13 February 2020
While the weather is still very much on the chilly and breezy end of the scale here in Norfolk, there's still so much to do and see in the off-season. The days are shorter, but often bright and sunny, while the cold sea air is nothing if not invigorating!
In our latest article, we take a look at just a few of the attractions in North Norfolk in the off-season.
Explore local beaches, walks and trails
A trip to the Norfolk coast makes for a great day out, no matter the season. With the dry weather and the (mostly) blue skies, late winter/early spring is the perfect time of year for walking and exploring.
North Norfolk is blessed with some of the most beautiful beaches in the country, including Holkham, Wells, Hunstanton and Brancaster, all within a short drive of each other.
There are also numerous circular and linear walks waiting to be explored on the coast and inland, as well as the many classic Norfolk pubs which you can stop off on along the way for refreshment!
Birdwatching and visiting nature reserves
North Norfolk is a haven for migrating birds throughout the year. For a birdwatcher, there are few greater pleasures than rising early on a Norfolk winter's morning, seeing the sunrise, and heading out to catch a glimpse of the local and migratory birdlife, from Barn Owls to Kingfishers.
There are so many great places for birdwatching in North Norfolk, including the many beaches in the region. There are also a number of dedicated nature reserves in the region, maintained by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, including Ringstead Downs, Holme Dunes, and Cley and Salthouse Marshes.
See the Grey Seal pups
One of the most unique attractions in North Norfolk is the seal colonies at Blakeney Point. Boating tours are hugely popular in the summer months, but winter is birthing season, and presents the perfect opportunity to see the beautiful newborn Grey Seal pups on the beach away from the summer crowds.
Grey Seals have their pups from November to February and are suckled for three weeks before they enter the sea for the first time. With their stunning white coats and big black eyes, Grey Seal pups truly are a sight to behold. Grey Seals give birth to huge numbers of pups at Blakeney Point and can be seen throughout the winter months.
Visit a farmers’ markets
Agriculture is the foundation of the Norfolk economy, and the many farmers' markets that take place throughout the year are a great way to sample some of the amazing local produce available in the region.
The food and drink on offer at the average farmers' market go above and beyond what you are likely to find in your local supermarket. From artisan beer to fresh seafood, farmers' markets are the perfect place to discover all that is great about Norfolk culture and cuisine.
To explore the many attractions of Norfolk this off-season, book yourself a stay at the award-winning Searles Leisure Resort. Check out our Super Savers offers for March, with prices starting from just £99! Alternatively, call 01485 534211.