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Holidays in Winterton-on-Sea

Seals, seaside and some Saxon history

UK | East of England | Norfolk | Norfolk Coast | Winterton-on-Sea
Pretty huts in Winterton-on-Sea

Once a village famed for its farming and fishing, Winterton-on-Sea is now much more renowned as being an idyllic base in which to stay on a retreat to Norfolk.

A quaint spot on the coast, the village boasts an historical parish church, All Saints, which has one of the tallest towers in the county with parts of the building dating back to the 13th century. Other amenities include a shop, Post Office and Winterton Fish Bar.

The expansive beach is a crowning glory for Winterton; the sandy stretch is backed by sand dunes, a Site of Special Scientific Interest filled with a variety of fauna that continues all the way north to Horsey.

The area is also infamous for its colony of grey seals. They can often be seen along the beach, bobbing in the sea, and in December and January put on quite the display when they come out of the water for weeks on end and have their pups. With around 100 pups born every winter, it can be a big attraction for visitors to the area to witness the memorable occasion.

Black hut on the beach

The beach has its own little stop off, Dunes Café, where you can escape the winds of winter or enjoy a refreshing drink in the summer. Choose from a range of food throughout the day, including a full English breakfast and selection of sandwiches, and for those with a more particular dietary requirement they also cater for gluten intolerance and vegetarians, as well as smaller dishes for children.

"A quaint spot on the coast..."

The cute individual beach huts also on the decking mean you can sit in shelter with your four-legged friends no matter what the weather.

Dating back 300 years, the Fishermans Return is a popular spot in the village with locals and tourists alike. Priding itself on the local ingredients used in the dishes, there is an ever-changing specials menu and an extensive drinks list.

Great Yarmouth is within easy reach of Winterton-on-Sea, featuring even more tourist attractions and seaside fun, including amusements, The Pleasure Beach funfair, and the Sea Life Centre.

Slightly further afield is the beautiful city of Norwich, with its picturesque riverside walks, abundance of shops, cathedral and variety of events throughout the year.

While you’re there

Horsey

Head up the coast slightly to spot the grey seals – and even their pups if you time it right.

Dunes Café

Cute chalets by the beach make it the perfect stop off after a sandy stroll.

Fishermans Return

The 300-year-old pub features a menu packed with local ingredients and hearty dishes.

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