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Beach cricket in Norfolk

Head outdoors and explore in Norfolk

Explore wild coast

Holkham and Wells-next-the-Sea beaches

We have three family-friendly seaside resorts in Norfolk - Great Yarmouth, Cromer and Hunstanton. These are the places to go for the traditional fun of ice cream, amusements and sandcastle-building. Great Yarmouth has the Golden Mile of fun, Cromer the last end of pier theatre in the world and Hunstanton its multi-coloured cliffs.

But there are many out-of-the-way places to enjoy our more than 90 miles of coast too. There are quiet sandy beaches on the east coast above Great Yarmouth at Winterton-on-Sea (brilliant beach café), California (yes, we have a California!), Horsey (where you can sunbathe with the seals), Sea Palling and Happisburgh, centre of our Deep History Coast.

Norfolk even has its very own desert island, Scolt Head, with white sand and dune hills where you can imagine yourself as Robinson Crusoe. In fact, that book’s author Daniel Defoe spent time in Norfolk before writing it. Do you think he visited Scolt Head for inspiration?

Nearby explore the sand dunes and pine forest of Wells-next-the-Sea and Holkham, or take in a few miles of the North Norfolk Coast Path and then return on the Coasthopper bus.

There are also places to go crabbing and rockpooling.

Norfolk's top beaches

Wild swimming

Wild swimming at Lammas

Of course there's great frolicking in the water to be had on Norfolk's 90 miles of coast but on a hot summer's day, what could be more refreshing than slipping into the cool, clear waters of a secret stretch of water?

You can wild swim in Norfolk at Santon on the Little Ouse near Thetford, a pretty chalk stream running through forest and up to 2 metres deep.

There's also Lamas near Buxton, a quiet, rural deep and clear running stretch of the River Bure, flowing past gardens, fields and a church.

Or on the Norfolk/Suffolk border at Outney Common near Ditchingham you'll find a 3km stretch of the Waveney meandering around open common land with good water quality, up to 2m deep in parts. It's popular with canoeists too. The water's clean and you can drift or swim along, nodding to the cows and admiring the scenery.

Norfolk Broads

Broads' day boat

With more waterways than Venice and Amsterdam, the unique man-made Norfolk Broads (yes, man-made!) are a brilliant way to get out and about in the open air. Hire a day picnic boat or cruiser for a few days and lose yourself in more than 120 miles of navigable and lock-free rivers and lakes. Look out for myriad wildlife, particularly migrating and indigenous birds.

Norfolk Broads

Explore wonderful gardens

Gooderstone

If you love gardening, there’s no better way to get inspiration than seeing someone else’s green-fingered hard work. Norfolk has a wide range of spectacular gardens, near the coast, beside broads and waterways and in grounds surrounding magnificent stately homes.

Our top gardens

Enjoy our Fine City

Norwich Lanes

One of the top-rated shopping destinations in the UK, Norwich is also a great place to enjoy al fresco.

Be a flaneur for the day and take to the cobbled streets to explore the country’s best-preserved medieval city, taking in the views of the Norman castle and cathedral – and make sure you spend time by the winding Wensum, the most-protected chalk river in Europe.

And if you’ve run out of shoe leather, hop on the Norwich Sightseeing Bus.

Throughout the day and evening there are lots of places to eat and drink outside, particularly around Tombland.

Explore Norwich

Explore adventure parks

Boggle boat at BeWILDerwood

If your anklebiters need to let off a bit of steam, then Norfolk has more outside adventure parks than you can shake a cleft stick at.

You can meet exotic wildlife at Banham Zoo, Amazona and Thrigby Hall, or go to the petting zoo at Wroxham Barns. At Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure you can meet creatures of the Jurassic kind, and at SeaLife Centres in Great Yarmouth and Hunstanton you can meet marine species.

There’s also wild adventure at BeWILDerwood, Pensthorpe Natural Park and in the treetops at Go Ape!

Attractions in Norfolk

Explore the Brecks and Thetford Forest

Cycling in Thetford Forest

With one of the best climates in the UK, the Brecks and Thetford Forest are a great place to get outdoors and discover nature and wildlife.

In the forest you can indulge in treetop adventures or just head out (with a picnic) on miles and miles of trails. Go on foot or by cycle – either’s good.

The historic heathland of the Brecks has Pingos to find, Deal Rows to spot and a 5,000-year-old Neolithic flint mine to go down – the only one that’s open in the UK.

Brecks and Thetford Forest

Walking and cycling, naturally

Happisburgh on the Deep History Coast

It goes without saying that a great way to get outdoors and explore is on two feet or by two wheels. There are hundreds of miles of paths across Norfolk for doing both. And, of course, Norfolk doesn’t have any pesky mountains to manoeuvre, wherever you are it’ll be gently undulating.

Walking in Norfolk

Cycling in Norfolk

Norfolk's perfect for pooches

Dog-friendly accommodation in Norfolk

Owning a dog is a great excuse to head outdoors and explore - and they're very welcome in Norfolk too! 

Top dog-friendly beaches

Top dog-friendly parks and woods

Stay outdoors! Camping, glamping, pods and more...

Glamping in Norfolk

If you’re interested in being outdoors and you’re staying in our lovely county, then you probably don’t want to be cooped up in a hotel room, do you? Don’t worry, we have lots of great accommodation that will suit you down to a tee. Or maybe even a tepee…

Accommodation in Norfolk

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