We’re back from a stylish, fun weekend break in Norfolk. We had so much fun zip-lining, exploring new country parks and enjoying our beautiful room at The Fritton Arms. It was such an affordable and easy weekend break, so I thought I’d share the details in case you need a bit of inspo for an upcoming break.
As much as travel vlogs can take ages to make, I had so much fun making this travel trailer and hope it will serve as a nice memory of a lovely weekend (as well as some ideas for perhaps your own trip)…
It was Jay’s big 3-0 so it seemed like a good opportunity for a family getaway. It was also Nova’s last trip before his first birthday. Not quite sure where that year has gone, in all honesty. And so with our excuses under our belt we packed ourselves and the kitchen sink (thanks Nova) into our car and set off on a road trip.
Where to go in Norfolk
We drove from Northampton so decided to break the journey up for the little one by stopping off at Thetford Forest. We spent some time at a cute courtyard that forms part of the Elveden Estate. We mooched around the farm shop, marvelling at the local produce. We bought some of the Elveden barbecue sauce and half expected it to taste like any other, but let’s just say that the bottle disappeared in just three days. If you go, can you pick me some up please?!
We grabbed lunch in the courtyard restaurant, impressed by the good variation of simple and fancy. I went for a classic pea soup with chunky bread, whilst Jay went all fancy with the ox cheeks special. Both were great and fuelled us up for the rest of the drive.
Before we left we did the Elveden Trail, which is a short one-mile or so loop. It was really quiet and instantly felt a million miles away from the nearby car park. It’s really flat too, so it’s perfect for pushchairs, but also for little legs. My mini-explorer couldn’t resist giving his a stretch and we were convinced he might take his first few proper steps on his own. That happened a few days later, so we like to think that this was his warm up.
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Afterwards we drove to Brandon Country Park. It’s only five or ten minutes away and offers a selection of walks, both short and slightly longer at six or so miles. It has a really nice family vibe. Nova Jay played in the park and then we went on a walk. As soon as we set off we were on our own so it felt really secluded.
With story-telling, crafting and free bat hunting equipment at the centre, it’s definitely worth popping by.
Where to Stay in Norfolk
Our road trip finished at our base for the night of our weekend break; The Fritton Arms. It’s a country house style hotel, with only a few bedrooms.
There seems to be a big variation in the definition of ‘boutique hotels’. The amount of times I clicked on a link to only be disappointed by an ugly room was ridiculous. I always want to stay in a stylish property and I’m happy to say that The Fritton Arms is a boutique (or at least what I think one should be like).
Norfolk seems to be popular with self-catering cottages, some of which looked incredible. However, everything we found stipulated a minimum two-night stay, which would be nice but when your husband is short of annual leave it’s just not possible.
We stumbled across The Fritton Arms and snapped up the last room available. It was gorgeous!
From the pink Aztec rug, to the cute chair cover and Cowshed products, I fell in love. The room was also way bigger than I imagined, so Nova had the best time crawling and toddling about. The rest of the property is just as nice, with inviting open fires and quirky, modern artwork. I love how this place manages to mimic a lovely homely feeling and a fusion of both rustic and modern.
We enjoyed dinner in the restaurant, which also surprised me if I’m honest. The portions are hearty and well and truly defeated me before I’d even really got going. I’d normally recommend exploring a new area, but if like us you’re only going for one night it’s definitely worth eating ‘at home’.
We took the earliest booking, dressed Nova in his PJs and went down for 6.30pm. We laid him in his stroller with his bedtime milk and off he went to the land of nod. We still ate our meal at record speed, with a quick birthday toast before retreating up to our room.
Breakfast is just as good, with no sign of a buffet. Before we left we explored the adventure park. Parks have seriously got cool since I was little. There’s a double dragon slide where you can race each other, an awesome zipline and a jumping pillow, which is basically a massive bouncy castle. We’ve already earmarked a future visit for when Nova is older.
All in all, a top staycation and I have a feeling we’ll be back when my little one is a bit older.
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Have you been to Norfolk? Any recommendations?