Norfolk is a pretty special place to me. It’s where Ollie and I got married back in the Summer of 2014. It’s actually quite funny to say ‘back in’ when referencing our wedding as I can’t help but follow with ‘I can’t believe it’s two years ago already’. It’s true, I can’t believe it and I can’t believe how fast the time has past since that amazing Summer when we got to see all our favourite people come together and celebrate with us.
I guess that before the wedding Norfolk wasn’t overly special or meaningful to us. I used to go to the coast there (Hunstanton) in the Summer for a day with family and Ollie went to University in Norwich. But beyond that, it didn’t have any particular meaning really. But when we hunted for wedding venues – not really feeling tied to getting married near where either of us grew up we stumbled upon a place called Chaucer Barn. Purely through the luck of google. I’m not exaggerating when I say we both loved it immediately. It was absolutely perfect for what we wanted – relaxed, not restrictive in terms of catering or any of those typical wedding ties you get with many venues. It was beautiful. So we went to look and that was it, the one and only wedding venue we looked for and booked it straight away.
We were so happy with our choice – not least because we had our perfect day there but also that it meant we got to know the area around it. Staying in nearby Holt before the wedding, visiting for tastings and heading to the Cromer pier to ease off post-wedding hangovers with some good old fish and chips. We definitely fell in love with the area and so have made it a bit of a ‘thing’ to go back for our anniversary. Which was this past bank holiday weekend. We had a really lovely, relaxing time – just walking along the beaches and sitting in the sun. I did of course snap a whole bunch of photos so wanted to share a few.
We headed back for the long weekend – staying at Byfords in Holt. A place well known in the area (the food there is amazing) and we found it because we used their catering company to do the BBQ for our wedding (called ‘Back To Your Place’ if you’re wondering – the food was delicious). Byfords has a ‘posh B&B’ attached to it and it’s where we stayed the night before we got to go to Chaucer Barn to set up for the wedding so we chose to head back there for the weekend for our anniversary. They do amazing breakfasts (we recommend the breakfast pizza and the kedgeree). We also ate at The Feathers – another local pub that had some great food too.
In the day, we were mostly in Cromer – walking from Cromer to Overstrand to have crab sandwiches before walking back. It’s funny to think, if you had asked me as a teen about a UK holiday I would probably have turned my nose up. Now, I can’t think of much that is more refreshing and relaxing than a few days by the sea in the UK. I had a lovely time and can’t wait to head back next Summer. Even if the weather isn’t quite perfect…
Where we stayed: Byfords, Holt www.byfords.org.uk