We usually visit the Norfolk or north Suffolk coast line at least once a year for a lodge break. It is one of my favourite places to visit in the UK. The scenery is stunning and it never feels as busy as the more popular south coast hot spots of Devon and Cornwall (And the drive is usually better than the M5!).
Read on to find our top 5 selected lodges and our guides on visiting Norfolk.
The 5 Best Lodges To Stay At In Norfolk
1 - Woodlake's Park - Best In Norfolk - Kings Lynn, Norfolk
What we love about Woodlake’s Park Lodges
- Selected lodges are lakeside looking over the water
- Accessible lodges are available.
- The site allows up to 2 dogs in a lodge.
- The lodges cover stays from 2 people up to 8 people.
- They are 3 lakes on-site to fish and you can fish from outside your lodge on selected lodges.
- Highly rated in our Norfolk fishing lodges list.
What You Will Find At Woodlakes Lodges
2 - Weybread Lakes Lodges - Best For Couples - Diss, Norfolk
What we love about Weybread Lakes Lodges
- A contemporary style that still has a traditional log cabin look from the outside.
- Thre is a sunken hot tub that overlooks that stunning lake, along with a large decked area overlooking the lake.
- If the hot tub wasn’t enough there is also a sauna, perfect for a relaxing romantic couples getaway.
- Well located for a drive to the seaside close to the south Norfolk coast and the north Suffolk coast. If you want to leave that is!
- This is a small site of 5 lodges, perfect for some R & R and a bit of peace and quiet.
What You Will Find At Weybread Lodges
3 - Waveney River Center - Best For Families - Burgh, Norfolk
What we love about Waveney River Center Lodges
- A park that is suitable for families and couples without having a large holiday park feel.
- Keep the children entertained with the large play area and indoor pool. Or for the more adventure hire a boat and head down the river.
- The lodges are in an excellent location to visit the beaches around Lowestoft and Kessingland.
- The location is also great for visiting Great Yarmouth, the Suffolk coast, Sutton Hoo and Norwich is just over a 30-minute drive away.
- Hot tubs are available with selected lodges.
4 - Yaxham Waters - A Great Base For Your Norfolk Holiday - Yakham, Norfolk
What we love about Yaxham
- A large holiday park with multiple accommodation types to suit all types of visitors.
- 2 fishing lakes on-site, one for the exclusive use of guests. Some lodges are lakeside with fishing right in front of them (although it is not a private peg)
- Most of the north Norfolk coast is within an hour’s drive including Blakney, Cromer and Holkham Hall.
- Norwich is just over a 30-minute drive.
Book Your Norfolk Break Now
Norfolk is a fantastic place to holiday. It has everything from stunning beaches and seaside resorts to the historic Norfolk cathedral. There is so much to do that a week will not feel like it’s long enough. We’ve been 3 times for a week and still haven’t done everything!
Head up the north coast to see the seal colony and the young seals in the late winter and spring. Keep your eyes peeled on the beaches you can often see them swimming past. Make sure you leave them alone though, they don’t like close contact and they don’t like dogs!
Norfolk Holiday Guide
In the 1700-the 1800s, Norfolk was a prosporous area with its shipping connections. The north Norfolk coast has many manor houses. It was also a key area in the World Wars.
Norfolk has some great eateries and local bakeries so you will be in foodie heaven. In the summer months look for the local samphire from the marshes, and delicious local produce.
Norfolk has some stunning beaches and they can be quite than the south coast. Head to Mundelsy or Holkham for sand that stretches for miles. There are lots of other beaches all along the coast.
If you are going on holiday in Norfolk there are lots of things you can do, or you may just want to relax in your lodge, enjoy the views and if you are lucky enough sink into the hot tub.
Things to do when visiting Norfolk
Even the Queen holidays in Norfolk! Sandringham is up on the far north coast of Norfolk and is a great place to visit. You can get a tour of parts of the house and learn more about all the royals that have lived there.
Built-in 1870 the house is grand and very impressive. The grounds are also large and stunning to walk around. There are various events during the year so check the website for details and to book your tickets.
Visit Holkham Hall
Holkham Hall is one of my favourite places to go as a family when we are in north Norfolk. It is between Holkham and Bewilderwood (coming up next) for my number 1 place to visit.
Holkham is a large working estate with a large house and grounds. They have lots of events during the summer holidays and we have been to the food and drink festival a couple of times.
There are lots of walks and the walled gardens are stunning. Hire a bike to cover more ground and see the estate’s large deer herd.
Find out all there is to do and some popular events on our full guide to Holkham Hall.
Go to Bewilderwood
This is one of ou favurte days out as a family in Norfolk if not anywhere in the UK. It is based around the Bewilderwood books, don’t worry if you have not read them as we had no idea about them before we went!
You catch a boat through th spooky wood across the scary lake to start the adventure. In the main woods you’ll find lots of walkways in the trees, cargo nets, slides and zip wires. It is a big site and great fun going round it all!
Norfolk has many crabbing spots where you can head to. Cromer pier is the most famous place and sometimes hosts the annual crabbing championships. For the best results go at high time and go anywhere but the pier – it is always packed and hard to get a spot. It is also a really long way down to drop your net and to walk around and get water.
Head to some quieter locations to find Norfolk’s best crabbing spots. On the north coast, Blakney is very popular. Get there around 2 hours before high tide to get your spot in the summer. Grab a treat from the 2 Magpies bakery near the main car park while you wait – you won’t regret it!
Never tried it before? Read my crabbing for beginners guide here.
Visit a Local Brewery
Norfolk has over 40 microbreweries for you to sample (not all on the same day!). There are 8 different “brewpubs” in Norfolk that you can visit. These are pubs that brew their own beer and serve it in their own pub.
With all the great walks you can spend a great afternoon walking and stopping off to try the locally brewed ale. Waveney Brewing Co in Evesham has been running since 2004 and has a good range of ales and beers on offer.
Go Seal Spotting
If you are on the beach in Norfolk keep your eye peeled for seals in the water. They frequent the north coast and can be seen all around. We have spotted them on the north coast and seen one swim past us, around 10 meters away in the deeper water, while body boarding at Winterton On Sea beach.
They have a couple of areas in Norfolk where they breed and you can see the young pups if you are there in winter.
Want to know where to see them? See our guide to the best places for seal spotting in Norfolk.
Is Norfolk The Right Norfolk Break For You
If you are looking for a beach break try the north coast for lots of sandy beaches to choose from. Holkham has a fantastic beach as does Mundelsy and both are easily accessible on the North coast.
We think Norfolk is a great place for a holiday. It is one of our favourite places in the UK to visit.