Why You’ll Love: North Norfolk
Holidaying on the north norfolk coast is as refreshing as it is relaxing, with plenty of wide-open spaces and no end of locally sourced, delicious food.
Where to go
our trip was a family affair, and we stayed in a cottage in the heart of Burnham Market, a charming little village with beautiful georgian architecture.
you’re spoilt for choice for beaches in this part of the country. Holkham is a particular gem, and a favourite of the royals (sandringham is only a short drive away). popular with horseriders, it’s great for family trips in summer – although it’s worth knowing that a certain distance west along the sands, clothes become optional.
What to do
the beach in the neighbouring village of Cley-next-the-sea is a prime location for wildlife, and the beautiful marshes are home to bitterns, skylarks and herons.
Be sure to stop by the village’s Made in Cley pottery shop, if only for a glimpse of the owner’s cat, usually fast asleep in one of the ceramic bowls! you can also watch the potters at work and browse discounted pieces that have gone slightly awry, usually involving cat footprints.
it’s easy to shop local in Burnham Market, and the high street is full of great food options. gurney’s fishmongers sell locally caught fish and potted crab for a delicious, easy lunch option. pop into newly-reopened Humble pie to satisfy your sweet tooth with a selection of pies and tarts.
Where to stay
we rented a four-bedroom cottage called Marlands, nestled behind the high street. it offers generous accommodation with fast wi-Fi and spacious rooms. stylish and practical, it’s a stone’s throw from the village green.
What to eat
the latest addition to Burnham Market’s restaurant scene is 20 north street. owned and run by a local couple, it’s a beautiful georgian building with minimal, rustic interiors. the menu changes based on local produce, but tends to offer traditional dishes, with pork chops and crayfish salads being regular fixtures.
no family holiday to norfolk would be complete without a trip to French’s Fish & Chips in wells-next-the-sea. the takeaway has won multiple awards for the quality of its fresh fish and has been an integral part of the community for over 90 years.
our cottage, booked with sowerbys Holiday rentals (sowerbysholidaycottages.co.uk), is available from £950 a week. king’s Lynn is the closest station to Burnham Market. trains to London take just over an hour and a half. Buses are infrequent, so a car is recommended.
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Cley Windmill Gurney’s fishmongers