10 years of Amazona Zoo

As one of the county’s favourite an­i­mal at­trac­tions cel­e­brates a mile­stone, owner Ben­jamin Cabbell-Man­ners re­veals some of the things he loves about Nor­folk

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I have farmed here at Cromer for 40 years and loved ev­ery sec­ond of it. One of the most ap­peal­ing as­pects of Nor­folk life is that no two sea­sons are ever the same. The fresh­ness of the spring and the au­tumn colours are par­tic­u­larly strik­ing along this stretch of the north Nor­folk coast.

I like to ride ev­ery day and we are very lucky to have a fan­tas­tic net­work of bri­dle­ways which are a great way to see the coun­try­side and also to ex­er­cise our dogs. For a real treat we of­ten take our horses for a ride on the beach at Holkham.

This part of north Nor­folk is full of ac­tiv­i­ties and at­trac­tions, in­clud­ing our own Amazona Zoo in Cromer and Cromer Hall, the pier, the beach and, of course, the car­ni­val.

I like to eat out but I don’t have to travel far to find fan­tas­tic restau­rants; we have Hot Rocks, Gal­ton Black­iston’s No1 and a great Thai restau­rant. And the Davies fish shop has lovely, fresh-caught seafood all year round.

Nor­folk’s built her­itage is quite out­stand­ing; from the cathe­dral in Nor­wich to the Saxon church at Roughton the crafts­man­ship is ex­em­plary.

How our fore­fa­thers cre­ated these ar­chi­tec­tural struc­tures with l imited toolds is just amaz­ing – just like Nor­folk!

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