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Where to shop in Cromer

Where to shop in Cromer

Posted Wednesday 27 May 2015 10:39 AM

Shopping in Cromer is a delight as there are so many little shops selling everything you might need. Whether you're looking for a souvenir of your holiday or just fancy a bit of retail therapy, there's something here for you.

Lily B

This beautiful little boutique offers women's clothing in a range of styles. Do a little shopping, treat yourself to an outfit for dinner or just browse the beautiful items in the shop. Find it at 34 Prince of Wales Road.

Happy Feet

If you have kids, this should be your first stop as Happy Feet offers a wide range of children's shoes. The store is colourful and hard to miss on Bond Street.


This clothing store on Church Street offers something for everyone. There's clothing for men, women and children as well as a range of soft furnishing to browse too.

Amy's Sweet Shop

Fancy a little indulgence? Head to Amy's Sweet Shop on West Street to stock up on your pick 'n' mix favourites. The shop also sells diabetic sweets so everyone can enjoy a sweet trip down memory lane.

Wet Dog Surf Shop

Cromer is a fantastic surf destination so if you're visiting to catch some waves, perhaps pop into Wet Dog Surf Shop on Tucker Street to browse the well known surf brands. Perhaps even treat the kids to a skateboard or scooter.

Little Gems Rock Shop

This varied and beautiful little shop on Mount Street is full of fossils, gemstones and crystals. Pick up a little souvenir of your time in Cromer or add to an already growing collection of these little gems.

Cromer Gift Shop

For all your Cromer gift needs, this shop on the corner of Church Street is full of beautiful souvenirs. From those little bits and bobs you'd expect in a shop like this, through to notebooks, presents and calendars.

Where do you love to shop in Cromer? Let us know on Twitter, @SandcliffCromer

News from The Sandcliff

Posted Friday 15 May 2015 14:39 PM

There have been a lot of exciting developments here at the Sandcliff over the last few weeks and we can't wait to share them all with you.

The refurbishments of select rooms are now complete and they are open for business. If you want to book one of these rooms, head on over to our booking page.

We're also very excited to say that we've recently had fibre optic installed throughout the Sandcliff, which means you can now get super-fast internet no matter where you are in the hotel.

There's a lot more we are excited to share but can't quite yet so watch this space or keep and eye on Twitter - @sandcliffcromer – for updates.

Things to do in Norwich

Things to do in Norwich

Posted Friday 01 May 2015 15:05 PM

Norwich is Cromer's closet city and there's so much to do in this beautiful place. If you fancy a nice 40 minute drive to explore Norwich, here are some things you can do.

Visit Norwich Castle

This beautiful old building sits on a hill high above the city. Inside there's a museum that tells you all about the history of the castle and the city. The views from the battlements are absolutely stunning and you get to realise just how many churches there are in the city. The best place to park is the Castle Mall car park.

Do some shopping

The Norwich Lanes are great for independent retailers and cafes. Visit Norwich Gift Emporium for some locally-made accessories, soft furnishings and jewellery, or do a spot of shoe shopping in Imelda's. If it's food you're after, visit The Belgian Monk or Roots for a hearty meal or relax with a slice of cake in Biddy's Tea Room.

Go for a stroll

Norwich is full of some beautiful parks. If you want some fantastic views of the cathedral and Cow Tower, take the Riverside Walk. It's not took long but it's lovely to walk along the side of the river.

Visit the Cathedral

No one can deny that Norwich cathedral is spectacular. You can go in and have a look around at some of the amazing stained-glass windows, old tombs and beautiful architecture.

Museums and art galleries galore

Find out about Norwich's history in The Bridewell Museum or visit Stranger's Hall for a glimpse into the past. There's also the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts located at the UEA.

Let us know what you love to do in Norwich on Twitter - @sandcliffhotel

Summer events in North Norfolk

Posted Wednesday 22 Apr 2015 08:30 AM

If you're planning a trip to Norfolk this summer, perhaps tie it in with one of these events happening in our corner of the county.

Norfolk and Norwich Festival - 8th to 24th May

This arts festival is happening across Norfolk in May and we're particularly excited about the premier of Wolf's Child at Felbrigg Hall. There's so much happening from live music to interactive theatre to dance. Take a look at the full program of events over on nnfest. Org. Uk.

Royal Norfolk Show 1st and 2nd July

This two day show in July is a must-visit if you want to find out more about Norfolk as a whole. It all happens at the Royal Norfolk Showground in Norwich, so while not North Norfolk, it's worth a visit if you're in the area. You'll be able to see all sorts of entertainment and demonstrations as well as look around the stalls of some of Norfolk's finest craftspeople, businesses and service providers.

Worsted Festival- 25th and 26th July

This festival celebrates village life and is a great chance to experience rural Norfolk at its best. Alongside all the Norfolk food producers who are attending the show, you'll have the chance to watch demonstrations in the display ring, meet some lovely local folk and even get acquainted with huge horses and birds of prey.

Cromer Carnival - 15th to 21st August

This is a huge celebration each year with a fun fair, fancy dress night and the famous carnival procession - which takes place on the 19th this year. The procession of floats runs right by the hotel so you'll have a fantastic vantage point. Our rooms do fill up quickly here, though, so make sure you book your stay well ahead of time.

North Norfolk Restaurant Week 28th September to 11th October

This is a celebration of North Norfolk's finest food, right at the end of summer. You'll get the chance to try some of North Norfolk's best restaurants at an incredibly tempting price. This gives you the chance to revisit old favourites as well as try something new.

What events are you looking forward to in 2015? Let us know on Twitter: @SandcliffCromer

North Norfolk's best spots for photographers

North Norfolk's best spots for photographers

Posted Monday 13 Apr 2015 12:55 PM

North Norfolk is beautiful and varied. There are some amazing spots to stop and take photos, here are some of our favourites.

Titchwell RSPB Reserve

If you love photographing wildlife, particularly waders then this is the spot for you. Stop in one of the hides or walk all the way down to the beach. You'll be treated to flocks of knots, lapwings and avocets and you may see the odd curlew, snipe or godwit on your travels too. Keep your eyes open for marsh harriers circling overhead.

The Broads

If you want to get some spectacular photos at sunset or sunrise, head to the broads. Perhaps capture the reflection of a windmill as the sun goes down or get out early with the mist for some atmospheric shots that really sum up this beautiful part of the world.


Not quite north Norfolk but a great place to visit nonetheless. Not only is it a beautiful town but it's the only place in Norfolk where you can catch the sun setting over the sea thanks to its west-facing direction.

Sheringham Park

There's something for everyone at this park, just a short drive from our hotel. Whether you want to photograph happy dogs or fancy a great vantage point for the North Norfolk railway's steam train, you won't be disappointed. The rolling landscape is particularly beautiful so even if you just want to explore Norfolk's varied terrain, you'll be able to here.

Cromer beach

Moody shots of the pier in the evening, Cromer lit up at night, or colourful people lounging on the beach in the sun; the shots you can get on our very own beach are nicely varied. We're particularly fond of the little seaside details like bunting, the corners of boats, a lone crab nestled in the sand or the quest to de-sand your feet before putting your shoes back on.

Share with us some of your Norfolk photography on Twitter - @Sandcliffcromer

What to do in. . . Sheringham

Posted Wednesday 01 Apr 2015 13:05 PM

Sheringham is a short drive from Cromer down the coast and makes for a great day out if you want to explore more of what Norfolk has to offer. Here are some things to do in Sheringham.

Walk around Sheringham Park

This beautiful park features its own temple that looks over at the landscape, which was formed by ancient glaciers. There's a certain serenity to the place, especially during spring and summer when the rhododendrons are out in full bloom.

Take in a show at Sheringham Little Theatre

From funny musicals, to serious plays, to fun for the whole family. Take a look at what's on at Sheringham Little Theatre.

Stop for dinner at The Bank

The Bank is a Nepalese restaurant that serves some fine food, all from the beautiful location of Sheringham's old bank. I can definitely recommend the cheese naan. . .

Eat fish and chips at the seaside

Every visit to a seaside town should feature fish and chips on the seaside. Perhaps walk along the beach, or sit and look out to sea as you plan the rest of your day.

Cake with a view

Funky Mackerels is a café situated right on the seafront. Position yourself - with a generous slice of flapjack and cup of tea, of course - in front of the window and watch the sea slowly lap at the shore.

Swim at Splash

If you're visiting the area as a family, Splash is great fun for all involved. The huge swimming pool features a slide that even the adult with enjoy and you should prepare yourself for the wave machine too. There's also a gym and somewhere to eat, so you can make a full day of it.

Go shopping

Sheringham has some lovely little independent shops so you should take your time wandering around the town centre. Perhaps even pop into one of the pubs to refuel with local ale and delicious food.

Cromer Pier is named Pier of the Year 2015

Posted Friday 20 Mar 2015 10:12 AM

You're probably all very aware that we love Cromer. It's full of wonderful people, great places to eat and a beautiful stretch of coastline. Dominating the coastline is the striking Cromer Pier, which took some damage during the storms at the end of 2013, but is being restored to its former glory.

Cromer Pier puts on some amazing shows – most notably the last remaining End-of-the-Pier Show in Europe – and is home to The Pavilion Bar, which has some great views across the sea, and the best hot chocolate in Cromer).

We were very please to hear that The National Piers Society recently named Cromer Pier as Pier of the Year for 2015! An accolade everyone in Cromer is very proud of.

During your stay in Cromer, pop down to the pier and experience exactly what makes it Pier of the Year. The Summer Show runs from 20th June to 19th September so there's plenty of time to plan your visit to Cromer to see this amazing variety show.

We have great deals on rooms (starting at just £29!) so get in touch on 01263 512888 to make a booking.

Have you ever been to Cromer Pier? Share you experiences with us on Twitter @SandcliffCromer.

North Norfolk for families

North Norfolk for families

Posted Wednesday 11 Mar 2015 11:42 AM

If you're thinking about heading to Cromer for a break with your family, take a look at this guide to give you an idea of all the things you can do in this area.


This is a treehouse adventure that's suitable for the whole family. As the parents, you don't just have to sit and watch your kids have fun, you can get involved too. Chase your children through the tree tops, try out the zipwire and find out more about the story of Bewilderwood.

Wroxham Barns

This is a fun farmyard where you can all feed the animals (sheep, goats, cows, donkeys and more!), make new friends and perhaps pick up some souvenirs in the surrounding shops. There's also crazy golf and a funfair.


This is one big treasure hunt across the country and there are some great geocaching routes in North Norfolk. We particularly like the trails in Mundesley and along the coast path. Take a look at www. Geocaching. Com for more info.

Sheringham Little Theatre

Take a look at what's on during your stay, there will no doubt be a fun family show to keep you all entertained for an afternoon.

Bure Valley Railway

A trip on this charming little steam train is a great way to see some Norfolk countryside. There's also a great walk that follows the railway line.

Seal trips

There are plenty of companies that will take you out to see the seals off the North Norfolk coast. Now is a great time to do this as you'll have the chance of seeing some seal pups too! Don't forget your camera.

Pensthorpe Nature Reserve

If you love wildlife and leisurely family walks, Pensthorpe is a great place to visit during your trip. The Wildrootz section of the park is a great place for children to have some fun and learn about British wildlife. They can try their hand a pond-dipping, meet some creepy crawlies and keep an eye out for red squirrels too.

Amazona Zoo

Cromer's very own zoo makes a great day out for the whole family. Spend some time watching the otters dive and play in the water, watch the jaguars being fed and then have some fun in the Jungle Tumble play area.

Let us know on Twitter - @sandcliffcromer - what you love to do with the kids in North Norfolk!

Spring has sprung! (Almost. . . )

Spring has sprung! (Almost. . . )

Posted Saturday 28 Feb 2015 10:01 AM

It's looking decidedly brighter here in Cromer and it's easy to tell that spring is definitely on its way. There's snowdrops popping up all over the place and people are starting to leave their homes without needing to be wrapped up beyond recognition.

The beach is particularly wonderful at this time of year and if you haven't already seen, we recently posted a guide to walking in North Norfolk with ideas for long and short treks you can take during your stay with us.

In other news, we've recently finished some refurbishments. Our rooms are brighter, comfier and more stylish than ever. If you want to sample this new exciting stage in Sandcliff history, we have rooms starting from just £29 per night.

March is going to be a great month for Cromer and the surrounding area, not only are we going to be seeing all the colours of spring but there's so much to do and see in the town at this time of the year (and we're not just talking about Chas and Dave coming to Cromer Pier on March 8th).

You'll soon be able to feed lambs at Wroxham barns; you could take in a film at Cromer's very own cinema; go on snowdrop walks through the woods; have a rummage around the Birston car boot; or simply take some time to yourself to relax and get some fresh air.

We'd love to know what you've got planned for spring, let us know on Twitter: @Sandcliffcromer

North Norfolk for walkers

North Norfolk for walkers

Posted Tuesday 17 Feb 2015 11:16 AM

Walking in Norfolk is a true pleasure. We have some beautiful paths, parks and forests in this part of the world and that's all on top of the fantastic views and big skies.

Here are some walks you should try during your stay.

North Norfolk Coast Path

You can hop on this path from Cromer and walk in either direction. If you fancy a short walk why not head towards Sheringham it's a beautiful two mile stroll that overlooks the sea.

If you want a bit more of a challenge, make a day of it and try one of the circular walks that take in part of the coastal path. There's a lovely 9. 5 mile route that starts in Sheringham and visits places such as West Runton and Aylmerton.

If you fancy a bit more of a leisurely day trip then try this Brancaster route that takes you along the edge of the marshes.

Paston Way

This is a really great route that offers everything from long linear walks to shorter circular walks. We particularly like the Cromer to Mundesley route (11. 5 miles). Do some walking, stop for a bite to eat then get the bis back, it makes for a fantastic day out.

Blakeney Freshes

This three mile route around Blakeney is a great chance to do some bird watching. You'll walk aroudn the harbour, through marshes and along reed beds. This is a fantastic way to see birds such as avocet, marsh harriers and perhaps even a bittern. Make sure you bring your binoculars and perhaps even a camera too.

Bure Valley Walk

Walk alongside the Bure Valley railway line for a great chance to see this little steam train. Park your car at one of the stations and walk anywhere between half a mile to nine miles to another station. Then you can simply hop on the train to get back to your car.

This is a great day out and a fantastic chance to do some walking and take a trip on of of North Norfolk's loveliest attractions.

Love is in the air

Love is in the air

Posted Monday 09 Feb 2015 14:08 PM

We're almost fully booked for Valentine's Day but there are still a few rooms available for any couples who fancy getting away for the weekend. Spend some time in the beautiful coastal town of Cromer and get some romance back in your life.

Take a look at what's available at the Sandcliff Hotel over Valentine's Day here. There's so much to do in Cromer and the surrounding area.

If you're looking for somewhere interesting to eat and look at over the sea, try No1 Fish and Chips just down the road from the hotel. It's an interesting take on traditional fish and chips with tapas-style sharing plates and all sorts of sides to accompany your dinner. Time your dinner with the setting of the sun for gorgeous views over Cromer pier.

If you want to explore some of our gorgeous county by foot then head along the coastal path the Sheringham where you'll get fantastic views of the sea and inland too. If you and your loved one enjoy walking then perhaps spend some time exploring the gorgeous Sheringham Park.

The temple at the park has great views towards the sea and it's a great place to take in some of Norfolk's beauty while spending some time with the person most special to you.

In Cromer you could sample some of the food and drink the local cafés have to offer or you could try your luck in the arcades. Whatever you choose to do, The Sandcliff can be your base, whether you explore Cromer thoroughly or want to see more of North Norfolk as well.

Of course, Cromer can be romantic all year round, not just on Valentine's Day so if you can't make it to the coast in February, you've got all year to plan a special trip.

The Sandcliff Hotel has some beautiful rooms overlooking the sea, so consider treating your loved one to a romantic break away, just because. For further information, take a look at sandcliffcromer. Co. Uk.

What to do in Cromer this winter

Posted Thursday 22 Jan 2015 15:03 PM

Cromer is a wonderful part of the world and it's not just the kind of place that comes alive in summer. In fact, there's plenty to do in Cromer this winter whether it be strolling down the beach or trying out one of the fantastic restaurants.


North Norfolk is a fantastic place for anyone who loves long walks. You could take a trip along the beach, try a stretch of the coastal path, or head inland to see some of the spectacular sights such as the Norfolk Broads.

Wherever you decide to walk, you'll be able to see all sorts of wildlife and the birdwatching is particularly good.

There are also plenty of Geocaching opportunities in Cromer and the surrounding area.

Take in a show

The Pavilion Theatre sits at the end of Cromer pier and has shows on throughout the year. Treat yourself to an evening of music, a dance show or the latest musical. Check out what's on here.

Just down the coast in Sheringham, there's the wonderful Sheringham Little Theatre where you can see a wide range of plays and shows. Perfect if you're looking for something a little different.

A bit of history

If you want to find out more about Cromer and its history, pop into the Henry Blogg museum. It details the history of the town's lifeboats and Henry Blogg, who was the coxswain from 1935-45.


There's a whole host of things to do in the town centre, from a spot of shopping to a visit to our beautiful cinema. Don't make any plans, simply take a stroll through the town and see where you end up. There are arcades, little shops, places to eat and plenty of places to pop into for a drink to recharge your batteries.

Locallysourced breakfasts now available at The Sandcliff Hotel

Posted Friday 09 Jan 2015 16:35 PM

We love Norfolk, as we may have mentioned, and our new breakfast menu now supports Norfolk farms by using locally sourced produce wherever possible.

There's a continental selection of juices, yoghurts, cereals and fresh fruit on offer but the star of the show – at least we like to think so – is our full English breakfast.

You choose how you want your eggs cooked, whether it be fried, scrambled or poached. You'll also get grilled bacon, a sausage, mushrooms, tomatoes, baked beans and your choice of white or brown toast.

If you don't fancy anything quite so indulgent, we can do any of the above on toast or you can mix and match to create your perfect breakfast.

We also offer a children's breakfast for smaller appetites.

We're very proud of the fact that we offer locally sourced produce as it gives those of you from further afield the chance to taste some of the best food Norfolk has to offer. If you'd like to know more about where our food comes from, just ask.

What to expect from The Sandcliff in 2015

What to expect from The Sandcliff in 2015

Posted Wednesday 31 Dec 2014 10:54 AM

2014 has been an amazing year for us, we've gone through a few changes and have been busier than ever. In 2015 we hope to continue those successes.

Thank you to everyone who stayed with us in 2014, read our blog posts, reviewed us on Trip Advisor, and interacted on social media.


We're in the process of refurbishing parts of the hotel to make it more comfortable than ever, we've also got some quirky design features up our sleeves so watch this space!

A bigger social presence

Many of you have been interacting with us across social media and that's going to continue in 2015, with Rach at the helm. Twitter and Facebook are the places to be if you want to find out about special packages, deals, happenings in North Norfolk and a little bit more information about our coastal hotel.

Regular blog posts

You'll be regularly updated with everything that's happening at the Sandcliff Hotel here on our blog. We'll make sure to share these posts across social media but stop by regularly to find out what we're up to and perhaps find a few deals along the way.

We'll also be keeping you up-to-date with what there is to do here in Cromer and further into Norfolk too.

More photos

Want to see more of Cromer and the surrounding area? We'll be posting images here on the blog as well as across social media to show you just how beautiful our little corner of the world is. Hopefully the pictures will inspire you to give Norfolk a visit to experience its charms all for yourself.

Let us know what you're planning for 2015!

Merry Christmas from everyone at the Sandcliff

Posted Wednesday 24 Dec 2014 14:30 PM

Christmas day is almost upon us so we wanted to take this chance to wish you a merry Christmas and a very happy New Year!

We've got so much planned for 2015 but we'll update you on all the very soon. Keep an eye on Twitter for an idea of what we're up to over this festive season.

If you're interested in staying with us in 2015, take a look here where rooms start from just £29 per night!

If you're in Cromer over Christmas, we've rounded up some of the exciting things there are to do in a recent blog post, which you can read here.

We hope you get plenty of chances to eat, drink and be merry over the next few days. Enjoy yourselves and merry Christmas!

What to do in Cromer this Christmas

What to do in Cromer this Christmas

Posted Friday 19 Dec 2014 16:53 PM

Cromer is a fantastic place to spend time this Christmas and whether you live in the town on or are just visiting, there's plenty to see and do to put you in a festive mood.

Meet Father Christmas

On the 20th and 21st December (this weekend) children we be able to meet Father Christmas in his grotto on Cromer pier between 10am and 12:30pm.

It costs just £5 and that includes a present too. Father Christmas is going to be very busy, though, so booking is essential.

The Cromer Pier Christmas Show

This spectacular show is running up until the 27th December, so there's still time to see the performance that has the whole town getting in the Christmas spirit.

Watch dancers in a winter wonderland, sing along to some of your favourite festive tunes, and laugh out loud as you celebrate the 10th anniversary of this fantastic Christmas show.

Christmas at Blickling

If you're willing to hop in a car for 20 minutes, head on over to Blickling Hall this weekend where there's plenty to see and do for everyone. There will be storytelling, face painting, Christmas music and a nice dose of history too.

There will even be reindeer stopping by before they head off to help Father Christmas on the big day!

Mince pies on the North Norfolk Railway

Starting in Sheringham (just 15 minutes along the coast), holders of North Norfolk Railway rover tickets will get a festive treat between 26th December and 4th January. Take a leisurely journey through the Norfolk countryside while a hot mince pie and a glass of sherry are served to you in your seat. Children will get chocolate and a soft drink.

There's plenty of other food and drink on offer as well as an extended stop at Weybourne station to have a look around Father Christmas' grotto.

Let us know on Twitter what you've got planned for the week running up to Christmas. @SandcliffCromer

Free Range Eggs

Posted Friday 21 Feb 2014 00:06 AM

With the brighter weather our free range hens have gone into overdrive, so I am filling up a bucket with proper eggs and taking them to the Sandcliff in the morning. A proper treat!

Tripadvisor Revues

Posted Monday 03 Feb 2014 19:54 PM

A big thank you to Chris, John and jdp for the great reviews on Tripadvisor in the last week. These reviews would not be possible without the hard work from Fran and her dedicated team which has resulted in the most successful January we have ever had.
Well Done

We never expect thank yous. . . . . . . . . . . .

We never expect thank yous. . . . . . . . . . . .

Posted Friday 17 Jan 2014 13:31 PM

Hello all

We never expect thank you's of any kind. All we strive to do is provide a comfy bed, a clean room and a decent meal (or two).

On departure last night, a large group that had been with us for 9 days said thank you with flowers, wine and smiles.

You know who you are and we enjoyed looking after you, safe trip home!

Best Wishes

Team Sandcliff

Breakfast Awards 2014 !

Posted Tuesday 14 Jan 2014 09:40 AM

Hello all

Our hot, cooked, fresh breakfast has been nominated for an award!

We always had a feeling that our breakfast menu was something special and now it is official ! To win the award we need your votes!

Can you please follow the link below and vote for us (thank you). You also get the chance to WIN a short UK break for two!

We always strive to produce fresh, home cooked and hot breakfasts 'exactly' as your want it and are proud to have one of the best breakfasts in Norfolk!

Thank you in advance for voting!

http://www. Shakeupyourwakeup. Com/best-breakfast-awards/sandcliff-hotel

Best Wishes

Team Sandcliff

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