For our second full day we headed to Cromer. Cromer is an old fashioned seaside town complete with a nostalgic inducing Grade II listed pier and a decent stretch of beach. We parked in a ‘stay all day’ type car park right opposite the beach so we didn’t really get to see anything of the town itself. The pier is home to the Pavilion Theatre which offers a mix of variety shows and tribute acts. It’s also a popular spot for crabbing in the summer months.
No such excitement for us though, we walked down to the end of the pier to look at the sea and back to the shore. I showed Seren that she could see the waves through the boards but she didn’t seem too concerned (my sister always thought she might somehow fall through the cracks). The sun was shining and after the obligatory pier photo we sat down for a coffee or ice-cream.
Then we settled on the beach for more paddling and sandcastle building. Cromer beach has more pebbles than the beach at Sheringham so Andy or I had to carry Seren over the pebbles to get to the smoother sand by the edge of sea. Seren and I spent quite a while running in and out of the waves!
Having worked up an appetite it was time to find somewhere for lunch. Coming off the pier earlier the aroma of fish and chips from No1 Cromer enticed us to investigate further. It was a wise decision, the restaurant is owned by Norfolk-born renowned chef Galton Blackiston and takes pride in offering locally sourced produce, including potatoes grown on their own farm. The food was indeed very good, we found the service to be friendly too and were pleased with the presence of baby-changing facilities. Not long after we were seated, Seren was given a sea themed colouring sheet and crayons to keep her busy while we chose what to eat. Andy and I decided on traditional cod, chips and mushy peas whilst Seren went for cod bites. The kids’ meals are all served in a bucket and spade which you get to take home – a really lovely touch!
After ice-cream, which Imogen looked longingly at, it was time to head back to the car and back to our cottage.
Seren totally crashed out when we got back allowing us to have some quality time with the small one.
Day on the beach at Sheringham, North Norfolk
Barnhouse Holiday Cottages, Norfolk