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Is there anything to do in Norfolk? Take a look at our Bucket (and Spade) List…

We’ve all got our bucket lists, haven’t we? That list of things to do and achieve before we kick the… well, you get the picture. As Norfolk has such a huge wealth of unique experiences we’ve created our very own Visit Norfolk Bucket (and Spade) List… things to do before you lie, on the beach. And all eminently Instagrammable.

Blakeney Point Seals

Take a boat trip from Morston Quay to see the seals at Blakeney Point – it’s the largest seal colony in the country. Nothing more magical than having the inquisitive seals come up to your boat or wave at you as they loll on the seashore.

Where to see the seals in Norfolk

Ludham Bridge, Broads National Park

Hire a day boat from Wroxham and enjoy the unique Norfolk Broads National Park. It’s the only way to properly appreciate the 125 miles of navigable, lock-free waterways. The modern day boats have all the mod cons. Buy your picnic from Roys of Wroxham – it’s the world’s largest village store!

Best things to do in the Broads

Thetford Forest Brecks pingo aerial Mike Page

Go on the 8-mile Pingo Trail in the natural adventure playground that is The Brecks. Pingos are unique to this neck of the woods, or should we say this neck of Thetford Forest. They’re nothing to do with penguins by the way – they’re actually collapsed hillocks from the last Ice Age.

The Great Pingo Trail

Kelling Heath cycle family

Cycle on the quiet lanes of the Cromer Ridge, the highest point in East Anglia. There are stunning coastal views from Sheringham Park and Kelling Heath.

Cycling routes in Norfolk

Great Yarmouth seafront

Spent a traditional seaside day in Great Yarmouth. Eat donuts and ice cream. Imagine you’re Gulliver in the model village. Go on the Pleasure Beach’s wooden rollercoaster, one of only eight left in the world and one of only two that use a brakeman because… there are no brakes on the track! Build a sandcastle. Dip your toes in the briny.

Best things to do in Great Yarmouth

Blickling Hall & Estate

Visited Blickling Hall, ancient home of the Boleyn family, and taken a stroll around the gardens and lake to discover Norfolk’s mausoleum pyramid.

Stately homes in Norfolk

Sunset at high tide behind the old beach huts at Wells-next-the-sea on the North Norfolk coast.

Counted the multi-coloured, higgledy-piggledy beach huts at Wells-next-the-Sea. You’ll soon run out of the fingers and toes. We reckon there are 200. At low tide the beach is mahoosive!

Best things to do in north Norfolk

Hunstanton cliffs and lighthouse aerial Mike Page

Seen the multi-coloured cliffs at Hunstanton and then stayed to the watch the sunset. Sunny Hunny, as we call it, is the only east coast resort that faces west. Tell the people you’re with that the land across the water is Holland. Someone always falls for it. It’s actually Lincolnshire, on the other side of The Wash.

Best things to do in King’s Lynn and West Norfolk

Happisburgh

Walked in the footsteps of the first ever tourists to visit Norfolk – 850,000 years ago – at Happisburgh. Part of our Deep History Coast.

Deep History Coast in Norfolk

Appreciated the fine medieval buildings and trading and fishing heritage of King’s Lynn – it has more Graded buildings than any other town in the UK. Our picture shows Purfleet near the Custom House in the film The Personal Life of David Copperfield.

Best things to do in King’s Lynn and West Norfolk

Woodbastwick Fur & Feather Woodfordes Brewery Tap

Enjoyed a pint of Woodforde’s wherry sitting outside the brewery tap, the thatched Fur and Feather at Woodbastwick. It’s as quintessential an English country pub as you’ll find.

Gorleston cliffs

Spent some time on the beach at Gorleston-on-Sea. Along with 5000 extras, it’s a star of the Danny Boyle and Richard Curtis film Yesterday. Along with Lily James. ‘It’s one of the great secrets of England, Gorleston beach,’ sad Danny. ‘It’s beautiful.’

Film and TV locations in Norfolk

Best things to do in Great Yarmouth

Holkham beach high tide aerial Mike Page

Still with films, walk in the footsteps of Gwyneth Paltrow as Viola in the closing credits of Shakespeare in Love on Holkham Beach, voted the best beach in Britain by readers of BBC Countryfile magazine. Natalie Portman has also filmed here. And Keira Knightley as well, in nearby Holkham Hall. And All Saints filmed their Pure Shores video here too.

Films and TV at Holkham, Norfolk

Visited Sandringham, the royal datcha in north west Norfolk which also has an excellent museum. This is where Meghan Markle spent her first English Christmas, as guests of her future in-laws.

Stately homes in Norfolk

Cley Marshes

Birdwatched at Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s Cley Marshes Nature Reserve. If reserves were the Premier League, Cley would be the champions. Norfolk is the birdwatching capital of the UK!

Birdwatching in Norfolk

Burnham Overy Staithe at sunset

Discovered Nelson’s County. He was born at Burnham Thorpe where his father was rector, and the Nelson Museum and Nelson Monument in Great Yarmouth will help you learn more about Britain’s greatest naval commander. He learnt to sail at nearby Burnham Overy Staithe.

Nelson in Norfolk

North Norfolk Railway train.

Travelled on the North Norfolk Steam Railway, otherwise known as The Poppy Line. It goes from Sheringham, across Sheringham Golf Course with stunning coastal views, and then heads inland to Georgian market town Holt.

Steam railways in Norfolk

Royal Norfolk Show Norfolk Showground Costessey

If you’re here in June, don’t miss the Royal Norfolk Show, two days when the county comes together in one place. A great family day out, it retains its strong agricultural links.

Castle Norwich projection, Norfolk

Admire what the Stormin’ Normans created in Norwich – a magnificent cathedral, with the second highest spire in the country and the largest cloisters, and an imposing castle, that sits atop a huge earth mound and dominates the city centre.

Castles in Norfolk

Normans in Norfolk

Norfolk churches and cathedrals

Cromer aerial Mike Page 2

Three things to tick off in Cromer: enjoy a Cromer crab sandwich for lunch – they’re so tasty because they feed off the world’s longest chalk reef; see a show at the Pavilion Theatre, the world’s last end-of-pier theatre; enjoy fish and chips from the wrapper while sitting on the promenade, enjoying a spectacular sunset.

Best things to do in north Norfolk

Brecks pines Deal Row

Get a photo of the Deal Rows in the Brecks – these lines of Scots pines are unique to this part of the country. They remind us of acacia trees on the African savannah.

Best things to do in the Brecks

Thetford Forest Brecks pingo aerial Mike Page

Head into the mine shaft of Grime’s Graves – this is where in Neolithic times flint was mined to make weapons and tools. It’s Europe’s earliest industrial site.

Flint – the building block of Norfolk

Visited the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts on the University of East Anglia campus, build by architect Norman Foster in 1973 to house the Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection. You might recognise it as the futuristic Upstate New York HQ of Marvel’s Avengers in Age of Ultron, Ant-Man and Spiderman: Homecoming.

Film and TV locations in Norfolk

Sheringham chalk reef & golf course aerial

Driven the A149 coast road of north Norfolk… it’s like Cotswolds-by-the-Coast. You’ll discover charming flint-built fishing villages, quaint quays and tiny ports, soaring cliffs, tidal creeks and saltmarshes, brilliant beaches and more.

Best things to do in north Norfolk

Peddars Way Brecks

Walked some of the Peddar’s Way in the west of the county and imagined what it would have been like when the Romans built it. This is the route King John would have taken to go north when he famously lost the Crown Jewels in The Wash.

Walking in Norfolk