Things To Do on the North Norfolk Coast
North Norfolk is perfect for getting outside and into nature. Grab your binoculars and head to one of the many Nature Reserves around the county. Cley and Salthouse Marshes is the oldest Nature Reserve in the country, boasting a magnificent array of wildlife and a fantastic education centre for wildlife lovers and children. If you’re keen to get out on the water why not take a boat trip from Blakeney. Norfolk is home to one of the largest seal colonies in the country and a boat trip out to Blakeney point makes a unique and fun day out with all the family. If you head slightly further in land take advantage of Norfolk's wonderful country parks. Head up the watchtower at Sheringham for unparalleled views of the area or get back to nature at Holt Country Park.
A trip to North Norfolk is never complete without a visit to one of our world famous beaches. A popular route for many is a trip to Wells beach, walking along the golden sands, past the colourful rows of beach huts to Holkham. On the way back, walk through the pine woods that back onto the beach and end the day at the Beach Cafe - the most dog-friendly cafe in the country! If you want a beach with a pier, Cromer stands out as having one of the only end of pier pavilions and for a delve into the past, a walk along West Runton beach can often lead to finding 90 million year fossils.
If boutique shopping is more your style then North Norfolk offers plenty of choice. Holt is fast becoming a destination town in the county. For fashion lovers there is a multitude of boutiques, specialist pet shops, interior design stores and Fairfax and Favour’s only store. Up on the coast Burnham Market has everything from big brands and small independents, perfect for purchasing your unique Norfolk souvenir.
Sea kayaking, hydragliding, kite surfing, cycling and walking, there are plenty of ways to have an adventure and try something new up in North Norfolk. For those who like to explore on two feet the Norfolk Coast Path stretches from Hunstanton in the North West right along to Hopton-on-Sea near the Suffolk border - 82 miles worth of walking! For cyclists, Norfolk’s quiet country lanes are paradise and for those who want to go off road, try hiring bikes at the Holkham Estate. If you want to try something a bit different, hire a surfboard with Cromer’s Glide Surf School or go for a dip in the North Sea with Cromer’s Boxing Day Dip!
For the Kids
There really is no other place like North Norfolk for your little ones. For a great day out, the Thursford Collection has the world's largest collection of steam engines and you can also ride on Victorian carousels. If you are in Norfolk for Christmas, be sure to head for the Thursford Christmas Spectacular - beloved by all who visit! Carry on the steam engine theme and catch a ride on the Poppy Line taking you from Holt all the way to Sheringham. The Muckleburgh Collection is also worth a visit if you have an interest in things military. The UK's largest private military collection with 25 tanks all in full working order as well as armoured cars, bombs and missiles from the Second World War - great fun for kids and big kids alike. For animal lovers, the Hillside Shire Horse Sanctuary at West Runton is open to visitors all year round.