a celebration of the arts that brings the best in music, theatre, fine art and the spoken word to visitors.

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The Urban Guide to the Countryside -
Norfolk Edition