Easter in Norfolk
Easter in Norfolk, a beautiful time of the year
Celebrating Easter in North Norfolk is a delightful way to spend a few days. The coastline is at its most sparkling, with blue and white tones reflected in sea and sky; the countryside is bursting into a blaze of springtime greens and yellows; the restaurants and cafes are refreshed after their winter break and there is a ‘newness’ and anticipation that is both heady and contagious.
If you are guests at Rookery Farm Barns and looking for things to do during your Easter in Norfolk, here are a few of our favourite suggestions. (With thanks to the website www.visitnorthnorfolk.com).
Walking in north Norfolk
The Norfolk coastal path offers 45 miles of unspoilt coastline with superb views out to sea and inland. The path starts at Hunstanton and ends at Sea Palling and runs through an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
The Norfolk Broads offers its own unique landscape with more than 190 miles of footpaths and nature trails that take you through quite country lanes and rolling countryside as well as walks by the water ways of the Broads themselves.
Spend a day at the beach
Easter in Norfolk would not be complete without a day at the beach. 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.
Take a trip on a steam train
The North Norfolk railway, also known as the Poppy Line, runs from Sheringham to Holt, stopping off at Weybourne and Kelling Heath (return trip from Holt only).
The 10.5 mile round trip by steam train (vintage diesel trains on some journeys) is a great way to see this delightful area of North Norfolk. To the south are wooded hills and the Norfolk beauty spots of Kelling Heath and Sheringham Park. To the north, the sea. All within easy walking distance from the various stations. The flowers are a sight to see throughout the year. In spring and early summer there are primroses, bluebells and the yellow gorse. Later in the year the poppies abound and are set off by the mauve heathers.
There are also historic stations, a museum of the railway’s history, a museum signal box and a children’s activity carriage. Visit the website for further details of events this Easter and during the spring season.
Get 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, offer a choice of distances, 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.
See the seals
There are numerous boat operators who will take you out to see the seals at close quarters. The Norfolk seal colonies comprise Grey Seals and Common Seals which have made the north Norfolk coast their home. The Common Seals pup between June and August while the Grey Seals have their pups between October and December. Morston Quay and Blakeney Harbour are two favourite spots from which to catch a boat to see the seals.
Visit Beans Boat trips for information about seal watching during your Easter in Norfolk trip.
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 rock pooling 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.
These are just some of the exciting outdoor activities that you can do during your Easter in Norfolk holiday.