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The best Norfolk seaside towns for a day out with elderly loved ones





As the summer approaches and more and more visitors are arriving in Norfolk for days out, long weekends and extended breaks, the seaside towns will be filling up, with fish and chips in the air and the sounds of laughter and jangles of penny slots.

The seaside has long been a hotspot for families, particularly in Norfolk, where there’s so many tranquil beaches as well as fun for the young and elderly alike. In the case of the latter, there’s something truly calming about the ocean and if you’re looking to take out your elderly loved ones to the seaside on a trip to Norfolk, there are plenty of options.

The Norfolk coastline is a great option for taking loved ones out of residential care homes for the elderly for the weekend, or even away from the isolation often found when living alone, but where exactly are the best options when it comes to the likes of access, amenities and, of course, beauty?

Hunstanton promenade. Picture: Ian Burt
Hunstanton promenade. Picture: Ian Burt

Cromer

One of the most popular seaside towns in the county, the Victorian splendour of Cromer is ideal for all the family. Renowned for its pier, which is home to a cafe perfect for whiling away a few hours, as well as a theatre providing some fantastic shows, Cromer has so much to do and the best part is, it’s relatively flat.

The Cromer Museum and the Henry Blogg Museum are good activities to enjoy, offering insight into local history, while there’s plenty of cafes, benches and beauty spots to take a break and relax.

Sheringham

Just a few miles from Cromer, Sheringham is a beautiful seaside town with a vibrant seafront and a lovely, traditional high street.

You can enjoy a steam train ride from the North Norfolk Railway, along the Poppy Line from Sheringham to Holt, providing a real air of nostalgia that will roll back the years for elderly loved ones.

The park in Sheringham is another highlight, perfect for a picnic, as well as offering some great viewpoints across the town.

Hunstanton

Hunstanton, often referred to as "Sunny Hunny”, is famous for its unique striped cliffs and west-facing sunsets. The town's gentle slopes and well-maintained promenades are perfect for easy walks. Hunstanton has a range of mobility scooter hire options, ensuring those with limited mobility can still enjoy all the sights. The Sea Life Sanctuary offers an engaging indoor experience, showcasing marine life and rescue efforts. Additionally, the town has several accessible beaches and gardens, providing tranquil spots to relax and enjoy the sea air.

Wells-next-the-Sea

Wells-next-the-Sea is a charming harbour town that combines stunning coastal scenery with a welcoming community atmosphere. The town’s long, level quayside is ideal for a leisurely stroll while watching the boats. The town centre has a range of independent shops, cafes, and the ever-popular Wells Crab House for a delicious meal. The nearby Holkham Estate, with its grand hall and beautifully landscaped parkland, offers accessible paths and facilities, making it a great addition to the day.

Great Yarmouth

Great Yarmouth is a lively and traditional seaside resort that caters well to visitors of all ages. The town’s long, flat promenade and accessible beach are perfect for gentle walks. Great Yarmouth also boasts a range of attractions, including the Time and Tide Museum, which explores the town’s maritime heritage, and the Merrivale Model Village, which offers a nostalgic experience. For those interested in a leisurely boat trip, the Norfolk Broads, a network of navigable rivers and lakes, are nearby and offer serene journeys through the scenic waterways.

Mundesley

For a quieter and more tranquil seaside experience, Mundesley is a wonderful choice. This small village boasts a beautiful, sandy beach with beach huts and gentle waves. The town is largely level and has well-maintained pathways, making it easy to navigate. The Gold Park, located near the seafront, features accessible gardens, a sensory garden, and ample seating. The Mundesley Maritime Museum, housed in one of the smallest buildings of its kind, provides an interesting insight into the local maritime history.



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