#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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Meeting Julia

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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The making of the MarGins film

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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My adventure….a year on (2)

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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MarGins Family Glamping

Since launching MarGins Walking and Glamping Holidays we’ve often been asked if we can accommodate families. Our standard set up is for 2 people in our wonderful safari style tents, which is perfect for people wanting to walk the Norfolk Coast Path or couples fancying a hassle free Glamping holiday but this wasn’t a suitable option for families. So! how could we start to accommodate families without changing our tents and keeping the unique look and feel of a MarGins holiday? Oztent, as usual, had the answer. They have produced a ‘connector strip’ which zips 2 Oztents together to provide ample space for 4 people (more if there are little children). Result!! I met up with Andy from Enjoy North Norfolk for a coffee in Holt and it soon became apparent we both shared a great love of Norfolk and the North Norfolk Coast, wanting to provide people with unique opportunities to fully experience all […]

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New Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path Adventure Atlas

We are very privileged to be some of the first people to get our hands on the new Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path Adventure Atlas published by A-Z Maps the official partner of National Trails. We launched MarGins Walking and Glamping Holidays shortly after the newest section of the Norfolk Coast Path was opened from Sea Palling to Hopton-on-Sea on the Suffolk border in 2016. Two of our walking packages (The Avocet and The Lapwing) includes this new section but it quickly became apparent there was no official map for this section, which would cause a problem for our guests wanting to walk this new section. A-Z maps have been so supportive of our new venture and completely understood our dilemma. So we would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude to Kieran from A-Z maps who has managed to get these fantastic atlases published in time for our guests walking the […]

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Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path Passport launch

“The Norfolk Trails team is very pleased to announce that they will be launching their Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path Passport this Friday, just in time for the May bank holiday weekend! The passport is available to purchase from a number of Tourist Information Centres including Norwich, Thetford, Cromer, Holt, Great Yarmouth, Burnham Deepdale and Sheringham, as well as from Waxham Barn and the Muckleburgh Collection. The passport is an extensive guidebook of the National Trail in Norfolk and one of the only publications to include the new 21 miles of coastal access between Sea Palling and Hopton-on-Sea. It splits the National Trail up into walk sections, and provides detailed maps and descriptions of each walk section as well as highlighting local cafes, pubs, accommodation and the circular walks that spur from the National Trail. Each walk has its own bespoke stamp, unique to each collection, so all you have to do is enjoy […]

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A touch of Norfolk ‘magic’

My small business adventure continues…….. Since my last blog, it’s fair to say a lot has happened. From radio interviews to setting up our tents for the first time for guests on the Norfolk Coast. Today though, I want to focus on something that has really stood out for me on my small business adventure……Our Norfolk Food Producers! This venture is all about enabling people to enjoy the breathtaking Norfolk Coastline and all it has to offer. Part of that offer is introducing our guests to the exquisite Norfolk culinary delights that are produced right on our doorstep, in a daily breakfast hamper. From the outset of meeting some of the Norfolk food producers at markets and fairs, what has shone out the most was their passion and absolute dedication for what they do. We have since visited each producer and are in absolute awe of the commitment, dedication and expertise of each and every one of […]

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Finding our ‘Hygge’

Just taking a moment after another busy week, to reflect on this time last weekend…. The weather was gorgeous, the North Norfolk Coast as stunning as ever and we displayed our glamping tents for the very first time to the public. The venue was the popular Deepdale Backpackers and Campsite, who were holding their very first Hygge Festival. It was a weekend celebrating great local music, food, drink and making new friends (and memories) plus promoting activities for all on the North Norfolk Coast. There was also the Dalegate Spring Market next door with shops and stalls full of Norfolk handmade produce from delicious chutneys, tea, charcuterie to origami and beautiful jewellery. Putting our tent up for the very first time was a pretty memorable moment for us. In a way, it’s like displaying a piece of art or writing. Whilst it’s in the making, you completely own it and it’s part of your journey developing […]

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