Norfolk is not only renowned for its beautiful coastline, countryside and folklore, it’s also a county full of romance – the perfect place to celebrate Valentine’s Day!
But what makes Norfolk special on February 14th and why is it so important to the locals?
Jack Valentine is Norfolk’s only surviving ritual. Also known as Old Father/Mother Valentine, Jack was said to leave gifts on the doorsteps of Norfolk residents on Valentine’s Eve – both adults and children would receive gifts. He would knock on the door, leave the gifts, and then disappear into thin air.
An article published on the Norwich Lane’s website last year prompted the hashtag #JackValentine, as he was supposedly spotted roaming the Norwich Lanes with an urban fox, delivering gifts!
Many Norfolk families carry on this tradition of leaving gifts outside their lover’s or family’s houses on Valentine’s Eve. In 2000, someone even went to Muriel Road in Norwich and left biscuits with heart stickers on the doors, gates and cars of the residents!
During the Victorian era, Norfolk locals would swap presents on 13th February, and Valentine’s Day was usually a more expensive affair than Christmas! Compared to the rest of Britain, that considered a card or a love letter adequate, Norfolk people would go above and beyond with their extravagant gifts.
On Valentine’s Eve, locals would leave their homes with a bag full of love tokens, then proceed to their loved one’s home, greeting friends in the streets along the way, giving out the tokens, then leave their gifts at the home of their lover, knock on the door, then run back home.
We’ve collated a list of romantic locations in Norfolk, if you are thinking of wooing your sweetheart this year in the county of rural romance….
Holkham, in North Norfolk, is home to one of the most stunning beaches in the UK – so much so, that the beach was used in the final scenes of “Shakespeare in Love” with Gwyneth Paltrow. The beach is part of one of the biggest National Nature Reserves in the UK, and has been voted “Best Beach in the UK” recently, and is also a dog-friendly beach. Holkham beach is the perfect location to watch the sun rise and to go on romantic walks.
You can also visit Holkham Hall – one of the ten most magnificent houses, castles and palaces in England today, and part of the Historic Houses Association. Inside the hall you will find the marble hall, statue gallery, libraries, landscape room, chapel, old kitchen, and many more beautiful rooms to explore. Outside, you will find the 3000 acre park, with several walks and nature trails, leading you past the beautiful evergreen oaks, large herd of Fallow deer and small Red deer herd. There is even a stunning walled garden, which is being restored.
Norwich Riverside Walk
Take a walk down the beautiful river Wensum in Norwich, past the Anglican Cathedral, Tombland, Pull’s Ferry, the Riverside Quarter, Lollard’s Pit, and many more historic locations. Another site is Cow Tower, which was built as an artillery blockhouse on a bend in the river – and a ten minute walk from here will take you to the stunning quayside and Elm Hill quay, where you can hop onto one of the river cruise boats for a romantic cruise through this picturesque city.
The Norfolk Broads
The Norfolk Broads are a series of rivers and lakes, including seven rivers and 63 lakes. Whether it’s taking a walk down one of the scenic rivers, or hiring a boat for a quiet cruise down the broads, you’ll be able to relax and take in the beautiful scenery. There are numerous country pubs and restaurants to stop at along the way, for a romantic meal or drink.
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