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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Julia Bradbury and The Outdoor Guide

We’re very pleased to announce we are now proud partners with Julia Bradbury and The Outdoor Guide. It’s a privilege to list MarGins Walking and Glamping Holidays on their website, not to mention having a quote from Julia to! “I am delighted to have MarGins Walking and Glamping Holidays feature on The Outdoor Guide. The Norfolk Coastline is spectacular and the perfect place for a family walking holiday.”      A little about The Outdoor Guide and why we really wanted to become a partner below: Welcome to The Outdoor Guide (TOG). This is a place for people who love the outdoors. You don’t have to be an enthusiast. Maybe you’re just someone who enjoys hiking, or taking the family camping for the odd weekend. Or perhaps you like ambling around quaint villages, enjoy good country pubs or cycling through picturesque scenery. TOG is a curated site that aims to pull together all sorts of information […]

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Goldfish to a Dragon

I’ve never really won anything before, except a goldfish at the fairground when I was a little girl! So when @marginsholidays was announced as a winner by Theo Pathitis at the end of February on Twitter, I was absolutely gobsmacked. I only started embracing Social Media at the end of 2016 when we launched our website and started the promotion and marketing of MarGins Walking and Glamping Holidays. I have to confess I didn’t even know what a # meant! But I got my head down and started to learn. It was at a networking event in Norwich that I met a lovely lady from Agent Shave. They had only launched their business a few weeks before as well. She was over the moon as Agent Shave had just become winners of the Theo Pathitis Small Business Sunday #SBS competition on Twitter and she thought this was something MarGins should do to gain followers and support […]

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Heart to Heart

The last 10 days have been a bit of a whirlwind for so many reasons. I think it’s fair to say ‘my adventure’ continues and I’m embracing and learning from every moment of it. Since my last blog so much has happened, such as purchasing a van that will become my ‘Glamp-mobile’, we’ve got more bookings and lot’s of interest in our holidays (phew!), forming some great partnerships with Norfolk business’s all along the Norfolk Coast Path (some that have the potential to offer quite unique packages to our guests) and much more. But the last week has really been a chance to reflect on my MarGins adventure and the realisation of where we’ve managed to get to in such a short period of time. Last Monday (13 February) I was contacted by The British Heart Foundation (BHF) to see if there was anything MarGins could do to support a guy called Kieran Sandwell who […]

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