Wells Sunset

NORTH NORFOLK MONTH BY MONTH

January is the best time to plan your 2019 holiday – not only will it give you something to look forward to, but it means you get the best pick of accommodation, ideally suited for your stay. And there is a wide choice of places to stay to suit all needs.

Family friendly holiday parks offer a chance to explore the great outdoors and country cottages and hotels bring luxury to your visit. Stay close to the beach in B&Bs and sea-view guesthouses or relax in a cosy country pub. Get closer to nature by staying at a campsite or enjoy an ever-changing view with a boating or campervan holiday. Many accommodation providers are dog-friendly too.

North Norfolk is the natural choice for a holiday, with its 45 miles of unspoiled coastline and Blue Flag beaches, stunning countryside, charming towns and villages, fantastic food and drink, a great range of amazing attractions as well as stately homes and museums. Throughout the year, there are excellent events, festivals and carnivals offering plenty of family fun.

See our month by month round up North Norfolk through the year and see what’s new for 2019.

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February. The fantastic Viking Festival in Sheringham, celebrates the historical viking links. Enjoy street battle re-enactments, torch light parades, boat burning and great family entertainment. Spring flowers start to make an appearance; visit the carpet of snowdrops at Walsingham Abbey and Sheringham Park.
Snowdrops at Walsingham Abbey

March. The stunning carpets of Bluebells dotted around north Norfolk means Spring has arrived! And the UK is home to half of the global bluebell population and so our north Norfolk woodlands are the envy of Europe, with some of the best places to see these glorious displays. Discover our beautiful bluebell woodlands from March to May – a sight not to be missed!

BEST PLACES TO SEE BLUEBELLS

Blickling Estate

April means our family-friendly attractions reopen, with many offering indoor play areas and facilities. Get hands on and feed the lambs at Wroxham Barns on their Junior Farm, take in the amazing flora and wildlife a Pensthorpe Natural Park and Fairhaven Gardens, and it’s a great time to enjoy Cromer crabs and asparagus.

NORTH NORFOLK ATTRACTIONS

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THE FOODS OF NORTH NORFOLK

May. Sheringham Park has a nationally important collection of rhododendrons and during May/early June the display comes to its peak. Take a stroll down the main drive through the wild garden flanked on either side by flowering plants.

There are also lots of events to choose from. Enjoy the famous Crab & Lobster Festival, celebrating the sea-faring heritage of the seaside towns of Cromer and Sheringham as well as the Broads Outdoor Festival, offering activities and talks about this National Park which is home to over a quarter of the rarest wildlife in the England, 122 miles of rivers and 300km of footpaths. The Houghton International Horse Trials also take places in May.

New for 2019 is the Norfolk Bird and Wildlife Fair at Pensthorpe Natural Park, new to Norfolk, where visitors will have the opportunity to hear from experts in the fields of optic equipment, wildlife-inspired art and crafts, books and nature holidays.

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FESTIVALS AND CARNIVALS

Crab and Lobster Festival

June brings with it the longest day and the start of summer. A great chance to enjoy the beaches before the busy summer holiday season. There are six Blue Flag beaches along the coastline as well as many being in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

New for 2019. The Great British Cycling Festival 100-mile sportive will ride along closed roads in Norfolk; part of the wider celebration which includes the 2019 HSBC UK National Road Championships.

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Great British Cycling Festival 100-mile sportive
July. It’s festival fever this month (and August)! Head to Holt Festival where this Georgian town becomes home to street performers, musicians, poets, actors, dancers, artists and comedians. Wells Carnival brings family fun to this coastal town with great entertainment for all ages including raft races, fun runs and sandcastle competitions. Sheringham Carnival is another celebration of the area with plenty of family fun, local food, events, parades and music. And make a weekend of it at Worstead Festival, fun for all the family with rural crafts, entertainment, food, music, plus lots of activities for the younger festival goers.
Sheringham Beach

August. The beaches are the obvious place to go this month and offer great days out. Also get closer to nature at the many reserves and for family entertainment, head to the fantastic attractions from zoos to boat rides to zip wiring! The annual Cromer Summer Show, the last end of pier show in the world, is not to be missed. North Norfolk also has lots of stunning salt marshes to explore, providing some of the best seafood in the country.

EXPLORE SALT MARSHES

It’s carnival crazy in August; Cromer Carnival offers a week of festival family fun with children's entertainment, live music, rides and local food, culminating in a spectacular Carnival Parade. The North Norfolk Music Festival brings an eclectic mix of music, talks and films over two weeks in South Creake and the Hunstanton Kite Festival is a long-running annual event, with fantastic colourful kite displays, a classic car rally, air displays, craft fair and stalls and childrens' activities. 

A favourite with residents and visitors is the World Pier Crabbing Championships on Cromer Pier, that takes place over the August Bank Holiday weekend. Enter as a team or individual and whoever catches the most crabs, wins a prize! There are lots of stalls and trails to enjoy and of course try out the famous Cromer Crab!

September. This is a great month to visit; the weather is still good, the sea is warm, the countryside is looking beautiful, there’s lots of wildlife to spot, everything is still open and it's much less crowded. There are also some fantastic events celebrating the heritage and culture of north Norfolk.

North Norfolk Railway’s 1940s Weekend at Sheringham offers a real journey back in time, and the North Norfolk Food Festival at Holkham celebrates the delicious local produce on offer. September also brings the Heritage Open Days events, England's largest festival of history and culture. Every year for four days in September, historical venues in north Norfolk throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences for free.

Head to the Deepdale Festival for a weekend of fantastic food, great live music, spoken word, drum jams and street entertainment, all in a chilled atmosphere.

THINGS TO DO IN SEPTEMBER

1940s Weekend

October. Autumn is a stunning time to explore north Norfolk, with beautiful scenery and wonderful wildlife. The leaves are transforming woodlands into a backdrop of red, gold and orange, fungi spring up overnight and the skies are full of migrating birds. You may catch sight of an otter along the Broads, or hear the sounds of deer rutting. As Autumn is such a magical time, there are many events taking place celebrating the best of this season.

There’s no better time to put on the walking boots and stride out through the north Norfolk countryside. There are plenty of routes and trails suitable for all ages and abilities including the Norfolk Trails network which has over 1000 miles of walking, cycling and bridle routes throughout Norfolk. During October, the Norfolk Walking & Cycling Festival includes an exciting range of events for all ages, abilities and interest. The festival provides the perfect chance to explore the best of Norfolk’s beautiful countryside through guided walks, bike rides and talks.

WALKING

At the end of October/beginning of November, Norfolk Restaurant Week takes place, north Norfolk’s largest dining event. This culinary celebration of the vibrant restaurant scene, fine food and the people who produce it, provides an opportunity to sample restaurants at unmissable prices.

FOOD & DRINK

THINGS TO DO IN AUTUMN

Beeston Bump Coastal Path

November. Winter brings a raft a wildlife to north Norfolk. Home to the largest seal colony in England and boasting some of the best birdwatching in the UK, north Norfolk is a natural delight. Wrap up warm and head out at sun rise, and you’ll be treated to north Norfolk’s brilliant migratory birdlife, including the pink footed geese. Take a boat trip to Blakeney Point to see the seals and their pups.

SEAL WATCHING

North Norfolk’s skies at night also provide a natural wonder; boasting some of the UK’s darkest skies, north Norfolk offers clear views, making it the perfect place for a spot of star-gazing. Kelling Heath Holiday Park runs Star Parties where you can go along with a blanket, a flask and your binoculars and marvel at the stars above.

DARK SKIES

Seals in North Norfolk
December. There are lots of festive events for all the family during December, from markets to pantomimes to meeting Father Christmas. Keep an eye on our what's on pages for event updates.
Holkham Hall at Christmas