North Norfolk Coast

Things to do in summer in north norfolk

Norfolk is the combined sunniest/driest county in the country so summer is a wonderful time to Nip to North Norfolk. The warmer weather, lighter days and fantastic scenery is perfect for enjoying activities. There are lots of family-friendly attractions, walking and cycling routes, beaches and history and heritage waiting to be discovered. Read our list of best activities to enjoy in north Norfolk in the summer and make the most of the coast and countryside.

Enjoy 45 miles of unspoilt coastline! The north Norfolk coast has award winning and Blue Flag stunning beaches, many within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, great for building sandcastles, swimming, walking and playing games. Take your pick from the dramatic white sands at Wells-next-the-Sea and Holkham, the tidal marshes at Scolt Head and Blakeney, traditional seaside resorts at Sheringham, CromerMundesley and the colourful cliffs at Hunstanton.

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North Holkham Beach

Broads by boat. The unique Broads National Park is perfect for exploring by boat. The 125 miles of lock-free magical waterways offer a tranquil setting with spectacular scenery and wildlife. When you’re ready to eat or stretch your land legs, moor up and take a walk or stop off for some local produce at the many pubs, restaurants and cafes.

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Fantastic festivals. Summer is the time for north Norfolk festivals and carnivals. There are events with music, food and children’s entertainment, all celebrating the area’s heritage. Come to the carnivals in Holt, Wells and Sheringham, and the World Pier Crabbing Championships take place in August in Cromer.

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World Pier Crabbing Championships, Cromer

Amazing attractions. North Norfolk has some of the best visitor attractions in the country! For family fun, treehouses, jungle bridges, zip wires and outdoor adventure, head to award-winning BeWILDerwood in the Broads. Pensthorpe Natural Park in Fakenham, a multiple award-winning attraction lets you experience 700 acres of wildlife, gardens, adventure and indoor play and at Amazona Zoo, you can discover South American tropical animals in Cromer! Or for an adrenalin filled day out, head to Hilltop Outdoor Centre for high ropes, zip wires, climbing walls and the famous AIR JUMP!

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Bewilderwood

Walking and cycling for everyone. There are plenty of walking and cycling routes for all abilities in north Norfolk and summer is spectacular for views with wild flowers, leafy trees and the famous Norfolk poppies. There are short and circular routes or if you’re looking for a quieter pace and for those looking for more of a challenge there a long distance trails.

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Norfolk Walking & Cycling Festival

Historical homes and halls. North Norfolk's history is unique and intriguing. The wealth of landowners has left a legacy of stately homes and halls. Head to Holkham Hall to see one of the finest Palladian houses along with Houghton Hall & Gardens, the home of Britain’s first Prime Minister. The National Trust’s Blickling Hall, Anne Boleyn's birthplace and Felbrigg Hall are fascinating to explore and of course there's the Royal family's Sandringham which is a must see.

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Houghton Hall

Enjoy fantastic seasonal food and drink. With its long coastline and rich agricultural heritage, north Norfolk is awash with local food producers, independent delis, fantastic gastro pubs with their own micro-breweries and restaurants serving menus created from locally sourced ingredients. Summer is the time to try the famous Cromer crab which gets its sweet taste from the Cromer chalk beds as well as samphire which grows wild and is only in season a short time over the summer.

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Cromer Crab

Take a step back in time. North Norfolk has its own version of the Jurassic Coast, the Deep History Coast. Discoveries along the coast line have revealed, the largest woolly mammoth skeleton, Neolithic flint axes and the oldest-known human footprints outside the Rift Valley in Africa! Beachcombing on West Runton beach where the remains of a 600,000 year old mammoth were discovered, is great for finding fossils and a fascinating way to spend the day. 

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West Runton Beach Deep History Coast

Wonderful wildlife. Birdwatching in the summer months, may mean you get a glimpse of Common Terns, Sandwich and Arctic Terns and also Little Terns. Many begin to arrive from West Africa in April and breed into the season. To lay their eggs, they make a small scrape in the shingle. Also in the summer, common seals have their young between June and September and you can take a boat trip from Morston Quay to Blakeney Point to see the seals in their own habitat.

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Seals at Blakeney Point

Heritage railways. Hop aboard the North Norfolk Railway or the Poppy Line as it’s also known, one of the UK's most scenic heritage railways, and take in amazing views of the north Norfolk coast and countryside. Easily accessible from the main rail network by taking Bittern Line to Sheringham to pick up the heritage railway, the service operates both steam and diesel, and runs between Sheringham and the Georgian market town of Holt. Or take a ride on the Wells & Walsingham Railway, the longest 10 1/4" narrow gauge steam railway in the world in an open or covered carriage while taking in the glorious scenery.

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Heritage Railways in North Norfolk

Have a whale of a time in the water! North Norfolk is the perfect place for watersports. Try canoeing and paddleboarding on the tranquil Broads, have a go at surfing on the gentle waves, or enjoy kite surfing on the shores of Hunstanton, Heacham and Brancaster. There's plenty of places to hire equipment and have lessons or for the more experienced, take advantage of the relatively quiet waters and mild climate. 

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Surfing by Cromer Pier