Sheringham is situated on the North coast of Norfolk and we have frequently visited the bustling town, sometimes just for the day but we have also spent holidays there. If you choose to visit Sheringham for the day then be prepared to travel early, parking space is limited.
If you listen to the locals they will tell you that Sheringham is `Twixt pine and sea` and in layman's terms that means that Sheringham lays between the countryside and the coast.
The picturesque coastal town is quite enchanting and it is not overly commercialised as some seaside towns can be.
We stayed for a week in a small but well cared for cottage that was tucked away in the backwaters and we enjoyed very minute of it. The town is quite spread out and there is quite a steep climb up into the marketplace, along the way the route is lined with gift shops, ice cream parlours, tea-rooms and restaurants.
We were overjoyed to find that the local theatre was staging a play which we were able to go and watch. Sheringham Little theatre shows films, it stages piano recitals and concerts, it has quite a busy agenda and there is a comprehensive website if you want to check what is on if you intend visiting the area.
The local ice cream is delicious as are the afternoon cream teas and some of the gift shops are delightful.
There are various pubs along the way, we found that The Crown ( on the seafront) provided us with a good hearty meal, plain but good `pub grub` that was well within budget.
We also dined at The Wyndham Arms , excellent food, real ales and a lovely atmosphere. After we had eaten we discovered that the local male voice choir were holding their rehearsals in the pub outhouse. It was a honour to be asked to listen in, the `Sheringham Shantymen` were fabulous and we came away very happy bunnies after buying their latest CD which is sold in aid of the RNLI.
Although the relatively small town was busy during our peak season visit it was still enjoyable and very bearable. Each morning we were able to walk down to the sea and stroll along the front, there is a well constructed promenade that runs along the front of the water and periodically there are benches where you can sit down and have a breather.
The beach is super-clean and very well cared for, the spacious beach is patrolled by lifeguards and First -aid is always at hand. The RNLI play a big part in the town and undoubtedly you will notice some lifeboat men during your visit.
Dogs are allowed on the beach at certain times of the year but otherwise they have to be kept on their leads.
The sea can look quite menacing, I took a walk when the waves were thrashing on the rocks, the water looked mysterious yet magical.
The beach is sandy but the shail that gathers at the top is fascinating to explore, I enjoyed searching for unusual pebbles, it always seems essential to take home just that one pebble as a souvenier.
Early morning is one of the best times to enjoy a walk, the Beach Hut Cafe is open early, you can buy a cuppa and sit outside and watch the sea while you enjoy drinking it.
We may not always have a huge amount of sunshine here in the UK but we do have areas of outstanding natural beauty and sitting on Sherringham promenade watching the world go by is about as relaxing as it gets.
At the top of the town on Station Approach there is a good putting green, to the rear of the putting green is the North Norfolk railway and you will hear the steam trains running in the background.
The RNLI have a museum in the town and we paid them a visit, there were ex-lifeboatmen there who were only too happy to tell us anything that we wanted to know.
There is also an RNLI gift shop in the High street, they have some charming gifts and the money all goes to a very worthwhile cause.
In a little lane leading off of the High street I came across a small shop that was filled with second-hand jewellery and of course I was fascinated.
I stayed and passed the time of day with the owner, Rose was a remarkable saleswoman and I came out the proud owner of a new dress ring !
On Sunday morning when we idly wandered down to the beach front we were in for a real surprise, there was a vintage car rally in the car park. The men were all flocking to examine the motors and to drool over them.
We came across a wonderful art gallery that was holding an exhibition, in we went - no intention of purchasing but the paintings were superb.
A good rummage in the local antique shop turned up a good copper lustre jug as a present for my Mum.
Our visits to Sheringham have always been enjoyable, we may have had to pack a jersey and a mac but we can live with that. The town is friendly, go into the shops and you will soon see that for yourselves. Sheringham is well situated for visiting other attractions, we enjoyed a day out at Sandringham and another at the Muckleburgh Millitary museum.
Sheringham is an ideal place for family holidays or days out, it may be slightly different to other seaside towns but it still has a Penny Arcade ( every seaside has to have one!)
Check it out - a good place to go.
Sheringham is a seaside resort in North Norfolk, situated to the west of Cromer. There are technically two Sheringhams, one is Lower Sheringham, which is the best known, and the other is Upper Sheringham, which is where the town developed from.
Sheringham is well served by road and rail. If you are visiting by train, the town is at the end of the Bittern Line, which goes from Norwich through Wroxham, North Walsham, Cromer, West Runton and then into Sheringham. Sheringham is now the end of the railway line, although there is a steam railway which uses to the old track bed taking passengers to Weybourne and Holt.
For those visiting the area by bus, there are services run by Norfolk Green from King's Lynn and Dereham, and run by First Bus from Norwich. The road from Norwich is also relatively easy to drive down and not normally too busy other than in the city itself.
The town is a generally quiet affair, quite slow-paced. There is no supermarket, despite attempts by Tesco to build one which have now been going on for over a decade. Without getting into an argument about whether or not there should be a Tesco in the town, it's certainly fair to say that the town's population are split on the issue. There is though a small Budgen's and Co-op in the town, which are quite expensive and limited, but there is a much better Morrisons a few miles away in Cromer.
Food wise, there are a few pubs such as the Crown, Jolly Tar and the Lobster, which all serve reasonable food. There are also a few restaurants and a number of fish and chip shops. I used to like Dave's fish and chip shop in town, but on the last visit the quality was quite poor and was substantially over-charged. I certainly won't be visiting either of their premises in town from my own personal experience, but they remain reasonably busy.
There aren't many national shop chains in the town, Woolworth's has a store, but there are many 50p shops and shops selling cheaper items and items for holiday makers. It would be nice to see maybe some more antique shops in the town to add a little quality to the High Street, like nearby Holt which has some beautiful antique and bookshops which are much visited.
On the bright side, the beach is wonderful, although of course, you have to get the tide right, otherwise there won't be a beach! For those who want to walk a little further down the beach towards the west end of town, underneath the golf course there is a vast expanse of sand with lots of rock pools. This area is much quieter than the main beach, and children who find this area love playing in the little pools. This end of town does though allow dogs to be run off the lead, unlike the main beaches, so avoid if you're not a dog lover!
In the summer there is a carnival procession like many towns, which is always well attended, and there are different themes each year, with a carnival procession and events throughout the week. The money raised from the event goes towards local charities and is well worth a visit.
Car parking is an issue in town, especially if you want to visit the Saturday market, as this popular market is actually held on the town's main car park. There is quite a lot of parking down side streets if you don't mind walking a little way, but in winter and on quieter summer days, the town's car parks, which are well signed, are generally sufficient.
As mentioned earlier, the town has a steam railway. This runs along the old line allm the way through to Holt and there are many rides for children and train enthusiasts. There are regular concerts and events, such as the war years event in 2007, with a Vera Lynn type singer singing war songs.
The old train Sheringham station has a restaurant in and a small shop, and a reminder of just how many staff used to work on the railways. There is also a WH Smith stand on the station which used to be at Liverpool Street Station in London, and is on long-term loan from the National Railway Museum. The platform does look superb, and easy to imagine you are living 40 years ago!
Other things to do, there are two small putting greens, which are always enjoyable for children, there is the Priory Maze and gardens, just on the outskirts of the town, and also the Splash swimming centre just near the golf course. But if it's sunny, children are most likely to want to play on the beach!
For walkers, there are lots of beautiful places to go and see. You can walk along the cliff tops, or along the beach, down to the Runtons to the east, or Weybourne to the west. The cliff tops walk is superb, and the cliffs are tall, and especially impressive looking up from the base of them.
If you walk along the cliff folowing the golf course, you will reach Sheringham park, a former estate owned by the Upcher family, which is now run by the National Trust. Although Sheringham Hall itself is used by the youth hostel association, there are many walks around the gardens, a gazebo on the hill from which you can see miles, and lots of other trails to follow.
For those who like a much longer walk, Sheringham Park actually borders onto another National Trust site, Felbrigg Hall, which if you fancy a visit to the both will keep you happily walking all day.
It is of course difficult to fit a whole town into a review such as this, but I hope that it provides an insight into the town. For a holiday destination and to get a bit of peace from the daily grind, this is a lovely place to visit, especially when the sun is shining and the tide is out.
Sheringham is a small seaside town (I'm reticent about using the word "resort"... it isn't big enough) on the north Norfolk coast. Like everywhere else in North Norfolk, it's nice in the summer (occasional stiff breeze notwithstanding) but probably incredible depressing during the autumn and winter.
Sheringham is a little different in character to Cromer (the town just to the south-east of it).
It has a more open, windswept feel to it somehow, with streets that feel wider, a more traditional layout (as opposed to curiously winding roads that go nowhere in particular), lots of bucket-and-spade shops, vast armies of pensioners trundling along at a relaxed 1mph, Seventies-style pubs where Chicken Supreme washed down with a glass or two of Blue Nun followed by some Black Forest Gateau is probably the height of haute cuisine...
Sheringham is not a town to hurry through, mainly because hurrying is nigh on impossible. The pensioners dictate the pace on the pavement, and if you're driving, well, closer to the beach you can expect entire families, complete with whining kids, taking up the entire road as they meander their way down to the beach.
There isn't a lot to say about Sheringham's shops- it has some of the usual chain stores, plenty of terrible tat shops, one very good sweet shop near the train station which serves almost every imaginable flavour of Jelly Bean, and several rather good bakers. Last time we were there we had a nice fresh pasty from one such baker which was eaten whilst overlooking the beach. Something about the salt air just seems to make food tastier- well it does for me, anyway.
Sheringham is home to the North Norfolk Railway, a somewhat uninspiring steam railway which offers short trips from Sheringham to point B and then back gain, through some equally uninspiring land. The Bure Valley Railway (at Hoveton) was much better, so if you're going to pick one steam railway journey in Norfolk, choose that instead.
Whereas Cromer is stuck even further back in the mists of time, Sheringham has at least dragged itself on as far as the Seventies. That said, it does have a number of plus points which is why I've given it three stars- as follows:
1. There doesn't seem to be much trouble there. At least, we never saw much during the day or even in the evening. You do see some suspicious yobbo types hanging around in the centre of town but hey, you get them everywhere, and there didn't seem to be too many of them.
2. The pubs. The Robin Hood Tavern and The Lobster both served some very nice meals when we went there, for a reasonable price. Nothing extraordinary, just good honest pub fayre, but it was appreciated after we'd spent hours walking around the town and up anddown the beach and pier (walking on beaches and piers *always* makes me hungry... it's that salt air again).
3. The bakers. Nothing like a good fresh nibble from a bakery, and there were quite a few to choose from.
4. A huge assortment of bizarrely-flavoured ice creams for sale. There were many little cafes selling ice creams of all sorts of exotic flavours.
5. That sweet shop with the Jelly Beans.
Sheringham: worth going if you have young kids, seeing as the beach is quite nice (teenagers might well hate it), or if like us you don't object too much to overt cheesiness. It's a more relaxed and pleasant place than most British towns. Worth a visit.
As you will have gathered if you have read my review on the North Norfolk Steam Railway, Sheringham is one of my favourite seaside resorts. It's a relatively small resort on the North Norfolk coast, which I think does a good job of providing a little something for everyone who visits, rather than being brashly modern and aimed at the younger visitor in the way I always feel that some other resorts such as Great Yarmouth are. So here is my little guide to a smashing family day out by the seaside..
So, first of all, you need to arrive my train, one way or the other. My preference, of course, would be the preserved steam line which runs from Holt via Weybourne - this runs a frequent, daily steam service throughout the summer months. Or, Sheringham has it's own main line 'station' - it's not much to look at, but it does provide the town with a service from Norwich run by 'One' (yes, they really are called that). There is car parking in the town, but it gets very busy and I should avoid it if you can...more of that in a minute.
Sheringham is very easy to find your way around - basically there is one main street which leads from the stations and the car park down to the beach, so you can't go wrong - just follow everyone else! This main street is a joy in many ways - is like me, you hate identical high streets up and down the country, that is. There are plenty of interesting little shops on your way down, and I'll just give you some of my personal favourites. There's an excellent little pet shop if you need it and plenty of food outlets for the humans in the party (nothing like fish and chips at the seaside, is there?) - my tip would be to grab something here, as the pubs and restaurants at the sea tend to be more expensive if you're looking for a meal. There's a nice little bric a brac / antique shop that has something for all tastes and look out for the little toy shop on the left-hand side of the road - it has a brilliant selection of wooden and tinplate toys. What spoils this street is the constant traffic - it wasn't meant for it, and if there was any sense in this world this main street would be pedestrianised as it really does spoil a good stroll. And, while I'm moaning, the pavements get really narrow in places meaning that those of us with pushchairs and wheelchairs are often forced into the road to compete with the traffic.
That said, it is well worth the hassle when you get to the beach. This is about as accessible as any other beach that Ive found, by the way, but there are a few steps to negotiate. This beach has won awards and it is easy to see why - for one thing it is beautifully clean. It is also very well organised - there is dog walking and jet skiing but this is all confined to certain areas ( as always dog owners need to be up for a bit of a hike) meaning that its a pleasant place for families. Its a rocky and pebbly old place for the first few feet, but after that the sand is lovely - and of perfect sandcastle making consistency, more to the point. Its also not one of those beaches where you need a telescope to identify the sea at low tide - one word of warning though the tide does come in very quickly here, so keep your wits about you. The thing I wish it had are donkeys, but I suppose they dont like the rocks?
When beaten back by the tide, British weather or hunger there is one really good and reasonably priced kiosk on the seafront - youll spot it with its white plastic garden furniture out front - they do hot drinks etc, but Id go for the lovely ice cream. Its colouring and additive free, which is a massive bonus to many parents, I know! If you dont have an ice cream there, go back up the main street and theres a little place on the right - they have an incredible range of flavours. And diabetic ice cream I noticed, which you dont see - I think my son might get that next time, its sugar free! Mean, arent I? All of my reviews end up talking about places to eat, dont they?
Anyway, Ill leave my final word to what you wont find in Sheringham. Roller coasters. Banks of amusement arcades. Nightclubs. Fun pubs. Dodgems. Flashing neon lights. Hen parties. Bingo.
But hey, thats why I like it!
Sheringham is a Norfolk fishing village (come tourist centre) situated on the East Coast near Cromer and not a million miles away from Kings Lynn. In it’s role as a tourist resort it has utterly re-invented itself over the last twenty years to cater for the resurgence in domestic holidays. When I first visited in the 70’s there were few caravan sites and even fewer hotels. The village amounted to a relatively small number of houses, three pubs, an amusement arcade, the Working Mens Club and an occasional market. The development and extension of a number of nearby camping sites has provoked a favourable change in the area. Although not strictly in Sheringham, the Kelling Heath campsite four miles away is a prime example of that change. It has gone from being a small campsite with no facilities to one of the best in the country with it’s own health club, two swimming pools, fishing lake restaurant, bar, take-away etc, etc. The huge numbers that visit in the summer tend to choose either Sheringham or Cromer for their beach entertainment. The Sheringham beach has won a number of awards for it’s facilities and cleanliness. Dogs are banned from the beach between May and September and there are ample shops, chalets and toilets. The beach itself is half stone and half sand. It is on a very flat descent into the sea which provides a huge sand area when the tide is out and also allows you to wade out into the ocean without fear of a sudden drop. The stones provide a comfortable place to sun-bathe while the kids amuse themselves on the clean sand. The downside is two fold. The strong wind, which is always present, is good news for kite flyers and wind surfers but sun worshippers may do well to invest in a windbreak. Secondly, Sheringham appears cursed with copious amounts of seaweed which smells quite badly in the sun and attracts more flies than you would expect. Cromer offers the best alternative, nice sandy beaches with a little
less wind and no seaweed. They are, of course, more likely to be packed with tourists. The Sheringham village centre now has many useful facilities besides the pubs and chip-shops. The youth hostel is in the centre together with a number of hotels and bed and breakfast. Those of you that need cash machines will find Barclays and NatWest in the main street where you can then spend your money in Woolworths, Budgens or any number of curiosity/antique shops. The market operates from the car-park near the station. In the high season it runs twice a week or more and is well worth a visit if you are in the area. On the outskirts of the village towards Weybourne, you will find the Leisure centre which has all the usual facilities, swimming pool, wave machine, gym etc If you are fortunate enough to visit during the first week in August you will experience the Sheringham Carnival which tends to be mid-week. I think the weekday slot indicates quite clearly that it is aimed at the tourists and it really is going from strength to strength each year. In addition to the mainline station linking Sheringham to Norwich you will find the original Victorian station preserved and maintained by the North Norfolk Railway volunteers. They have, in recent years, bought the 5 and a half miles of track that run from Sheringham to Holt via Weybourne. I remember walking along the disused track as a boy, so I can appreciate what a fantastic job they have done in renovating this into a working railway. A selection of steam and diesel engines have been restored to pull period carriages along this route and it really is worth a look, not just for train enthusiasts but anyone wanting to re-live the steam age. Golfers should pay a visit to the Sheringham golf course. The club house is small but tidy and the course itself is well preserved with astonishing scenery. On one side you have the beautiful cliff-top views across the sea and on the other side you have the
rolling Norfolk heath land set against the occasional steam train which pass nearby. The wind adds to the challenge! Some practical notes now. Mobile phone users may, or may not, notice that they are out in the middle of nowhere depending on the service they use. Vodaphone signals are strong throughout but One to One coverage is utterly hopeless. Cellnet was intermittent depending on our position. Sheringham is a place for young families and the retired. There are no nightclubs anywhere to speak of and the pubs are all family orientated. Accommodation is plentiful and as such, cheap. You should also consider visiting, or staying at, nearby locations such as Bodham, Weybourne, Cromer or Kelling. In conclusion, Sheringham is a nice place to go in the summer. It won’t keep you entertained for more than a week though and it can become quite depressing if you catch a wet week. The untouched scenery is reminiscent of the New Forest… but with more wind!