A winter day trip to Sheringham from Boundary Stables

A winter day trip to Sheringham from Boundary Stables

 

A holiday at Boundary Stables, in Happisburgh, is as lovely in the winter months as during the height of summer. Even in cold, wet, windy December, our five one-storey cottages are warm and cosy, and easily accessible from the parking area just outside the door. Smooth, level access and wide doorways are wheelchair friendly, and dogs can let off steam in your private, enclosed courtyard, while you keep an eye on them through the patio doors.

 

On the north Norfolk coast, just over twenty miles from Happisburgh, is the popular seaside resort of Sheringham. This busy little town is the home of 21 cafés and restaurants, five pubs, a theatre, two museums, two railway stations, a tourist information bureau, and many intriguing shops. The sandy beach, which gets thoroughly ‘washed’ twice a day by the tide, is one of the cleanest beaches in Norfolk.

 

On many of the walls along Sheringham’s promenade, there are large, lively paintings by local artists, Colin Seal and David Barber. Images of seafaring trades, such as boat building, net mending, sail making, gansey knitting, and fishing can be seen on Lifeboat Plain; outside Sheringham’s museum (The Mo, closed in winter, unfortunately), there are life-sized figures, copied from old Sheringham photographs; and a 100-foot-long ‘mammoth mural’, inspired by the famous West Runton Elephant, is an imaginative depiction of stone-age life.

 

Over the Christmas period, the cosy 180-seat Sheringham Little Theatre is filled with local residents and winter visitors for daily performances of the annual professional pantomime – this year, The Wizard of Oz, beginning Saturday December 9th. Situated in the heart of Sheringham, the Little Theatre plays a major role in the local community, with a packed programme of live shows, popular feature films, and art exhibitions. Tickets can be purchased from the Sheringham Little Theatre website (http://sheringhamlittletheatre.com/contact-and-booking-information/) or from the theatre box office (01263 822347); this venue provides superb facilities for visitors with limited mobility.

 

The North Norfolk Railway, otherwise known as The Poppy Line, is a remnant of the Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway, established in 1893. The Poppy Line is one of Norfolk’s most popular visitor attractions; each year, families flock to Sheringham Station for the Santa Special steam train ride, which runs three times a day on the first four Saturdays and Sundays in December, as well as Wednesday 20th, Thursday 21st, and Friday 22nd December. With refreshments and professional entertainment during the journey, a present for every child, and a craft fair at Weybourne Station (open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.), the Santa Special makes a super Christmas outing.

 

There’s quite a lot going on at St Peter’s Church, Church Street, during December. At 7.30 p.m. on Thursday December 14th, all the Sheringham churches will be getting together for the grand annual Town Carol Concert, featuring several local choirs and bands. On Saturday December 16th, also at 7.30 p.m., there’ll be a brass band Christmas Concert, and every day from Thursday 7th to Tuesday 12th December, the Christmas Festival begins at 10.00 a.m.

 

Norfolk is, in general, a county of dog lovers, and in Sheringham, particularly, canine holiday-makers will feel very much at home!

 

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