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Crowd-free and relaxing... visit Norfolk in September

For those without school age children, September is a great time to visit Norfolk: the weather is good, the sea is warm, everything is still open but the pace is a little less frenetic. September is a great time to relax in Norfolk.
Here’s our top 12 things to do…

Where to stay in Norfolk

We're not hibernating yet

DIppy at Norwich Cathedral

There are still lots of events taking place!

Don’t miss the 1940s Weekend at Sheringham and Holt with the North Norfolk Railway September 18-19 and Deepdale Festival on September 23-26.

The North Norfolk Food & Drink Festival is at Holkham Hall on September 4 and 5.

The brilliant Out There Festival at Great Yarmouth is on September 17-19 with many free events in public spaces.

The Cromer Pier Show runs until October 2, the Gt Yarmouth Hippodrome Spectacular until September 19 and the magnificent Dippy on Tour is at Norwich Cathedral until the end of October. Yes, a dinosaur... in a cathedral!

There's also the Eastern Festival of Racing at Great Yarmouth between September 14-16. Dress up for day 3 - it's Ladies Day!

What's On in Norfolk


You live a busy life with a hectic schedule. You’re tired all the time and stressed. If you tick those two boxes, then you need to spend time in Norfolk. Come and recharge your batteries, find some balance and calm, where there are no distractions, and rediscover a state of being comfortable, healthy and happy in stunning surroundings.

Anyone can do it and it doesn’t have to cost anything. Better still, do it with friends or family.

Well-being in Norfolk

Slow you down in Norfolk...

And the wildlife is very much awake too!

Otter by Mark Ollett

Talking of hibernation, the wildlife hasn’t gone to sleep just yet! Migrating birds will be starting to arrive, there are spectacular deer ruts and, if you’re quiet and look carefully, you might see otters out on the Broads.

Autumn wildlife in Norfolk

Birdwatching in Norfolk

Take a boat out on the Norfolk Broads

Broads' day boat

Did we mention the Broads? Now’s a great time to take a boat out on to the unique 125 miles of lock-free waterways - it’s the best way to see them properly. Hire a day boat or a cruiser for a long weekend, mid-week break or a full week. Depending on your likes, you could head into the wild northern Broads or, in the south Broads, take in Great Yarmouth and Norwich.

Explore the Broads

Day boat hire

Boating holidays

Boat trips

Top 10 magnificent museums

Ancient House Museum of Thetford Life

Just in case inclement weather descends from somewhere else, like Wales or Scotland, then step into one of our top 10 museums where you might find anything from the Snapdragon and a mummified cat, to the history of the herring industry and a replica of Seahenge. Find our top things to do if it rains here.

Top 10 museums

Things to do if it rains

Rich heritage of churches and cathedrals


No county in Britain is richer in its historic churches than Norfolk - there are over 650 of them, every one of them with a treasure to discover and a fascinating story to tell. In fact, it's said you can't see a horizon in Norfolk without there being a church spire in it!

In the city, explore the magnificent Norman cathedral or take in the skyline view from the Catholic cathedral. In the countryside, look out for the fabulous wool churches or plague churches.

Churches and cathedrals

Head out to the 90 miles of coast

Holkham beach

It’s a great time to be enjoying our coast. We have brilliant beaches, our top 10 are here, and many beaches are dog-friendly. There's also our secret beaches. The water might be a trifle cold, but you could always kitesurf at Hunstanton or learn to paddleboard. Almost our entire 90 miles of coast have a walking path, so you can enjoy the cliffs, seashore, salt marshes and tidal creeks at your own pace. Park up, walk as far as you want and then get the Coastal Hopper bus back.

Norfolk coast & beaches

Coast and beach blogs

Get the seal of approval

Seals at Blakeney Point in the summer

Blakeney Point is home to the largest seal colony in England during Winter, but in September it’s very much worth a boat trip from Morston Quay to see these delightful, inquisitive and friendly animals. And because of the longer days, there are two trips a day, unlike Winter.

Where to see seals in Norfolk

Enjoy our Downton Abbeys

Blickling at night

Imagine you’re starring in Downton Abbey by visiting one of the county’s many stately homes, of which we have more than you can shake a stick at. Take your pick from Blickling, Felbrigg, moated Oxburgh, Houghton, the Royal Family’s Sandringham and Palladian Holkham.

Norfolk's Downton Abbeys

Explore our Seven Natural Wonders

Grime's Graves

As the weather in September is still good, how about exploring Norfolk’s Seven Natural Wonders, including the most important chalk river in Europe, the unique Brecks and Cromer Ridge, the highest point in East Anglia.

Seven Natural Wonders

Enjoy great gardens

Bressingham Gardens

Norfolk has a huge collection of gardens, from small higgledy-piggledy cottage gardens to wonderfully relaxing water gardens and magnificent stately home gardens. You can't beat wandering around someone else's garden and enjoying the rewards of all their hard work!

Norfolk gardens

Spectacular woodland colours

Autumn woods

September is also a great time to head out in the county’s woodlands, from Thetford Forest and Sheringham park to the great country estates of Felbrigg, Oxburgh, Blickling and Holkham. Have a fungi foray, see wild horses or just take in the spectacular brown and golden hues of Autumn.

Dog-friendly parks and woods

Explore Thetford Forest and Brecks

National Trust Norfolk

Fab visitor attractions awaiting you...

Amazona soft ball fun

If you have pre-school children then Norfolk has SOOOO many visitor attractions to enjoy. For the wild ones, we’d recommend Pensthorpe and BeWILDerwood, but there’s fabulous fun to be had at Banham Zoo, Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure and many more. And Norfolk also has a range of steam railways… choo choo!

Norfolk attractions

Heritage railways

Walk in the footsteps of mammoths

West Runton - Deep History Coast

Did you know that Norfolk was the last part of the UK to be joined to the Continent by land? And did you know that the largest and best-preserved mammoth skeleton ever found was uncovered in Norfolk? And that the first tourists ever to come to the UK came to Norfolk? If not, it’s a great time to explore Norfolk’s Deep History Coast.

Deep History Coast

So there you have it… a many great reasons to visit Norfolk in September! What are you waiting for?

Family fun in Norfolk

Attractions in Norfolk