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Top places to live in Norfolk Sheringham

This traditional seaside fishing town sits on the tail end of the posher North Norfolk coast, making it more accessible and more fun. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.

WHY?

Bustling with families during the summer, it’s a nostalgic seaside town with buckets and spades and penny arcades. Change is afoot with new indies giving the town a distinctly youthful surfer vibe. And it’s only a 50-minute drive from the ancient city of Norwich.

EAT

There’s a new generation of cool indies in town. Get a kick of Tex Mex spice at Guac and Mole – street food by the sea. Pretty in pink Winibees serves scrumptiously Insta-worthy sweet treats. Stubby’s Pizza‘s fabulous menu surprises with ever-changing inventive toppings and Fat Ted’s loads you up with epic flatbreads, burgers and dirty fries. Super fresh Joyful West’s Shellfish stall is a must for a gorgeous tub of cockles. There are great cafés like Muddy Award finalist Whelk Coppers offering fab food with sea views and lovely Camellia Cottage is right in the centre of town. For a spot of fine seasonal-led dining, head to family-run local favourite No. 10. And newest cocktail hotspot in town is The Gangway, salty soul sister to the cool Cromer hangout.

There’s family pub grub at The Crown and Two Life Boats and you can’t beat chips on the sea front from one of the many fish and chippies.

SHOP

This seaside town isn’t a shopping Mecca (yet!) but there are nice art and craft stores such Red Lobster Gallery and Creativity. The Courtyard is bursting with gift shops too. For a trip down memory lane, visit Starlings toy shop and traditional sweet shop –The Chocolate Box. And the hardware store Blyth & Wright is a joy. Honestly. How all shops should be. If you’re looking for boutiques, jump on the vintage steam train to Holt and visit Muddy favourites The TanneryFairfax & Favor and Woofers & Barkers. Or cycle to Cromer for gorgeous plant shopping at Muddy finalist Roost, a picnic from West Street Deli and cappuccino with a shot at groovy North Sea Coffee.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

Head out of town on the coastal path and walk up over the cliffs into the National Trust’s Sheringham Country Park. Sheringham Little Theatre is a fab cinema/theatre with a cool and creative programme. And don’t miss the Viking Festival in February, for a torchlight procession and ceremonial burning of a long boat on the beach. Waterbabies will love SUP Shack for paddle board hire down on the prom and Glide Surf School 5 miles up the coast in trendy Cromer, with loads more places to take to the waves nearby. Golfers have one of the UK’s most picturesque courses on the doorstop (yes, celebs play here but we ain’t telling who!) There’s also fab small Sheringham Museum at the Mo and the quirky Peter Coke Shell Gallery too. The lovely heritage North Norfolk Railway runs from town to Holt through gorgeous coastal scenery. Beats languishing on the Tube any day.

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE

££351,096. On average, detached properties sell for ££414,523, semi-detached, £338,831 and terraced properties ££367,656. Good local estate agents in the area are Sowerbys, Arnold Keys and Watsons.

HOT PROPERTY

This 5 bedroom, 5 bathroom property with 5.8 acres on nearby Cley Road is on the market for £1.525m with Strutt & Parker.

SCHOOLS

Closest private schools with day and board options are prep Beeston Hall School near Cromer and for results and an impressive alumni (including Olivia Colman and James Dyson) – Gresham’s in Holt. Trains into Norwich make the city’s range of schools and colleges easily accessible too. Both Sheringham Primary and Sheringham High School are rated Ofsted Good and the sixth form offers a strong arts curriculum plus Japanese and EPQs.

BEST KEPT SECRET

In September, the whole town steps back in time to the 1940s with the vintage weekender 1940s festival. Grab some red lippy, roll your hair, find a flirty GI and dance your nylons off.

COMMUTE

London is going to be an unlikely daily destination from here but if you take the train from Sheringham to Norwich and then Norwich to London, it will take you approx 2hrs 45 with a good connection. Drive or train to Norwich will take 50 mins.

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