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Unique Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day in North Norfolk

If you’re looking for a different experience this Valentine’s, take a look at our top five unusual things to do. From train journeys to a bicycle made for two, you'll find a unique way to celebrate Valentine's Day (or any time of the year!).

There is no better place to spend the 14 February as Norfolk is the home of Valentine! Dating back to 1477, the earliest known Valentine was sent in Norfolk in a letter from Margery Brews to John Paston, in which she described as ‘my right well beloved Valentine’. Fast forward 350 years and printed Valentine cards began to appear. In Victorian Norfolk more money was spent on Valentines than Christmas and postmen were provided with an allowance for refreshments to help them through the busy delivey days in the run up to February 14th!

A classic Norfolk ritual is 'Jack Valentine', who, after knocking on doors and leaving gifts on the eve of St Valentines, disappears into darkness of the night! 

Star gazing. There’s nothing more romantic that gazing at the stars and we have some of the darkest skies in North Norfolk where you can see the northern lights, or aurora borealis. Two sites, Kelling Heath and Wiveton Downs, have Dark Sky Discovery Status, which means the area is unaffected by light pollution, ideal for star gazing. Just wrap up warm, take a flask and your binoculars and enjoy the wonder of the skies above.

DARK SKIES IN NORTH NORFOLK

WATCH 'THE STAR GAZER'

Star Gazing

On the right track. For something really unusual, experience a train ride through the beautiful North Norfolk countryside on the Wells & Walsingham Light Railway in their private Royal Carriage. There are two private compartments in this unique carriage, so you can enjoy a journey like it’s your own exclusive train and there are even blankets provided to keep cosy. The railway runs four miles from Wells-Next-the-Sea to Walsingham, and the journey takes around 30 minutes each way (booking in advance essential, call 01328 711630). At Walsingham, visit the priory where in February, there is a breath-taking carpet of snowdrops which cover much of the 18 acres of woodland that surround this fascinating priory ruin.

WELLS & WALSINGHAM LIGHT RAILWAY

WALSINGHAM ABBEY

Or hop aboard the North Norfolk Railway which is running an Evening Dining Train on Saturday 16 February where you can enjoy a three-course dinner immersed in the style of the golden era of steam with the moving backdrop of the countryside.

NORTH NORFOLK RAILWAY

Wells & Walsingham Light Railway

A bicycle made for two. There is something quite romantic about a bicycle made for two; so why not hire a tandem bicycle and take a leisurely ride through the North Norfolk countryside. You can hire tandems from Broadland Cycle Hire, who will provide you with helmets, locks, pumps and route maps. 

BROADLAND CYCLE HIRE

Love birds. For ‘love birds’, head to RSPB Titchwell Marsh Nature Reserve; the perfect place for bird and nature lovers. Enjoy a walk around a landscape of bird filled lagoons, tidal saltmarsh and secluded fresh water pools all set against the stunning backdrop of The Wash. A short stroll takes you to a long stretch of sandy beach where the discarded hulls of WWII tanks lie hidden during high tide, complete with remnants of a petrified forest.

There are plenty of quiet places to sit quietly and enjoy wildlife such as otters and shy water voles hiding in the reedbeds. Frogs and toads may emerge from their wintery homes if the weather is mild enough and a spell of sunshine might bring out early butterflies. Listen out for the melodic tune of the song thrush, as with many birds, the males are marking out their territories ready for mating.

Titchwell Marsh

Love boat. For those who love the outdoors and all it has to offer, take a Beans Boat Trips from Morston Quay to Blakeney Harbour while you enjoy the natural wonder of the coastline and seal colonies. As Blakeney Point is one of the most important sites for migrating birds in Europe, there's plenty to see during the trip. You will pass the old Blakeney Lifeboat station before you arrive at the end of Blakeney Point where common and grey seals can be seen laying upon the shingle.

BEANS BOATS

SEALS IN NORTH NORFOLK

Seals at Blakeney Point

FIND A PLACE TO EAT AND STAY

Love food. There are many fantastic eateries to choose from in North Norfolk if you love food. From posh fish & chips to fine cuisine, you'll find something for every taste bud.

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NORTH NORFOLK'S TOP FOODS

Brancaster Mussels

Weekends away. From cosy B&Bs to rural bolt holes, North Norfolk has a wide range of accommodation for a weekend away for two. Spend the afternoon walking on empty beaches or wandering through stunning countryside before stopping off for a drink or bite to eat. Many accommodation providers have offers for Valentine's so you can impress your loved one with making too much of an impression on your bank balance!

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