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Beaches in Norfolk

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Norfolk is one of the most accessible places you can head to for a beach-filled staycation. Easy to reach from both the North and South of England, it’s hard to believe that some coastal areas of the county are actually closer to the Netherlands than they are to many English cities.

Despite the remnants of medieval Dutch influence, the towns, villages and the beaches that accompany them are quintessentially English, and with over 90 miles of coast to choose from, you’re never short of options. This list of beaches shows the strength in depth Norfolk has up its sleeve, with this set of options joining the stretches of sand that tend to take all the glory when it comes to attracting visitors. Whether you fancy joining us for a Stay or Stay+Play holiday, our four Norfolk caravan parks are some of the best places for a break in the county. Caister-on-Sea, Hopton, Seashore and Wild Duck are all located in and around the Great Yarmouth area, giving guests fantastic fuss-free access to Norfolk’s arsenal of beaches.

Sheringham Beach, Sheringham

Sheringham beach

Sheringham Beach is one that paints a dramatically different picture depending on the level of the tide. One of the largest in the region when the tide is out, it all but disappears when it’s in, making a check of the times essential before you make the journey of an hour or so from our Norfolk caravan parks. A popular spot for families, access is easy and the sand sits on the town’s promenade. There is an abundance of things to do in the vicinity, including Sheringham Museum, a putting green and a whole host of easy-going pubs and restaurants for all the family to try the local specialities. The catch of the day is particularly great here, and the town’s love affair with fishing very much continues to the present day.

There is an abundance of things to do in the vicinity, including Sheringham Museum, a putting green and a whole host of easy-going pubs and restaurants for all the family to try the local specialities. The catch of the day is particularly great here, and the town’s love affair with fishing very much continues to the present day.

Sea Palling Beach, Sea Palling

Sea Palling

A generously sized stretch of sand, Sea Palling is another beach that sits on Norfolk’s northeast corner and is formed by nine artificial offshore reefs that were originally created as part of a flood prevention scheme but undoubtedly add a certain charm to the surroundings. Another with Blue Flag status, its pristine waters are made all the more beautiful by the fact that the beach never gets too busy with locals or sightseers. A generously sized stretch of sand, Sea Palling is another beach that sits on Norfolk’s northeast corner and is formed by nine artificial offshore reefs that were originally created as part of a flood prevention scheme but undoubtedly add a certain charm to the surroundings. Another with Blue Flag status, its pristine waters are made all the more beautiful by the fact that the beach never gets too busy with locals or sightseers.

As great for a few games as it is for a swim, there’s a range of amenities to take the entertainment off the sand and enjoy some of the local seafood staples. Less than 45 minutes away from our parks, it’s one of the most viable options for a day out with the little ones, and a great way to see even more sights and sounds of Norfolk. As great for a few games as it is for a swim, there’s a range of amenities to take the entertainment off the sand and enjoy some of the local seafood staples. Less than 45 minutes away from our parks, it’s one of the most viable options for a day out with the little ones, and a great way to see even more sights and sounds of Norfolk.

Mundesley Beach, Mundesley

Mundesley beach

Southeast of the much more widely known Cromer, Mundesley is a beach in Norfolk that seamlessly blends peaceful surroundings with all the amenities you’d expect from a much busier seaside haunt. You’ll spot the beach easily as you approach from land, its position marked by colourful beach huts and golden sand that glistens when the weather is spot on.

The beach’s history is marked by a clifftop memorial to bomb disposal teams that cleared this beautiful but once dangerous and strategically important stretch of Norfolk coastline of explosives. Blue Flag accreditted, you can access the sand past the memorial via a slope. Lifeguards are on hand in the summer and there are a range of walking routes in every direction if you fancy a bit of exercise. The icing on the cake is that you’re less than an hour from our Norfolk parks in the car from here.

Horsey Gap, Horsey

Horsey

Horsey Gap is located at the point where the east Norfolk coast starts to be talked about as the northern edge of the county. A quiet beach even by East Anglian standards, a spot here is never a problem no matter what time of year you come, with easy access from a car park that puts you a matter of steps from the sight of the sea. Such is the serenity, seals migrate here every year between November and January, and human visitors flock here for a peek at these amazing animals. The Horsey Windpump is the seal’s human made, visitor-enticing accompaniment. Owned by the National Trust, it sits just south of the sand in area of lovely waterways and lush Norfolk countryside. Seals or no seals, the beach and windpump are around a 30 minute journey from our parks, making it an ideal day out when you stay with us.

The Horsey Windpump is the seal’s human made, visitor-enticing accompaniment. Owned by the National Trust, it sits just south of the sand in area of lovely waterways and lush Norfolk countryside. Seals or no seals, the beach and windpump are around a 30 minute journey from our parks, making it an ideal day out when you stay with us.

Hopton Beach, Hopton

Hopton Beach

With direct access to our Norfolk caravan park at Hopton, Hopton Beach is one of the best stretches of sand to enjoy on a Haven holiday. A short step-free walkway takes you down to the beach that extends in parallel to all the great Haven accommodation our guests come to expect from us. You’re close to the easternmost point of the UK here, with the coasts of Belgium and the Netherlands around the same distance from Hopton village as London is.

Running alongside the low grassy cliff that hosts all of the park’s facilities, the beach overlooks the North Sea magnificently and forms a small part of what is effectively a coastal collection the whole way up to Gorleston-on-Sea. This is a great route to take if you fancy stretching the legs and taking in that all important fresh sea breeze. Suitable for all the family, dogs are allowed all year round so this is an ideal place to bring your furry friend along for the adventure.

Hunstanton Beach, Hunstanton

Hunstanton Cliffs Beach

Hunstanton is unique in terms of beaches in Norfolk. The only major town with a beach that faces west, it has long attracted day trippers and staycationers for a day out with fantastic access to the sand and shingle that showcases neighbouring rural Lincolnshire across the bay in the distance. The resort itself was purpose-built for tourism in 1846 and retains a lot of the 19th-century character that made it an immensely popular hideaway in this era. That popularity feeds through to the present day, with immense amenities and lovely scenery making for a great visitor experience. The sunset is particularly gorgeous here given the beach’s position, and this unique standing as far as Norfolk goes is also illustrated in carstone and chalk white cliffs that occupy the beach’s vicinity. At just less than two hours, Hunstanton may be one of the longer journeys from our parks but the foray is more than worth your time.

That popularity feeds through to the present day, with immense amenities and lovely scenery making for a great visitor experience. The sunset is particularly gorgeous here given the beach’s position, and this unique standing as far as Norfolk goes is also illustrated in carstone and chalk white cliffs that occupy the beach’s vicinity. At just less than two hours, Hunstanton may be one of the longer journeys from our parks but the foray is more than worth your time.

California Beach, California

California

We know what you’re thinking, but there’s no typo to see here. California is indeed the name of a pretty part of the Norfolk coast. It shares a name with the famous American state because of the discovery of gold coins on its beach in 1848, at a time where the gold rush stateside was capturing global attention.Today, California’s beach captures the hearts and minds of all who visit, with smooth sand sitting at the bottom of sloping cliffs. Quiet and peaceful, it’s a great place to escape the hustle and bustle. This beach in Norfolk is only a short drive away from our parks at Caister-on-Sea and Seashore, making it a fantastic change of scenery when you come away for a break with us. 

Today, California’s beach captures the hearts and minds of all who visit, with smooth sand sitting at the bottom of sloping cliffs. Quiet and peaceful, it’s a great place to escape the hustle and bustle. This beach in Norfolk is only a short drive away from our parks at Caister-on-Sea and Seashore, making it a fantastic change of scenery when you come away for a break with us.