Beach breaks in Norfolk

With 45 miles of unspoiled coastline, Norfolk has some of the country’s most sublime beaches. There are six Blue Flag beaches, many of which have sloped paved access and are fully accessible from the promenade. Many of the beaches here are also part of the Deep History Coast Discovery Trail, where you can learn the area’s history from millions of years ago.

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Brancaster Beach

The expansive stretch of flat golden, unspoilt sand at Brancaster beach is a year-round favourite. A truly classic Norfolk beach and an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it’s perfect for building sandcastles with the kids, walks with the dog, summer picnics, and romantic strolls. As well as being an ideal family beach with all the sand space, Brancaster is a popular spot for windsurfing and kite surfing. Brancaster beach is also home to significant natural features such as the tidal salt marshes of Scolt Head, and at low tide, the shipwreck of the SS Vina becomes visible. Mostly buried in the sand, all that can be seen are a few sections of the barnacle-encrusted superstructure, but it is still a fascinating sight. You can also the wildlife the freshwater, and saltwater habitats attract. In winter, the sky fills with the magical site of pink-footed geese. Just a couple of miles away is RSPB Titchwell Marsh, a renowned nature reserve and a haven for native and migrating birds.

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Gorleston-on-Sea Beach

Take a trip to this delightful 2 mile stretch of clean, golden sand. Enjoy vast expanses of sand when the tide is out – perfect for building sandcastles. Other family-friendly credentials include the lifeguard patrol during peak season, alongside deckchairs and windbreakers readily available to hire. At the end of the beach, nearest to the town is a small parade of shops and cafes together with a three-tier viewing platform so you can take in the beach’s stunning coastline, visitors can also enjoy a splash in the beach paddling pool which doubles up as a charming pond for sailing model boats.

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Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach

Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach is a budget-friendly park with thrills for all ages. With the Great Yarmouth Wheel, Pleasure Beach and North Beach Great Yarmouth is an ideal place for families, couples or friends to visit. Why not take a break from thrill-seeking to walk along the beach? Don’t worry you’ll be given a wristband, allowing re-entry into Great Yarmouth’s Pleasure Beach once you’ve enjoyed a spot of lunch or a stroll along the golden sands.

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Holkham Beach

Take a wander down the inviting wooden steps to discover one of the most unspoilt natural beaches in Britain- Holkham. The four mile stretch of sand is part of the Holkham Nature Reserve boasting a vast array of interesting plants and wildlife. At low tide, the sea falls back to reveal the vast open ‘sandscape’ that’s perfect for a full on day of sand sculpting or a family picnic. The wide open space also makes it a great place to walk the dog, or even a horse! In the first week of July, you’ll be able to spot the Royal Cavalry taking their horses for a run and a swim every morning. The fun doesn’t end when the tide rolls in, among the pine forests and sand dunes, there’s a well-trodden part of the Norfolk Coastal Path that’s perfect for exploring the rest of nature reserve whilst still having the sounds and smells of the seaside nearby.

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Old Hunstanton Beach

Old Hunstanton beach is part of the Norfolk Coast Path. Visitors can either walk along the beach or explore the dunes and beach huts overlooking the layers of sand. Much like the many other fantastic beaches Britain boasts, Old Hunstanton Beach is dog friendly so your four-legged friends can enjoy the golden sand and neighbouring landscapes too!

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Sheringham Beach, Beeston Regis

Backed by colourful beach huts, Sheringham Beach is a popular seaside getaway for both families and individuals. At low tide rock pools are exposed amongst the boulders and lovely hard sand is uncovered ideal for sandcastle building! At high tide exposed rocks and shingle make a pleasant walk, followed by a tasty lunch at one of Sheringham’s dog-friendly pubs.

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Wells Next The Sea Beach

Wells is famous for its wide, stunning beach views and bright beach huts. This seaside location is a fantastic place to relax, unwind and take in the fresh air. Walk the dogs, fly a kite, build sandcastles, play ball games, or just kick off your shoes and feel the sand between your toes this Summer.

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