18 May 2023
Summer time and the living’s easy, so the song goes, and at Searles Leisure Resort we’re all about making your time with us relaxed, stress-free and enjoyable. There’s no doubt that more of us are watching the pennies at the moment, but there’s no reason to skimp on fab activities and fun days out, plus some tasty grub on your Norfolk break. With the school summer holidays just ahead, and six long weeks to fill with the kids, our low-cost ideas can help you enjoy one of the best value family holidays ever!
Low cost family holidays in Norfolk
One of the brilliant things about a caravan stay at Searles holiday park on the Norfolk coast is that the resort has plenty of free and low cost entertainment. Whether you are looking for a cheap family holiday, luxury holiday lodge or a well-positioned touring caravan site in north Norfolk, Searles is the perfect park resort to enjoy quality time and make memories with family and friends.
Little one’s love spotting our SuperSquad characters around and about the park – Sidney the Sealion, Leo the Lion and Cherry the Chipmunk always enjoy meeting and greeting our junior guests with hugs and autographs. Older children can test their footie skills in the FIFA Fanzone, and there are plenty of low-cost art & craft activities to let them roll up their sleeves and get stuck in, particularly if the weather is less than spectacular.
Cap off the day at Sundowners, our family friendly bar, where the live evening entertainment programme has something for all ages. Our Searles SuperStars are ready to boogie with energetic toddlers at the tot’s disco, and our ever popular Hartbeeps Musical Soundplay is a great way for them to wind down. As little ones head off to bed, it’s eyes down for Bingo, followed by dancing, fun games and fantastic live music which this month includes Supremely Jersey, Let’s Get Rocked, The Diva Show, Abba Nights and Vibe.
Free Norfolk events in June 2023
When you fancy heading out and about, there are lots of free, fun events taking place in and around Hunstanton in June, which offer easy ways to fill days and save money on holiday activities.
Love being active? So do we, and Hunstanton has its own 5k parkrun which meets outside the Salad Bowl Cafe on Cliff Parade every Saturday. Runners get under starter’s orders at 9am and head along the cliff tops (although for future visits, between November and March the run moves to Hunstanton North Promenade). Free to all, register to get a time and see if you can beat your PB. Other parkruns also run at 9am each Saturday at Sandringham , Holkham and King’s Lynn.
Take the adrenaline level up a notch at the Norfolk Superhero charity quadrathlon, which takes place on 10 June. Teams of two take on the tide with a challenging one-mile swim from Gun Hill to the quay at Burnham Overy Staithe, before kayaking four miles through the creeks, cycling 45 miles and then completing an eight-mile run across land, sand, mud and marsh to the finish! Although places are full for this year’s event, watching as a spectator is incredibly exhilarating and you might be inspired to sign up for next year’s race.
If music is more your groove, head to Hunstanton’s Crazy Golf Pavilion at the Esplanade Gardens on 1 & 10 June, to hear local talent perform from 2-4pm at Buskers’ Corner Open Mic, or sit on the green with an ice cream and enjoy the Soham Comrades Band on 11 June, and trumpet soloist John Barker and singer Rhiannon Rae on 18 June.
Dig out your wellies for Open Farm Sunday on 11 June when venues around the UK throw open the field gates to welcome the public. Just along the coast road, Deepdale Farm is hosting a free farm walk with insights into regenerative and organic farming practices and wildlife, departing from the farmyard at 11am and 2pm. Further along the coast, the Holkham Farming Company is showcasing the estate’s farming, conservation and gardening work with working sheepdog and gun dog demonstrations, vintage tractors and a charity BBQ. Running from 10am-4pm, there will be children’s activity packs on offer too.
Retail therapy doesn’t need to be costly if you’re a savvy shopper, so seek out some bargains at Hunstanton’s Indoor Market which takes place every Tuesday from 10am – 2pm at the Town Hall. Early birds will love browsing the aisles at Glebe House School’s Car Boot Sale which takes place from 7am – 1pm every Sunday on the school’s playing fields.
Cheap days out in Norfolk
It’s hard to beat a day on the beach with a picnic for low cost fun, and Searles Leisure Resort is minutes from Hunstanton’s sands, but throw in some of these inexpensive adventures to make your holiday even more memorable.
Learn about the town’s history at the Hunstanton Heritage Centre, located in a former bank next door to the Town Hall, and then follow the trail to see the town’s landmarks. Entry is free although donations are welcome to support the volunteer society’s work.
If you love exploring, discover the downloadable (Coastal Treasures walking routes, which map 12 local spots and their history, encompassing coast and country – see how many you can complete during your stay. Or, if you love to spin your wheels, take to your bike and enjoy the cycling trails at Sandringham and Holkham. From the latter, explore Wells-next-the-Sea and then follow Beach Road from the town to the new RNLI Wells Lifeboat Station to learn about the coastal service’s history and all-new craft.
Cheap eats in Norfolk
Norfolk is a foodie’s paradise, but there’s no need to break the bank to enjoy a taste of the good life. Our farmers’ markets are a treasure trove of local ingredients, from freshly picked Sharrington strawberries and coastal samphire to locally farmed meat and the coast’s freshest catch. Just a few miles from Hunstanton, Docking Village Market takes place every Wednesday from 9am – 1pm and is a great place to stock up, but shop early as stalls often sell-out. You can even enjoy a cuppa and a bacon sandwich while you’re there!
If you fancy a day out, at the other end of the coast Sheringham has an outdoor market on Wednesdays (April to November) and Saturdays, while Creake Abbey Market on the first Saturday of each month and Holt Sunday Market on the first Sunday of each month have an eclectic mix of stalls including delicious street food.
As we love good food, we also enjoy a great tipple and Norfolk has a wealth of microbreweries and distilleries, many of which offer tours and a chance to sample their brilliant bottles. King’s Lynn’s Duration farmhouse brewery takes place on the first Saturday of the month, while gin maker WhataHoot runs distillery tours daily.
Of course, when you fancy letting someone else do the cooking, Searles Leisure Resort has a fantastic choice of eateries – located in La Piazza, The Beach Hut has great coffee, pizzas, hot dogs and ice cream, and you can’t go wrong with a seaside supper from Harry’s Fish Bar. Relax in the Sundowners Bar where the evening entertainment is on us, enjoy proper pub grub at Smokey Jo’s, or head to The Fountain Sports Bar for a knock-out Sunday carvery. Our sister hotel, Heacham Manor is home to the award-winning Mulberry Restaurant and gastro-pub The Pavilion and an unmissable addition to your holiday dining plans.
Finally, if you’re looking for a cheap family holiday, it’s worth remembering that Searles Leisure Resort’s half-board option offers huge savings on eating out and is a hassle-free way to ensure everyone enjoys what they fancy. It’s not too late to book a last minute holiday, so come on, what are you waiting for, we’ll see you at La Piazza!
Fancy a Budget-Friendly Holiday in Norfolk this Summer? Book Now at Searles Leisure Resort and Create Lasting Memories with Your Family!