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THE Brasserie at Barnham Broom Golf and Country Club in Norfolk is a new smart and stylish eating venue offering a seasonal menu and over 80 fine wines in a relaxed countryside location.

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Formerly known as Flints restaurant, the venue has had a £250,000 refurbishment and been transformed into a family-friendly restaurant. The menu features a mouth-watering selection of exciting dishes including Cromer Crab mayonnaise & sweetcorn fritters, Norfolk pork saltimbocca with saffron and chorizo risotto, a seasonal starter, main and dessert, as well as a range of meats from the grill.

Using locally sourced food where possible, the Brasserie is located at Barnham Broom hotel on the River Yare, seats 120 and has been individually designed with contemporary and stylish surroundings.

General Manager Jonathan Ellse, who joined the hotel recently having worked at Sandals in Barbados heads-up the operation.

Jonathan comments: "The Brasserie brings something unique to the area with the quality of the ingredients on offer and enjoys spectacular views as it sits in 300 acres of beautiful countryside. It's got a relaxed and fun atmosphere and offers quality food and drink, something we're really passionate about."

He adds: "We also have a speciality fine wine from around the world menu, which offers guests first class wines at more affordable prices. We have chosen not to put much of a margin on the wines so that more people can experience them. We're confident that the Brasserie will add to the county's thriving food scene."

It is open daily for dinner between 7.30pm and 9.30pm and Sunday lunches from 12.30pm to 2pm and vegetarian options are also available.

Diners interested in finding out more about The Brasserie at Barnham Broom should visit www.barnham-broom.co.uk/brasserie-at-barnham-broom, follow @BrasserieBB on twitter or call 01603 759393 for reservations.

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STAND out from the crowd in one of Norfolk Hideaways' stunning coastal properties; combining quirky and unique features with luxury, style and British eccentricity.

Ever stayed somewhere with a carved cat in the rafters? Full of curious quirks, Nooky House at Cley-Next-The-Sea is an elegant conversion designed by a well-known local architect with an impressive open plan living space, full height vaulted ceiling and exposed beams. The main living area is bathed in light upstairs there are two heavily beamed bedrooms, both with en suite shower rooms. Situated on the village green in the very popular village of Cley-next-the-Sea, it is a fantastic property to enjoy a relaxing and stylish holiday in Norfolk. Sleeping four, weekly prices start from £520.

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An eclectic, Romany caravan interior makes The Fox Hat at South Creake a unique place to holiday. Owned by talented artist Alison King, the homely and quirky décor reflects her creative flair in its furnishings and vintage artefacts. Plus, there are stunning views from the sitting room with open fields to the rear.

A wood burner makes for cosy nights in and with a pub less than two minutes walk away, The Fox Hat boasts a great location. Sleeping four, weekly prices start from £300.00.

Want to stay somewhere with nooks, crannies and serious character? The Music Room in Thornham really is a one off and in a previous life was used as a music studio for teaching, featuring a fully functional church pipe organ. When the new owners inherited the house, the organ was simply too difficult to take out and is still there and in working order. There is also a piano if the organ is not your thing! Sleeping two, weekly prices start from £220.

Ongar Lodge at Old Hunstanton is a stunning conversion of a 1960's iconic build, with great sea and golf course views and comes complete with a Zen Den! Two minutes walk to the sandy beach, the lodge provides contemporary and light accommodation over two floors.
The sitting room is the star of the show and is wonderfully sunny and light with fabulous views over the golf course and beach huts to the sea. Plus, at the bottom of the garden is the Zen Den; a great bolt hole for teenagers to relax in. Sleeping eight, weekly prices start from £835.

The Old Chapel in Great Bircham is a fabulous conversion of a Victorian chapel and schoolhouse. The accommodation is incredibly spacious with a first floor sitting room with woodburner, a second sitting room with pool table and table football, and a quiet snug and conservatory downstairs. Unusually for a chapel the house has good sized gardens with outside seating looking over the big blue skies and fields. Being only a few minutes' drive to Brancaster beach, this is the perfect family holiday house. Sleeping 10, weekly prices start from £1,100.

Bramley in Old Hunstanton is an iconic single storey property designed by the architect Robin Spence. Built in 1971 using a steel portal frame with anodized bronzed aluminum double glazed glass elevations, the house is light and airy with a wonderful sense of space. Bramley is furnished with a mix of vintage midcentury furniture, original artwork and good contemporary fittings. Bramley is only a five minute walk to Old Hunstanton's sandy beach. Sleeping six, weekly prices start from £450.

For more holiday cottage information visit www.norfolkhideaways.co.uk. Follow on Twitter @NorfolkHideaway. Tel: 01485 211022.

PENSTHORPE Wildlife and Gardens based near Fakenham in north Norfolk has announced plans to launch an exciting new £1million outdoor expansion, 'WildRootz,' aimed at improving children's connections with the natural world.

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The 7,000 square-metre outdoor activity area will encourage children to play and explore in natural habitats such as woods, fields and streams and once completed will be larger than the Canopy Walk at Kew Gardens and the outdoor play area at Chatsworth House combined.

Children's growing dependency on technology, spending less time outdoors and a reduction in wild spaces for outdoor play has underpinned Pensthorpe's decision to develop the natural play trail.

'WildRootz' will be unlike anything else that Norfolk has to offer and will be set at the edge of Pensthorpe's existing woodland and park to become an extension of its gardens, wetlands, conservation centre, wildflower meadows, farmland and woodland.

'WildRootz' will comprise of over 30 individual items of play equipment including hills, tunnels and burrows, a giant 11m high winding slide tower called 'The Worm', 'The Flyway' zipwire, trees to climb, shallow streams to wade through and more gentle areas for younger children including a sandpit and, coming in autumn, an 'Arty Party Barn' for indoor parties.

Deb Jordan, owner of Pensthorpe comments: "It's been well documented how children today are inclined to stay indoors to play in the virtual world rather than putting on a pair of wellies and playing outside in the natural world. We believe children are becoming quite detached from rural Britain and instead getting hooked into technology, to the point where they don't know what many species of bird, insect, tree or plant look like.

"Understandably parents do all they can to protect their children from potential danger or allowing them to stray too far when playing outside. However we have concerns that this may have irreversible consequences on children's sense of freedom and wellbeing.

"At Pensthorpe we see ourselves as custodians of the natural world and in an effort to encourage the next generation to play their part in protecting the environment for the future, we are launching WildRootz as a first step to safely reconnect children with outdoor, green spaces. This is our contribution in encouraging a new generation of Chris Packham's or David Attenborough's for tomorrow."
Mark Noble, Commercial Manager at Pensthorpe adds: "The aim of WildRootz is to provide a healthy and inspiring place for families to have a fun and energetic day out.

"It has the potential to bring so many benefits from offering healthy, physical exercise, inspiring curiosity, problem solving, social fun and interaction plus a hands-on opportunity to learn about the wonders of the natural world."

'WildRootz' will also have a compelling educational message for children and be packed with activities and information relating to the natural world around them.

In conjunction with this new and exciting nature play area Pensthorpe is also launching a new 'Passport' which will guide children and families through 'WildRootz' before linking them into the reserve and the remodelled bug walk and stamper trail.

Visitors to Pensthorpe will see lots of development activity over the next few months but disruption during the works will be kept to a minimum and there will be no disturbance to the rich and diverse wildlife living there. Work on WildRootz will not impact on the rest of the Reserve and Pensthorpe will remain open to the public at all times.

First steps in the development will see the refurbishment of the offices to become a new reception and exhibition centre plus increasing and improving car parking with added pathways, tree planting and landscaping throughout.

Work started on the development in May with a view to opening WildRootz in July 2013.

Pensthorpe can be followed on Twitter @Pensthorpe or on Facebook at Facebook.com/Pensthorpe.

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REJECT technology and go WILD this summer at WildRootz at Pensthorpe Wildlife & Gardens in Norfolk - a brand new £1million attraction geared up to connect children with rural Britain!

Opening on 26th July 2013 WildRootz will comprise of over 30 individual items of play equipment nestled in the Norfolk countryside. At 7,000 square-metres in size it will be larger than the Canopy Walk at Kew Gardens and the outdoor play area at Chatsworth House combined!

There'll be shallow streams to splash through*, dens to build, underground burrows to explore, a giant 12m high winding slide tower called 'The Worm', 'The Flyway' zipwire, trees to climb and more gentle areas for younger children including a sandpit and, coming in autumn, an 'Arty Party Barn' for indoor parties and nature based craft activities.

Children's growing dependency on technology and spending less time outdoors has underpinned Pensthorpe's decision to develop the natural play trail.

WildRootz will be set at the edge of Pensthorpe's existing woodland and park to become an extension of its gardens, wetlands, conservation centre, wildflower meadows, farmland and woodland.

Deb Jordan, owner of Pensthorpe comments: "It's been well documented how children today are inclined to stay indoors to play in the virtual world rather than putting on a pair of wellies and playing outside in the natural world.

"It is also well understood that the effect of this disengagement with the outdoors is having a negative impact on their mental development in terms of the ability to naturally access risk. We believe children are becoming quite detached from rural Britain and instead getting hooked into technology, to the point where they don't know what many species of bird, insect, tree or plant look like.

"WildRootz is our contribution in encouraging a new generation of Chris Packhams or David Attenboroughs for tomorrow."

WildRootz will provide a healthy and inspiring place for families to have fun and enjoy an energetic day out; bringing with it benefits including physical exercise, inspiring curiosity, problem solving, learning responsibility, social fun and interaction plus a hands-on opportunity to learn about the wonders of the natural world.

In conjunction with this new and exciting nature play area Pensthorpe is also launching a new 'Passport' which will guide children and families through WildRootz before linking them into the reserve and the remodelled bug walk and stamper trail.

Pensthorpe can be followed on Twitter @Pensthorpe or on Facebook at Facebook.com/Pensthorpe.

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THE Kings Troop, Royal Horse Artillery, the JCB Dancing Diggers and a freefall parachute display are just a few of the great events visitors can enjoy when the Holkham Country Fair springs to life on 27th and 28th July 2013.

The two-day event at Holkham marries the finest traditions of the countryside with a spectacular line up of entertainment, and attractions for the whole family.

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This year's Grand Ring will play host to a spectacular programme including four guns from the Musical Drive of The King's Troop, freefall parachute displays, a Championship Youth Band, aerobatic displays, falconry demonstrations, a hound parade, terrier racing and the unforgettable JCB Dancing Diggers!

Some of the countryside's finest traditions will also be on show, with lurcher racing, fly-casting demonstrations, archery, wildfowling, gundog scurry and team test and the ever-popular sheep show.

The clay pigeon shoot at Holkham Country Fair is not to be missed, and there are plans for it to become the official Norfolk Masters Shoot from 2014. There will also be classic cars, a display of vintage military vehicles, and over 200 trade, food and craft stands.

Historically, Holkham Country Fair has been held every other year, but it is set to become an annual event from now on, making it a permanent fixture in Norfolk's summer calendar.

New director of the show, Dominic Reid OBE, comments: "The Holkham Country Fair originated to teach children about the countryside and its importance and traditions. That is why we let them in for free. Today more than 30 years on, the show is true to those educational roots and continues to celebrate everything rural. But it also has spectacle, pageantry and sheer fun to make it a fantastic family day out. This is one of the best Country Fairs in the England and it's evolving to bring something to people of all ages and interests."

Dominic Reid has organised events professionally for the past 20 years, notably the Lord Mayor's Show in London, the Oxford & Cambridge Boat Race of which he was the first Executive Director and The Queen's Golden Jubilee as well as a number of other national commemorations and other celebrations and events. He was appointed OBE for this work. Dominic has been living and working in Norfolk for over 10 years and is looking forward to developing the success and excitement of the Holkham Country Fair.

Holkham Country Fair is held at Holkham by kind permission of Viscount and Viscountess Coke.

Tickets cost £15 per person and children aged 14 and under get in free. Save 10% on entry prices when booking online. The Fair is open from 9am to 7pm on both days and car parking is free. Dogs on leads are welcome.

For more information visit holkhamcountryfair.co.uk or follow @HolkhamCFair on Twitter.

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