Easter in north Norfolk

things to do in north norfolk during easter 2017

Easter is a great time to visit north Norfolk. With the warmer weather, lighter days, stunning countryside and beautiful beaches, it’s a lovely time to head to the outdoors. Over Easter 2017, there's plenty of activities to keep children entertained and head to the coast and countryside for some fresh air and great days out.

1. Walking in north Norfolk. Going for walks during Spring offers spectacular views with wild flowers, leafy trees and bluebells. Head to the coast and take your pick from the 45 miles of unspoilt coastline for walks with superb views out to sea and inland. And the unique Broads National Park has over 190 miles of footpaths and nature trails through quiet country lanes and rolling countryside, with beautiful walks by the waterways of the wildlife-rich Norfolk Broads.The Norfolk Coast Path is ideal for all ages and abilities and runs through an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty from Hunstanton to Sea Palling. Famous for its wide skies, salt marshes, sandy beaches and gently rolling glacier shaped hinterland, there is nowhere else like it.


2. Hop over to the north Norfolk coast. Choose from the many award winning beaches that are unspoilt, clean, safe, family as well as dog-friendly and beautiful in the Spring. Enjoy the huge expanses of sands at Brancaster, Holkham and Wells-next-the Sea with its famous backdrop of colourful beach huts and shady pinewoods. Discover the famous striped cliffs, rock pools and amazing sunsets at Hunstanton, a great beach to spend the day. 
Blue Flag beaches can be found at Cromer North, Sea Palling, Sheringham and Mundesley, all perfect for family days out with traditional seaside charm. Or to have a brush with the past, visit West Runton, on the Deep History Coast, and try out beachcombing where you just might uncover an ancient fossil, amber, sea glass and even fossilised hyena dung! This is where the infamous 600,000 year old mammoth skeleton was found, which was the most complete specimen to have been discovered in the world.

3. All aboard! Hop on the Wells & Walsingham Railway White Rabbit Easter I-Spy Trail between 1-17 April to hunt for clues along the four-mile journey on the world’s the longest 10 1/4" narrow gauge steam railway. For a journey back in time, head to the Poppy Line (North Norfolk Railway) Spring Steam Gala, 21–23 April. This steam engine extravaganza gives visitors the opportunity to see guest steam engines working alongside the usual fleet.

4. Easter Activities. Pensthorpe Natural Park is running an Easter Eggstravaganza, 1–17 April where children can enjoy an egg hunt and Easter crafts. At Gooderstone Water Gardens between 14-17 April, walk around the stunning waterways and walking trails to find bunnies hiding in the gardens to win a sweet treat. For a chance to get hands on with nature, try bottle feeding lambs at Wroxham Barns during the Easter holidays. The Easter Family Fun at Blickling Estate runs from 1-17 April and has craft activities, dressing up, garden trails and exploring secret tunnels to keep all ages happy throughout the school holidays. And from 14-17 April, the Holkham Easter Express will take you on a trailer ride over to the Walled Garden where you will find games, face painting and listen to storytellers in the enchanted yurt.

5. Get muddy! If you head to the River Burn at low tide at Burnham Overy Staithe, you'll be treated to great mud banks! From there, you can walk to the beach along the riverside, which is part of the Holkham National Nature Reserve. A great day out for all the family.

6. Get out on yer bike! Cycling along north Norfolk's quiet country lanes and coastal paths is a great way to explore the area. Tracking along disused railway paths, country parks, forest paths, bridleways and quiet roads, the Sustrans National Cycle Network passes through Norfolk and has routes that are safe, shorter, fun and simple. Routes including Marriott's Way, are ideal for children to practice their cycling as well as enjoying family bike rides. And if you don't have a bike, there are plenty of places to hire them throughout north Norfolk from tandems to bikes with trailers for children.

7. Marvellous museums. There are many museums around north Norfolk, great for days out. Head to the RNLI Henry Blogg Museum and discover the history of the courageous lifeboat men who saved lives at sea in Cromer. The Cromer Museum provides an insight into Cromer in the 19th century and see some of the bones from the famous West Runton mammoth, Britain's oldest and most complete skeleton discovery. There's also The Mo in Sheringham, that tells fascinating stories of Sheringham's history through its people and boats.


8. Easter feasts. If you fancy eating out over Easter, there is a whole host of restaurants, gastro-pubs, cafes and pubs to try out locally produced food. Try freshly caught seafood including the famous Cromer crab, local beer and locally grown produce. Many eateries are dog-friendly and there's lots of places suitable for children with play areas and things to keep young ones amused. 


9. See the seals. Take a boat trip to see the amazing seal colonies. The seals often pop up and swim around the boats during your ride and the trips can take you close to the basking seals on the beach. Trips go from Morston Quay and Blakeney Harbour and take about an hour.


You can also take seal trips aboard the amphibious vessels, The Wash Monsters, from Hunstanton to the Wash, to see the group of Common seals.


10. Go crabbing! North Norfolk is great for crabbing. The crabs love to inhabit the estuarial and creek waters and also feed off the Cromer Chalk Reef. Best places to go crabbing are Wells Harbour, Blakeney and Cromer Pier. Or you can head to the tidal creeks at Brancaster Staithe, Titchwell or Burnham Overy Staithe and you can go rockpooling for them too in Hunstanton. Tips for kind crabbing: make sure you use sea water in your bucket, don't keep them for too long and release them gently back into the sea.


11. Great days out. Head to the many attractions in north Norfolk from zoos to stately homes to nature reserves to adventure playgrounds. Take your pick from Amazona Zoo to Bewilderwood to Pensthorpe Natural Park to Felbrigg Hall, all are great fun, whatever the weather.



12. Go cloud spotting. North Norfolk has big skies, ideal for cloud spotting. Find a space like Beeston Bump in Sheringham, look up and see what clouds you can spot. See our film on how to spot clouds