Brancaster is made up of two villages, Brancaster Staithe and Brancaster. Brancaster sits on the Norfolk Coast Path. A four mile walk west takes you to Burnham Overy Staithe and along the way you can enjoy the wildlife the freshwater & saltwater habitats attract. In winter, the sky fills with the marvellous site of pink-footed geese. Just a couple of miles away is RSPB Titchwell Marsh, a renowned nature reserve and a haven for native & migrating birds.
All year round, Brancaster is a lively village with its fantastic Christmas market, the Outdoor & Wildlife festival in the summer and the shops at Dalegate Market. There’s a good range of places to stay & eat. Brancaster is known for its mussels & excellent seafood which you can try in the eateries or buy from stalls at the staithe or on the main road.
Brancaster Staithe was once a busy port before trade declined in the 1800s, full with ships carrying coal & grain, for a malt house, thought to be the biggest in England. A thriving fishing industry survives today and the harbour is a hub for leisure boats.
One of the driest villages in the country there is always something to enjoy outdoors such as sailing or kite surfing (in designated areas). Brancaster beach is stunning with miles of unspoilt golden sand and is dog friendly (with minor restrictions in the summer). When the tide is out you can see an old shipwreck, the remains of SS Vina which was used by the RAF for target practice before the Normandy landing. The beach is enjoyable all year round just make sure you check the high tide times, to avoid being stranded when the road can become flooded.
If you’re looking for a holiday with a beach, good walking, wildlife, outdoor activities & great seafood, Brancaster is the perfect base.