Holme-next-the-Sea in Norfolk is best known for its vast stretch of sandy shore, where there is always plenty of space, even in summer. Backed by gently sloping, grassy dunes, it is the perfect place for a day of sunbathing, swimming and building sandcastles. The village centre is located behind the beach, and is a popular low-key alternative to neighbouring Hunstanton. Look out for the parish church of St Mary, parts of which date back to the 15th century. The White Horse is a charming pub, serving good food and local drinks. The area’s nature reserves are among the region’s best places for watching migrating birds every autumn, and beautiful walks can be enjoyed on the doorstep of holiday cottages in Holme-next-the-Sea, including the Norfolk Coast Path and Peddars Way. Well worth a visit on self-catering holidays in Holme-next-the-Sea, the Victorian resort of Hunstanton is five miles away. Overlooked by unusual striped cliffs, the town’s graceful seafront has pitch and putt, crazy golf, bandstand concerts, funfairs and plenty more. Don’t miss the renowned gardens, or historic Old Hunstanton, where you will notice traditional pubs and tearooms, and Carstone-built cottages. Blakeney, Sheringham and Cromer are all nearby, in the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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Recommended Places to Visit When Staying in Holme-next-the-Sea

Rainbow ParkHave a day out at this traditional amusement park, with rides and arcades, in the seaside town of Hunstanton.

Norfolk LavenderTake a stroll around 100 acres of lavender fields, before visiting the gift shop and restaurant.

Searles Sea ToursTake a boat trip along the coast to spot seals on one of Searle’s award-winning Wash Monsters.

True’s Yard Fisherfolk MuseumDon’t miss this excellent museum, where Norfolk’s maritime heritage is celebrated.

Bay Tree Owl and Wildlife CentreVisit the incredible birds of prey, with flying demonstrations and experience sessions on offer.