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Things to do in Norfolk and the Norfolk Broads

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!

Best beaches in Norfolk

1. Wells Next the Sea: sandy beach that stretches for miles

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.

2. Holkham Beach: long sandy beach great for solitude seekers

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.

3. Brancaster: family friendly beach

Though this beach is less dramatic than Holkham it’s more family friendly, as the tide doesn’t go out too far.

4. Cley next the Sea: quiet pebbly beach

This is a quiet, pebbly beach with stunning views to either side. There’s good swimming at high tide.

5. Hunstanton: great for sunset photos

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.

6. Sheringham: stony beach with rock pools

This is a stony beach but at low tide there’s lots of sand and great rock pools.

Five ideas for getting out to sea

1. Sailing tuition and charter with Norfolketc

There’s private tuition and private charter on offer at this family-run watersports centre in Blakeney Harbour.

01263 740704

www.norfolketc.co.uk

2. Windsurfing & sailing with North Shore

North Shore offers a range of watersports including windsurfing and sailing from their base at Brancaster Staithe.

01485 210236

www.northshoresport.co.uk

3. Day trips on the ‘Juno’ Sailing Barge

Charter this magnificent sailing barge for a day or half-day trip around the North Norfolk coast. May to October only.

01263 740377

www.charlieward.co.uk

4. Nature and wildlife boat trips with Branta Cruises

Two-hour boat trips to Scolt Head island with conservationist and warden Jon Brown.

07775 728904

www.brantacruises.co.uk

5. Kite surfing at Hunstanton Kitesurfing school

Learn to kitesurf on the Norfolk Coast at this kitesurfing school in Hunstanton.

www.hunstantonwatersports.com

Best wildlife activities in North Norfolk

1. Pensthorpe Wildlife Park

Lakes, woods and meadows with hundreds of wild birds, walk-through aviaries and childrens’ activities.

01328 851465

www.pensthorpe.com

2. Seal Trips from Morston and Blakeney.

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

01263 740292

sites.google.com/site/northnorfolksealtrips

• Bean’s

01263 740505

www.beansboattrips.co.uk

• Bishop’s Boats

01263 740753

www.norfolksealtrips.co.uk

3. Bird Watching at Morston, Blakeney, Stiffkey and Cley marshes

You can see an astonishing number of different birds on the marshes at Morston, Blakeney, Stiffkey or Cley.

• General birdwatching information

01603 625540

www.norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk

• Expert guided tours from the Bird Tour Company

01263 710203

www.birdtour.co.uk

• Owl & Hawk Trust, Sculthorpe

01328 856788

www.hawkandowl.org/sculthorpehome

• Cley Marshes nature reserve

An excellent reserve with birdwatching hides and boardwalks across the marshes.

01263 740008

Best walks and outdoor pursuits

1. The best website for Norfolk walking routes

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.

www.walkinginnorfolk.co.uk

2. A great activity centre: Hilltop Outdoor Centre

Activity centre for adults and children near the seaside town of Sheringham.

01263 824514

www.hilltopoutdoorcentre.co.uk

3. Holt Country Park

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.

01263 516062

4. Foxley Wood

This is Norfolk’s largest ancient woodland. Open daily, except Thursday 10am-5pm

01603 625540

www.norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk/foxley

Top 4 golf courses in North Norfolk

1. Sheringham Golf Club

Links golf course overlooking the sea.

01263 822038

www.sheringhamgolfclub.co.uk

2. Royal West Norfolk Golf Club, Brancaster

Delightful links course in a marshland setting. Challenging!

01485 210223

www.uk-golfguide.com

3. Hunstanton Golf Club

Championship links course at Old Hunstanton.

01485 532811

www.hunstantongolfclub.com

4. Marriott Sprowston Manor Hotel

PGA Approved championship course

Sprowston, Norwich

t: 01603 410871

Best horse riding and horse racing

1. North Norfolk Riding Centre, Walsingham

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.

01328 820933

www.norfolkhorseriding.co.uk/ridingschools.htm

2. West Runton Riding Stables

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.

01263 837339

www.norfolk-shirehorse-centre.co.uk

3. Blackborough End Equestrian Centre, Kings Lynn

01553 841212

www.beec.co.uk

4. A great website for more information on Riding Schools

This is a good website for details on riding schools in Norfolk.

www.norfolkhorseriding.co.uk/ridingschools.htm

5. Horse Racing at Fakenham Race Course

This is a small racecourse with regular meets and point-to-point.

01328 862388

www.fakenhamracecourse.co.uk

Three places for cycle hire

1. Cycle hire company near Wells: On Yer Bike

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.

01328 820719

www.norfolkcyclehire.co.uk

2. Overland Cycle Hire, Holt

01263 713293
07733 445511

3. Bircham Windmill Cycle Hire

01485 578393

www.birchamwindmill.co.uk

Great places for fishing in Norfolk

1. Glen Mere

Private lakes in woodland setting close to Cromer.

01263 761303

2. Bure Valley Fishery, Aylsham

01263 235372

3. Norfolk Fishing Trips

Summer sea-fishing day trips.

www.norfolkfishingtrips.co.uk

4. Burn Valley Fisheries

Lake fishing

01328 823790

www.burnvalleyfisheries.co.uk/south-creake.php

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