The North Norfolk coast offers some of the best bird watching, sailing, beaches, walking and wildlife spotting in the country. It is one of the longest stretches of nature reserve and is also an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and of Special Scientific Interest. Just a few miles inland there are many pricturesque towns and villages to explore, plenty of stately homes to visit and lots for the children to do. All this makes Wiveton Hall the perfect base for a holiday.
Beaches & Boat Trips
Blakeney Quay is a mile west of Wiveton Hall by road, and a pleasant hour’s stroll away by the coast path. The pebbly beaches of Cley, Salthouse andWeybourne are a short distance east along the coast from Wiveton.
Boats also go out to Blakeney Point from Morston at high tide. Companies running these trips include Beans Boats www.beansboattrips.co.uk 01263 740505, Bishops Boats www.bishopsboats.co.uk 0800 0740754 and Temple Seal Trips www.sealtrips.co.uk 01263 740791. Trips often include a stop off on the point to walk and look at the birds.
There are rock pools at the beaches of East and West Runton when the tide is out. The coastal towns of Sheringham and Cromer are less than half an hour away with a variety of shops and arcades and the Pier at Cromer is the only pier in Europe to still have an annual End of The Pier Show.
At Stiffkey the tidal marshes and creeks are beautiful for walking at low tide. Wells-next-the-Sea has picturesque beach huts and miles of sandy beach and dunes. These lead round to Holkham Beach and then on to Burnham Overy Staithe where there is access to Scolt Head Island. Brancaster Beach is another sandy beach, good for bathing and making sandcastles.
Cromer Lawn Tennis & Squash Club
Fernbank Riding Stables, Roughton 01263 512796
Gym, sauna and traditional swimming pool, Bodham
Large wave pool Splash, Sheringham 01263 825675
North Norfolk Riding Centre, Walsingham 01328 820796
Royal Cromer Golf Club
Royal West Norfolk Golf Club, Brancaster
Sheringham Golf Club
Traditional sailing barge for hire, Blakeney
Water based activities
Children’s Activities & Days Out
Dinosaur Park Lenwade 01603 876310
Doddlepots Ceramic Painting in Holt 01263 713135
Glandford Shell Museum Glandford 01263 740081
Hillside Shire Horse Centre West Runton 01603 736200
KartTrack Cromer 01263 512649
Let Off Steam Sheringham 01263 823100
Muckleburgh Collection of tanks 01263 588210
North Norfolk Wizard Maze Metton 01263 761255
Poppyline North Norfolk Steam Railway 01263 820800
Sticky Earth Café Ceramic Painting Café in Cromer 01263 519642
Cinemas & Theatres
Houses & Gardens
Its relative closeness to the continent ensures that Norfolk is visited by more uncommon birds than any other county in the country.
Situated between Blakeney National Nature Reserve and the bird reserve at Cley-next-the-Sea, Wiveton Hall is right in the middle of one of the largest expanses of undeveloped coastal habitats of the type in Europe. It offers birdwatchers glimpses of rare birds such as marsh harriers, bearded tits, bitterns and barn owls – sometimes, conveniently, from its windows. Local guided bird-watching tours by The Bird ID Company 01263 710203