Blue Flag Beaches - Sheringham and Cromer, NorfolkThe perfect location to explore north Norfolk

Beaches, boats and seals

The North Norfolk coast has so many beautiful beaches. Which to recommend? Certainly these should not me missed:

  • Holkham and Wells-next-the-Sea – where dunes and pine woods fringe vast stretches of pristine sand.
  • Cromer and Sheringham – both Blue Flag winners, great for swimming and sandcastles.
  • Overstrand and Mundesley – slightly further afield but renowned for their gleaming sand.
  • East Runton and West Runton – famed for fossils, sand and rock-pools.
  • Morston – for trips to see the seals off Blakeney Point. Boats leave at high tide. Details from Bean Boats, 01263 740505; Bishop Boats, 08000 740754; Temple Seal Trips, 01263 74791.

Action for all

For those who like action North Norfolk has everything.
Royal Cromer Golf Club, north Norfolk

Enjoy a film, see a show

Theatre-goers love Cromer Pier Pavilion’s annual End of Pier Summer Show, and productions at The Little Theatre, Sheringham have huge followings. The latest films are screened at Cromer’s 4-screen Movieplex Cinema, the Hollywood Cinema, Fakenham – and, of course, at all the Norwich cinemas.

Cromer for everything

Cromer, a mile to the east of East Runton, has it all – supermarkets, shops, pubs, restaurants, amusement arcades, pitch and putt, museums…

Don’t forget to visit the Fishermen’s Heritage Centre and the RNLI lifeboat, which launches from the pier.

Super Sheringham

Just like Cromer, Sheringham to the west of East Runton has a wonderful, sandy beach suitable for swimming. Shops abound, including numerous arts and craft and antique shops.

A market is held on Saturdays, with a smaller one on Wednesdays. Steam trains run on a regular basis from Sheringham Station to Holt.

Get set for the wet

On wet and other days it’s time to:

Call at a country house

North Norfolk has more large country houses than virtually any other similar-size area in the country. They include Sandingham House, Holkham Hall, Blickling Hall, Felbrigg Hall, and Wolterton and Mannington halls. If possible, try to visit at least two of them.

 

East Ruston Old Vicarage Gardens

See more splendid gardens

The houses above have wonderful gardens. Also, be sure to see these: Sheringham Park, Upper Sheringham – a landscaped park, designed by Humphry Repton, known for its rhododendrons, camellias and azaleas; The Old Vicarage, East Ruston – an exotic 20-acre coastal garden; Hindringham Hall, Blacksmiths Lane, Hindringham – an ancient, walled and moated garden.

Steam into Holt

Enjoy a little nostalgia – take a steam-train ride. North Norfolk Railway’s scenic Poppy Line runs from Sheringham via Weybourne and Kelling Heath to Holt. At Holt Station a vintage Routemaster double-decker bus – a rare delight – will whisk you to the town centre

Eat out – here

This brief where-to-eat-out guide has been compiled by Manor Farm’s owners.

Slightly further away but very good:

See the birds

More continental birds visit Norfolk than any other county. See them and many of our native species at Blakeney National Nature Reserve, the bird reserve at Cley-next-the-Sea and elsewhere. Look out for bearded tits, bitterns and marsh harriers.

Walk the walks

With its network of quiet footpaths and country lanes, North Norfolk is unbeatable for walking and cycling. And, remember, the Norfolk Coastal Path passes right through Manor Farm.

More local walks available here.

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