Showing friends & Family around Sheringham, North Norfolk, UK

Today, we met up with my sister in law and her family, along with her friend who is visiting from the Netherlands, her partner and their newborn baby, to show them around the Sheringham seafront.   Hopefully they’ll get a chance to enjoy Cromer too.

Kids and adults were all perplexed as to why there was a scarecrow at the beach.

Of course, one of my favorite part of the seafront are the beach huts.  I think they add so much charm to the British seaside.  A nice old couple were sitting outside and their hut was so cutely decorated – so much like how I’d decorate it if I had one.  I asked if  I could take a photo and eagerly they agreed.  It probably appeared we were very much tourists – guess the American accent and tall crew with me speaking some guttural language added to that.  Once our kids start talking with a bit of a British accent, they were really confused.  🙂
As usual, so many of them were closed and not in use – which is a shame as I think having some set aside for even day rentals would be a good idea.  I think some families would like the nostalgia of having one for the day during your vacation – especially if it had beach toys and some chairs inside.
We stopped off at the Beach Hut Cafe to get the kids some ice cream.
Maebh was excited she could ride on Archie’s buggy.  Honestly, it really made her day.

Once the kids had their ice creams, the adults wanted to have a pint up at The Crown.  But as we were turning the corner we came across a really, really cool thing which was part of the Sheringham Carnival.  It was a “parent propelled carousel” which kids could go on for a donation they did.  Nils luckily for the rest of us was the person who span in for a bit while being chased by pirates.   Soren wore a sailor’s hat but didn’t want to put any of the other costumes on – which I was surprised by and Maebh was a mermaid – so cute!

Lucky to live at the British Seaside.  I’m sure it won’t be forever but for now it’s great!

Today, we met up with my sister in law and her family, along with her friend who is visiting from the Netherlands, her partner and their newborn baby, to show them around the Sheringham seafront.   Hopefully they’ll get a chance to enjoy Cromer too.

Kids and adults were all perplexed as to why there was a scarecrow at the beach.

Of course, one of my favorite part of the seafront are the beach huts.  I think they add so much charm to the British seaside.  A nice old couple were sitting outside and their hut was so cutely decorated – so much like how I’d decorate it if I had one.  I asked if  I could take a photo and eagerly they agreed.  It probably appeared we were very much tourists – guess the American accent and tall crew with me speaking some guttural language added to that.  Once our kids start talking with a bit of a British accent, they were really confused.  🙂

As usual, so many of them were closed and not in use – which is a shame as I think having some set aside for even day rentals would be a good idea.  I think some families would like the nostalgia of having one for the day during your vacation – especially if it had beach toys and some chairs inside.

We stopped off at the Beach Hut Cafe to get the kids some ice cream.

Maebh was excited she could ride on Archie’s buggy.  Honestly, it really made her day.

Once the kids had their ice creams, the adults wanted to have a pint up at The Crown.  But as we were turning the corner we came across a really, really cool thing which was part of the Sheringham Carnival.  It was a “parent propelled carousel” which kids could go on for a donation they did.  Nils luckily for the rest of us was the person who span in for a bit while being chased by pirates.   Soren wore a sailor’s hat but didn’t want to put any of the other costumes on – which I was surprised by and Maebh was a mermaid – so cute!

Lucky to live at the British Seaside.  I’m sure it won’t be forever but for now it’s great!

Buggy Fun at Wells-Next-The Sea

Yesterday we took Soren’s new remote control super buggy to Wells-Next-The-Sea for the kids to run around and try it out.  They had a great time – loads of laughs, Christmas hats and eight muddy shoes.

As I said before, North Norfolk is so wide-open.  Yes there were others on the beach, but it was like we were alone with miles and miles of sand, water and blue skies.

As we were down near the water, Nils spotted some black seals popping around and playing.

The big winter storm of Dec 6th hit Wells beach pretty hard too.  You’ll see the two large mounds were reduced down to small hills and those hills, I’m sure saved so many of the huts on the far end.

There was loads of sand was pushed up to the huts and some of the huts were damaged quite badly and several were removed.  The ones when you first arrive on the beach were hit the worst.

And my favorite hut of all – the yellow and white stripped one had some damage done to it, but the huts on both sides were totally destroyed.

This above photo I took in May when we were there visiting with Jana, Philip, Stefan and Tobias.

Back to the reason for the trip – play buggy which was a huge hit.  The kids took turns riding it around, chasing it, etc.

 

Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, UK: British Seaside ….

As our Volvo’s MOT was up and as expected it failed.  We’re not investing a lot of money in it (too many to list and fix), so we’re in need of a new car asap.  We want a similar car to the current one – essentially a junker with a good amount of MOT to get us through for a short while til we know our situation (if we remain in the UK, etc)

So we took a trip to see two cars listed on Gumtree.com with hope and open minds.   Of course, back in US we both had brand new gas guzzling SUVs, but I digress.  Things are much different here! Long story short, but based on the shady dude in the trailer in the lot, combined with crumbled up, dirty magazine in full view on the grass in the back part of the lot, we had enough and got out of there. Though I think Nils sort of liked the Rover (Honda Accord model).  The second car was a no go too. What do you expect with cars under £500 right ($650)?!  As we were done, it was early afternoon and we were on the A47 towards Great Yarmouth, we thought we’d just go there for a bit and let the kids have some fun at the fun fairs along the beach.  Only this seaside is a bit different than Sheringham, it’s more interesting to say the least.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This poor place seems like a ghost casino – perhaps it’s an “original”?

Not too much has changed with the Strip area is called the “GOLDEN MILE” since we were therefor our first visit to Great Yarmouth in October when we first arrived.  If you look online at UNCYCLOPEDIA, you’ll get the gist and a bit of a laugh:  “..the number one holiday destination for thechavs,elderlyanddeceasedof theGreat BritainIt proudly boasts the greatest number of people with the lowest collective IQ in the whole of the northern hemisphere” and it goes on and on as it bad mouths.

I was told when we moved to the UK this area is full of ‘Chavs’? Of course, being from the US, I had no clue what a ‘chav’ was  – so I looked it up –  here you’ll find what the interest says what a “Chav” tends to look like.  (NOTE: These are all internet images and NOT my images but you get the picture!)

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If you were to look online here: Chavtown.co.uk, you’ll find this write up about GY!  IMPORTANT TO NOTE:  It is NOT my write up!! 

Yarmouth has no integrity, no dignity no soul and no hope. It’s only hope is for the government to pass a law allowing towns to commit euthanasia. Or alternatively for a tsunami of biblical proportions to race down the north sea, eradicating any trace of Yarmouth ever existing and reclaim it for the sea. Or maybe we should hope that soon, somewhere, we will bring forth a new world leader for us to hail. He who will develop ‘The Final Solution’ and test it out on the east coast chavs.

Apparently, Great Yarmouth not only supports the highest concentration of Chavs in East Anglia, but it is also the number 1 mecca for Chav holidaymakers! They bring down their whole bloody Chav family, Kevin (#1 cheese name in UK), Shaz and the usual 8 babies … Madison, Courtney, Brooklyn, Dean, Tracey, Kev Junior, Kev Junior 2 and they ran out of names for Chav baby number 8!

The side of the road is littered with failed MOT cars that did not make it all the way to Yarmouth, broken glass where they extracted their 40’ woofers and Halfords $2.99 chipped hub caps.

It’s a hard life being a Chav, that’s why for 1 week a year they save up a few giro’s and take a week off. With the amount of choice available these days to holiday abroad, only a Chav would order a brochure on Great Yarmouth and sign up for a classy week of donkey s**te, deep fried lard take-away, partying hardcore at the Long Bar (apparently the longest bar in the UK – or perhaps the longest line of twats in the UK), hilarious puking and pissing on street corners, trying to shag a 14 year old or 50 year old chavette, and watching the Norfolk Chav grand-prix along the seafront every night!

Half the shops are closed, and the rest are selling mainly frozen food. Mothercare are still there, and I think there’s probably a Poundland, Iceland, Nettos and Halfords (all the classic Chav outlets under one roof). If they haven’t been blinded by their white trainers or intoxicated by the am

… the high quality eateries. Sir has the choice of McDonalds or KFC (next to each other), eating in or standing outside making a tit of yourself pulling faces at locals on the bus. Can be bit of a dangerous area, as you can slip on the milk shake which is all over the pavement.

Options are to punt away the giro on the slotties, throw lager cans at the Seagulls, or head to the Pleasure Beach or Joyland. Joyland is for toddlers and it’s a better laugh for them, as they can terroriZe 5 year old kids on the Snails ride, usually by pulling moonies and flicking their fag butts.

Sadly the jokes can go on and on for hours and once you’ve spent more than an hour there, you’ll possibly agree with many of these.  Of course, there were loads of shady, pregnant mothers smoking & pushing baby strollers or their s/o’s dressed in swishy suits [aka track suits]. Tons of fish & chip shops, Vegas-named casinos. Plus tons of fun stuff for the kids like rides, mini golf, a huge Sealife Aquarium (entrance fee is a small fortune for what you get), rock climbing wall, bowling, swimming and the beach, of course.

Probably the only new thing were the items found during the summer months – like loads of horse drawn carriages (who left massive amounts of poop in their path), donkeys on the beach near the pier and blow up slides and bouncy castles galore. The Pleasure Beach amusement park was open and quite busy too.  I just have to say, glad we were there during the day on a Sunday.  I’m not thinking it would be my type of place on a Saturday night!! 🙂  I’d rather be home and in my PJs!  If I were to find a place in the US, I’d say it’s a mix between Hampton Beach, Revere Beach and Jersey Shore but with less money.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The kids both rode on some rides at Joyland Fun Fair.   When we were there in October, Nils had to ride on the Snail ride with the kids as Maebh was too small.  This time she was tall enough so she and Soren rode it together.  While she said at the end with a smile that it was fun, the photos I have of her are in sheer panic which meant to me she HATED it! When I asked her a bit later if she wanted another go, she said no, so I went on with Soren.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The kids also tried the donuts which we see all over the place.  Four donuts for a pound – they were so great.  A little machine with dough, popped out some circle batter into grease, fried it and then it automatically was sent down the assembly line until it dropped into your sugar of choice – plain or cinnamon.  We got two of each and they were bad for you and oh so yummy!!
 

 

 

 

 

 

We offered the kids a ride on the donkeys or some funfair rides and some time in Mr. Wobbles Bouncy Castle and Slide (the smallest of the blow ups on the beach).  They opted for the later and had so much fun.  Soren is an old pro at the slides and rides and found a friend to play with for a bit,  Maebh had to put in a lot of effort and made it to the top and down.  The only thing she would not do is go inside the clown as it was scary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was a big heaping load of cheese, but fun for the kids and that was what made it fun for us too.  So happy to get back to Sheringham and a very peaceful British Seaside. 🙂