Every summer we rent a cottage on the Norfolk coast. It's the perfect breezy holiday with kids: crab sarnie picnics on a choice of epic beaches, laid back pubs, masses of outdoorsy stuff and amazing seaside arcades.
1. Norfolk beaches
You can walk forever and ever and ever. Remember Gwyneth in Shakespeare in Love? That was here at Holkham estate. Now I make like Gwyneth (+ chips + crisps).
2. Parking and roads
Unlike Cornwall (I know I know rah rah we die for Cornwall - the Mariners pub
in Rock, snakebite and blacks, snogging on the 9th tee, it's all great!) but you can park AND drive along roads here rather than being shoved in a hedge on a toothpick lane and then find car park and beach fit to burst then smash someones fender off (urgh c.2007). My fave beach here in Norfolk complete with VERY #normalfornorfolk ticket inspector is Brancaster beach. Yes it's Boden Sur Mer but walk about three steps and its empty for MILES.
Wells-next-the-Sea beach huts © The Hero Pub
As good as Vegas. Wells-next-the-Sea and Hunstanton which also has a massive joke shop. Retro seaside fun. Hot tip: you can then use all the 2p pennies for family poker later.
4. Feed me
5. Boaty McBoatface
6. Where to stay
7. Don't forget!
Norfolk tips - Don't get too precious about the house as you'll hardly spend any time there - if in doubt BYO sheets.
Do a big Waitrose or Sainos order in advance for fresh veg and fruit as other than fresh fish the local Spar only caters in beige food.
Drive a bit - the further along the coast the wilder and emptier the beaches are.