Family Breaks in Norfolk
One of Norfolk’s great attractions is the coastal path, which runs from Hunstanton, in West Norfolk, round to Sea Palling, just a few miles south of Happisburgh. If you’re feeling energetic, the coastal walk from Happisburgh to Sea Palling makes a really pleasant day out. You’ll be rewarded for your efforts when, on arriving in Sea Palling, you come across Reefs Bar, a dog-friendly pub rebuilt on the site of the Lifeboat Inn that was destroyed by the floods of 1953.
Open all day, every day, throughout the whole year, Reefs Bar serves a wide selection of food and drink, including children’s meals. The most exciting thing about this pub, though, is the live music; every weekend, all through the year, you can enjoy live music from 9 p.m. onward. In April, there’ll be an opportunity to see performances by Liquid Cosh (April 1st), Pirate Radio (April 8th), Killer Tomatoes (April 15th), Lithium (April 22nd), and Replica (April 29th).
Back in Happisburgh, just a stone’s throw from Boundary Stables, there’s the family-friendly Hill House Inn, with menu choices and seating for children, and even a selection of toys and games. Hill House’s own brewery, the Dancing Men Brewery, owes its name to the Sherlock Holmes story, The Adventure of the Dancing Men, conceived in the mind of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle during a stay at Hill House in 1905. A highlight of the Happisburgh year is the Hill House Inn’s Annual Summer Solstice Beer Festival, to be held this year from June 15th to 19th.
Norfolk is rich in creative talent, and there’s no shortage of live music in the county’s pubs. The Dog, at Ludham, hosts live entertainment every fortnight throughout the season, beginning March 17th with Evening with Bob, a five-piece band, whose musical heroes are Bob Dylan and Bob Marley. Evening with Bob will be returning to The Dog on May 12th and July 7th.
A Norfolk holiday usually includes a boat trip on the Broads, and Wroxham is the central point for tour boats. Just yards away from Wroxham Bridge, with an outside seating area overlooking the River Bure, is The Old Mill Restaurant and Café Bar, open seven days a week from 9 a.m. An ideal pit-stop before or after a Broads boat trip, the Old Mill offers breakfasts, snacks, cooked meals, delicious cakes, and a wide selection of speciality coffees.
Horning is another busy town on the Broads. The New Inn boasts a riverside garden (which includes a covered patio and heated decking area) and an outdoor amusement area for children. The Ferry Inn, also on the river, offers plenty of outdoor facilities for children, including swings, slides, and bouncy castle. Right in the heart of Horning, situated on the River Bure, is the Swan Inn, with a riverside beer garden, public moorings, and a varied menu, including popular children’s choices.
We hope that this brief insight into the plethora of family-friendly eating establishments in Norfolk will allay any doubts you have about opting for an active, yet relaxed, family holiday at Boundary Stables.