Norfolk is a lovely part of Britain to explore so we’re going to take a closer look at the quaint British seaside town Cromer, which has beautiful beaches, great seafood, a local art scene and wonderful wildlife on its doorstep.
Here are five of the best reasons to pay it a visit.
1. The Cromer Crab Festival
Taking place from 16th to 18th May 2014, The Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival is a celebration of these two seafood destinations. The festival will open on Friday 16th on Cromer Pier and Festival Day in Cromer is on the Saturday. Highlights include: Live cookery school and Crab dressing demonstrations, boat art trail, a scrumptious seafood trail taking in 35 restaurants between the two towns all serving delicious crab dishes for visitors to sample. There is also street theatre, children’s entertainment, market stalls and demonstrations of fishing heritage skills such as net making and lobster pot building. To book accommodation see thisiscromer.co.uk.
2. Cromer Pier
Every summer the Pavilion Theatre on Cromer Pier hosts a ‘Summer Special’. Taking place from 21st June until 20th September 2014 this is one of the best live variety shows available in the UK. Featuring top comedians, speciality acts and dance, move over Las Vegas dancing girls – Britain truly has got talent and its’ here for all to enjoy on Cromer’s Pier. Tickets start from £10 per person. To book see the website or call 01263 512495.
3. Cromer Carnival (16th to 22nd August 2014)
Held during the third week of August every year Cromer Carnival is a celebration of all things Cromer. The main day is 20th August, there is a parade through the town to open the festival and crown Miss Cromer 2014, floats, a fancy dress competition, dog show, classic cars and this year will see the return of the Red Arrows. The two weeks before from 2nd August are the Childrens Carnival weeks, with lots of fun events for children of all ages.
Cromer is a haven for wildlife, not only for the sea birds and coastal creatureswho have made this coastline their home but also for the many inland animals living on the Norfolk Broads just a short drive away. For a few years the BBC Springwatch had a base in Norfolk to observe the local wildlife in its natural habitat. North Norfolk is also home to two UK zoos, the newly refurbished Amazona Zoo in Cromer, the other just a short drive away at Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens.
5. Coast (24th October to 2nd November 2014)
COAST (Cromer and Sheringham Arts Festival) is a celebration of local, national and international art. Highlights include: painting, sculpture, dance, theatre, literature, film, poetry, music, photography, installations, workshops and much more. Some events are free to attend while others may need tickets.
For more info on Cromer and to book accommodation visit www.thisiscromer.co.uk.