Winterton-on-sea is a quiet and picturesque ancient fishing village. The village has a shop, tearoom, post office and great dog friendly pub, The Fishermen’s Return . There is also a fish & chip shop, beach café and a children’s playground.
Winterton beach and dunes
The beautiful sandy beach and dunes stretch for miles in either direction and forms part of the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty as well as a national nature reserve. Winterton-on-sea beach is listed as one of the Rough Guide’s top 30 destinations in the world! See Rough Guide Top 30. Dogs are allowed on the beach all year round. Our walking guide provides you with 5 walks you can do direct from Winterton-on- sea.
Seal colony and Wildlife
Visiting the seal colony (4 miles away) in nearby Horsey is a must - park at the Nelson Head pub and enjoy a pint of Woodfordes on your return and even visit the National Trust’s traditional Horsey Windpump. For a suggested walk see walk number 5 in our guide .
The Seal pups numbers are now over 1500 per year, so the colony is expanding towards winterton. Visit our Seals at Horsey blog to find out more and discover the best way to visit them.
Winterton itself is brilliant for birdwatching and Mill Farm is now alive with birds since we have planted hedges and restored a pond. For more wildlife spotting ideas see our blog on how best to enjoy Norfok's wildlife
The Broads National Park
The Broads, as the UKs largest wetland area, are a unique landscape of shallow lakes and rivers renowned for wildlife, and perfect for boating, kayaking walking, cycling and fishing. It's only 3 miles away.
- Hiring an electric day boat from Martham Ferry Boat Yard
- Taking Ross’s Wildlife Boat Trips which leave daily during the summer from Horsey onto Martham Broad just 4 miles away
- A trip to How Hill or Fairhaven Water Garden for gardens, tea rooms and boat trips
- Attend an event at Hickling Broad Nature Reserve
- Go on kayak or stand up paddle board safari with Norfolk Outdoor Adventure
Highlights for children
As well as the endless beach and the Broads, our games barn and the villages excellent children's play area we recommend the following day trips for kids:
- The award winning Bewilderwood adventure park with its tree houses & zip wires. Suitable from 2 years and up is only 25 minutes drive
- Wroxham Barns - junior farm with soft play, restaurants and shops
- The sweet Bure Valley Steam Railway runs from Wroxham to Aylasham - Just take a few stops.
- For young children Pettitts has rides, play areas, mini railway and animals.
- Thrigby Hall Wildlife Park to get up close to tigers, snow leopards, crocodiles and noisy gibbons:
- Great Yarmouth has a seafront amusements, Joyland, Merrivale model village and a Sea Life Centre, Mariana Center swimning pool or The Jump warehouse if it is wet. The Time & Tide museum is good museum for kids 8 plus. Shows at the Hippodrome circus are also excellent.
Our blogs have loads more ideas.
There are lots of eating out options in and around Winterton on sea. We recommend:
- The Fisherman’s Returns is a child and dog friendly pub in the village. Or the Nelson Head near the seals at Horsey
- The Gunton Arms is a bit of a drive but well worth it if you enjoy fine dining. This old coaching inn, set in the grounds of a deer park, is now owned by a London art dealer and is renowned for exquisite food.
- Nearer, the award wining Ingham Swan serves wonderful food with a focus on local and seasonal produce in a delightful old Inn. Booking essential.
- The Norfolk Mead Hotel is a perfect venue for afternoon tea, booking in advance
- For pubs with a broadside view and children’s play area try the Boat House on Ormesby Broad it's great all week and has a great Sunday carvery
- Planet Spice in nearby Ormesby has fantastic authentic Indian cuisine to eat in or take out.