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‘Love Norfolk’s’ MarGins adventure

By Walking and Glamping The Norfolk Coast Path

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

By Walking and Glamping The Norfolk Coast Path

  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…

By Walking and Glamping The Norfolk Coast Path

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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Meeting Julia

By Walking and Glamping The Norfolk Coast Path

Walking is so ‘in’ right now! Did you see ITV’s Britains 100 Favourite Walks? A whole two and a half hours of walking inspiration. Who would have thought that walking programmes would make prime time TV? Julia Bradbury has played a big part in making walking so popular and I must have watched most, if not all, of her programmes on walking. Wainwrights Walks, Countryfile, Best Walks with a View, Britains Best Walks….. Last weekend we were very lucky to meet Julia Bradbury at The Destinations Show at Olympia in London. Julia was interviewed on the Stanfords Travel Writers Show stage, talking very openly about her passion for walking and where it all started. It was her father who encouraged her to go on walking adventures with him when she was quite young. This really hit home for me, I have such lovely memories of my late father encouraging us to ‘get outside and explore’ […]

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Walk this way….

By Walking and Glamping The Norfolk Coast Path
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OK, hands up if you’ve already lapsed on your New Years resolutions…….. I don’t make resolutions anymore but try to do more of the things that bring me happiness…….which mainly consists of walking and getting out in the big outdoors. I absolutely love my daily walk with Miss Brylie (beloved pooch). The lovely Claire Gurney is a specialist fitness and Pilates instructor based at Treat in Norwich, Norfolk who we’ve teamed up with to offer the magical Back to Nature Weekends. I asked Claire to put into words why walking is so good for us: Walk Your Way to Health Walking is one of the easiest, cheapest and most enjoyable forms of exercise around. As seasoned walkers will know, walking is so much more than just an activity to keep us fit. It has many health benefits, most which can be achieved from as little as 20 minutes of brisk walking each day. Here are some […]

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Festive Wishes

By Walking and Glamping The Norfolk Coast Path

My adventure….a year on (part 3): It’s the time of year to reflect and I think its fair to say, 2017 has been quite an eventful one….for all the right reasons. This morning I attended a networking event in Norwich. When asked the question “What do you do?” it suddenly dawned on me that it was at this same event last year that I answered this question for the first time since launching MarGins Walking and Glamping Holidays. I remembered that feeling of apprehension and slight awkwardness when answering, wondering what their reaction would be, especially as I hadn’t even attempted to put a tent up yet! I was very relieved to get such a positive and enthusiastic response and so pleased that this reaction has continued throughout our first year. Now when I start to introduce myself at networking events I get very excited, relieved (and quite overwhelmed), when people say they have heard […]

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The making of the MarGins film

By Walking and Glamping The Norfolk Coast Path

I’ve met some really inspirational and motivated people at the various networking events I’ve been to over the last year. In July, I set up one of our Glamping tents at a networking event being held at Holkham Studios by Genix. Such a lovely location and a great opportunity to ‘show off’ our lovely tents in all their glory and talk to lot’s of people about what we offer. It was towards the end of the event that I had a discussion with James, who had just set up his own business, Expedition Studio, providing creative services including film production, illustration, graphic design, 3D modelling, visualisations, photography and virtual reality. James was really interested in our walking holidays and seemed to have a really good idea of what we offer our guests. So I mentioned that we would like to create a film that could tell the story of our unique holidays and the rest […]

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#2minutebeachclean

By Walking and Glamping The Norfolk Coast Path

Who watched Blue Planet 2 on Sunday?? How incredibly sad was it to watch the hump back whale carrying her dead pup?? Plastic!!!! Grrr………what are we doing to our wonderful world?? I must have been litter picking for a few years now. It all started on my daily dog walk, I was more and more conscious of how much litter was selfishly discarded along our hedgerows and country lanes and couldn’t walk past any longer. As a dog walker I always have a pocket of poop bags. So I decided to do my bit by picking up just enough litter to fill one poop bag. It’s amazing how much you can get in a poop bag and you do become a tad obsessed!   Starting a new business meant I obviously had to embrace social media for marketing but this proved very beneficial as not only was I marketing my business but it opened up so […]

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My adventure….a year on (2)

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Communication! So many ways to do this these days but for me, I still think it’s good to talk! Communication is something that comes up time and time again as one of the most important elements in business, it can very quickly become overlooked due to many reasons, but usually it’s down to excessive workload and lack of time keeping and organisation. From the beginning of ‘my adventure’ I was adamant that communication would be my top priority with all our stakeholders, no matter how busy or tired I got. I’m not a business or management specialist but I know that, for me, how I’m greeted and spoken to makes a big difference on the outcome of whether I would like to engage with that person and pursue a conversation and ultimately form a partnership with them. Starting a new business is never going to be easy but looking back over the last year, communication […]

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My adventure….a year on (1)

By Walking and Glamping The Norfolk Coast Path

As business starts to quieten down and we are approaching the end of our season, I can finally start to reflect on my first year in business. It was September last year that I made that big decision to ‘give my idea a go’. I’m sure business guru’s will cringe at my terminology but that’s exactly how I felt at the time. It’s not an easy decision to make, there is so much at stake but I knew I had to give it a good go…..it just felt right. Plus there’s that Ol’ cliche “if I don’t do it now, I never will…”. It’s hard to describe the feelings, thoughts and emotions you go through making the decision to start a new business, especially when it’s such a new concept. Just because I liked the idea doesn’t mean that others will but I really believed in it and I think that’s the drive you need […]

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