Cromer, Gem of the Norfolk Coast. Space. Glistening sea. Rolling cliffs. Deep golden sunrises and crimson sunsets setting the sea alight. Surfers silhouetted against the water. Games of cricket played with children’s bats on flat sand in the evening light. Massive sandcastles. Digging to Australia. Jumping waves. Sea anemones nestling in rock pools. Searching for amber and fossils in the shingle. Yellow gorse flowers with the scent of coconut. Gentle, lapping waves. Sunshine and wind. Fresh washing blowing in the breeze. Vivid blues, yellows and greens. Crab boats coming into shore. Stillness. Peace. Warmth. Lifeguards’ flags. Curved stone steps up the church tower. Cliff walks ending in hearty meals. Kicking autumn leaves. Carnival floats. Red Arrows. Fireworks over the sea. Tennis weeks. Crazy golf. Hot doughnuts. Toy boats bobbing on water. Waves crashing over breakwaters in winter gales. Lifeboats cutting into saltwater. Yellow helicopters patrolling the coast. Comfortable pubs. Sunlight flickering through leaves. Birdsong. Lighthouse beams sweeping across the sea. Moonlight shadows on the beach. Water swirling beneath wooden slats of the pier. Ceaseless, crashing waves. Empty evening beaches. Flocks of geese flying in formation overhead. Thuds of cricket balls. Setting trails through woods. Golf balls lost in undergrowth on the edge of the cliff. Blackberries. Crab fishing from the pier. Lines of colourful beach huts. Hot skin plunged into cool water. Diving over waves. Taste of salt. Hunting for starfish. Ice cream. Picnics. Deckchairs. Warm, soft sand. Sleep. Counting steps to the top of the cliff. Long showers after a day at the beach. Tired legs. Windswept hair. Laughter over evening games. Logs glowing in a wood burning stove. Curling up with a book.
The Pier: Cromer’s 450ft pier houses the Pavilion Theatre and Bar, Tides Restaurant and Footprints gift shop. Fishermen set up their lines at the end, near the lifeboat house. In summer months it gives stunning views of the sun rising over the sea to the east, and setting over the sea to the west.
Crabs: Crab fishing is still a thriving industry. You can watch the crab boats setting out from and returning to the beach at the foot of the gangway, and buy freshly caught and dressed crabs from local shops. You can also try catching crabs yourself with a line and bait from the sides of the pier.
Lifeboat: The pier is home to Cromer’s lifeboat station, housing inshore and offshore boats. There has been a lifeboat at Cromer for over 200 years, and in 2006 a fantastic new lifeboat museum was opened next to the old lifeboat house at the bottom of the gangway, housing the HF Bailey which was used by the famous Coxswain Henry Blogg to save around 400 lives between 1935 and 1945.
Glide Surf School: Lessons for groups and individuals with all equipment provided, between May and October.
Cromer Parish Church: Dating from the 14th century, the lively Church of St Peter and St Paul dominates the centre of the town. Climb the 160ft tower for spectacular views of the town.
Cromer Cricket Club: North Norfolk’s only Premier League team plays at the Norton Warnes Ground on Overstrand Road, just 3 minutes’ walk from The Grove. It welcomes spectators to all its matches.
Cromer Lawn Tennis and Squash Association: The Club held its centenary in 2008 and welcomes members of the general public to its 10 grass courts, 2 tarmac courts, 2 omniturf courts and 2 squash courts.
Royal Cromer Golf Club: Located just a couple of minutes up the road from The Grove, the Royal Cromer stretches along the cliff between Cromer and Overstrand. Guests of The Grove are entitled to 10% off their green fee.
Putting, crazy golf and boating lakes: Float toy boats and try out your putting skills in North Lodge Park, accessible from Overstrand Road and the Gangway, or play crazy golf and take out a child’s paddle boat at the Cromer Boating Lake on Runton Road.
Museum: Explore the history of Cromer in the museum on Church Street, which includes stories of lifeboat rescues, a fascinating collection of fossils in the Geology Gallery and a Victorian Fisherman’s Cottage.Cromer Museum
Carnival: Every year during the third week in August, thousands of people flock to Cromer for the annual carnival. The week is packed full of events held at venues throughout the town, and the highlight is Carnival Day on Wednesday, which includes a display over the sea by the famous Red Arrows and a fabulous parade of floats and bands through the centre of the town.
Sea food dinners in the sunshine overlooking the marshes at Cookies …Boat trips to see the seals at Blakeney…Long sandy beaches at Trimingham, Wells and Cley…Browsing craft shops, antique shops and picture galleries in Holt…Relaxing on a hire boat on the Norfolk Broads…Exploring the market, shops, castle and cathedral in Norwich…Beautiful stately homes of Blickling and Felbrigg…The royal estate of Sandringham…Vast expanses of sand and dunes at Holkham…The organs at Thursford…Steam trains on the North Norfolk Railway…A bird-watcher’s paradise at Pensthorpe…The traditional weekly market in Aylsham…Bright lights and funfairs in Great Yarmouth…Tanks and trucks in the Muckleburgh Collection…Glass-blowing at Langham Glass…Ten-pin bowling at North Walsham…Losing yourself in the Priory Maze and Gardens…Riding the Bure Valley Narrow Gauge Railway…
Cookie’s Crab Shop http://www.salthouse.org.uk/
Blakeney Point boat trips http://www.beansboattrips.co.uk/ or http://www.sealtrips.co.uk/
Boat-hire on the Norfolk Broads http://www.barnesbrinkcraft.co.uk/ or http://www.broads.co.uk/
Blickling Hall http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-blicklinghallgardenandpark
Felbrigg Hall http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-felbrigghallgardenandpark
North Norfolk Railway http://www.nnrailway.co.uk/
Priory Maze and Gardens http://www.priorymazegardens.co.uk/
Bure Valley Railway http://www.bvrw.co.uk/