Just to the north of Great Yarmouth lies the picturesque village of Winterton-on-sea, long considered to be an area of natural beauty and a lovely place to spend the day if you are keen to discover more of Norfolk’s interesting coastline. There is plenty to see and do either in Winterton itself or in the immediate surrounding area.
You can walk from miles along the beach and dunes which are located in Winterton and if you are lucky you might even get to see some of the seals who are regularly spotted in the area. It isn’t your typical seaside resort with amusements, candyfloss and rides although these can be found in nearby Hemsby, but Winterton is the place to go if you want to be able to find a quiet and secluded spot, feeling as though you are virtually the only people on the beach for miles. It would take you just over an hour to reach the beach if you had booked to stay at The Harper North Norfolk hotel but it is truly worth it for the sense that you have stepped into a coastal oasis.
As mentioned above, if you have made the trip from the Harpers and you want to enjoy some more traditional seaside amusements then Hemsby is a worthwhile diversion. You will find all the usual attractions here from the beach itself to the amusement arcades and miniature golf courses. This is the ideal option for those travelling with children who want to keep them entertained before the journey back to Holt.
Martham Broad National Reserve
Situated alongside the river Thurne, the Martham Broad National Reserve is one of the best places in the Broads to see a rich array of wildlife and it is well worth considering hiring a boat, or taking a guided tour to really see the most of this area of natural beauty. Of particular interest to many people who visit this part of the Broads is the fact that Martham is one of the best places in the country to see the swallowtail butterfly. Although you are able to visit all year round, the best time to visit is between April and September.
Caister Castle Motor Museum
One of the largest, privately owned motor collections in the UK, the Caister Castle Motor Museum is a purpose built museum which houses a number of fine and rare vintage and classic cars and motorcycles. Highlights of the museum include an 1893 Panhard et Levassor, the very first Ford Fiesta to be made and a Bentley Speed 6 Bugatti Harley Davidson as well as displays featuring bicycles, horse-drawn vehicles and other car related items.
Horsey Gap is probably one of the best places to see seal pups in Norfolk during the winter period with a special viewing platform which has been set up for just that purpose. There are no time limits or restrictions on how long you can stay at Horsey Gap although there are some areas cordoned off for the protection of the seals.