Today we have a guest post from the lovely Leslie, who grew up in Norfolk. All these beautiful photographs were taken by Jim Downing.

It’s no secret to my Northern friends that I love all things Norfolk. I grew up in Nelson’s County although born in Oxford and now living in the North I can whole heartily say Norfolk is my home. While at school in Wymondham I used to think Norfolk was boring and nothing but fields and tractors – after spending 6 years away in a big, grey city surrounded by big, grey buildings and motorways I want nothing more than to get back to my roots and the calming pace of Norfolk life.

So why is Norfolk so amazing? Shall I tell you?

Shopping

Norwich is by far my favourite place to shop. I have shopped all over the UK including the monumental Trafford centre in Manchester, but in all honestly I love the Norwich’s shopping vibe. Castle mall, Chapelfield, Norwich market (the largest of its kind in the UK) and the high street all in a 2 mile radius makes for a niche and superb shopping experience. Boutiques like Jigsaw who sell comfy knitwear perfect for these cold, snowy days and massive department stores like House of Fraser who sell…well everything!

Broads

My favourite summer time treat is a cheeky boat ride on the Norfolk Broads with friends. What’s not too like you can hire a boat have a picnic and stare at the amazing scenery and even stop at a few waterside pubs on route. OK so you can punt around Cambridge but Norfolk broads are second to none. If you haven’t tried it I suggest you do! It’s cheap and easy to rent a boat and they come in all shapes and sizes, some even let you take the family pet.

Countryside

Big city life was what I craved when I was a country girl – I even pride myself on the fact that I drove a tractor once upon a time – but now I have the city life I would give my leg to be able to drive ten minutes and be enveloped in the country side! Ok so Norfolk is flat but that the “booty” of it! You can see for miles and miles and it’s all gorgeous! Norfolk has more country pubs than it does people and sitting in a beer garden staring across the flat expanse into the sunset just makes me feel warm and cosy inside.

Touristy stuff

We have it all: Sandringham estate (HM’s country manor), Pleasurewood Hills theme park , the gorgeous, quaint beaches like Wells, Norfolk has a vast variety of tourist attractions. Annual events like the Royal Norfolk show gives visitors a true feel of the agricultural hub that I love – this two day event is huge and caters for everyone.

Norfolk with its easy going, friendly atmosphere makes it perfect for a weekend break from the world; just don’t forget your wellies!

You can take the girl out of the county but you can’t take the county out of the girl!

Author Bio:

Written by Leslie Harding a welly wearing, cow tipping, and one time tractor driving Norfolk Enthusiast on behalf of Jigsaw.