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

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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

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