With the October fast approaching we have some great Norfolk holiday cottages available for a half term family getaway. In ever popular Wells next the Sea Hideaway House is available to book from 20th October for a short break of up to 5 nights. This lovely family house, just a stone’s throw from The Quay and Staithe Street, sleeps 8. Private parking and garden. Cases Barn in the pretty village of Binham, close to Wells is also available. The barn sleeps 6 with a downstairs bedroom and bathroom. Good pub, The Chequers and a village shop!
Norfolk Holiday Cottages Masons Yard in Cley
Norfolk Holiday Cottages, Beach Hut No 10 on Wells Beach
Or why not enjoy a stay in one of our holiday cottages in Cley next the Sea. Luxury and contemporary Masons Yard, sleeping 6 or family friendly Walnut Tree Cottage, sleeping 5, both cottages are available for the week and are set in quiet, central locations with parking and a short distance from the shops, restaurants and galleries.
For a luxury and peaceful stay in Norfolk take a look at Bluebell Barn, sleeping 4, cannot be bettered for comfort! Good location for all that Norfolk has to offer.
In the popular coastal village of Thornham stylish No 1 and No 2 Dix Cottages are also available for half term. These lovely contemporary cottages can be booked singly or together for large parties. close to great places to eat, the wonderful beach and the coast path.
Dogs really are part of the family and when it comes to book your holiday one important consideration is finding dog friendly accommodation as well as things to do while away. Luckily for you North Norfolk is full of dog lovers and your four legged friend will be welcome at a whole host of attractions – meaning no more kennels.
Bure Valley Trains – Aylsham
The Bure Valley Railway is a great day out for all the family where you’ll be able to take a nostalgic trip on a steam train on Norfolk’s longest narrow gauge railway. Dogs are welcome on the trains and the railway has their own resident Cocker Spaniel called Henry.
Broads Tours – Wroxham
Whether you want to hire your own boat or just take in the sights on a guided tour, Broads Tours offers a great way to experience the diversity of the Norfolk Broads and take in the beautiful scenery. All boats allow dogs and the guided tours offer light refreshments, are wheelchair accessible and have a fully licensed bar on board.
A trip to North Norfolk wouldn’t be complete without at least a day at the seaside and Holkham beach stretches for miles between Wells-next-the-Sea and Burnham Overy Staithe. Here you can let your dog off its leash and enjoy the miles of open ground that makes up the Holkham Nature Reserve.
Wells-next-the-Sea is a great place to enjoy a day out at the beach and your dog will be well catered for at the Well’s Beach Café which welcomes dogs inside. The café also has a free Wash n Wag dog wash where you can clean your pet before leaving in the car. Dogs are welcome on the beach at Wells but there are restrictions with a dog free area and protected areas that are roped off to protect nesting birds.
Join the Norfolk Coast Path at Thornham and enjoy a scenic walk along the coast to Old Hunstanton which is a great dog friendly beach. Take the coast hopper bus service back to Thornham and stop off at The Orange Tree pub which offers a great selection of food and drink including dog menu with delicacies such as pig’s ear and bone with marrow.
Holt Country Park
If you’re looking for a day away from the coast then a trip to Holt Country Park lets you get back to nature and explore the pretty woodland of the park. With coloured trails that loop around you’ll be able to enjoy a number of walks in pretty surroundings. Don’t forget to bring a picnic with you as there is no café on site but there are plenty of places where you can eat your picnic.
As the summer gets into full swing there are plenty of wonderful events to look forward to, from concerts and festivals to exhibitions and carnivals we bring you some of the highlights for the coming months. Whether you’re a foodie, a music lover or an art enthusiast, there’s an event for you in North Norfolk.
Open Air Concerts
Take in the beauty of Holkham Estate and listen to the living legend that is Tom Jones while he performs an eclectic mix of songs spanning his five decades of music. With hit songs such as It’s Not Unusual, Kiss, Delilah and What’s New Pussycat, this is your chance to see Tom Jones at a great open air venue on the 23rd of July.
For lovers of Ibiza dance anthems then Classic Ibiza at Blickling Estate is an absolute must this August. Set in the grounds of the stunning Blickling Estate National Trust property, Classic Ibiza (will help transport you to the Balearics and get you up on your feet dancing the night away. The Urban Soul Orchestra will start the evening off with a chill-out set as the sun sets followed by DJ Goldierocks playing the latest Ibiza tracks. A truly unmissable open air concert!
One of the biggest country fairs in the area takes place on the 22nd and 23rd of July at Holkham Estate and promises to be a fun-packed weekend that celebrates life in the countryside. From fast-paced stunt riding and horsemanship to falconry displays and the aerial acrobatics of the Red Arrows, there is something for everyone at Holkham Country Fair.
Carnivals and Regattas
From the 28th of July until the 6th of August the 10 day Wells Carnival takes place which provides a whole host of events organised by a team of local volunteers. The busiest day is Carnival day which this year take’s place on Saturday the 5th of August and includes a parade through the town, fancy dress competitions and music event in the evening.
Blakeney Regatta is another popular local event that includes plenty of fun activities including Gilly catching and sandcastle competitions as well as trying to walk the greasy pole.
Blakeney Point, North Norfolk
A late summer treat the North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival takes place on the 2nd and 3rd of September and provides a chance to enjoy great food and drink as well as be entertained by top chefs with live cookery demos. Set in the Walled Garden at Holkham Hall the festival is now in its eighth year and is a wonderful day out for all the family.
Gardens and Art
Take in the beautiful gardens at Houghton Hall which includes a 5 acre walled garden which is split into contrasting ornamental gardens which include: Italian garden, formal rose parterre, fruit and vegetable garden and much more.
Houghton Hall Gardens, North Norfolk
Art lovers will also be well catered for at Houghton with the Richard Long exhibition show piecing the Turner prize winning landscape artists work and adding to the current permanent Long sculpture, Full Moon Circle that was commissioned in 2003.
If you’re planning a family summer holiday in North Norfolk then you’ll be spoilt for choice with a range of fun things to keep you and the kids entertained. From simple pleasures such as building a sandcastle and riding a bike to trying something new such as learning to sail. If you want a holiday that is packed full of fun then you’ll love North Norfolk.
Boating and sailing
Any trip to the North Norfolk coast wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the seaside. Whether you’re new to sailing or are a seasoned sea dog there are plenty of water sports available to enjoy.
Sailing Dinghies at Morston
Take advantage of the relatively calms waters of Blakeney Point with a sailing course for the kids or get to grips with surfing the easy way by hiring a stand up paddleboard. For thrill seekers a powerboat course with get your adrenaline flowing and guarantee you leave the boat smiling.
Spend a day at the beach
Continuing the seaside theme spend a whole day at Brancaster beach which offers miles and miles of beautiful golden sand which is perfect for building sandcastles. Kitesurfing and kite boarding is popular on the beach and there is a dedicated launch and landing area for all kite users. For those that love nature why not take on the 4 mile Brancaster Straithe wildlife walk which takes in the coast, Barrow Common and an ancient Roman Fort.
Take the kids to Dinosaur Experience for a fun day out for children of all ages. The indoor Dinomite zone is packed full of climbing nets, slides, bridges and ball pools and has an area dedicated to children under five. Outside, the fun continues with the Dinosaur trail where you can get up close to model dinosaurs and hear the sounds they make. Other attractions include racing quads, pedal carts, mazes, crazy golf, skywire, animal garden and much, much more.
Feed the seals
Experience a unique encounter at Sea Life Hunstanton by feeding the resident and rehabilitating common and grey seals. As well as feeding the seals you can see a variety of wildlife including otters,
Seals at Blakeney Point
green sea turtle, sharks, tropical fish, rays, penguins, Piranhas and dwarf caiman. The Sea Life centre really is packed full of interesting wildlife and has got plenty going on to keep you entertained on a dry or rainy day.
Take a leisurely bike ride in the park
Visit Holkham Park and explore the 3,000 acre grounds by hiring bikes and enjoying the traffic-calmed routes. Take a circular route around the lake and see if you can spot some of the Red Deer or Fallow Deer on your travels. Pack a picnic and bring some blankets to enjoy lunch by the lake or travel light and stop off in Holkham Village for some lunch.
A holiday cottage in North Norfolk provides the perfect base to explore the local area and pack in plenty of summer fun for all the family.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We have a fabulous offer at Kittiwake Cottage. There is a 10% discount on all stays during March.
Also, Easter is available and you can save a super 10% discount if you book a 7 night stay in this beautiful North Norfolk holiday cottage. This means the week is just £1044.
Kittiwake Cottage is a luxury, 5*, Gold Award, holiday cottage with 3 bedrooms and 3 bath/ shower rooms. It has plenty of space for 6 guests and a downstairs bedroom and wet room/cloakroom for the less able. With open plan kitchen/ dining and sitting room and patio doors leading into the garden. It has many home from home comforts.
Our latest feedback says: “We’ve just returned from a stay at Kittiwake Cottage and just want to say how beautiful your house is and what a fantastic time we’ve had. All the little extra touches and the luxury fixtures and fittings made our multi generation stay special! The children were raving about their comfy beds! We’ll definitely be back!”
To enjoy your spring break in Kittiwake Cottage, just call 01263 862133, or book online.