I’m usually all for overseas adventures, but last year we spent a wonderful family holiday in Norfolk with our then 1 year old and eight month bump. As I was so far gone flights were off the cards, so we booked a little seaside holiday to keep the travel itch at bay.
Family Holidays in Norfolk
We picked a cute, but stylish cottage in Sheringham (this luxury Norfolk cottage to be exact) and we had a whole host of fun, affordable things to do on our doorstep. It was such a lovely week so I thought I’d share my five gems for your own family holiday in Norfolk.
This adorable seaside town may be small, but it has lots to offer. There’s a steam train that pulls into station that’s been loving preserved as a step back in time. You can buy a ticket for a ride along the coast or you can simply sit at the station waving the passengers off and watching the steam shoot out. We did the latter as we’d already explored the train stops by car. We had a quick peek on the train when it stopped at the station and that was more than enough to entertain Nova.
There’s a main street that runs from the station down to the beach. It’s full of a few souvenir shops, a couple of arcades, but also some good cafes. We loved Grey Seal Coffee (parent fuel!) and Camellia Cottage (delicious cakes). The street is dressed in bunting and the town has that cute seaside vibe, rather than a tacky tourist feel.
Come dinner time grab fish and chips and sit on the seafront. Nova loved having a ‘picnic’ and chasing the seagulls.
The beach at Sheringham is deceiving. If the tide is in it looks like there isn’t a beach and the little glimmer you can see looks like a pebbly one, but when it’s out, wow. You’re rewarded with beautiful, flat sandy beaches. We visited in August and often had the beach to ourselves. Nova would run about chasing the sea foam or poking the crabs. It was stunning and not at all how I’d imagined it.
Wiveton Hall is on the north Norfolk coast, just a 20-minute drive from Sheringham. It’s such a good spot! For us, it wasn’t about the manor house but the secret garden, pick-your-own fruit farm, adorable café and shop, and the replica of the manor house.
We loved this place and really enjoyed the relaxed vibe. There were no queues and we simply helped ourselves to the baskets. We discovered the garden trail as we parked and followed the discreet signs, feeling like we were wandering through a secret meadow. Nova loved the tree swing (perhaps not as much as me!) and when we found the pigs, cows and chickens he couldn’t stop grinning. We only spent a few pounds for a really good family afternoon.
Wiveton Hall: Wiveton Hall, 1 Marsh Lane, Wiveton, Holt, Norfolk, NR25 7TE
If you only go to one beach in Norfolk go here. It’s stunning! Like seriously beautiful. The car parking is a bit of a pain as the beach is a 10-minute walk away. When your eight-months pregnant and carrying all your baby gear for your toddler it’s a bit much, but that said it is a gorgeous walk.
Tall pine trees serve as a backdrop to the beach so you have gorgeous sea views in one direction and a beautiful woodland in the other. The sand is mostly that super soft, golden kind that disappears beneath you.
The beach stars in the film Shakespeare in Love, it’s been voted as one of the top beaches in the UK (numerous times) and the royal family are said to visit from time to time (Sandringham is nearby). It’s also used by the Household Cavalry so you’ll often see horses cantering up and down the beach. We absolutely loved it and even in August we barely saw a soul.
Roarr!! Dinosaur Adventure
Like most boys, our little one loves dinosaurs so it made sense to take him to Dinosaur Adventure. It’s a 45 minute drive from Sheringham, so a good chance for a nap on the way. Children under three years old are free and adult tickets are just over a tenner, so it’s definitely affordable.
As well as replicas of dinosaur, some of which move and roar (don’t get off guard like me and scream!), there’s crazy golf, karting, sandpits, parks and a little animal garden. There’s a splash park so bring kids swim clothes or at least a change of clothes and a towel.
We arrived around 10/11am and didn’t leave til around 3pm and that was without going into the splash park, so it really is good value for money.
Roarr!! Dinosaur Adventure: Lenwade, Norwich, NR9 5JW
This is another cute little town that we really liked. We had good coffee at The Black Apollo Coffee House, though it’s rather pokey so don’t take a pushchair in here. We spent most of our time wandering up and down the little lanes, letting Nova burn off some energy as we peered into the lovely shops.
Have you been to Norfolk? Do you have any recommendations to add? X
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