Norfolk Winter best things to do
Magical countryside, tinged with sparkling hoar frost, beautiful coast bathed in winter sunshine, all under those huge, never-ending skies – Winter is a wonderful time to explore Norfolk, when you feel as if you’ve almost got the county to yourself.
It’s a great time to…
Take a walk
Wrap up warm and brave the great outdoors for a bracing walk. Head to the north Norfolk coast and it’s likely it’ll just be you, the shoreline, the sea and sky – and perhaps your partner, the kids and a dog or two! If you’re up for it, there are some longer walks too. Afterwards find a welcoming pub with a roaring fire for a well-earned pint and a hearty meal, or a friendly café for a warming mug of hot chocolate or a cream tea.
Head out on the water
Take a trip out on the Broads in this wonderful National Park and get a heron’s view of the world. The birdlife is great and with the vegetation died back, you’ll get a better view than during the summer. Broads Tours have dayboats but you could also take a cruiser out – they have very good heating!
Experience our Deep History Coast
Walk in the footsteps of the first people ever to come to our country, and where mammoths, hyenas, bison and lions used to roam! Hunker down in the sand dunes on the coastal stretch between Hemsby and Happisburgh (you can't miss the candy-striped lighthouse) and watch the sea whip up a swell and unleash its power as giant waves explode on the shoreline. Remember that only a few thousand years ago the sea in front of you was a land link to the Continent.
Enjoy a family Christmas show
Take the whole family to enjoy the county’s fantastic Yuletide shows, from pantos around the coast and in Norwich to the Cromer Pier Christmas Show, the last end-of-pier theatre experience in THE WORLD! Simply the best way to get into the festive spirit.
Watch the sun rise with the birds
Get out early and watch the sun rise at 7am – this is the sunrise coast, after all! And in north and west Norfolk we have the brilliant migratory birdlife – watch the birds leave their overnight roost as the light cracks and they fly overhead. AMAZING! We recommend watching the geese at Snettisham as an unbelievable experience.
Take a heritage railway ride
Take a trip on a heritage railway – we have quite a few in Norfolk, all of whom do Santa Specials. We recommend the North Norfolk Railway from Sheringham to Holt – you won’t forget the stunning scenery.
Enjoy our visitor attractions
Get a taste of Norfolk’s history with a trip to a medieval castle, a stately home, a Neolithic flint mine, a Norman cathedral or one of our many museums or exhibition spaces such as the Sainbsury Centre for Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. Most venues in Norfolk are open all-year and the big attractions all have indoor facilities as well.
Eat mussels in a cosy pub
Take a trip to Norwich
Spend a day in our Fine City, just bimbling. Do a spot of shopping, exploring, eating, taking in a few galleries and museums. We’d recommend Bridewell Museum, Norwich Castle and the Cathedral - and you can't miss the independent shops of The Lanes. And try the chips on Norwich Market, liberally doused with vinegar and salt.
Cycle and walk in Thetford Forest
Take a bike out into Thetford Forest – it’s a great time for a gentle pedal or a more lung-busting adrenaline thrash through the woods. Or you could just pull on your hiking boots and take a walk in the woods. Enjoy the wildlife, including wild horses.
See the wild deer
Book up on a wild deer safari at Holkham Hall – hundreds roam the estate and woods and are an amazing sight!
Watch swans have their supper
Head out into the Fens to watch the swans come in to feed! At WWT Welney on the Ouse Washes there’s activity every afternoon – the sight of hundreds of white swans punctuating the inky black of twilight is something you won’t forget.