Shaun the sheep (the Manor Farm logo)
Cromer beach, north Norfolk

The perfect location to explore north Norfolk

Blue Flag Beaches - Sheringham and Cromer, Norfolk

Beaches, boats and seals

The north Norfolk coast has so many beautiful beaches. Which to recommend? Certainly these should not be 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– slightly further afield but a quieter beach.
  • 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 Beans 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

  • Learn to surf. At Cromer, the Glide Surf School, Marine Parade promises to get you riding the waves quickly and safely. Call 07966 392227 for details.
  • Play golf. Visitors are welcome at Royal Cromer Golf Club (call 01263 512844 to book); the 18-hole Sheringham Golf Club (01263 832488), the 9-hole Links Golf Club, West Runton (01263 838383), and Brancaster Golf Club (01485 210223).
  • Visit the Georgian town of Holt. Lovely boutique shops and cafes – popular with the Royals!
  • Holt Forties weekend
  • Holt Owl Trail
  • Anyone for tennis?  Cromer Lawn tennis and Squash Club welcomes visitors all year round. Call 01263 513741.
  • Get in the swim. Prefer a swimming pool to the open sea? Head for Splash Leisure Centre, Sheringham or Woodlands Leisure Centre, Holt Road, Bodham.
  • Go go-karting. Would-be Lewis Hamiltons should speed down to Karttrak, Northrepps, Cromer. Call 01263 512649 for details.
  • Catch a Cromer crab. Cromer is famous for its crabs. Catch one yourself – from the pier. Great fun.
  • Visit the zoo.  Amazona Zoo Cromer.  Get up close and personal with Brazilian wild animals.
  •  Crabstix pitch and putt, Cromer.

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.

Cromer for everything

Cromer, a mile to the east of East Runton, has it all – supermarkets, shops, pubs, restaurants, tearooms and cafes, amusement arcades, pitch and putt, a museum and so much more!  Don’t forget to try the famous Cromer Crab while you are here – Davies Fish Shop, Garden Street.

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 sandy beach at low tide and is suitable for swimming. Plenty of shops, ice cream parlours and fish and chips.

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 visit:

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 Mannington hall.


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.

Eating out

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 can be picked up in East Runton – you can always get the Coasthopper bus home!

More local walks available here.

There is so much to do in this area of north Norfolk we can’t list everything!

Experience Norfolk

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"Our short break has been blessed with sunny blue skies every day, so we have made the most of being outdoors, walking and enjoying the sea and coastline.

As always the cottage has not disappointed, comfy, warm and well looked after. Sorry to be going home, but we will be back again. Thank you for helping our break to be so enjoyable."
- Andrew and Mauda Cauvier, Derby
"Our third stay at Manor Farm and a third different cottage - we love them all! So well furnished, equipped - and the dog loved the underfloor heating!"
- The Robinsons (Leicestershire) and Rowley the Pug
"Ideal location to family in both Cromer and Sheringham. Super comfortable accommodation and the barns are just so lovely, warm and welcoming.

The grandchildren love feeding and seeing the animals and we’ve had some lovely days on the beach, Wizard Maze and the Horse Shire Centre. They were all great value for money!"
- Sue from London
"Thank you for a lovely stay in your cottage. Home from home, everything you need for a self-catering holiday."
John and Joyce Clasper
"Another lovely day at Manor Farm cottages. This was a family holiday Granny, Grandad, big children and grandchildren and of course the dogs, Mabel and Oscar. A lovely time for everyone, love the cottages."
The Browns, Atlerstone, Warwickshire
"We hardly used the car, the walk into Cromer (in particular) is easy and can be done along the beach depending on the tide; or do the circular walk to West Runton and return via the cliff top or beach (again, tide dependent). We’ve spent most of the last 20 years coming to Norfolk (at least twice a year), so it’s safe to say we’ll be back!"

- The Robinsons (Leicestershire) and Rowley the Pug
"Thank you for a lovely stay, the cottage is beautiful, and our family enjoyed the peace!"
- Ibrahim & Hayes family
"This is our third stay at Manor Farm and we have loved every single minute. So lucky with the weather again, beach walks every day and not had to use the car. The cottage has everything we have needed for our stay and it is going to be a struggle to go home.

Thank you for a lovely stay"
- The Arnold Family
"Our second visit to Manor Farm and it won’t be my last! Lovely! Lovely! Lovely!"
Sue from London
"Fab time here with friends. Lovely cottage, it’s clean, comfortable and well equipped. Thank you, it was great to be able to bring our four legged friends."
The Angelouis and Longdens
"Our fourth visit to Manor Farm and second time in The Old Pigsty. Nice chilled out week, plenty of walks on the beach with the dog and walks to and from Cromer.

Cottage is fab as always, we love the farm, the village and the county! We’ll be back! Make sure to use the village butcher – he’s well worth a visit!"
- Carla, Steve, Eleanor and Rowley pug
"Thank you for a wonderful stay, we went on lots of walks and the weather has been great. The ‘Cow Byre’ is lovely with lots of special touches. Thank you for making our stay so comfortable, we’ve had a fantastic time.

Thank you and you’ll definitely see us again."
Chris & Mick Collick, Dadley, Dale, Derbyshire
"Well, we have just about stayed in all of your fabulous cottages!!

Stayed with all the family this time, for a big birthday celebration! The barn is converted beautifully, it’s well equipped and very comfortable and cosy."
- The Redferns and Mathers
"Our second trip to the farm as a gang, our 7th as a family. An amazing stay at beautiful Manor Farm. The barns are perfect for our ever-growing group, the little ones and dogs absolutely adore it here.

Already excited to book our next trip! Thank you as always for having us."
- The Parsons family, Senior family, Blundell family and the whole gang
"Just splendid, such a gift thank you. Beautifully looked after, warm and cosy – makes for a wonderfully relaxed family holiday.

We have been struck by the generosity and hospitality of the owners who (to be honest), have gone far beyond the call of duty to make us feel at home and welcomed us. We will always be grateful."
- The Theos