Cromer holidaymakers Top 10 activities

by Virginia Court.

Natural beauty, a warm welcome and traditional seaside charm are just some of the “gems” that attract holidaymakers to North Norfolk all year round, making Cromer an ideal base for a break at any time of the year.

From the historic grandeur of the Blickling Hall estate near Aylsham to the wild and impressive Blakeney Point, North Norfolk’s coastline and land-based attractions make the area a year-round destination.

There are many local festivals in Cromer including the Crab & Lobster festival in May, celebrating our famous seafood industry, Carnival weeks in August, COAST Arts festival in October and a new Christmas market in early December.

Our team of receptionists Naomi, Jo & Kiaya are all Cromer locals so can help you plan your daily activities but in the meantime some of our guests favourite activities are outlined below:

Stately homes
Historic homes, stunning gardens and parkland run by the National Trust, are at Blickling Hall near Aylsham, Felbrigg near Cromer and Sheringham Park, with busy programmes of events. Further afield you can visit Sandringham, the winter home of the Royal family and Houghton Hall with its popular gardens.

Nature
Enjoy the wildlife and wonders of a wilderness coast by taking a boat trip to see the seals at Blakeney Point, or wander and bird watch at the Cley marshes nature reserve. The famous Pensthorpe birding nature park is close by as well. 40 minutes inland and you could be exploring the world famous Norfolk Broads on a self drive boat or guided tour.

Beaches
North Norfolk is bucket and spade heaven with four lifeguarded Blue Flag beaches at Cromer, Sheringham, Mundesley and Sea Palling. For the more active there’s a surf school at Cromer and jet ski hire at Sea Palling. There are also isolated beaches where you can go for walks where you will not see anyone for miles.

Entertainment
Cromer Pier is home to the unique Seaside Special end-of-the-pier variety show, along with a selection of touring shows. Sheringham’s Little Theatre hosts a summer-long professional drama season. North Norfolk’s newest attraction is Davenport’s Magic Kingdom at North Walsham – a museum of illusions with regular magic shows to confound and amaze.

Railways
Ride on a steam train to be transported back to another era at the North Norfolk Railway’s line between Sheringham and Holt. The Bure Valley Railway from Aylsham to Wroxham also runs little steamers and there is the Wells to Walsingham line.

Museums
North Norfolk abounds with history, which can be seen in the towns’ various museums and heritage centres. They include the RNLI Henry Blogg museum at Cromer, Muckleburgh Military Museum at Weybourne and the motorcycle museum at North Walsham.

Gardens
Green fingered fans can visit the Old Vicarage Gardens at East Ruston, or get lost in the Priory Maze and Gardens at Beeston Regis. Children will have fun at the seasonal Wizard Maze at Metton.

Animals
Cromer’s Amazona Zoo features creatures from South America. Aylsham’s Redwings centre showcases’s the sanctuary’s horse welfare work and see Shire Horses at the Hillside centre at West Runton.

Sport
There are top golf courses at Cromer and Sheringham and for indoor action the Splash and Victory Leisure Centres at Sheringham and North Walsham, where Rossi’s centre also has 10-pin bowling. There is also surfing and stand up paddleboarding at Cromer.

Cromer Crabbing
Guests of all ages can enjoy trying to catch their own tea! This activity is best tried off the Pier in Cromer or the harbour walls at Blakeney or Wells next the Sea. Don’t worry if you can’t catch a crab big enough for tea The Dining Room at Virginia Court Hotel offers a choice of fresh Cromer crab salads or Crab Thermidor throughout the crab season (generally April – September)!