Mak­ing a move to Cromer

A vi­brant com­mu­nity, beau­ti­ful beach, a mag­i­cal pier and great fish and chips – what’s not to love about Cromer?

EDP Norfolk - - PROPERTY - WORDS: Rachel Buller

Cromer has al­ways been one of Nor­folk’s most pop­u­lar coastal spots, but in re­cent years it has un­der­gone a lit­tle bit of a trans­for­ma­tion.

New houses are spring­ing up around the edges, in­vest­ment on and around the seafront and in the town is adding a new en­ergy – and on a sunny day, the beach and prom­e­nade are al­ways full of peo­ple, whether build­ing sand­cas­tles, tak­ing surf lessons or sim­ply watch­ing the world go by with a cup of cof­fee.

Cromer is also home to one of Nor­folk’s most iconic land­marks, the beau­ti­ful old Vic­to­rian pier stretch­ing proudly out into the sea. What­ever the time of year, the pier is full of life, with fam­i­lies crab­bing, fish­er­man cast­ing out lines, peo­ple sit­ting in the shel­ters with steam­ing hot fish and chips or au­di­ences head­ing to the fa­mous end of the pier the­atre. And of course in re­cent times it has be­come a star in its own right, used as a lo­ca­tion for a va­ri­ety of films from BBC pro­duc­tions to big movies, and as a back­drop for global ad­ver­tis­ing cam­paigns.

Prop­erty re­mains more af­ford­able than fur­ther west around the coast­line, but be quick, prices are ris­ing.

A range of new hous­ing on the Norwich Road pro­vides good op­tions for fam­i­lies, there are charm­ing pe­riod prop­er­ties in the cen­tre, some just a stone’s throw from the beach, tra­di­tional flint cot­tages and a good choice of mod­ern bun­ga­lows and houses in quiet cul-de-sacs and closes.

There are also ex­cel­lent schools in Cromer and its sur­round­ing vil­lages, and sev­eral in­de­pen­dent schools nearby.

The town, with the im­pres­sive parish church stand­ing at its heart, has ev­ery­thing you need. There is a choice of su­per­mar­kets, a great mix of in­de­pen­dent shops and high street favourites, a huge va­ri­ety of clubs and so­ci­eties and ex­cel­lent cafes, pubs and restau­rants.

If you love an ac­tive life, what­ever the pace, the town has a long es­tab­lished ten­nis club, a golf club, the North Nor­folk Beach Run­ners club, bowls greens, plenty of parks, foot­ball teams for all ages and of course, the Glide Surf Club and the North Nor­folk Surf Life­sav­ing Club, which is at­tract­ing more and more young peo­ple to the beach.

There are fes­ti­vals and events through­out the year, bring­ing to­gether the com­mu­nity and at­tract­ing thou­sands of vis­i­tors from near and far – from the spec­tac­u­lar New Year’s Day fire­work dis­play to the car­ni­val in Au­gust, this year cel­e­brat­ing its 50th an­niver­sary.

ABOVE: Learn­ing to surf on Cromer beachBE­LOW: The view from the top of Cromer’s church

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