Editor’s Choice – Blakeney

Need some ideas of what to do by the British Coast? These are just a pick of our latest ‘Editor’s Picks’ from the Blog. For more, take a look at the Eat Coastal, Stay Coastal, Play Coastal and Shop Coastal sections which are packed with things to do and great places to eat.

Some of the highlights this month are:

Blakeney Regatta

If you’re planning a trip to the North Norfolk coast, we highly recommend it coincides with the annual Blakeney Regatta.  This wonderful spectacle of Englishness is steeped in history with a healthy dash of outright madness and is well worth the effort to head up into deepest Norfolk.  The Regatta has been a mainstay of the North Norfolk calendar for many years and includes sailing, swimming, sand castle competitions, a tug of war across the creek and the famous Greasy Pole competition.

blakeney regatta

Dating back to 1873, the Greasy Pole competition is open to all ages and involves attempting to reach the end of a heavily greased pole which juts out over the creek.  Even if you don’t want to be involved, watching those that are foolhardy enough to attempt it is side splitingly funny.

Blakeney is also a great place for crabbing, with many of the local shops stocking crabbing equipment.  The creek can be easily accessed at high or low tides and the crabs are in such abundance, even a raw crabbing novice can’t help but catch a few fine examples of Norfolk crabs to show off in their bucket.

blakeney crabbing

With many beautiful walks along the coast and a thriving local seal population which can be visited, Blakeney is a great place to come and play by the coast.

The Blakeney Hotel

Blakeney is full of sweet little cottages for hire, but if you are looking for a hotel, then take a look at the Blakeney Hotel.

Situated right on the Quay, the hotel offers wonderful panoramic views over the salt marshes to Blakeney Point, a vista amongst the best the UK can offer.

The hotel offers many different rooms to suit various budgets and tastes and has its own indoor heated pool as well as a steam room, sauna, spa bath and an air-conditioned mini gym.

blakeney hotel

The restaurant is also recommended, with a menu full of local produce and fine wines.

Blakeney is full of sweet little cottages for hire, but if you are looking for a hotel, then take a look at the Blakeney Hotel.

Situated right on the Quay, the hotel offers wonderful panoramic views over the salt marshes to Blakeney Point, a vista amongst the best the UK can offer.

The hotel offers many different rooms to suit various budgets and tastes and has its own indoor heated pool as well as a steam room, sauna, spa bath and an air-conditioned mini gym.

The restaurant is also recommended, with a menu full of local produce and fine wines.

http://www.blakeney-hotel.co.uk

The Moorings

The Moorings is a wonderful restaurant on the Blakeney High Street.  It has a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere be it for lunch or evening meal.  Children are also welcome with a good menu, or offered smaller portions of ‘grown up’ meals.

The Moorings Blakeney

Their menus are inspired by the Norfolk Coast and offer many of the fruits of the local coastline, including shellfish, fresh fish, local game and samphire.

http://www.blakeney-moorings.co.uk

The Flint Gallery

The Flint Gallery is a tremendous find showcasing some magnificent artists and sculptors.  With many of the artists taking inspiration from the coast around them, it’s the place to go to buy something to help inspire you in your everyday life.

The gallery also shows some glorious examples of hand made jewellery and some stunning ceramics.

Browsing is welcome and the gallery often has exhibitions on showcasing a specific artist.

http://www.theflintgallery.co.uk

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