Within a picturesque 10-20 minute drive through the Norfolk countryside are the beautiful coastal marshes of Blakeney, Morston and Stiffkey and the golden sands of Wells-Next-the-Sea and Holkham. Hire a beach hut (we have used @thehappyhuts and staynextthesea.co.uk).
Brancaster lies a little further beyond at a 25 minute drive
Paddleboarding is available from many locations but our favourite is Burnham Overy, a 15-20 minute drive (contact Steve at Northnorfolkpaddleboards.co.uk)
THINGS TO DO
It's difficult to know where to start! Explore the coast with plenty of walks, crabbing or cycling. Recommended walks include: Blakeney to Cley, Burnham Overy to Holkham, Holkham to Wells. Excellent crabbing at high tide from Blakeney or Stiffkey.
ON THE DOORSTEP
Visit Hindringham Hall and its beautiful gardens (check opening times online), explore Binham Priory and collect some Raw Milk and cheese from the Dairy, cycle to Walsingham Farm Shop, have a pint at Binham Chequers, visit the Thursford Collection.
PLACES TO EAT
You'll be spoilt for choice but our favourites are the White Horse Brancaster, the Dun Cow Salthouse, the Carpenters Arms Wighton, the Moorings Blakeney, the Stiffkey Red Lion, Wells Crab House, the Victoria Inn (Holkham) the Morston Anchor, Socius Burnham Market, the Wiveton Cafe at Wiveton Hall, Thornham Deli, Back to the Garden in Letheringsett, and the Hunworth Bell. Book in high season.
Places we have not yet tried but are on our must visit list are: the Duck Inn Stanhoe, Morston Hall and the Gunton Arms.
FOOD ON THE GO
There’s excellent coffee and fresh croissants from Stiffkey Stores, the Crab rolls from the Crab Hut (Brancaster) are not to be missed, doughnuts from Paston Acre in Cley are a real treat, and there’s competition for the best fish and chips between French's or Plattens (Wells) or Eric's (Holt). The Lookout in Holkham does a great sausage roll and a good choice of sandwiches.
FOR A POTTER
Visit Burnham Market, slow-paced Blakeney or Cley, or a trip to the town of Holt will not disappoint.
FOR THE CHILDREN
All of the above will keep them going but there's also Pensthorpe Nature Reserve, ROARR dinosaur land, the SeaLife centre in Hunstanton, the Sandringham Estate, Wiveton Cafe, Thursford Collection, Doodlepots, Walsingham Light Railway, the Poppy Line Holt to Sheringham, the arcades at Wells, a visit to Langham Glass. the list goes on. Keep an eye on our social media for updates.