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Local launches

13th April 2021

From interiors collections to brunch boxes, candles to a new opticians and hearing care practice in Holt, Amanda Loose gets the lowdown on the some of North Norfolk’s lockdown launches

Setting sail

North Norfolk skipper, Zoe Dunford, has spliced her love of sailing and interiors, with the launch of her new venture, wallpaper and fabrics business, Collingwood Coastal.

A skipper for Wells-based Coastal Exploration Company and Neil Thompson Boats, Zoe got creative during the first national lockdown. Her first wallpaper design (pictured) has already set sail to customers in New South Wales and Rhode Island and she is now taking pre-orders for a range of cushions including in a newly-released beach hut print.

Styled by Louisa Sugden at The Little Stables, Norfolk

“While missing the sea and boats during the first lockdown, I started sketching some of the things I love about the coast to help transport me back onto the water, at least in spirit,” she says.  

“I also did lots of repair and maintenance for my holiday let business in Wells-next-the-Sea, and couldn’t find any nautical wallpaper I liked. Over the last few months, I’ve put these two things together and have been delighted by the enthusiasm and support for the first wallpaper design.

“All the boats featured are ones that I know intimately because I’ve sailed them myself. One of them was our first family boat, the 17-foot Seahawk, and now I’m lucky enough to sail others’ boats on charters to explore the North Norfolk coastline and salt marsh, one of the UK’s last great wildernesses.

“The boats in the design look a bit like blueprints, but with some of the character that makes them a joy to sail, such as the curve in the lug rig sail. Similarly, my new beach hut design depicts the huts a bit like architectural drawings, but with some of the character bestowed upon them by the elements, such as sand piled against the door.”

Aptly, the company’s name is inspired by a family connection to Admiral Lord Collingwood, who took over command of the British fleet when Nelson, (who was born and learnt to sail in North Norfolk), was fatally wounded during the Battle of Trafalgar. 

Collingwood Coastal’s first wallpaper design and new collection of beach hut cushions are available from


A candle-making kit received as a gift inspired North Norfolk based Daisy Stewart to launch Burntsie Candles in February, a range of pretty soy wax scented candles and wax melts.

“I started my business because I have always wanted to do something crafty!” says Daisy. “I have sewn, painted, made with clay, you name it, but nothing was good enough to sell to others! I got a candle making kit as a gift, and Burntsie Candles took off from there. I’ve always thought about doing things my way or having my own take on something I use on a regular basis.

“I launched Burntsie from my own home, using resources I found locally, or I already had, making sure I was sustainable enough to make products that aren’t harmful to our planet.”

Daisy releases candles on a monthly basis, with the range including bobble cube and small pillar candles dyed to pretty pastel hues using soy dye, with scents such as Blueberry & Vanilla, Zesty Orange, and Lime, and Basil & Mandarin (I treated myself to the latter, and it’s gorgeous!).

New for April, are soy wax candles in coconut shells and recycled bottles, with fragrances including Luscious Vanilla, Coffee Mocha, and Thai Lime & Mango.

You can order from Daisy’s Etsy shop

It’s brunch time!

Not only did Sophie Stapleton and William Cormack get engaged during lockdown, they launched a brand-new business, Beautiful Brunches.

“As a family we adore brunch, usually visiting Norfolk’s brunch stops,” says Sophie. “When Covid hit, it meant we could no longer visit places, so we decided to create delicious brunches at home. The idea grew from there and we wanted to share our love of graze-style brunching.”

They now create yummy brunch boxes delivered to your door, which include limited edition and seasonal boxes. Boxes start from £25, with free delivery within a 20-mile radius of Rougham (PE32 2SF). Get in touch via Instagram @beautifulbrunches.

You can also order their hand-dipped and decorated mini doughnuts from

A covetable collection

East meets west in local interior designer, Birdie Fortescue’s new spring/ summer collection, Damascene.

Inspired by a visit Birdie made to the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul two summers ago, Damascene offers a contemporary take on traditional motifs from designs from the early Ottoman Empire, and features florals, geometrics and embroidery in a beautiful palette of pinks, greens and blues.

The collection, which includes tableware and linens (perfect for summer dining), cushions, and Suzani throws, as well as rattan furniture, was photographed at Sennowe Park in North Norfolk, and is available from Birdie’s Fakenham Showroom, and online at

Holt happenings

Cecil Amey Opticians and Hearing Care have opened a new practice in Holt’s Appleyard, in the centre of the town, joining their existing branches across Norfolk and Suffolk.

Cecil C Amey opened his first optician’s practice in Norwich in 1924. Over 95 years later, seven members of the Amey family currently work in the business, whose team of highly trained, qualified optometrists offer comprehensive eye examinations using the very latest technology and equipment.

They also offer a full contact lens service and a complete hearing care service with their fully qualified audiologists, which will include a large sound booth for state-of-the-art hearing assessments.

Robert Amey says: “As directors we have been determined to keep building the business to not only survive through the tough times but to grow and thrive over the long term. The success of our new Aylsham practice which opened in 2019, the previous history of the Amey family in North Norfolk, and the opportunity to acquire a new premises in Holt, have combined to provide this perfect opportunity now. We are very excited to come to Holt and welcome new patients to the practice.”

During these unprecedented times all Cecil Amey practices remain open for eye and hearing care by pre-booked appointment only. To book email, or call 01263 889420.

Not just for sea dogs!

Ruff & Tumble have launched the latest addition to their Design Collection of dog drying coats. ‘Harbour’, like all their coats, is made from super-absorbent double thickness cotton towelling, perfect after trips to the beach, wet walks or baths, but also for comforting and warming timid dogs during fireworks.

The aubergine, sky and granite striped number is available in 14 sizes, from extra small upwards, with prices from £43.95 plus p&p. Available from Matching drying mitts are also available at £18.95 a pair plus p&p.