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Things to do in Winterton on Sea, Norfolk

The delightfully unspoilt village of Winterton-on-Sea lies on the east coast of Norfolk.

Church and windfarm from the dunes © Margaret Marchant
Church and windfarm from the dunes

It is only ten miles distant from the bustle of Great Yarmouth, but its a million miles away in character.

Rainbow over Winterton beach © Margaret Marchant
Rainbow over Winterton beach

When you first enter the village, the imposing sight of All Saints Church stands tall and elegant, as if to meet you.

The village has a small store, chip shop and post office.

Winterton in  bloom © Margaret Marchant
Winterton in bloom


There is also a wonderful old pub, The Fisherman's Return, to the rear of which is a large building, affectionately called the "Tin Ho".

The village is home to some extremely old and beautiful cottages, one still having the old Anderson Shelter in the garden.

Winterton church © Margaret Marchant
Winterton church

At the end of the village, you come to a car park and cafe.

The coast watchtower is a relatively recent addition, the old one having fallen into the sea due to coastal erosion.

The wide expanse of sand dunes topped with marram grass is home to adders and the rare natterjack toad.

Welcome to Winterton © Margaret Marchant
Welcome to Winterton


Behind that, the beautiful long sandy beach stretches as far as the eye can see in both directions.

I've been very fortunate on occasions to see seals pop their heads out of the sea very close to the beach, as well as watching them porpoise their way through the waves as they make their way along the coast.

Morris dancers outside Fishermans pub © Margaret Marchant
Morris dancers outside Fishermans pub

Overlooking the dunes and the sea is a family-owned leisure park, Hermanus Leisure.

Here you can stay in one of the thatched round houses, or if you prefer, a more traditional chalet.

Winterton church early evening © Margaret Marchant
Winterton church early evening

Winterton-on-Sea is a truly relaxing place to spend a holiday, or even just to visit.

However, if you want to be more adventurous, the Norfolk Broads are within easy reach, as is the city of Norwich with its wonderful cathedral and castle.

Description by Margaret Marchant

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