If you read my previous post about hiring a boat in Wroxham, you’ll know I’m on a mission to see as much of Norfolk as possible! I’ve lived here for five years and have barely ventured outside of the city… That is about to change, as I explore various locations along the broads and the beautiful Norfolk coastline.
A day at the beach in Cromer
This weekend, we managed to tick Cromer off our list! The train from Norwich to Cromer is cheap (just over £5 for a return) and takes less than an hour. Once you arrive, it’s pretty easy to find your way around. It’s a small but typical seaside town, equipped with everything you need for a beach weekend; arcades, fish and chips, ice cream stalls, and quirky souvenir shops. Unfortunately, the weather was a little cold and windy (and wet towards the end) so we donned coats, rather than swimwear for this particular visit!
We spent a few hours wandering along the stony shore, before heading to a restaurant called No.1, which came highly recommended from everyone we know that has visited Cromer! Downstairs is set up as a standard chippy, whilst upstairs offers something with a little more charm. The restaurant upstairs is tastefully decorated with a beachy theme (of course) and most tables overlook the sea, thanks to multiple large windows. Alongside the classic fish and chips, they also offer a selection of mains (veggie options were a pearl barley risotto with summer veg, mushy pea fritter with chips or chickpea burger). On top of this, they also have a tapas menu. Unfortunately the tapas menu is no good for veggies, as the only choices are a mushy pea fritter (no thanks) or houmous and breadsticks (exciting!).
After lunch, we walked along Cromer’s Victorian Pier and had a coffee on the benches outside. The benches overlook the boathouse from which lifeboats are regularly launched. You can also climb up a winding set of metal steps, to see the lifeboats launched from inside. Sadly, we were halfway up the stairs when the boat was launched, so we just missed it! Alongside the Pier-head Lifeboat Station, you can also opt to explore the ‘old’ lifeboat house at the foot of the Gangway and the Henry Blogg Museum which tells the stories of Cromer’s lifeboat men, who have risked their lives over the years. Afterwards, we walked along the beach towards the beach huts, and were amused to find one that suited Gary just perfectly 😛
Lastly, we couldn’t leave without a trip to the arcades! Armed with £2 each, we managed to last almost an hour on the 2p machines and left with an array of prizes to entertain us on the train ride home…..
There’s not much to do in Cromer, except relax and enjoy a typical seaside experience! We plan to return again soon when it’s a little sunnier 🙂