SHERINGHAM - The fishing industry of the North Norfolk coastal town of Sheringham was at its peak in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as the coming of the railways made it possible for fish to be transported more efficiently to market. The local fishermen were major suppliers of crabs, lobsters and whelks to London fish markets, and gained popularity with the London’s wealthy in 1887 with the direct rail link to London. Most of Sheringham’s range of buildings and shops come from this period and the early 20th century.
Sheringham nestles under the nearby hill of Beeston Bump which can be climbed via the coastal path from either east or west. The cliff tops and Blue Flag sandy beaches are great for exploring, having a stroll or just relaxing while the children have a run around and search for crabs down by the groynes. Sheringham’s position on the coast also makes it a perfect place for exploring further afield being only a short distance from Holt, Blakeney, Felbrigg, Blickling, Cromer and Sheringham Park.
It is a thriving town centred around a traditional high street with a wide range of privately-owned shops ranging from butchers, bakers, fruiters, second-hand books, antiques, fishing tackle, model shop, arts and crafts. There are many places to eat in and around Sheringham from cafes, pubs and restaurants to fine dining. On Saturdays throughout the year (and Wednesdays in peak season) there is a popular market in the car park next to the railway station. One of the most scenic heritage railways is The North Norfolk Railway or Poppy Line as it is also known, offering a different way to explore the countryside and villages running both steam and diesel trains and has a number of special events throughout the year which are well worth a trip.
The Sheringham Museum at the Mo, opened in 2010, gives the story of Sheringham and its people through displays, galleries and interesting things to see and do. At first the lifeboat service was privately run, being joined and eventually taken over by the newly named RNLI in 1867. Today the lifeboat station is at the west end of The Promenade, only a short walk with plenty of places to stop for refreshments along the way!
The Sheringham Little Theatre has a wide range of films and productions including a well-established summer repertory season running from July to September and a Christmas pantomime.
HOLT - approx 7 miles from Sheringham, hosts fine 18th century Georgian buildings making the town one of the most attractive in North Norfolk. A traditional market town home to many shops, places to eat, art galleries, antique shops located along the high street and ticked away in charming courtyards and alleyways. A bus runs from Holt market place to the North Norfolk Railway station just outside the centre of Holt, where you can catch the Poppy Line steam and diesel train services to Weybourne and Sheringham.
CROMER - approx 4 miles from Sheringham, is a traditional seaside town and is famous for its pier, home to the lifeboat station and Pavilion Theatre, which is the UKs only remaining end of pier show taking place every summer and winter. Cromer is a thriving and bustling seaside town which offers something for everyone, with a huge variety of places to visit and plenty of things to do. There are lots of independent shops, art galleries, book shops, cafes and restaurants in town.
NORFOLK BROADS - approx 38 miles from Sheringham, Norfolk is famous for the man-made Broads, a National Park with over 125 miles of navigable lock-free waterways set in beautiful countryside and studded with charming and picturesque towns and villages.
BLACKNEY POINT - approx. 9 miles from Sheringham, managed by the National Trust since 1912 and within the North Norfolk Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Blakeney Point is a 4-mile spit of flint-derived shingle and sand dunes, created by longshore drift across the River Glaven. The area includes tidal mudflats, salt marshes and reclaimed farmland, known as Blakeney Freshes, as well as a host of wildlife. It is an import site for breeding birds, especially Sandwich, Common and Little Terns, migrating birds in the Autumn and Winter, a favourable spot for samphire, or sea asparagus, and is home to the largest seal colony in England.
THERE ARE MANY PLACES TO VISIT IN NORTH NORFOLK, COME AND SEE!