Ten great reasons to visit Cromer
PUBLISHED: 16:13 15 May 2013 | UPDATED: 16:13 15 May 2013
Archant Norfolk Photographic / James Bass © 2011
Jutting majestically into the sea, Cromer's Victorian Pier is the town's most famous landmark. Whether you are soaking up the sunshine or hiding from the wintry wind in the old fashioned shelters, a stroll along the pier always has the capacity to warm your heart. Enjoy a coffee or take in a show at the famous Pavillion Theatre at the end of the pier.
There are lots of lovely cafes, restaurants and pubs both in the town and on the seafront. If you want fantastic views of the sea, enjoy a spot of lunch on the balcony at the Rocket House Cafe. To watch the comings and goings of the fishermen, take a table outside the Lighboat Café on the corner of the gangway for some breakfast.
A trip to Cromer is not complete without indulging in some piping hot fish and chips. Sit on the cliff top overlooking the sea or take them on to the pier and tuck in!
You can’t come to the town and not try a Cromer Crab. Succulent and delicious, the crabs are available from fishmongers around the town. If you don’t fancy taking it home or cooking it yourself, then order one in a local cafe or restaurant.
Throughout the year, fishermen line the pier casting off, enjoying the camaraderie with locals and visitors. If fishing isn’t your thing, try a spot of crabbing. Crab lines and bait can be bought at lots of places in town – just make sure you return the crabs to the sea afterwards.
In the summer months, Cromer beach is full of people building sandcastles, swimming, surfing and generally enjoying a great day out. Lifeguards patrol certain areas making it a safe place for families. In the colder months and in the evenings, the beach is still busy with people walking their dogs and kids rock pooling.
Explore the town’s maritime heritage at Cromer Museum (01263 513543), where you can look round a cosy Victorian fisherman’s cottage and learn more about its history as a seaside resort. The Henry Blogg Museum (01263 511294) tells of daring rescues, the history of the RNLI and its most decorated lifeboatman, Coxswain Henry Blogg who helped to save 873 lives off the Cromer coast.
The town has a lovely high street with plenty of independent shops selling everything from food, antiques, homewares, books and clothes. There are also wonderful galleries selling a great variety of art inspired by the surrounding coastline and its wildlife.
From Easter, an array of decorated lifebuoys will bring colour and amusement to the streets as part of the annual Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival which happens on May 17 – 19.
The lifebuoys, which are sponsored by local organisations and businesses and then decorated by schools and artists, create an Art Trail throughout the towns. At the end, they are auctioned for charity.
Take a walk along the cliff top to Cromer lighthouse. There are plenty of places to sit along the way to take in the spectacular views - just don’t forget your camera!