Cromer: A seaside town

At the end of April, 2011, we were not living permanently in Norfolk. During a visit to the county, we enjoyed unusually good Spring weather, so went for a day trip to the coastal town of Cromer. This is on the North Norfolk coast, twenty-six miles from where we now live, in Beetley. I took a few photos that afternoon, and four are posted here. They are large files, and can be clicked on, for more detail.

First founded in the 13th century, Cromer developed as a crab-fishing town, later becoming a popular seaside holiday resort during Victorian times. It retains a very ‘old world’ feel, and still attracts holidaymakers seeking the traditional British style of holiday, whether based in nearby caravan sites, or in small hotels in the centre. The turn of the century (1901) pier is one of the main attractions, with its seasonal live shows, and five-hundred foot promenade. Most people are content to spend the day on the beaches below the cliffs, splashing in the sea, making sand castles, and eating traditional foods. The town offers little else in the way of tourist amenities, trading on its beaches, and relative peace and quiet.

Colourful beach huts, close to the sand.(And stones)


The tiny funfair at one end of the town. It is next to the Amusement Arcade.


The busy entrance to the pier. This pier was almost totally destroyed during the storms of 2013, and has since been lovingly restored.


A side view of the pier.


If you would like to know more about Cromer, here is a link to explore.


15 thoughts on “Cromer: A seaside town

  1. I wonder if Elvis danced with Marlene and offered her a cup of joe afterwards at the Coffee Reef? When examining the pier photo up close, some pertinent questions do come to mind…. Pete, these are great photos, and it’s a place I’d very much enjoy visiting one day.

    I’ve been to the Santa Monica Pier, which has been featured in many Hollywood productions, quite a few times, As for beach walks, I prefer Newport Beach, which features a row of oceanfront bungalows, and Venice Beach (the main setting of “Pope on the Dole”), which is known for its shops and quirky entertainment. Unfortunately, it’s a five-hour drive to the California beaches—when traffic cooperates. You’re fortunate to live so incredibly close to the ocean!


  2. I’m so glad the pier has been restored. I haven’t been to Cromer but I think I’m right in saying that some friends once did a theatre production there, perhaps on the pier itself. It’s just the sort of little seaside town I adore.


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