Hunstanton is situated on a glorious stretch of coastline facing more West than North and is almost two towns in one. Old Hunstanton is just beyond the striped cliff faces, which overlook rock pools and sand dunes and link the old with the new. It is more traditional and is home to the famous Hunstanton Golf Club, while New Hunstanton, by contrast, has amusement arcades, a bowling alley, the Alive Oasis swimming and leisure centre and the Sea Life Sanctuary. Add to this a fairground, a theatre, a town centre full of kitsch shops, fish and chip shops, pubs and restaurants and Hunstanton is the perfect place for a day trip or a holiday break especially with children to keep entertained.
Purpose-built as a family seaside resort in the 1800s, Hunstanton is still full of Victorian charm and character with beautiful and tranquil gardens to sit and watch the sunset and a Horticultural Trail you can walk through – especially beautiful in the summer months.
With plenty of people taking advantage of Hunstanton’s calmer shoreline, it has become a popular destination for extreme water sports fanatics whilst remaining a safe environment for children on the beach. There are also regular motorbike meetings along the promenade which attract riders and enthusiasts alike. At Christmas time there is even a Santa Dash into the sea which has grown in popularity over the years and is definitely something to watch out for if you decide to spend the festive season by the coast!
Old Hunstanton is much less busy and is popular with dog walkers throughout the year. With the cliffs standing proudly on the beach, it is a spectacular place to spend a hot summer’s day or a cooler evening and amongst the large rocks dotting the shoreline. When the tide is out it is the perfect place to search for beasties in the rock pools. Be prepared to bring your own food and drink here though, as Old Hunstanton is more of a natural beach and does not have the kiosks and amenities of its newer cousin, although it is an easy walk between the two.
With a lighthouse on the top, Old Hunstanton Cliffs are a lovely place to look out to sea and on a clear day, you can see across the Wash to Skegness. In the summer you can jump aboard the colourful Tractor Train, which will chug you along the length of the seafront and connects the old and the new ends of the beach.
Not far from the coast is the world famous Norfolk Lavender visitor centre as well as Snettisham Park, where it is rumoured you can sometimes spot William, Kate and little Prince George and Princess Charlotte. A little further along you can stop by the Sandringham Estate and maybe bump into the Queen herself!
Hunstanton is the only West-facing resort on the East side of the country and, as such, it is famous for its spectacular sunsets where you can enjoy a picnic on the green or along the seafront and watch the sun disappear into the sea.
On the same green, throughout the summer you will find plenty of activities taking place which are mostly centred around the bandstand. Hunstanton is home to many local festivals including Hunstanton Carnival, the annual Kite Festival and the Old Hunstanton Flower Festival.
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