Why choose a festive break in North Norfolk?

Who’s starting to get excited about Christmas? We are! We’ve had some beautifully crisp mornings here in Norfolk, and some stunning autumn sunsets to boot. It won’t be long until the mulled wine is flowing and the festive lights are twinkling!

But Christmas can be a bit stressful too. Lots of things to think about, gifts to buy and, sometimes, family politics to negotiate! The perfect antidote to relieve the stress and get your festive season back on track? A short break!

North Norfolk is a great place for a festive break. There’s lots going on in the run up to Christmas to get you in the spirit. Or closet yourselves away in front of a roaring fire in a beautiful holiday cottage on the big day for a cosy celebration to remember.

Need more convincing? Here are a few of our top reasons to book a festive break here in North Norfolk…

Christmas shopping in Norfolk

Forget about buying everything online, or a last-minute dash found the department store. Dedicate some time to enjoying the experience. Visit Burnham Market or Holt for a fantastic array of independent shops. There are some excellent local artisans so you’ll be able to find a really unique gift.

If you time your trip carefully, you’ll be able to take advantage of one of the fantastic pop-up Christmas markets that are coming up.

Need the high street favourites? Head to Norwich and make a day of it. There are all the usual suspects in the modern shopping centres. Or enjoy exploring the Norwich Lanes: a treasure trove of goodies.

Festive entertainment in North Norfolk

People travel from far and wide to visit the Thursford Christmas Spectacular. It really is a sight to behold, but you will need to book in advance. The Cromer Pier Christmas Show is another firm favourite. And the kids (big kids included!) will love the Panto at Sheringham Little Theatre – this year it’s The Wizard of Oz.

Oxford Street doesn’t have the monopoly of Christmas lights switch on celebrations. The Holt celebrations (on the 15th November this year), complete with fireworks, is a fabulously festive evening. A few days later, you can do it all again in Burnham Market!

Soul-soothing time out

If it all gets too much, a bracing winter walk on Holkham beach has restorative powers. Team it with a hot chocolate in front of the wood burner at the Wells beach café and you’ll be ready to plunge back into the festivities in no time.

Pop round to the east coast a take a stroll at Horsey to see seal pups nestled in the sand dunes. Enough to melt even the hardest of hearts! Just make sure you stick to the marked paths so you don’t disturb them.

Are you convinced?

If that all sounds like just your cup of tea, give us a call. We’ll be able to let you know which of our cottages has availability in the coming weeks. A warm welcome awaits!

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Short breaks in North Norfolk – our top picks

North Norfolk is the perfect place for a short break. There’s plenty to see and do, no matter what you’re interested in. Once you’re here, you won’t have to travel very far to experience a whole host of treats. From beautiful beaches to fabulous shopping, we’ve got it all.

We’re based in North Norfolk. All of our beautiful holiday cottages are in North Norfolk. So we consider ourselves pretty knowledgeable on the area. We’ve compiled some of our favourite things to see and do to help you make the most of a short break here. And the best bit? All of these things are within 30 minutes or so of all of our cottages!

If you love walking and nature…

…You’ll be spoilt for choice in North Norfolk! Our coast is some of the most spectacular in the country. We’ve got swathes of sand at Holkham and Wells-next-the-Sea. There’s an abundance of birdlife at Titchwell Marsh. And a boat trip to see the seals at Blakeney point is real treat.

The Norfolk Coast Path provides relatively easy walking along the coast. You can walk to your heart’s content, and then hop on the Coasthopper to get back to your starting point.

Sheringham Park is a beautiful place for a relaxing stroll. Visit during rhododendron season for a truly stunning display. Or explore the grounds of Holkham Hall to catch a glimpse of one of the many park deer.

If you love good food…

…You won’t be disappointed! For an indulgent treat, book a table at the Michelin Star restaurant at Morston Hall. Or try The White Horse at Brancaster for dining with a sea view. You won’t be surprised to find a great selection of fresh seafood – pop in to Cookies Crab Shop in Salthouse or Rocky Bottoms in West Runton.

To experience more fantastic local produce, we love Wiveton Hall Café – but it is closed during the winter season and can get very busy so it’s best to call ahead.

The beauty of a weekend break in a holiday cottage is that you can eat exactly what you want, when you want. Pop into the Blakeney Deli or Byfords in Holt to pick up some tasty local goodies and enjoy a feast in the comfort of your accommodation.

If you want to relax…

…You’ve come to the right place! Aside from the wonderful walking and the wealth of eateries there are plenty of other ways to while away a few hours. Why no visit quaint Burnham Market where you can browse in the independent shops, or even get a massage at The Hoste.

If retail therapy is your thing, head to Holt. There are some wonderful little shops and galleries including a good range of designer outfits for all occasions. A real hidden gem is Bayfield Hall Antiques, just outside Holt. Rumoured to be a favourite of the Duchess of Cambridge, it’s a real treasure trove.

And no trip would be complete without a wonderful slice of cake in front of the wood burner at Wells beach café. Sheer bliss!

For a break with the children…

…Look no further than North Norfolk. If the sandy beaches aren’t enough, there are plenty of other things to keep the little ones entertained. Sticking by the coast, crabbing off Cromer Pier will keep them entertained for hours, or head to West Runton for rock pools galore.

Amazona Zoo in Cromer is a popular day out. As is Pensthorpe Natural Park where you’ll find plenty of ducks to feed, as well as one of the most amazing indoor and outdoor play facilities you’ve ever seen!

A train ride on the wonderfully scenic Poppyline is fun – you might even be lucky enough to catch the steam train! And if the weather’s not on your side, there’s always the pool at Splash Leisure Centre in Sheringham, or catch a show on Cromer Pier.

So, we hope that little round up of just a few highlights has inspired you to book a short break with us. A weekend in North Norfolk could be just the trip you deserve!


We have no official affiliation with any of the places mentioned in this article, we just like them and think you will too!

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Book Your Half Term Holiday Cottage in Norfolk

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!


The sunny garden at Masons Yard

Norfolk Holiday Cottages Masons Yard in Cley

Beach Hut Number 10, Wells-next-the Sea, Norfolk available to rent

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.

The view from Wells towards the beach

Wells Harbour

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.

If you are bringing your pet Byre Cottage in Langham, sleeping 6, Swan Cottage in Sharrington, sleeping 4,  Bottle Cottage in Binham and No 8 Meadow Rise in South Creake all welcome pets.

Our Norfolk terrier enjoying the beach at Holkham

Dog friendly Norfolk


For further information, bookings and prices please follow the link or give us a call on 01263 862133


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Dog friendly attractions in North Norfolk

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.

Holkham Beach

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.

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Out and about – Festivals, Concerts, Carnivals and more

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!

Country Fair

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

Foodies Delight

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.

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Summer fun for the family in North Norfolk

Summer fun for the family in North Norfolk

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.

Morston Harbour, Norfolk

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.

Brancaster Staithe, Norfolk

Brancaster Staithe

Discover dinosaurs

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,

Blakeney Point, Norfolk

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.

Bluebell Barn, Sculthorpe, Norfolk

Bluebell Barn, Sculthorpe (sleeps 4)

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