The north Norfolk coast has long been where the Chelsea set spend their weekends, but until now, the seaside town of Cromer has never been on the ‘trend-setting’ radar.
The seaside town has become a magical escape for day trippers with an eye for quirkiness and a secret escape for celebrities including Amanda Holden and Sophie Ellis-Bexter.
Holiday makers who are seeking a fun, safe, bucket and spade hols (with the odd amusement arcade thrown in) this nostalgic seaside town has heaps to offer.
Where to Eat
We knew something was changing on the Cromer scene when celebrity chef Galton Blackiston from five-star Morston Hallpumped some cash into No 1 Cromer – the place to head to for fish and chips and more contemporary food at Upstairs at No 1 overlooking the sea. The Times Newspaper rated it the best 6th place to eat by the sea.
Where to be Entertained
Cromer is famous for something else iconic on the sea – Cromer Pier. It’s one of only five UK seaside piers still with a working theatre and it is home to the only end of pier show in the world. With shows all year round, The Stage awarded it 5* and should be on everybody’s bucket list.
Where To Get Tropical
And where else would you head to if you wanted to get up close and personal with over 200 South American tropical animals and birds? Well, Amazona Zoo in Cromer of course! This is Norfolk after all, so you have to expect the unexpected because this is Normal for Norfolk. Caimans, jaguars, a toucan, flamingos, parrots, monkeys, tapirs… they are all there living happily in the tropical north Norfolk coast. www.amazonazoo.co.uk
Where To Find Heritage
Cromer is home to Britain’s most famous lifeboatman, coxswain Henry Blogg who saved 873 lives from the North Sea and became a national hero. You can visit the RNLI museum from February to November.
Where To Celebrate Food
Being by the seaside is one of the luxuries of eating the best fish and shellfish. Cromer hosts the annual Cromer Crab and Lobster Festival celebrating its seafaring heritage with live cooking shows and family entertainment. This year, tuck away from 18-19thMay 2019.
Where To Stay
And finally for good old fashioned outdoor holidays and super stargazing, Cromer Camping is launching for one month only in August for ‘back to basics’ camping in the parklands of Cromer Hall. Each pitch is just £15 including your pet with no hidden extras. www.cromercamping.com
Disclosure – I was asked to run this but received no payment and genuinely love Cromer, all images are from our own family trips to the wonderful seaside town