Norfolk has over 90 miles of stunning coastline, and there are plenty of great spots to head to. One of these is Cromer, a small town on the north coast of Norfolk that has all the nostalgic pleasures of a traditional seaside holiday. It’s packed with fun for all ages, from crabbing and rockpooling, to exploring the quaint streets of the town. Take a walk along Cromer Pier, opened in 1901. The pier is home to the Pavilion Theatre, and there are shows all year round. While you’re here, make sure to taste the famous Cromer crab, caught fresh off the Norfolk coast.
North Norfolk Railway
Also known as the Poppy Line, the North Norfolk Railway is one of the UK’s most scenic heritage railways. Take in the views of the north Norfolk coast and countryside, starting at Sheringham and ending at the Railway Museum in Holt. The 10.5 mile trip is hauled by a steam engine or heritage diesel locomotive. The North Norfolk Railway has a selection of dining trains, from the Cream Tea Train to the Fish and Chip Trains, all of which need booking in advance.
Norwich Cathedral and Cathedral Quarter
Built in the 11th century, the Norwich Cathedral overlooks the whole city and can be seen from miles away. You can take a guided tour of the cathedral, a great way to learn more about the history of the building. After your visit, head to the Cathedral Quarter, the area surrounding the cathedral. This part of the city is undeniably picturesque, with old multicoloured buildings and cobbled streets. It’s full of independent shops, cafes and galleries, and is the perfect day out.
Merrivale Model Village
One of Norfolk’s favourite family attractions, the Merrivale Model Village is built on over an acre of landscaped gardens. Featuring streams, waterfalls and a Koi pond, the model village has some unique miniatures on display such as The Crown Jewels, Castles, Blimps, Churches and Stadiums. If trains are your passion, then the miniature railway track offers the chance to spot over 28 different types of trains and locomotives. Other attractions in the model village include the Old Penny Arcade, where you can try your luck at one of the vintage slot machines, and Crazy Golf, a 9-hole hole golf course on site.
The Broads National Park
The Broads are actually a man-made network of navigable lakes and rivers, dotted with charming towns and villages. The best way to navigate around the Broads is by boat, either by hiring one or taking a boat tour. The waterways are also a great place for kayaking, canoeing and stand up paddling. With over 125 miles of lock free waterways, this is a fun way to explore and come face to face with wildlife such as herons, deers and otters. However, if boats aren’t for you then you can also explore by bike, as the gentle landscape makes it suitable for all ages and abilities.