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Holidaying in Norfolk - Things to do

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Holidaying in Norfolk - Things to do

Holidaying in Norfolk: Things to do

With Britain experiencing a gorgeous summer last year and scientists stating that there is a 75 per cent chance of 2014 being the hottest summer on record for Britain, more and more Brits are opting for a staycation rather than spending a fortune on flights abroad. So if you’re one of the many Brits looking to enjoy a holiday in your home town in Norfolk, discover some of the best things to do for your staycation…


Norfolk has plenty of beautiful beaches on offer that make a great summers day out with friends and family. Cromer, Sheringham, and Great Yarmouth, are just a few examples of some of Norfolk’s best beaches, with each beach offering something very different…

Visit Cromer beach and spend the afternoon crabbing and catching some of the world-famous Cromer Crab whilst enjoying the picturesque views of the Cromer coastline. Alternatively, venture further afar the beach and explore the streets of Cromer. Visit the beautiful church of St Peter and St Paul famous for its impressive stained glass windows and climb up the 160ft tower (which is the tallest in Norfolk). If you’re looking for an educational day out, visit the Cromer Museum, where you can learn about the history of the towns fishing, trading and seaside. And after a day of activities and exploring, relax with the taste of some of the best fish and chips in Norfolk, on the seafront.

Or perhaps visit Cromer’s sister coastal town of Sheringham which is a traditional seaside town, most famously known for being home to the North Norfolk Railway, which operates steam train rides to Holt. Sheringham is not only popular for its beautiful beach, but its surrounding woods including Sheringham Park, laid out by Humphrey Repton, one of England’s most celebrated landscape gardeners. The National Trust area is a very scenic destination where you can enjoy excellent views of the coast. And that’s not all Sheringham has to offer, with plenty of shops, pubs, restaurants, tea rooms and twice weekly markets.

Whilst Great Yarmouth may not be renowned for one of the most beautiful beaches in Norfolk, it certainly makes a fun day out. With seaside amusements, crazy golf, donkey rides, the pier and theme parks to suit both children and adults, you certainly won’t find yourself short of things to do. And if you want to venture a little bit further inland of Yarmouth, visit one of the town’s six museums including the award winning Time and Tide museum or head to the centre of town where you will find plenty of high street and unique shops. Alternatively, if you’re looking for an entertaining show, visit East Anglia’s mini albert hall and watch the Hippodrome circus in action.

Norfolk Broads

Discover the 303 kilometres of Norfolk Broads and rent a boat out for the day as part of your summer staycation. With standard day boats seating up to 8 people and available to hire by the hour, spend the day with friends or family,] leisurely making your way around the Norfolk Broads and stopping off at numerous riverside pubs to grab some delicious Norfolk pub grub and drink. You may even come across the ice cream boat where you can drive up to the boat and buy a refreshing ice cream whilst on route. One local independent business that supplies day boats is JB Boat Sales of Horning who can be found in the All Things Norfolk directory of fabulous local businesses by clicking here


If you’re a music festival lover, venture a little bit further out of Norfolk and go to Latitude festival in Suffolk. The award winning festival is taking place on 17th -20th July, so either make a whole weekend of it or just go for a day to catch your favourite artists. The fantastic line-up combined with the 11 art arenas, stages and spaces with performances from comedy, film dance and theatre, literature and cabaret, you’ll be sure to have a memorable time.

If you’re more of a foodie, then why not visit the Norfolk food and drink festival during your staycation. Taking place from 30th August till 5th September, discover a celebration of local food and drink where you can experience the taste of true Norfolk cuisine and take part in fun foodie activities.


Add a bit of luxury to your holiday and spend your summer staycation in one of the many beautiful traditional Norfolk cottages available to get the feel of a truly British holiday. Best Escapes, offer cottages ranging from classic cosy cottages, to something a little more minimalistic to luxury converted barns and cottages with swimming pools and games rooms perfect for a group of friends or a family.

Alternatively, if you’re looking for something a little cheaper or you’re more the ‘outdoorsy’ type, then consider camping in one of the many campsites available in Norfolk. Whether you’re looking to pitch a tent or rent a caravan, there are spots available in Norfolk including Cromer – so you could have the beach right at your feet. Click here to see the campsites available in Norfolk. 

Last modified on Thursday, 07 August 2014 18:11

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