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Your New Year Resolution? To Visit Norfolk of course!

New Year is the time to make resolutions. So we thought we’d offer some suggestions about things you might want to resolve to do when you visit Norfolk. They’re reason enough to plan a trip…

See the seals

Cute baby seal

Visit the country’s largest seal colony at Blakeney Point. You can walk along the 4-mile shingle spit from Cley-next-the-Sea or take a relaxing boat ride from Morston Quay.

See the seals

Explore the Brecks

Deal row

Breckland in the west of the county has the best overall climate in the country… yes, really! Enjoy relaxing walks in wild landscapes, through the magnificent Thetford Forest and explore Pingos and Neolithic flint works.

Explore the Brecks

Experience our Deep History Coast

Happisburgh lighthouse

You can walk in the footsteps of the first known humans to come to the UK when you’re on the beach at Happisburgh. This is the Deep History Coast, where the world’s largest and best-preserved mammoth skeleton was found. Oh, and the prehistoric version of the Swiss Army Knife!

Deep History Coast 

Best birdwatching in the UK

Pink Footed Geese

We reckon Norfolk has the best birdwatching in the country, borne out by our brilliant Premier League wildlife reserves such as Cley-next-the-Sea, Snettisham and Titchwell. Come early in the year and experience our fab Winter Wildlife Safari.

Birdwatching in Norfolk

Winter Wildlife Safari

Visit the Royals' private home


Norfolk has the private home of the Royal Family, at Sandringham. We say private, it’s actually open to the public when The Queen’s not in residence, so you can see where Meghan Markle enjoyed Christmas with her soon-to-be in-laws and husband Prince Harry.


Head out on the Broads

Horsey at sunset

The unique Norfolk Broads has over 125 miles of navigable waterways – that’s more than Amsterdam or Venice has! And most of them are man-made. Who knew?! Yes, they’re actually the result of medieval peat diggings. They’re also the UK’s newest National Park, and the only National Park with a city in it.

Explore the Broads

Enter our Downton Abbeys

Holkham Hall

We have more ‘Downton Abbeys’ than you can shake a stick at, including the wonderfully Palladian Holkham Hall, Blickling Hall where you might want to hunt out the unique pyramid mausoleum, and Houghton Hall, where you can enjoy the miniature battlefields as well as contemporary art.

Norfolk stately homes

Over 90 miles of stunning coast

Beach huts at Wells-next-the-Sea

Oh, and we have over 90 miles of stunning coastline, with vertiginous cliffs to walk along, pristine sandy beaches, and tidal saltmarshes and creeks which provide sumptuous shellfish.

Norfolk's coast

See the Seven Wonders of Norfolk

Cromer Pier

See the Seven Wonders of Norfolk! These aren’t just any wonders mind; we’ve taken the trouble to match some of the best landmarks in our county with the original 7 Wonders of the Ancient World… compare the Broads with King Newbuchadnezzar II’s Hanging Gardens of Babylon and the Statue of Zeus at Olympia with Norwich Cathedral.

Seven Wonders

Hollywood locations galore!


Marvel Avengers HQ in Upstate New York? Sainsbury Centre at the University of East Anglia. Virginia beach where Gwyneth Paltrow’s character is shipwrecked in the closing credits of Shakespeare In Love? Holkham beach, voted the best in Britain by readers of BBC Countryfile magazine. Walmington-on-Sea, home of Dad’s Army? Try Thetford in the Brecks. And there’s lots more…

Film locations

Enjoy a dirty weekend in Norfolk

Scolt Head

Madam, it’s not what you think! No, there are lots of opportunities around the county to get yourself knee deep in mud, from being a mudlark in estuarial salt marshes to being a larrikin in Thetford Forest. But if you did want some privacy, we can also recommend Norfolk’s secret beaches where it’s likely to be just you and your loved ones… possibly a curious seal or two as well.

Dirty weekend in Norfolk

Complete our 100 things to do

Grime's Graves

Complete our 100 things to do. Here’s a resolution to spend a bit of time over… 100 essential things to do, see and consume in Norfolk, from visiting Europe’s first industrial centre, the deep flint mines at Grime’s Graves in the Brecks, to eating freshly-made donuts on Great Yarmouth seafront. Will you be able to complete them all? Will you be able to eat a donut without licking your lips?

100 things to do