My adventure….a year on (1)

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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Life’s a beach…..

It’s official, Norfolk has some of the best beaches in the UK! 6 of our North Norfolk beaches have been awarded the prestigious blue flag status which means our beaches are amongst the cleanest and safest in the country. The Eastern Daily Press wrote that “East Runton and West Runton have joined Cromer, Mundesley, Sea Palling and Sheringham in being awarded prestigious Blue Flag status. The international quality mark recognises their high standards of cleanliness and safety, as well as the water quality.”   I love our Norfolk coastline, to the extent it was one of the major factors behind setting up MarGins Walking and Glamping Holidays. I’ve travelled to some wonderful far away places with the hope and expectations that we’ll find ourselves on those remote and deserted white sandy beaches that we’ve all seen and dreamt of, listening to the gentle lapping of the waves and the sun dappling through the palm trees whilst drinking […]

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I walk because……

May is National Walking Month National Walking Month is a campaign to promote the benefits of walking and to get everyone walking, no matter what your level of fitness is.  Walking is simple and free and one of the easiest ways to be more active, lose weight and become healthier. I think it’s fair to say, I love walking. I’m not what you would call an experienced hiker, just a lover of getting out there and exploring the big outdoors and all it has to offer. Over the last few years it’s become a big part of my life for so many reasons: I walk because I can – after experiencing deteriorating mobility issues, I feared my love of walking was going to be severely compromised, but following some major surgery to restructure my pelvis, I’ve gone from strength to strength and ‘bagged’ The Hadrian’s Wall National Trail in 2016 I walk because it helps […]

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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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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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February special offer

The Norfolk Coast could be described as a place you visit and fall in love with. There are so many special places that open up to you and quite simply, takes your breath away.  So to celebrate this romantic coast line we are offering a 10% discount off any of our 3 ‘Walking Packages’ booked during the month of May. Hurry though as this offer ends at the end of February.  Come and see for yourself. Fall in love with the Norfolk Coast………. Terms** Special offer applies to any of the 3 Walking Packages only (does not include any bespoke packages) booked between the 1st and 31st May 2017 10% discount will be applied per person on the cost of the chosen Walking Package Discount will not be applied to any additional extra’s Bookings need to be received and confirmed between the 1st and the 28th February 2017 to be eligible for the special offer This is […]

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My adventure…..

We’re now into the middle of January, the first few weeks have flown by and MarGins Walking and Glamping Holidays is into its second month of business.               Last week we welcomed our very first MarGins guests to the wonderful Norfolk Coast. We arranged a bespoke package for them to walk from Hunstanton to Cley-next-the-Sea over 3 days with their dog. Our guests were sisters wanting to share some quality time together as they both live opposite sides of the world and only had a short time together in the UK, so there were high expectations of the service from MarGins and the Norfolk Coastline….in January! No pressure! But, it couldn’t have gone any better. They fell in love with the Norfolk Coast! My heart skipped a beat when one of the sisters said “I think I’ve found my spiritual home, this has been the highlight of my trip […]

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New Year resolutions…..

This week I’ve been reflecting on that question “What’s your New Year’s resolution?” It’s quite a personal question really and we may not want to share our resolutions with just anyone. I never liked the question because we have a tendency to set our expectations for change quite high, such as losing weight, joining the gym etc. and then if we don’t ‘succeed’ we see it as a failure leading to low self-esteem and confidence in our ability’s. I was at a New Year’s party in 2014 having this exact conversation with a good friend and neighbour, which admittedly was fuelled by a few drinks. It led onto a discussion on things we’d both like to achieve rather than what we think we should be doing. That was when we shook hands on a resolution that for me, was going to lead onto the beginnings of setting up MarGins Walking and Glamping Holidays. We both […]

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