It's been a strange year but there are still some exciting things happening in Norfolk this winter to get you in the Christmas spirit!
The Norfolk Lights Express is a fantastic wintertime experience returning to the North Norfolk Railway for 2020. Enjoy an extravagant evening train ride through the beautiful North Norfolk countryside from the original Railway station building in the Seaside town of Sheringham up to Holt, which for this year will be turned in to a picturesque winter wonderland. Whilst on your journey, you will see beautifully lit line-side displays which are sure to dazzle everyone of all ages. Your journey will be accompanied by an atmospheric soundtrack tailored specifically for the experience.
Advanced booking is required. Various dates from the 16th November 2020. Visit their website for more details: https://www.norfolklights-express.co.uk/
Unfortunately, Thursford have had to postpone their Christmas Spectacular this year due to Covid 19. However, they are holding the Enchanted Journey of Light as a one off event for 2020.
The Enchanted Journey of Light is a magical walk through experience for all ages. An all new indoor Wonderland Trail: a maze of engines, fairy-tale characters and an immersive experience of light and sound including one of the UK’s biggest kinetic light displays, will lead outside to a 4 acre Lantern Light Extravaganza: a beautiful, breath-taking festival of luminous sculptures, from a fantasy forest of jungle animals to the wilds of the North Pole.
Advanced booking is required. Running in November, December and January. Visit their website for more details: https://www.thursford.com/enchanted-journey-of-light/
The first indoor socially distanced festive variety show in Norfolk and possibly even Great Britain is right here, it's not The Cromer Pier Christmas Show but it is the next best thing Hosted by Norfolk funny man Olly Day and an array of the finest variety entertainers in the country fused together in a celebration of variety and the arts. Expect some familiar extremely talented faces that have graced the theatre's famous stage before and also some brand new faces in a 90-minute variety extravaganza.
Due to restrictions, tickets are limited. Running from 4th December 2020 to 1st January 2021. Visit their website for more details:
Twinkling festive lights, warm cosy pubs, exciting markets and picturesque views make Cromer the perfect place to enjoy Christmas. There are events and activities taking place in and around the town right up to the day itself, giving you plenty of opportunities to get in the festive spirit and enjoy the best of Cromer and Christmas.
The beautiful Cromer Christmas lights were officially turned on at the beginning of December during an event attended by thousands. Spectators who braved the chilly temperatures to see the lights twinkle also got to enjoy a special Christmas market and a visit from Father Christmas himself. If you missed the main event, you can still enjoy Cromer’s festive illuminations by taking a stroll around the pretty town centre once the sun has gone down.
One of the most popular festive events that takes place in the town is the Cromer Pier Christmas Show, with both matinees and evening shows available. Perfect for all the family, the show is an extravaganza of music, dance, entertainment and all round festive fun. Previous shows have won rave reviews across the board with audience members praising it for its high production values, laugh out loud comedy routines and spectacular dance performances. Book your tickets now and enjoy one of the best events Cromer has to offer.
If you can’t make the Cromer Pier Christmas Show but still want to get in the Christmas spirit, fear not, Cromer is packed full of more seasonal cheer than you can shake a stick at. Thanks to the number of independent shops and boutiques located in the town centre, Cromer is always a great destination for shopping and Christmas is no different. Spend a day stocking up on locally sourced gifts before retiring to a cosy local pub for a well-earned drink.
Many of Cromer’s most popular pubs and restaurants will be running special festive menus over the Christmas period. Whether you’re visiting the town with a large group of friends and family or spending a festive weekend away with your other half, booking a table at one of these excellent eateries is a great way to make the most of the your stay in Cromer. Have a look online to find the perfect menu for your taste buds.
On a bright, crisp winter’s day there are few places more beautiful than the Cromer countryside. Take a stroll along the beach to Overstrand, visit one of the pretty nearby villages and explore Norfolk’s spectacular landscape.
Perched on the north-east corner of East Anglia, the bustling town of Cromer is around 23 miles from Norwich. A popular destination for families looking for a relaxing break and visitors who want to experience the best of Norfolk, the town is a must see for anyone interested in food, history, culture and natural beauty.
Whether you’re travelling to Cromer by car or by public transport, you’ll find the town is easy to reach and well connected to the surrounding area. To help you plan your trip to Norfolk, we’re taking a closer look at the best ways to travel to and around Cromer.
Two A roads link Cromer to the rest of Norfolk. The A140 runs from the town to Norwich while the A148 goes to Fakenham. There are also a number of beautiful winding lanes that you can explore in the countryside around the town.
Once in Cromer, you’ll find it fairly easy to get around by car. The town has a choice of car parks both in the town centre and close to the beach, making it easy to park up, get out and explore.
Cromer Station opened to the public in 1887. Built as a spur off the Norwich to Sheringham Bittern line, the station is the last remaining one of three originally built to serve the town. Regular train services link Cromer with both Norwich and Sheringham, making it a popular day trip destination for residents of Norfolk. Another station, Roughton Road, was built in 1985 to serve the newly developed housing estates on the southern edge of Cromer.
If you arrive in Cromer by train, you can continue your journey by foot, taxi or bus. Bike parking facilities are also available at the station.
An impressive 27 different bus routes operate in and around Cromer. These routes help to connect destinations within the town and link Cromer with other villages and towns in the surrounding area. Travelling by bus around Cromer is cheap, quick and easy with many routes running regularly throughout the day. Check local transport information to find out which routes serve your local area.
Thanks to its famously flat landscape, Norfolk is perfect for exploring by bike. There are a number of bike routes around Cromer, some of which take you deep into the heart of the Norfolk countryside. Ask at your hotel or check local information boards to find out more.
If you’d like to know more about travelling to and around Cromer, we can help. Get in touch today to find out more.
As anyone who’s been to Cromer will know, the town is home to an excellent choice of restaurants, cafes and farmers’ markets. Whether you’re a fan of fresh seafood, can’t get enough of traditional British cuisine or just love your fresh fruit and veg, you’ll find something in Cromer to tickle your taste buds.
With such a wide array of culinary delights on offer, this week we’re asking if Cromer could actually be the cuisine capital of Norfolk and, if so, where can you get the best grub in town?
The best quality crab in the UK, and one of the tastiest crustaceans found anywhere in the world, Cromer crab is one of the town’s culinary highlights. These tasty brown crabs are caught off the shores around Cromer. Thanks to the nutrient-packed water they live in, the crabs are particularly flavoursome, tender and fragrant. They also have a relatively high proportion of white meat to brown, which has made them popular with diners around the world.
You can sample Cromer crab in many of the cafes and restaurants in the town. Or, if you really want to get to grips with this Norfolk classic, pay a visit to the annual World’s Best Crab Sandwich competition and taste the very best the region has to offer.
Although Cromer may be best known as the home of British crab, the town does very well when it comes to other seafood too. Like many seaside resorts around the UK, Cromer boasts an excellent choice of fish and chip shops. Simply take a stroll along the seafront and you’re guaranteed to find delicious fresh battered fish and mouth watering chips. You’ll have to sample a few while you’re in the area and let us know which you think are the best.
Norfolk has long been known for its fertile fields and rich harvests and the countryside around Cromer is no exception. During the summer months, there are a number of farms where you can pick your own fruit and veg straight from the fields. What’s more, many of the pubs and restaurants in and around the town serve up locally sourced ingredients, so even if you don’t have time to pick your own you can still try some of our fantastic produce.
If this has got your tummy rumbling and your juices flowing, it’s time to book your trip to Cromer. Stay with us while you’re in town and you’ll be able to sample some delicious dishes right here in our very own Bolton’s Bistro. Take a look around our site today to find out more.
There’s nothing like waking up in the morning, drawing your curtains and looking out over the bright blue sea. Even on windy or stormy days seascapes are dramatic and beautiful, making a sea view the most important thing to look for in a coastal hotel.
Whether you’ve planned a week of sunbathing, are looking forward to some windswept walks on the sands or just want to enjoy some breath-taking coastal views, having easy access to the beach will enhance your holiday no end. Look for a hotel that’s just a short stroll from the sands so you can take full advantage of your seaside location.
On a crisp autumn day or a windy winter evening, there are few things better than relaxing by a roaring log fire, reading a book in a cosy lounge or enjoying a drink in a warm and welcoming bar.
Choose a hotel with knowledgeable staff and you’ll be able to find out about all the best walks, beaches, pubs and restaurants in the local area.
Select a hotel with great food and a choice of eateries and you’ll be able to enjoy a delicious evening meal after an exciting day by the sea.
All that fresh air can be tiring so it’s important you choose a hotel with comfortable beds and sumptuous bedding.
Although the restaurant in your hotel will probably provide most of your meals, it’s still good to be within easy reach of local amenities. Shops, bus routes, pubs and cafes will all come in handy during your break by the sea.
One of the best things about the UK’s coast is that it’s surrounded by the beautiful British countryside. Having easy access to walking routes, country pubs and rural attractions will add another element to your holiday and will help you to get even more out of your trip.
Not everyone who stays in a coastal hotel is married or staying with their family. A hotel with flexible accommodation and a choice of room types will help you to find the perfect base for your coastal stay.
The seaside can be a fantastic place for a pet-friendly break, especially in the low season. Choose a hotel that allows four-legged friends and you can enjoy your break with all the family.
To book your perfect coastal break, get in touch with a member of our team or explore our site today.
As locals and holidaymakers will know, Cromer beach is incredibly clean and very beautiful. In 2017, the beach was officially recognised once more as one of the cleanest in the UK. Along with five other North Norfolk beaches, the stretch of sand was awarded a prestigious Blue Flag for the quality of its water and its commitment to both the people who use the beach and the local environment.
Other local beaches to be awarded a blue flag are East Runton, West Runton, Mundesley, Sea Palling and Sheringham.
In 2015, the recently refurbished Cromer Pier won the National Piers Society ‘Pier of the Year’. Following damage that was sustained in a huge winter storm surge, the pier underwent a £1.8m programme of repairs and improvements. It was then used as a location in the Alan Partridge film ‘Alpha Papa’. This won the pier a whole new legion of fans and helped it to clinch the coveted Pier of the Year award.
Residents of Cromer have a huge amount of civic pride in the town and the surrounding areas. This is epitomised by Neil Coston, a local Norfolk man whose beach hut ‘Kittiwake’ was named best kept in the eastern region. A home from home, the hut is situated on Cromer prom and offers Mr Coston and his family the perfect place to enjoy a day by the sea.
With its historic buildings, stunning seaside position and beautiful countryside, Cromer is undeniably one of the most spectacular towns in the UK.
This was confirmed in 2015 when the Eastern Daily Press name the coastal conurbation the prettiest place to live in Norfolk.
If you’re planning a trip to Cromer and want to find out how to make the most of your stay by the sea, we can help. Get in touch with a member of our team or explore our site to find out more.
With its expansive countryside, great choice of walking routes and spectacular beaches, the area around Cromer is perfect for dog walking. In fact, the area is so pet friendly that a lot of people choose to bring their pooches along when they visit the area on holiday.
From May to October, some of Norfolk’s busier beaches prohibit dogs from their sands. However, it is still possible to find some fantastic spots for a waterside stroll, especially if you know where to look. One of the best dog friendly beaches near Cromer is Overstrand. Located around one and a half miles from Cromer, the beach is linked to the town by a beautiful clifftop path, making it easy to get to and from the sands.
Thanks to the wealth of dogs and dog lovers in Norfolk, most of the pubs in the area allow well behaved pooches at least in some areas. In Cromer, The White Horse, The Albion, and The Red Lion are some of the most dog friendly pubs, however you’ll find that the majority of watering holes will let you in with your four-legged friend.
In general, stopping in at a café for a bite to eat with your dog in tow isn’t a problem in Cromer. A large number of the cafes in and around the town centre allow well-behaved dogs, but it’s always a good idea to check before you bring your pooch inside. Some of the cafés that allow dogs in Cromer are Buttercups Tearooms, the Blue Sky Café, the Jetty Café and Café Main.
It’s all very well and good having a list of cafes, pubs and beaches that are dog friendly in the Cromer area, but if you can’t find somewhere to stay for the night, you might have to leave your pooch at home anyway. Luckily for you and your hound, there is a choice of dog friendly hotels in Cromer. The Cliftonville Hotel is actually one of the most pet friendly in the area. Dogs are welcome to stay in your room with you and we’ll do our best to make sure you and your dogs are happy and comfortable.
What’s more, as we have an excellent knowledge of the local area, we’ll be able to point you towards some of the most beautiful walking routes and dog friendly beaches in Norfolk.
To find out more about bringing your four-legged friend on holiday to Norfolk, contact a member of our team or take a look around our site.
Just 600 years ago, visitors to Cromer would have had to carry their buckets and spades a lot further to get to the beach. The town, then known as Crowsmere, was a lot further inland, though the countryside and villages that separated it from the sea have long since washed away.
Local lifeboatman Henry Blogg was the RNLI’s most decorated lifesaver. During his 53 years in service, he saved an incredible 873 people from the North Sea.
Artists and writers have been coming to Norfolk for years to relax, get inspired and create their masterpieces. One of the most famous works inspired by the region started life right here in Cromer when Sherlock Holmes writer Arthur Conan Doyle heard the local legend of Black Shuck. This story about a dog like creature that haunted the local countryside became the inspiration for the legendary thriller The Hound of the Baskervilles.
The Cromer Shoal Chalk Bed, which lies just off the coast, is thought to be the largest chalk reef in Europe. It’s recently been designated a Marine Conservation Zone.
The largest and best preserved mammoth skeleton ever discovered was found at the Runtons. More fossils are found on Cromer’s beaches all the time, so make sure you keep your eyes peeled when you’re out and about.
Cromer Pier won Pier of the Year in 2015.
End of the Pier shows was once common in the UK’s seaside resorts. However, they’ve disappeared over the last few decades, leaving Cromer home to the last end of the pier show in Europe.
James Dyson, one of the UK’s most famous inventors, was born in Cromer.
Cromer gained popularity as a destination in the 19th century thanks to the number of high profile visitors that holidayed in the town. The most famous was King Edward VII who enjoyed playing golf on the courses around Cromer.
In 1883, journalist Clement Scott visited Cromer and wrote about the area. He named the stretch of coast between Overstrand and Sidestrand ‘Poppyland’ because of the number of flowers that lined the local railway.