Big Sky Country: Norfolk gems, attractions, beaches and enchanting waterland

Big Sky Country: Norfolk gems, attractions, beaches and enchanting waterland

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Norfolk is renowned as big sky country, with miles of coastline, stunning countryside, seaside resorts, the enchanting Broads and buckets of family fun on offer all-year round.

Whilst many guests don’t choose to leave Potters Resort, thanks to all the inclusive activities, facilities and entertainment on offer, if you’re staying a bit longer you may want to explore the local area, as we’re also just a stone’s throw away from fantastic attractions, family fun and incredible beaches waiting to be explored…

Norfolk attractions

Pleasurewood Hills - Are you an adrenaline thrill ride seeker or looking for an exciting fun packed day out? Set within 50 acres of enclosed coastal parkland and just 10 minutes from Great Yarmouth, Pleasurewood Hills Theme Park has so much to do. Experience a ride on the Marble Madness rollercoaster or jump on-board Wipeout, the tallest, fastest and most extreme roller coaster in the East of England! Get soaked on Timber Falls log flume, enjoy some family fun in the Kiddie Zone or simply relax and enjoy fantastic shows with The Sea Lions and Parrots.

Hippodrome - The Hippodrome in Great Yarmouth, built in 1903, is Britain's last stand alone circus building hosting spectacular productions during Easter, Summer, Halloween and Christmas. The Hippodrome was recently selected as one of the ‘7 wonders of the British Seaside’ by the Telegraph and presents its 113th Summer Spectacular from mid-July to 18th September 2016. This landmark venue is truly unique, boasting the incredible water spectacular, giant fountains and synchronised swimmers. Joining hugely popular comedy stars and hosts of the show Jack Jay and Johnny Mac, highlights include Australian balancing stunt men, flying trapeze daredevils from Argentina, Japan and USA, stunningly elegant Romanian aerialists, alongside homegrown talent. After a hugely successful run all the way to the semi-finals of Britain’s Got Talent, breathtaking acrobatic duo The Togni Brothers make an appearance.

Sea Life Centre - Dive into the underwater world of SEA LIFE Great Yarmouth and be wowed by the many strange, beautiful and fascinating creatures of the deep. Prepare for astonishing close views of everything from humble starfish to tropical sharks. Become a rockpool explorer, and touch a crab and a starfish, as you discover the wildlife of the rocky coastline in our native and tropical rockpools. Learn about the much-misunderstood shark; the plight of the endangered sea turtle, the remarkable lives of seahorses, see our West African Dwarf Crocodile sisters, and our comical and endearing Humbolt penguins.

Africa Alive! - Explore the sights and sounds of Africa and discover lions, giraffes, meerkats, hunting dogs and many more animals from the African continent. The ‘Plains of Africa’ is the perfect place to spot five species of African savannah animals, including the graceful giraffe and heavyweight rhinos. Enjoy a bird’s eye view of magnificent lions and visit ‘Lemur Encounters’ as you walk-through the lemurs’ enclosure. The park is set in 100 acres of stunning Suffolk countryside.

Not to mention BeWILDerwood, Pensthorpe, Somerleyton Hall & Gardens, Fritton Lake, Norwich Castle Museum and many, many more attractions…

Beautiful, endless Norfolk beaches      

Norfolk has 90 miles of coast to breath in the fresh sea air. Here’s three of our favourites…

Great Yarmouth – Enjoy the sandy beach, running parallel to the Golden Mile, with the Greater Yarmouth coastline stretching along 15 miles of beautiful sandy beach, past sand dunes, piers and seaside amusements, from Winterton-on-Sea in the north to Hopton-on-Sea in the south. There's crazy golf, trampolines, boat trips, donkey rides, and a range of attractions and amusements. 

Holkham – Holkham beach was recently voted ‘Best Beach in the UK’ in a survey of travel writers and wins endless awards thanks to being unspoilt. The actress Gwyneth Paltrow walked across Holkham sand at low tide during the closing scenes of the film ‘Shakespeare in Love’. Behind the shoreline lies a semi-circular basin, which, at very high tides, rapidly fills to form a spectacular shallow lagoon. Holkham beach is also part of one of the largest National Nature Reserves in the country. 

CromerCromer, like its neighbour Sheringham, is a blue-flag beach. Long and sandy, Cromer features a traditional pier with an end of pier show and watersports. Crab boats unload their catches onto the sand and there are plenty of restaurants for some tasty fish and chips, and ice-creams.

While at the seaside why not…

  • Go crabbing – Top spots for crabbing include Blakeney, Wells, Cromer and Burnham Overy Staithe. Get a packet of bacon, a crab line, a large bucket and net, stand safely on the side and cast your line. Make sure you look after the crabs by filling the bucket with water and don’t leave them sitting too long in the sun on a hot day. Simply return them safely to the water. And be patient!
  • See the seals - There’s seasonal trips from Scroby Sands to see the seals. The seals are inquisitive and often swim around the boats and, if you’re lucky, you’ll see their heads bobbing in the water! See grey or common seals, and you may spot various species of birds as you’re on the boat ride too, basking on the sand on a nice day.
  • Build a sandcastle – Great Yarmouth is a great beach for sandcastle building. Find some shells, stones and other beach treasures for castle decorating.

Boating heaven - The Norfolk Broads

Norfolk is famous for the man-made Broads, with over 125 miles of navigable lock-free waterways set in beautiful countryside. Picture postcard views of marshland fields, feathery reeds, woodlands and starry nights await.

Without doubt, the best way to discover the Broads is by boat. The Broads motor cruisers have been holiday favourites since the 1930s and there are plenty of places along the meandering waterways to moor up and hop out to take a walk or head to the pub. Plus see rare wildlife, such as the huge swallowtail butterfly, the booming bittern, frolicking otters and beautiful white water lilies.

Norfolk is often referred to as the bird watching capital of Britain. Common birds in Norfolk range from ghostly barn owls to the bright flashes of kingfishers hunting along a river.

So, what are you waiting for? Book a break and discover Norfolk! For more information on Norfolk visit the Visit Norfolk website.