Norfolk is my favourite place to visit during the summer holidays; without a doubt. If you haven’t ever travelled up to Norfolk then you definitely should place it in your bucket list for next year. As I have been coming up to Norfolk every year (minus the last) for the last 10 years, I have come across some amazing places which you should definitely pencil in for your trip.
1. Brancaster Beach
Brancaster Beach is one of my favourite beaches on the North Norfolk coast for its clear waters and soft sand. If you manage to get a warm day whilst you’re in Norfolk you should take full advantage of that and visit this beach. It’s a lovely place to sit and have a picnic or just have a stroll alone the water. There is a car park right by the beach front with toilets and a cafe which serves drinks both hot and cold, some hot food, ice cream and a load of beach stuff from windbreaks (very handy in Norfolk if you plan to sit on the beach for a while) to buckets and spades for the kids.
Cromer Pier is one to visit if you have children as the beach is wonderful with lots of little shops on the pier for ice cream, sweets and gifts. Also if you have to wet and windy day, which lets face it is quite common in Norfolk you could book for the whole family to see The End of The Pier Show which is one filled with lots of laughter both for the adults and the children. If you fancy a bite to eat I would definitely recommend you head up to N0.1 Fish & Chips and trust me it’s called that for a reason. Cooked to order fish and chips perfect for all the family. Children meals even come with a free bucket and spade to use at the beach the next day. All put together with a lovely view from the cliff top of the sea.
3. The Folly Tearoom – Holt
My all time favourite place to have afternoon tea. The most magical place on earth. If you haven’t already click here to read my post all about The Folly Tearoom.
4. Wells-Next-The-Sea Beach
Another cracking beach on the North Norfolk coast, in fact that one is famous for the classic beach huts which line the beach for miles. Even the Queen owns one of the beach huts. A lovely afternoon for a picnic or even a bite to each at the beach cafe which is well equipped with wonderful facilities and food. Also if you fancy a classic picture with a gigantic deck chair, this is the place to go.
Probably one of the most instagramable places on my top 10 list for its vibrant purple colour. The Lavender fields in Heacham are one to visit if you love Lavender or a really good gift shop. Whilst I was at Norfolk Lavender I picked up some goodies in the gift shop which I will be sharing with you soon so watch this space for more.
Another very instagramable place and probably the most grand place in Norfolk. Holkham Hall is a extremely popular place for all the family to visit. Parking is £3 for the day and you can take a picnic up there and walk around the grounds. There are some excellent facilities near the main building with a large cafe with some amazing food both hot and cold. You can also take a ride up to the walled gardens (£2.50 for adults, £1 for children) which is definitely one for all ages as it’s a magical place where the kids can run around freely.
One for the kids this really (or the big kids), Blakney Point is know for crabbing. Crabbing in Norfolk has really become a tradition to do the quay side and loads of places sell crabbing lines, buckets and bait. When the tides in and you can’t get down the beach, crabbing is definitely one to keep the children occupied for a while.
Best place to go shopping in my eyes. The town centre is located right by the quay which is lined with some lovely restaurants and tea rooms, many which offer gluten free options for eating. Up the streets from the quay is where all the shopping takes place. The lanes are filled with boutiquey shops, homeware stores, gallery’s, postcards and card shops and of course sweetie shops. It would not be a trip to the sea-side without some rock. Also a bit like blakney you can go crabbing on the quay side however the road leads to the beach so it is usually very busy, not the best for the little ones.
Another little village in Norfolk which has some more high end stores such as Jack Wills and Joules. Filled with some quirky shops and unique jewellery shops as well. Perfect for stroll in the morning before getting a bite to get at one of the many tea rooms. A lovely place for all ages, that’s if you like shopping that is.
My favourite restaurant in Norfolk. Well my one of many, I like food okay. The Kings Head is the restaurant we always stop off at when on our way to our rental cottage for the week as it is a lovely gastro pub with a garden and bar. Excellent food and they even allow dogs inside. (Most places in Norfolk do!!) Reasonable prices and even a play area outside for the little ones. Definitely one to go to if you don’t feel like cooking.