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Family fun at Wells-next-the-Sea

21 things we can’t wait to do this Summer

School’s out, sun’s out, Summer’s here… it’s time to do some rites of passage of any Norfolk holiday, from eating ice cream to riding a rollercoaster.

How many will you do?

Beach and coast blogs

A-Z of the seaside

Eat fish and chips...


On the Promenade at Cromer, sitting on a bench, looking at holidaymakers enjoying the beach and swimming in the sea. Lashings of salt and vinegar. Go on, you’re on holiday.

F is for Fish and Chips

Take a day boat on the Broads

Broads' day boat

It’s one of the simplest pleasures you can imagine, tootling along at walking pace, enjoying the views and wildlife. Take a picnic or stop off at a pub for lunch. The Southern Broads are quieter. Hire a boat from Waveney River Centre or Hipperson’s and enjoy the journey through Beccles, past The Lido and stop at Geldeston Lock for refreshments.

Day boat hire

Take a swim at Holkham


At low tide the sea leaves behind shallow lagoons… perfect for a dip. If the weather’s been nice, the water will be warm.

Explore West Norfolk

Eat freshly-made donuts

Great Yarmouth seafront

On Great Yarmouth seafront, freshly cooked while you wait. The last bit, when they get rolled in sugar… uhm. Bet you can’t eat one without licking your lips.

Explore Gt Yarmouth

Walk along The Run

Wells-next-the-Sea The Run

At Wells-next-the-Sea beach at low tide… you’ll wonder if you’re ever going to reach the sea! When you do, take a swim. Exhilarating. And it’s likely there’ll just be you.

Explore north Norfolk

A pint of beer in a beer garden in the sun


We recommend a pint of Woodforde’s outside the brewery tap, The Fur and Feather at Woodbastwick. Or sit by the river Bure at The Rising Sun, Coltishall.

Ride a wooden rollercoaster

Great Yarmouth Pleasurebeach rollercoaster

At Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach. Okay, it’s not as scary as many others and there’s no loop-the-loop, but then again, this ride doesn’t have automatic brakes… eek!

Enjoy a Summer Variety Show

Cromer Pier Summer Show
At The Pavilion Theatre at the Grade II listed Victoria Pier at Cromer, Europe’s last end-of-pier theatre. It’s what seaside evening entertainment is all about.

Have lunch in the sun with the sea in the distance

White Horse Brancaster
Wiveton Hall Café is lovely and you can do a PYO while you’re there. Or how about The White Horse at Brancaster, sitting on the deck, with the salt marshes and Scolt Head Island for a view.

Take a rummage around a rockpool

Rockpooling at West Runton

Who knows what you might find!

Rockpooling in Norfolk

Spot Holland in the distance


Try to convince someone that the land you can see in the far distance standing on Hunstanton seafront is actually Holland. Someone always falls for it! (It’s actually Lincolnshire. Look out for St Botolph’s Church, otherwise known as The Boston Stump). As Hunstanton is the only east coast resort that faces west, you get spectacular sunsets too.

H is for Hunstanton

Taste Cromer crab

Cromer crab

Find a hostelry in Cromer that serves a sandwich or salad of the eponymous crab. You will not taste better, more succulent crab anywhere. Guaranteed!

Norfolk's top 10 foods

See the Summer Circus and Water Spectacular

Hippodrome Circus
At Great Yarmouth Hippodrome, the country’s last complete circus building. The clue is in the title… Water Spectacular. 177,000 gallons of it.

See the seals

Seals at Blakeney Point in the summer

Take a boat trip to see the seals at Blakeney Point from Morston Quay. They’re just the cutest things, inquisitive and fun. You’ll fall in love with them.

See the seals

Have an ice cream

Gorleston-on-Sea cliffs

Buy an ice cream (make it a 99, you know you want to) at the Lower Esplanade at Gorleston-on-Sea and then take a leisurely stroll along the Promenade. Maybe have a paddle? If you’re with anklebiters, perhaps a cheeky jaunt through the Splash Pad?

I is for ice cream

Enjoy the beach walk from Happisburgh

Sea Palling

To the lovely sandy bays at Sea Palling. See if you can find 850,000 year old human prints. Archaeologists from the Natural History Museum did back in 2013. Who knows, you might get lucky on Norfolk’s Deep History Coast.

Deep History Coast

Take a trip on the North Norfolk Railway

North Norfolk Railway

Otherwise known as The Poppy Line, from Sheringham. Imagine you’re one of The Railway Children. Wave at the players on the Sheringham Golf Course.

Heritage railways in Norfolk

Pay a visit to the 32-acre East Ruston Old Vicarage gardens

East Ruston Old Vicarage

Just a mile and a bit from the sea, you’ll be amazed that the delicate plants and succulents can survive! But the really amazing thing is that these 20 or so gardens, all with varying sizes and styles, were the creation of just two men, Alan Gray and Graham Robertson, who did it all on their own!

East Ruston Old Vicarage

Go crabbing!

Crabbing at Wells-next-the-Sea

Norfolk is home to the World Crabbing Championship. Time to get in some practice.

Crabbing in Norfolk

Play beach cricket

Beach cricket

On the wide expanse of Old Hunstanton beach and marvel at the striking pink and white striped cliffs, formed from a combination of Norfolk carrstone and chalk.

Explore West Norfolk

Visit Norfolk Lavender at Heacham

Heacham lavender

Our very own little bit of Provence in the Norfolk countryside.

Norfolk Lavender