Sheringham is that rare example of a seaside town hardly changed from a century ago, yet thriving still on a potent mixture of Norfolk charm. With a heritage steam railway, locally run shops, an award winning family friendly beach, unspoilt views, exceptional country walks and so much to see and experience. Sheringham makes an excellent base for a holiday in North Norfolk.
To this list should also be added the strong sense of community one experiences when taking in everything the fishing town has to offer, and it is this continuing survival of a world most people believe to have long since disappeared which brings the visitors back each year.
Sheringham benefits from a happy combination of meteorological, geological and geographical features which makes it warmer, more scenic and enjoying an array of flora and fauna not available to the rest of East Anglia. The coastal walks that allow you to soak up all of this underneath those famous vast skies are beautiful, and the widespread references to the town’s proud fishing history add to the sense that you are no more than a breath away from its rich heritage.
But it isn’t just Sheringham’s reluctance to forget its past that makes it a must-see for visitors to the region. It is also home to a flourishing arts scene which centres around – but is not limited to – Sheringham Little Theatre. This venue offers a range of entertainment throughout the year, including shows, films, workshops, art exhibitions, literature events and a pledge to showcase new writing and new talents.
Perhaps what has helped save this fishing town from the otherwise inexorable slide into down-at-heel decay suffered by others starved of tourists and trade along the UK coast, is the fully functioning railway line that links Sheringham with Norwich. Again, the modern meets the traditional, with a national rail connection on one side of the high street and a 120-year-old steam train line on the other that carries passengers back through time and straight through an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Sheringham continues to win hearts, and for as long as people seek out for themselves the reasons why, it shall continue to do so.