Things to do
Things to do in North Norfolk
From spectacular coastline, fantastic wildlife, miles of glorious beaches, seaside communities picturesque market towns, and villages. To find out about events taking place over the coming months, take a look at What’s on.
Coastal Exploration Company
Explore North Norfolk’s wild, stunning coastline under a canvas sail in one of the Coastal Exploration Company’s locally built wooden boats. Help with navigation; fish and forage for your food; visit special locations that can only be accessed by creek and sea. Connect with the environment on a deeper level with the rhythms of the tides and its various natural inhabitants, in a way that normally would not be possible. The adventure will include traditional sailing and rowing, wild swimming, foraging and preparing food from the coast, navigation, field craft for the sea and an element of physical and mental challenge.
Cockle Bay E-Bike Hire
Explore and experience the outstanding North Norfolk Coast with award-winning power assisted E-Bikes.
Based in Wells-next-the-Sea, these amazing RADPower electric bikes are ideal for touring and discovering the beautiful Norfolk countryside and coastal paths with comfort and ease.
The new RadRhino was designed for versatility, so ride around the town, through the villages or skip the bike path and challenge the fat tyre capabilities off road on your own adventure on the North Norfolk terrain.
North Norfolk Paddle Boards
Founded in the summer of 2017 in the village of Burnham Overy Staithe,
North Norfolk Paddleboards provide Taster Sessions and Guided Tours in Burnham Overy Staithe, Wells-next-the-Sea and Brancaster Staithe.
If you are new to SOP boarding, it is fun, safe and everyone should give it a try. Learn the basics of the strokes and you will be standing up and paddling in no time at all.
After you have learnt to Paddle board, you can join one of the guided tours where you will be guided through the creeks and salt marshes of the stunning North Norfolk Coastline.
BeWILDerwood, out first things to do in North Norfolk, is an adventure park for families located in Horning. It is situated in a woodland area and includes, rope bridges, treehouses, zip wires, slides, a maze, and two areas especially for under-fives called “Tiptoe Valley and “Toddlewood-on-the-HIll. A journey along the river takes young adventurers into a world of treehouses, slides and rope bridges. The park is based on events and characters in “A Boggle at BeWILDerwood” and “The Bewilderbats”, books for children written by Tom Blofeld, the owner of BeWILDerwood. Approximately an hours drive from our cottages, BeWILDerwood is a fabulous day out for families with children.
Pensthorpe Natural Park
Only a 10 minute drive from the North Norfolk Coast, Pensthorpe Natural Park is a natural home for many species of mammals, birds, plants and invertebrates. Here, you can explore and discover the beautiful landscapes, inspiring sculptures, and diverse habitats as they change through the seasons, providing year round colour and interest.
Visitors can enjoy the woodland and wetland walks, stunning gardens and wonderful indoor and outdoor play areas. Interactive trails, bird hides and boardwalks meander through the wilderness of the nature reserve, whilst children can get involved with activities such as pond dipping, spotting wildlife and feeding the birds enabling them to get closer to the native and visiting wildlife.
Blakeney National Nature Reserve
Here you will find uninterupted views and spectacular wildlife of the outstanding coastline.
Blakeney Point is home to England’s largest Grey Seal colony and a large number of summer breeding birds. The best way to see the wildlife on Blakeney Point, is to book a trip on one of the ferry trips departing from Morston Quay.
With the Norfolk Coastal Path running right along Blakeney National Nature Reserve you can explore the whole of the Norfolk Coast on foot. Blakeney Freshes is popular with birdwatchers, and Stiffkey Saltmarshes muddy creeks are a perfect haven for wildlife.
Holkham Hall and Estate
Holkham Estate has lots to see and do throughout the whole year. Explore the marked walks around the park and see some impressive landmarks such as the obelisk and monument to Coke of Norfolk, alongside other intriguing buildings like the old icehouse and Great Barn. Holkham Hall, sitting proudly within the deer park, is a magnificent stately home which is open to the public and for events throughout the year. There are nature trails with a fun family quiz and boundless amounts of nature and wildlife to see. To explore further afield, bicycles can be hired from the cycle hire centre and canoes, kayaks or rowing boats can be hired on the big lake.
RSPB Titchwell Marsh Nature Reserve
Titchwell Marsh nature reserve is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Countless migrating birds pass through Titchwell in the spring and autumn, and many spend winter here, giving an outstanding opportunity to see many species of seabirds, ducks, waders and geese. As the days get longer, birds such as Curlews leave to fly north, whilst others such as Sand Martin and Wheatear are arriving from Africa.
Titchwell Marsh Nature Reserve is one of The RSPB’s most popular reserves. With marvellous Marsh Harriers sky dancing overhead, wide sandy beaches, lagoons and reedbeds – it is a birdwatcher’s paradise!
Torque E-Bikes offer the hire of great quality electric bikes from their base at Thursford Castle, or for multi-day hires offer delivery of their e-bikes. Exploring Norfolk’s lovely country lanes on an e-bike is such a pleasure and really does take any stress or hard-work out of cycling. With a range of models and family-friendly riding options there is something to suit every rider!
Cley and Salthouse Marshes
Cley and Salthouse Marshes was purchased almost 100 years ago to be held ‘in perpetuity as a bird breeding sanctuary’. It has grown to a single coastal reserve of more than 300 heatares. Today, Cley and Salthouse Marshes is one of the most popular birdwatching sites in the UK, attracting more than 110,000 human visitors each year. The six hides give incredible views that are managed to attract migrating and breeding birds. The award-winning visitor centre features exhibitions, and a well-stocked gift and book shop. The Education Centre provides popular events, workshops, performances, guided walks and seasonal festivals.
The famous sweeping beach in Wells-next-the-Sea is famous for its colourful beach huts and miles of soft sand reaching to Holkham. Enjoy the sea air, relax, unwind and feel the sand between your toes and have fun paddling in the shallow waters in the warmer months. In colder months enjoy walking the dogs, flying kites, bird watching or playing family beach games.
There is ample parking in the beach car park and the Beach Cafe offers plenty of fabulous snacks and drinks.
You may even enjoy hiring a beach hut for the day!
Langham Glass was founded in 1979 by Master Glassmaker Paul Miller and is still run as a family business today. Langham Glass is in the market town of Fakenham about 10 miles from the North Norfolk Coast.
The visitor centre is open all year round and you can see glassmakers using original old techniques to create the well known and collectable finest handmade crystal in the glasshouse. Langham Glass offers new experiences for visitors to join the famous glassmaking team to learn how to create beautiful glass on a one-to-one basis. The shop gives visitors the opportunity to purchase their favourite pieces before they leave.
Pop Up Shops at Dalegate Market
Pop Up Shops change every week at Dalegate Market. You’ll usually find four new and interesting Pop Up Shops, in the beach huts behind Deepdale Cafe, from Thursday to the following Tuesday each week throughout the Summer and weekends in the run up to Christmas.
Full listings of all Pop Up Shops can be found on the Dalegate Market website and the listings will be updated as Pop Up Shops are confirmed.
Walk the Norfolk Coastal Path
A large part of the path will take you through the stunning landscape of the Norfolk Coast, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. From Hunstanton to Sea Palling, it passes through areas rich in wildlife, extensive sandy and shingle beaches, saltmarshes, freshwater marshes and pine woodland. Look out for large flocks of geese in the winter, coming in to safely spend the night on Holkham Nature Reserve, and the views out to Blakeney Point, known for its colony of seals. Walk as far as you chose and then return to your cottage on the Coasthopper bus.
Farmers Market at Creake Abbey
Once a month over 50 of the region’s best food and drink producers come to Creake Abbey to supply outstanding fresh seasonal produce including meat, vegetables and fruit, cakes, tray bakes, dairy produce, artisan beer, apple juice, artisan breads, morning goods, puddings, pies, tarts, olives and prepared meals, all made with the finest local ingredients. Other events take place at Creake Abbey too, find out more below.