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Enjoy north norfolk safely

Before traveling to north Norfolk, please read the lastest official Government guidelines relating to COVID-19 to ensure you're fully informed, adhering to government guidance and legislation and you are well enough to travel. 

Together with the local authority, businesses and residents, we are working hard to protect the health of people who live here and visitors, enabling everyone to enjoy north Norfolk safely and with confidence. 

For those who live here or can visit, please follow measures put in place in our towns, countryside and coast to help protect the area, and act with consideration for those around you for the duration of your visit. That way, we can all protect, respect and enjoy north Norfolk.


See our advice below to enjoy north Norfolk safely and we looking forward to seeing you soon.


We're Good to Go: To help you feel confident and comfortable about visiting and staying in north Norfolk, we’re proud to be part of the national We're Good to Go scheme in place across England, Scotland and Wales. To protect the health and wellness of everyone out and about exploring our coast, towns and countryside, local businesses are implementing a range of new measures in line with VisitEngland's We're Good to Go criteria – giving you the confidence to visit safely.

These new measures will include and are not limited to:
Online booking for attractions and limited capacity to ensure visitors can socially distance as well as additional handwashing/santising stations
Single file systems in indoor areas such as shops and museums
Takeaway food and drink for eating out
For eating in, many eateries are offering pre-booked orders to reduce waiting time as well as assigned time slots and table service
Screening at counter and staff wearing PPE
Stringent cleaning regimes with accommodation providers.

Keep an eye out for the green tick.


Pensthorpe Natural Park


Know Before You Go: When lockdown is over, our attractions, places to stay and places to go will be open again, according to the government's roadmap, ready for you to visit for the day, a short break or holiday. With 45 miles of coastline, beautiful countryside, charming towns and villages, nature reserves, outdoor activities, fun-filled attractions and the Deep History Coast, there is plenty of fun, and space (to spread out), to enjoy time together in north Norfolk.

But before you visit north Norfolk, we recommend you check ahead of your journey so you're in the know before you go. For the most up to date information, check directly with the accommodation provider, attraction or place to visit before you go to find out about the new measures being put in place to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit.

Many visitor attractions in north Norfolk will be opening their doors (according to the government's roadmap dates) to visitors again in different ways to ensure everyone is kept safe. From pre-booked time slots, to individual steam railway carriages, to socially distanced visits, there are plenty of measures in place to help you enjoy your days out to beautiful gardens, nature reserves and historic grounds with confidence. 

If you're traveling by Coastliner buses, you will need to wear a facemask/covering. If you are traveling by car, please use car parks where you can and park considerately, ensuring you are not on private land or blocking access routes and private driveways. 



Know Before You Go


You are Welcome: The local authority has been providing advice and guidance to local businesses and, with the County Council, have introduced a series of measures to keep coastal and town areas as safe as possible. These include social distancing measures by narrowing some road carriageways, widening pavements and placing advisory one-way markers for pedestrians on pavements and promenade areas.

These measures are implemented in: Cromer town centre and seafront, Fakenham, Holt, North Walsham, Hoveton, Mundesley, Sheringham town centre and seafront, Stalham and Wells.

Top tips for safe visiting:

  1. Go with the flow: follow the new signage that has been put in place in many towns and villages
  2. Be safe, keep your distance and stay spaced out
  3. Help us help you stay safe: remember to wash your hands often, use free sanitiser stations, use contactless payment, and wear a face covering in shops
  4. Visit with confidence: Our local businesses are working hard to help protect the safety of customers and staff. Look out for their Covid risk assessment certificates and We're Good to Go green tick badges.

With visitors and residents following these guidelines, we can help keep towns and seafront areas safe and welcoming.

You are Welcome


North Norfolk has plenty of beaches along its coastline, lots of beautiful countryside and many towns and villages to visit to avoid over-crowding at popular spots. Getting off the beaten track means you can discover parts of north Norfolk you've never explored before. And find some hidden gems along the way!

Take your pick from our walking and cycling trails throughout the coast and countryside. Or try any part (or all!) of the 36km Deep History Coast Discovery Trail with eleven Discovery Points along the way. Excellent fun for all ages in the fresh air.

The Broads National Park has over 125 miles of lock-free waterways and quiet cycleways and trails to follow and spread out from everyone. You could even hire a day boat to explore the Broads in isolation. 

North Norfolk attractions have safety measures in place to ensure your visit is as safe as possible while you have fun. Why not try a new place you've never visited before?

There's lots of parks and gardens and forests to explore with plenty of space for everyone. Just ensure you keep your distance and find your own quiet spot.


Coastal and countryside codes: Much of north Norfolk is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and home to wildlife which needs protecting. By following the Norfolk Coast Partnership's Coastal Code and Natural England's Countryside Code, we can protect the landscape, wildlife and each other.


Keep safe:
Prepare any relevant maps, guidebooks and other information to take with you
Take account of weather conditions and tide times
Check for up-to-date advice and restrictions eg when it's breeding season
Let someone know where you're going and when you expect to return

Read local updates/information and act on any advice given:
Use public transport, walk or cycle and if using the car, please drive and park responsibly
Keep to paths/routes and leave gates as you find them
Use public waste bins or take litter home
Shop locally and use local services
Protect the area and its wildlife

Take care not to disturb wildlife:
Keep away from cordoned areas and ensure you don't harm, destroy or remove any wildlife/plants/rocks
Only light fires/BBQs in designated places

Guidance for dog-walkers:
Be aware of, and adhere to, restrictions limiting where dogs can go
Keep your dog close to you and under your control; use a lead when needed/ requested and prevent your dog from approaching cordoned areas
Bag and bin your dog's poo.


Holkham Beach


Staying safe on our beaches: We have 45 miles of coastline, many beaches, six of which are Blue Flag; so there is plenty of space for everyone. Know before you go where to park, which facilities are open and check ahead to see which beaches are busy before you set off.

If you visit a beach and find it looks busy, then it probably is. So make sure you have a plan B in place to find another beach less crowded. It will be a better and safer experience for you and the people around you – and you could find some real hidden gems!


Our beaches are some of the most beautiful and unique landscapes in the country, but they can bring unique dangers, with sand bars and fast-flowing channels appearing and disappearing on the tide. See our tips for safe visting:

  1. Please help us to keep our beaches beautiful – take all your litter with you when you go and leave only your footprints behind
  2. Continue to practice social distancing when you are out and about
  3. Look out for the red and yellow flags that mean a lifeguard is on duty and indicates where you should swim or bodyboard. Never enter the water if a red flag is flying
  4. Check the weather forecast, tide times and read local hazard signage
  5. Keep a close eye on your family – on the beach and in the water and don’t allow your family to swim alone
  6. Don’t use inflatables
  7. If you fall into the water unexpectedly, FLOAT to live. Fight your instinct to thrash around, lean back, extend your arms and legs, and float
  8. In an emergency dial 999, and ask for the Coastguard.
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What to do if you feel ill with coronavirus like symptoms: Stay indoors and avoid contact with people if you feel unwell if you have symptoms of Covid-19 which are:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

You will need to arrange a test by calling 119 and enter your holiday address into the site to get the test. Isolate immediately until the test results come back.


If your test comes back negative, as long as you feel well enough, please stay for the duration of your holiday, and enjoy north Norfolk. If the period you are booked to stay is shorter that the test period, you should arrange for the test results to be sent to your home. If you don’t return home immediately, you must stay self-isolated in your room.

If your test is positive and you feel well enough to travel, you need to return home as quickly and as directly as you can. You should travel back by car if someone else in the group can drive or drive yourself if it is safe to do so; you should not use public transport. If you cannot travel home you should self-isolate in your accommodation, but you will have to pay for any additional nights of stay in your accommodation. 

You will need to tell your accommodation provider immediately that you have tested positive. This way they can ensure they clean the accommodation in a suitable way to reduce possible onward transmission.

If the area you live in is subject to a localised lockdown and you are due to travel to north Norfolk, your accommodation provider should be in contact with you to rearrange your booking - or contact the provider directly to arrange this. Please do not travel to north Norfolk.