Making a move to… Cromer
Endless Victorian seaside charm and a fantastic place for all the family, Cromer really is the gem of the Norfolk coast
WITH ITS defining pier striking out imperiously into the sea, the Victorian seaside resort of Cromer is as quintessentially English as it gets.
But it isn’t just a town for visitors to savour, it is a wonderful place to live whether you are retired and looking to enjoy the fresh sea air, or are a family seeking a fantastic quality of life.
The clean, sandy beach, rich fishing heritage and a sea which can be dramatic and wild on one day and gloriously still and shimmering on another, makes Cromer a very special place – something which more and more people are discovering.
The town centre is bustling with a mixture of high street favourites and quirky independents and there are also a number of larger out of town stores to provide all the essentials.
There are an excellent number of pubs and cafes as well as two of Norfolk’s most popular – and award winning – fish and chip shops; No. 1 Cromer and Mary Jane’s, and of course, if you live in Cromer, you also have fresh crab and seafood on your doorstep.
Cromer’s beautiful coastline is an essential part of community life – from the cliff top bowling green, putting green and pretty gardens to the Surfing School and North Norfolk Surf Life Savers club. There are plenty of beautiful walks to enjoy, from a simple stroll along the prom to exploring the Norfolk Coast Path which meanders along the cliff tops.
The town has excellent schools both in the town and in the surrounding villages, with independent schools Gresham’s and Beeston Hall just a few miles away. There are many activities, societies and clubs to join, from tennis, football and cricket to beach running, surfing and paddleboarding.
Over the past few years, there has been a steady programme of house building in the town, from modern family homes to luxury retirement flats. This, and the refurbishment of many of Cromer’s period houses, has created a wide range of properties to choose from covering all budgets.
A striking three-storey Victorian town house right on the seafront will set you back in excess of £400,000, as will a spacious two-bedroom apartment with uninterrupted views along the coastline.
For those who prefer modern builds, a four-bedroom detached house starts at around £350,000, with bungalows and three-bedroom properties from around £250,000. The town also has some wonderfully quaint houses, from old fishermen’s cottages to traditional terraces, starting at around £175,000.
Whatever the season, the town offers something different, from wild winters where the waves are crashing to beautiful, clear, hot summer’s days. The annual Cromer Carnival is a Norfolk institution, with a week of fun and celebration, in particular the carnival procession which attracts thousands of visitors. The Crab and Lobster Festival – which is run with neighbouring resort Sheringham – and the spectacular New Year’s Day firework display, help create a special atmosphere in the town throughout the year.
Above: Poppies in the churchyard of Cromer parish church with St Martin’s
Below: The 2017 New Year’s Day firework display lights up Cromer Pier.