Glorious Gorleston

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Gorleston on Sea by Karen Roe

It’s always difficult to know what to do over the Bank Holidays in Norfolk. Do you make plans to go to the beach or do you wait and see what the weather’s doing?

Normally I just wait and see. Unfortunately that means I don’t do much at all, but this weekend we made plans to see OH’s friends at Gorleston beach.

If I’m honest, I don’t know that area of Norfolk very well; it’s just a few minutes down the road from Great Yarmouth, so I was expecting lots of amusement arcades and candy floss. But thankfully, it is nothing like its neighbour. I was pleased to discover that there is just a small parade of shops with a chip shop, ice-cream shop and one arcade. No candy floss in sight.

And the beach is beautiful – so much better than expected. The sand is fine, white and soft and not at all pebbly like I imagined. Unfortunately it was blowing a gale though, so it was difficult to enjoy (although my skin feels exfoliated!) but had the weather been better, we would have stayed there longer and I’d have gone for a paddle.

In spite of the weather, it seems to be a popular place to head if you’re into water sports – there were jetskis, kayaks and sailing boats out on the water, even though it was a wee bit parky!

If you have really small children, there’s also a great little lido – so they can safely have a paddle too!

If you’re stuck for somewhere to go that’s kid friendly this half term (providing the wind drops!) I would definitely recommend Gorleston on Sea.


Hi, I'm Lucy. I've lived in Norfolk since 2001 and in that time I've grown to love this fine county. From the city of Norwich, to the countryside villages and sweeping coastline, there's so much to explore and hope to share my experiences with you here.

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