Forage and Feast

Last weekend we were truly blessed in so many ways for our Walk, Forage and Glamp weekend on the beautiful North Norfolk Coast. Simon Hunter Marsh is a local chef and Norfolk Food Hero passionate about sourcing and cooking with the best local produce accompanied by foraged finds from mother natures pantry. His partner Kate has extensive knowledge of the holistic values of foraging. So boy! were we all in for an absolute treat. The weather was perfect for a day of foraging on the Saturday and we were all very keen to learn and explore the surrounding area. Simon and Kate really do know their stuff and we didn’t have to go far at all (in fact for the first 30 minutes we didn’t leave the campsite hedgerows!) as we were surrounded by edible flora and fauna. Kate brewed up a hedgerow tea for us all to enjoy before heading out onto the saltmarshes […]

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“Samphire, our new best friend!!”

Our aim has always been to make our tents as comfy and welcoming as possible for our guests. The reaction when our guests first arrive to their tent has always been overwhelmingly positive, so when a lovely couple who walked our Avocet Walking Holiday (the full 84 miles of the Norfolk Coast Path from Hunstanton to Hopton-on-Sea) wrote about their bond with their tent, named Samphire, it literally gave me goosebumps: Monday 6th August – Saturday 11th August, 84 miles……..Here we go Monday – Arrived at the campsite in Burnham Deepdale to be greeted by ‘Samphire and her tent elf, the tent elf’s Mum and dog – Samphire has become our ‘New Best Friend!!!’  Tuesday – 14 miles and there she is ‘Samphire’ looking quite grand as we approached the campsite, cake, apple juice, magazines to read and our lovely comfy bed – fairy lights an added twinkle – How I love our tent…..  Wednesday – ‘Five Miles […]

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Mini Deepdale at The Royal Norfolk Show

What a fabulous couple of days we’ve just had at The Royal Norfolk Show. Being a new and small business, attending a show that large wouldn’t normally be something we would have considered (mainly due to a very limited budget) but when Jason from Deepdale Backpackers and Camping asked us to join them to promote a Mini Deepdale Stand we thought it was an offer we couldn’t refuse. Retro Campers Norfolk and The Norfolk Coast Partnership (who manage our Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) also joined us and Norfolk Trails (who manage and maintain our National Trails in Norfolk) provided a fabulous Norfolk Coast Path sign for us to display (of which I got a tad excited about!) and walking information on the Norfolk Trails. The weather was absolutely amazing! 2 days of back to back sunshine which brought the crowds in their thousands. We had lots of really positive interest in our holidays as […]

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#LitterHeroes

  Litter picking habit  For quite a few years now we’ve been picking up litter from our local area and beaches, I’ve written a previous blog on my ‘litter habit’. So we jumped at the chance to join forces with The Outdoor Guides initiative with, Julia Bradbury, Keep Britain Tidy and Trail Magazine to encourage others to start (or continue) to pick up litter that has been so selfishly discarded in our environment, by providing a handy bag that can be stuffed in your pocket or backpack when out walking.  All our guests are now receiving a bag to encourage litter picking whilst on our holidays plus we’ll be giving them out at promotional events when we showcase our tents and holidays. You never know what you’ll find when out litter picking. It’s mostly cans, bottles and fast food containers but whilst out on a lovely walk along the Norfolk Coast we randomly found a […]

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East Norfolk area

Things to do whilst Glamping at Happisburgh, Hickling, Dilham (Canal Camping) and California Sands: Happisburgh Lighthouse: the oldest working lighthouse in East Anglia, and the only independently run lighthouse in Great Britain Horsey Seals: The rookery at Horsey/Winterton gets bigger every year. Lovely walks through the sand dunes with viewing areas to stand and watch these beautiful and curious creatures Horsey Windpump: is an iconic building with a fascinating past and the perfect gateway to experience the connection between man and nature. Experience both the seals and the wind pump on a lovely circular walk Broads National Park: miles of waterways to explore. A beautiful area for trying out waterspouts, walking, running and cycling plus a haven for nature and wildlife enthusiasts

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Cromer and Sheringham area

Things to do whilst Glamping at Beeston Regis Holiday Park: The Northfolk Project Geology Walks: North Norfolk has a fascinating landscape and the Northfolk Project has established a strong public following over more than 25 years. Join one of Martin Warren’s renowned Geology Walks and let your imagination rip as we journey back in time The North Norfolk Railway: offers a 10.5 mile round trip by steam train (vintage diesel trains on some journeys) through a delightful area of North Norfolk designated as being of outstanding natural beauty from Sheringham to Holt Sheringham Country Park (NT): Situated right behind the campsite is a beautiful area of landscaped park and woodland garden with miles of stunning coastal views. A fabulous area for walking Febrigg Hall (NT): One of the most elegant country houses in East Anglia, the Hall is a place of surprises and delights, a mixture of opulence and homeliness where each room has something to feed […]

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The Burnham Deepdale and Stiffkey area

Things to do whilst Glamping at Deepdale Camping:  One Stop Nature Shop – a destination outlet located in Burnham Deepdale, where people can find “all things” involved in nature observation. They provide weekly guided walks on the beautiful Norfolk Coast and Countryside North Norfolk Paddle Boards – based at Burnham Overy Staithe just 4 miles along the coast path from Deepdale providing Paddle Board hire and guided tours along the North Norfolk coast Delegate Market – located right in front of Deepdale Camping. A wonderful array of independent shops (including pop up shops that change on a weekly basis) a cafe, supermarket and the location for the Spring and Christmas markets Deepdale Camping events – Markets, Festivals, 1940’s weekend, Sunday night music sessions, Cinema nights, pizza nights…..the list goes on at this fantastic campsite Holme Dunes Norfolk Wildlife Centre – here you will find Norfolk’s northwest corner, where The Wash meets the North Sea, Holme Dunes is superbly […]

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‘Love Norfolk’s’ MarGins adventure

As you know, 2017 was MarGins first year. So, when Jess from Love Norfolk offered to ‘trial and review’ one of our holidays with her partner, obviously we jumped at the chance. Jess has a real passion for all things Norfolk and loves the big outdoors, so was up for a MarGins Walking Adventure. I’ll be honest, we were a tad nervous as this was one of our first walking holidays for guests. Had we included everything they may need? Is there enough food and drink? Will the weather be kind?? We were very relieved that the answer was yes to our questions, even the weather was reasonably kind, especially on the first and last day (typical) and Jess managed to take some amazing photo’s that totally capture what our holidays and the beautiful Norfolk Coast is all about. Click here to read all about Jess’s MarGins adventure and absolutely stunning photo’s. We would like […]

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50th Anniversary of Norfolk’s AONB

  I don’t think I need to tell you how much I love our Norfolk Coast! So, to be invited along to the 50th Anniversary of our beautiful Norfolk Area’s of Outstanding Natural Beauty Anniversary celebration on Sunday was an absolute honour in itself…….BUT it didn’t stop there! I was also asked if I would do a talk on our new sustainable tourism business to all of the guests. How cool was that?? OK, I admit I was a tad nervous but what an opportunity, so after giving myself a good talking to (!) I sat down to write a 10 minute speech on how we are aiming as a business to be as sustainable and environmentally respectful as possible. The event was being held at the wonderful Norfolk Wildlife Trust Visitors Centre at Cley-Next-the-Sea. A fitting place for such an event, although the weather on Sunday was rather wet and misty but it’s always […]

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We made the finals…

I have to pinch myself to think that this time last year we were in the first couple of months of launching MarGins Walking and Glamping Holidays, full of anticipation and fear but mostly enthusiasm, commitment and belief. It’s really quite scary making that decision to ‘start a business’. All those unanswered questions such as “how will we survive financially?” “will anyone want to book one of our holidays?” “will they like what we do?” “where do we start?” “how do I market this business?” and the biggy “are we doing the right thing?”. Last night we attended the Norfolk Norfolk District Council (NNDC) Business Awards Ceremony as a finalist in the New Business category. It was the first time NNDC had put on these awards so we really didn’t know what to expect when we arrived. It was held at the lovely Greshams School in the attractive town of Holt and were instantly made […]

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