All aboard to the sublime seaside
Sheringham’s motto, ‘The sea enriches and the pine adorns’, sets the scene for all that this traditional seaside town encompasses. Historians believe a Viking warlord settled his tribe in the area c.900, and the area later became a farming and fishing community.
The arrival of the railway in the early 19th century saw the town’s population surge and the landscape evolve with a delightfully eclectic range of architectural styles. Today, the station sits on the mainline rail link to Norwich and onwards to London or Cambridge – whichever track you follow, it’s an unbeatable coastal commuter town to come home to.
At the heart of Sheringham is a thriving high street with a parade of independent shops peppered with plenty of tourist stops offering sugary treats and colourful postcards. Park at the top of the hill, next to the heritage North Norfolk Railway which runs steam and diesel trains to Holt in the summer months, and wind your way down to the seafront where a stunning Blue Flag pebble and sandy beach awaits for an indulgent hour spent stone-skimming.
Learn more about the relationship between sea and land at the town’s museum, fondly known as The Mo, where retired lifeboats reflect the past and a showcase of the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm presents the future of the coastline.
At the end of the high street stands the Sheringham Little Theatre, a real local treasure which attracts an illustrious cast of actors from the nationals and is renowned for a vibrant summer rep season and glorious Christmas panto. The Hub, in the theatre’s foyer, is a fantastic community café and place to catch up on neighbourhood news.
Locals love to celebrate the town’s heritage, with a week of Viking themed events in February, a shared Crab and Lobster Festival with Cromer in May and an all-out carnival in August.
After the bustle of town, step away from the crowds and head along the Norfolk Coastal path to the top of Beeston Bump, just 15 minutes out of town, and immerse yourself in nature as you survey stunning views over the North Sea, Sheringham and West Runton. Or for an even bigger adventure, head to Sheringham Park and take the Repton Walk to the Gazebo for 360° views across the surrounding countryside – what a wonderful town to call home.