Activities in and around Cromer
Enjoy the peace and quiet of North Norfolk holidays and try some of the following local activities:
There’s lots to do throughout Cromer and Norfolk: ‘the Norfolk coastline, the North Norfolk countryside, the pretty villages and variety of landscapes! Memories of crabbing off piers and exploring rockpools in childhood, steam trains, vast skies, sand and shingle beaches and safe bathing in the blue flag shallows of the North Sea’. This was Martins response to ‘why he moved here’ when he featured in Coast magazine in Jan 2010.
Enjoy the peace and quiet of a North Norfolk holiday and try some of his favourite local activities:
Exploring historic houses, gardens and villages
With Blickling Hall and Felbrigg the National Trust have some outstanding properties in Norfolk. (www.nationaltrust.org.uk)
Still privately owned the Holkham estate offers deer roaming around the lake and parkside, a stunning Hall and one of the best sandy beaches on offer in the North Norfolk area, it stretches for mile after mile, just be careful the tide doesn’t catch you! ( www..holkham.co.uk )
One of the Royal families private family homes, The Queen and her family famously spend every Christmas and New Year in the North Norfolk area. The house and gardens are open from April to October every year. ( www.sandringhamestate.co.uk )
East Ruston Old Vicarage Gardens
These stunning gardens have evolved over the past few years and offer outstanding vistas and colour, whatever the season . ( e-ruston-oldvicaragegardens.co.uk)
Picturesque villages and Parks
Whichever direction you head in, North Norfolk has some stunning villages, many with great independent stores. Try Georgian Holt, the religious village of Walsingham, Burnham Market (with possibly the best hat shop in East Anglia, if not beyond) or Blakeney and Cley for their pretty cottages surrounded by salt marsh land. Sheringham Park offers many lovely walks through the woods with the Azaleas and Rhododendrons being a particular draw in April & May when blooming.
Cromer end of Pier Shows
The Pavilion Theatre at the end of Cromer Pier offers year round live entertainment. As well as hosting the last traditional end of pier variety show in Europe, Seaside Special, throughout the summer and Christmas period there is a continuous mix of touring musicians and tribute acts, comedy evenings, local amateur drama groups and dance shows amongst others for your entertainment. Naturally we can book tickets for you, just ask. (www.cromer-pier.com)
Activities for the more active!
Boating on the Norfolk Broads
What could be better than lazing the day away on a boat tour of the Norfolk Broads, enjoy being close up to wildlife, drifting along at a leisurely pace. Self drive boats are available to hire for a half day or more, alternatively take an organised boat trip.(www.broadstours.co.uk)
With four courses in the immediate area there is no shortage of suitable courses for a Cromer golf short break, including of course the famous Royal Cromer Golf Club and Sheringham links courses on the clifftops with fabulous sea views. We have arranged specially discounted rates with many local courses, call us to discuss your requirements.(www.royalcromergolfclub.com and www.sheringhamgolfclub.co.uk)
The Norfolk wildlife trust have several very good hides not far from Cromer including at the purpose built visitor centre at Cley Marshes. (www.norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk) Pensthorpe, Holkham and the Norfolk Broads offer great possibilities as well.
Walking & Cycling
Walkers and cyclists are spoilt for choice and we hold the Walkers & Cyclists Welcome awards from Visit Britain. We are able to offer secure storage areas, packed lunches and drying facilities if required. (www.walkinginnorfolk.co.uk and www.nationaltrial.co.uk )
For the more energetic why not try surfing in Norfolk? See www.glidesurfschool.co.uk for more details. (again we can store your surfboard and have an area for your wetsuits to dry)
There are several local bowls clubs, we would be pleased to make introductions if your club wants a new challenge.
Thursford Christmas extravaganza
Not to be missed, this show has been running for 20 years and gets better every year. Running throughout November and December we have many satisfied coach parties and individual visitors that return year after year, contact us if you would like a quote for your next group visit. (www.thursford.com)
Some sample day trips:
Combine a visit to Sandringham, the country home of HM The Queen, with the Norfolk Lavender Farm or Bircham Windmill (both great lunch spots) and finish the day with a spot of Seal watching at Blakeney Point before heading back to Virginia Court Hotel for dinner.
Get up and enjoy the great outdoors on the Norfolk Broads with a boat trip, follow up with a 9 mile scenic Steam Train journey between Wroxham and Aylsham on the Bure Valley Railway. After a spot of lunch head towards Blickling Hall, a National Trust property and explore the house and gardens, just be sure to save room for an afternoon tea!
Start your day at the majestic Norwich Castle then head towards the cities Cathedral quarter to explore the beautiful medieval buildings and unique shops. Meander through the Lanes, you are sure to spot a lovely café to break up the shopping! Return to Cromer for an early dinner before heading off to see the last remaining end of Pier variety show – the famous Seaside Special on our award winning Pier of the Year.
Take a trip to Pensthorpe Nature Reserve and Gardens, home to the BBC Springwatch programme for many years, followed by a stop in the religious village of Walsingham. Head over towards Thursford in the afternoon for the Steam engine collection (unless its Christmas time in which case catch the show!) and finish the day with a ride on The Poppy Line from pretty Holt back to Sheringham.