July 22, 2017

amber's bell tent camping at wiveton hall

Last week, I packed the car up with pot noodles, percy pigs, card games and sun cream before heading to Wiveton Hall for two nights camping at Amber's Bell Tents. The last time I went camping was around ten years ago, and ended in our tent having to be thrown away as the result of a wind storm. If, like me, you aren't built for traditional camping, and the thought of having to put up your own tent and sleep on a blow up mattress is your idea of hell, then glamping is the way forward. 

Amber's Bell tents provide all you'll need for a fun and cosy stay, from marshmallows to toast on the bbq in your picnic area next to the tent, to pots and pans and a chest filled with badminton racquets. For night time, there's jars filled with fairy lights to illuminate your tent and a wood fired stove should it start to get chilly. The facilities are all kept completely immaculate, and there are even hot showers next to a sink to wash pots in and a freezer to keep ice packs in. 

If you've ever tuned into BBC's Normal for Norfolk, you'll by pretty familiar with Wiveton Hall. Located in Cley Next the Sea and ran by the ever eccentric Desmond, it's a slice of paradise on the best part of the Norfolk coast. We ended up chatting away with Desmond after booking in for the garden tour, and I can happily confirm he's just as much of an interesting character in person as he appears on tv. 

The cafe is so well loved that booking is advisable, so I snapped up an outside table for lunch well in advance. We opted for the Wiveton salad each, along with a bowl of crispy fries and homemade raspberry cordial. Everything was absolutely spot on and has left me wanting to go back on a regular basis. 


A tent for two nights in the Summer Holidays is priced at £280 and makes for a fun family holiday or a cosy romantic getaway. I've already decided that I'll be back each and every year from now on!

July 03, 2017

an evening with sir clive woodward

A couple of Fridays ago, I dressed up all fancy and made my way down to Norwich City Football club with my other half for an evening with Sir Clive Woodward, which involved a drinks reception overlooking the pitch followed by a three course meal at Delia's restaurant

In honesty, I haven't a clue about rugby or who does what, but my sport obsessed boyfriend was delighted at the prospect of a one-on-one chat with the man himself and was thrilled to have a professional photo taken with him. Even if it did mean me being awkwardly squashed in the middle of the two. 

Between courses was a low-key chatty interview with Clive, and with my lack of rugby knowledge aside, I still found really engaging. He had plenty of stories to tell surrounding his involvement in leading the England team to world cup victory in 2003, and the odd slither of juicy insider gossip too.      

As most of our dates usually involve the cinema or bowling, the evening made for the perfect excuse to dress up and enjoy something outside of the box. I live just a fifteen minute drive from the stadium and pass it by almost daily, so relished the opportunity of finally having a nosey inside, prosecco in hand and all.   

Delia's regularly host events so it's well worth keeping an eye on their Facebook page if you're fairly local to the stadium and fancy an evening out. 

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June 16, 2017

mountain hiking and wine tasting, barcelona

Last month, I had my first taste of the summer heat on a three night trip to Barcelona. My flight took a mere one hour thirty minutes to take me from dull and rainy England to a sun bathed Spain. I've visited Barcelona once before, in early 2015 on a trip with University and had a wonderful time (blog posts here and here) so couldn't wait to head back for more exploring. This time round was a blogger trip, and the focus was on showing us all of the sights outside of the city itself. 

Bright and early in the morning we headed out for a two hour trek down the side of the mountains. There were so many beautiful photo opportunity spots to take full advantage of along the way, even if it meant half hanging off a rock face, and we didn't spot another tourist on the entire walk. Seeing parts of a destination completely away from the tourist track really is the key to getting the unspoilt feel of a place.  

Early evening we headed to the Pares Balta owned vineyards to hear all about their organic (and vegan!) wines. I seem to have spent the majority of my 20's convinced that Pinot Grigio is the only wine for me, and that wine isn't wine unless it's from Italy or France. Two Cavas, one Rosé, two whites and two reds later, and I felt more than ready to give up my crutch of Pinot Grigio. I fell so in love with a white named Cosmic the I pledged to spend my night reshuffling my suitcase just to get a bottle home. At just €10 a pop it would have been foolish not to. 

Mildly tipsy on good wine and slightly hazy from a sunshine filled day, we pulled up to Hotel Mastinell. I've stayed in my fair share of swishy hotels over the past few years, but this one really was something special. The food was incredible as was the wine that's made by the hotel itself. I have it firmly set in my mind to book a longer stay in a few summer's time. 

If you're planning a trip to Barcelona any time soon, you absolutely must consider leaving the city behind for a day or two and discovering the rest of the region. The trip completely opened my eyes to taking a hop, skip and jump away from city life and embracing the more rural, traditional parts of a destination.