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Colourful new poster puts north Norfolk's attractions on the map

PUBLISHED: 09:36 28 June 2013 | UPDATED: 15:05 28 June 2013

Artist Andrew Ruffhead has produced an artistic map of what to do along the North Norfolk Coast. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Artist Andrew Ruffhead has produced an artistic map of what to do along the North Norfolk Coast. Picture: Matthew Usher.

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Since the launch of the Norfolk is... campaign, we have been treated to many real-life photos showcasing what is great about our county.

Now, one artist has used his drawing skills to create a colourful poster highlighting 20 great things you can do on the north Norfolk coast.

Andrew Ruffhead, who owns Fish and Ships Coastal Art based in Ulph Place, Burnham Market, wanted to create a map to show residents and tourists just how much the coastal area between King’s Lynn and Cromer has to offer.

But once he put pencil to paper, he discovered there was so much he simply could not fit it all on.

So he came up with an innovative alternative of drawing 20 squares, each one focusing on a different attraction, with a map beneath to show the geography of the coastline.

His aim was to create eye-catching pictures which depict the most popular tourist destinations, such as the corgis at Sandringham and the different animals you can see at the Sea Life Centre in Hunstanton.

However, Mr Ruffhead, who took just a couple of weeks to design the poster, has also included some less typical suggestions.

They include seeing the seals at Blakeney, watching the sunset at Hunstanton or going birdwatching at Titchwell – the goal being to show that Norfolk is... more than people realise.

“It gives people a picture of what the north Norfolk coast is like,” said Mr Ruffhead.

“I chose iconic things to do but then I also thought about interesting things in terms of history or scenery to show some of the things people don’t necessarily think of.

“I thought it would appeal because it is really visual and it was great for introducing people to all the different aspects of Norfolk.”

Other places featured in Mr Ruffhead’s top 20 include Holkham Hall, Brancaster Beach and the North Norfolk Railway, with a picture of a first-class steam train on the poppy line travelling between Sheringham and Holt.

He has also suggested that people eat at the Gunton Arms, because it boasts the “best food and art”, as well as stay at Byfords in Holt, which he calls a “posh” bed and breakfast.

For those places that did not quite make it into the top 20, he has used the space around the outside to highlight quirky objects that are synonymous with Norfolk, such as Walsingham pie and a garment from The Hat Shop in Burnham Market.

Mr Ruffhead agreed that the poster, which will be available in 46cm x 60cm and 42cm x 28cm sizes, could rival the standard tourist information leaflet for giving people an idea of what the north Norfolk coast is like to visit and listing a series of suggested attractions.

“It is designed to appeal to all ages,” he added. “There is a lot of information and lots of witty bits of humour as well.”

For example, Mr Ruffhead has included north Norfolk rock – but instead of depicting the cliffs of Hunstanton, he was drawn the sticks of edible rock you might buy from a stall near the seaside.

He added that he had his own special reasons for designing a poster about the place he moved to 10 years ago from north Essex.

“To me, Norfolk is... wonderful sandy beaches. We have so many great beaches that are so enormous you can still be on your own, even in the middle of summer.

“There are so many things you can do in a short radius that don’t cost anything.”

Mr Ruffhead added that Norfolk is... special for another very personal reason – it was where he met his wife, Sarah.

For more information about Mr Ruffhead’s artwork, visit the website www.fish-and-ships.com

• Get involved with the discussions on Twitter using the hashtag #Norfolkis or email your suggestions to reporter David Freezer on david.freezer@archant.co.uk, making sure to provide your name, age and location.

You can also send us your photos and videos at www.iwitness24.co.uk with a few words to explain how it relates to the campaign, or you can write to us at Norfolk is… Campaign, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich NR1 1RE.

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