Our Recommendations

Fish & Chips : There is Mary Janes in Cromer opposite Budgens car park, eat in or take away. There is also a fish and chips called No 1 Cromer, this is fairly new and modern and overlooks the seafront and pier, a pleasant dining experience with lovely food and plenty of it. Kids meals come in a bucket with spade which they get to take with them! No 1 Cromer is also a take away.

Local Shop : We use Overstrand, they cover the basics & have a good selection of papers & magazines.

Local Supermarket : There is Morrisons on Holt Road (A148) or a Sainsbury's in North Walsham. There is also a Budgens in the centre of Cromer, on the way down towards the Pier, which has a car park right next to it.

Local Pub : The Foundry Arms, Our village local, a basic British Pub, in the winter it has a fire & has a friendly Landlady & staff. We found a varied menu & very good food (in the Evenings Mon-Sat), good quality homemade food, if you try nothing else try their HOMEMADE CHIPS.

Favourite Beach : We use Overstrand a lot as it’s local & when the tide is out it’s a huge sandy beach that the kids love, there are also toilet facilities & a playground for children. Overstrand also has the Cliff Top Café, which does the usual Teas & Coffees but also has a fairly wide range of Hot Meals & a brilliant range of Home made cakes. A great place to go in the winter after a coastal walk, warming up with Hot Chocolate & Cake, can’t beat it.

Overstrands Sea Marge Hotel, lovely restaurant with great Menus, alternatively you could just enjoy an afternoon tea (or pint) overlooking the cliffs & sea.

We also love Wells Next The Sea, with it’s sand dunes & multi coloured Beach Huts. To be honest there are lots of great places, we prefer the beaches going north as they are less ‘Kiss me quick, candyfloss seasidey’ , go south towards Great Yarmouth if that’s what your looking for. Cromer pier is a good place to go crabbing as is the centre of Wells Next The Sea where you can easily buy bait in the local shops...bacon works well.

Cromer: sweet galleries and gifts shops, a small local cinema tucked up one of the side roads off the Main Street, lots of Tea shops, great Ice Cream, a bustling Pier, sandy beach and two decent fish and chip shops.

If you want a Coffee with a view then go to the café above the Lifeboat Museum on the front.

If you are staying for NEW YEAR festivities, Cromer hold a brilliant celebratory Firework Display, starts at 5pm on New Years Day. It can be busy so you need to get parked early! Visit North Norfolk Website for information. If you fancy eating fish and chips at the same time book a table in No 1 Cromer.

Sheringham : A quaint little seaside town, more touristy than Overstrand. About a ten minute drive west along the coast. There is a great little Toyshop & old-fashioned Sweetshop here, & it’s a pebbly beach.
Try Sheringham Park – it has nice walks with a viewing platform above the tree line, very child friendly though.

Dinosaur adventure : Any child under the age of 7-8 will love this place, particularly if they are Dinosaur fanatics. It’s a huge place, lots to see, loads of picnic areas so you can take your own lunch. There are some great walks, a farmyard pets area, climbing frames, organised Dinosaur hunts & the inevitable gift shop which we were pleased to find very reasonably priced with pocket money items. If it’s good weather you can spend the whole day here & not get bored.

Bewilderwood : FANTASTIC fun! They say that they cover the age group of 0-99 which is just about right, great for kids especially but by no means essential. Bewilderwood is like an Eco adventure playground meets alternative Disney, a swamp full of Boggles & Twiggles, if you look carefully you can see their little houses up in the trees & the Crocclebog lurking in the lake. You could quite easily spend the day here. Check their website as they often have activities going on, changing depending on the time of year. You need to wear your 'play' clothes as you could end up pretty mucky!!

The Shire Horse centre, lots of horses to see, a museum which includes an old Romany Caravan exhibit & a limited Gift Shop. Again, you can take a picnic but there aren’t many tables if it’s busy.

Norwich: about 35 minute drive. If you fancy a shopping day then it has to be Norwich, ‘Chapelfields’ Shopping Centre for your High Street or hunt around the old town for the boutiques. If shopping isn’t your thing then there is still lots to see & do including Theatres, Restaurants, beautiful tropical gardens, parks & historical museums & old buildings. Follow the signs for P for parking, chapel fields is the biggest shopping centre, although there are 2 main ones, that and castle shopping centre and lots of shops too on the outside of these centres, have a wander, the city isn't huge.

There is a regular Train service from Cromer to Norwich or alternatively there is a Park & Ride on the way in to Norwich on the A140, it’s signposted near the Airport.

Holt : A great day, a small old market town with very trendy and upmarket cafes, bistros, restaurants and bars, a great Deli at Byfords, try their flapjack, best I have ever tasted, a Christmas Shop 9 months of the year & lovely little shops, great gift shopping here.

Cley : (pronounced Cly) You have to visit the Cley Smokehouse, beautiful tasting smoked fish. Next door is the Cley pottery and down the road is the Picnic Fayre Deli, which is crammed full of gorgeous tasting foodie stuff. Cley is a great place to stop for an hour or two on a tour of the north coast.

Groveland Farm Shop – Roughton : Farm Shop, Butcher, Garden Centre & Café. Lots of locally produced fresh food.

Samphire Farms Shop at Blickling Estates : Quite a posh Farm Shop, seasonal locally produced produce, lots of eco-friendly stuff such as cleaning products etc.

Cookes Fish Hut – Salthouse : An intriguing little place, sort of like a shack restaurant, it’s Bring Your Own Booze and gets busy.

Temple & Bishops Boats : For seal watching, a must if in Norfolk. You need to book, especially in the summer months and saves waiting there in the winter months. Boats are from Blakeney Point and go every hour or so. A great boat trip and you get very close to lots of seals, we have done this twice, and would do so again.

Felbrigg & Blickling Estates : Both nice houses and gardens, both have great little second hand bookshops, cafes for Tea, coffee and cakes.

Gressenhall Rural Life Museum : A farm and old workhouse with lots of kids activities.

Thetford Forest : High Lodge adventure playground called ‘ Go Ape’. Excellent for the slightly older children lots of high ropes, also has 4 different mountain bike routes, 2 of which are family friendly. Picnic area and bike hire available.

Langham Glass: Interesting, you can watch them glass blowing and the kids enjoyed watching the men making glass animals. Children's hand prints in glass are quite a special present. There is a Café and picnic area and in the summer there is a Maize Maze next door.

Wroxham, the hub of the broads. About 40 minute drive but worth it. Boat trips along the broads. Pretty place. Gets busy in the summer but we love it there. Fairly easy to park. Everything seems to be owned by Roy's of Wroxham, there is a large department store, very reasonably priced Roy's kids clothes shop and Roy's toy shop, tea shops, pubs and fish and chip shops overlooking the waterways.

Bircham Windmill: this is about an hour’s drive but well worth it. A family run windmill and farm. Children and adults alike will enjoy this. You can go right to the top of the windmill, 5 floors! You can bake bread, buy homemade cakes and rolls which are divine. There is a farm, lovely shop, tea shop, plant sales on certain days and bike hire, plus routes. This is one of our favourites!