Cromer & East Runton
These towns have great beaches that can be utilised all months and in all weather. You can take a winter walk next to the sea whilst walking your dog or come to paddle in the refreshing waters when it’s warm and sunny.
The villages are similarly charming, with Cromer displaying a more comprehensive range of services than its quieter cousin. However, they both have pubs/takeaway, gift shops and bathrooms (the beach essentials). Cromer has some great mentions for food, such as the renowned NO.1 Fishbar and the Bucket List, which serve tasty chips.
Waxham and Horsey
On a lovely sunny day, you can walk along the sandy beach, shaded by the trees and out over the glorious soft sand. It actually rests in a designated region of exceptional natural beauty, and when you stroll on the dunes before the beach, you’ll appreciate why. When you have reached the coast, you can see for miles. Looking North, you get a grand view of the reefs at Sea Palling, and facing the South, you see Horsey and Waxham Sands in the distance. In front of you, vast stretches of sand lay with space to wander wherever you wish and as far as you want.
The beaches within Horsey and Winterton on the sea are a residence to a colony of grey seals. You often see their heads popping up above the waves. Pups arrive between November and January, and the seals come out of the water for a short while. About 100 pups are born every winter. The females are light grey, the males dark grey and the pups are white.
Viewing a seal on the beach is a memory you will have for life. They are so lovely and soft looking (but are dangerous, so make sure not to approach them).
As well as being East Anglia’s premier beach resort, Great Yarmouth also has a fascinating nautical culture and is a port famous for formerly being the core of the herring industry.
Great Yarmouth’s Golden Mile is a heaven for people who appreciate seaside fun at its best. Indoor and outdoor recreation venues border the promenade, and there are rides and attractions for all ages along the seafront. There are attractions such as adventure golf, a ride on one of the giant snails, fish and chips or ice cream, enjoy freshly-cooked doughnuts and then head off for a ride on a scream-provoking rollercoaster or catch a splendid show or go racing.
Wells Next to the Sea
The award-winning beach at Wells is wide, unblemished and beautiful, famous for its sand dunes, pine trees and vivid beach huts. If you take a walk for a couple of miles along the shore, you’ll be in Holkham. Whether you choose to swim, fly a kite, sunbathe or build a sandcastle, Wells beach has something for everyone!
You can see wading birds on the foreshore, including oystercatchers, avocets and terns, and if you’re fortunate, you can spot common and grey seals lazing in the sun’s rays.