So, North Norfolk – in particular Burnham Market has a special place in my heart. My late grandparents moved up there from Chingford (Waltham Forest area of East London) in the early 80’s. Not long after, my parents bought a little holiday cottage just a few minutes walk away – so naturally we spent a lot of time there.
We naturally visited the beaches of Holkham and Wells next the Sea (plus various others, but these two were our faves). My brother’s interest was sailing and I did canoeing, we became members of Brancaster Staithe Sailing Club where we kept a small dinghy.
I grew up and still loved going back to Norfolk. When I got married, we spent our honeymoon on the Norfolk broads – two weeks of pure bliss. I really liked Thurne – the Lion at Thurne is a must go to place to eat. I also loved Coltishall – must visit the Rising Sun – good food and beautiful views. If you have an interest in history, Coltishall is the home to the former RAF Coltishall base.
Six reasons you should visit North Norfolk:
- You can see lots of wild seals – you can even book boat trips to see the seals here – Beans Boat Trips
- Brilliant for crabbing – some good spots include Brancaster Staithe tidal creeks, Blakeney Quayside, Cromer Pier, Burnham Overy Staithe & Titchwell
- There’s a beach for all occasions
- Amazing for bird watching – head to the RSBP page to find out about their Nature Reserves
- Its an area of outstanding natural beauty
- The broads national park
Places to Stay or Eat
Myself and Charlie have stayed with Amber’s Bell Tents at Wiveton Hall (as seen on BBC’s Normal for Norfolk) and would thoroughly recommend it. Once the sun goes down and its pitch black outside, as long as its a clear sky – you can see the stars for miles – it’s so peaceful there too. The food is awesome in the Wiveton Hall Café – freshly cooked and locally sourced.
If you’re visiting Holkham Beach then we’ve stayed here too – The Victoria Inn, which is right on the edge of the Holkham estate. Rooms amazing, food delicious. Child and dog friendly too
The Hoste Arms in Burnham Market is another go to place. Food is great and rooms are lovely, I know a few people who have stayed and loved it