Things to do in Cromer
Over 100 years old, Cromer pier has been home to the Pavilion Theatre which puts on a range of shows throughout the year. In the town there are many little shops to explore and, for the energetic, climb the 172 steps to the top of the medieval St Peter and St Paul's Church (thought to be the tallest church in Norfolk) where you will be rewarded with superb views across the surrounding area, beach and out to sea. Cromer is a great place to enjoy some safe seaside fun, and has won the coveted Blue Flag Award for 2010. The Blue Flag designation acts as a guarantee to tourists that the beach is one of the best in the world, and has excellent cleanliness, water quality, environmental education and safety.
As well as traditional seaside fun and activities, Cromer and nearby Sheringham offer plenty of activities and attractions to enjoy.
Housed in a Victorian fisherman's cottage, Cromer Museum is a journey back in time to discover what life was like in the town in the late 1800s. There are fascinating displays of historic photos and stories of the brave lifeboat men, and the Geology Gallery houses an amazing collection of fossils, all found in Norfolk. See the incredible West Runton Elephant, Britain's oldest and most complete elephant fossil, discovered in the ice age cliffs - and who knows what other prehistoric creatures may still be hidden in the rock?
The RNLI Henry Blogg Museum in Cromer is dedicated to an incredible lifeboat man, Henry Blogg, who served for over 50 years and was awarded the George Cross for his heroic work. The museum houses a magnificent lifeboat, the HF Bailey, an extensive photograph collection and the amazing story of Henry Blogg and the RNLI, all brought to life by interactive displays.
Part of the National Trust, Felbrigg Hall, Garden and Park is a striking estate just two miles from Cromer. It is one of the finest 17th Century country houses in the UK with much to explore inside and out with numerous lakeside and natural trails through the parkland. After thoroughly exploring the Hall and Garden, take time for some refreshments at the well furbished restaurant, sheltered in an enclosed courtyard.
Where to eat in Cromer
Whilst in Cromer, you simply must partake of the renowned Cromer Crab! As you'd expect from any coastal town, there are plenty of stalls selling fresh local produce, and a fish 'n' chip supper is a necessity! Whatever your tastes, one of Cromer's many cafés, pubs and restaurants will help you fill that rumbling tum.
Shopping in Cromer
From seaside essentials from the shops near the seafront, to crafts and jewellery stores, take a wander along Cromer's lanes to discover more.
What's on in Cromer
The Pavilion Theatre on Cromer Pier is home to the renowned Seaside Special during the summer months, a fun event for all the family and now the last end-of-the-pier show in the country, as well as shows through the year and its festive Christmas Special. Each August, the town gets into the festival spirit for the week long Cromer Carnival - expect parades, flypasts, floats and fancy dress, the annual raft race, display teams and more!
The town teams up with friendly rivals Sheringham each May for the Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival, and invites you to nip up to North Norfolk and celebrate a cornucopia of crustacea! The festival celebrates each town's iconic food fayre and is packed full of art, film, music, comedy and children's events, as well as the Crustacea Crawl - a trail of giant lobster and crab sculptures around the two towns.
Where to stay in Cromer
Whatever your budget there is sure to be something to suit your needs in Cromer. From luxury hotels to budget bed and breakfasts, coastal cottages and holiday parks with camping and caravanning facilities, North Norfolk has it all.
You can also find more information on Cromer on the official tourism website for North Norfolk: