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Post-lockdown breakout: Planning a break starts here...

Restrictions are slowly being lifted and while you can't come and stay with us just yet, you're able to visit our beautiful coast and countryside.

All we'd ask is that you Respect, Protect, Enjoy.

However, if you want to cheer yourself up and give yourself a short break or holiday to look forward to, now's the time to start planning for the pock-lockdown breakout.

There are six distinct areas of Norfolk to visit (seven if you include Norwich but it’s fresh air and open spaces you’ll want to enjoy post-lockdown). Which one will best suit you when it’s safe to saunter our way?

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Greater Yarmouth
Great Yarmouth

Greater Yarmouth

Great Yarmouth is famous as a family holiday destination, bursting with fun things to do, arcades, rides and attractions stretching along the fabled Golden Mile and the huge expanse of pristine beach.
The Broads
Norfolk Broads

Broadland & The Broads

Norfolk is possibly most famous for the man-made Broads, over 125 miles of navigable lock-free waterways set in beautiful countryside and with many charming and picturesque towns and villages.
Norwich
Norwich

Norwich

Norwich is a wonderful fusion of the modern and historic, one complementing the other. Like any great city its centre is easy to walk around, has great shopping, wonderful culture and sights, and a river at its heart.
South Norfolk and Waveney Valley
South Norfolk

South Norfolk & Waveney Valley

South Norfolk has some of the county's most scenic and peaceful countryside, with winding lanes, thatched cottages, welcoming pubs and picturesque villages and market towns - ideal for cycling and walking.
Brecks and Thetford Forest
The Brecks

The Brecks & Thetford Forest

The Brecks has one of the most distinctive landscapes in the UK and boasts its best overall climate with low rainfall and hot summers. Thetford Forest is a wonderful adventure playground for off-road cycling, walking and wildlife watching.
West Norfolk and The Fens
King's Lynn and West Norfolk

King's Lynn & West Norfolk

There are around 550 square miles of West Norfolk and every single one of them has something to surprise, inspire and delight, ranging from the wetlands of The Fens to glorious sandy beaches, including Hunstanton.
North Norfolk
North Norfolk

North Norfolk

North Norfolk is renowned for its spectacular coastline, fantastic wildlife, miles of glorious beaches, seaside communities and a beautiful hinterland of rolling countryside and picturesque market towns and villages.

Great Yarmouth

Great Yarmouth's Golden Mile

Remember Tony The Tiger talking about Frosties and roaring, ‘They’re GRRRRREAT!’ That’s how we feel about Great Yarmouth. It’s been a mecca for tourists for over 100 years and is rightly known as the Crown Jewel of the East coast.

The reason? It’s Golden Mile is jam-packed full of family fun and entertainment, from amusements and water rides, to the Joyland snails, Pleasure Beach with its wooden rollercoaster, family shows at the Britannia Pier and the legendary Hippodrome Circus.

There’s also fifteen miles of stunning beaches, including Great Yarmouth itself, Gorleston-on-Sea and Winterton-on-Sea.

Great Yarmouth

Great Yarmouth amusements

The Golden Mile

Family-friendly attractions, amusements and arcades, top shows and events

Norfolk Broads

Norfolk Broads

The unique, man-made Broads have over 120 miles of navigable waterways

Gorleston beach

15 miles of beaches

Greater Yarmouth has a range of safe sandy beaches, including Hemsby, Winterton-on-Sea and Gorleston-on-Sea

Hippodrome Circus

Family-friendly entertainment

There's so many shows and events in Great Yarmouth, including the Britannia Pier and Hippodrome Circus

Time & Tide Museum

Award-winning museums

Great Yarmouth has a range of fascinating museums to explore, highlighting the town's rich heritage and maritime history

Great Yarmouth seafront

The fun doesn't end!

Throughout the day and evening, there's so much to do in Great Yarmouth... you'll want to stay longer

Norfolk Broads National Park

Norfolk Broads

More waterways than Venice and Amsterdam put together and these ones aren’t in over-touristed cities, the Broads are 125 miles of navigable, lock-free rivers and lakes where you’ll always be able to escape the Madding Crowd.

You can cycle around or walk, but the best way to view the Broads is by water so hire a cruiser for a short break.

There are quaint villages to explore, attractions like BeWILDerwood and Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, and many pubs and restaurants to moor up at and while away a relaxing lunch or evening meal.

Broads and Broadland

BeWILDerwood

BeWILDerwood

50 acres of wild, outdoor adventure with treehouses, zip wires, jungle bridges, Crocklebogs, boat trips and marsh walks

Broads' day boat

Day boat hire

You can head out onto the water for just a day - why not book up with Broads Tours at Wroxham

Wroxham Barns

Wroxham Barns

Greater Yarmouth has a range of safe sandy beaches, including Hemsby, Winterton-on-Sea and Gorleston-on-Sea

Broads Tours

Boat trips on the Broads

Sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery when you take a boat trip with Broads Tours

Whitlingham Country Park

Whitlingham Country Park

Visit the Broad in the city, and enjoy the water-based activities on offer at the Outdoor Education Centre

Cycling in the Broads

A wheely great way to enjoy the Broads

You don't have to be on the water to enjoy the Broads - hire a cycle or put on your walking boots

Dinosaur Adventure

Discover dinosaurs!

As they say at Dinosaur Adventure Park, isn't it time you came and saurus...

Bure Valley Railway

Take a train journey

The Bure Valley Railway goes through beautiful Broadland countryside between Aylsham and Wroxham.

King's Lynn and West Norfolk

Hunstanton cliffs

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II calls it home, as does The Duke of Cambridge and his family, so the monarch and second, third, fourth and fifth in line to the throne can’t be wrong, can they? Visit Sandringham to see how the Royals live, and don’t miss out on the medieval Castle Rising and King’s Lynn, which has more Graded buildings than York.

Also in the west of the county is fabulous birdwatching at Snettisham, Titchwell and Holme Dunes, the cliff-backed beaches of seaside resort Sunny Hunny Hunstanton and the Palladian delight that is Holkham Hall.

Of course, the west also has some of our finest beaches, at Wells-next-the-Sea, Holkham itself and Brancaster.

King's Lynn and West Norfolk

Holkham and Wells-next-the-Sea beaches

Holkham and Wells-next-the-Sea beaches

Voted the best beach in Britain, look out for the jaunty row of 200 multi-coloured beach huts
Hunstanton cliffs

Seaside fun

Enjoy traditional fun at Hunstanton, otherwise known as Sunny Hunny, the only east coast resort that faces west!

Sandringham

Sandringham

The Royal family's rural retreat is open to the public much of the year

King's Lynn Custom House

King's Lynn's maritime heritage

The port has a history of Hanseatic trading, with many merchants' buildings still open to the public

Holkham Hall

Holkham Hall

A stunning Palladian hall in beautiful parkland, with many attractions and events throughout the year
Castle Rising

Castle Rising

Norman castle with one of the largest and best preserved keeps in England, surrounded by 20 acres of earthworks

Birdwatching in west Norfolk

Best birdwatching in Britain

There are nature reserves along the coast and Wash, such as Snettisham, providing brilliant birdwatching

Walking in west Norfolk

Great for walking and cycling

Beautiful coast, countryside and Fens all provide the perfect environment for outside activities

The Brecks and Thetford Forest

Deal row

If it’s eco-adventure you’re after then this is the place for you. Thetford Forest is the largest lowland pine forest in the country and has its own unique microclimate – it has the best overall climate anywhere in the UK. Go walking, running or cycling.

Look out for red deer, wild horses and other wildlife. Take a picnic to High Lodge and maybe enjoy the heights at Go Ape.

The Brecks are a unique landscape of heathland that includes Ice Age Pingos, Neolithic flint mines at Grime’s Graves and majestic moated Oxburgh Hall.

Brecks and Thetford Forest

Cycling in Thetford Forest

Thetford Forest

Outdoor adventure - go cycling, walking, enjoy aerial antics, or just have a picnic and watch the wildlife

Oxburgh Hall

Oxburgh Hall

15th century moated manor house run by the National Trust in the village of Oxborough

Thetford Castle

Thetford

See the huge hill fort, visit the Ancient House Museum, Dad's Army Museum and see the statue of Thomas Paine

Attleborough

Attleborough

Charming market town on the A11 between Thetford and Norwich - home of Ayrton Senna early in his career

Swaffham

Swaffham

Look out for the statue of Ceres, Roman goddess of the harvest, on the Market Cross - agriculture is key to this area

St George's Distillery

St George's Distillery

Take a tour of the home of the English Whisky Company - and try a tipple for yourself

Pingos in the Brecks

Pingo Trail

8 mile trail of circular lakes created in the last Ice Age, pingos are unique to the Brecks

Grimes Graves

Grime's Graves

The only open Neolithic flint mine left in the UK - venture into the subterranean world

South Norfolk and Waveney Valley

Birdwatching in south Norfolk

Here’s the quietest, most laid-back part of Norfolk, taking in beautiful rolling countryside (walk through it on the Boadicca Way and discover an ancient Roman Town at Caistor St Edmunds), the charming market towns of Diss, Harleston, waterside Loddon and Wymondham, winding country lanes and thatched homes.

The Waveney Valley is home of the southern Broads, and it’s possible to hire a boat or canoe and be out on the water on your own, spotting amazing birdlife.

This is also the epicentre of The Friendly Invasion, when Norfolk became known as Little America.

South Norfolk & Waveney Valley

Southern Broads

Southern Norfolk Broads

Head out on the water in the Waveney Valley, or on the rivers Chet and Yare into Norwich

Diss

Explore market towns

Enjoy a stroll and peruse the local shops of picturesque Diss, Wymomdham and Harleston

Venta Icenorum Roman town, Caistor St Edmund

Venta Icenorum Roman town

The 'town of the Iceni', Boudicca's tribe, can be found at Caistor St Edmund in beautiful countryside

Burgh St Peter

Enjoy the countryside

The gentle countryside of the Waveney Valley is a great place for outdoor activities

Thorpe Abbotts

The Friendly Invasion

Walk in the footsteps of US servicemen at the 100th Bomb Group Memorial Museum at Thorpe Abbotts

Birdwatching in south Norfolk

Wildlife at close quarters

The Waveney Valley is a great place for bird and wildlife watching - will you see an otter?

North Norfolk

Cromer Pier

Some of the most iconic sights of the county are on the Norfolk coast: the seals at Blakeney Point, birdwatching at Cley-next-the-Sea, the National Trust Sheringham Park and North Norfolk Heritage Railway, seaside resort Cromer with its Victorian pier and end-of-pier theatre, the Deep History Coast when Norfolk was the last part of the UK still attached to the Continent.

Inland is the charming Georgian town of Holt and the Cromer Ridge with its Quiet Lanes that are ideal for cycling and walking – this is the highest point in East Anglia so great views.

North Norfolk

Cromer Pier

Cromer Pier

Voted the best pier in Britain, and the only one left in Europe with a theatre on its end

North Norfolk Railway - The Poppy Line

North Norfolk Railway

Known as the Poppy Line, ride from seaside Sheringham to the Georgian market town of Holt

Seals at Blakeney Point

Seals at Blakeney Point

Take a boat trip to see the friendly and inquisitive seals, the largest colony in England

Burnham Overy Staithe sunset

Beautiful coastline

An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the coast here has fine sandy beaches, cliffs, and tidal salt marshes and creeks

Happisburgh on the Deep History Coast

Deep History Coast

On a short stretch of Norfolk coast step back to prehistoric times, when Norfolk was the last land link to the Continent

Cycling at Kelling Heath

Cycling the Quiet Lanes

On the Cromer Ridge, the highest point in East Anglia, you'll get amazing coastal views

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