We have some fantastic towns in the area that cater to all tastes, and we are not too far from the fine city of Norwich, either! Sheringham and Cromer are close by, offering a combination of traditional seaside town life with lots of great little independent shops selling all kinds of products, and some lovely tea rooms too if you fancy a pit stop (we can thoroughly recommend fish and chips followed by a homemade ice-cream from one of the ice cream parlours down the high street at Sheringham!).
You can really make a day of it in these lovely little towns!
‘Trip into town’
Catch the North Norfolk Railway Poppy Line from our own Halt on Park to Sheringham, where the main train station is for this line. Enjoy the delights of the seaside town or take a fun trip on a steam train to the interesting Georgian market town of Holt, full of independent shops and great eateries. Then it’s back to Kelling Heath to continue your adventure on Park. Please note, due to the gradient, steam trains can only stop on the return journey from Holt and cannot stop when travelling from Sheringham / Weybourne. However, diesel services can stop in both directions.
At Cromer, a walk to the end of the pier is a must, and if you fancy supporting a great national charity and finding out about one of our regional heroes, we can recommend a visit to the Henry Blogg Museum, who is a local legend for his services to the RNLI!
Fancy a day at the races? Head to Fakenham, another market town and also home to Fakenham Race Course.
If you like the idea of a day out on the Broads, head to Wroxham. It’s a very busy village with its own department store! Wroxham is situated right on the Broads, and you can hire day boats (take a picnic or stop at one of the many pubs along the river for a bite to eat) or for a more relaxing trip take a guided boat trip on the Broads – the choice is yours and we are sure you won’t be disappointed!
A trip to Norwich is a safe bet for all. This fine city is home to the medieval Norwich Cathedral, which is a magnificent building and has an imposing impact on the city’s skyline! You will find cobbled streets at Elm Hill, Timber Hill and Tombland with some very ancient buildings and lots of independent shops and eateries, as well as the usual chains. Norwich Castle is well worth a visit. With its art, natural history, archaeology, and regimental history galleries, there will be something to keep the whole family entertained. Norwich has two shopping centres: Castle Quarter and Chantry Place, and very near the train station, you will find Riverside Retail Park, which is home to several of the bigger chain stores.
If you just fancy a day’s shopping expedition, we are sure you will find something to purchase.
Unless you fancy watching yourself, just be aware of when the Canaries (Norwich City Football Club) have a match on, as parking and driving into the city on match days can be tricky.