Enjoy 100 things that are brilliant about Norfolk . . . starting with that beautiful, bracing sea air.
1. Lose yourself in the fascinating world of rock pools at West Runton or Cromer.
2. Grab your line, some bait and a bucket – time for crabbing on Wells Quayside.
3. Take a boat trip from Morston to see the colony of seals around Blakeney Point.
4. Marvel at the striped cliffs of Hunstanton, teeming with bird life.
5. Recall the days of horse-drawn carriages with a ride along Great Yarmouth seafront.
6. Have a day out sunning yourself on the wide expanse of Holkham beach.
7. Enjoy a seafront show at Cromer Pier Theatre, with the Summer Showtime Specials, great entertainment for all the family.
8. Take a nostalgic trip down memory lane and steam past glorious countryside and sea views on the North Norfolk Railway from Sheringham to Holt.
9. Search the cliffs at West Runton for prehistoric bones
10. Visit one of the many beautiful seaside villages at Blakeney, Brancaster & the Burnhams.
11. A visit to Norwich is a must with its many shops museums & great restaurants.
12. Travel back in time to the Icene village at Cockley Cley near Swaffham & see how our ancestors lived 2000 years ago.
13. Grimes Graves near Brandon on the Norfolk/Suffolk boarder is a unique visitor attraction in Norfolk as the only Neolithic flint mine open to visitors in Britain.
14. Visit one of the many historic houses at Holkham, Blickling
Houghton, Oxburgh, Fellbrigg & Sandringham.
15. Discover a world where renewable energy is the norm at the Ecotech Centre at Swaffham. See wonderful views of Norfolk from the top of the wind turbine tower.
16. Wander around the water gardens at Gooderstone or Fairhaven.
17. Take a nostalgic ride on the Mid Norfolk Railway from Dereham to
18. Try the fresh baked bread at Bircham Newton windmill or climb to the top of the wind pump at Horsey Mare.
19. Visit the Norfolk Broads and take a day boat from Wroxham or Potter Heigham.
20. Try some retail therapy at the lovely market town of Holt with
its boutiques and antique shops. You must have lunch @ Byfords café and sample the delights from their mouth watering menu.
Fancy a Museum?
21. Time and Tide at Great Yarmouth is deservedly award-winning for evoking the town’s fishing heritage.
22. Find out about Norfolk’s greatest hero, Lord Nelson, at the Nelson Museum in Yarmouth
23. Gressenhall rural life Museum allows the visitor to take an unbelievable glimpse into how harsh life was for the inmates who lived there.
24. Kings Lynn Museum is the home of the mysterious Bronze Age Seahenge and so much more.
25. The Mo at Sheringham tells the story of the town and its proud, independent people.
26. Marvel at nature’s beauty at the Peter Coke Shell Gallery at Sheringham.
27. Visit Norwich’s Castle museum, Strangers Hall, Bridewell Museum & Colmans Mustard shop all within walking distance of each other.
28. Discover the world of the coastguard lookouts in the 1930s and ‘40s at Mundesley Maritime Museum.
29. Celebrate one of the bravest lifeboat men who ever lived at the RNLI Henry Blogg Museum in Cromer.
30. See seashells, fossils and archaeological finds at the quaint Shell Museum at Glandford.
Take a Walk
31. The North Norfolk coastal path runs all the way from Hunstanton to Cromer. Break it up into short chunks, and you have a host of lovely walks – either enjoying the return views in the opposite direction or connecting with the wonderful Coast hopper bus service.
32. The Heacham Heritage Walk is signed through the village and includes info on the area’s links with Pocahontas.
33. Drink in the stunning views as you walk out through the dunes from Brancaster Overy Staithe to the sea.
34.Towering sand-dunes, an iconic beach, a stately home, a fishing port and cool sandy forest paths are all fitted into the short walk from Wells to Holkham.
35. For salt marshes, water meadows and a windmill try the two mile section from Blakeney to Cley.
36. See the sea and the magnificent rhododendrons (at their blooming best during May) from the paths through Sheringham Park.
37. Walk the cliffs between Sheringham and Cromer, taking in the heady heights of Beeston Bump.
38. Climb to Norfolk’s highest point at Pretty Corner, near Sheringham.
39. Holt Country Park offers various woodland walks for all
40. Take a walk along the Bure valley from Castle Acre to West Acre and visit the priory and castle ruins.
Taste of the Coast & Inland
41. Pick your own samphire on the salt marshes at Stiffkey.
42. Buy a dressed crab in Cromer.
43. Enjoy a Norfolk-made ice cream at Wells.
44. Pick your own fruit to take home, and then settle down for lunch and glorious views (and cakes) at the cafe at Wiveton Hall Fruit Farm.
45. A massive seafood platter scoffed in the simple surroundings of Cookies of Salthouse is an iconic Norfolk eating experience.
46. Enjoy a pub lunch with a sea-themed name – try The Ship at Weybourne, The Ship at Brancaster, The Anchor at Morston or The Lifeboat at Thornham.
47. Take a traditional afternoon cream tea at the cliff-top Sea Marge Hotel in Overstrand.
48. Dine in style at award winning Morston Hall.
49. Eat fish and chips, watching the sunset at sunny Hunny (Hunstanton).
50. Have an evening meal at one of the many local inns such as Colkirk Crown, Blue Boar at Gt Ryburgh, Dabbling Duck at Gt Massingham, Brisley Bell, White Horse at Longham
51. Artists adore the Norfolk coast – call in at some of the dozens of galleries showcasing paintings, sculpture, ceramics and more.
52. Enjoy some traditional seaside entertainment with a trip to Cromer’s end-of-the-pier theatre.
53. The Sainsbury Centre at the University of East Anglia hosts some of the country’s leading art exhibitions.
54. The Norfolk Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre at Cley holds regular nature-themed art exhibitions.
55. The annual Folk on the Pier Festival takes place in Cromer during May.
56. Visit one of Holts many art Galleries with exhibitions held throughout the year.
57. The 110-year-old Yarmouth Hippodrome is Britain’s only surviving total circus building, and hosts orchestras and singers as well as spectacular circus shows.
58. Fancy a play? Then a visit to Norwich theatre Royal or Norwich Playhouse or the Maddermarket Theatre.
59. Princess theatre Hunstanton & the Little Theatre in Sherringham host various shows throughout the year. Check out what’s on while you’re here.
60. Westacre Theatre is situated in rural West Norfolk and comprises a small Studio Theatre housed in a converted Methodist chapel & provides high quality entertainment, drama workshops and classes, film nights.
A Piece of History
61. Step back into prehistory at Holme, where the Seahenge Temple was discovered.
62. Roam with the Romans & see the impressive remains of Burgh Castle – a Roman fortress which became a monastery, then a castle.
63. There are more Roman remains to see at Brancaster & Caistor near Norwich.
64. Waxham Barn is one of the biggest ancient tithe barns in the country – and has a courtyard teashop too.
65. Norwich has one of the most complete medieval city walls in the country with cobbled streets and shopping in the Lanes.
66. Visit spectacular Norwich Cathedral & pop into the Adam & Eve, the oldest pub in Norwich for a spot of lunch.
67. Thursford Museum/Collection. Come and see the world’s largest collection of steam engines and organs. Ride on an original fairground carousel. Also home of the popular and most spectacular Christmas show of all time in Britain today.
68. Return to the age of steam with a trip on the North Norfolk Railway.
69. Happisburgh has an astonishing history – from the earliest-known human settlement in northern Europe to Britain’s only independent working lighthouse.
70. See the bones of the hairy elephant, found in the cliffs of West Runton, at Cromer museum.
Days out with the kids (or not!)
71. Hire a bicycle and ride the many forest tracks at Thetford Forest
or try the Go Ape high wire walk through the tree tops.
72. Go back in time at the Dinosaur Adventure Park at Lenwade
73. Visit one of the areas many zoos at Cromer, Banham Thrigby Hall & Kessingland.
74. Bewilderwood near Wroxham has family fun & adventure with zip wires, a tree house, jungle bridges, Crocklebogs, boat trips story telling & marsh walks
75. Take a fascinating look at military history at the Muckleburgh Collection near Weyborne and hitch a ride on one of the military vehicles.
76. Have a smashing splashing day out at Splash swimming pool at Sheringham.
77. Spend the day at Pleasurewood Hills. A 59 acre theme park located just outside Lowestoft. Thrill rides, family rides & childrens rides.
78. Gaze in wonder at the many species of sea creatures at Hunstanton or Great Yarmouth sea life centres.
79. Try a ride on one of the oldest roller coasters in the country at the Pleasure Beach, Great Yarmouth.
80. Whitlingham Outdoor Education Centre is a purpose built outdoor activities centre on the outskirts of Norwich.They run a number of activities including windsurfing, sailing, archery, kayaking.
Watch the Wildlife
81. stroll around Pensthorpe Nature Reserve & Gardens and host of the popular programme spring watch.
82. Explore the abundant bird life of Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s Cley Marshes Reserve; see marsh harriers and bitterns in the reed beds.
83. Spot avocets, gulls, wading birds and terns among the shallow lagoons and reed beds at Titchwell’s RSPB Reserve.
84. Take a boat from Morston or Blakeney Quay to see the seals – you might even spot a cute pup.
85. Learn about bird ringing, migratory patterns and spot unusual species at Holme Bird Observatory,
86. Holkham isn’t just about the beach - it is actually a National Nature Reserve, full of wonderfully diverse wildlife.
87. Spot countless types of butterfly at Ringstead Downs, in the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
88. Walk along the board walks of the Broads nature reserves at Hickling & Ranworth.
89. Set in the wild and beautiful Yare Valley, near Norwich, Strumpshaw Fen is a great place to see the wildlife and landscapes of the Norfolk Broads.
90. Between mid-May and the end of July, North Denes beach at Yarmouth is home to the UK’s largest colony of little terns.
Proms and piers
91. Watch the world go by or enjoy fish and chips on Cromer Pier - don’t miss its record-breaking seaside special show
92. Try a game of bingo or take your chance on the camel derby on Britannia Pier in Yarmouth.
93. Enjoy a game of bowling at Yarmouth’s historic Wellington Pier – a true seaside icon.
94. Gorleston’s long promenade has a great diner overlooking the beach, perfect for an evening stroll.
95. Walk down the steps to Mundesley’s peaceful and unassuming promenade and watch the world go by.
96. Yarmouth’s Golden Mile is the ultimate prom – fish and chips, crazy golf, funfairs, a Sealife Centre, a model village and so much more.
97. Stroll from one end of Hunstanton to another, taking in the sights and sounds of the great British seaside.
98. Grab your roller skates and hit the rink at Lowestoft’s Claremont Pier.
99. If you want to venture a little further Southwold is a must. It’s the home of Adnams Brewery and has a new wooden pier.
100. Walk the invigorating 4.5 miles along the prom between Heacham and Hunstanton, enjoying fantastic views and great wildlife.