Top tips for a great beach holiday in Norfolk

Tide marks on a deserted beach

Norfolk is the perfect place to come on holiday if you’re after beautiful, relaxing beaches here in the UK. With the glorious summer we are experiencing looking to stick around for a little while longer, and with so many to choose from, you can visit a different beach every day!

Plan your beach trip

First thing’s first, be prepared for your day trip. Make sure you don’t forget anything by writing a list.

Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Check the tides
  2. Pack the sun cream
  3. Bring a parasol and/or windbreak for shade
  4. Bucket and spade
  5. Towels
  6. Swimsuits
  7. Picnic
  8. Digital radio – listen to local station for tide times
  9. Cash – for ice creams!
  10. Plenty of water
  11. Sunhats and sunglasses
  12. Bodyboards
  13. Blankets
  14. Pop up tent – for shade at midday, portable changing room and a nap zone for small children
  15. Spare clothes – your first ones are probably going to get wet!
  16. Book
  17. Beach activities such as a football or a frisbee
  18. Beach shoes in case of stones, or perfect for rock pooling.

If you do happen to forget anything, don’t panic! You’re at the British seaside after all. There are plenty of shops selling anything you could possibly need. And if the picnic gets forgotten about, fish and chips it is!

Stay safe on the beach

It’s important to remember to take care when visiting the beach. Especially if you and your family are swimming in the sea. Try to always swim at a beach patrolled by lifeguards.

Beaches with lifeguards that are close to some of our luxury holiday cottages are: Wells-next-the-sea, Sheringham, East Runton, West Runton and Cromer.

Lifeguards are on patrol at all these locations between 10am and 6pm every day during the summer.
A full list of beaches with lifeguards on shift and more information can be found here:

Keep an eye out for safety flags and the information signs usually found at the entrance of the beach. These will identify any potential hazards present at the beach and the safest areas to be in the water.

Know the time of the tides. Being cut off from the main beach is not the holiday adventure that you and your family want. Being aware of the tides and keeping an eye on them if you go exploring throughout the day will mean you stay safe and sound.

Know where your children are. Beaches get very busy in the summer time so make sure you set up a camp that is easy to spot. Decide a meeting point with older children in case they get lost. Make sure younger children are supervised at all times.

Stay safe in the sun

Beach Hut Number 10, Wells Beach

Day after day of sunshine and scorching temperatures are what summer holiday dreams are made of.

Be sure to stay safe in the hot weather by drinking plenty of water. The sun and wind can dehydrate you, even if it’s not that hot.

Don’t forget your sun cream. A holiday is no fun if you spend half of it burnt and sore.  Slather up before you leave your cottage in the morning and reapply every 2 hours. Make sure you are using one with a good SPF and at least 4 UVA stars for the best protection. Always reapply after swimming, even if your cream is waterproof.

Sun hats and sunglasses are a must. A hat will protect you from heat stroke and the glasses will shield your eyes from the bright sun. Get glasses that have UV protection built in.

Most importantly, have fun 

You’re on holiday after all! And what better way to have a good time than a day or five at the seaside! Get the sand in your toes (and ears and tummy button and nose) and the sea breeze in your hair.