Things To Do
We are still quite new to Norfolk ourselves so if you find any place to recommend please let us know. To get you started these are things we and our guests already enjoy...
If you have something you particularly recommend, please let us know! Here are a few good ideas:
- Beaches – from smooth pebbles and rock pools to sweeping sands there are loads of beaches for family fun, poetic wanderings and fossil hunting. Our nearest at Sheringham is only 2 miles away. Stunning Holkham (40 mins drive) has won the Coast Award for Britain’s best beach for the past 3 years.
- Antiques - lots of antique shops – no wonder Lovejoy was filmed in East Anglia. And real treasures to be found at the auctions in Fakenham (Thursdays) and Aylsham (Mondays) – selling everything from fine art to cabbages!
- Walks – in 2011 Peddars Way and the Norfolk Coast Path won the top award for UK paths from Coast Magazine. There are woods and fields to explore too and a public footpath goes right past the cottages.
- Stargazing – There isn’t much street lighting in North Norfolk and the minimal light pollution gives us spectacular night skies. Take a glass of wine, lie on the grass and marvel at the Milky Way – the combined light of millions of stars. Nearby Kelling hosts the biggest Star Party in Europe in September. There are star atlases in the cottages to help you find the constellations – and torches to help you find the front door!
- Stately homes – serious history hunters and Downton Abbey dreamers will have a ball. Blicking Hall is haunted by Anne Boleyn – one of England’s busiest ghosts – and the recorded voice of Stephen Fry speaks from a bench at Felbrigg. You couldn’t share your cheese sandwich with a nicer fellow.
- Cycling – lots of beautiful places to hire bikes and you might find Norfolk isn’t as flat as you think!
- Golf – beautiful coastal courses – challenging holes and stunning views.
- Seal Trips – visit the seals so they can do some human watching. Common seals have pups in the summer, Greys around Christmas time.
- Sailing – have a day’s sailing lesson at Brancaster or take a powerboat trip at Blakeney.
- Riding – horses for would-be highwaymen or summer donkeys for gentle spirits.
- Leisure centres – Splash in Sheringham (2 miles) is the to burn off energy and take shelter from all the fresh air.
- Surfing – gentle waves good for beginners – there’s a surf school at Cromer (5 miles).
- Running – plenty of good tracks straight from the door.
- Theatre – from world-class drama in Norwich (40 mins drive) to good old end of the pier seaside spectaculars in Cromer (10 mins). Also loads of great shows for children all year round.
- City streets – Norwich (40 mins by car) is a rich mix of history and vibrant modern culture – well worth a day in town.
- Fruit picking – our favourite is Wiveton where you can pick some strawberries and then eat tapas under the pines…
- Fishing – there are coarse fishing lakes but the real catch is a day sea fishing for mackerel, sea bass and tope. A great gift for fans of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and his admirable Fish Fight.
- Museums – whether you’re into Horrible Histories or teapots and shells, museums of local life and quirky finds are an educational treat.
- Cinema – Film fans can have great day location spotting – heroes from James Bond to Captain Mainwearing have been at home in Norfolk. The countryside has been transformed into 18th century New York (Revolution) , Dunkirk (Atonement), Vietnam (Full Metal Jacket) and Denmark (Out of Africa). And Cromer has a local cinema great for rainy afternoons.
- Birdwatching – with isolated shingle spits and salt marshes, North Norfolk is a paradise for migrating birds with many scarce and rare breeds. We are a few minutes’ drive from some of the best birdwatching sites in Britain. And even if you just stay in the garden you’ll see robins, goldfinches, pheasants and even snipe pulling worms from the lawn. Dusk brings occasional visits from the barn owls and we once had 143 partridges crowding into the drive (our neighbour counted them!)
- Animal watching – we are 20mins from Pensthorpe, where the BBC’s Springwatch was filmed in 2008 and 2009. With seal trips, the shire horse centre and Cromer’s Amazona Zoo (open from April to October) all a few minutes’ drive there is plenty for animal lovers to enjoy.
- Art – A fantastic time to visit is when artists open their studios to the public in May. Holt has many galleries of painting and sculpture for sale and the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich is very cool. Or pick up a paintbrush and do it yourself!
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