Coastal adventures [Norfolk 2018]

I’ve just been sorting out all my photographs from a half term break up in the Lake District when I remembered that I hadn’t finished telling you about our Easter trip to Norfolk!  I think I need to start a blog calender so I keep on top of things a little better!

So, I’d managed to share our day at the brilliant BeWILDerwood – but that was just part of our adventure.  We spent the rest of our mini break much closer to the coast.  Alex, having read all the leaflets in our holiday cottage, was desperate to visit an aquarium, so after much begging, we headed over to Hunstanton to the SeaLife Centre there.

It was a really gloomy day, and we were a bit concerned when we arrived after an hour long drive to find a pretty rundown looking building on a tired seafront.  But it was actually excellent.  The children loved the activity trail and spent ages watching all the different aquatic displays.  They particularly enjoyed feeding these enormous jungle fish!

We spent ages in the little seal hospital reading the stories of all the creatures being rehabilitated at the sealife centre – there were some really sad tales, but the residents seemed to be doing really well!

Probably the highlight was nothing to do with the sea – instead, the kids loved getting to hold big bugs!

Back along the coast, nearer to the village where we were staying, we stopped in at the beach in Sheringham

Sophie enjoyed a spot of scrambling…

and plenty of beach-combing.

The heavy clouds that had been threatening to rain all day finally delivered – and we all got soaked running for shelter.  But the discomfort was short-lived because the most beautiful rainbow came out as soon as the rain stopped.  Alex and Sophie desperately tried to find some treasure on the beach!

Our final day on the Norfolk coast dawned sunny and bright, so we decided to get our hiking boots on and walk from Blakeney to Stiffkey.  It was a good few miles, but the walking was easy and the views far-reaching across the marshes.

 

We hopped on the brilliant coastal bus at Stiffkey and travelled into Wells-Next-The-Sea for a well-deserved fish and chips lunch before catching the little Wells Harbour train out to the most enormous beach.

The sun was finally a bit warmer, so we stripped off our coats and enjoyed an hour playing in the sand and admiring the beautiful beach huts.

 

We didn’t get anywhere near the actual sea!

It was a wonderful day – only marred by Sophie getting the most enormous splinter in her hand!  But things improved after some emergency tweezer action, and we enjoyed one more lovely evening in the pool at our cottage complex in Weybourne.

We were up early the next morning to enjoy croissants on the local beach before heading home to London via our NCT friends in Cambridge.

It was a short, but rather lovely Easter trip – and I’m keen to get back up to see more of Norfolk.  We only managed to scratch the surface in our mini-break.

5 thoughts on “Coastal adventures [Norfolk 2018]

  1. I thought Cornwall had big beaches but these are huge. I can see why you never made it to the sea. Love the look of the sea life place and wow to the size of those bugs. they look like over sized worms! You really did pack a lot into your mini break and it sounds like you’ve had plenty more adventures since too, I have a blog calendar and can thoroughly recommend it for keeping events organised.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids.

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  2. I know what you mean about getting around to writing things up. I am glad the aquarium was not as bad inside as it looked out. I love the activities they have for children to do as they go around,

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