Our three favourite things to do in North Norfolk this spring

Our three favourite things to do in North Norfolk this spring

We are almost at that time of the year when we are able to see the clear blue skies and hear the birds sing, making it the perfect time to visit the North Norfolk coast. Our team here at The Lifeboat Inn Hotel and Restaurant often get asked for recommendations of things to do in the area, hence we decided to share our three favourite things to do in North Norfolk in spring.

See the baby seals…
If you love to experience nature then visiting the seals is a must! Blakeney Point has one of the largest colonies of common and grey seals in England, with around 2500 pups. The seals certainly aren’t camera shy, they are very inquisitive and often pop up and swim around the boats giving you the perfect opportunity to take pictures. This is the perfect start to spring.
Trips go from Blakeney Harbour and Morston Quay, both approximately 19 miles from The Lifeboat Inn. The trips usually last around an hour, allowing you to get excitingly close to the seals. If you would rather go somewhere a little closer to The Lifeboat Inn, then you can also experience a seal trip from Hunstanton. You can take The Wash Monster boat to see the group of Common seals in the Wash.

Grey seal, Thornham, Norfolk Grey seal

Explore North Norfolk on foot…
Now that we are stepping into spring and the weather is getting a little warmer, what better time to explore the beautiful countryside and coast. Norfolk has a wide range of walks from one mile to more than 10 miles and there are over 60 different routes to take. Before heading out be sure to check these Norfolk trails to find the perfect walk for you. For serious walkers we would recommend the Norfolk Coastal Path. This walk is 45 miles long, and, of course, you don’t have to walk the full distance! However, if you would love to experience the whole distance then you could cheat and hop on the Coasthopper bus which runs along the A149 coastal road. On this route you will have the chance to see the beautiful scenery that Norfolk has to offer, nature reserves and many picturesque towns and villages. The Norfolk Coastal path passes through Thornham, so pop into The Lifeboat Inn for a well-deserved rest by the fire and some delicious food afterwards.

Visit the beaches…
Norfolk has 90 miles of coast (93 when the tide is out) and you will be sure to find the kind of beach you like here. Whether that is unspoilt and perfect for a relaxing walk, or something with fun for all the family, Norfolk has it all, and with just a few exceptions, they are dog-friendly. We would recommend visiting Hunstanton, just 5 miles from The Lifeboat Inn. This beach offers both a quieter atmosphere and something a little busier. One part of this beach (Old Hunstanton) is full of fine sand, backed by dunes and the renowned striped cliffs. This beach is a perfect place to visit with all the family for a relaxing day and it is also said to be the best beach in England for kite surfing. So if you are heading out on a windy day be sure to pack your kite. From here you can walk to the other resorts that Hunstanton has to offer. This part of Hunstanton is full of family activities such as crazy golf and the SEA LIFE Sanctuary. And don’t forget to enjoy a delicious ice cream whilst there.

Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary SEA LIFE Sanctuary

The weather in spring can sometimes be quite unpredictable. However, there is always plenty to do in North Norfolk and The Lifeboat Inn will be waiting to greet you with a cosy fire if you need to warm up or a cold pint if you need to cool down.

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