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Seal on Blakeney beach in Norfolk

“Some ideas for great things to do on your Norfolk holiday...”

So, you’ve arrived in Norfolk and now you’re tasked with planning your stay.  Here are some tips on how to get the most out of your time…

Crabbing…

A fantastic way to spend a few hours.  Hugely competitive, yet strangely relaxing - all you need is a bucket, net, crabbing line, bacon (or fish heads) and some patience!  Wells-next-the-Sea, Blakeney and Cromer Pier are THE places to go.

Seal-spotting…

Head to Morston Creake and hop on a boat out to Blakeney Point to see the seals (booking in advance is advised).  The biggest seal colony in the UK, you can watch them basking on the sands and even see the pups if you come during winter.  Horsey beach is also a popular sunbathing spot with seals!  A wonderful spectacle not to be missed.

Mud sliding…

Oh yes, you read that correctly.  Along the North Norfolk coast, after hide tide the sandy creakes turn to a wonderful muddy consistency that is a favourite with kids (no age limit restrictions).  Blakeney is a perfect spot to slide around and truly test the powers of Persil.  Remember… mud is good!

Fish and chips on the beach…

We’re not fussy which fish and chip shop or beach you choose, all we care about it is that you sample this pleasure at least once before you leave.  Why? Simply because the sea views, salty air and sand between your toes makes them taste out of this world.

Coast path cruising…

No matter whether you prefer exploring the coast path by foot, pedal or engine, everyone needs to discover the mesmerising foods, quaint villages, wildlife and eateries from top to bottom.  We love the Coasthopper bus service, which runs throughout the year and allows weary (or side-tracked!) walkers to return with ease.

Soak up some heritage…

Awash with stately homes, ruins and award-winning museums, Norfolk is a place to uncover the past and bring history alive.  Imagine yourself as an elegant Duchess wafting through grand halls, a bearded and rugged fisherman, a Victorian farm-worker, a medieval priest or a prisoner held captive in the dungeons of Norwich Castle.  The choice is yours.

Up high...

You have many options if you fancy climbing high during your stay.  You can climb through trees at BeWILDerwood, explore the treehouses and humungous slides at Pensthorpe’s Hootz House or swing from the pine trees at Wells-next-the-Sea.  There’s also plenty of good old-fashioned tree climbing to be had in the various woodlands throughout the county!

Fossil hunting…

Who would have thought that the East coast of Norfolk is of equal or greater historical significance than that of the Jurassic Coast?  We like to think of it as the Deep History Coast – a place that welcomed the first human tourists to Europe and where woolly mammoths and big cats used to roam.  Will you uncover the next big find?

Honest box surfing…

Journey through almost any winding lane in Norfolk – be it coastal or rural – and you will be greeted with a myriad of honesty boxes awaiting your inquisitive eye.  From fresh eggs and vegetables to windfalls and the catch of the day, you’ll have supper sorted with no effort at all.

Stargazing…

Norfolk is renowned for its open wide skies and low light pollution, making it perfect for star gazing.  So pack yourself a small guide or download an astronomy app, gather a blanket, some nibbles and a drink (flask or bottle to your liking) and find a comfortable spot come evening.  You’ll be wondering why it’s taken you so long to look up.

Shopping…

Believe us when we say Norfolk makes for a perfect shopping break.  Our independent boutiques, local galleries, long-standing family department stores, farm shops and cosmopolitan delis mean you certainly won’t go home empty handed. Even if you’re not planning on shopping during your stay, we bet you will!

Just be…

And then there’s just that – just being.  No mobile phone.  No full inboxes.  No deadlines.  No rushing around like a headless chicken.  No alarm clock.  No ‘needing to be a certain place at a certain time’ scheduling.  No school drop-offs.  No school pick-ups.  No meetings.  Nothing, whatsoever, expect for just being.  That’s what Norfolk is so good for.  The art of stillness. Being part of the landscape.  At one with the ebb and flow of the sea.  Fodder for the soul and calm for the mind.  A true retreat.

Lucy Downing

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I enjoy walking along Norfolk's beaches with my family and dog, theatre trips, dancing, laughing and knocking up a scrumptious feast for friends using local produce finished with a tipple of Norfolk Saffron's King Harry orange and saffron liqueur!