Making a move to... SHERINGHAM
Combining traditional seaside charm, a vibrant community and a fascinating maritime heritage, Sheringham is a wonderful place to call home
MORE AFFORDABLE than its neighbouring coastal villages to the north, easily commutable to Norwich by road or train, and offering great amenities, it is little wonder Sheringham is growing in its appeal.
For three centuries, Sheringham’s fishing industry was at the heart of the local economy and shaped its culture, architecture and community. During the mid 1800s at its peak, a fleet of 150 boats set out from the beach every day bringing in hauls of crab and lobster and today, while there are only a handful of boats still fishing, it remains a key part of the town’s identity.
The quaint fishermen’s cottage and old flint buildings still give the high street its character and it remains the bustling hub of community life. There are a wide range of shops, from national names to local food producers and fantastic independent stores and boutiques, as well as some great cafes and traditional pubs. There is also the long-standing weekly market which draws in the crowds.
The town has always been popular with retirees dreaming of a life by the sea – and this is reflected by the excellent range of bungalows available in the town – from small, easy-to-maintain properties to large homes with expansive grounds, ranging from £250,000 to £500,000. But this is very much a place for families too and a great place for children to grow up. The town benefits from having some excellent schools – including Sheringham High School and the independent day and boarding schools, Beeston Hall, on the edge of the town, and Gresham’s at Holt, which makes it very appealing to the family market.
House prices can vary dramatically; a four bedroom detached house could set you back between £300,000 and £650,000; a three bed semi-detached property starts at around £250,000 and apartments start from £110,000 for a one bedroom flat up to £300,000 for a large flat with sea views.
Whether you love arts and culture or sports and recreation, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved in the community. Sheringham Little Theatre is part of the fabric of the town with a packed programme of productions and concerts, workshops and educational sessions and there are many art galleries and art classes. There are countless sports clubs, a swimming pool and leisure centre and Sheringham Golf Club.
The summer carnival draws a huge number of visitors and of course, best of all, you have the beach on your doorstep – whatever the time of year, whether you fancy a swim or a paddle with the children in the summer or a long walk on a bracing, bright wintry day, it is the perfect place to while away an afternoon.
Top: A lifeguard running on the beach at Sheringham
Above: Sheringham beach
Below: Sheringham High Street