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All Things Norfolk guide to Cromer

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All Things Norfolk guide to Cromer

Every month we’ll be featuring a much loved part of Norfolk which owes its continued existence to the independent business and organisations which are devoted to encouraging and serving customers.

This month, and with the recent sad loss of one of our most famous local residents, we are focusing on Cromer and will bring you news of local events and what’s on offer in the area.

When you think of Cromer do your thoughts turn to piers, crabs, Poppyland, lighthouses and lifeboats?  Obviously the answer’s yes, but there’s so much more to this delightful Victorian seaside town which was recently adopted as the home of one of Britain’s most popular and sadly recently departed thespians, Sir John Hurt.  

Jane Austen made reference to Cromer in her novel ‘Emma’ - “You should have gone to Cromer, my dear, if you went anywhere. Perry was a week at Cromer once, and he holds it to be the best of all the seabathing places. A fine open sea, he says, and very pure air”

Cromer became a popular holiday resort in the early 19th century. Poppies grow in Norfolk in abundance in springtime at the roadside and in meadows.  The journalist Clement Scott went to Cromer and began to write about the area, naming the coastline, particularly the Overstrand and Sidestrand area "Poppyland", and this resulted in many new visitors to the area.  

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Traditionally Cromer, as a fishing town, is famous for Cromer crab, forming the major source of income for local fishermen.  You will still find boats on the beach selling their catches, both direct to the public and through local shops. Cromer is a popular resort and visitors use it as a base for the surrounding area. The location means that beach holidays and fishing are important.

Visitor attractions include Cromer Pier and the Pavilion Theatre on the pier. Cromer Museum includes a gallery which showcases the bones from the West Runton elephant. The RNLI Henry Blogg Museum, near the pier is based in the early 21st century Rocket House which has the Cromer Lifeboat H F Bailey III on display illustrating the history of Cromer’s lifeboats and rescues of its most famous lifeboatman Henry Blogg.

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Cromer Hall in the south of the town was destroyed by fire and rebuilt in 1829. In 1901 author Arthur Conan Doyle was staying at the hall. After hearing the local legend of the Black Shuck, a ghostly black dog, he is thought to have been inspired to write the classic novel The Hound of the Baskervilles.

Cromer has a great deal to offer both visitors and locals.  A wide variety of independent shops, cafes, restaurants and accommodation, it also offers an eclectic mix of arts and crafts, local food produce and a famous and imposing church tower. There is always lots going on in Cromer and you can view whats on when and where in our events guide by clicking here

Cromer prides itself on not having a single coffee shop chain or national eating or drinking venues. Instead there are cafes, bars and restaurants owned and operated by local residents with arguably the best fish and chips in the region! The award winning North Norfolk coast path passes through the area and means great scenic walks are easily accessible. The town also has a range of artistic, cultural and educational activities on offer with the theatre on Cromer Pier offering all year round entertainment in its delightful and often dramatic surroundings!

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Ideally situated for exploring North Norfolk, the Broads, Norwich and beyond Cromer has regular train and bus links to the Broads and Norwich. The Coasthopper bus service makes it easy to explore North Norfolk where you can hop on and off and take in several sights in a day without having to drive yourself. During the months of March to October there are several historic homes to visit, including of course the royal home at Sandringham as well as National Trust properties at Blickling & Felbrigg.

There are masses of places to stay – ranging from caravan sites to upmarket B&Bs and hotels and a huge range of self-catering opportunities. We are proud that the following are All Things Norfolk business members and are part of a network which promotes, supports and encourages the use of local independent businesses in Norfolk.

                                                                   Ogilvy House Bed and Breakfast

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                                                                          The Red Lion Hotel 

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                                                                       The Grove Cromer

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                                                                    The Cliftonville Hotel

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                                                                      The Dormy House Hotel

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                                                              The Eiders Bed and Breakfast 

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                                                                       Virginia Court Hotel       

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                                                                     Claremont Cottage

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                                                             The White Horse Overstrand

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                                                                     Green Lawn House

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And whilst in the Cromer area explore and support some of the great local independent businesses who like all the accommodation providers above are proud business members of All Things Norfolk from electricals from Randall's Electrical and JB Postle to Restaurants including Constantia Cottage Restaurant and The White Horse in Overstrand. Not forgetting Accountants such as MA Partners and Solicitors including Hansells Solicitors and Financial Advisers.

To view these and many more fabulous local independent businesses across Norfolk please click on the links from the front page of  www.allthingsnorfolk.com

To become our latest business member and enjoy a full page feature on our popular Norfolk site, Social media marketing, Certificate of membership, online shop and discounts on your holidays and travel - all this for £52 per annum visit  http://www.allthingsnorfolk.com/promote-my-business.html

 
 
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Last modified on Saturday, 25 February 2017 15:36

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