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Top Five Things To Do in North Norfolk this Winter

Winter is just around the corner; the days are already getting shorter and it’s getting darker earlier. North Norfolk has so many gems which come to life in winter, so grab a coat and scarf and prepare for the winter wonders and things to do that North Norfolk has to offer this season.

1. Winter woodland trails

Holt Country Park is less than a ten minute drive from our cottages – it’s one hundred acres of mixed woodland and a winner of a Green Flag Award for exceptional green spaces.

The park is open all year round making it the perfect place to experience the joy of winter along the trailed paths. Gather your children, dogs, and grandparents too and take a walk amongst the crispy leaves and frosty grounds for a precious escape in the woodlands. Make sure you have your camera to hand as there’s a prize to be won in the 2020 Photography Competition running until March.

2. Embrace some local history

Wood Farm is on the doorstep of lots of the heritage sites and local history of North Norfolk. (We even have some of our own history to tell.) So escape the cold weather and learn a little at the same time.

Some of our favourite destinations for a step into the past are:

  • Holkham Hall is a 45 minute drive towards Wells-next-the-Sea. It offers a sprawling deer park, spectacular walled garden and fascinating hall tours. For energetic visitors, there’s a woodland play area and treetop ropes course.
  • Cromer Museum is housed in a cosy fisherman’s cottage and tells the story of life in Cromer at the end of the 19th century (Note: Cromer Museum is closed at the moment due to COVID-19 but keep an eye on their website for reopening plans.)
  • Mundesley Maritime Museum is a former coastguard lookout overlooking the beach – it’s also one of the smallest museums in England.

3. Feed the ducks!

It’s winter for the ducks too! A short walk from Wood Farm Cottages there’s a pond in the centre of the village – the occasional friendly duck pays a visit and will be glad of some bread or other snacks when the weather turns cold!

4. Wander the Christmas markets

The festive North Norfolk Christmas markets really bring a magical feel to the area. Sadly, our local extravaganza Holt Hall’s Christmas Fair is postponed for 2020 – but in previous years it’s offered over 50 stalls showcasing food, drink, crafts and more; making it the perfect place to get in the festive mood!

A bit further afield, the November and December Farmers’ Markets at Creake Abbey have been adapted for social distancing and are going ahead as normal.

5. Visit the beach

It may sound odd but the beach offers a different kind of beauty in the winter.

Wrap up warm, grab a hot chocolate, indulge in some fish and chips and walk along the sandy beaches on the North Norfolk coast – beautiful Brancaster beach isn’t too far.


If you’re planning a visit to North Norfolk, our eight cosy holiday cottages are ready and waiting, COVID-safe and fully equipped for a perfect break. Check availability and book online today.

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