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North Norfolk Railway 1940s Weekend at Sheringham.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Norfolk and Suffolk seaside communities to benefit from government grant which could unlock treasure trove

Janet Clark and Jane Moore in The Gambia on a previous trip

Two Norfolk charity workers will have to wait until tomorrow for a flight home from The Gambia as the country is plunged into political unrest.

From left to right, Pete Waters, executive director of Visit East Anglia, Chris Scargill, tourism and leisure partner at Larking Gowen, and Martin Dupee, operations director of Africa Alive and Banham Zoo and chairman of Norfolk and Suffolk Tourist Attracitions. Picture: Larking Gowen/Sylvaine Poitau

The repercussions of Brexit and accessibility will be among the topics covered by a survey which will build a picture of the region’s tourism.

Rural Life - Sheringham - High Street.

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Buoyant holiday firms are anticipating a bumper 2017 as year-on-year booking levels soar.

Judy Oliver, Cabinet member of NNDC who is starting a campaign to laugh a trial pedestrian only zone in Sheringham.

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

A move to make part of Sheringham a pedestrian-only zone has taken a step forward, with 5,000 copies of a survey due to be distributed to local homes and businesses at the end of the month.

The annual steam gala at the North Norfolk Railway, which is celebrating a record-breaking year. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

One of Norfolk’s top tourist attractions is celebrating a record-breaking 2016, with visitor numbers up for the fifth year running.

Tunnel of Light on Hayhill, Norwich. 
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

If you haven’t taken a stroll through the Tunnel of Light in Norwich, today (Thursday, January 5) is your final chance.

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A slump in the pound giving visitors more for their money could see the region enjoy a bumper year for tourism.

The historic South East Tower, Yarmouth has been converted and furnished ready for people to let as a 'Glamping' experienece.
PHOTO: Nick Butcher

The transformation of a 700 year old tower is complete with vintage furniture and curious artefacts that are helping to secure its future and preserve the past.

Sailing in the Broads.  Picture: James Bass

Government funding for the Broads has been cut by £1m over the last five years, figures have revealed.

The RNLI Lowestoft Lifeboat crew make a courtesy visit to the P&O Arcadia, which dropped anchor off the South Beach at Lowestoft on Christmas Day. Pictures: RNLI/NIGEL LYMAN

There was more than one unusual visitor to a coastal town on Christmas Day.

Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve.
Picture: James Bass

It’s that time of the year when shoppers start getting frantic as they stock up on presents to put under the tree.

A delegate of 29 Chinese tourists being taken out on the Broads by Visit Britain during English Tourism Week. It is part of a drive to encourage more Chinese tourists to the UK. .

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

A local group holiday firm is cashing in on a slice of the increasingly lucrative Chinese tourist market, which generated £586m nationally last year.

Pudsey Bear visiting Eaton Park Miniture Railway to raise money for Children in Need.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Families will get more opportunities to ride the Eaton Park miniature railway next year - after an unpopular decision which put the attraction off limits to the public once a month was reversed.

Business owners from the Royal Arcade and Castle district are urging people to vote for the shopping area in Britain's best high street award.

PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Norwich’s Castle/Arcade District has narrowly lost out in a national contest celebrating the country’s best high streets.

 
 All the familiar buildings of Norwich as viewed from Mousehold Heath.

From the rise and fall of the Norwich skyline to the rolling Wensum Valley - there’s all manner of breath taking vistas around our region.

The site of the campsite that is due to open on the Cromer Hall estate next year. Picture: JUNGLE PR

A landowner who blamed Brexit for his plan to host outdoor concerts at his Cromer estate is now set to launch what he claims will be the town’s only campsite.

Lowestoft central train station on Denmark Road, Station Square.
July 2016.

Picture: James Bass

The railway minister has given his support to a vision to regenerate Lowestoft railway station.

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden in South Walsham. Picture: Peter Bash

With millions of disabled tourists contributing billions to the economy, attraction owners and accommodation providers are waking up to the importance of accessibility. But, as Lauren Cope reports, there is much more to be done.

Late night Christmas shopping and lights in Norwich.
PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Thousands of extra visitors are exploring Norwich’s shops, cafés and sights as footfall booms, bucking a national trend of faltering high streets.

Trees have sprung up across Caister ready for Christmas. The village is staging its first ever switch-on on Friday night.

Not to be outdone by neighbouring villages that trim up for Christmas, Caister is set to sparkle too.

The High Street in Southwold on a busy summers day in August.

Picture: James Bass

Investment in luxury accommodation, no hassle travel and a move towards short breaks is fuelling a steep rise in the number of young people holidaying in the region.

Library image of the Christmas fireworks in Great Yarmouth.  Photo: Nick Butcher

After being postponed due to strong winds, the Christmas switch-on fireworks in Great Yarmouth are rescheduled for tomorrow (Wednesday, November 30).

Guests having dinner at the Tourism Awards last night

From restaurants to reserves, beaches to Broads and parks to pubs, they all had a place at our tourism awards.

EDP Tourism Awards 2015. Pic by Keiron Tovell

Faces behind some of Norfolk’s finest restaurants, parks, museums and attractions will gather by the coast for a prestigious awards ceremony.

From left to right: Peter Williamson, of Merrivale Model Village, Jo Artherton, of Pensthorpe Natural Park, Louise Rout, of Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, and Alastair Baker, of Bressingham Steam and Gardens. The four are directors of Norfolk and Suffolk Tourist Attractions. Pictured at the launch of the new group at Pleasurewood Hills. Picture: Paul Dickson

A membership body promoting tourism in Norfolk has joined forces with colleagues in Suffolk to package the region as a whole.

The Larking Gowen Leisure and Tourism Forum, held at The Boathouse in Ormesby St Margaret. Picture: Staff

Sport and leisure clubs are joining forces with hotels to benefit from well-positioned customers.

Norfolk Snowsports Club open day. Picture: Ian Burt

Norfolk Snowsports Club, only a few miles outside of Norwich, is doing its best to make skiers forget that they’re skiing down plastic matting, not powdery snow.

Blickling Hall was a target for fly-tippers. 

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

People visiting Broadland spent £127m in the district last year, as its tourism value jumped by 3.2pc.

The Old Bricks Kiln Caravan Park at Barney has won the Campsite of the Year award for the Heart of England category. Pictured at the front with staff are (from left) Tiggy and David Moore with Kate Dyas. Picture: Ian Burt

Campsite - it is a word which for many will dredge up memories, whether fond or loathed, of family breaks and school trips, battles to put up a tent in the rain, beans over the fire and almost-clean shower blocks.

Cromer Pier. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Tourism has been described as the key to economic growth in north Norfolk after new figures revealed the area attracted almost 8m visitors last year.

North Sea workers know the route between Norwich and Aberdeen, but now Melanie Cook,of Visit Norwich, hopes tourists will also use it. Picture: PA

They are two easterly cities which, at first glance, do not appear to have much in common.

Staff at Haven Hopton Holiday Village celebrate their five star rating from VisitEngland.

A holiday park which has hosted 57,000 visitors this year and boasts fun for all the family now has a coveted five star rating.

A Steppe Mammoth (West Runton Elephant; Picture:: DAVID M WATERHOUSE

A £1.9m bid to develop the tourism potential of north Norfolk’s prehistoric past is set to take a mammoth step forward.

Busy Great Yarmouth during 2016. Picture credit: TMS Media

A balmy summer and Brexit shock made for a strong summer for Great Yarmouth’s tourism traders.

Picture shows: Aerial view of Oulton Broad and Mutford Lock.
June 2005
Picture by: Mike Page

Hundreds of boaters sail through the only remaining lock on the Broads every year – but now more are to be encouraged to make the passage from the North Sea.

Martin French who runs BugzUK would like to expand his collection of insects to create an insect zoo.

PHOTO: Nick Butcher

From tiger wandering spiders to seven-inch stick insects – thousands of creepy crawlies could soon go on display if an ambitious dream for an insect zoo in Norfolk is realised.

Brandon Country Park. Photo: The Brecks Partnership.

After Ben Fogle enjoyed a whistle-stop tour of Norfolk for a new promotional video, we’ve taken a look at some of the other films made to sell the region.

Crowd-pleaser, Old Buckenham Airshow 2016 keeping people entertained in the air on on the ground. Photo : Steve Adams

Judges have made their visits, compared their notes – and the results are in.

River Waveney, Beccles.

They have become an iconic part of the eastern landscape – and, for many, synonymous with Norfolk.

A screenshot of the new Visit Norfolk video, which features adventurer Ben Fogle. Picture: Visit Norfolk

Adventurer and broadcaster Ben Fogle has enjoyed a whistle-stop exploration of Norfolk’s coastline, forests and Broads for a new video to draw tourists to the county.

Shopping in Royal Arcade, Norwich.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Occupancy of Norwich city centre shops has rocketed over the last six years as its shopping scene continues to thrive.

Launch of the new Visit Wayland website at Broom Hall, Saham Toney. From left: Jan Godfrey, Wayland Partnership chair of trustees, website designer Debbie Harris, George Freeman, Mid Norfolk MP, and Katharine Wolstenholme of College Farm B&B in Thompson.

A new website designed to turn a rural patch of mid Norfolk into a tourist destination has been launched.

Sunny Day 2016 at Sea Palling. Photo: Jo Clarke

Natural England has today opened the latest stretch of the England Coast Path in Norfolk – 21 miles from Hopton-on-Sea to Sea Palling – as statistics reveal people make more than 300 million visits a year to England’s coastline.

USAAF men during the war (at Shipdham?)

A major tourism campaign focusing on the region’s wartime links with America has benefited from almost £240,000 in government cash.

Norwich Market.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Nearly a quarter of all jobs in Norwich now rely on the city’s multimillion-pound tourism economy, which shot up by £27m last year.

Shopping in Royal Arcade, Norwich.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Norwich’s Castle/Arcade District has been named as one of the country’s best high streets by being shortlisted in the third annual Great British High Street competition.

The first snorkel trail in the North Sea, which starts off the Sheringham coast and travels along a stretch of unused Victorian pipe. Picture: Rob Spray/Geoff Robinson Photography

A disused Victorian sewage pipe teeming with marine life has become the focal point of the North Sea’s first snorkel trail.

The original creators of Deepdale Backpackers & Camping are back at the helm for the first time in seven years. Pictured are Jason Borthwick and (R) Chris Haycock. Picture: Ian Burt

The owner of a backpacker hostel and campsite which was once listed among the best in the country has returned to the helm as he leads a charge to see it become “world class”.

One of Nenta Traintours' locomotives. Picture: Ray Davies.

Train enthusiasts are being given a rare opportunity this November – to ride the rails all the way to York and back.

Business feature at the Ivy House Hotel, Oulton Broad with Adrian Parton and his cousin Keith Parton.

Hoteliers and proprietors are being urged to capitalise on flash sale websites which have upped occupancy by up to a third for hotels in the region and generated out of season spending in the wider tourism industry.

Bruce Hanson, the Broads Authority's tourism officer, accepts the award on behalf of The Broads at the Top 100 Sustainable Destination 2016 event. Picture: Green Tourism

The region’s network of waterways have been listed as one of the greenest holiday spots in the world.

Norwich Airport. 
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Destination, destination, destination.

Paolo's Pizzeria, 1 St James Street, Norwich. Photo: Colin Finch

As the economy bites, review websites prosper and the market expands, it’s a challenging time to run a restaurant. Reporter Lauren Cope speaks to three local owners to see how they are faring in these changing times.

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Accommodation website Airbnb has thrown down the gauntlet to Norfolk’s tourism industry as it bids to break out of the big cities and into the holiday rentals market.

Launch of the Broads access video on Barton Broad. Bryony Limb using the Venture Keel from the Nancy Oldfield Trust Ark.

A new video has been launched as part of an effort to make the Broads more accessible to people with disabilities.

Cromer Beach. Picture by Pamela Culley

North Norfolk’s popularity as a tourist destination is booming with day trippers and people enjoying ‘staycations’ boosting the region’s economy. That’s the verdict from the latest tourism report.

Singers Rob McVeigh and Emily Yarrow with the Cromer Pier Show dancers. Picture: DAVE 'HUBBA' ROBERTS

Ticket sales for this year’s Cromer Pier Summer Show were up 4.2pc on last year, according to figures just released.

Haven Seashore general manager Nathan Race and airshow director Asa Morrison with members of the Seashore entertainment team get into airshow mood. Pic by TMS Media

A major new air show for East Anglia has been cleared for take-off with the backing of a national holiday company.

Steam day at the Museum of the Broads in Stalham with a flotilla of steam powered boats leaving the museum for a tour of the Broads. 

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Families have been encouraged to explore a museum celebrating the Broads before it closes for the year.

A scene from the film Norfolk, directed by Martin Radich.

From a superhero training ground to a Second World War battlefield, our region has been transformed into it all.

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Charlotte Moore and James Norman have opened Charlotte James Photography and Events in Beccles. Picture: Nick Butcher.

At first glance Charlotte James Photography and Events in Beccles may look like the standard shop of its type.

Steve Beber, left, chief executive,, and Mike Pettitt, chief technical officer, of TRACKIT Solutions. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Future50 member TRACKIT Solutions has big plans which could transform the business in 2017, as SHAUN LOWTHORPE reports.

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