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Family fun at Wells-next-the-Sea

Blue Flag beaches in Norfolk

North Norfolk has one of the very best stretches of sandy coast in the country - it's official.

Keep Britain Tidy has awarded Blue Flags for Sheringham, Cromer, Mundesley, Sea Palling, East Runton and West Runton, and a seaside award for Wells-next-the-Sea.

The Blue Flag is an environmental award given to beach operators who make special effort to manage their coastal water environmental and beaches.

To attain the Blue Flag, a beach has to fulfil a number of criteria covering environmental information and education, environmental management, safety and services and water quality. It is awarded annually and is valid for one year during the bathing season, May to September.

So what are you waiting for? Time to check out these brilliant beaches.

For further information visit the Blue Flag website.



You'll know Wells-next-the-Sea beach - it's the one with the 200 higgledy-piggledy multi-colour beach huts! The beach has been awarded a Seaside Award from Keep Britan Tidy for being one of the best in the country for its high quality.

The main beach by the car park and cafe is reserved for families, but you can otherwise take dogs across the sand. 

At low tide, the beach goes on for miles - it'll take a good half an hour to actually reach the seashore. 

The Run, the long channel from Wells town to the sea, is great for bathing and canoeing.

Nearby Holkham was voted Best Beach in Britain by readers of BBC Countryfile magazine - and it was where Gwyneth Paltrow was shipwrecked at the end of the Oscar-winning Shakespeare in Love. 

Hollywood and Holkham

B is for beaches

West Runton and East Runton

Rockpool rummage by Matthew Roberts

Not only is this a quality beach, it's also part of our Deep History Coast! This is where, thirty years ago, the first bones were found by dog walkers of what turned out to be the largest and best-preserved mammoth skeleton in the world. If you know what you're looking for you might even find mammoth teeth on the beach.

This is a great place for rockpooling at low tide, where you won't only find marine creatures but also giant flint formations called paramoudras, resembling a foughnut or a backbone, and on the foreshore, the chalk yields superb corals, sponges and echinoids.

Deep History Coast

Rockpooling in Norfolk


Sheringham beach

Sheringham is not only famous for its lobsters and North Norfolk Railway, 'The Poppy Line', but also as a quaint seaside town that looks as if it were set in aspic in the quiet days of the 1950s. You might also have seen it in the Alan Partiride film Piper Alpha.

L is for lobsters

Norfolk film and TV locations


Cromer Pier

Home of the world's last end-of-pier theatre (fab Summer and Christmas Variety Shows) and Henry Blogg, 'the greatest lifeboatman ever', and famous for its tasty Cromer crab, the town also has a wonderul beach and is now gaining a reputation for surfing.

Cromer Pier - a wonder of Norfolk

Crabbing in Norfolk



Old School charm is what Mundesley is all about. The characterful community has lots of amenities for enjoying the seaside, but is much quieter than nearby Cromer. Take in the beach huts, get an ice cream and head to the unspoilt sand!

Our east coast beaches

Sea Palling

Sea Palling beach

Tucked away from the hustle and bustle, Sea Palling is a tranquil setting with beautiful pristine sand backed by marram-tufted dunes. 

Sea Palling beach

And there are lots more fab beaches too...

Caister-on-Sea beach


Bacton beach


Californa beach


Gorleston beach


Hemsby beach




Scratby beach


Holme-next-the-Sea beach


Great Yarmouth seafront

Great Yarmouth



Waxham beach


Weybourne beach


Other coast-related stories...

Watch why our coast is so wonderful

Norfolk Coast

Where to see the seals