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Hunstanton is a beautiful seaside town on the Norfolk Coast. It is one of my favorite places to be in the summer. Boasting a wide variety of cafes and eateries, you will be spoiled for choice. There is something to do for everyone and is guaranteed to keep the kids entertained. It is situated on one of the driest counties in England, so weather here is usually good.
Sunny Hunny is the nickname given to this wonderful family resort. There are so many things to do including:
pitch and putt golf
ice cream parlour
It is a popular site for walkers with its many walks. One walk in particular is the amazing walk along the beach to Old Hunstanton where you can see the red limestone and chalk cliffs which is well worth a visit. Along the beach are many rock pools where children and adults alike can explore and have lots of fun.
Other amenities in the town include primary school, high school, doctors, dentist, optician, police station, fire/ambulance station, hairdressers
I have spent many evenings sitting on the beach watching the sun set over the sea. The town itself is very picturesque and has so much to offer. There are lots of events held on the green and in summer months there is usually live bands and shows. Thoughtfully positioned benches allow people to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the flower gardens along the front.
A wonderful place to visit with so much to do for all ages.
Hunstanton is just an hour away from my home so i visit quite a lot in the summer. (It's on the Norfolk coast for those that do not know.) I love how the beach is sandy with just a few strips of stones in it. This makes it ideal for my children to build their sandcastles whilst I watch. There are a few pools of water by the sea defences where they can investigate some of the small creatures. Pony rides are also there although my children have never wanted to have a go there is that option.
There is a funfair too but it is quite expensive (like all fairs these days!) so it's not very often they go on anything although we do have a walk through.
Arcades are plentiful and there are ample machines to have a go on.
Car parking ~ this is a bit thing for me as obviously I have to drive to it. There are plenty of spaces and not very expensive for an entire day. Last time I went it was roughly £5.
I love walking through Hunstanton itself too away from the coastal parts as there are some great little shops to have a browse through. You can also walk up away from the main part of town and visit the lighthouse and golf course too.
Definitely a seaside resort to visit. It's known as "Sunny Hunny" but even on a non-sunny day, I still like to visit.
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I have spent three separate enjoyable times at Hunstanston. Dont expect blue seas or possible fantastic blue skies even in summer, but the best thing about the place is its honesty. If you, like i, are sick of the commercial touristy resorts, like great yarmouth blackpool, and want something a little bit more sincere then this is the place to come. Yes you do have archades and the many shops many rock and such but overoll feeling of hunstanston is one of quiet, small, modest, sea side town that has not lost itself to the commercial madness that has engulfed many sea side resorts.
Good food, nice people and plenty to do. You could of spend a week there but couple of days and you feel rested. The only down side that i can think of is that every cash machine there was either unavailbe or run out of cash but everywhere cards are accepter so well recommended
nice place, food is not very good though, except for the tea shops. We bought some TRULY AWFUL fish and chips from Tams Plaice chip shop- it was lunch time too so there was just no escuse for ratty old reheated chips n overcooked dry fish! did they think i was a tourist so i wouldn't come back again anyway? And very expensive too- a small portion £4.50p! - but i wouldn't have minded had they been fit for human consumption! they went straight in the bin. so dissapointing, as we had heard how famed britain is for this dish
Hunstanton, situated on the Wash and almost directly North of London on the map, by about 80 miles, is one of Norfolk's better known seaside resorts. Having reached it's heyday in the Victorian era, and during the time when steam ruled the railways, it is still a popular spot for those who like to spend their holidays on the Norfolk coast. During the Summer, it's streets and beaches are packed with hoards of people, locals from the county who drive in or come by coach, as well as those who come to stay at the caravan parks and guest houses.
Much has been done in recent years to try to preserve the Victorian look of the area from the beach towards the lighthouse at Old Hunstanton - iron railings and period looking streetlamps - and the area has been used as a backdrop for a variety of period tales given life by the silver or tv screen. Sadly, it's pier is long gone, washed away in a severe storm in the early 1970's.
Being a tourist centre, much of the entertainment is with visitors in mind. The fairground is small but much loved, and although it has lost its gypsy fortune teller, there are enough rides to keep guests happy. The Oasis Centre is the Swimming Pool and Gym, always very popular as they have a café in there too. Close by, along the Prom, where the old boating lake used to be a couple of decades ago, there is the SeaLife Aquarium. They do a lot of marine rescue stuff from there, and have a selection of ocean creatures on show. Near their entrance, you can pay to go out on an amphibious vehicle to Seal Island, which takes you right out into the midst of the seals playground. Neat to see. There is also a thriving souvenir shop. And how many other beaches still have donkey and pony rides? Hunstanton does.
Souvenir shops - Hunstanton is full of them - and they are a mainstay of the local economy. You can find all the usual goodies, from rock with Hunstanton printed through the centre, to postcards of all sorts, sea-shell ornaments and sand bottles, to tee-shirts and posters. Opposite The Golden Lion hotel, is a unique little gemstone store selling an array of natural and polished stones and crystals as well as pewter ornaments, and jewellery.
Food is plentiful, even aside from the traditional fish and chip shops. There is a Chinese restaurant and plenty of home-style cooking too. Unfortunately, since the Kit Kat hotel closed and later burned down, the town has lacked a night club or anything resembling a youngish dance type atmosphere. Most of the entertainment available, other than the pub, is in the amusement arcades, or bingo - although we used to have fun a few years back going to the old time dancing just for something to do. Where do the locals go to party? Kings Lynn, with it's three night clubs and numerous theme bars.
Having said that, The Princess Theatre runs "Search for A Star" heats all through the Summer, and has a varied programme of shows and concerts throughout the year. They get quite a few bands in there - names from the sixties seem most popular along with Country and Western artistes. And at Christmas, they do pantomimes - we took our grandkids to see "Puss in Boots" and their faces were a picture (first time, they were 4 and 2). Oh, and the Radio One Roadshow hits The Green in Hunstanton every Summer usually bringing some young pop star with it - you can't see the grass for the bodies that day!
If you're there and planning on a self catering holiday, there is a Budgens and a Woollies, and the High Street boasts newsagents, bakeries, a butcher and greengrocers so you can still stock up and eat reasonably cheaply. Again, most of the locals go into Kings Lynn to shop though (Tesco, Sainsbury's, Iceland etc are all there).
Using Hunstanton as a base for a holiday, there is plenty of places within visiting distance. Kings Lynn is about 16 miles away, Thursford Steam Museum about 25. Walsingham, site of various pilgrimages from the Middle Ages to present day, is also 25-30 miles away, and Castle Rising -a real Norman castle - is about 13. So if you get fed up with sun, sand and sea, you can take a break and see some other interesting places.
For many of us this year for whatever reason, be it credit crunch, rising air faires, environmental consciousness or just a love of a kiss me quick hats and a stick of rock, our holidays will be spent within these shores. Many of you may have favourite places for a variety of different reasons, Bude in Cornwall happens to be mine but coming a close second is Hunstanton in Norfolk.
Situated in northern side of Norfolk, facing the wash about 15 minutes drive from the metropolis that is Kings Lynn, it has the distinct honour of being the only east coast town that has westerly sea views and therefore longer sunsets than anywhere else on the East Coast and most places in the UK, and who doesnt like a good sunset eh?!. Well the Victorians did, and they promptly set about making use of the miles of golden sandy beaches, big dunes and wildlife rich marshes for their Victorian like pleasure, and much of the finer Victorian architecture including a boating lake still graces the town.
Although a small town, with a population around the 5,000 mark, it is essentially split into two parts - Old Hunstanton and Hunstanton...or Hunston as the locals calls it. The newer part consists of housing predominantely bunglows, a Tesco (is there anywhere that doesn't have a Tesco's ??) and a fair that has not changed one bit in 20 years. The older part comprises of a single high street with the usual souvenir shops interspersed with the equally as obligatory as Tesco's; Boots and Mace and a long sloping green with a well maintained bandstand. Running along the beach connecting both parts of Hunstanton is the promenade where one can eat as much candy floss as the stomach would allow whilst gazing upon the long golden sands below.
What To Do.
Hunstanton genuinely does have something for everyone, unless you are looking for an Ibiza type holiday in which I suggest you book to go to Ibiza. No Cafe Del Mar's here but has Ibiza got the World Water Ski Championships and the Annual Kite Festival all on one beach? I think not. The calm seas and north winds make the 20 miles of beach a hive of activity but in all the years I have been going to Hunstanton there has never been an occassion where the beach has been too crowded. The rock pools and dunes provide great entertainment for the kids and the beaches have been declared some of the cleanest of in all of the UK. As testimony to this, there are colonies of grey seals basking on sand banks just off the shore, for which you can book boat visits to view close up. If you don't fancy taking the boat out there is a large sealife centre to visit right on the promenade, with many an exotic aquatic creature to gawp and point at. There is a leisure centre with gym and sports facilities should the need to burn off the Nofolk fudge overwhelm you and for those enjoying the more sedate sport of golf there is a full golf course as well as the traditional seaside pitch and putt to continue your Tiger Woods fantasy upon. But if Birds are more your thing, and by Birds I speak ornathologically and not like Im still in the 1970's then you will not be disappointed as the RSPB sanctuaries and marshlands provides homes to such rarities as the Black Winged Stilt. (one for the Bill Oddie's out there). For the kids, there are the usual arcades and amusements but not an overhwelming amount. They thankfully do not dominate the town and the Fair is small and simple with everything you would expect - Dodgems, Ghost Train, and Tea Cup rides being amongst the entertainment. Donkeys can be ridden on the beach and a land train can take you around tain for £1. All very reasuringly English without the tackiness of a larger resort. There are tea rooms to try those Norfolk lavender scones, and rolling countryside to lose yourself in all around if you fancy a break from the beach. The lavender fields of Snettleshem, and the Sandringham estate are within a 15 minute drive and all the glory of the Norfolk Broads within 30 minutes.Hunstanton is also full of old fossils. By that I am not talking disparagingly about the beloved blue rinse brigade who enjoy the town but of the ammomnites kind with the red and white chalk cliffs providing a veritable feast for geologists and fossil hunters.
All in all, there is something for all the family to enjoy in their visit to Hunstanton, young or old, fossil hunter or not.
Searles Caravan park opened in 1936 and dominates the newer side of Hunstanton with its thousands of Static paradises dotting one landscape.Prices for a weeks stay in one of the best mobile homes can cost up to £800, but if some 1980's chintz and wafer thin walls are not your thing there are a few B+B's for the mid budget holidayers and some excellent hotels for those accustomed to a bit of luxury. I have stayed at three hotels, Le Strange with its private beach, Golden Lion with its clifftop location and stunning views and Caley Hall - a 17th century manorhouse with it's heartily recommended food. Of the three I would say that the Le Strange was the most plesant stay and maintains its Victorian oppulance well.
Where To Eat.
Sadly Le Terrace has closed as it provided high qulity food at very reasonale prices but there remains some very good restaurants in the town with Caley Hall, Tams Place and the restaurant in Le Strange hotel being the pick of the bunch. There are the a good few fish and chips to choose from (Seagull Fish and Chips do great fish) and there are a good selection of Tea Rooms, Take aways and oriental fooderies to choose from. If you are self catering there is a Tesco's and a Sainsbury's to stock up in.
How To Get There
Since Dr Beeching closed the Hunstanton to Kings Lynn line in 1969, the only way to Hunstanton is via the road - principally the A149, but the drive takes in windmills, the Fens and lavender fields a plenty as well as the forests of the Sandringham estate so it makes the journey one of the more scenic ones that can be had.
Hunstanton inspires a warm whimsical feeling in me. Other than a Tesco and a few newer caravans it really hasnt changed much in 20 years and there is something reassuringly wonderful and heart warming about that. The 20 miles of golden beaches, long sunny days followed by long, beautiful sunsets make this a memorable place to visit. It has the right mix of traditional seaside fun coupled with Victorian elegance and untouched, unspoilt nature. Super for families with pre teen kids or for those looking for top notch wind and kite surfing. Looking for a good cheap break, you could do a lot worse than Sunny Hunny.
Tourist Information Centre - The Town Hall, The Green, Hunstanton Tel 01485 532610
Market Days - Wednesdays and Bank Holiday Mondays
16th August - 22nd August - Largest open tennis championship outside of Wimbledon
28th June - Hunstanton Carnaval
4th July - Lavender Festival
Thanks for reading
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Where is it? Hunstanton (or 'Sunny Hunny' as it gets called) is on the coast of North Norfolk, in the East of England - I was always taught at school that it's on the 'bunny's tale' of the country!
What's its history? It was the Monaco of it's day! Henry Styleman LeStrange built it in the 1800s as a place to store his name..sorry...as a getaway for the Victorian rich and famous. I've not seen Posh and Becks there yet though..
What's unique about it? Here's an interesting fact about the place - although the cliffs and beaches of Hunstanton are obviously on the East Coast, they actually face West (the bunny's tale thing again...) Because of this it's famous for its sunsets and they really are very pretty. Other than that I suppose it's not too dissimilar to lots of other English coastal resorts - although it is smaller and a lot less loud than places like Blackpool or Great Yarmouth
What can we do there? You've got a good range of traditional attractions which you'd expect from the seaside, both along the prom near the beach in the main town and up in the town itself. These include:
Pony and donkey rides
Kiosks - I particularly like the kiosk near the pier as it sells very nice donuts..
Cafes/snack bars/fish and chips - Try the cafe under the pier for a cup of hot chocolate
Fairgrounds - the usual rides etc. If you go to the one past the Sea Life centre, it's got a great big slide if you like those - and a traditional carousel
Beach - There are 2 miles of nice beach, a bit rocky in places, but great rock pools. As a tip, we always drive down to Old Hunstanton, where the old lighthouse is, and go on the beach there as it's a bit quieter and you get sand dunes and kite flyers.
Kite and wind surfing
Lawn bowling ( how traditionally English do you want? )
Tennis - apparently the UK's largest tournament is held here - how can that be?
Golf - there's a links course in Old Hunstanton
Sealife centre - this is a winner with kids and is open all year. The usual tanks of big and small aquatic creatures and a walk through plastic tunnel. You know the form.
Oasis sports centre - has a large indoor swimming pool with slides
Cinema - it has a quaint old traditional cinema which is worth a look
The Princess Theatre - claims to have a "high quality programme", but as often as not this turns out to be The Grumbleweeds and the Barron Knights (remember them??)
Britain's biggest joke shop...yes really...
Where can we stay? I have to say, we've never actually stayed there but there is huge range of holiday accommodation including B and B, hotels, self catering and caravans. And most of it is near the town centre, although check carefully about some of the caravan parks as they can be a bit of a trek. If you're a camper there's a great little site in Snettisham, a couple of miles away - we've had some great breaks there.
What's nearby? You often see the sightseeing boats heading out to Seal Island in the bay - I've never done this, largely due to an unfortunate incident on a boat in Tenerife, but it's very popular.
Here are some of the events coming up in and around Hunstanton soon to give you a flavour of the place (OK, so Ibiza it's not...)
30/4/2005: Sandringham Spring Craft Show
11/6/2005: World Water Ski Racing Championships
11/6/2005: Deepdale Jazz and Real Ale Festival
25/6/2005: Sandringham Country Show
15/7/2005: Sandringham Antiques Fair
27/7/2005: Sandringham Flower Show
6/8/2005: Wash Week 2005
16/9/2005: Sandringham Festival of Wood
18/11/2005: Norfolk Food Lovers' Show
25/11/2005: Sandringham Crafts at Christmas
Sandringham is not far down the road (you know, Norfolk home for the Royal Family) and it's certainly worth a look even if you don't like stately homes. The gardens are great and my son loves the museum with all the old royal cars and pedal cars in it! the craft show is well worth a look too.
I'd also recommend a trip to the Norfolk Lavender Centre (on the road out towards Snettisham) - they've got greenhouses, plants, cafe etc
In fact, I'd recommend Snettisham as one of the best places nearby. The Snettisham Park farm has deer and farm animals (we went in spring and bottle fed lambs!) and the Rose and Crown is a lovely little pub - they let you take dogs and children in and the food is amazing.
What's the weather like?
They claim to have above average sunshine through the summer and I have been there on some glorious days(December was good...), but you takes your chances - this is the East coast and that is the North Sea out there!
Hello, I’m Abbie, this review is going to be about the seaside resort, hunstanton, next to kingslyn, and sandringham on the wash. I am 13 years old, and I have been there every year of my life with my mom, dad, sisters and grandparents. When we go there, we stay at the searls caravan site. You can go there in a tourer caravan, camp out in a tent, or go in a static caravan or log cabin. They have cleaning facilities, quite a few toilet blocks with many showers and wash cubicles for the people in the tents and touring caravans. It is very friendly there, with 3 parks for children with swings, slides, climbing frames and sandpits. Children over 9 years of age are able to go there and play on their own but the younger children have to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. On the site there is a small shop, with their own bakery. They do fresh bread, meat and cakes. They sell newspapers and magazines, and a wide range of food. They have all the necessary things to go to the swimming baths or to the beach with: goggles, swimming suits, arm bands, rubber rings, buckets and spades, kites, etc. There are many more things as well as that. Also on the site they have their own leisure center, with indoor and outdoor pools, with a slide, sauna, jacuzzi and shallow water area. They also have their own gym, with all the latest equipment. They also have their own club, with the ‘sundowner’ room, with children’s bar, live entertainment, no smoking areas, and extension for when the room gets too packed. They have the over 18’s room for the nighttime, with a poolroom for over 14’s in the day. In the daytime, everyone is aloud in there it has the doors opening into the outdoor swimming pool. In the same building, there is the arcade, with rides for little children, and a bar, where you can buy ice cream, and change money. The site is just a short walk away from the beach. You walk down the
road, through the gully, walk down the path and your there on the sea front. There are steps going down onto the beach, so there is somewhere to sit. The beach is rather pebbly, so make sure that you wear your flip-flops or sandals. The sea is usually quite rough, so I wouldn’t recommend that you go swimming in it too far out. Also at the beach there is a sea ride on the World War 2 ducks, and there is a water ski and air gliding club. If you don’t like the pebbly beach, then you can have a short drive down the road to ‘top beach’. The beach there is lovely and golden, and doesn’t have half the amount of pebbles that the beach by the site has. The town is just a short walk down the road from the beach. There are a number of shops, including Britain’s largest joke shop. There are lots of souvenir shops to get gifts from, and there is the tesco’s super store right outside the searls caravan site. In the town, there is a park, with the usual swings, and seesaw, etc. There is also, a miniature golf, crazy golf and bowls games there. They have all the equipment all included in the price. (Further up the town, there is the pitch and put 18-hole golf course) For a great day out, there is the fun fair. They have the classic rides, like the Waltzers, the whip, the crocodile, the ghost train, the bump, the umbrella’s, etc and all the smaller children’s rides. If you get hungry there are food stalls, that sell donuts, chips, candyfloss, etc. and of course they have the ‘hook a duck’ and the ‘tin can alley’. If you’re not the one for the rides, then you can try your luck in the arcade. Somewhere else that you would want to go, is the sea life center. It shows you all the fish that are in the sea and many more. (Including … SHARKS). At the sea life center, they also have their own seal sanctuary. They rescue seals from all over the East Coast
, and house them until they are well enough to survive again in the wild. About a half an hour drive away from hunstanton, is a town called wells. That is also on the coast, and they have a lot of crabs in the sea, and you can catch them and throw them back afterwards. This is called crabbing. You can buy the bait and equipment needed (crabbing line, net and large bucket) from the shops. If you don’t like crabs, you can go up the town in the shops. Again, there are lots of souvenir shops up there and there are fish and chip shops and there is an ice cream parlor. Also at hunstanton, there are a few places that I haven’t been to visit: 18-hole golf course on the site, markets, Thomas’s arcade, (with 10p kiddy ride section) Mini ‘bowlingo’ (ten pin bowling) Budgeing’s supermarket, The village green, with the bandstand, pier that sometimes has the radio 1 road show. The oasis center with swimming, roller skating and indoor bowls, Vegas chip shop with superb value (so I’m told), I think from experience, that hunstanton is an extremely good place to go for a family holiday. The place isn’t too commercialised, with a good mix of arcades, pubs, shops, and green areas. If you do go to hunstanton, I advise that you go to the searls campsite, as it has received the rose award.
I haven?t written an opinion on Dooyoo for nearly 2 months now (Shock! Horror! LOL), so I thought I would start off again with a seaside review. I love going to the beach and thought I would write about a place I have visited lots of times in my life, and which also reminds me of many memories every time I go back there? Hunstanton was a Victorian seaside resort, established 150+ years ago. Hunstanton became popular in the 1860?s. In winter 1938, the sea froze to approximately 6ft in places leaving glacier like scenery and cracking ice floes everywhere. Hunstanton is nicknamed ?Sunny Hunny? because it is the only seaside resort on the east coast that faces west. This means that it brings in some beautiful sunsets every night. Hunstanton is situated on the north Norfolk coastline, directly beneath Skegness if you look on the map. Sometimes on clear days, you can see across to Hunstanton from Skegness and on some dark clear nights at Hunstanton, you can see the flashing lights of the fair and illuminations at Skegness. So it?s like they?re connected across the wash, even though they?re both in different counties. Unfortunately Hunstanton is a widely exposed seaside resort, there are no mountains or cliffs on each side, which can protect it, so it is often very windy down there. The cliffs down one stretch of the coast have been terribly battered every year by strong un-guarded winds, which are great to watch when splashing up over the promenade in the evening, but cause great devastation to properties that belong to residents who live close by and whatever else may stand in it?s way. Fences have been put up at the top of the cliffs to steer people away from the edge, but every year when I go back there, the fence has disappeared over the cliff edge. Large pieces of crumbled red and white cliff lay at the bottom, dangerously loose, so be careful round that area. If you like fossils, some have been fo
und in the falle n cliffs. My brother found one a few years back and took it to a museum. The woman told us it was a few thousand years old and was the fossilised claw of some animal, which I can?t remember now, as it was a few years ago. Hunstanton is imaginably divided in 2 parts, a bit like Benidorm. You have ?Old Hunstanton? which is left from when Hunstanton was first built ? a village of houses, a church and on the coastline, a gorgeous row of multi-coloured crumbling cliffs. The newer area of Hunstanton contains streets of shops, a permanent fair, a sea life centre, a newly built lifeguard station and amusement arcades to name a few. Hunstanton is very easy to get to, as it is very well signposted. Whichever direction you are travelling from, if you have a map with you, you can't get lost, unless you can't read maps like me lol. It's on the A149 going west, so it is only a short 20-minute journey from Kings Lynn, or if you are coming through Norwich, it will only take an hour. If you are coming from Kings Lynn, you will know you've come the right way if you start to smell soup, as there is a Campbell?s Soup Factory at a huge roundabout about 15 miles away. If you come through Kings Lynn, then you will pass some relaxing-smelling lavender fields at a place called Heacham, and also thick dense forests decorate the scenery across each side of the road. About a couple of miles before you reach the town, you can see the sea and sandbanks and possibly some big white fishing boats far out on the horizon. If you can't drive, there are other ways to get there, such as by train, taxi or bus. There are several bus trips available to Kings Lynn from most city bus stations in the UK. The buses from Kings Lynn to Hunstanton run quite regularly from bus and train stations. If you want to leave behind all that bustling chaos on bank holidays,
then why not travel by t rain, w hich runs from Kings Cross to Kings Lynn, via the WAGN rail network. Then when you reach Kings Lynn, you could either get a bus to Hunstanton, which would cost an average of £2.50 per person, or a taxi, which would cost an average of £17. See, don't say I never do anything for you; I found out the costs to Hunstanton out of the goodness of my own heart lol. Hunstanton?s admirable neighbours are Sandringham (Isn?t this place home to one of the Queen?s houses?), Holme-Next-The-Sea (large stretch of exposed coastline), Snettisham (large exposed coastline with a small café and a bird watching area) and Heacham (home to a large lavender field), so if you fancy some sightseeing, then go and visit one of those places, or you can take a trek into a thick forest and possibly get yourself lost, or come out at Wells-Next-The-Sea, which is quite a few miles away (takes about an hour to drive there) lol. Why not make a holiday out of it and visit all the different seaside towns located on the North Norfolk Coastline? They?re not really that far apart from each other. The main problem in reaching Hunstanton is the traffic. The traffic is especially bad on bank holidays and summer days. But there?s not much traffic the rest of the year. Though queues seem to lengthen in Kings Lynn and next to the soup factory, I suppose this is when everyone flocks to the beach in search of relaxation and suntans. Or as the case may be in England, lack of suntans. There are 2 different routes to Hunstanton; one is via a motorway, which runs through different villages, which is shrouded in beautiful green countryside (this route takes a little longer) and the other is just a long motorway, with green hills on one side and buildings on the other. Once you reach Hunstanton, you have the option of following the road to the seafront or the town centre. Or you can just get
lost in the residential roads that mi ght only t urn out to be dead ends hehe. Hunstanton is one seaside resort where you don?t have to worry about where to park, except if it?s a bank holiday and the temperatures have soared into the 30?s and there are thousands of people there. Apart from hot days and bank holidays, Sundays seem to be the next busiest days, as this is when bikers seem to rendezvous for pints of beer and chips on the sea front lol. There are 5 car parks to choose from. They include the following: ? On the cliff top overlooking the sea (the wash) ? On the beachfront outside an amusement arcade and the oasis leisure centre ? (where the market sits on certain days) ? Round the back of the fair (a grassy car park hidden behind the fair) ? In the middle of town opposite a Thomson?s leisure arcade ? There is also a big supermarket, which has a few car parking spaces too During peak times you have to pay for the car park but non-peak times are free. (Possibly because the men who take your money don?t want to work in cold conditions) In some of the car parks you are given a ticket, which can be used in another car park if you want to transfer your car for easier access. If no spaces are left, then there is a long straight road (next to a large area of grass and numerous shelters & benches) across the cliff top where you can park for free, but it is a little walk into the town though. You don?t just have to go to Hunstanton for one day; you can also go there for a holiday. There are many hotels, B&B?s, apartments, holiday homes, cottages and caravans to choose from and book or buy beforehand. Or you could set up a tent on the cliff top or the holiday village. You can also stay at Manor Park Holiday Village. This is situated down Manor Road, which is at the back of the fair. You can either hire a caravan or chalet, or bring your own caravan or
purchase your own holiday home. <b r>The holiday vil lage has a lot of entertainment including live bands, discos, cabarets, children?s entertainers and a kids club. It also offers a wide selection of food and has some outdoor pools and an amusement arcade (which is lit up in summer by flashing illuminations etc). It is right next to the beach so you don?t have far to walk. There is also a leisure centre called Oasis Leisure Centre. This hugely attracted building is located on the sea front. It is a multi-weather building as there are things to do both inside and outside. It has indoor and outdoor pools, with a 33m Aqua slide. The indoor pool is strange for the depth though, as it is shallow at each end and then goes deeper in the middle. There are also tables and chairs for spectators, which I think you have to pay for, vending machines and a kiddie?s pool with floats and different shaped buoyancy floater things. When I went a few years back, I don?t think they had proper changing rooms. I think they had lockers in one area and a few benches, but that has probably changed by now. Inside the leisure centre, you can play anyone of the following: squash, racquetball, table tennis or badminton. There is also a drop zone area for kids, which contains an Internet café, PS2, a pool table, football and football tables. So why not drop your kids off in there whilst you go and sunbathe. There is also a huge roller-skating area, which is open May to September on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday?s. There is also a bodyworks gym. You can see it from the promenade. You can watch the body builders, weight lifters, and people on the running and walking machines keeping fit. It is next door to the pool but inside the leisure centre. There are also sun beds you can lay on, and pretend you are in some hot foreign country lol. There is also a café, but I think the food is quite expensive
from what I remember. But then there is ano ther small café a few doors down, which is cheaper. They also do yummy frothy hot chocolates. Yummy If you fancy doing something which involves water, then why not take a boat trip. There are two boats that take part in the boat trips. The boats are called the ?wash monster? and are white, quite shabby looking and are falling apart. I think they are a good few years old now!!!! There is a small boat, which stays in shallow waters and travels about 20 minutes up to the other end of the cliffs. Beware when it turns round though, as my legs and sweets got wet last time! There is also a larger boat, which travels to nearby Seal Island, which is in deeper waters. On both trips, the man on the boat talks about the history of Hunstanton and you can see the cliffs and the views. It?s not really expensive for a trip, I can?t remember how much it was, I think it was less than a fiver. You have to get tickets from the boat kiosk (located on the promenade, next to where the boat sits before going out) first and it all depends on how many people have got tickets, as we found out when we went on it!, well I never thought we?d get on it as there were only about 6 of us, and they kept saying they would only take us out if more people were interested but they let us in the end. Hunstanton has a lot of shops including the following: Butchers, Sweet Shops, Pharmacies, Newsagents, Off-Licenses, Gift & Souvenir Shops, Woolworth?s (which sells rock, fudge and postcards etc), a yummy bakery, ice-cream kiosks, hot food and drink kiosks, Boots Store, an Instrument Shop, Discount Stores and Charity Shops, a big shopping centre which I think was Budgens, an organic food store, and 4 different banks; Lloyds, National Westminster, Barclays and Natwest. If you go to Hunstanton on a Wednesday, Thursday or a Sunday, they have a market. It consists of a car boot
, fresh fruit and veg stalls, fish stalls, CD and ta pe stalls, sweet stalls and electrical & utensil sta lls etc. Hunstanton is also home to England?s largest joke shop (world of fun ? latest jokes, novelties and gadgets). From this store, you can buy cheap postcards, joke stuff like fake doggie poo, strange tasting sweets, plastic snakes, wigs and stink bombs etc, posters, greetings cards and a whole lot of other weird stuff. It?s worth a look, even if it?s just a laugh you?re after. I know what you?re waiting for lol! The beach review. Here it is: The beach stretches for 2 miles along the coastline up to Snettisham. There are donkey rides in the summer, trampolines and deck chairs for hire. There are slopes and steps (be careful, they can get very wet and sandy) from the beach to the promenade, so you have very easy access to the beach and promenade. I also have to wear my flip flops to walk down to the sea front particularly as it is very pebbly and I have seen one or 2 crabs and starfish. There?s also those weird white worm things that are always found scattered along the rippled sand areas down near the sea front. The beach contains groynes (which have been fenced off in each section) and tower things with buoys on the top, which are, further out. They are probably there to warn you not to go out any further, or you can hold on to them when you?re caught in stormy waters. Unfortunately the coastline is very spoilt. The beach is very often covered in trash and loads and loads of pebbles and seashells, which hurt you underfoot. There are signs that say 'No Dogs', but dogs are still left to roam around freely by their un-watchful owners. Strangely enough, Hunstanton won an award a few years back, for the cleanest beach in England I think it was. If they think Hunstanton is a clean beach, then I dread to think what the other seaside resorts are like lol. I believe the sewe
rage is dumped into the sea, and loads of people are alwa ys dropping their litter on the beach, which in turn gets wash ed away by the waves, even though there are bins on the beach. The beach along the main promenade can get very packed in summer, so why not try the beach further down, by the cliffs. There is a long stretch of sandy beach there where you could sunbathe, swim in the sea, play cricket, fly a kite, play football or play Frisbee etc. I have even seen people taking a hovercraft out for a ride, but it looked dangerous, as there were swimmers and sunbathers in the way. Down this area of the beach, you will also find rock pools full of starfish and seaweed, seagull nests hidden in the cliffs, strange looking hideouts (you could go exploring). The sea is usually very calm, except when there are storms, so sorry to disappoint all you surfer?s lol. Also on most days, you can hear the fishing boats far out on the horizon, sounding their horns. I can always remember that sound. You could also take a long peaceful walk to the other end of the beach or it?s even possible to follow the beach all the way to Brancaster (another nice seaside town, not much to do though from what I can remember. My Mum used to say ?we are going to the bran flakes and castor sugar beach lol), which is 10 miles away, walking past Titchwell Marsh ? the nearest nature reserve. If you are a collector of fossils, then you wont be disappointed with Hunstanton. Hidden in the crumbling majestic cliffs, are many fossils to be found. As I said before, my brother found one and he didn?t even look hard. The cliffs are 60ft high and run for 3 quarters of a mile down the beach. They are an unusual coloured strata of red, white lime and rust brown carstone. Every time the sea batters against the cliffs, it corrodes the cliff face and even more falls down, as you will have read earlier in my opinion. Sadly, in 1953, waves higher
than a house struck, forced landwards by hurricane force winds , intent on destroying sea defences a nd cliffs. There is a old looki ng trinity lighthouse on top of the cliffs. It was built in 1841 and worked until 1921. For the past few years or so, a couple of lifeguards have started patrolling the main beach. Nothing fancy like Baywatch though. Just one lifeguard tower on the promenade, next to some toilets (how convenient lol). They walk around (wearing their jackets lol) patrolling the beaches, and have their surfboards, canoes and rescue can things in front of the tower. You will see lifeguard buoyancy rings, warning signs and flags set out across the beach. When they first introduced lifeguards to the Hunstanton beach, they had a fun day, where they put some kids into the sea and asked them to look like they were drowning. Then the lifeguards showed news reporters and the public how they rescued them. This was also featured on Anglia News. I was there at Hunstanton that day, but I didn?t see it live. Do you like sailing? Do you have your own small boat or yacht? Do you like windsurfing? It is also possible to do this as Hunstanton has its very own sailing club. You can either take your own boats or hire them out. The sailing club is located on the end of the promenade area near the cliffs. There are always lots of boats etc decorating that area. You can go fishing, windsurfing, water skiing and powerboat racing etc. Hunstanton has a very long promenade, which stretches from the back of holiday village to the end where the cliffs are. Along the promenade, you will find fish kiosks (jellied eels (yuck) crab meat (yuck) lobster (yuck) and shrimps (yuck) plus loads more of other fish food, which would never be attempted by me. There are also sweet kiosks, which sell hundreds of different flavoured rock (yummy), nougat (yummy), candyfloss (yummy) and all the other types of candy you find at the seaside (yummy
). There are also ice-cream kiosks. One of these has a huge pl astic ice-cream with a big flake on it for show outside the front. I have always w anted to go up to, pick it up and eat it. If only it were real (yummy). At night in summer, the light bulbs dotted along the promenade are switched on and you have red, yellow, blue and green lights lighting up the promenade, which gives it that extra special feeling. Hunstanton has its very own Sea Life Sanctuary. This is located on the sea front, but further down the beach, near the fair. There is a restaurant inside the building, on the right side. It has benches outside to eat your food and tables and chairs inside. This restaurant is quite expensive, as you would probably have guessed anyway. There is also an expensive souvenir shop to the left, which sells sea life postcards, cuddly sea life animals, souvenirs, pick a mix and key rings etc. It is open all year from 10am. The last admission is 4pm. Winter times vary though so it would be best to ring before you go. An adult?s ticket is £6.25, a child?s is £4 and an OAP?s is £4.50. Enter a world of amazing marine creatures through the doors. There is a penguin sanctuary, which has a family of rare Humboldt penguins, an Otter enclosure where you can see them with their babies, exploring, feeding and playing. There is an Aquarium area, which contains rock pools and shows the hazards of rock pools and the sea, such as man made pollution. There are talks on the animals out in the wild and you can also watch some of the creatures being fed. Demonstrations explain how species survive, adapt and flourish in their hardest conditions. There are also lots of Fish tanks as you walk through the door of the aquarium, an aquarium arch where you can walk under the sea. You can see loads of rays, and other fish etc, whilst also listening to some calming music such as Enya. There is also an outdoor area for sea lions.
Inside the Aquarium, you will see Sharks, seahorses, rays, aquariu m otters, penguins, 30+ permanent displays of l ife under the waves, crabs, mermaids lol, a s afe haven ? which cares for 30+ sick injured or orphaned seal pups annually. If you want to go to another area of Hunstanton, but can?t be bothered to walk or fetch the card, then why not go by land train. It contains lots of carriages and there a few pick up areas dotted along the route. They do one-way fares and return fares. I haven?t been on this before, so can?t tell you the prices. Hunstanton has it?s own permanent fair, which is open all throughout the year. At night, the rides are always flashing and lighting up, which looks really nice. You will also find loads of little amusement arcades, sweet stalls and prize stalls such as hook a duck and dart stalls in this area. The fair is a good size and has its own little roller coaster, dodgems, merry mixer (my favourite ride), waltzers, rides that go upside down (not for me thanks!), astroglide (I could never get the hang of this lol ? the mat always used to slide down before me) and dark snake ride (I went on this when I was younger, with my Dad and hated it), huge helter skelter, a fun building, where you have ball pits, punch bags, moving floors and a slide and little kiddie rides. The kiddie rides are sectioned off in their own little area, and they have a smaller astroglide and little rides that go round to keep them amused. Do you like going to the theatre? Hidden in the town somewhere is a small Princess theatre, which has concerts, dramas and cinema shows, You can also play Bowls, Pitch & putt. Hunstanton has an 18-hole golf course overlooking the sea and two 9-hole golf courses at the north end. There are Esplanade Gardens where you can play crazy golf, and pitch and putt. This can be found along the green near the long road where people park when the car parks are full. Hun
stanton is very pedestrian; push chair and disabled people friendly. Most of the town is flat, and there are ramps down to the be ach. The paths in the town are quite wide and ther e are also pedestrian crossings. If you fancy a break, there are lots of benches and shelters to relax in, away from the hustle and bustle. If you need the toilet, you don?t need to worry, as there are a lot situated around the town. They are all either on flat ground or have ramps up to them, so they are easily accessible. They have baby changing facilities, disabled toilets and men and women (of course lol). You will find toilets situated on the cliff where the car park is, in the town and next to the lifeguard tower. Hunstanton has a ?district lions club?. This is a club, which helps local people in the community who are deaf, blind and disabled etc. Opposite the beach and near the joke shop, there is a huge green, where you can sit or sunbathe. There is also a bandstand where bands play in summer, on bank holidays and during carnival times. Carnivals happen once a year and there are big fetes that come with it, on the green. On the green, there are benches and there is also a statue where we usually sit when eating our fish and chips. It looks great to sit on the green during a sunset; it overlooks the sea and looks gorgeous. Hunstanton used to have a pier, but it got washed away during a storm years and years ago. What was left of the pier, was turned into an amusement arcade, which used to have loads of cuddly toy machines, 2p and 10p machines and bowling alleys. It also used to have a café where they made delicious frothy hot chocolate, but sadly this burnt down a couple of years ago. Hunstanton also used to have a big blue nightclub, next to where the lifeguard tower is now but it burnt down a few years back. The nightclub burning down was a big news story for some time after. I think the club was called Kit Kat or sand
y something or other lol. There are 4 other amusement arcades situat ed around the front of the town though. There are 2 next to each other near the Oasis Leisure Centre. One has bi ngo, where you can get about 12 games for £1 and you can win quite easily. Either that, or I am just lucky lol. You can exchange your winning tickets for prizes or high street shopping vouchers. Every time I go back to that place, the same guys are calling out the bingo numbers, so it always brings back loads of memories. I like the way they call the numbers out e.g. legs eleven 11 anyway up 69 on its own number 1 unlucky for some 13 8 and 0 blind 80 2 little ducks 22 LOL They also have those cross, circle and bar games. I can?t remember what they?re called lol, 2p & 10p machines, an over 18?s area, cuddly toy machines, air hockey and roulette to name a few. The arcade next door has bingo, but it?s laid out differently. This arcade has a lot of cuddly toy machines, 2p, 5p & 10p machines and if I can remember rightly, a small café. There is a showboat amusement arcade in the front of the town, which has lots of money machines, and a big bowling alley where it is £1 each for a play. It has a big refreshment bar and loads of different arcade games including air hockey, basketball games, motorbikes and gun shooting etc. There is also another small kiddies arcade just down the road, which has the odd money machine and loads of kiddie rides, which are coin operated. Hunstanton has a lot of fish and chip restaurants, around the town. There?s Don?s Plaice, which is next to the showboat arcade (it also has an upstairs restaurant) and one near the green. I always get my fish and chips from the one near the green as I find they taste better. Near the green one, is an ice-cream shop. Perfect for dessert lol. There are more though and loads of other restaurants and tearooms. One of my b
est memories from Hunstanton, is being there on a very stormy night, where the waves ar e enormous and splash up over the promenade. I can stand there all night Then, a perfect end to a perfect night, is to relax on the statue eating your fish n chips whilst watching the sunset.
Since purchasing a holiday home in the West Norfolk area, visiting areas around the West Norfolk coast have become commonplace whenever my family and myself visit the local area. However, situated on the A149 is possibly one of the most beautiful and most pleasant seaside towns, Hunstanton (known by the locals as Sunny Hunny), which boasts quite an impressive slogan – the only west facing beach on the east coast of England. Hunstanton itself is actually been a very popular seaside town for just over a century now, however in recent years it is probably better known for ‘tree henge’, a several thousand year old circle of upturned trees, situated on the beaches, which had significant historical links (before they were removed to the anger of the travelling druids!). However, Hunstanton is a very popular seaside resort, popular amongst both locals and tourists alike, which, despite it’s size, still feels like a small local country town. This opinion on Hunstanton will cover places for tourists to visit, and will be divided into the categories below. The Beaches ---------------- These are located along the entire coastline of Hunstanton, and offer golden sands throughout their length. Only one of a few seaside towns in the UK to receive a ‘blue flag award’, Hunstanton offers some of the cleanest beaches in the UK, which faces both into the north sea and to the other side of The Wash. Café’s are also located conveniently, selling simple meals, ice creams and drinks. On a sunny day, these beaches are not to be missed! Further attractions for tourists/leisure --------------------------------------------- *Leisure centre – the Oasis centre offers both a gym, roller-skating rink, swimming pool (indoor and out), water slides, and a Jacuzzi. Also available is a baby pool for toddlers, which is only 15 centimetres deep, which is perfect the parents with small c
hildren not ready for the large pools. *Crazy Golf – a must for all tourists, especially the Brits, on the seafront itself, you can have a round of crazy golf at very competitive prices. *Golf course – Old Hunstanton offers a full 18-hole golf course, and situated by the sea, and by an RSPB reserve, this course is considered as one of the most beautiful in the country (contact them on 01485 532811). *Sea Life centre – again, situated on the coast, the Sea Life centre allows visitors to gain first hand experience and knowledge about all things related to sea life. With both a café and souvenir shop, the centre provides all round enjoyment for both adults and children alike. *Amusements – these are situated mainly at the coast itself, and are usually open 7 days a week. They provide all your traditional amusement machines, and are great for whiling away the time on those long and sunny afternoons! *Seaside shops/tourist shops – scattered throughout the town, there are lots of tourist shops offering your traditional gifts such as postcards and sticks of rock, and all are very reasonably priced. Also, Hunstanton offers the ‘World Of Fun’, which is Britain’s largest joke shop – a must for all those young at heart. *Food/pubs – restaurants are located around Hunstanton, offering mainly meals based around ‘fish and chips’, at great prices. I personally recommend Baggy Anne’s – don’t be deceived by the name – it offers great meals at very low prices. Pubs are also situated around town which are very pleasant, and are also very cheap. Accommodation -------------------- A variety of forms of accommodation are available around the Hunstanton area. These can range from simple B&B accommodation, which are available, scattered throughout town. Most are three-star accommodation, and are very pleasant indeed. They are mainly also situated in
very convenient areas indeed, thus allowing visitors to easily gain access to all local amusements. Hotel accommodation is also available, in the form of the Golden Lion hotel, which is situated in the centre of town. Overlooking the beautiful Hunstanton green, and the sea, which is only 100 metres away, the Golden Lion hotel is situated in the perfect position for all tourists, with all attractions being located within a mile radius. Local travel is also possible using the local bus services, taxis, and even the local land train which travels along the seafront road. Caravan parks are also situated throughout Hunstanton for longer stays. Shops/markets ------------------ Hunstanton has both a Wednesday and Sunday market, which is very popular amongst the locals, and tourists alike, which offers great bargains at great prices. Usually held from around 10 o’clock in the morning onwards, you can shop in the open air, with the great view of the seaside only approximately 50 metres away. In addition to the tourist shops, Hunstanton also has a very popular Budgens supermarket, which allows you to shop for all of your household conveniences at relatively low prices. Overall --------- Overall, Hunstanton is both a bustling, yet very pleasant seaside town that offers many, many attractions for the visiting tourist. The range of shops available, as well as traditional tourist attractions is vast, which means that from the minute you arrive, to the minute you leave, you’ll always find something to do. This is especially a great town for day-trips, offering a great day out, at very low prices. However, if you wish to make the most of this very beautiful town, I suggest visiting for a weekend break, which will allow you to take advantage of all this town has to offer. Directions -------------- By road - If you wish to visit by Road, follow the roads to King’s L
ynn, then follow the A149 towards Hunstanton. By train – trains commute on a regular basis to King’s Lynn, which is situated approximately 15 miles away. Again, follow signs to Hunstanton on the A149. One word of warning though – the roads into Hunstanton can get very busy during late mornings and early afternoon so be sure to set off early to avoid the traffic. Would you like more information for travelling or visiting, or more precise locations of the attractions mentioned above? If so, don’t hesitate to contact me, or visit www.hunstanton.net for information if you wish to visit.
Have you been to Hunstanton? The first time that I went was in the late 1970's and was surprised how quiet it was. I went there, with my wife and small son after first visiting Kings' Lynne, one Sunday in May. We had a running family joke for many years about Kings' Lynne, which went, something like, "Went to Kings' Lynne once and it was closed". We visited Hunstanton on the same day and the quietness took a little getting used to. We felt that we had stepped back in time. The feel of Hunstanton is that the World has passed it by, therein lies its wonder. It is not a very big town, it has a cluster of shops, banks, pubs and in fact everything that one needs of any small town when you are on holiday. There are some very nice hotels and restaurants which are mostly geared up for familes and many guest houses and bed and breakfast establishments that I thought had disappeared during the 60's. There is a splendid town hall, which enjoyed its centenary in 1996 along with the Methodist Church and the recreation ground. The pier was built in 1870 and the town, at that time was favoured as a health cure. The Victorians were very big on town where you went to be cured of something; either the water or the mud was said to be efficacious! In the 1950's there was a huge influx of Americans working at nearby Sculthorpe Air Force base and that earned Hunstanton the name of little Brooklyn. In 1953 sixteen of the 31 who died in the infamous and disastrous East Coast floods were in fact Americans. This does not deter the hardier or less sane swimmers taking to the sea on Christmas day each year as they have done since the custom started in 1957. Following the closure of the railway in the late 1960's Hunstanton almost died as a seaside resort. That it didn't was not helped by the fact that the pier was washed away by a storm in the 1970's By the time of our first visit, th
ey had started the rebuilding programme into which, all the inhabitants put their efforts. Helped by a strong local Borough Council. The Council took over the running of the Princes Theatre, which had become run down. A colourful Oasis Leisure Centre was opened and then the fascinating Sea Life Centre. The attractions mentioned above bring many visitors to Hunstanton today and although we have visited many times since as late as summer 2000, we will never forget our first visit when the attractions were high lighted by our visit to the unique striped cliffs full of fossils and watching the sun set over the sea. Yes, this is possible in Hunstanton, due to the unique position it occupies on the south side of The Wash. It is one of the only places on the East Coast of Britain where it is possible to see the sun set over the sea! One thing about the tides in Hunstanton, The Wash empties and fills every tide and mile upon mile of sand can be seen when the tide is out. The sandbanks are treacherous and constantly changing. The fascinating shapes of the channels created by the shifting sand never fail to amaze me. No wonder that King John lost everything in the wash - and you thought that the story was about his laundry!! One of the best attractions around is Norfolk Lavender where acre upon acre of lavender in many varieties can be seen in bloom and you can obtain dried flowers and essential oils. Another favourite attraction is just along the coast where you can see a sanctuary for birds of all kinds and, if you are lucky, seals basking off the sandbanks. The Queen's home at Sandringham is only a stones throw from Hunstanton. That is a day out on its own. All I can say is, Hurry to Hunstanton but slow down when you get there for the best enjoyment of a British Coastal Resort.
I wanted to visit the seaside yesterday, so Shane, Scamp (the dog) and packed the car with our coats, drinking water, dog lead and dog food, then set off. The nearest seaside town to our home in Cambridgeshire is probably Hunstanton. Hunstanton is only accessable by road on the A149. It is on the Norfolk coast and is; I think the only eastern sea town that is able to watch the sun set over the sea. Hunstanton has some of the best sunset in the whole of England. The town is situated on the ?Wash? and on a clear day, one can see Skegness. Hunstanton is divided into two areas. ?Old Hunstanton?, which became popular in the Victorian era. Today it is a small village with Inns and Guest Houses. ?The Old Strange Old Barn? is located here. It houses one of Norfolk?s largest collections of antiques, arts and crafts. It is open all year round except Christmas Day. It is well worth a visit. At the headland of ?Old Hunstanton? there is cliff top parking. (Car park cost is around £2.50 all day. This ticket can be transfered to other car-parks). It is easy to find as it is near the lighthouse. There is also a café, shop plus toilets at this site. It is an ideal place to walk the dog, with easy access to the beach. (Not recommended for disabled visitors). Dogs are not allowed on the beach between May and September. By this car park there is a pitch and putt site. It is popular, but I have never used it. The golf links can also be found in ?Old Hunstanton?. Moving down the road, one soon finds oneself in ?New Hunstanton?. (Parking is free on the road side). This is the more commercial side of this traditional seaside town. It has many guesthouses, hotels and caravan parks, to cater for the holidaymaker?s needs. Some guesthouses even take dogs, but check on booking. Hunstanton is popular and weather records dictate that Hunstanton has some of the highest summer sunshine hours in the country. It was sunny yesterday but it also rained! The town
is often known as ?Sunny Hunny?, but I must admit until yesterday I had never come across the name. There is ample car parking here, with many of them being pay on entry so have around £2.50 to £3.00. This one ticket is transferable to other car parks (council run only) in Hunstanton, but check when entering. The sandy beach is around two miles long (I do not work in Kilometres!). Along the see front there is a wide promenade. It is accessible for wheel chair use. At the far end of the promenade, there is a funfair, but is closed during the winter months. Open all year round is the Sea Life centre. It consists of a large aquarium and Seal Hospital, along with touch pools, suitable for children. These are just a few of the attractions, but the restaurant allows the visitor to relax after the adventure. It is open all year round, but due check opening times in winter months to avoid disappointment. The Oasis leisure centre is also along the promenade. It too is open all year round, but I would advise getting there early, as it is a popular attraction. Hunstanton tries to remain a traditional family resort. It reminds me of the 1960?s, sugar jars on the tables, few shops take credit cards and some seating has PVC coverings. The public toilets even have wooden doors! On the beach there are donkey rides and trampolines. Along the seafront, there are kiosks selling their wares, bucket and spades, candyfloss or shellfish. It has not changed since my childhood, now thirty years ago! Seal Island is easy to visit on the amphibious vehicle, during the summer months. I remember this as a child and was always fascinated by them. (That was thirty years ago!) I have not experienced a trip to the island, as I get seasick on a pedalow! The beach is ideal for swimming. There are sandbanks and the water is shallow and warm in summer. The tide goes out a long way, and large shallow pools form, making an ideal wind surfing site. There is
also a brisk sea breeze in winter, which encourages kite flying. Hunstanton has the remains of a pier. It blew down during a storm in the 1970?s. Now days it houses an amusement arcade and a few small shops in the summer, but little else. It is situated by a long slopping green and faces the tourist information centre, which is next to ?The Golden Lion Hotel?. To one side of the green is ?The Princess Theatre?. It plays host to concerts and shows. During the winter season the pantomime is housed here too. It is popular, so check with the booking office for times and availability of performances. The town itself is a quaint mixture of the old and new. No night clubs, only pubs, restaurants and cafes. There are the usually seaside souvenir but shops such as the post office, bakers, butchers etc are not forgotten. Do not expect a large variety of shops, its only nation wide store is Woolworth! (and a very small Boots). There are markets twice a week. This is a brief description of Hunstanton as I see it today. It is an ideal place to visit or for a short family break. It does not really have any nightlife, so teenagers may not enjoy the place. I visit three or four times a year, but would rather not stay over night, as I like my own bed at night! Tourist Information. www.hunstanton.net
I live just outside King's Lynn, which is about 35 mins drive away from Hunstanton (or "Sunny Hunny" as the locals call it). Therefore, I have been to Hunstanton on many a Sunny weekend, and in the Winter-time, too. My tip is to set out EARLY. You not only miss the traffuc jams on the A47, particulalrly in peak season, but also, you get the best parking spaces. Aim to arrive before 9.30 a.m. and you can park right on the sea front for £2.50 all day. That is a very good price in peak season, but they have recently started charging the same in winter months, which is not very encouraging for us locals! If you don't want the hustle and bustle of a "normal" seaside town, then drive a little further and follow the signs to "Old Hunstanton." That's where you get the best views of what Hunstanton is famous for - the red cliffs. Also, you have the luxury of a huge unspoilt beach, when the tide is out, it really is peaceful first thing on a Sunday morning. If you fancy a walk, leave your car parked at the top of the Old Hunstanton cliffs (make sure your handbrake is on - lol!), and walk along the beach to "New" Hunstanton. This is the more commercialised part of the town, it has all the shops, from gift shops to bakers to Woolworths and Boots. It also has the usual seaside-type shops, fish and chips shops, ice cream and doughnut vendors and arcades. Finally, it boasts "Jungle Wonderland", which is a great indoor play facility for children, and the "Sea Life Centre". If you've never visited one of these places before, this "branch" is well worth the entrance fee - you can spend a couple of hours in here if you listen to all the "talks", and the cafe is great, clean, reasonably priced and with very good baby-change facilities. If you happen to go on a market day, this adds to the fun, as well as an indoor market (Azam Bros.), which has some g
ood quality clothes. Most Sundays, motorcycle fans congregate on the Green, which is a sight in itself - particularly on a fine Summer Sunday. If you walk from Old Hunstanton to the New Town along the road way instead of the beach, you will walk past a new addition for the Millenium, which is called Boston Square. This has been surrounded by much controversy, as with all these Millenium Funded projects, buut I think it's great. It is a multi-sensory garden, with lovely ideas - the main feature being a fountain which responds to pressure pads which you walk on and make the water go up and down. My two-year old loves it, anyway! There is also an interactive sun-dial, which I had never seen before!