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CROMER! Any good for families? (Or just for catching crabs...?)

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runawayquickly Wed 26-Sep-07 14:13:09

Can't seem to find a good site that tells me what I need to know. A friend has suggested it for October week, but not sure if it's 'Famous Five meets Boden' seaside or 'chav arcades and chips' seaside. Easy either way, but just need to know what to expect.... anyone familiar with it? Cottage/rental ideas all welcome, btw

CantSleepWontSleep Wed 26-Sep-07 14:14:54

Guess you're not talking about the Cromer in Hertfordshire then!!

Fimbo Wed 26-Sep-07 14:20:06

Definately not Famous Five Meets Boden, it does have amusement arcades/chips etc but nothing on the lines of Great Yarmouth. There are lovely places to vist round about and yes you can do crabbing on the end of the pier.

tiredemma Wed 26-Sep-07 14:21:11

funny thread title (Just catching crabs) -its not blackpool is it?????

LucyJones Wed 26-Sep-07 14:21:18

it has a cinema too for rainy days

thomcat Wed 26-Sep-07 14:23:23

The areas around are lovely too.

We stayed in Sherringham which is lovely and v close and drove round and did lots of lovely things.

I'd go again.

runawayquickly Wed 26-Sep-07 14:35:51

Thanks everyone, just didn't want to sign myself up for constant fairground/arcade nightmare as totally skint at the mo... Crabbing is fab for occupying them for ages, I have found. I do have to stop myself from gagging with all that bacon waving around though. (This is starting to sound v strange - I will stop now!)

JuliaL Sat 29-Sep-07 19:16:28

We go to north norfolk several times a year. Cromer is a good base, but not much in the way of s/c accom. As for activities. Good newly revamped local museum and lifeboat museum. Indoor soft play centre (even nicer one at knapton a few miles inland. Beach and cliff walks. Mary Janes chippie is best. Good second hand bookshops. have loads of recommendations...let me know if you want me to go on!

Blu Sat 29-Sep-07 19:34:41

I second Mary Jane's chippie as the best!

Actually, for top crabbing go along the coast to Blakeney quay or Wells quay.

Good free outings include the pinewoods at Wells Next the Sea - park in the beach car park , not the quay, the bird obeservation / ecological exhibition places on the coast road at Cley, and at Morston, .

You can get a ferry to see the seals from Morston quay (book tickets at the pub in Morston, or on Blakeney quay - check times in advance by googling Bishops seal trips or Temples Seal trips, because they only go on high tide. Not ever so cheap - but worth it unless it is very windy or rainy. Wrap up warmer than you think!

Other good places are the Shire Horse centre near Sheringham, The Gressenhall Museum of rural life - mock up poorhouse and sweet shops as well as lots of farming stuff, and if it is very wet, the Steam Engine Museum at Thursford. The steam engines are all indoors, and they have a selection of huge old steam driven dance hall organs which they play in turn, steam roundabouts (indoors) and traction engines. There is an indoor soft play area at Wells. For bright autumn days the beach at cromer is fine, especially when the tide is out, or head off to Wells beach for wide open spaces, pine woods, dunes and wonderful beach huts. For pub lunches try the Kings Head (I think that's what it's called) at letheringsett, which is reputed to have a big childrens play area and climbing frame, or the king's Arms at Blakeney with a garden with swings out the back..or any of the coastal pubs, really.

Cromer and Sheringham are small traditional seaside towns - very charming and neither highly commercialised and arcade-ised, nor the 'Hampstead on Sea' of Burnham Market and the more villagey places. North Norfolk is a great mix, actually, having cottages and caravan sites and second homes in equal quanitites!

runawayquickly Wed 03-Oct-07 09:56:41

Thanks to everyone! Looks like the lack of cash at the mo is going to mean a stay-at-home Half Term, but I like the sound of all this chips stuff.... will head up there when I start working p/t and can do it in a bit more style. Appreciate the advice!

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