Staycation in Norfolk
Published: Thursday 5th Jul 2018
Written by: Georgia Dawson
Staycations are becoming more and more popular, with many choosing to holiday in the UK rather than travel abroad. With gorgeous coasts, rolling countryside, iconic waterways and wonderful weather – Norfolk is a sensational place to visit.
The Norfolk Broads
With over 125 miles of navigable waterways weaving through the Norfolk countryside, the Broads National Park is a must-see when visiting the county. The man-made Broads offer big skies, sparkling water and the chance to breathe in the fresh air and relax. Enjoy the tranquil surroundings – perhaps hire a boat for a day of exploring the waters, discover the wildlife which call the Broads their home, and visit the villages surrounding the Broads, such as Wroxham, Salhouse, Potter Heigham and Reedham.
The breath-taking Holkham beach is one of the most un-spoilt coastlines in Norfolk. Behind the shoreline is a semi-circular area of land, which fills up with water at very high tides to create an amazing shallow lagoon. The shore is surrounded by beautiful pine trees, creating a spectacular landscape. Holkham beach is very popular with horse riders and dog walkers.
The traditional, quintessential Victorian seaside resort of Cromer is a staple when visiting the Norfolk coast. Situated in north Norfolk, Cromer offers delicious fish and chips, independent cafes and restaurants, crabbing, a lifeboat station and amusement arcades. The sand and shingle coastline is very popular with families, with entertainment for children and adults.
Discover the 4,600 acres or woodland, farmland and parkland with the truly spectacular Jacobean mansion at the heart. Surrounding the magnificent mansion is a wonderful formal garden, complete with vibrant flowers, enchanting landscapes and hidden gems. Bring a map of the many way-marked walks with you for inspiration of places to visit and sights to see.
The vibrant city of Norwich stands in the heart of the county. With breath-taking landmarks such as the Norwich Cathedral and Norwich Castle, historic gems such as Elm Hill and Tombland, and shopping highlights such as the Castle Mall and Chapelfield, Norwich will instantly make you feel at home. Visit the multitude of restaurants, cafes, shops, cinemas, museums and pubs in Norwich; the cultural vibrancy will make you want to return.
What’s on this summer in Norfolk
There are many exciting events taking place across Norfolk this summer. Below are a few of the highlights, however for more, please visit our What's On page.
Norfolk Day - many events happening across Norfolk, below are a few examples of what's to come!Friday 27th July- Pop-up Porkstork stall at House of Fraser at Intu Chapelfield, Norwich. Visit from 9am-7pm, with more than 20 Norfolk food and drink producers selling their products- Norfolk-themed menu at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital main restaurant- Free entry The Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell- Outdoor Theatre at Woodeforde’s from 7-9pm, viewing Journey to the Centre of the Earth
Open air theatre at Holkham HallWednesday 15th August at 6.15pmJourney to the Centre of the EarthTickets: Adult £14, Child (2-16 years incl.) £10, Family (2 adults and 2 children) £43
Summer BBQ nights at Beach Café, Wells-next-the-SeaFridays 27th July, 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st August, 5pm-9pmVisit the dog-friendly Beach Café for delicious, local burgers and hotdogs, cooked on the barbeque, and plenty of music, fun and games.
GoGoHares Trail - across Norfolk24th June – 8th SeptemberFantastic, brightly coloured hares are dotted across Norfolk... how many can you find? A map is downloadable from the GoGoHares website!