We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Suggestions for a week's holiday (with a preschooler)

England
10 posts
Save Topic
Suggestions for a week's holiday (with a preschooler)

Hi

I'm looking for some advice on things to do on holiday in Norfolk.

We will be staying in Overstrand (not far from Cromer) for a week in May. So far, we've decided we'd like to take our preschooler to one of the lovely beaches, try our hand at crabbing (never done it!), visit a National Trust property, (Felbrigg Hall?), go to a reserve and go on one of the steam train lines. Is there anything else you'd recommend? Particularly if the weather isn't great? (Although my fingers are tightly crossed that the weather will be great!)

We will also be celebrating a special anniversary on holiday, so I'd welcome any suggestions for good food (including pubs), that is also suitable for a preschooler?

Many thanks in advance.

Loughton, United...
Level Contributor
6,190 posts
331 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: Suggestions for a week's holiday (with a preschooler)

Children especially like the Wells and Walsingham railway because of its small size. Wells harbour was also a hit with ours years ago. If you get a wet day, a visit to Norwich on the train might be an idea. Boat trip to see the seals?

middle england
Destination Expert
for Leicestershire, Norfolk
Level Contributor
3,486 posts
58 reviews
Save Reply
2. Re: Suggestions for a week's holiday (with a preschooler)

A few suggestions-

North Norfolk steam railway from Sheringham to Holt and return

Sheringham Park (NT) will be glorious in May with the rhododendrons

For crabbing go to Wells Quay and join all the others. Bait available in town.

Enjoy fish and chips on the quayside at Wells.

Not National Trust, but Holklham Hall is as good as some and better than many- situated in a deer park.

A visit to Holkham beach is almost mandatory

Burnham Market for a different shopping experience (no chain stores) - similarly Holt.

Use the Coasthopper bus to get around and you'll have a relaxing journey and no problems with parking the car.

Catch the train from Cromer station to Hoveton & Wroxham and enjoy boating on the Broads, either a trp boat or day hire boat.

Norfolk
Destination Expert
for Norfolk
Level Contributor
2,046 posts
176 reviews
Save Reply
3. Re: Suggestions for a week's holiday (with a preschooler)

Some good suggestions above.

You can go crabbing from Cromer pier, and West Runton beach is great for rockpools.

Another small scale steam train runs from Hoveton to Aylsham along the Bure valley -

http://www.bvrw.co.uk/

Another popular attraction for little ones are the petting animals at Wroxham barns -

http://www.wroxhambarns.co.uk/

This site has a search for family attractions -

www.dayoutwiththekids.co.uk/search

Edited: 23 April 2014, 15:45
England
10 posts
Save Reply
4. Re: Suggestions for a week's holiday (with a preschooler)

Thank you so much for your good suggestions, I've now got a few more places to investigate.

However, I just had a few more questions:

- Did I read that the seals are at Blakeney?

- Where do you suggest parking for Holkham Beach/ Wells? Could we combine this with Holkham Hall or would it be 2 separate day trips?

- Also are there any places you'd recommend taking the bus rather than parking?

- Any suggestions for food?

Many thanks

Norfolk
Destination Expert
for Norfolk
Level Contributor
2,046 posts
176 reviews
Save Reply
5. Re: Suggestions for a week's holiday (with a preschooler)

Blakeney is great for a boat trip to see the seals at the point, but you can also go from Morston, which is the next village. Here are some of the trips -

http://www.beansboattrips.co.uk/

http://www.sealtrips.co.uk/

http://www.bishopsboats.com/

United Kingdom
Level Contributor
146 posts
48 reviews
Save Reply
6. Re: Suggestions for a week's holiday (with a preschooler)

National Trust properties nearly always have activities for children, so a good place to visit if the weather's bad. Many years ago we visited Felbrigg with our little ones and they absolutely loved exploring the woods and estate after being on their best behaviour in the house! We also loved Holkham and had a lovely walk on the fabulous beach (which you may or may not know was the beach used for Shakespeare In Love). Blickling Hall and a couple of family farms also went down very well.

Info about Holkham beach and walks http://www.holkham.co.uk/html/beach_walk.html

Edited: 27 April 2014, 17:48
Norfolk
Destination Expert
for Norfolk
Level Contributor
2,046 posts
176 reviews
Save Reply
7. Re: Suggestions for a week's holiday (with a preschooler)

Buses and trains are available, but you are going to need to change in Cromer each time. Use this site to plan your journey [it gives buses and trains] -

travelineeastanglia.org.uk/ea/…

Coasthopper buses run all around the coast from Cromer to Kings Lynn, mostly hourly, but not every bus goes to /starts from Cromer, and they don't tie in very well with bus from Overstrand. Trains are also roughly hourly to Sheringham or Wroxham / Norwich.

If you decide to use the car for convenience, the local council offer a weekly season ticket for use on the car parks which they operate -

http://www.northnorfolk.org/streets/9098.asp

England
10 posts
Save Reply
8. Re: Suggestions for a week's holiday (with a preschooler)

Thank you for all your helpful suggestions.

The following website is also useful, but it doesn't beat the personal recommendations that everyone kindly gave us on here:

www.visitnorthnorfolk.com/itineraries.aspx

We had a brilliant week and want to visit North Norfolk again!

Thanks again.

9. Re: Suggestions for a week's holiday (with a preschooler)

-:- Message from TripAdvisor staff -:-

This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one.

To review the TripAdvisor Forums Posting Guidelines, please follow this link: http://www.tripadvisor.com/pages/forums_posting_guidelines.html

We remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason.

Removed on: 13 June 2015, 05:16