Do you have a dreams of playing happily in the sand together with your children, having low-key meals without drama or breaking the budget, picking strawberries from the vine and taking a little journey into the wild wilderness to spot some wildlife? If you do, we have the perfect spot in mind.
To celebrate my birthday last week, we ventured to the north of Norfolk. Booked only a couple days in advance, we were able to get a family suite in a little beach town called Mundesley. In the morning, we wandered down the street five minutes to have a low-key breakfast at a cafe overlooking the sea below. We took the ramp down to the beach, played with water guns, splashballs (from our August Bumble Box), ran about in the warm tidal pool, built sandcastles, played boules...it was pretty close to perfect.
We booked ahead for a little boat tour to the National Trust's Blakeney Point at high tide, so we drove ~40 minutes north (near Wiveton Hall for any 'Normal for Norfolk' fans out there) to catch the boat. We saw hundreds of lovely seals on the shores at Blakeney, had a chance to ramble about the pristine virgin landscape and take a few lovely family photos and give the littles a bit of freedom to run about. On the way back, I swear we saw David Cameron a dinghy to a yacht, but nevermind....the seals were the jewel of the day.
On the way back to Mundesley, we stopped by a lovely family pub called The King's Head in Letheringsett. For us, this pub as perfect. They had a little fenced beer garden with a climbing frame and bordered a pasture with cattle and pheasants roaming about. Our entire family was thrilled with the choice.
The next day, we woke and spent another morning on the beach a few steps from our accommodation, had lunch at a pub overlooking the beach (The Ship) and then made our way to a local pick your own farm (following the signs along the local roads). We picked our weight in delicious, sweet berries and then slowly made our way back to South London.
For other like-minded families in need of a low-key, low-cost, sunny weekend away, we'd recommend this one with a happy heart.
Here's a plan to get you started:
Blakeney Point is owned and managed by the National Trust.
The King's Head in Letheringsett is near Blakeney Point and lovely for a family-friendly outdoor lunch or dinner.
The low-key Old Ship Inn in Mundesley was very family-friendly for a lunch overlooking the sea--they have a climbing frame and a little boat for the children to drive.
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