Where to surf in Norfolk and what to wear… Norfolk surfer clothing and gift collection. Go surf Norfolk in style!
While we are trying to keep warm, yep, I am huddling around hot water bottles as I type this, I thought it would be good to look forward to summer in Norfolk for 2023. New designs are arriving thick and fast inspired by the Norfolk coast.
Surfers and the shapes they make are always inspirational to take photographs of. The ones with a real passion for the sport, surf all year round. Yes, I think they are crazy when the temperatures are so low, but I get how addictive this sport must be. It’s addictive enough just watching. You can see how patient and fit the surfers have to be.
I would love to have a go, but would I have the strength and stamina? Hmm I’m not so sure!
While we don’t have giant rollers here in Norfolk, like in Cornwall or Hawaii, we do have decent enough waves for the local surfers to enjoy. Cromer is a favourite spot, next to the iconic Cromer pier. It’s great to watch the surf school there, tutoring the newbies. It’s fun to watch their progress.
Gorleston, Mundesley and East and West Runton are apparently also good spots to surf. From my investigations there are more secret locations, I will have to sniff them out. I have seen surfers at Happisburgh before, but that is a rare sighting. Scatby, Sea Palling, Trimingham, Mundesley and Hemsby are also good places to go. The site Norfolk Surfing Beaches is well worth a look to find your ideal location to test the waves.
The items you see here are just a snippet of my full collection of Norfolk surfer designs over at Redbubble. Choose from clothing, hats, tech and pet accessories, mugs, bags: duffle, drawstring, tote, stationery and prints. Designed in Norfolk, delivery worldwide.
It may be January but spring/summer will soon be here. Clothing to get ready to hit the Norfolk coast in…
After a break from posting here I am back for 2023. 2022 was a bit of a roller coaster (understatement), but now I am truly able to focus on creating new images for the new year plus exciting fresh designs.
While I know not everyone enjoys January, it can be a long tough month, it can also bring beautiful skies, and opportunities to enjoy the coast while it is quiet. Having said that, it was buzzing with folk when I visited on the New Year bank holiday because the weather was so stunning.
I hadn’t been to the north Norfolk coast for a couple of years (which is something I never thought I’d say!) I used to visit at least every couple of weeks, but life intervened, including the pandemic, and I found myself city bound. This was no great hardship, but I seriously missed those big skies, the far-reaching sands, the call of the birds, and the winding roads.
It was quite an adjustment to photograph the city more instead, so I focused on the River Wensum, alongside which, I am lucky enough to live. I began a series of blogs about the bridges with a view to moving onto more river stories as the blog progressed. Now I am back on the case and the next bridge will appear in the series in the next couple of weeks, so please hit the subscribe button to see it when it arrives. Meanwhile, if you haven’t already, you can catch up with the series here… The River Wensum Series
It may be January but spring isn’t so far away and I have been creating some fun designs for t-shirts to celebrate Norfolk when you hit your favourite beaches. They are also available on hoodies, sweatshirts and hats, as well as whole variety of other items too.
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On a blissful summer’s evening walk along the River Wensum a couple of weeks ago, we came across one of the city’s ghostly storytellers regaling a sizeable group with tales of the women suspected of being witches who were ducked and drowned from Fye Bridge.
Matthew Hopkins, the Witchfinder General, and his colleague in terror, John Stearne, carried out the witch hunts between 1644 and 1647. You can read more about their evil endeavours at CulturaObscura.
The bridge itself looks innocently picturesque in the balmy evening light, but once it held nothing but terror for some of the folk of Norwich, mostly women, but also dishonest tradesmen.
Fye Bridge is the oldest known bridge site in Norwich. Even older than Bishop Bridge, the bridge was rebuilt in the early 1930’s, so it has a more modern appearance. The bridge site dates back to 1153, a timber structure replaced with stone in the early 15th century. You can see more details and images of the construction of Fye Bridge via George Plunkett.
Personally, I love the shape of Fye bridge, the low curves and contrasting brickwork. It’s nice to sit with a drink at the Ribs of Beef and watch river life glide by.
Sometimes you can see Kingfishers doing a spot of fishing. I’ve heard otters are sometimes around, but we have yet to see one.
As with many old sites in Norwich, there are stories of a ghost. I will return to ghostly goings on in more detail as this Wensum series progresses, but the likelihood of me ever catching one on camera is extremely remote. If I ever do, the images will appear here first!
From NorfolkLive.co.uk—”Fye Bridge still stands today, and although the days of dunking suspected witches into the river are over, the bridge is said to be home to the ghost of a woman who was tried at the site. She was later burned for witchcraft at the nearby Lollard’s Pit, which is now a local pub. According to those who have had sightings of the ghost, she is dressed in rags and begs strangers to help her pick up a dropped bundle of sticks that were used to kindle the fire that killed her. It’s also believed that those that are kind enough to stop and help her will die in a fire within the year. “
It is always in my nature to help where needed, but I may avoid helping this ghost, I’ve far too many blog posts to get done yet!
The name Fye, comes from Magdalen Street which was originally called Fybriggate meaning the street leading to Fye Bridge. (Heritage Norfolk).
Please visit the sites I have linked for more information. I find the George Plunkett site particularly fascinating because of the old images of the bridges along the Wensum. It is well worth a look.
If you are interested to learn more of the history of old Norwich, the sites mentioned above give great information. Nick Stone of Invisible Works also makes for a fascinating and in depth read.
If you are new to Norwich I hope you will enjoy learning more about this fine city with its incredible history. If you already have lived here for years, I am sure like me, you are always learning new things about this remarkable place. Hopefully my River Wensum series will spark more interest and you will enjoy my images.
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Please see other posts in the River Wensum Series below. It begins with the bridges, and I will go on to write about the buildings and wildlife (including some of the humans) along the river.
At last, I have created a collection for the little ones who love to visit Norfolk or who reside here already.
Introducing some crabby tee-shirts alongside the legendary Gavin the Gull. This is a lighthearted collection designed to raise smiles and a giggle or two.
More designs will be added soon.
In addition to t-shirts and hoodies, you will find fun stickers, perfect for water bottles, lunch cases, etc.
All are available to purchase via Redbubble.com/MyriadLifePhoto. Worldwide delivery and great quality products. Also, quantity discounts are available.
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Lost in Norfolk -lost in the beauty, the skies, the beaches, the atmosphere.
When I say “Lost in Norfolk”, what I mean is “lost in the beauty of this incredible county.” Lost in the big skies, the never-ending coastline, lost in the bountiful Norfolk Broads, lost in the romance and joy of it all. That’s what “Lost in Norfolk” really means.
You only need the compass to give you your true bearings… or to find your way to the places you love most!
When I visited Norfolk as a child, I had an immediate sense of feeling at home. Little did I know I would end up living here, but it seemed like the most natural place in the world for me to be.
For some reason, I knew I wanted to leave Cambridge (my place of birth). For some reason, it never felt right to me. It isn’t that I didn’t have a happy childhood and I did enjoy my teens there, but there was never the sense of real belonging that I feel here.
In my office there hangs a picture of me as a baby, dangling on my father’s knee in a Norfolk park, which I feel sure is Eaton Park. I think we may have stopped off there on the way to the coast. When I discovered the photograph, it became clear why I felt so at ease in Norfolk.
There were lots of visits to Norfolk over the years. My cousin came to UEA, and I visited her on many a weekend. Then, eventually, the pull became too much to resist, and I moved to Norfolk and lived happily ever after.
There is always something new to discover, to learn, to revel in here in Norfolk. It’s a place to lose yourself in and find yourself. The only place I have ever felt truly free.
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