Sheringham is a pleasant little coastal resort in north Norfolk. It has all the facilities of a traditional seaside town with fine sandy beaches, a promenade and a bustling commercial centre, providing an excellent range of shops, cafes, bistros and restaurants.
There is also a first class golf-course and a choice of traditional family entertainment. The fine sand and shingle beaches are unspoilt and safe for bathing. A weekly street market is held on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Similar to the other nearby resorts or Cromer and Hunstanton, Sheringham quickly grew from a small fishing village into a popular seaside town after the arrival of the railway in 1887. Sadly the train line closed as part of the Beeching cuts in the 60s, but was reopened as a heritage line only a few years later. Sheringham Station is now the headquarters of the North Norfolk Railway (also known as the Poppy Line), which regularly runs steam trains along the coast to Holt.
Beached Fishing Boats (by Geoff Doggett)
As there is no harbour at Sheringham and the local fishing skiffs are hauled up on the beach. Crab and shellfish is the main catch landed here.
At the west end of the seafront, the beach launched RNLI lifeboat is part of a series of life saving vessels that protect and serve the North Sea coastal area. Several of the historic craft are on display in The MO museum on the seafront.
The seafront esplanade has attractive flower beds backed by sheltered seating. There is a raised boating lake at one end and a children's play park at the other. The fine Promenade, which runs along the seafront, forms part of the Norfolk Coast Path, which runs along the north coast from Hunstanton to Hopton-on-Sea.
The Little Theatre, in Station Road (NR26 8RE), opens from May to September, with a program of theatrical plays, music, shows and films. Local summer events include a traditional carnival held in July/August with a procession of carnival floats and a packed programme of activities and fun events.
Sheringham not as busy as other resorts and makes an ideal destination for a relaxing family holiday or a weekend break. The town includes a good selection of Victorian and Edwardian hotels and B&B establishments to suit most requirements.
The town museum, located on the seafront, tells the story of Sheringham and its fishing and boat-building community. Several of the original historic oar and sail driven lifeboats are on display, along with several traditional fishing vessels, built in the town by local craftsmen.
Location: Lifeboat Plain, Sheringham Norfolk NR26 8BG
Tel: 01263 824482
A mile inland, Sheringham Hall is set in fine park built to the design of Humphry Repton (circa 1812). The park is open to the public and famed for its brilliant displays of rhododendrons and azaleas and pleasant garden walks. Run by National Trust
Opening times: daily from 9.30am to 6.30pm - Admission Charge
Location: Visitor Centre, Wood Farm, Sheringham NR26 8TL
The North Norfolk Railway uses steam and heritage diesel power to pull hundreds of passengers each year on trips through the picturesque north Norfolk countryside. The line runs between Sheringham and Holt, with an intermediate station at Weybourne. The yards at Sheringham Station host a fine collection of steam locomotives and rolling stock, some undergoing restoration.