Norfolk is the combined sunniest/driest county in the country so summer is a wonderful time in 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, as well as excellent events, festivals and shows to enjoy. See 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, water sports, swimming and walking . Take your pick from the dramatic white sands at Wells-next-the-Sea and Holkham, traditional seaside resorts at Sheringham, Cromer, Mundesley and the fossil-reach sands at West Runton.


Cromer Pier Show. The famous Pavilion Theatre at the end of Cromer Pier is one of only five UK end of pier theatres and home to the award winning Cromer Pier Show - the only full season end of pier show in the world! Take the 151 metre walk along the pier to the theatre where you can look forward to a magical experience with a fusion of traditional and contemporary variety. Expect glitz and glamour, the finest production values, rib-tickling comedy, show-stopping vocals, mind-blowing specialty acts and an eclectic blend of dance!


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.


Catch a crab! Going crabbing, or gillie-crabbing, is great fun. There's lots of ways to do it but you won't go wrong with our step by step guide, which includes the best bait to use as well as how to look after your crabs for the short while before you release them back into the water.


Fantastic festivals and carnivals. Summer is the time for north Norfolk festivals and carnivals (please check in advance the events are going head). 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 (back again in 2023). The warmer weather and lighter evenings, means there are lots of shows and outdoor live concerts for all interests and ages from the only show at the end of a Pier to classical music to Classic Ibiza!


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!


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.


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.


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. For a real taste of the sea side, pick up some fish and chips or grab and ice cream to cool down.


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 rummaging in rock pools. Follow the Discovery Trail and use the free app to play games and bring the past back to life!


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.


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.


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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