North Norfolk Coast in January
North Norfolk is just wonderful in winter. Think bracing winter walks on the wild and untamed beach, warm log fires and cosy cottages.
In a nutshell
- Will suit: couples looking for a winter retreat and families looking for a New Year's break to beat the January blues
- Flying time: none
- Time difference: none
- Average temperature: 5˚C
- Tourist information: Visit North Norfolk
How to get there
- By road, if you are travelling to Norfolk from the South East and London, the M11, A11, A12 and A14 are the major trunk roads. From the Midlands and North of England, the A14, A11 and A47 are the principal routes.
- You can easily get around North Norfolk by public transport. There are mainline train services through National Express and coach services that run regularly to the main towns of North Norfolk.
- There is also a Coast Hopper bus service that runs along the coast road from Cromer to Hunstanton and allows you to explore the North Norfolk coastal area at a leisurely pace.
Where to stay
- Cottages4you has a fantastic selection of cottages in the region, including many cosy cottages perfect for a New Year break. Mumsnetters receive a discount booking direct with Cottages4you.
- One of our favourites is Lighthouse cottage, which as the name suggests is a Grade II listed former lighthouse keeper's cottage, built in 1791. It's in a superb location next to Happisburgh's working lighthouse.
What to do
- Steeped in history, Holkham Hall is a superb Palladian Hall set amid beautiful rolling parkland.
- Holkham Bay is one of England's largest coastal nature reserves and a walk along the wide sandy stretch is an absolute must to blow away those cobwebs. The beach is wild and beautiful in winter, when you might find you have it all to yourself.
- If you're interested in art, you'll love the boutique galleries that pepper the pretty streets of Holt, Cromer and Wells.
What Mumsnetters say about holidays in North Norfolk
- I like Cromer. It has a pier, amusements and an end-of-the-pier theatre. WyrdMother
- We had a week in Burnham Overy Staithe, which is about 5-10 mins drive from Brancaster Beach in one direction and Wells in the other. We absolutely love it. The beaches are just amazing - miles and miles of sand to walk on when the tide is out. tkband3
- You have to go to Bewilderwood and, if your kids are into dinosaurs, then the Dinosaur Adventure park. OverMyDeadBody