101 things to do at the coast

PUBLISHED: 16:20 02 July 2012 | UPDATED: 12:11 28 February 2013

101 things to do at the coast

101 things to do at the coast

Enjoy the Norfolk coast out of season

Coastal delights

Do it now dont wait until the height of summer when the seafront is heaving with tourists. This is the perfect time to head to the sea and enjoy the 101 things that are brilliant about Norfolk coast . . . starting with that beautiful, bracing sea air.

What to do

1 Lose yourself in the fascinating world of rock pools at West Runton.

2 Grab your line, some bait and a bucket time for crabbing on Wells quayside.

3 Take a seal trip to see these fascinating creatures in the sea around Blakeney Point.

4 Marvel at the striped cliffs of Hunstanton, teeming with bird life.

5 Recall the days of horse-drawn carriages with a ride along Great Yarmouth seafront.

6 Sea Palling has its own jet ski centre dare you try?

7 Enjoy a seafront show at Gorleston Pavilion Theatre, with Summer Showtime throughout May.

8 Steam past glorious country and sea views on the North Norfolk Railway from Weybourne to Holt

9 Scroby Sands Visitor Centre at Yarmouth gives a fascinating insight into the UKs first commercial wind farm.

10 Extreme sports festival Lifestyles 2012 comes to Hunstanton on June 1-3 with kite and wind surfers and much more.

Where to stay

11 The White Horse at Brancaster Staithe prides itself in offering "a true taste of Norfolk living" enjoy!

12 Spoil yourself at one of the most relaxing hotels along the coast, Heacham Manor Hotel.

13 The iconic Cley Windmill has some of the best views along the north Norfolk coast.

14 Famed for its good food and great wines is the Imperial Hotel on Yarmouth seafront.

15 A favourite with celebrity visitors to Norfolk is The Hoste Arms at Burnham Market

16 The Blakeney Hotel could not be closer to the waters edge in this pretty village.

17 For an award-winning bed and breakfast, how about The King William at Sedgeford?

18 Uncover a hidden gem overlooking the beach at Brancaster with a stay at Briarfields Norfolk Hotel.

19 A Victorian farmhouse transformed into an elegant boutique hotel it has to be Titchwell Manor Hotel and Restaurants.

20 Choose from classic or deluxe rooms at The Crown at Wells, part of the Flying Kiwi Inns group.

Fancy a museum?

21 Time and Tide at Great Yarmouth is deservedly award-winning for evoking the towns fishing heritage.

22 Find out about the life and times of our Norfolk hero at the Nelson Museum in Yarmouth.

23 Elizabethan House on Yarmouth Quay recalls the eras from Elizabeth I to Queen Victoria.

24 Lynn Museum is the home of the mysterious Bronze Age Seahenge and so much more.

25 The Mo at Sheringham tells the story of the town and its proud, independent people.

26 Marvel at natures beauty at the Peter Coke Shell Gallery at Sheringham.

27 See tanks and military equipment at the Muckleburgh Military Collection, near Holt.

28 Discover the world of the coastguard lookouts in the 1930s and 40s at Mundesley Maritime Museum.

29 Celebrate one of the bravest lifeboatmen who ever lived at the RNLI Henry Blogg Museum in Cromer.

30 See seashells, fossils and archaeological finds at the quaint Shell Museum at Glandford.

Take a walk

31 If you fancy a real challenge, the beautiful North Norfolk coastal path runs all the way from Hunstanton to Cromer. But break it up into short chunks, and you have a host of lovely walks either enjoying the return views in the opposite direction or connecting with the wonderful Coasthopper bus service.

32 The Heacham Heritage Walk is signed through the village and includes info on the areas links with Pocahontas.

33 Drink in the stunning views as you walk out through the dunes from Brancaster Overy Staithe to the sea.

34 Towering sand-dunes, an iconic beach, a stately home, a fishing port and cool sandy forest paths are all fitted into the short walk from Wells to Holkham.

35 For saltmarshes, watermeadows and a windmill try the two mile section from Blakeney to Cley.

36 See the sea and the magnificent rhododendrons (at their blooming best at this time of year) from the paths through Sheringham Park.

37 Walk the cliffs between Sheringham and Cromer, taking in the heady heights of Beeston Bump.

38 Climb to Norfolks highest point at Pretty Corner, near Sheringham.

39 May is the ideal time to go from winter into summer or Winterton to Somerton. See churches, beaches, windmills and modern wind turbines in just three three miles.

40 The two-mile walk along Yarmouth seafront goes from the boating lake in the north to beyond the rollercoaster in the south, taking in the famous Golden Mile.

Taste of the coast

41 Pick your own samphire on the saltmarshes.

42 Buy a dressed crab in Cromer.

43 Enjoy a Norfolk-made ice cream at Wells.

44 Pick your own fruit to take home, and then settle down for lunch and glorious views (and cakes) at the cafe at Wiveton Hall Fruit Farm.

45 A massive seafood platter scoffed in the simple surroundings of Cookies of Salthouse is an iconic Norfolk eating experience.

46 Enjoy a pub lunch with a sea-themed name try The Ship at Weybourne, The Ship at Brancaster, The Anchor at Morston or The Lifeboat at Thornham.

47 Take a traditional afternoon cream tea at the cliff-top Sea Marge Hotel in Overstrand.

48 Dine in style at award winning Morston Hall.

49 Eat fish and chips, watching the sunset at sunny Hunny.

50 Dont forget to take some traditional Docwras rock home from the worlds largest rock shop at Yarmouth.

Rather arty

51 Artists adore the Norfolk coast call in at some of the dozens of galleries showcasing paintings, sculpture, ceramics and more.

52 Enjoy some traditional seaside entertainment with a trip to Cromers end-of-the-pier theatre.

53 Take in a play at Sheringham Little Theatre.

54 The Norfolk Wildlife Trust visitor centre at Cley holds regular nature-themed art exhibitions.

55 The annual Folk on the Pier Festival takes place in Cromer from May 11 to 13.

56 The same weekend, Wells will be buzzing with poets and poetry for its annual Poetry-next-the-sea Festival.

57 The 109-year-old Yarmouth Hippodrome is Britains only surviving total circus building, and hosts orchestras and singers as well as spectacular circus shows.

58 St Georges Theatre in Yarmouth is being converted from a Grade One listed chapel to a venue for theatre, orchestral concerts, gigs and exhibitions.

59 The contemporary art exhibition usually held in and around Salthouse Church is moving to Cley. Salthouse 12 will be at Cley Church from July 5 to August 5.

60 Coastal artists will be opening their studios throughout May as part of a county-wide festival.

A piece of history

61 Step back into prehistory at Holme, where the Seahenge temple was discovered.

62 Roam with the Romans out on the marshes beyond Yarmouth to the impressive remains of Burgh Castle a Roman fortress which became a monastery, then a castle.

63 There are more Roman remains at Brancaster.

64 Waxham Barn is one of the biggest ancient tithe barns in the country and has a courtyard teashop too.

65 Yarmouth has one of the most complete medieval town walls in the country, with regular guided walks.

66 Every coastal church has its own story of faith and history to tell.

67 Crane your neck at Nelson Monument in Yarmouth.

68 Return to the age of steam with a trip on the North Norfolk Railway.

69 Happisburgh has an astonishing history from the earliest-known human settlement in northern Europe to Britains only independent working lighthouse.

70 See the bones of the hairy elephant, found in the cliffs of West Runton, at Cromer museum.

Under the stars

71 Explore the saltmarshes and enjoy the simple things in life at the quiet and rustic High Sand Creek Campsite at Stiffkey.

72 With three heated swimming pools, a private fishing lake and tennis courts, Heathland Beach Caravan Park, near Lowestoft, is perfect for families.

73 Go to sleep to the sounds of the sea at Waxham Sands Holiday Park, nestled right behind the sand dunes.

74 Set in 250 acres of woodland and heathland, award-winning Kelling Heath is perfect for nature lovers.

75 Promising seaside fun for all the family, Searles Leisure Resort at Hunstanton has swimming pools, entertainment day and night, and is just metres from the beach.

76 Set by Wells fantastic beach and a short stroll to the quay where you can enjoy a spot of crabbing, Pinewoods at Wells is prefect families.

77 Cool camping at its best Deepdale Camping at Burnham Deepdale has a strong eco-ethos and if you cant face a tent, try a yurt or tepee.

78 If green and spacious camping with plenty of woodland is for you, Clippesby Hall, not far from Winterton beach, is perfect.

79 Quiet and unassuming and set in rural farmland with views of the sea, Manor Farm at East Runton is fab for old fashioned camping.

80 Set in secluded countryside, the peaceful Links Camping and Caravan Park at Mundesley is only a 10-minute stroll to the beach.

Watch the wildlife

81 Explore the abundant bird life of Norfolk Wildlife Trusts Cley Marshes reserve; see marsh harriers and bitterns in the reed beds.

82 Spot avocets, gulls, wading birds and terns among the shallow lagoons and reed beds at Titchwells RSPB reserve.

83 Take a boat from Morston or Blakeney Quay to see the seals you might even spot a cute pup.

84 Learn about bird ringing, migratory patterns and spot unusual species at Holme Bird Observatory, celebrating its 50th birthday this year.

85 Holkham isnt just about the beach - it is actually a National Nature Reserve, full of wonderfully diverse wildlife.

86 Spot countless types of butterfly at Ringstead Downs, in the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

87 They might not be wild, but as animals activies on the beach go - donkey rides are a must, try Yarmouth and Cromer during the summer for a trot along the sand.

88 With sand dunes, freshwater pools and grazing marsh, the beautiful Holme Dunes National Nature Reserve is a bird haven.

89 Take a dive trip on Norfolks chalk reef between Sheringham and Mundesley, explore amazing rock formations and see abundant sea life.

90 Between mid-May and the end of July, North Denes beach at Yarmouth is home to the UKs largest colony of little terns.

Proms and piers

91 Have a spot of lunch on Southwolds 600ft Pier, then have fun in the dark world of the quirky Under the Pier show.

92 Try a game of bingo or take your chance on the camel derby on Britannia Pier in Yarmouth.

93 Enjoy a game of bowling at Yarmouths historic Wellington Pier a true seaside icon.

94 Watch the world go by or enjoy fish and chips on Cromer Pier - dont miss its record-breaking seaside special show.

95 Gorlestons long promenade has a great diner overlooking the beach, perfect for an evening stroll.

96 Walk down the steps to Mundesleys peaceful and unassuming promenade and watch the world go by.

97 Yarmouths Golden Mile is the ultimate prom fish and chips, crazy golf, funfairs, a Sealife Centre, a model village and so much more.

98 Stroll from one end of Hunstanton to another, taking in the sights and sounds of the great British seaside.

99 Grab your rollerskates and hit the rink at Lowestofts Claremont Pier.

100 Walk the invigorating 4.5 miles along the prom between Heacham and Hunstanton, enjoying fantastic views and great wildlife.

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