Things to do in North Norfolk during Winter

Things to do in North Norfolk during Winter

North Norfolk’s charming countryside and coastal appeal doesn’t stop during the winter, the frosty rolling fields and winter sunshine beach walks make a perfect holiday destination, escaping from the daily grind. During the summer months the majority of the tourists travel to the area for their holidays, but those wishing to visit the quiet beaches and the diverse North Norfolk wildlife are much better suited to visit when the weather is a little cooler.

The winters in North Norfolk tend to be chilly, but there are plenty of things to do to keep you busy both indoors and outdoors, no matter the weather. From beach walks, to visiting museums, there is nothing better than wrapping up warm for a frosty, sunny walk before heading back to your luxury North Norfolk holiday cottage for a relaxing evening near the fire. For more information about our holiday cottages, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

What to do outside during the winter

Visit the seals 

The winter months are when the famous Norfolk seal colonies come ashore to have their pups. This must-see event attracts visitors from across the UK to the shores to view this spectacle. Although there are beach restrictions in order to stop the mammals from being disturbed you can still get a great view at Horsey Beach and Blakeney.

Take a walk in the snowdrops

As early as the end of January many areas throughout North Norfolk become carpeted in an abundance of snowdrops. These beautiful rural locations are made even more spectacular, a walk in these areas helps clear the mind and is a peaceful way to enjoy the great outdoors. Some of the best locations to find snowdrop walks are Walsingham Abbey, Sheringham Park and Blickling Estate.

Things to do in North Norfolk during Winter
Winter Walk on the beach

Enjoy some bird watching 

As the North Norfolk winters are milder than most other countries, throughout the start of the winter many migrating species of bird take up residency in some of our nature reserves. For any budding bird watcher the species that you can see include many different ducks including Wigeons, Tufties, Goldeneyes and Mallards and multiple species of Geese including Canadian, Egyptian as well as other species such as Snow Buntings and Bearded Tits. For early risers you will be able to see beautiful murmurations as the birds leave their overnight roost.  Some of the best places to view these species include RSPB Strumpshaw Fen, RSPB Titchwell Marsh and Snettisham on the Wash.

Visit the beach

For winter sunshine walks and relaxing strolls with your four-legged friends visit one of the many beautiful beaches that the region has to offer. With multiple locations, many accompanied by excellent, local fish and chips, a walk on the beach is a lovely way to enjoy the scenery and blow away the cobwebs. Some of our favourites include Salthouse, Weybourne and Blakeney, find out more about the region’s best beaches here.

What to do inside during the winter

Visit a local museum

Filled with history and culture, North Norfolk has a wide range of museums that everyone can enjoy. The Sainsburys Centre is a great place to visit if you are an art lover as they have some renowned pieces by artists such as Picasso and Francis Bacon. The Norwich Castle also has a museum detailing the history of the city centre, whilst the smaller outlying towns are also home to interesting museums such as the Lynn Museum where you can see the remnants of Seahenge. 

Experience local fine dining

Truly a food lover’s paradise, Norfolk is home to a wide variety of foods from market stalls selling freshly caught crabs, to Michelin starred restaurants. For those wanting to experience the fine dining of the area, Morston Hall is a firm favourite. Galton Blackiston’s vision features a 7 course tasting menu that changes every day, highlighting seasonal, local produce. There are also many other quaint cafés and pubs that serve food loved by both locals and visitors alike so you’ll never go hungry if you are visiting the area.

Art Gallery
Fine Dining Experience

Go and see a show

Come winter time there are many places that you can visit highly regarded pantomimes and theatre shows. The Norwich Theatre Royal holds many well loved shows throughout the year, and come winter the well-loved family pantomimes. If you are visiting at the start of winter and want to get yourself in the festive mood, the Thursford Christmas Spectacular is a very well loved show with thousands of positive reviews, this makes it extremely popular so we highly recommend booking your tickets as early as possible to avoid disappointment. 

Go shopping 

With both highstreet and independent stores, Norwich and Norfolk in general has a wide range of shopping opportunities for everyone. Pick up a gift, or even just a treat for yourself as you visit the local towns and city centre. During the winter months you will also find that the local towns come alive with Christmas markets and light switch on events where local makers and bakers sell their wares. You can find out more about some of our favourite shopping locations here. 

Just because the weather turns cooler, it shouldn’t put you off visiting Nelson’s County. There are many things to do to enjoy in both the great outdoors, and indoors, visiting the best attractions that the region has to offer. The weather doesn’t stop the events, and it shouldn’t be a reason to postpone your break away. If you are looking for somewhere to stay for a winter break away, our North Norfolk holiday cottages are perfectly positioned for you to enjoy both the quiet of the country and the bustling city. For more information please don’t hesitate to get in touch. 

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