“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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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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