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Norfolk attractions recognised for quality visitor experiences on offer

PUBLISHED: 20:55 14 February 2018 | UPDATED: 20:55 14 February 2018

Red Deer grazing in the park with the magnificent backdrop of Holkham Hall. Picture: Richard Brunton

Red Deer grazing in the park with the magnificent backdrop of Holkham Hall. Picture: Richard Brunton

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Six local attractions have been recognised by a national tourism organisation for the high quality visitor experiences they offer.

Broads Tours at Wroxham. Picture: ANTONY KELLYBroads Tours at Wroxham. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

The six - five in Norfolk and one in Suffolk - were awarded VisitEngland Accolades across different categories in appreciation of the outstanding experiences they provide.

They are:

• Broads Tours, Wroxham - Best Told Story;

• Holkham Hall, Wells-next-the-Sea - Gold;

RSPB Lakenheath Fen offers lots to see. Picture: Sonya DuncanRSPB Lakenheath Fen offers lots to see. Picture: Sonya Duncan

• RNLI Henry Blogg Museum, Cromer - Best Told Story;

• Sheringham Museum, Sheringham – Hidden Gem;

• RSPB Lakenheath Fen, Lakenheath – Welcome;

• The Red House, Aldeburgh – Hidden Gem;

The Red House, Aldeburgh. Picture: Archant LibraryThe Red House, Aldeburgh. Picture: Archant Library

In total 86 attractions received awards highlighting all aspects of the overall visitor experience from story-telling to food and drink and from customer service to overall winners.

The participants achieved the accolades based on a score they obtained following an annual assessment by VisitEngland.

VisitEngland director Andrew Stokes said: “These attractions offer a warm welcome, unique story-telling, high quality food and drink and unparalleled customer service and rightly deserve these accolades.

“They provide visitors with amazing experiences and create reasons to travel the length and breadth of the country, increasing the economic benefits of tourism.”

The lifeboat in the Henry Blogg Museum. Picture: Tony BuckinghamThe lifeboat in the Henry Blogg Museum. Picture: Tony Buckingham

Based in Wroxham, Broads Tours is an award winning day boat hire and tour company, while Holkham Hall in Wells is an 18th-century country house open to the public.

The RNLI Henry Blogg Museum in Cromer features a range of exhibits and programs honouring local sailor and hero Henry Blogg.

Sheringham Museum tells the story of Sheringham on the north Norfolk coast through displays packed with interesting things to see, hear and do.

For anyone wanting to experience the outdoors, the RSPB has transformed former carrot fields at Lakenheath Fen into a magical wetland home to kingfishers, cranes, otters and watervoles.

The Red House in Aldeburgh on the Suffolk coast, which received a Hidden Gem accolade, was the home of the composer Benjamin Britten from 1957 until his death in 1976, and of his partner, Peter Pears, until the latter’s death in 1986.

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