Feel the love - why Norfolk and Suffolk are Cupid's counties

PUBLISHED: 11:22 13 February 2017 | UPDATED: 11:22 13 February 2017

Filming of Stardust on Elm Hill, Norwich.

Filming of Stardust on Elm Hill, Norwich.


Whether you are on your own, part of a couple, have children, or your family is all about friends, there's a lot to love about Norfolk and Suffolk. We finds sites linked to romance, roses, aphrodisiacs, love stories and swooning sunsets

Birds are said to choose their mate on St Valentine’s Day – and if you want to join them and pledge your love on the 14th then try one of our wonderful bird-filled wildlife reserves.

At Titchwell Marsh Nature Reserve, near Hunstanton, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds is running Show the Love family activity days from Monday February 13 to Thursday February 16.

It is National Nestbox Week too – and there is a chance to build your own nest box at RSPB Minsmere from Monday to Friday.

Much of the fairytale love story Stardust was filmed in Elm Hill, Norwich. The film tells the story of a hero’s quest to win his sweetheart by catching a falling star. Elm Hill was transformed into a street in the magical town of Stormhold but it is almost as magical in real life, and ideal as part of a romantic wander through historic Norwich.

If romance is right up your street there are Love Lanes at Fransham, Morston and Wymondham, in Norfolk and Woodbridge, Framlingham, Lowestoft and Pakefield in Suffolk, plus Lovers’ Lanes in Ludham and Snetterton in Norfolk and Leiston in Suffolk.

Roses are the flower of romance – and fill three acres of gardens at Peter Beales Roses of Attleborough.

Peter spent much of his life preserving wild and classic roses, saving some from extinction as well as breeding 70 new rose types.

The national collection of old roses is held here and the display gardens are open daily, for free.

The first Valentine’s note was written, from underneath a Mulberry Tree, at Topcroft Hall, Topcroft, near Bungay.

If it was good enough for Gwyneth Paltrow in Shakespeare in Love then it has to be a romantic hot spot. Holkham Beach is a glorious sweep of dune-fringed sand, ready for romantic gestures ranging from galloping across the bay on horseback to a picnic and pledge of eternal love.

Hearts will be racing at the annual Gazelles Valentine 10km run, which begins at Easton College, near Norwich, on Sunday 19th February.

A Wildlife Valentine quiz ranges around Nowton Park, Bury St Edmunds from tomorrow until Sunday, February 19. The £1 quiz sheet is available from the visitor centre from 10am to 3pm.

Fancy a cuddle? Lamb cuddling is on the programme at Baylham Farm, in Baylham, near Ipswich.

To make the most of the most romantic day of the year in Cupid’s counties, watch sunrise from Britain’s most easterly point in Lowestoft and then see the sun set across the sea from Hunstanton. Or spend the whole day in Cromer, enjoying the romantic architecture of George Skipper, Norfolk’s answer to Barcelona’s Gaudi, and seeing both sunrise and sunset from the end of the pier.

Fall in love with the historic Valentine cards on show in the shopping and trades gallery at the Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell.

Oysters are considered an aphrodisiac – and love the shores of East Anglia. Buy them in fishing villages right along the coast including Thornham and Brancaster on the north Norfolk coast and Orford in Suffolk.

There’s lots of old-fashioned romance in the beautiful village of Heydon, near Aylsham. No roads run through, no overhead wires spoil the view, and it is a go-to location for film crews searching for rural idylls. The love story and thriller The Go Between was filmed here, and at Melton Constable Hall, starring Julie Christie, Alan Bates, Michael Redgrave and Edward Fox.

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