Things To Do In Norfolk During The Heatwave
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Things To Do In Norfolk During The Heatwave

Caitlin Hamill July 13, 2022

As temperatures across the UK soar, we are all desperate to get out and make the most of the summer sun. Here are some of the many ways you can make the most out of the heatwave in beautiful Norfolk.

Head to the beach

The Norfolk coastline spans 84 miles of beautiful beaches that long to be explored. The county boasts beautiful pebble and sandy shorelines, as well as being home to six blue flag beaches – Cromer, East Runton, Mundesley, Sea Palling, Sheringham and West Runton. 

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One of the best things about Norfolk’s beaches is how easily accessible they are. You can get to Cromer, Sheringham and Great Yarmouth by train, bus or car, making it the ideal spot for students this summer. Explore the hundreds of interesting shops in Yarmouth, selling all sorts of gadgets and gizmos, or head to the Cromer pier and discover the history behind the lifeboats.

So why not pack a towel and suncream and head down for a day at the beach? Of course, no day at the seaside is complete without a trip to the arcades.

Go wild swimming

Norfolk is full of beautiful spots for wild swimming, it’s just knowing where to go. The River Yare runs through Earlham Park, which provides a lovely wild swimming spot. You could also pack a picnic and make a day of it. Horstead Mill just north to the city is also a popular spot amongst locals and makes for a great place to swim.

Spend a day at the broads

Hire a boat, go for a swim or have a picnic in Britain’s man-made wet woodland. There are plenty of broads to choose from, but my favourite to spend a day at is Salhouse. Go for a swim, get ice cream from the ice cream boat and then have a picnic with the ducks on the hill. Make sure to enjoy the scenic walk down to the broad. 

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Hire a canoe or paddleboard

Canoe and paddle boarding companies are becoming increasingly popular throughout Norfolk, due to the number of riverways in the county. If you fancy something different, seek out Pub and Paddle, located next to The Ribs of Beef on Fye Bridge in the city centre. You can start your trip off at the pub, before hiring a canoe or row boat down one of three routes the company recommend. Or you can simply hire a vessel for 2 hours for £12.50pp and explore the city centre.

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Seek out aircon 

If the heat isn’t for you, head down to Riverside and shelter from the sun by having a game of bowling at Hollywood bowl. Or, soak up the cool aircon at ODEON whilst watching the newest blockbuster. You can also hide from the heat in the many restaurants on offer, such as Pizza Hut, Nando’s, TGI Fridays and Estabulo, or sit on the riverside and admire the views. 

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Caitlin is a freelance journalist who is currently studying journalism at Kingston University. She is an expert in entertainment news - especially music and film. Nominated for Most Promising Journalist in her first year, she has nothing but passion for writing.