Things to Do in Cromer with Kids
Just under an hour north of Hemsby is the seaside town of Cromer. Famous for its delicious Cromer crabs and traditional Victorian pier, there’s plenty of things to do in Cromer with kids, from the tropical Amazona Zoo to the educational RNLI Henry Blogg Museum. Why not take a trip during your stay at Hemsby Beach Holiday Park?
Filled with over 200 animals from South America, Amazona Zoo is a family fun day out in Cromer. The zoo features a variety of tropical South American animals, from jaguars to iguanas, flamingos to capuchins – there’s plenty to see and explore! The zoo also features an outdoor play area as well as a large indoor play area called ‘Jungle Tumbles’. A trip to Amazona Zoo is also education, as the site features a Yurt, designed to educate the zoo’s visitors about conservation, South America, and the animals who live there! The yurt also features some interesting artrefacts alongside fun facts and figures.
If heritage is more your thing, then Baconsthorpe Castle is a great historical site in Cromer to take the kids. With free entry, the extensive ruins of Baconsthorpe Castle is situated in the Cromer village of Baconsthorpe. Built by prominent Norfolk family the Heydons, the castle was extended over 200 years by successive generations before finally being abandoned and falling to disrepair. This is also a great one if staying in one of our pet-friendly caravans, as dogs on leads are welcome! There is also an audio tour available to download on the English Heritage website.
This 151-metre long traditional Victorian pier is Grade II listed, so definitely worth a visit whilst in Cromer. 1 of 5 UK seaside piers with a fully-working theatre, Cromer Pier is open all year round. Cromer pier also features a gift shop, as well as a Pavilion bar and Tides restaurant if you fancy a bite to eat! This is also a hot-spot to try your hand at Cromer crabbing over the side of the pier, which brings us onto…
Crabbing in Cromer
Crabbing in Cromer is a fantastic activity to take part in with the kids. Make your way to the pier, and all you will need is a piece of string or line, a weight, some bait, and a bucket filled with bits and pieces from the sea to make the crabs feel at home! Make sure to treat the crabs kindly and release them back into the sea from the beach when you’re done – don’t drop them from the side of the pier!
RNLI Henry Blogg Museum
A museum dedicated to the most decorated lifeboatman in RNLI history, Henry Blogg, who saved over 873 lives from the North Sea. Henry Blogg, who spent 38 years as coxswain out of his total 53 years as a lifeboatsman, carried out 387 rescues, and remained a part of RNLI until he was 74 years old. Based on Cromer beach, the museum features various exhibitions throughout the year and offers free admission! A great way to experience the lifeboat history of Cromer.