Family Holiday at Heacham Beach by Susan King

Norfolk - a Family Friendly Holiday Location

Bucket and spade breaks, gentle walks along the coast, beaches, nature and great fun-filled places to go

Norfolk is well known as an escape from it all destination offering a great deal for families looking for a break in a relaxing holiday spot. It is perhaps not an obvious place to seek hotel jobs and other careers, but it certainly makes for a great holiday if you want to retreat from busy city life and get back to nature.

Norfolk also offers a range of activities and attractions for those that want a little more fun. Throughout the year, Norfolk abounds with events which attract all kinds of people including Sandringham Flower Show, Hunstanton Lifestyles Extreme Sports Festival, Holkham Fair, Kite Fairs, Horse Trials, Hunstanton Carnival, open air concerts in the grounds of great stately homes and numerous local events. There are many fantastic fun fairs in the county and the fun fair on the promenade in Hunstanton for one is sure to keep the kids amused for the afternoon. The oldies can have a go too!

Don't forget the typical English fish and chips are fab here in Norfolk. Local fresh seafood such as crab and mussels which are available wherever you go along and close to the Norfolk coast are also a must for the visitor to sample.

Beach lovers will find plenty of water sports to participate in or just to enjoy observing safely from the shore - whether it be jet ski-ing, kite-surfing, sailing or windsurfing you can do it all right here in Norfolk. The beaches are clean and safe for the kids and the horizon stretches for miles and miles.

Hunstanton's 830 foot pier was built in 1870 but was destroyed in a storm on 11 January 1978. There are hopes that the pier will be rebuilt in Hunstanton at some time in the future. However, views across from Hunstanton's green - especially at sunset - are unequalled. The Princess Theatre in Hunstanton offers may family friendly programmes throughout the summer months and seasonal events too. Cromer's Pier is an outstanding piece of architecture dating back to 1391.

In its time, Cromer Pier has been so badly damaged by gales that much of it that it had to be dismantled leaving Cromer without a pier for a time with the opening of a new structure in 1901. The bandstand was covered in 1905 to form an enclosed pavilion. The following season introduced the performance of Cromer's first 'concert parties'. However, World War II saw the removal of the middle section of Cromer Pier and shows ceased to be performed there until peacetime resumed. The terrible flood of 1953 which devastated much of the Norfolk coastline, demolished the pavilion and wrecked the Pier and the resulting compensation allowed rebuilding of the pavilion and a new theatre in 1955. Since that time Cromer Pier has had further redevelopment and maintenance works.

Norfolk is full of places to go with the kids ranging from numerous steam railway attractions, working farms, working windmills, visit the seals, lavender farms, stately homes such as Holkham Hall. Many people enjoy their Norfolk holiday so much they make it their permanent home at some time in their life.

History and Culture

Norfolk has a century old history and Oliver Cromwell is well known here.  Norwich Castle is well worth a visit and will occupy best part of the day to do it justice.

Many seaside locations throughout Norfolk offer a programme of pantomimes, concerts and other theatre entertainment.
Norfolk County Sign Just off Hunstanton Green, Norfolk by Stella Gooch Fun Fair at the Beach, Norfolk by Stella Gooch

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