Exploring Norfolk

Exploring Norfolk
By Laura James
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Exploring Norfolk

We love a staycation, in fact we staycation all the time! The last time we went aboard was 2015, so having to holiday in the UK was a shock to the system for some this summer, but not for us.

We were however gutted when we had to rearrange our Cornwall holiday to Cromer, Norfolk. Now being honest I wasn’t looking forward to visiting Norfolk as every time we go to Norfolk it rains, and not just a drizzle! But what’s a good old British staycation without a good old downpour.

Due to pandemic we found a lot of places fully booked as everywhere had to be pre booked, but we still managed to keep the kids entertained throughout the week.

Here is what we got up to over the week…

East and West Runton Beach

Our campsite was sited on the cliffs edge, bang in the middle of these beaches. The beaches were a 10 minutes’ walk, and both easily accessible from the campsite.
West Runton is said to be the best beach for rock pooling in Norfolk and also one of few beaches which is great for fossil hunting, which keep the littlest occupied for hours.

On our last evening we headed to East Runton Beach and made a campfire. This was absolute bliss and an evening to remember.

Snuggles in our Bestie Blanket


Cromer is the typical seaside town with a great variety of shops and luckily for us, we could walk into Cromer from our site, Chelsey even took an evening wonder with her friend into Cromer just for a bag of donuts. The day we visited the tide was in, so we took a stroll along the path alongside the beach. The kids had a laugh getting sprayed by the waves crashing against the walls, lots of giggles from the little ones, on our last morning we even snuck in a game of mini golf.

Mini golf in Cromer


A must visit if you have a passion for steam trains. Unfortunately, all the trains were fully booked so we didn’t have the pleasure of taking a trip on one. There is a variety of cafes and shops on the road which leads down to the beach. We had booked paddle boarding which was cancelled due to the strong winds, but the wind did not stop us from having a picnic on the sea front.


I think Wells is my favourite place in Norfolk, it has a bit of everything.
Shops, a stunning beach and most of all crabbing! Out of all the places in the UK the harbour at Wells is the place to go crabbing. The kids love it they could spend hours crabbing and the most they have ever caught is at Wells.

Coonor with his catch

Great Yarmouth

Great Yarmouth is one of the most popular places to visit in Norfolk. We avoided the shops as it was far to busy, but the pier was reasonably quiet. After a warming hot chocolate, the kids loved having ago on the fairground rides on the pier. Many of the attractions like the Pleasure Beach and the Sealife Centre must be booked in advance at the moment but there is still plenty to do along the coast. As dogs are banned on the beach in summer months, we missed taking a stroll along the miles of golden sands.

Horsey Beach

We have seen Horsey beach pop up so many times online and has been on out bucket list for a while. Home to a colony of grey seals during the winter months we just had to take a visit to see if we could spot any seals.
Running away from the waves the kids literally had a splash while spotting the bobbing heads of seals in the distance. We arrived late afternoon, but the sandy beach is a place we could visit over and over again.

Spotting seals at Horsey Beach

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