With our thoughts turning to the new year, I am keen to get some exciting family adventures booked in. A chance for us to visit new cities, experience exciting new challenges and develop skills. City breaks in Europe, skiing, climbing mountains, swimming in warm oceans and boating on the broads.
With a weekend in Wales and a week in France already booked – we are excitedly planning the remaining months, and pouring over maps, and seeking inspiration in books and on Pinterest.
We are keen to travel and explore the British Isles, visiting Counties that we’ve never been before. Our previous holidays in the UK have been mainly limited to the South and West, not wishing to travel more than four hours from home with young kids in the car. But now the boys are older, we feel it’s time to explore other regions.
One place in particular is the Norfolk Broads. You may find it hard to believe that I have visited far flung places across the globe, but never explored the East coast of the UK. Dan and I are planning to hire a boat and drift along the Norfolk broads with my guys, with a pirate flag aloft, and binoculars at the ready, searching for treasure and wildlife.
I fancy a traditional style boat, with portholes and wooden trim. Very Swallows and Amazons. Packing a picnic basket with delicious food, we will cast anchor on remote islands and claim the land as our own. Perhaps pitch the tent for the night, and camp in the wild, with a fire on the beach.
There are windmills to visit in Norfolk, and one in particular is Turf Fen drainage mill on the How Hill Estate. The Estate provides a perfect pit stop and a chance to explore the Edwardian marshman’s cottage, the secret garden, nature trail and reed beds. There are three restored drainage mills on the estate, which will I am sure provide a perfect spot for a picnic.
Whilst in Norfolk I’d love to visit the seaside towns of Cromer or Great Yarmouth for a traditional bucket and spades experience. Crab sandwich anyone?
Just one of the adventures for the summer, I’d love to plan. Dreaming, always of wild adventures, and cooking outdoors with my guys.
Have you booked your travel 2017 yet?
Have you experienced boating in Norfolk? Any tips? I’m excited to know more and plan this expedition soon!
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Lou Archell, a writer, photographer, stylist and founder of Littlegreenshed. A UK lifestyle & travel blog
Lou is also a busy mum of two amazing boys and the founder of Sisterhood Camp – an annual creative retreat for recharging and empowering brilliant ladies, Lou is passionate about supporting and inspiring others whether through her workshops, writing, photography or lifestyle hacks.