Northrepps is a quiet, pretty village near the North Norfolk beaches of Cromer and Overstrand.
It has a popular pub, The Foundry and The Granary is opposite St Mary's Church. Visit Norfolk for more Information about the area
Cromer is a Victorian seaside town famous for its PIER which houses the only end of the pier theatre. The PAVILION THEATRE survived many storms, tidal surges and even an attempt by the government to blow it up in WW2 when it was feared the pier might be used as a landing strip for enemy aircraft.
Cromer is famous for its CRABS which are sold throughout the UK although many visitors prefer to catch their own.Divers and snorkelers are in for a treat as close to the shore is the UK's own BARRIER REEF . It is 20 miles long and was formed at a time when dinosaurs existed. The 14th-century church, lifeboat station and MUSEUM are all worth a visit.
Cromer has a number of restaurants, bars, shops and arcades. The No1 Chip Shop is actually a bonafide seafront restaurant and it is a close call between the No1 and Mary Jane's in Garden Street as to which serves the best fish and chips in Cromer. There are also a number of events, festivals and carnivals between May and September.
Northrepps is a quiet village that lies away from any main roads, making it a wonderful place for stargazers and those who love the tranquility of Norfolk life.
The Foundry Public House and restaurant is a short walk away from the Granary. At the time of writing the pub had over 800 reviews on Trip Advisor and was nudging stars, and had been awarded a Certificate of Excellence by Trip Advisor for the last 4 years.
For special occasions, guests may wish to travel a little further afield to the Gunton Arms, a traditional pub in a 1000 acre deer park. The pub has an oustanding menu and huge art collection, with works that include Tracy Emin, Lucien Freud, and Damien Hirst.
Overstrand & Southrepps
Overstrand is an unspoiled blue flag beach approximately one and a half miles from the Granary. There are no arcades or kiss me quick hats here but miles of sandy beaches, a cliff top cafe and a couple of pubs. It is also possible to walk to Cromer along the beach but do watch the tides. Afternoon tea at the Seamarge will take you back to another era.
The Vernon Arms in Southrepps (neighbouring village to Northrepps) has a lovely atmosphere and the food is excellent. Both villages have a shop for essentials.
Holkham & Wells Next The Sea
Holkham is part of a large estate that includes the beach, Holkham gardens, Holkham Hall and pine woods. When the Hall is open to the public (April-October) it provides a FUNtastic way to spend a day. There are lots of events here, including numerous parties for children under 11, Fairs, concerts, historic reenactments, theatre productions and even an open air cinema. Holkham beach featured in Shakespeare in Love and also in Stephen Fry's TV programme, 'Kingdom'.
Wells Next The Sea is a very pretty little coastal town with a working harbour, lots of fishing boats and opportunities for crab hunting. The rows of little-coloured shops are all independently owned and rather eclectic but this only adds to the charm of this beautiful seaside town.
Train enthusiasts and almost everyone else will love the steam train that runs from Sherringham to Holt and back via Wybourne along this beautiful stretch coastline. If you are lucky, your trip might coincide with one of the events that take place on the train, including MURDER MYSTERIES (prices include dinner).
Blakeney / Cley Next The Sea
No trip to Blakeney is complete without a trip to Blakeney Point which is home for many hundreds of seals. There are a number of companies who sail out from the harbour, booking is advisable especially for larger groups or in peak season.
Cley and Blakeney are quintessentially Norfolk coastal villages with well maintained flint buildings, walled gardens, windmills and excellent eateries, pubs and art galleries. There is also an amazing smokehouse for fresh smoked fish.
The sheer beauty of the area combined with the hustle and bustle of visitors makes this area very popular with artists which is reflected by the number of shops linked to arts and crafts and exhibitions.
Lovers of 'Normal for Norfolk' may wish to visit WIVETON HALL. Opening times for the gardens, cafe and home are shown on the Wiveton Hall website.
Boats can be hired from Wroxham or Horning enabling you to take a leisurely trip on the Norfolk Broads. The scenes are truly breathtaking and the wildlife is as varied as it is prolific.
National Trust Homes
Felbrigg Hall is not far from Northrepps and it is a real hidden gem. Many stately homes have been through a number of incarnations over time and are furnished as they would be at a point in time. Felbrigg, however, has original furniture, furnishings and paraphenalia, right down to the 19th century kitchenware! One of the best bits of visiting this house is trying to guess what the various implements are for!
In addition to the house, there is the Park and Gardens to enjoy.
Blickling Hall is a truly magnificent Jabobean stately home. Steeped in history it is said to be the home of three ghosts, including ill-fated Anne Boleyn who was said to have been born there.
The Estate covers almost 5,000 acres and the Hall was mentioned in the Domesday Book. One of the many highlights is the Chinese Room, and its hand painted wallpaper, which had to be adapted as the owner had not provided the correct measurements.
Stately home enthusiasts may wish to travel out to see Oxborough Hall (near Swaffham). This moated hall has been home to the Bedingfields who still live in part of the property.
Sandringham House is not a National Trust property (neither is Holkham Hall) but both are worth a visit.
Sandringham House is home to the Royal Family when they are in Norfolk and is close to Anmer Hall which is the private home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Sandringham House and Gardens are open to the public. As with all visits it is best to check the websites for opening times before heading off.