We spent the first week of May in Norfolk with Andy’s folks. Despite the rain and the North Sea wind that followed us around, we had a lovely week, relaxing and making the most of the sun when it appeared. We went to North Norfolk for a holiday last September and loved it so much we headed back to the same area! We needed a bigger cottage this time though found a lovely, recently refurbished place in Weybourne.
After we had unpacked and had tea, we walked over the Weybourne beach to see the sea. Grandad and Seren enjoyed throwing pebbles in the sea.
We went to West Runton the next day, the boys had fun flying a kite, Seren enjoyed running in the waves and Imogen enjoyed eating sand (then and for the rest of the week). The wind really was biting though so we only stayed as long as we could bear that!
On Sunday we found a pub in Edgefield called The Pigs for a late Sunday lunch. This was a real find, for as well as lovely food, it had both indoor and outdoor play areas. The outdoor play area, Piggleplay, is an amazing space with a tree house den building, climbing, balancing and a zip wire. Piggleplay was designed by the same team behind the tree house adventure attraction, BeWILDerwood. The girls loved it, I was only sorry there is nothing like this nearer home.
That evening we walked along the seafront at Sheringham.
On Bank Holiday Monday we planned to go to Holkham but we got a tyre puncture so while Andy got that sorted out the rest of us headed to the nearer Sheringham beach. Seren enjoyed rock pooling and wave jumping. Imogen tried paddling and didn’t like it – too cold I guess! Andy & I had fun trying to win a duck on the tuppenny falls game in the arcade.
The next afternoon we all went to Cromer for beach play, a walk on the pier and super tasty fish and chips at No1 Cromer. I still love how the kids meals are served in a little bucket and spade and they even gave one to Imogen despite us not ordering a meal for her!
With rain forecast for Wednesday, we spent the day at a National Trust property, Blickling Hall. We had SUCH a good day there and I’m going to do a separate blog post on that soon.
Thursday was supposed to be nice and we went to Holkham to go to the magnificent beach. We had a good hour or so before the heavens opened and we had a long and very wet trudge back to the car. It’s an absolute stunning beach (often used for film and TV shoots) though perhaps not the easiest to navigate with small children.
On Friday we had a final fling on the beach at West Runton before bundling the kids into the car in their swim suits and driving home. So, that’s our main holiday for 2015 over now. But we have such happy memories, we love north Norfolk – we’ll be back!
Read more about our 2014 Norfolk holiday here: Barnhouse Holiday Cottages, Sheringham, Cromer, West Runton & The North Norfolk Railway.