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Beach huts at Wells-next-the-Sea in snow

Norfolk Winter best things to do

Magical countryside, tinged with sparkling hoar frost, beautiful coast bathed in winter sunshine, all under those huge, never-ending skies – Winter is a wonderful time to explore Norfolk, when you feel as if you’ve almost got the county to yourself.

It’s a great time to…

Take a walk

Walking on the coast

Wrap up warm and brave the great outdoors for a bracing walk. Head to the north Norfolk coast and it’s likely it’ll just be you, the shoreline, the sea and sky – and perhaps your partner, the kids and a dog or two! If you’re up for it, there are some longer walks too. Afterwards find a welcoming pub with a roaring fire for a well-earned pint and a hearty meal, or a friendly café for a warming mug of hot chocolate or a cream tea.

Walking in Norfolk

Head out on the water

Broads in the Winter

Take a trip out on the Broads in this wonderful National Park and get a heron’s view of the world. The birdlife is great and with the vegetation died back, you’ll get a better view than during the summer. Broads Tours have dayboats but you could also take a cruiser out – they have very good heating!

Explore the Broads 

Beautiful Broads National Park in Winter

Experience our Deep History Coast

Happisburgh lighthouse

Walk in the footsteps of the first people ever to come to our country, and where mammoths, hyenas, bison and lions used to roam! Hunker down in the sand dunes on the coastal stretch between Hemsby and Happisburgh (you can't miss the candy-striped lighthouse) and watch the sea whip up a swell and unleash its power as giant waves explode on the shoreline. Remember that only a few thousand years ago the sea in front of you was a land link to the Continent.

Deep History Coast 

Watch the sun rise with the birds

Wildlife on the Wash

Get out early and watch the sun rise at 7am – this is the sunrise coast, after all! And in north and west Norfolk we have the brilliant migratory birdlife – watch the birds leave their overnight roost as the light cracks and they fly overhead. AMAZING! We recommend watching the geese at Snettisham as an unbelievable experience.

Birdwatching in Norfolk 

Take a heritage railway ride

North Norfolk Railway - The Poppy Line

Take a trip on a heritage railway – we have quite a few in Norfolk, all of whom do Santa Specials. We recommend the North Norfolk Railway from Sheringham to Holt – you won’t forget the stunning scenery.

Norfolk railways

Enjoy our visitor attractions

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich

Get a taste of Norfolk’s history with a trip to a medieval castle, a stately home, a Neolithic flint mine, a Norman cathedral or one of our many museums or exhibition spaces such as the Sainbsury Centre for Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. Most venues in Norfolk are open all-year and the big attractions all have indoor facilities as well.

Attractions in Norfolk 

Eat mussels in a cosy pub

Fresh, local mussels

Find one of the many coastal pubs that serve steaming bowls of fresh north Norfolk mussels. Yes, you can call them moules et frites if you wish. Scoop the meat from the shell and dunk your bread into the garlicky, creamy broth. Uhm… Oh! And be sure to try the local beer – we have more microbreweries than any other county and the best malting barley in the country.

Norfolk food and drink

Cycle and walk in Thetford Forest

Horses in Thetford Forest

Take a bike out into Thetford Forest – it’s a great time for a gentle pedal or a more lung-busting adrenaline thrash through the woods. Or you could just pull on your hiking boots and take a walk in the woods. Enjoy the wildlife, including wild horses.

Explore the Brecks 

See the wild deer

Deer swimming at Holkham

Book up on a wild deer safari at Holkham Hall – hundreds roam the estate and woods and are an amazing sight!

Holkham Hall

Winter wildlife top 10

Watch swans have their supper

Bewick's swans at Welney

Head out into the Fens to watch the swans come in to feed! At WWT Welney on the Ouse Washes there’s activity every afternoon – the sight of hundreds of white swans punctuating the inky black of twilight is something you won’t forget.

WWT Welney

Birdwatching in Norfolk 

Take a boat trip to see the seals

Grey seal pup at Blakeney Point

Norfolk’s amazing Winter Wildlife Safari is completed by the Grey Seals who pup during the Winter at Blakeney Point – at this time of year there’s a THOUSAND of them! Honestly, you’ll simply be cooing at their cuteness!

Seals in Norfolk

Winter Wildlife Safari