What to do in norfolk

Discover the beautiful area around Winterton-on-Sea.

Winterton-on-sea village

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.

We recommend:


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:

Our blogs have loads more ideas.


The Ingham Swan - Places to eat near Winterton on Sea

Eating out 

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.

For more ideas see Mill Farm's blogs on eating out or where to buy the best food. 


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