What to do with your time on your last minute Norfolk cottage holiday
If you’ve decided to impulsively book a last-minute Norfolk cottage deal this weekend, you are likely wondering what you’ll be doing with your time. The good news is, you are spoiled for choice. Norfolk has been described as the UK’s greatest holiday secret — and with good reason. The area boasts an incredible combination of history, culture and seaside appeal, without the masses of tourists you’d expect in other parts of the country.
For a little bit of inspiration and to kickstart your Norfolk research, we have collected our favourite suggestions, recommendations and must-see attractions for your upcoming weekend cottage break.
Pay a visit to one of Norfolk’s many beaches
Regardless of the time of year, Norfolk beaches are a pleasure to visit. They offer remarkable views, rich wildlife and delicious seaside cafes. Even if there is a chill in the air, don’t pass up the opportunity to visit a Norfolk beach; there are a number to choose from. If you’re travelling with children and looking for Victorian seaside charm with plenty of activities, Hunstanton beach is definitely the right choice for you. There are donkey rides, boat trips, kitesurfing and cliff top walks to take in at Norfolk’s only west-facing beach, meaning that at the end of the day you will be treated to a romantic view of the sun setting over the sea.
For a quiet beach away from the hustle and bustle, pay a visit to Horsey Beach, a wild and barren haven. You might even be in with a chance of seeing some of Norfolk’s basking grey seals. If, on the other hand, you are looking for a beach preferred by Hollywood, then you can head to Holkham Bay, featured in the movies Shakespeare in Love and The Duchess. If you need any more convincing, it was once voted Britain’s best beach by more than a hundred travel writers.
Appreciate the local history and culture
Norfolk is famous for rich culture and history, which can be observed by its many castles and stately homes. Don’t miss the opportunity to see a few on your Norfolk cottage holiday. There are simply too many for you to experience and appreciate in one short trip, but you’ll definitely want to pay a visit to one or two. We recommend Blickling Hall in North Norfolk: a Jacobean masterpiece described as one of the most romantic houses in England. This estate has a remarkable selection of antique sculptures, tapestries and paintings for you to enjoy, as well as beautiful acres of parkland and woodland. Other favourites include Oxburgh Hall, Felbrigg Hall, Holkham Hall, Houghton Hall, Sandringham Estate and Mannington Hall.
Get your adrenaline pumping
If you’re one for adventure and excitement, Norfolk has plenty to offer. You can go canoeing on the Norfolk broads or you can get your blood pumping at one of Norfolk’s many adventure parks. ExTREEme Adventure in King’s Lynn has a range of high ropes courses, while the Hilltop Outdoor Centre provides a singular experience. It is the only place in the UK that offers a jumping tower (with various height platforms) where you can free-fall into a giant air bag. Or, you could take a hot air balloon ride and get a great view to truly appreciate Norfolk’s sprawling landscape.
Take a day to prioritise romance
A weekend cottage break to Norfolk is a great opportunity to reignite the spark, have a romantic minimoon or to allow a new relationship to flourish. A cosy, self-catered cottage provides the perfect place to rest and relax at the end of a long day, with some even offering hot tubs and other luxury amenities. Take some time to relax by yourselves in your own back garden. Breathe in the country air, appreciate the lack of sound, cook a meal together and catch up on your sleep.
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