The North Norfolk seaside town of Sheringham is a great place for families, couples and solo travellers alike. Especially those with dogs! The beach with its highly decorated promenade are right next to the town, so you can enjoy a whole assortment of activities without having to travel too far.
There's so much to see and do here, from the historic seafront to the award winning art galleries and museums, multitude of independent shops and more pubs, restaurants and cafes than you could possibly ever visit - if you stayed for a month!
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East Anglia's premier heritage railway and certainly the town's most well-known tourist attraction, this railway line was built between 1882 and 1886 and ran as a commercial line until the 1950s, when it closed due to lack of passengers. Today this beautiful heritage railway operates steam trains, which depart from Sheringham station just off Station Road, Sheringham's main high street, and travels 5.25 miles through Weybourne station and on to Holt, a nearby popular Georgian town, before returning to Sheringham.
Trains run daily during the summer months and has special services at other times of the year, such as the Norfolk Lights Express. From November, the surrounding countryside is lit up with beautiful light shows, and the trains themselves are covered with different coloured lights. Various dining trains also run on selected days, offering fish and chips, a gin experience, cream teas and even the chance to solve a murder mystery! Booking is essential, check the website for full details and current prices check out : North Norfolk Railway (The Poppy Line)
The venue is located on Station Road and has been running under various different names since 1914, changing to the current name in 1960. It offers an extensive programme including comedy, drama, musicals, pantomime and children's shows. There are also monthly performances on Sunday evenings by jazz groups in The Hub, the theatre's cafe, which offers a daily assortment of home-made sandwiches, snacks and cakes. For more information on performances or the jazz evenings, visit Sheringham Little Theatre or call 01263 822347.
A great place to go for a walk along the seafront and enjoy all the artwork along the way. From murals about the area's fishing and lifeboat heritage to a 100 metre prehistoric wildlife spectacular completed by local artist David Barber. The promenade runs along the town centre and there are plenty of places where you can sit down and enjoy your lunchtime meal overlooking the sea. Sheringham beach was awarded Blue Flag status in 2021, confirming its excellent water quality and the environmental and safety measures in place. There has been a lifeboat station in Sheringham for over 180 years, and it was the first RNLI station to receive a B class Atlantic 75 lifeboat. As there is no harbour in Sheringham, the lifeboat is launched via a tractor, not something you'd see every day.
There are almost 100 beach huts dotted across the Sheringham coastline. The typically brightly coloured huts are owned by North Norfolk council and are available with or without services. They are not available for daily hire but you can hire them on a weekly basis by contacting the council here: Sheringham Beach Hut Booking
Peter Coke (pronounced Cook, 1913 - 2008) retired to North Norfolk in 1976, having already been an actor, playwright, antique dealer and reaching the rank of major during his time as a WW2 army officer. After retiring from acting in the 1960s, he moved away from his antiques business to concentrate on producing and displaying his extensive collection of shell art, which was by now much sought after after being exhibited in London. Pieces were bought by royalty and his work is even mentioned in Sir Alec Guinness' autobiography.
In 2006 the Peter Coke Shell Gallery was opened in the recently restored fishermen's sheds on West Cliff in Sheringham town. Peter had generously donated over a hundred pieces to the Sheringham and District Preservation Society (which became the Sheringham and District Society in 2011). On his death in 2008 he bequeathed even more pieces, totalling almost 200, the majority of which is on permanent display. This is the largest collection of shell art by any one person in the world, and his intricate designs are both breathtaking and unlikely to ever be matched, as the huge range of tiny colourful tropical shells are now much harder to source.
Entry is free during its Easter to October open season thanks to being staffed by volunteers, although donations are gratefully received to help with the gallery's running costs. Check the Sherigham Society website for details.
There is also a detailed article of Peter Coke's work by Selina Wilkins.
There are several independent shops in Sheringham selling clothes, books, gifts, cards, jewellery, antiques, bric-a-brac, toys, homeware and much more. These include:
Penny’s Antique Shop
Sue’s Craft Emporium
Just a mile away from Sheringham town in Upper Sheringham is the thousand acre estate called Sheringham Park. Renowned now for its display of rhododendrons and azaleas, Sheringham Park was bought by Abbot and Charlotte Upcher in 1811. They commissioned Humphry Repton to produce one of his famous 'Red Books' in 1812 as the existing farmhouse was not considered suitable for the Upchers, and Repton described Sheringham Park as his "most favourite work".
Responsible for coining the phrase 'landscape gardener', because it required dual skills of landscape painting and practical gardening, before and after sketches of the parks he designed were a key part of his Red Books.
Today, Sheringham Park is owned by the National Trust since its acquisition in 1986. Repton's design is still largely followed today, and the combination of managed tree planting, shrubbery, flowers, wildlife, and stunning views will delight whatever time of year you visit.
Parking is available in the National Trust car park just off the main A148, Holt Road at the junction with the B1157, Lodge Hill, which leads down to Upper Sheringham. Parking is free for National Trust members but otherwise it's a pay and display, check Sheringham Park's National Trust page for current prices. There's a visitor centre and a lovely cafe open at the weekends; check out their cheesy chips!
The Sheringham Arts Centre hosts regular workshops that take place throughout the year. From pottery to painting, drawing and photography, there is something for everyone.
The museum houses collections relating to the history of Sheringham and its people.
Shelter Barn Arts Centre
This arts centre is situated on the outskirts of Sheringham near the A149 road. It hosts various exhibitions and events throughout the year.
This museum houses a collection of objects relating to the history of Sheringham and its surrounding area. The displays include artefacts dating back to Roman times and items from the Victorian era.
You’ll find a wide variety of pubs and bars in Sheringham catering for everyone. Here are just a few of our favourites:
The Olde Ship is a traditional pub situated next to the pier. It serves good quality home cooked food and has a large selection of real ales.
The White Horse is another popular pub in Sheringham.
There are plenty of cafes in Sheringham serving everything from coffee and cakes to full English breakfasts. Here are just a couple of our favourites:
This harbourside attraction offers scenic views of Blakeney Point and the Norfolk coast. You can also see seals up close as well as enjoy a range of activities including sea kayaking, dolphin spotting, bird watching and fishing. There are also guided walks around the reserve. Dogs are allowed on board the boats at no extra charge. However dogs must be kept on leads at all times.
Explore North Norfolk dog-friendly beaches
The Beeston Bump is a hill overlooking Sheringham that is said to be haunted by two ghosts. One is a young girl who died after falling from the top of the hill while riding her horse. Her ghost is often seen walking up the road towards the churchyard. The other is a man who committed suicide by jumping from the top of the cliff. He too haunts the area and is usually seen standing near the edge of the cliff.
The Crab and Lobster festival takes place at the end of May each year. This event is organised by the Town Council and attracts visitors from all over the world. There are stalls selling crabs, lobsters, seafood and much more. There are live music acts playing throughout the day and a funfair atmosphere.
Every year on the last Saturday of July the town hosts its annual carnival. This is an exciting time as people dress up in their finest costumes and parade through the streets. There are various events taking place including a street party, children's activities, firework display and much more.
Go to Sheringham Carnival Council Webpage for more informartion.
There are three golf clubs within 10 minutes drive of Sheringham. They are:
This is located on the western outskirts of the town. It is a 9 hole par 3 course with stunning views across the sea.
Sheringham Ladies' Golf Club
This is also located on the western outskirts. It is a 9-hole parkland course with panoramic views of the coast.
Trains leave Norwich train station approximately hourly Monday to Saturday and take about 30 minutes each way. From London Kings Cross they take 2 hours 45 mins. A return ticket costs £25.50. From King’s Lynn they take 1 hour 15 mins. A return ticket is £15.00.
From the M11 motorway follow signs towards Great Yarmouth. At junction 24 turn left onto the A149 heading north. Follow the road round the coast passing Blakeney point and continue up the hill following signs for Sheringham. Once at the top of the hill look out for the signpost pointing right to Sheringham village. Continue straight ahead and after approx 3 miles you reach the main entrance to Sheringham. Parking is available outside the shopping area near the bus stop.
The history of Sheringham is vast, but there is a local group that meet regulary to talk about the past. One of the Sheringham History Societies may be of inteterest.
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