The English county of Norfolk makes an ideal ‘staycation’ for many reasons. Its location on the east coast of England, offers 45 miles of coastline and beaches to explore.
Whether you’re a couple, with friends, a family or even on a hen/stag do, Norfolk has plenty of holiday ideas to satisfy all.
Forget your perception of the UK as only having rocky beaches and sand-less shores. Norfolk has many golden beaches to choose from — all you have to do is pick one that’s perfect for you.
By far, the most popular resort in Norfolk is Great Yarmouth. A popular holiday destination since the late 1700s, Great Yarmouth has more than 15 miles of sandy beaches in the area.
The ‘Golden Mile’ is classic British seaside entertainment at its best. Choose from the indoor and outdoor entertainment venues, such as the arcades centre, or the rides and attractions along the seafront.
Go rustic and eat fish and chips on the beach, or get all nostalgic by gnawing on a stick of rock or candy floss along the shore.
Holkham and Wells-next-the-Sea
If you prefer somewhere with a few less bodies, head to the north coast of Norfolk. Here you’ll find Wells-next-the-Sea and Holkham. Along with being home to the privately owned Holkham Hall, the other main attraction is the remote, unspoiled beach.
If you thought you could only find white sands in the tropics, think again. Holkham Beach is sandy white and backed by sand dunes and pine woods.
Wells-next-the-Sea is a quaint harbour town, which today is still used by sailing and crabbing boats. From the town, take a light railway that’ll bring you to Walsingham. It’s a short walk from here to the uncrowded Wells Beach, which was voted 2016 Beach of the Year.
Rows of colourful beach huts will welcome you as your feet hits the shore, as will the local seals, whom you can often find chilling on the sand banks.
If you want to see the ‘Venice of the east’ along with some mind-blowing scenery along the way, go straight to the Norfolk Broads.
A man-made national park, the Broads has over 125 miles of waterways and nature to explore, with the glorious Norfolk countryside in the background.
Given its formation, there’s no better way to explore the Broads than by boat. There are options to go private or join a group boat trip.
Along the way, don’t miss out on visiting the pretty villages and market towns; they’re the best way to meet the locals!
You don’t have to be a hiker to enjoy a walk in the countryside, and Norfolk has many trails to choose from, varying in length and suitable for all.
The Norfolk Coast Path is a short walk that starts at Humstanton and ends at Sea Palling. Enjoy the views of the landscape, and admire the scenery as you walk through the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
For those seeking a lengthier trail, why not try Three Rivers Way? This trail begins at Hoveton to Potter Heigham and can be done by foot or on bike.
It’s the first stretch of Norfolk’s newest trail between Hoveton and Horning, with plenty to see and do along the way.
Where to stay
When it comes to choosing accommodation in Norfolk, you really are spoiled for choice. As well as the traditional bed and breakfast places and hotels, there’s also the option to stay in luxury accommodation, or go rustic and camp out beneath the stars.
Boating holidays are naturally another popular option, especially if you want to stay in, and explore, the Broads. Personally, I quite like the idea of staying in a traditional Norfolk cottage!
Whether you settle upon a luxurious barn conversion, a chalet, or a beach house at the Norfolk seafront, add Norfolk to your list of places to visit, and see for yourself why people return again and again.