Cromer Holiday Guide
Cromer is a delightful Victorian seaside town and the perfect holiday cottage base for exploring the North Norfolk coast. The wide sandy beach, compact town centre, renowned Cromer Pier and Pavilion Theatre, Henry Blogg Lifeboat Museum, as well as the highly regarded Royal Cromer Golf Club, rightly ensure Cromer retains poll position as a fantastic destination for family-friendly holidays on the North Norfolk coast.
Cromer is also on the North Norfolk Coast Path which runs through an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Walk the cliff-top paths and marvel at the stunning views out to sea or, for the more energetic, there is also a Glide Surf School at West Runton – a great way to appreciate the coastline views!
There are many town events throughout the year and the annual August Cromer Carnival is one of the most popular, with its treasure hunts, crab catching, Red Arrows, Grand Carnival Parade and spectacular firework display. The New Year’s Day firework display is another date for the diary.
Cromer is also a great base from which to enjoy the charm of nearby North Norfolk villages and towns, from Overstrand and Trimingham, to Mundesley, Aylsham and Sheringham. There are many National Trust properties nearby, as well as the North Norfolk Railway Steam Train, which operates from Sheringham. On a rainy day, Splash Leisure & Fitness Centre at Sheringham is well worth a visit: it has a pool, waterslide, sauna, gym and tennis courts.
Attractions and things to do
Guaranteed to entertain the little ones with its monkeys, flamingos, otters, birds of prey and big cats (including Pumas, Jaguars and Ocelots), a trip to AmazonaZOO is a day out all the family can enjoy. There’s a café for snacks or you can take your own picnic in the summer.Hall Road Cromer Norfolk NR27 9JG Tel: 01263 510741 Website
Cromer Pier and Pavilion Theatre
Cromer Pier is a local icon and, along with its renowned Pavilion Theatre and Tides restaurant, attracts a host of holiday-makers, anglers and crab-catchers to its walkways each year. The Theatre programme showcases some fantastic music, dance, opera and comedy, with the highlight being the ‘end-of-pier’ show, the Seaside Special.Cromer Norfolk NR27 9HE Tel: 01263 512495 Website
North Norfolk Coast Path
A haven for walkers, the North Norfolk Coast Path runs from Cromer to Hunstanton and takes in some quite spectacular scenery. The section of the trail from Cromer to Weybourne is eight and a half miles and spans woodland, skirts Sheringham and offers up some fabulous sea views from the cliff-top pathways. A little further on is Cley, a mecca for birdwatchers.The National Trail Office Baron's Close Fakenham Norfolk NR21 8BE Website
North Norfolk Railway
For train enthusiasts the North Norfolk Railway, running steam or vintage diesel trains on a 10-mile round trip from Sheringham, will be a hard experience to beat! The trip goes through some of Norfolk’s top beauty spots, including Sheringham Park and Kelling Heath. Children's activities and events are organised year-round.Sheringham Station Station Approach Sheringham Norfolk NR26 8RA Tel: 01263 820800 Website
Royal Cromer Golf Club
Enjoy a round of golf at one of Norfolk's finest courses with its spectacular cliff-top views to the sea and all the challenging features of a great coastal course. Visitors are very welcome, with visitor tee times being after 9.30am on weekdays and after 10.30am at weekends and bank holidays.145 Overstrand Road Cromer Norfolk NR27 0JH Tel: 01263 512884 Website
Local pubs and restaurants
This wonderful, cosy café serves extremely good cakes, excellent coffees and deliciously-warming hot chocolate! Morning coffee, lunch or afternoon tea – whatever your fancy – this café is an ideal stopping-off point. You’ll find the café a couple of streets back from the Esplanade and just along from the RNLI Henry Blogg Museum.43 Church Street Cromer Norfolk NR27 9HH Tel: 01263 510899 Website
The Saracens Head, Wolterton
Half an hour’s drive from Cromer – but well worth it, this amazing Georgian building is set in beautiful countryside and prides itself on serving locally sourced food from farms in the region, including meat from Blickling Estate and fresh fish from the North Norfolk coast. The menu changes to reflect the seasons and is truly mouthwatering!Wolterton Near Erpingham Norfolk NR11 7LZ Tel: 01263 768909 Website
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