What’s On In Norfolk This Winter
The list of things to do in Norfolk each season gets bigger and bigger and is even more reason to book a holiday home in Norfolk.
Things to do in Norfolk – Enjoy the wonderful Beaches
Although we would not suggest building sandcastles at this time of year, we would certainly recommend visiting Norfolk’s beaches. Wrap up warm and choose a dog-friendly beach such as Brancaster if you have dogs that need exercise. If the wind is blowing the pine trees at Holkham provide shelter from the cold. Walk from the Holkham car park to the East and you reach the iconic beach huts at Wells. There is a beach in easy reach whichever cottage you are staying in.
Things to do in Norfolk – Take the children crabbing
If you have children they are more likely to enjoy crabbing than longs walks on the beach. The equipment for this can often be found in one of our cottages but, if not, can be purchased locally. Bacon is often the best bait to use and is widely available – just attach it to a hand line for hours of entertainment.
Things to do in Norfolk – Visit a Lifeboat Station
There are several lifeboat stations in Norfolk and the one at Wells-next-the-Sea has a very interesting history and is worth a visit. There are also stations at Sheringham and Cromer if that is closer to your holiday home – see our map at the end of this article to plan your trip.
Things to do in Norfolk – Walk along the cliff-tops
If walking is your thing then Norfolk has several cliffs which provide a great view over the sea. Cliffs can be found near West Runton, Cromer, Sheringham and Hunstanton. You could even stay in Coastguard Cottage and enjoy the view from the comfort of the upstairs lounge.
Things to do in Norfolk – Visit a nature reserve
Norfolk is a destination for bird watching and has several reserves with abundant migratory birds. You will notice some of these on your coastal walks but to really see them you need to get in a hide with a pair of binoculars. The RSPB has reserves at Snettisham, Titchwell and on the Norfolk Broads to the East and the Ouse Washes to the West. There are other nature reserves such as Sculthorpe Moor and Pensthorpe.
Things to do in Norfolk – Visit a seal colony
If you prefer something bigger you can see the seal colonies. There is a tiny one at Titchwell accessible on foot from Brancaster beach but the main one is at Blakeney. Beans Seal Trips will take you there by boat throughout the year.
Things to do in Norfolk – Enjoy local dishes
Visit a pub and enjoy local dishes such as game or mussels. The coasthopper bus service stops close to many such as The Jolly Sailors at Brancaster Staithe or The Golden Fleece in Wells and will save you from having to drive.
Things to do in Norfolk – Ride a steam train
Prefer trains to buses? Try the North Norfolk Railway which offers a range of trips including a dining experience and Christmas Specials. The Wells & Walsingham light railway is not open all of the time but is usually available during school holidays.
Things to do in Norfolk – Visit Sandringham
Do as the Royals and spend Christmas in Norfolk. They are lucky enough to have an estate at Sandringham but we have several cottages nearby which could be yours for a week. Sandringham has many attractions for visitors not the least of which is the chance to see the Royal Family at Christmas.
Things to do in Norfolk – Visit Thursford
If you haven’t booked the Thursford Christmas Spectacular (which is not really for children) you will probably not get tickets. But at Thursford there is Santa’s Magical Journey which is designed for children, but booking is essential.
Things to do in Norfolk – Go to a Pantomime
There are various other theatres with pantomimes in Norfolk, the best known are listed here for your convenience. Whichever of our cottages you choose to stay in there is always something nearby to help create happy memories of your stay in Norfolk.