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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Walk this way….

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

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

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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Back to Nature Wellness Retreat

We are delighted to be working with Claire Gurney this coming weekend, on a Back to Nature Wellness Retreat in rural North Norfolk. A woodland setting, pilates, yoga, mindfulness, meals of scrummy Norfolk produce, marshmallows toasted round a fire pit………do you get the picture? are you there? There are still a couple of places available, so do get in touch if you fancy a bit of time away from it all. Only £160 per person (all inclusive) For more information CLICK HERE

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