Cromer and Sheringham
Plan Your Day Out in Cromer And Sheringham
From a nostalgic steam train ride to a tasty fresh crab salad, there are many pleasures to be savoured on the North Norfolk coast. Enjoy the huge Blue Flag beaches, explore a wealth of maritime history or hit the shops for everything from traditional sweets to surf gear.
Cromer caters for all your shopping needs, from distinctive souvenirs and local produce to clothes, homewares or sporting goods. Close to the seafront there are plenty of places to buy your beach equipment. In the town centre, you'll find several time-honoured establishments, including a branch of Norwich's famous Jarrold's department store, opened over 100 years ago. The town also has a street market on the first and third Friday of each month, selling homemade cakes and savouries, fresh produce, plants and crafts.
Sheringham town centre is a good shopping location with a wide range of mostly independent stores, selling everything from antiques and second hand books to jewellery, gifts and accessories. Just a few steps from the railway station is Sheringham Indoor Market, a collection of individual stores under one roof, selling crafts, CDs, health products and more. Also on Station Road is The Chocolate Box, a traditional purveyor of handmade sweets and other treats. An outdoor market is held on Saturdays (and Wednesdays during the summer) on the car park next to the Poppy Line steam railway station.
Imagine yourself back in the 19th century as you step into this snug fisherman's cottage, converted into a fascinating little museum. It traces the history of Cromer from prehistoric times to the Victorian era when the town provoked scandal for its mixed bathing.
Fishermen's Heritage Centre, Sheringham
The ancient fishing sheds on West Cliff are the location for displays which chart the history of Lower Sheringham's lifeboats. They were provided by the affluent Upcher family in the 19th century and some were used for both fishing and lifesaving.
Henry Blogg Museum, Cromer
Named after the town's most famous lifeboatman, who served for over 50 years, this family-friendly museum tells the history of lifesaving at sea off Cromer. On display are full-size and model lifeboats, as well as medals, archive film, photos and paintings.
The Mo (Sheringham Museum)
Explore the history of Sheringham over two centuries through fascinating displays with things to see, hear and do. The museum's collection includes a rich variety of photographs, social history items, agricultural and fishing artefacts, not to mention a fleet of historic boats
North Norfolk Railway
Step back in time to the golden age of steam trains. The 'Poppy Line' runs from Sheringham to Holt through some of East Anglia's most beautiful coastal scenery. There are historic stations along the way, as well as a museum, signal box and a children's activity carriage.
Garden House Gallery, Cromer
Located on the road to the Pier, Garden House Gallery is housed in a former fishermen's cottage, built of brick and flint in typical Norfolk style. Collections include paintings, sculptures and crafts by local artists and makers.
The Gallery Norfolk, Cromer
With venues in both Norwich and Cromer, this contemporary art gallery exhibits a hand-picked selection of paintings, limited edition prints, jewellery and crafts.
Pavilion Theatre, Cromer
Home of 'the only end-of-the-pier show of its kind in Europe', the Pavilion offers summer seaside entertainment in true, time-honoured tradition with a bill of live variety acts, including dancers, magicians, ventriloquists and comedians. There's also a year-round programme of comedy, music, dance, opera, musicals and community shows.
Peter Coke Shell Gallery, Sheringham
You'll find this unique gallery next to the Fishermen's Heritage Centre on West Cliff. Inside is a treasure trove of almost 200 amazing shell sculptures by renowned local artist Peter Coke who died in 2008. The flower arrangements are particularly stunning.
Sheringham Little Theatre
Set right in the heart of the town, this much-loved community arts venue presents entertainment for all the family, including drama, movies, music, comedy and art exhibitions. It's also home to one of the last surviving summer repertory seasons in the country.
Westcliffe Gallery, Sheringham
Since 1978 the Westcliffe Gallery has been offering art lovers the chance to buy historic paintings and cutting edge creations by new artists. Alongside the carefully selected stock of artworks is a collection of 18th and 19th century furniture.
Amazona Zoo, Cromer
About a mile from the railway station, this popular animal attraction specialises in tropical South American wildlife. Residents include jaguars, monkeys, macaws, flamingos, iguanas, pumas and tapirs. There are also outdoor and indoor play areas.
North Lodge Park, Cromer
At five acres in size, North Lodge is more of a garden than a park. But it's a true gem – a typical seaside cliff-top green space with neat lawns, colourful flower beds, a children's play area, a putting green and a boating lake.
Priory Maze and Gardens, Sheringham
Lose yourself amongst the high hedges of this asymmetrical maze, inspired by the adjacent ruins of the 13th century Beeston Regis Priory. Including a wildflower meadow, streams and ponds, the surrounding 10 acres of gardens are home to a rich variety of bird life.
You could spend a whole day at the National Trust's Sheringham Park, exploring 1000 acres of woodland, parkland and cliff-top coastal landscapes. The Park was designed by 18th century landscape gardening supremo Humphrey Repton and is famous for its rhododendrons and azaleas.
Beaches and Seafronts
If you've come to North Norfolk in search of those trademark expanses of soft, golden sands, you won't be disappointed in Cromer and Sheringham. Both have fine Blue Flag beaches with gently shelving waters that are great for swimming. There are also traditional amusement arcades nearby, as well as cafés for a cool drink on a hot day. A walk along Cromer's high, walled promenade or Sheringham's cliff-top pathway is a great experience whether it's warm and sunny or fresh and bracing.
Voted Pier of the Year by the National Piers Society in 2015, this stately Victorian structure is one of North Norfolk's most recognisable landmarks. Stroll along to the pier head for stunning views of the sea and coastline.
Cafés, Tea Rooms and Coffee Houses
When it comes to cafés, the emphasis in Cromer and Sheringham is definitely on the traditional and independent. You won't find the town centre streets dominated by the big name national chains – what you will find is plenty of variety, from old-fashioned tea rooms to modern, barista-style coffee bars. To enjoy sea views with your Earl Grey or cappuccino, visit one of the seafront establishments, such as the Rocket House Café, which is located on Cromer's East Beach above the Henry Blogg Lifeboat Museum. In Sheringham there's the brilliantly named Funky Mackerel Cafe right on the seafront.
Restaurants and Pubs
Fresh Cromer crab may be the most famous local delicacy, but there's plenty more to tempt foodies in this part of the world. In recent years, North Norfolk has become renowned throughout the UK for its culinary excellence, based on the use of fresh, local fish, meat and produce from field-to-fork (and sea-to-fork) suppliers. Bolton's Bistro in Cromer is a cliff-top venue specialising in fresh fish, including locally caught crab and lobster. For fine dining there's the Grove, a two-AA-rosette establishment with an elegant Georgian dining room. There are also traditional hostelries serving high-quality food, including the historic Two Lifeboats in Sheringham. Several good ethnic eateries include The Bank, a Nepalese restaurant in Sheringham, and the Constantia Cottage in Cromer, which has been serving authentic Greek food in the town for over 30 years.
Food To Go
The fast food market in Cromer and Sheringham is also largely free of major brands. Naturally, fish and chips is the number one choice for most, but you'll also find places selling pizza, burgers, pie & mash, sandwiches, kebabs and other favourites.
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