Summer Special

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Duration: 1 hour

Countryfile heads to the north Norfolk coast. After a rather wet start, they set about restoring a much-loved quintessentially British sea shelter. It's stood proudly overlooking the coast for more than 70 years but has fallen into disrepair so Matt Baker and Julia Bradbury join the local council in an attempt to spruce it up. Matt is sent to find local timber in an historic saw mill to replace some of the shelter's seating whilst Julia meets a local artist who helps her add an artistic touch to the shelter. Meanwhile John Craven is further along the coast helping the National Trust celebrate the 100th anniversary of Blakeney Point and he meets up with some local school children to clean the beach. Ellie Harrison goes fishing for the local delicacy of Cromer crabs and tries to find out why young people are so reluctant to take up fishing for these tasty crustaceans. Adam Henson also has food on his mind as he meets up with a local chilli grower who makes very hot chilli sauce. He also visits the Holkham estate to see how they manage their beef cattle who they graze on the salt marshes.

  • Sea Shelter Rescue

    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

    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

    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 Crabs

    Cromer Crabs

    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.

  • Chilli Adam

    Chilli Adam

    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?

Credits

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Julia Bradbury
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Julia Bradbury
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John Craven
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John Craven
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Matt Baker
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Matt Baker
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Ellie Harrison
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Ellie Harrison
Series Producer
Teresa Bogan
Series Producer
Teresa Bogan

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