Things to Do
If the fabulous beaches, saltmarshes and unspoilt countryside are not quite enough and you want to be a little more active, here are some suggestions.
Blakeney Point – Seals and boat trip
National Nature Reserve famous for bird watching and boat trips to watch the grey seal colony. Weather and tide dependent.
Cley Marshes Nature Reserve
One of the finest bird-watching sites in Britain and wonderful walks on boardwalks out across the marshes – take stout shoes!
Cley Spy, Birdwatching at Holt
Tel 01263 740088
Focus on Birds
Guided birding breaks in Norfolk, based at Wells.
Norfolk Sea Fishing
Sea fishing charter trips from Wells-Next-the-Sea.
Peddars Way & Norfolk Coast Path
National Trail for walkers, cyclists and horse riders.
Pensthorpe Nature Reserve & Gardens
An award winning attraction for nature-lovers. Nature trails, lakes, bird watching, stunning gardens, café and gift shop and the new Hootz House – epic indoor adventure for all the family whatever the weather. Situated between Fakenham and Guist.
Spectacular park and woodland garden – excellent for letting off steam and walking the dog.
East Ruston Old Vicarage Gardens, East Ruston
Home of the unstoppable gardeners, Alan Gray and Graham Robeson. A stunning treat.
Open March to October. Tel 01692 650432.
Houghton Hall, Kings Lynn
Stunning formal gardens at the stately home of Britain’s first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole
Tel 01485 528569.
Mannington Hall, near Saxthorpe
Enjoy the gardens and countryside around the home of Lord and Lady Walpole
Blickling Hall, near Aylsham
Spectacular Jacobean house owned by the National Trust with beautiful gardens and landscaped park. Hosts numerous activities and events throughout the year.
Tel 01263 738030
Holkham Hall, near Wells Next the Sea
Grand Palladian style house set in fabulous parkland. Hosts numerous and varied events/activities throughout the year.
Felbrigg Hall, Felbrigg
17th century house owned by the National Trust and set in fantastic parkland – perfect for walking the dogs (or children!). Café and shop plus lovely walled garden.
Tel 01263 837444
Home to the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh with lovely gardens open to the public. Hosts a spectacular annual flower show.
Tel 01553 612908
Overland Cycle Hire, Holt
Tel 01263 713293/07733 445511
Huff and Puff Cycles, Kelling Heath Holiday Park
Tel 07500 865095
West Runton Riding School, West Runton
Tel 01263 837339
Offer private tuition and charter at Morston/Blakeney. All equipment provided.
Tel 01263 740704
Woodlands Leisure Complex
Walking distance/short drive from Rookery Farm. Pool, jacuzzi, gym. Tel 01263 821208. www.woodlandsleisure.co.uk
Hilltop Outdoor Centre, Sheringham
Adventure Activity Days. Book your kids in for the day while you enjoy some grown-up time!
Booking essential – Tel 01263 824514.
Wroxham Barns, Wroxham
Something for all the family – junior farm, children’s fun fair, craft studios, gift and clothes shops, rose and plant centre, restaurant.
Extreeme Adventure, Weasenham Woods, Kings Lynn
High ropes and tall trees course for the over 10s
Wild, imaginative outdoor tree house adventure park.
Dinosaur Adventure Park, Norwich
Lots to do – don’t let the dinos know you’re there!
Sticky Earth Café, Cromer
Paint a piece of china, collect before you go home. Bookings 01263 519642.
Poppy Line Steam Railway
Runs from Sheringham to Holt via historic Weybourne Station
Wells Harbour Railway
Runs just under a mile from the harbour to the beach at Wells
Wells and Walsingham Light Railway
The longest 10¼” narrow gauge steam railway in the world. A scenic journey with five bridges through lovely countryside.
Sheringham Golf Club
A challenging 18-hole links course overlooking the sea
Links Country Park Hotel and Golf Club, West Runton
Tel 01263 838383.
Royal Cromer Golf Club
Historic 18-hole course overlooking Cromer beach.
Royal West Norfolk Golf Club, Brancaster
Tel 01485 210223
Book one-to-one tuition with golf pro in Holt.
Nick Catchpole 01263 570117
Sheringham Little Theatre
A thriving theatre in the centre of town – see what’s on via website
The Pavilion Theatre, Cromer
On the end of Cromer’s Victorian pier and home to the famous Seaside Special
The Auden Theatre, Greshams School, Holt
The Auden Theatre hosts a variety of remarkable musical and theatrical productions.
Theatre Royal, Norwich
Art Deco theatre presenting a high quality mix of comedy, drama, music, dance, opera, musicals and family shows
- Wide sandy beaches at Cromer, Wells next the Sea and Holkham.
- Sheringham and West Runton have pebbles at high tide but are flat and sandy at low tide with rock pools.
- Weybourne and Salthouse have shingle banks.
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