Seaside towns tend to get a little quiet during the winter months but most of them have so much more to offer than sea, sand and sunshine. Cromer is a little town in Norfolk (where I went to school, actually) and there’s so much to see and do there. Here’s our list of where to stay and things to do in Cromer.
Where to stay
The Grove Cromer
I recently had the pleasure of staying at The Grove in Cromer. It’s a beautiful guest house that’s just a short walk from the beach. You could relax in the lounge in front of the fire witch a cup of tea or you could treat yourself to some wonderful food in the restaurant. The rooms are beautiful too, those in the house are very in keeping with the traditional country style while the Orchard rooms have a slightly more modern feel.
There are also self-catering cottages on site too.
The Grove Cromer, 95 Overstrand Rd, Cromer, Norfolk NR27 0DJ www.thegrovecromer.co.uk
I’ve already mentioned The Grove as somewhere to stay but if you’re staying elsewhere in Cromer (or live nearby) you should visit The Grove for lunch or dinner. I’ve sampled both and was impressed each time.
The Garden Street Grill
If you fancy somewhere a little more homely and relaxed then head to The Grill on Garden Street. They do some amazing food and the steaks are fantastic. This is a great place to go with your family.
Garden Street Grill, 16 Garden Street, Cromer. On TripAdvisor.
This fish and chip shop is also on Garden Street. I used to visit this place as a child as it had the reputation for the best chips in the town. Admittedly, I haven’t been there in a while, so if you have, let me know what you thought!
Mary Jane’s, 27-29 Garden St, Town Centre, Cromer NR27 9HN
I haven’t been out drinking in Cromer since my teens so I asked on Twitter about the best places to go. Almost all the replies recommended the Red Lion pub. It’s great for casual drinks but it’s also a hotel and restaurant too.
The Red Lion Food and Rooms, Brook Street, Cromer, Norfolk, NR27 9HD. www.redlioncromer.co.uk
Cromer is full of beautiful things to see and do. Here are just a few examples.
“The museum illustrates the history of Cromer’s lifeboats and tells the story of Henry Blogg’s most famous rescues. For 37 years he served as Coxswain at Cromer and from 1935–45 his lifeboat was the legendary HF Bailey, which is the centrepiece of the museum. Henry retired as Coxswain in 1947 and died in 1954.”
Henry Blogg Museum, The Rocket House, The Gangway, Cromer, Norfolk, NR27 9ET. Website.
Not only is this a great place for a drink, there’s so much to see here too. Check out the What’s On to see if anything tickles your fancy. Of all the things to do in Cromer, the pier should be top of your list, even if you don’t go and see a show.
Sheringham Little Theatre
If you’re willing to go on a short drive or take the train, you should visit nearby Sheringham and the amazing theatre there. Take your pick from plays, music and film.
Sheringham Little Theatre, 2 Station Road, Sheringham, Norfolk, NR26 8RE. www.sheringhamlittletheatre.com
Cromer is a short distance from all sorts of great Norfolk destinations. Spend some time exploring Cromer but don’t be afraid to head out to other lovely places too.
Norwich is a 45 minute drive or 45 minutes on the train. Here you’ll find plenty of shopping opportunities, bars, clubs, restaurants and tourist attractions. Take a look at our full Norwich city guide.
A 15 minute drive or 15 minutes by train.
We’ve already mentioned Sheringham Little Theatre but there’s so much more to do in this lovely seaside town too. The Bank restaurant is well worth checking out if you love a good curry or exotic food. It’s also in an amazing building (an old bank, hence the name).
You should also give the gorgeous Sheringham Park a visit. It’s beautiful even in winter and you can get some great views down the coast.
A 20 minute drive or you could catch a bus.
I had the pleasure of working in Holt for a long time. It’s a beautiful market town that has a huge range of fantastic shops as well as plenty of yummy places to eat. For food, check out Byfords and Back to the Garden. For shopping, take a look at Bakers and Larners.
A 20 minute drive or there are buses you could catch.
Another lovely market town. There’s plenty to see and do here, including visiting the beautiful Blicking Hall, its gardens and surrounding woodland.
Walking around Cromer is a pleasure. Not only is there a gorgeous beach and promenade to walk along but the cliff top walks are also rather lovely. You could walk all the way up to the stunning lighthouse and perhaps even further, if you wanted to.
There are also plenty of opportunities for Geocaching in and around Cromer. This is a great activity in the winter because the lack of foliage makes it so much easier. As much as I love a good summer treasure hunt, I don’t like stinging nettles!