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Kelling Camping and the Potty Morris Festival, Sheringham, North Norfolk - 6th July 2019

The Van is definitely getting good use this year as we're out once again, this time to Kelling Heath campsite - one that's not exactly cheap, but easily has the best facilities of any campsite in the area, including - to the joy of the boys - an on-site stone-baked pizza emporium. The campsite, as well as being in a particularly pictureque part of North Norfolk, is also adjacent to the North Norfolk Railway, and so we get the steam train from Kelling Halt into Sheringham, where it happens to be the "Potty Morris Festival" of Morris dancing, complete with lots of Hip-Hop-style Morris battles going on in the streets. Then, on Sunday, Nosher heads back early via train and bike, starting from Kelling Halt. It didn't turn out to be the steam train as hoped, but an old-enough two-coach Diesel Multiple Unit rumbles up to the halt. It goes from Kelling to Sheringham, where the Morris thing is still occuring, and from there it's a regular crappy Sprinter to Norwich, and after that - keeping up the vintage railway thing as they're about 30 years old - it's an inter-city Class 90 to Diss, and finally a 2.5 mile bike ride back home. Epic.

next album: A Postcard from Boxford and BSCC at Pulham, Suffolk and Norfolk - 13th July 2019
previous album: GSB and the Gislingham Fete, Suffolk - 29th June 2019

2019 We head off to the club house

We head off to the club house

2019 Fred plays Spit again as Harry looks on

Fred plays Spit again as Harry looks on

2019 The boys run around with excitement from the pizza place

The boys run around with excitement from the pizza place

2019 Time for pizza

Time for pizza

2019 It's a bit wet as we wander to Kelling Halt station

It's a bit wet as we wander to Kelling Halt station

2019 Waiting for trains in the rain

Waiting for trains in the rain

2019 Isobel teaches the 'owl hoot' thing

Isobel teaches the 'owl hoot' thing

2019 The kids flag down the train, as it's a request stop

The kids flag down the train, as it's a request stop

2019 The little train pulls in

The little train pulls in

2019 The driver looks back

The driver looks back

2019 Fred points around in the Mark 1 TSO coach

Fred points around in the Mark 1 TSO coach

2019 An engineer chats to the platform staff at Sheringham Station

An engineer chats to the platform staff at Sheringham Station

2019 Number 564 0-6-0 light engine at Sheringham

Number 564 0-6-0 light engine at Sheringham

2019 Train drivers and steam

Train drivers and steam

2019 Engine 564 steams away

Engine 564 steams away

2019 On Sheringham's Fore Street, there's a dude with a small owl

On Sheringham's Fore Street, there's a dude with a small owl

2019 The watchful eyes of an owl

The watchful eyes of an owl

2019 There's a hint of 'The Handmaid's Tail' about these Morris dancers

There's a hint of 'The Handmaid's Tail' about these Morris dancers

2019 There's a dance-off going down

There's a dance-off going down

2019 Some Morris lads have a beer

Some Morris lads have a beer

2019 The boys look forlornly through the window of a closed-down model shop

The boys look forlornly through the window of a closed-down model shop

2019 Some very purple Morris dancing occurs

Some very purple Morris dancing occurs

2019 A nice retro mural on the chip shop wall

A nice retro mural on the chip shop wall

2019 The site of the legendary Sheringham Sink Hole

The site of the legendary Sheringham Sink Hole

2019 Dancing with sticks

Dancing with sticks

2019 The actual Jeremy Corbyn is on accordion (not really)

The actual Jeremy Corbyn is on accordion (not really)

2019 A dance concludes

A dance concludes

2019 Green feathery dancers

Green feathery dancers

2019 There's an actual bassoon in the Morris band

There's an actual bassoon in the Morris band

2019 More stick action

More stick action

2019 Green face paint and pheasant feathers

Green face paint and pheasant feathers

2019 We have fish and chips down on the promenade

We have fish and chips down on the promenade

2019 The gang sit on a painted sea wall

The gang sit on a painted sea wall

2019 Brutalist concrete wall, and a very derelict café in the background

Brutalist concrete wall, and a very derelict café in the background

2019 Sheringham's sea defences

Sheringham's sea defences

2019 Fred and Alice scale the sea wall

Fred and Alice scale the sea wall

2019 Messing with sabre-tooth tigers

Messing with sabre-tooth tigers

2019 Harry pauses for a drink, under Sheringham's new branding - 'twixt sea an pine

Harry pauses for a drink, under Sheringham's new branding - 'twixt sea an pine

2019 It's hard to tell what's real and what's painted

It's hard to tell what's real and what's painted

2019 A fisherman hauls his boat in

A fisherman hauls his boat in

2019 The fisherman's slipway at Sheringham

The fisherman's slipway at Sheringham

2019 There's a cool male voice choir thing going on

There's a cool male voice choir thing going on

2019 The children stand on a railing

The children stand on a railing

2019 Harry and Isobel in a 1960s concrete shelter

Harry and Isobel in a 1960s concrete shelter

2019 Harry looks out to sea

Harry looks out to sea

2019 Rusty nails in a beach hut

Rusty nails in a beach hut

2019 Running around like lunatics

Running around like lunatics

2019 One man and his dog

One man and his dog

2019 One the sea wall again

One the sea wall again

2019 Harry looks up at the others, as he can't climb up

Harry looks up at the others, as he can't climb up

2019 Some nice rust going on

Some nice rust going on

2019 There's a good crowd still watching the singing

There's a good crowd still watching the singing

2019 The band does its thing

The band does its thing

2019 A lone Morris plays drums outside Sainsbury's

A lone Morris plays drums outside Sainsbury's

2019 Isobel chooses a festival hat from Starling's newsagents

Isobel chooses a festival hat from Starling's newsagents

2019 A Morris dancer with shiny gold shades and lots of green

A Morris dancer with shiny gold shades and lots of green

2019 There's a puppy in a pram

There's a puppy in a pram

2019 The sad sight of shut-down model shop

The sad sight of shut-down model shop

2019 Sheringham is packed

Sheringham is packed

2019 Some Dennis the Menace Morris dancers

Some Dennis the Menace Morris dancers

2019 A very risque greengrocer

A very risque greengrocer

2019 A vintage Routmaster bus, in wedding ribbons, pulls into the station car park

A vintage Routmaster bus, in wedding ribbons, pulls into the station car park

2019 A nice old vintage ECW coach loads up for an excursion

A nice old vintage ECW coach loads up for an excursion

2019 D6732 - the ancient Diesel loco now known as a Class 37 - waits a Sheringham

D6732 - the ancient Diesel loco now known as a Class 37 - waits a Sheringham

2019 Fred points to some spare seats

Fred points to some spare seats

2019 The boys are excited to get an actual 'Harry Potter' compartment in an FK Mark 1 coach

The boys are excited to get an actual 'Harry Potter' compartment in an FK Mark 1 coach

2019 The cab of D6732

The cab of D6732

2019 Vulcan Riders are out on display

Vulcan Riders are out on display

2019 Alice sticks her head out of the compartment

Alice sticks her head out of the compartment

2019 Harry looks sad

Harry looks sad

2019 Weybourne station - site of the 'King's Train' episode of Dads Army

Weybourne station - site of the 'King's Train' episode of Dads Army

2019 Theother platform at Weybourne

Theother platform at Weybourne

2019 The conductor sees us off as we return to Kelling Heath

The conductor sees us off as we return to Kelling Heath

2019 Rings of rain on the pond

Rings of rain on the pond

2019 Fred inspects an epic bug hotel

Fred inspects an epic bug hotel

2019 Some kind of bee does its thing

Some kind of bee does its thing

2019 We have a barbeque

We have a barbeque

2019 Harry does some of his Ninja moves on the barbeque

Harry does some of his Ninja moves on the barbeque

2019 Harry in a tree

Harry in a tree

2019 Fred waves whilst up a tree

Fred waves whilst up a tree

2019 The kids do marshmallows on a stick

The kids do marshmallows on a stick

2019 A very bold pigeon pokes around

A very bold pigeon pokes around

2019 The next morning is sunnier

The next morning is sunnier

2019 The view of the wind turbines out to sea

The view of the wind turbines out to sea

2019 A steam train heads up to Weybourne Station from Sheringham

A steam train heads up to Weybourne Station from Sheringham

2019 Nosher's two-coach DMU trundles up the line from Holt

Nosher's two-coach DMU trundles up the line from Holt

2019 In the old-school guard's van

In the old-school guard's van

2019 It's full house on the train

It's full house on the train

2019 The 1959 Diesel DMU at Sheringham

The 1959 Diesel DMU at Sheringham

2019 There's more purple Morris going on in Sheringham town centre

There's more purple Morris going on in Sheringham town centre

2019 Hankerchief Morris

Hankerchief Morris

2019 Down at the 'other' Sheringham Station - it's far more utilitarian

Down at the 'other' Sheringham Station - it's far more utilitarian

2019 There's another vintage loco of sorts: a 1990 Class 90 intercity

There's another vintage loco of sorts: a 1990 Class 90 intercity

2019 One of GA's brand-new Stadler FLiRTs is at Crown Point depot

One of GA's brand-new Stadler FLiRTs is at Crown Point depot

2019 The Tarmac depot near Trowse Bridge

The Tarmac depot near Trowse Bridge

2019 Derelict warehouse in Trowse

Derelict warehouse in Trowse

2019 'Shook' graffiti

'Shook' graffiti

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We head off to the club house

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