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5 Gems For Your Family Holidays in Norfolk

5 Gems For Your Family Holidays in Norfolk

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, Travel when pregnant

Family Holidays in Norfolk

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.

Sheringham

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.

Family Holidays in Norfolk, Sheringham

Family Holidays in Norfolk, Sheringham

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.

Family Holidays in Norfolk, Sheringham, Grey Seal Coffee

Family Holidays in Norfolk, Sheringham, Camellia Cottage

Come dinner time grab fish and chips and sit on the seafront. Nova loved having a ‘picnic’ and chasing the seagulls.

Family Holidays in Norfolk, Sheringham, fish and chips

Family Holidays in Norfolk, Sheringham

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.

Family Holidays in Norfolk, Sheringham

Family Holidays in Norfolk, Sheringham

Family Holidays in Norfolk, Sheringham

Wiveton Hall

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.

Family Holidays in Norfolk, Wiveton, Wiveton Hall

Family Holidays in Norfolk, Wiveton, Wiveton Hall

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.

Family Holidays in Norfolk, Wiveton, Wiveton Hall

Family Holidays in Norfolk, Wiveton, Wiveton Hall

Family Holidays in Norfolk, Wiveton, Wiveton Hall

Family Holidays in Norfolk, Wiveton, Wiveton Hall

Wiveton Hall: Wiveton Hall, 1 Marsh Lane, Wiveton, Holt, Norfolk, NR25 7TE

Holkham Beach

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.

Family Holidays in Norfolk, Holkham Beach, Holkam

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.

Family Holidays in Norfolk, Holkham Beach, Holkam

Family Holidays in Norfolk, Holkham Beach, Holkam

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.

Family Holidays in Norfolk, Dinosaur Adventure, Dinosaur

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.

Family Holidays in Norfolk, Dinosaur Adventure, Dinosaur

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

Holt

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.

Family Holidays in Norfolk, Holt, Apollo Coffee

Folly Tearoom looked particularly enchanting, but we didn’t manage to try it out. Instead we ate lunch at The Kings Head because they had an outdoor area that was fenced in so Nova could run about!

Family Holidays in Norfolk, Holt,

Have you been to Norfolk? Do you have any recommendations to add? X

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  1. Time to start making a legitimate list of other team”s prospects the Orioles can reasonably expect to obtain via trades. I don”t think picking up a 31 year old minor league OF is going to be extremely helpful in the long run. We have left hand hitting Presley (32 years old) at Norfolk who posted a 0.354 OBP with Detroit last year (but only 0.306 OBP across all MLB games) AND left hand hitting Brugman (26 years old) also at Norfolk who post a 0.346 OBP with Oakland last year. Saunders” MLB OBP? 0.305! He should fit right in with the Orioles.

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