5 things to do in North Norfolk | Glaven Cottages

Whether you’re thinking of planning a holiday to Norfolk, are on the lookout for some fun activities to keep the kids entertained or just want some ideas for a day out in this blog we’ll take you through some things that you can do in North Norfolk.


Wells-next-the-Sea is one of the most attractive seaside towns on the North Norfolk coast. It you’re looking for the perfect holiday destination then this charming English coastal town won’t let you down.

Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk

Wells-next-the-Sea Harbour

During the summer months children can be found crabbing on the quay, having fun on “The Bounty” play boat and taking the narrow gauge miniature railway to the beach. Spend a full day on the beach and relax in style in a fabulous beach hut that’s fully equipped with everything you need including deckchairs and beach toys for the kids. Any visit to Wells wouldn’t be complete without a trip to French’s for some of the best fish and chips in Norfolk.

Seal trips

Just down the coast from Wells is Morston Quay where you’ll find Beans  & Bishops Boats. These family run businesses offer daily boat trips to see the seals and birds in their natural habitat at Blakeney Point.

Morston, Norfolk

Seal Boat Trips from Morston Quay


The trip gives you a great way to get up close and personal with the common and grey seals in the area and take in this area of outstanding natural beauty. The trips take approximately an hour and a half including landing on Blakeney Point and run daily from the 1st of April until the 31st of October. Make sure you book in advance to save disappointment.

Coastal path

For those that love the great outdoors and walking then there are a couple of great options available. The Peddars Way hooks up with the Norfolk Coast Path at Holme-next-the-Sea and runs from Hunstanton to Cromer. Why not take the Coasthopper bus service from Kings Lynn to Cromer which offers a great way to access the trail and stops off at most of the access points along the route.

Burnham Norton, Norfolk

The coastal path at Burnham Norton


Leave the car at your cottage and enjoy a walk along the coastal path and don’t forget the obligatory pub lunch with a glass or two of wine, seeing as you won’t be driving.

Langham Dome

Take a trip back in time with a visit to Langham Dome where you can walk in the footsteps of the service men and women who worked at the base during and after World War 2. With lively displays and hands-on activities, Langham Dome is a great place for all the family and one that is full of thought-provoking displays. Located just north of Blakeney why not combine a trip to see the seals from Morston with a visit to the dome.

Bird Watching

Families will love a visit to one of the RSPB nature reserves in the area from NWT Cley Marshes which is one of the UK’s oldest and best known reserves to the sandy beach of Titchwell Marsh where you’ll find reed beds and shallow lagoons that are full of birdlife.

Brancaster Staithe, Norfolk

Brancaster Staithe


If bird spotting isn’t your thing then what about a trip on a steam train on the North Norfolk Railway which will take you from Sheringham to Holt and back again. Get a rover ticket that lets you travel the whole day and get on and off at stations along the route to explore. From the Kelling Nature Trail that can be accessed from Weybourne to the Broad Sidlinch model railway at Holt, there is plenty to keep the whole family entertained.