Visit Norfolk in June – and beat the rush! There’s a reason that Norfolk gets busy in July and August – everyone wants to come here! And who can blame them? We have so much to do to suit all tastes, ages and pockets.
But if you don’t have to think about school holidays, then June is a great time to visit Norfolk too.
You’ll enjoy the longest days of sunlight, great weather (although not guaranteed, Norfolk is the combined sunniest/driest county in the country) and everything is open but less crowded. Here’s our top 10 things to do…
The Royal Norfolk Show takes place on June 29 and 30. These are two days when all of Norfolk comes together at the Royal Norfolk Showground just outside. Retaining its agricultural roots, the event nonetheless has something for everyone, with outdoor shows and displays, a funfair, shopping village and huge food and drink hall.
June is a great time to be a flaneur in Norwich – walk around with no real agenda, just soak up the atmosphere of the market place, cobbled streets, The Lanes, Gentleman’s Walk, take in the Cathedral Precinct and amble by the River Wensum. And the city has lots of places to soak up the sun while you dine al fresco.
Take a boat out on to the unique Norfolk Broads, it’s the best way to properly see these 125 miles of lock-free waterways. 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 (the Broads is the only English National Park with a city in it… FACT!).
As well as the east coast’s top seaside spot Great Yarmouth, Norfolk has two more fun-filled family resorts. At Cromer you can take in a show at the Pavilion Theatre, the world’s last end-of-pier theatre! Yes, the world’s last! And at Hunstanton enjoying the late evening sunset is a unique experience – this is the only east coast resort that faces west!
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 fun to be had at Banham Zoo, Dinosaur Park, Wroxham Barns and many more. And Norfolk also has a range of steam railways… choo choo!
June is a great time to wake up and smell the, er… roses. Or rhododendrons in Sheringham Park’s case – in its Humphrey Repton-designed parkland you’ll see one of the best displays in the country. Don’t forget to climb the tower to get a fantastic coastal view all the way down to Blakeney Point. If it’s gardens you want specifically, here’s our top picks.
Did someone mention Blakeney Point? This is home to the largest seal colony in England during Winter, but in June it’s still 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.
June in Norfolk is a great time to enjoy some of our favourite ingredients. Look out for asparagus, samphire, pick-your-own strawberries and raspberries, and fresh seafood, particularly the legendary Cromer Crab (it’s so tasty because it feeds off the world’s longest chalk reef… yes, really!). By the seaside, you can’t miss out on fish and chips and, with it, try one of our local beers, made from the best malting barley in the country… it’s so good because it’s grown in salty sea frets and at height. Yes, we know, you thought Norfolk was flat. It’s not! Here’s our top ten local ingredients to try, much of it in season now.
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. The water might be a trifle cold, but you could always kitesurf at Hunstanton or learn to paddleboard or surf. 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.
And just in case inclement weather descends from somewhere else, like Wales or Scotland, then we have plenty of things to do under cover too, from Downton Abbeys to superb museums and most of the top attractions now have weather-proofed facilities too. Find our top things to do if it rains here.
So there you have it… ten great reasons to visit Norfolk in June! What are you waiting for?