Sea Shelter Rescue
Around half a million tourists descend on Cromer’s sandy beaches every year, and the town’s coastline is dotted with sea shelters. The Marrams shelter has offered refuge for locals and holidaymakers since the 1930s. Now, battered by the bracing sea breezes, it’s in need of some attention to restore it to its former splendour. Julia Bradbury and Matt Baker come to the rescue with a band of local volunteers, a graffiti artist, and North Norfolk District Council - all cheered on by the Sheringham Shantymen choir.Find out more about the Sheringham Shantymen
The Water-powered Saw Mill
Matt heads to the Gunton Park Estate in search of some wood to replace the sea shelter’s rotten panels. He hears how estate owner Kit Martin has restored its parklands and buildings to their former Georgian glory. He also discovers the estate is also home to one of the oldest saw mills in the country, still driven by water.Find out more about the mill
John at Blakeney Point
One of the largest areas of unspoilt coastline in Europe, Blakeney Point was Norfolk’s first nature reserve. It was acquired 100 years ago by the National Trust, following a public appeal led by Professor Francis Oliver from University College London. John Craven discovers the history behind the conservation of the unique sand, shingle and saltmarsh habitat and joins some wardens on a boat trip to count the very popular and ever expanding seal colonies.Find out more about Blakeney
Cromer is renowned for its delicious crabs. It’s a mecca for crustacean lovers. Fleets of crab & lobster fishing boats work from the north Norfolk coastline’s tidal harbours and open beaches to meet demand. However, over the past 30 years, there has been a gradual reduction in long-standing fishing families and, as in the farming world, the age of fishermen is getting older. Ellie Harrison joins the crew of one fishing boat to meet a 22 year old who’s bucking the trend. Then she cooks up her catch with Galton Blackiston from a nearby Michelin starred restaurant.
Adam Henson’s taste buds are challenged by a man who’s cooking up a tropical storm in the Norfolk countryside - chilli sauce producer Glyn Kirpalani. Using an old family Trinidadian recipe he’s created three hot sauces and launched a community growing scheme to supply him with enough chillies to meet demand. The Holkham Estate Garden is helping out, cultivating several dozen Scotch Bonnet plants in its Victorian greenhouses. Adam meets the head gardener Tim Marshall and takes the opportunity to have a look at their livestock.Try some chilli recipes
John’s Beach Clean
The summer months see crowds flock to the seaside. Sadly some leave a lasting impact. According to the Marine Conservation Society, an average of 1,700 pieces of litter are found on every kilometre of beach in the UK. John rolls his sleeves up to pick litter from Cromer’s sandy beach, with the help of children from Kelling Primary School and Beachwatch Officer, Lauren Davis.How can I join a beach clean?
- Series Producer
- Teresa Bogan
- Julia Bradbury
- John Craven
- Matt Baker
- Ellie Harrison