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To help you make the most out of your stay at Barsham Barns Holiday Cottages, here are some tips and advice on things to do in Norfolk. Enjoy!
This is a great beach with beach huts, pools for paddling and endless sandy stretches for long walks. Best to park at Pinewoods Caravan Park.
Holkham has a really dramatic sandy beach fringed with pine trees with film connections – it featured in Shakespeare in Love. Park your car on Lady Anne’s Drive opposite the Victoria Hotel or walk from Burnham Overy or Wells.
Though this beach is less dramatic than Holkham it’s more family friendly, as the tide doesn’t go out too far.
This is a quiet, pebbly beach with stunning views to either side. There’s good swimming at high tide.
The beach and cliffs face west giving perfect spots for viewing spectacular sunsets. When the tide is out there are plenty of rock pools around the groynes.
This is a stony beach but at low tide there’s lots of sand and great rock pools.
There’s private tuition and private charter on offer at this family-run watersports centre in Blakeney Harbour.
North Shore offers a range of watersports including windsurfing and sailing from their base at Brancaster Staithe.
Charter this magnificent sailing barge for a day or half-day trip around the North Norfolk coast. May to October only.
Two-hour boat trips to Scolt Head island with conservationist and warden Jon Brown.
Learn to kitesurf on the Norfolk Coast at this kitesurfing school in Hunstanton.
Lakes, woods and meadows with hundreds of wild birds, walk-through aviaries and childrens’ activities.
Trips out to see the seals on the Norfolk Coast depend on the tide and weather. Ring for details or book online. Here are three ways to get to the seals:
• Roy Moreton’s Seal Trips
• Bishop’s Boats
You can see an astonishing number of different birds on the marshes at Morston, Blakeney, Stiffkey or Cley.
• General birdwatching information
• Expert guided tours from the Bird Tour Company
• Owl & Hawk Trust, Sculthorpe
• Cley Marshes nature reserve
An excellent reserve with birdwatching hides and boardwalks across the marshes.
There are lots of great walks close to Barsham Barns holiday cottages. This is a great website for more information on walking routes with free maps and guides to download.
Activity centre for adults and children near the seaside town of Sheringham.
There’s a woodland and play area and seasonal events including guided walks, pond dipping, nightjarring, mountain bike adventure trails and shelter building/survival techniques.
This is Norfolk’s largest ancient woodland. Open daily, except Thursday 10am-5pm
Links golf course overlooking the sea.
Delightful links course in a marshland setting. Challenging!
Championship links course at Old Hunstanton.
PGA Approved championship course
t: 01603 410871
The North Norfolk Riding Centre offers lessons for all ages from beginners upwards. It also offers hacking in beautiful countryside. Occasional rides at Holkham for experienced riders only.
This is a farm museum with working horses and British pony breeds. Opt for a lesson in a covered school or go for a ride through the countryside.
This is a good website for details on riding schools in Norfolk.
This is a small racecourse with regular meets and point-to-point.
Comfortable mountain bikes which can be delivered direct to the barns. Wells and Holkham Circuit Route Maps, pump, puncture repair kit,cycle locks & baskets all inclusive.
Private lakes in woodland setting close to Cromer.
Summer sea-fishing day trips.