Travel: Norfolk

by Jane Hayward on Thursday, 31 January 2013

The Blakeney Hotel captures luminous skyscapes from a perfect quayside location, and is close enough to Norwich to factor in a sparkling theatre night.

Romantic rooms Sixty restful bedrooms are quite varied – some have a breezy balcony or a patio leading on to gardens. Make your first priority an estuary view! A stylish heated pool with sauna and steam room means all outings end in a warm glow.

Dreamy days Blakeney's quay is a lovely do-nothing spot on a sunny spring morning. Follow the coastal path to sandy beaches, where you can nestle into sheltered dunes and watch for bobbing seals. Best trip is Blickling Hall, Anne Boleyn's evocative childhood home.

The grand gesture 
Midnight Tango is the hot touring show, starring Strictly's Vincent and Flavia (18 to 23 March; Norwich's rich arts scene means there are heaps of alternatives, from jazz to Shakespeare.

Dine a deux Locally sourced dishes are highlights in the hotel's reliable restaurant. In Norwich, bijou 20 St John's on medieval Maddermarket does a great value theatre menu, £10 for two courses (

What it costs Doubles from £80 to £139 B&B. Call 01263-740797 or visit



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