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There’s something about North Norfolk that induces instant relaxation. A playground for life’s simpler pleasures perched on England’s eastern edge, it’s a world away from modern metropolitan life.

In-the-know urban escapees have been coming here for years, enjoying the space, freedom and fresh sea air of the ‘Champagne Coast’. It’s achingly beautiful, but not in a cutesy, crowd-pulling way (yes, we mean you, Cornwall). North Norfolk is lower key than that, but no less alluring – it’s brisk walks through windswept dunes, crab fishing in uncrowded harbours, seal-spotting, bird-watching and big country houses with deer roaming free through the grounds. But it’s also smart boutiques, sensational seafood and just a smattering of good, old-fashioned seaside fun.

For things to do in North Norfolk, look no further than this line-up of Harper hotspots – places and pastimes we love. We hope you will, too.

Langham Glass

Take a tour of the new Langham Glass factory, try your hand at glassblowing and pick up some high-end souvenirs.

Seaside fun at Cromer

Tuck into fish and chips on the pier – a restored Victorian gem – and stroll the atmospheric old town.


Tee off with a sea view at nearby North Norfolk golf courses Sheringham or Royal Cromer.

Bird-watching at Snettisham

Twitchers will find some of Britain’s best bird-spotting at this reserve, just south of Hunstanton where the coast curves round to face west.

Country house hopping

Marvel at Norfolk’s country house heavyweights Holkham, Felbrigg, Blickling, Oxburgh and Houghton.


“Dear old Sandringham, the place I love better than anywhere in the world”, said King George V. We’re quite partial to a visit, too.

Beach walking and kite flying

Voted the best beach in Britain, Holkham Bay is also a favourite film set location. It’s one of many huge North Norfolk beaches brilliant for walking, kite flying or soaking up the sun.

The Coast-Hopper bus

Hop on and hop off wherever the fancy takes you, from King’s Lynn all the way to Cromer.

Seal trips from Morston Quay

Take a trip out to see the seals basking at Blakeney Point, where the more inquisitive will sometimes treat you to a swim around the boat.

Fishing at Cley

The iconic windmill towering over the saltmarshes at Cley-next-the-Sea isn’t the only attraction – it’s also a great spot for fishing.

Seafood and samphire

Cookies Crab Shop on the green at Salthouse is a North Norfolk institution, and nearby Stiffkey marshes are just the place to pick up a sprig or two of samphire.

Crabbing at Wells

Seaside towns don’t come much quainter than Wells-next-the-Sea, with its colourful beach huts and atmospheric quayside – perfect for crabbing.

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