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?
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