Another Week in North Norfolk

10th May 2017
Family holiday in North Norfolk 2016

We had a lovely week in north Norfolk in July. It’s our 3rd holiday there in 2 years – that should tell you something! We have absolutely fallen in love with the area – the beautiful coastline, how family friendly it is and how there is a mix of unspoilt beach areas with a bit of old fashioned English seaside charm thrown in too.

West Runton

Family holiday in North Norfolk 2016

We stayed in a cottage in Briston, just outside of Holt and about 20 minutes drive to Sheringham or Cromer on the north eastern coast of Norfolk or about 30 minutes from Wells-next-Sea and the other beaches on the north coast. We booked through Ketts Cottages, the same as last year and would use them again. As soon as we got to Norfolk we headed straight to beach at West Runton where the tide was just going out.


Rain was forecast for the next day so we went to the Sea Life Sanctuary in Hunstanton. Afterwards, the sun had come out so we let the girls go on a couple of rides in the fun fair next to the beach.

The Pigs

Family holiday in North Norfolk 2016

Rain was forecast again the next day (though didn’t materialise until much later on) so we went to the swimming pool in Sheringham as Imogen loves swimming but doesn’t often get to go. We followed that with tea in the The Pigs pub in Edgefield. Imogen was thrilled with the pig signs / pictures everywhere, the photo below was of her point at them and say “Piggy! Piggy! Piggy!”.

The pub has a family room right next to an play room with lego and other toys in. The Piggleplay area outside is fantastic! Designed by the creators of the tree house adventure attraction, Bewilderwood it has a den building area, tree house, slides, climbing walls and a zip wire. Easily the best pub play area I’ve seen – as a child or as an adult! The food is great too – I had ‘Iffits’ – Norfolk’s version of tapas and a gin with rosemary too which was delicious.


Family holiday in North Norfolk 2016

We were lucky to spend most of the rest of the week on the beach. We discovered a new favourite one too – Brancaster which lies on the north coast in between Hunstanton and Wells.

It has sand dunes to run up and down, so much soft sand when the tide is out, little channels left by the sea – perfect for little ones to splash in or be pulled along on boogie boards, hoards of shells to collect, a car park with a really friendly parking guy who gives change for the machine, a refreshment / beach shop hut (selling the all important 99s!) and toilets.


Family holiday in North Norfolk 2016

We had been to the famous Holkham beach last year and found it to be spectacular but a long old trek from the car with little ones. We tried the beach at Wells-next-the-Sea this year (which is next to Holkham) and preferred that though it was a bit muddy and it didn’t beat Brancaster. It did have a lovely beach cafe though selling lunches, ice-creams, booze, beach paraphernalia and refreshments for dogs. You’ve got to love a place where the wifi password is “tellmywifiloveher”!


We also visited Cromer again – not an amazing beach but an old fashioned seaside town with amusements and a pier. We had a ball on the tuppenny fall games in the arcades then went for fish and chips at No1 Cromer again – they serve kids’ meals in a bucket which you can keep – never fails to delight us. Afterwards we walked along the pier and and watched families crabbing. There are few spots in the area for crabbing but I thought the girls were probably a bit too young to have the patience to do it yet.

We spent the last full day back at lovely Brancaster before stopping in Felbrigg Hall on our way home.

I’ve already been looking at places to stay for our next trip there (in fact, I’d move there tomorrow but you know, life and stuff keeps us in London).

Last year I wrote about our 2015 week in Norfolk and our day at Blickling Hall. The year before I wrote more about Cromer, West Runton, Sheringham and about our trip on the Poppy Line – the North Norfolk Steam Railway as well as our stay at Barnhouse Cottages.

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Hue Me Happy is about finding the little rays of sunlight that help keep a sense of balance in every day life. For me these are cups of lovely coffee, a house or garden filled with flowers, time to think and be creative, being outdoors, wine infused evenings with friends and mini-adventures that take me outside of the normal routine. I’m Sian, a 40-something Mancunian mama living in north London. 

This post was first published in 2016.

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  • Reply Fiona Cambouropoulos 20th August 2016 at 10:56 am

    I think I’ve said before I really don’t know the Norfolk coast at all but I can see from your photos that I am missing out. You clearly have found an area that really works for your family and its not hard to see why. I love the sound of the play areas with all the natural wooden dens and the times spent down on the beach look perfect. Well done on picking such a lovely week to be able to take advantage of those beach days. Gorgeous photos that would make anyone want to visit.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids
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    • Reply Sian 27th August 2016 at 7:43 pm

      Thanks Fiona – it really is a special place!

  • Reply Confessions of a New Mummy 20th August 2016 at 9:41 pm

    You’ve been visiting some of my favourite places! Norfolk is a gorgeous place to visit (its where I live!) so I can see why you love it so much #CountryKids
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    • Reply Sian 27th August 2016 at 7:44 pm

      Ah I am so jealous!

  • Reply Merlinda Little (Glimmer of Hope) 20th August 2016 at 11:32 pm

    Awww you have the loveliest photos and the places your visited are all stunning! Each with its lovely traits =) #countrykids
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    • Reply Sian 27th August 2016 at 7:44 pm

      Ah thank you!

  • Reply Doubtfulmum 21st August 2016 at 9:50 am

    Gosh those beach shots are just wonderful. So crisp and clear. Love this time of year. #countrykids

    • Reply Sian 27th August 2016 at 7:44 pm

      Thank you!

  • Reply chocolateandwineandillbefine 21st August 2016 at 11:11 am

    Oh this is where we went too! Beautiful isn’t it? Holkham was my favourite – it really reminded me of Northumberland, but I agree, it was a very long walk from the car park! And there were no toilets. Disaster! Wells was very muddy, but we did see seals sunbathing right next to where we were playing. We didn’t go to Brancaster though – that looks stunning, definitely one for next time! #CountryKids

    • Reply Sian 27th August 2016 at 7:45 pm

      Wow seals – that is a pretty awesome spot – we will have to try to see some next time!

  • Reply Heidi @him_me_three 21st August 2016 at 5:15 pm

    Fabulous photos. Norfolk is a really beautiful place (I’m biased, I live here!) I’ve only been to Holkham once as my children can’t cope with the long walk from the car park but the view is worth it, isn’t it? Brancaster is a family favourite-we were there yesterday even though it was really blustery! You should definitely think about moving to Norfolk 😉


    • Reply Sian 27th August 2016 at 7:45 pm

      Ah I am so jealous – I would move there tomorrow!

  • Reply Mommy's Little Princesses 22nd August 2016 at 4:38 pm

    These beaches look absolutely stunning and I just love how each one has something different to offer! As for your pictures wow they are just gorgeous. Xx #countrykids
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    • Reply Sian 27th August 2016 at 7:46 pm

      Ah thank you!

  • Reply Steph 24th August 2016 at 7:59 pm

    Beautiful photos, I can see why you love to stay in Norfolk 🙂 Looks like your girls have had so fun much exploring! Sounds like a perfect family holiday #countrykids

    • Reply Sian 27th August 2016 at 7:46 pm

      We had so much fun!

  • Reply Melody 25th August 2016 at 10:59 pm

    Awww beautiful photos, your girls are beautiful and looks like they are having a great time too. x
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    • Reply Sian 27th August 2016 at 7:46 pm

      Thank you!

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