Enjoy a traditional British seaside break at the Norfolk coastal towns of Cromer and Sheringham
If you’re looking for a day filled with sandcastles and ice cream, hop in the car and visit one of these Norfolk beach towns…
With a seafront townscape that rises steeply from the Promenade and a traditional pier, Cromer recalls a golden age of British seaside holidaymaking. The Pavilion Theatre hosts one of the country’s last end-of-the-pier summer variety shows. Full of glitz and glamour, the theatre production runs from July to September.
Cafes, gift shops and amusements sit above the beach, while the RNLI Henry Blogg Museum gives insights into the bravery of those men who risk their lives to save others at sea. The Cromer Museum, adjacent to the church at the heart of the town, is also a trove for those interested in local history.
Amazona Zoo on the edge of Cromer, brings the colour of tropical South America to the North Norfolk coast, while The National Trust’s Felbrigg Hall, just two miles from Cromer, has a lush walled garden and acres of parkland and woodland to explore. Cromer crabs are still as famous as ever with fishing boats, launched from the beach in season. Don’t leave without a tasty crab lunch!
A plume of steam is often seen rising above the heart of Sheringham, as engines embark from The Poppy Line heritage railway along the coast to Holt. The Poppy Line station hosts themed events throughout the year, recalling a golden age of the railways with steam and diesel engines.
Sheringham boasts an array of independent shops, and there is a wealth of attractions in and around the town. Pass an afternoon wandering the enchanting Priory Maze & Gardens, which lie around the ruins of the 13th century Augustinian Friary of St Mary at Beeston Regis.
The National Trust’s Sheringham Park is a mature woodland with paths and walks punctuated by viewing platforms for taking in the stunning colour of the many flowers that blossom throughout the summer. A treetop platform gives breath-taking coastal views!