a huge, award-winning forest of family fun and outdoor adventure they said. full of  tree houses, zip wires, jungle bridges, crocklebogs (query?), twiggles and boggles (more query?), storytelling, boat trips, and marsh walks too yeah yeah yeah.

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bressingham steam and gardens – gardens

there were far too many pictures from one post about bressingham steam and gardens, so this is part two, the first part being here. in this post i am showing you just a handful of the glorious plants and flowers within the gardens of bressingham.  these photos do not do it justice at all. the gardens are truly glorious., and if it hadn’t started raining we could have spent hours here wandering amongst the stunning vibrant layers of colour.

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bressingham steam and gardens – steam

bressingham steam and gardens is just a little west of the historic market town of diss in south norfolk. bressingham was created by the aptly named alan broom who bought the estate way back in 1946. on purchasing the 220 acre estate he immediately threw himself into estate life, building and growing the nursery, and developing the garden by transforming the pond into a lake and creating the most wonderful island beds.

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we have heard people talk about how lovely southwold is, on numerous occasions. we have been to suffolk and norfolk many times but never quite made it. never firmly had it on our agenda. so this bank holiday it was there, firmly on our agenda.

southwold is a charming seaside town with lots of history going way back to 1086 when it’s was listed in the domesday book as a fishing port. in 1659 a fire devastated most of southwold, but this fire was to shape the town, as many of the buildings destroyed were never rebuilt, leaving wonderful open spaces creating village greens.

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ivywood cottage – harleston – airbnb

as a family we are a little bit in love with norfolk. it would be wonderful if one day we had a place of our own up along the norfolk coast. we come every single year without fail and have done so now for around 5 years. each time we have booked a cottage to stay in, all via various web sites and agencies and all have been great. however this time we went a little off our normal sources and tried airbnb for the very first time. we have friends that rent out space on it, we have friends that have used it, it came highly recommended, so we thought we would give it a whirl.

if you’ve not heard of airbnb i’ll give you a quick overview. if you do skip this part and have a look at our lovely norfolk cottage.

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