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It’s no secret that Norfolk is a great county for a holiday, but where should you go if you have the family in tow? We round up the best holiday spots for your break, whether you’ve got babies, boyfriends, teenagers, parents or pooches with you.

Best for babies & toddlers – Wells-next-the-Sea:
Ah Wells – what’s not to love? Stripy beach huts, miles and miles (and miles) of pristine sand and extremely shallow water at low tide (if the tide is high, there are plenty of rock pools for your little ones to play in while remaining safe). Walk the length of the line of beach huts and you’ll find plenty of sand dunes to roll down or sit atop and bask in the scenery. While the town itself is a bit of a schlep from the beach, there is a little train running between the two in the summer, while the car park has a wonderful beach café selling ice-cream, cakes, coffee and buckets and spades.


Best for teenagers – Great Yarmouth:
If you have older children, beautiful scenery alone isn’t going to cut it, and while Great Yarmouth isn’t for everybody, what it offers in spades is activities. From crazy golf and trampolining to boat trips and donkey rides, your children certainly won’t complain about being bored (and there’s a lot to be said for that). When the energy starts to flag – or the weather turns – there are enough amusement arcades to shake a pretty penny at, while ice creams, fish and chips and milkshakes are on tap wherever you decide to lay out your picnic blanket.



Best for girlfriends/boyfriends – Holkham:
Holkham regularly gets crowned Best UK Beach and rightly so. With its large car park, charming walk down to the sand through pine woods and excellent country pub, The Victoria, Holkham is an enormous, unspoilt stretch of sand that is four times as big at low tide as it is at high. Combine a morning at the beach with an afternoon of culture at Holkham Hall – part of the Holkham Estate, this beautiful Georgian manor is steeped in history – or hit Holkham Village with its handful of quaint shops including an Adnams bottle shop.


Best for dogs – Brancaster:
During the height of summer – when the beaches throng with holidaymakers – the first thing that will get banished from the sand is your dog. But not in Brancaster where your pooch is allowed to run into the sea even in August. With its caramel sand and gentle waters, there’s miles of space to scamp around, while fewer tourists are a welcome advantage. The multi-award-winning Ship at Brancaster offers luxury accommodation, fine dining and roasts to write home about.


Best for parents – Cromer:
What Cromer lacks in pristine sand, it makes up for in oldy-woldy pier, with a 500-seater Pavilion Theatre scheduling year-round performances in theatre, dance and music that attract visitors from far and wide. The annual Summer Show is a particular highlight – a marvellous medley of music, song, dance, comedy and, of course, glitzy outfits, perfect for your mum or dad. Cromer Crab is probably the most famous export from this East Norfolk seaside resort, with crab sandwiches sold all over – if  you stay long enough, you’ll be able to see crab boats being dragged up The Gangway.



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