Friday, 16 August 2013

Holiday Rainy Day Ideas

Just because the sun isn't shining doesn't mean you can't still have fun whilst on holiday in the Norfolk Broads area.  Here's some ideas that will keep you dry until the sun comes out again!

Hollywood Cinema - Great Yarmouth
01493 852600
Call or check on-line for daily screenings

Hippodrome Circus - Great Yarmouth
01493 844172
Summer Spectacular & Water Show
Monday - Thursday shows at 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Friday 7.30pm
Sunday 6.30pm

RetroSkate - Great Yarmouth (Roller Skating)
01493 854349
Public Sessions - Wednesday 4pm - 7pm
                           Sat 11am - 4pm
                           Sun 11am - 4pm

Discos - Friday & Saturday 7pm - 10pm

Tide & Time Museum - Great Yarmouth
01493 743930
Discover Great Yarmouth's fascinating history, rich in maritime and fishing heritage. Lively hand's on displays and lots of childrens activities.

Hollywood Bowl - Riverside, Norwich  (Family Bowling)
0844 826 1466

The Forum - Norwich
01603 727950
Library and centre for information, arts, events and tourism. Includes information on learning, visiting and facilities.  Free events & activities - check website or call for details.

Norwich Castle Museum - Norwich
01603 493625
Norwich Castle was built 900 years ago by the Normans as a Royal Palace.  Now open as a Museum and Gallery.

Chapelfield Shopping Centre - Norwich

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

What's On - Norfolk Broads, Easter Holidays

If you are coming to the Norfolk Broads during this Easter holidays, we have put together a whole host of ideas to keep everyone entertained - and yes, we have included some indoor warm ideas just in-case the weather is not so kind!!

Good Friday, 29th March

Easter Egg Trail @ Fairhaven Water Garden from 11am to 4pm.  Follow the 'Guess Who?' Easter Trail through our garden to the glade. There is an eggy prize at the end!
Face painting and Easter crafts for children.  Normal garden entry prices apply £2 extra per child for Easter egg trail. (Every child gets an egg.)

Boggle Bow Tie & Bonnet Bounce Off @ BeWILDerwood  Friday 29th March - Friday 12th April.  Join in our bonkers Bow Tie & Bonnet Bouncing this Easter where you’re invited to decorate your own Easter bow tie or bonnet (the barmier the better!) When you've finished your craftiness, weave your way through our Wobbly Route. There will be a yummy prize awarded for all the bouncy Boggles and Twiggles who take part.

The Croods, rated U @ Hollywood Cinema, Great Yarmouth.  Showing at 5.30pm and 7.45pm.  The Croods is a prehistoric comedy adventure that follows the world's first family as they embark on a journey of a lifetime when the cave that has always shielded them from danger is destroyed. Traveling across a spectacular landscape, the Croods discover an incredible new world filled with fantastic creatures -- and their outlook is changed forever.

Easter Saturday
Arts & Crafts Fayre @ St Benets Hall, Horning.  Local artists creating designs in glass, artwork,prints,and water colours, and creations in wood , clocks, lidded bowls, jewellery and unique gifts All tastes and prices. A small event were you can meet the people who make and craft all the items being sold.

Identity Thief rated 15 @ Hollywood Cinema, Great Yarmouth. Showing at 3.20pm, 5.45pm and 8.15pm. When a mild-mannered businessman learns his identity has been stolen, he hits the road in an attempt to foil the thief -- a trip that puts him in the path of a deceptively harmless-looking woman.

Greyhound Racing @ Great Yarmouth Stadium from 7.30pm.  Greyhound Racing is an action packed evening. Regular televised races. 240 cover trackview restaurant, diner, 4 licensed bars, small children's play area, fast food cafeteria, grandstands and seating.
The evening will have between 11 to 14 races for you to enjoy. If you are new to Greyhound Racing, then no need to worry. Inside your race card are clear instructions on how to place a bet.  Admission £7.00 adults, children under 16 free

Easter Sunday

Dawn Service @ St Peters Church, Clippesby at 6.00am - everyone welcome
Holy Communion @ St Mary's Church, Martham at 10.30am - everyone welcome

Easter Eggspress @ Bure Valley Railway, Friday 29th March - Monday 1st April.  Free Easter Egg for every child when accompanied by a fare-paying adult (maximum of 2 children per adult).  Trains depart Aylsham 10.00, 11:30, 12:40, 14:20 and 15.30; Wroxham 11.10, 12:40, 14.00, 15:30 and 16:40.

Stock Car Racing @ Great Yarmouth Stadium from 5.30pm.  Come and enjoy the thrill of motor racing at Great Yarmouth Stadium, in conjunction with Spedeworth International Motor Racing.  We have three Raceview Bars, a Raceview Diner serving the best in bar food, a ground floor snack bar & amusement area, plus a fourth separate licensed bar so you can be sure to enjoy the racing while relaxing in a great atmosphere.

Bank Holiday Monday

Horse Racing, Easter Family Fun Day @ Great Yarmouth Racecourse.  Join us for a fantastic time at the races and maybe go home a few pounds richer! Great Yarmouth offers a relaxed atmosphere and is welcoming to all with plenty of facilites, including a new grandstand, a childrens playground and expansive family lawns.  This is our first meeting for 2013 and there is plenty of additional entertainment for the children including competitions, donkey rides and inflatables.  Don't forget that all children Under 18 enjoy free admission to all fixtures.  Grandstand and Paddock £16 (£12 when booked online)  Premier £23 (£19 when booked online

Wreck-It Ralph rated PG @ Hollywood Cinema, Great Yarmouth.  Showing at 1.10pm . Ralph is tired of being overshadowed by Fix-It Felix, the "good guy" star of their game who always gets to save the day. But after decades doing the same thing and seeing all the glory go to Felix, Ralph decides he's tired of playing the role of a bad guy. He takes matters into his own massive hands and sets off on a game-hopping journey across the arcade through every generation of video games to prove he's got what it takes to be a hero. 

Wednesday 3rd April

Guided Walk, South Quay & The Fishermans Hospita - Great Yarmouth.  Once described as the finest quay in all of Europe, learn more about the stunning architecture present on South Quay opposite the bustling river port of Great Yarmouth.  Join in one of our Holiday Special South Quay & St George's Guided Walks at 2pm on Wednesday 3 April and Wednesday 31 July 2013 and you can find out about Yarmouth's witches and the oldest gaol in the country, discover the newly refurbished St George's Theatre and visit Greyfriars Cloisters. Walk includes refreshments int he Great Yarmouth Row Houses.  Meet at the Fishermen’s Hospital gates at the northern end of the market at 2.00pm .  Length of walk: 1.5-2 hours.  Price  £6.50 adults, £4.50 children (7-16), Under 7's free.  Places must be booked in advance on 01493 846346 or by calling into Great Yarmouth Tourist Information Centre on Marine Parade.

Friday 5th April

Dip Dyke Dabbling @ Hickling Broad  Come and learn about the wonderful wildlife that can be found in the dykes around Hickling - drop in and have a dip at the custom built dipping platform. The experts will be on hand to help you tell your boatman from your beetle larvae.  1.30pm-3.30pm  Cost: £1.50 child, accompanying adults free

Sunday 7th April

American & Classic Car Display at Anchor Plaza,  the Seafront, Great YarmouthJoin the East Coast Pirates Car Club throughout the summer at the Anchor Plaza to enjoy some of the finest classic vehicles ever to be produced by Uncle Sam. Visitors to the show can expect to see classic Hot Rod’s, Harley Davidson bikes and trikes along with many other all American classics.  Perfect for enthusiasts and just for fun!  Free entry!

Swimming Pools
The Marina Centre, Great Yarmouth, 01493 851521
Riverside Leisure Centre, Norwich 01603 625166
Splash, Sheringham, 01263 825675


Odeon, Riverside Norwich, 0871 224 4007
Cinema City, Norwich 0871 902 5724
Vue, Castle Meadow, Norwich 0871 224 0240

Regent Bowl, Great Yarmouth, 01493 856830
Wellington Bowl, Great Yarmouth, 01493 845947
Hollywood Bowl, Riverside Norwich, 0844 826 1466

Theatre Royal, Norwich 01603 630000
Norwich Puppet Theatre 01603 629921
The Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich 01603 620917
Norwich Playhouse 01603 612580

All information given is correct to the best of knowledge but is not guaranteed.

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

What's On - February Half Term

If you are coming to Clippesby Hall this Februay Half Term, there is lots going on in the local area to keep you entertained ....

Saturday 16th February
Chinese Dragon Childrens Workshop 11.30am - 1.00pm @ The Norwich Puppet Theatre.  After constructing the basic puppet form, your child will be free to create the puppet’s character using the vast array of materials provided. The only restriction will be their imagination and at the end they will have a wonderful puppet to take home!

Saturday 16th - Sunday 24th February
Bogglewish Bonfire @ BeWILDerwood 10.00am - 5.30pm,  Guess the wishes of your favourite BeWILDerwood characters, warm yourself around the BeWILDerwood bonfire and make your wish for the coming year the secret Boggle way.....

Saturday 16th - Sunday 24th February
Signs of Spring week @ Fairhaven Woodland & Water Garden, 10.00am - 5.00pm,  Celebrate with us by looking for signs of Spring in our gardens to win a prize.

Saturday 16th - Sunday 24th February
Teddy Bear Express @ The Bure Valley Railway - see website for train timetable Join our new mascot Bear for a week of fun! Free travel for every child who brings it's own teddy when accompanied by a fare-paying adult. (maximum of two children per adult.)

Monday 18th February
Nesting Necessities @ Norfolk Wildlife Trust (NWT), Hickling Broad, 10.00am - 11.30am. How can you provide a great home for a great tit and a safe spot for a sparrow? Join us at NWT Hickling Broad before the start of National Nest Box Week to find out about the nesting bird basics. Don't worry about the weather, we have a warm retreat of our own in case of rain!

Friday 22nd Februay
Crafty Creatures @ Norfolk Wildlife Trust (NWT), Hickling Broad, 1.30pm - 3.00pm.  Join us at NWT Hickling Broad to create woodland works of art; look out for wildlife as we collect natural materials, then use these materials together with some clay to create masterpieces on the trees.

Hard Rain playing at the Dog Inn @ Ludham  8.30pm – From Bob Dylan to Johnny Cash, from Amy Winehouse to Sade, and from the Beatles to Frank Sinatra – even some Blue Grass and Country, local band.

Swimming Pools
Broadland Sports Centre, Fleggburgh  01493 369651
The Marina Centre, Great Yarmouth, 01493 851521
Riverside Leisure Centre, Norwich 01603 625166
Splash, Sheringham, 01263 825675

Hollywood Cinema, Great Yarmouth, 01493 852600
Odeon, Riverside Norwich, 0871 224 4007
Cinema City, Norwich 0871 902 5724
Vue, Castle Meadow, Norwich 0871 224 0240

Regent Bowl, Great Yarmouth, 01493 856830
Wellington Bowl, Great Yarmouth, 01493 845947
Hollywood Bowl, Riverside Norwich, 0844 826 1466

Theatre Royal, Norwich 01603 630000
Norwich Puppet Theatre 01603 629921
The Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich 01603 620917
Norwich Playhouse 01603 612580

All information given is correct to the best of knowledge but is not guaranteed.

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Christmas & New Year Opening Hours

Christmas & New Year Opening Times For Booking Office

Friday 21st Dec  9.00am - 5.00pm

Saturday 22nd Dec  CLOSED
Sunday 23rd Dec  CLOSED
Christmas Eve  CLOSED
Christmas Day  CLOSED
Boxing Day  CLOSED

Thursday 27th Dec  9.00am - 12.00pm
Friday 28th Dec  9.00am - 12.00pm

Saturday 29th Dec  CLOSED
Sunday 30th Dec  CLOSED

Monday 31st Dec  9.00am - 12.00pm

Tuesday 1st January 2013  CLOSED

Wednesday 2nd Jan  9.ooam - 5.00pm

The team at Clippesby Hall would like to wish all of our customers
a very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year !

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Local Shops, Pubs & Restaurants ...

If you are visiting us during the winter months our on site shop and the Muskett Arms bar & restaurant are closed, but we have listed below some local businesses that are open all year round.

Shops & Amenities

Filby Post Office - 3.5  miles.  Post Office & Convenience store open 7 days a week from 7am until 9pm.

Acle Post Office - 3.5 miles.  Open 8.30am - 5.30pm Monday - Friday and 8.30am - 12.30pm on Saturday.  Post office and pet food supplies.

Acle Pharmacy - 3.5 miles.  Open Monday - Friday 9.00am -6.00pm and Saturday 9.00am - 5.30pm

Co-Op, Acle - 3.5 miles.  Open Monday - Saturday 8.00am - 8.00pm, Sunday 9.00am - 6.00pm

Budgeons, Acle - 4 miles.  Open 8.00am - 9.oopm Monday - Friday, Saturday 8.00m - 8.00pm and Sunday 10.00am - 4.00pm.  Small supermarket selling a good selection of local foods.

Tesco, Caister on sea - 6.5 miles.  Monday - Saturday 6.00am - Midnight, Sunday 10.00am - 4.00pm

Pubs - serving food

Acle Bridge 01493 752907 - 3 miles.  Serving food from 12 noon until 9pm everyday, Sunday roast from 12.00 noon until 3.00pm (then main menu)

Kings Arms, Fleggburgh 01493 368463 - 1.5 miles.  Open Monday - Thursday 11.00am - 11.00pm, Friday & Saturday 11.00am - midnight and Sunday 11.00am - 10.30pm.  Serving food Monday - Saturday 12.30pm - 2.30pm then 6.00pm - 9.00pm, Sundays 12.00 noon - 7.30pm.

Thurne Lion, Thurne 01692 670976 - 2 miles.  Food served 12.00 noon until 2.00pm, then 6.00pm - 9.00pm


The Hermitage, Acle - 3.5 milesOpen Tuesday - Saturday 11.30am - 2.00pm then 6.00pm - 9.03pm, Sunday 12.00 noon - 2.30pm.  Closed on Mondays01493 750310

Fiby Bridge - 3.5 miles - 3.5 miles.  To check opening times, call 01493 368142

The Castle Carvery, Caister - 6.5 miles.  Open Monday - Saturday 11.30am - 11.00pm, Sunday 11.30am - 10.30pm.  No need to book. 01493 728933

The Waterside, Rollesby - 2.5 miles.  Open 10.00am - 3.30pm (coffee shop) daily.   6.30pm

Tea Rooms & Coffee Shops

Fiby Bridge - 3.5 miles - 3.5 miles.  To check opening times, call 01493 368142

Olive Branch, Tunstead - 13.5 miles.  Open Tuesday - Sunday 10.00am - 5.00pm  01603 737555

The Waterside, Rollesby - 2.5 miles.  Open 10.00am - 3.30pm (coffee shop) daily.   Serving evening meals 6.30pm - 11.00pm Fridays & Saturdays (last food orders 9.00pm)

Take Away Food / Deliveries

Fish & Chips - Potter Heigham, Acle or Martham

Indian - Acle Spice, 01493 750800 - Free delivery

Chinese - Jasminum, Rollesby, 01493 748885 - Will deliver

Taxi Service

Acle Cars, Acle 01493 700006

Our Hire, Acle - 01493 752223

If you do require any further information on where to go, what to see & do, please ask in Reception, we will be pleased to help.

All information given is correct to the best of our knowledge but is not guaranteed.



Friday, 23 November 2012

Meet the Team - Brandan

Brandan started at Clippesby last year, working with Chris part time on the cycle hire.  Having now left school he has been with us all summer and is a popular & valuable member of the team.

[caption id="attachment_439" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Brandan - 'cycle captain'"][/caption]

Brandan spends his time looking after the large 'fleet' of bicycles and accessories, keeping them clean and fixing punctures etc as well as getting the bikes ready to go out on hire and advising on local routes.

In September Brandon started college to study Carpentry but he should be back with us again next year during the holidays.

Brandan says he loves helping the children with their bikes and helping families to enjoy the area.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Christmas Shopping Breaks

Is the thought of Christmas shopping sending you into a panic?  The stress of finding that perfect present along with all the pushing and shoving and horn blowing that goes with city centre shopping, it's not a great start to the Festive season is it?

This year why not combine your Christmas shopping with a short break to the Norfolk Broads.  Our Courtyard Cottage, Coach House or Pine Lodges are perfect for families or for friends to share, and with the Pine Lodges starting at just £199 for four night short break it makes an affordable treat just before Christmas.

Roys of Wroxham said to be the 'largest village store in the world' has everything you could need from present ideas, decorations, festive food and lots, lots more.  Parking is free and there is plenty of it, so no endless queue for the car park either!

If you do want to go into Norwich city centre, you can take the train from Acle station or pick up the 'Park and Ride' on the outskirts of Norwich.  Now listed as one of the  Top 10 places to shop in the UK, shopping in Norwich is a unique experience with high street stores, designer brands, independent shops and quirky goods are all on offer.  Outside of London’s Oxford Street, Norwich is the only place in the UK to have 4 national department stores as well as a local independent department store, Jarrold, within its city centre.

There is still lots going on in the Broads area out of the main holiday season, so while those who want to can go shopping, there's the option for fishing just 2 miles down the road at Thurne, the local pubs and restaurants are still open and the Bure Valley Railway offers their 'Santa Special' trips from the 24th November until the 24th of December, so a chance for the little ones to see Santa with their wish lists.

A little further afield the Thursford Christmas Spectacular is on from the 9th of November until the 23rd of December, "the biggest and most exciting Christmas show of all time in Britain."  Booking is essential, see website for details.

Give us a call on 01493 367800 or drop us an email  we'd be happy to help.