Norfolk & Suffolk Supporters

manonabeach® is proud to have financial support from the following businesses in Suffolk and Norfolk, listed by supported beach page.  Please use the send your answer menu  or email to find out more.  Click on each Supporter’s banner, below here, to learn about their business.  Also, see what the beach means to them, above their banner.

Benefits to new and renewing Supporters now include the following:

  • access to beach lovers in largely urban areas (24% London) who are looking forward to their return to your area and to enjoying your services and online products, with hundreds of thousands of hits to the site and being seen in 142 countries.
  • access to 2,000+ films from the archive, including over 1,200 narrative interviews, to use in your social media for customer retention and in your blog, like this example.  Why not use the manonabeach® question to engage with your customers?
  • a complimentary manonabeach® Interview Highlights DVD, to use in your business at your discretion, either in-house or for your customers.

Interview Highlights, Mundesley, Cart Gap and Horsey Gap:

“What does the beach mean to you..?”

It means a lot of things but a few things that really pop into my head are…. wild, nature, life, longevity, stress-free, clear, empty and simple.

Gail, at Pack Holidays, Norfolk, below:

Sheringham, Weybourne, East Runton and West Runton:

“What does the beach mean to you..?”

I love the beach here in Sheringham and along the coast, with its beautifully clean stretches of sand washed daily by the incoming tide.  Summer or winter, a walk along the sea shore alone or with family is a pleasure and a privilege that I do not take for granted. Whether in the warm sunshine with the waves lapping gently nearby, or in a howling gale with the breakers crashing onto the shore, the sheer feeling of joy and freedom cannot be surpassed.

Louise, at Keys Holidays, Sheringham, below:

 Keys Holiday

Thorpeness, Aldeburgh and Southwold:

What does the beach mean to you…?

The beach is a true constant for me, like part of the family.  My fondest childhood memories are those where I have a bucket and spade in my hand, or those of eating slightly sandy sandwiches sitting proudly in a hole I’d just dug!  Now, as an adult whatever my mood, there is nowhere I’d rather be that the beach, be it with my own young family (still digging), or on my own when I crave the voice of the sea to offer me calm.

…Sally, at Suffolk Secrets, below:

Suffolk Secrets

Thorpeness and Aldeburgh:

“What does the beach mean to you..?”

Thorpeness is no ordinary Suffolk village. Nearly a century ago, the architect, barrister and playwright, Glencairn Stuart Ogilvie set about creating a safe and healthy, fun packed holiday environment for his family and friends. This was a place where children could enjoy the magic and innocence of a traditional seaside holiday.

Today little has changed and the beach to us means exploring the fairy-tale location of Thorpeness in Suffolk and marvelling with friends and family at its charm and history.

…Claire, at Thorpeness Golf Club and Hotel, below:

Golf Club and Hotel Thorpeness

Burnham Deepdale and Brancaster:

Wells-Next-The-Sea and Cromer:

What does the beach mean to you…?

The North Norfolk coast is like no other, especially come winter when the beaches are almost empty.  Stroll out over the grassy banks, through pine forests and tidal flanks, and you are met with wider than wide skies and sand as far as the eye can see.  Our beaches here give you a chance to breath, unwind and lose yourself.  I try and escape to them with my husband, children and collie as much as possible.  Who needs to dream when there’s such a true paradise on your doorstep?

…Lucy, at Norfolk Country Cottages, below:

Norfolk Cottages

Sea Palling and Waxham:

What does the beach mean to you…?

The beach for me is my place for peace and quiet when all you can hear is the sound of the waves crashing onto the sand. It also holds many fond childhood memories of time spent with my dad building sandcastles, playing cricket, flying a kite, fishing from the beach or sitting on the sand watching a storm that was out over the sea. Summer or winter the beach always has something different to offer, whether the tide is coming in or going out, and leaving the treasures of the sea behind.

…Julie, at Norfolk Coastal Holiday Breaks, below:

North Coast Holiday Breaks


“What does the beach mean to you..?”

Whatever the mood, whoever I am with, there is a Suffolk beach to suit it.  For a day of fancy free, family fun I journey to Southwold; sandcastles, old fashioned penny slot machines, a good old fashioned afternoon tea or a glass of Adnams beer.  A more contemplative or romantic mood leads me south along the coastal path over the River Blyth to Walberswick and the Dingle Marshes, watching the Hen Harrier gliding through the endless skies, the reeds swaying in the sea breeze, the intricate colours of the heathland forest.  Aldeburgh suits a philosophical mood, the pull of the waves on the shingle, the call of the terns and Benjamin Britten’s sea interludes playing in one’s mind.

…John, at Suffolk Cottage Holidays, below:

Suffolk Holidays


“What does the beach mean to you..?”

The beach is a way to the sea.  My boat at Cley supplies much of our local produce direct from the sea, including crab and lobster.  There’s a sustainability to the whole process and to our part in the local community.  It’s all part of Cley.

…Glen, at Cley Smokehouse, below:

Cley Smokehouse

Great Yarmouth:

“What does the beach mean to you..?”

A dream and a goal of being able to retire and live on a beach that had everything on it that I needed, in close proximity, where I would never have to drive again, never wear shoes, had a temperature that only required me to wear shorts and have the pleasure of feeding the seagulls every morning.

Keith, at 3 Norfolk Square, Great Yarmouth, below:

3 Norfolk Square


“What does the beach mean to you..?”

Escape – unwind – a place to heal both mind and body + a swim is even better !

…Louise, at Church Cottage, Morston, below:

church cottage morston


“What does the beach mean to you..?”

Blakeney beach is a misnomer. There is no beach. Blakeney is a pretty
little village hugging the North Norfolk coast where in Tudor times large
merchant vessels used to dock. Now, apart from the ferry taking visitors
to see the seals at Blakeney point, it is a mooring for many little
sailing boats impatiently waiting for the tide to cast off on their next
adventure. The channel is surrounded by flats with samphire and sea
lavender, the sounds are of the tide and birdsong, the smells are of the
sea and the wild herbs crushed underfoot. It is a haven from the world, a
place to get away from the crowds, to walk and feel at one with nature, re
charge and re invigorate.

…Lynda, at Hindringham Hall, below:

Hindringham Hall


“What does the beach mean to you..?”

Nothing comes close to the feelings evoked by visiting the stunning coastline all around the UK.  From wide, sandy stretches of beach that reach out in the distance as far as the eye can see, to foreboding cliffs, caves and sand dunes.

There is a cyclical and generational pattern that forms from your earliest memories with siblings and parents, to holidays with your own children, and then, visits with  grandchildren.  Each time, taking on the challenge to build that perfectly carved boat in the sand that your own Dad built for you a few decades ago!

…Sue, at Cottage Tree, below:

Cottage Tree


What does the beach mean to you…?

The beach means walking my dogs, watching them running free on the soft sand, into the pools left by the retreating tide, chasing the shoreline birds with no chance of catching them, just doing it for the joy of running.  It means seeing the martins in their nest holes in the cliffs, watching the seals bob up and down, accompanying us as we walk the shoreline, obviously curious about us.  It means watching the sun go down over the cliffs.  I run on the beach when the sand is firm, or along the cliff tops looking down.  Sometimes it means swimming when the weather is warm.  Always it brings on a sense of wonder and history – the oldest human footprint was discovered here, many prehistoric axe heads, fossils and remains have shown that this shore was inhabited 800,000 years ago. The beach means a sense of wonder, privilege and pleasure.

…Sue, at East Ruston Cottages, below:

East Ruston Holiday Cottages


Old Hunstanton:

“What does the beach mean to you..?”

There is no better place to unwind, lose tension and breath as the beach. Especially in Norfolk, where I can walk out through pine forests and over sand dunes to the sea.  On the whole, the beaches here are rare in that they retain a wildness and remain relatively untouched.  You won’t find concrete promenades, amusements and the like – simply big wide skies, sweeping sands and sea stretching across the horizon.  A true, pure paradise.

…Sylvia, at SALT, Norfolk, below:


Animal Aunts


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