Sea­side fun!

From sun­rise to sun­set, from sand­cas­tles to surf­ing, from de­serted dunes to daz­zling ar­cades, Nor­folk’s 90-plus miles of coast­line of­fer wave af­ter wave of won­der. ROWAN MANTELL picks 15 fun things to do at the sea­side this month

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01 See the sun­rise – at

GOR­LESTON. It’s one of the first places in Bri­tain to catch the morn­ing rays and af­ter watch­ing the molten sun crest the hori­zon, go for break­fast at one of the lovely cafes nearby. Eggs sunny side up, of course.

02 Build SNET­TISHAM.a sand­cas­tle – at

There’s loads of space for ev­ery­one to cre­ate their own cas­tle, com­plete with ram­parts and moat, and if you need in­spi­ra­tion there is the real Cas­tle Ris­ing barely a stone-skim away.

03 Go swim­ming – at

MUN­DES­LEY. Through the sum­mer sea­son, from May un­til Sun­day Septem­ber 17, there are life­guards on the long sandy beach ev­ery day. There is also a prom­e­nade lined with beach huts, shops and cafes, car park­ing just across the coast road and just about ev­ery­thing you could need for a re­fresh­ing dip in the sea.

04 Go surf­ing – at EAST RUN­TON.

If the wind and waves are right, this is a fine beach break. Cowabunga dude! 05 Pic­nic – at HORSEY. Lots of space for ham­pers, blan­kets, wind­breaks, rugs. There are dunes for walk­ing and sun­bathing, miles of gen­tly slop­ing beach for a dip, and if you’re lucky you’ll be able to do the Nor­folk equiv­a­lent of swim­ming with dol­phins and bob around along­side seals.

06 Tra­di­tional fun – at GREAT YAR­MOUTH.

From the won­der­ful wooden roller­coaster of the Plea­sure Beach to the spec­tac­u­lar cir­cus and wa­ter shows of the Hip­po­drome, from the 2p ma­chines of the ar­cades to the model vil­lage and snails of the seafront. And that’s with­out men­tion­ing the fan­tas­tic white sands of Yar­mouth’s fa­mous beach, so huge it’s rarely crowded and al­ways great!

07 Play cricket, or rounders, or boules – at SHER­ING­HAM.

And if the tide is in and the beach has dis­ap­peared, don’t panic! En­joy some fish and chips on the seafront while you wait for your sandy pitch to reap­pear.

08 Try skinny dip­ping – at HOLKHAM.

Walk far enough around the bay and the sun­bathers on the white sands might have some whiter bits than most. But most peo­ple on this enor­mous beach are clothed and it is ideal for swim­ming, pad­dling, shell-hunt­ing, dog-walk­ing, horse-rid­ing, even for­ag­ing for ra­zor clams.

09 Take a boat trip

– to see the seals from MORSTON or BLAKENEY, or go sea fish­ing from Bran­caster Staithe or Wells, and in Hun­stan­tion hire sea kayaks or take the Wash Mon­ster am­phibi­ous ves­sel out to seal-strewn sand­banks.

10 Go crab­bing – at WELLS.

Hang a ba­con-baited string over the edge of the quay and keep your crabby catch in a big bucket of wa­ter un­til it is time to (gen­tly) tip them out and let them scut­tle side­ways back to the sea.

11 Go body board­ing – at CROMER.

When the waves are right – not too tiny, not too gnarly – the sun is shin­ing and the tide is low, there is noth­ing bet­ter than fly­ing to­wards shore sur­rounded by foam­ing wa­ter. Wash up in the shal­lows, pick up board, ad­mire the fab­u­lous view of pier, church tower and Ho­tel de Paris, and plunge back out to sea to wait for the next per­fect wave.

12 Fly a kite, skim a stone, play a game, cre­ate a sand sculp­ture – at BRAN­CASTER.

The Na­tional Trust has a fam­ily fun day from 10am to 4pm on Satur­day, Au­gust 19, with all you will need to en­joy a game of quoits, swing­ball, boules or rounders. Try fly­ing a kite, skim­ming a stone or track­ing a wild an­i­mal.

14 Go pad­dling – at HAPPISBURG­H.

Fol­low in the foot­steps of the ear­li­est known hu­mans to live in the Bri­tish Isles and pad­dle across this lovely sandy beach. The 800,000-year-old foot­prints of adults and chil­dren were found here in 2013.

13 Go WEST rock RUN­TON.pool­ing – at

Twice a day the tide un­cov­ers rocky shelves around the beach, leav­ing tiny wa­tery worlds, alive with anemones, shell­fish and crabs. This is the vis­i­ble part of Europe’s big­gest chalk reef, most of which lies just off the coast. On Satur­day, Au­gust 12, the Nor­folk Wildlife Trust is run­ning a rock-pool­ing event at West Run­ton called Bar­na­cles and Belem­nites (the fos­sil of an ex­tinct pre­his­toric squid­like an­i­mal). Book­ing is es­sen­tial on 01603 625540.

15 See the sun set over the wa­ter – at HUN­STAN­TON.

The sky lights up in shades of pink, or­ange and red as the sun slips be­neath the waves. But it is not just at dusk that Hun­stan­ton sparkles with colour – there are striped red and white cliffs, ginger carr­stone houses and flower-filled parks and gar­dens, and af­ter sun­set the re­sort lights up for an evening of sea­side fun.

Sun­rise at Gor­leston beach

Above: Bran­caster Staithe Be­low: Cromer beach Bot­tom: Colour­ful cliffs at Hun­stan­ton

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