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Coast: Norfolk beaches

Two boys run along the sun-drenched beach
Julie's two sons running along the beach

Holidays at Winterton

by Julie Chalk
Winterton-on-Sea is very picturesque and has a lot of charm, with sand dunes and thatched cottages. It's a regular destination for family breaks with the Chalk family from Essex.

I have been to Winterton-on-Sea on holiday with my family for the past couple of years and absolutely love the quietness of the village.

Winterton is very picturesque and has a great deal of charm with lovely thatched cottages and a church.

We always stay at the Hermanus Holiday Centre with its unusual thatched round houses, which can be seen from the beach. 

The round houses overlook the rolling sand dunes which lead to a never-ending sandy beach where we have often noticed the odd seal bobbing up and down in the clear blue water. 

There are also small pools of water that form on the beach which make it a safe place for children to play.

Thatched round house
Thatched round house

There is a very friendly beach cafe which we always visit as it serves a welcome drink and even a bowl of water for your dog after a long walk on the beach. 

They serve a very good range of food and we would definitely recommend the breakfast.  You can take tea and coffee down to the beach and you can get an ice-cream for the children. 

Winterton village is charming, with a post office where you can buy your daily paper and postcards and also a mandatory fish and chip shop which always seems to be very busy!

Winterton-on-Sea is a very tranquil village and I feel it appeals to people of all ages.  I hope to keep coming to Winterton with my family for many years to come.

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last updated: 20/06/05
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Tracey & Shaun
I really lover winterton it is tranquil and dog freindly, i have stayed at hermanus many times and this year we stayed at the Fishermans return was made very welcome and will definatly stay again i was there for the fete in the village thisauagust bank holiday the band was brilliant i was in the dunes doing some watercolur painting and was lovely to hear them in the distance, if your looking for peace and quiet this is the place to visit.

e cat
Me and friends visit winterton every summer, it is a really lovely sandy beach and great for a day out, i dont know why someone said its boring, its not, its what you make it and a truely beautiful beach.

emily perrott
we stay in a chalet in the chalet park its very fun and there are lots of other children my age to play with {i am 11} we love the beach and sometimes go to hemsby which is about 5 minuets away we have gone to the cast gaurd place to see pictures and theres the cafe by the beach

Robert Bland
I was born in Winterton,it's a lovely unspoilt village.Its nice just to walk along the marrams towards HORSEY or to walk along the back road up to the church ruins a t Somerton.

grant veale
boring really

tom p jack j
weve been to winterton for many years and we absolutley love it, its such an amazing little town, i cant wait till we go agen, the setting is so romantic. were hopefully goin for valentines

Liz Hawthorne
We wenr to Winterton laast August and enjoyed tea at the Beach Cafe. Rocky the dog enjoyed his holiday. We Stayed at California but went to Winterton for the day. Norfolk is a dog friendly county, wkith Winterton especially friendly to dog and human alike. Do try it every-one.

Winterton Chalet Park our annual dogs holiday. Gizzy the Springer Spaniel loves it,so do all the family the best anti-stress buster try it.

Trust me you don't need Hemsby or Gt Yarmouth! Winterron is a natural beauty

Zack Valentine
You don't want Winterton... You Need Hemsby! Trust me, Hemsby is the place to be, £200 or 2 weeks or something in Bel Aire, on Beach Road. It's full of Arcades/Amusements and Fun Fairs ect... And you'll meet the legend that is 'Potty Paul' (The Bell Aire Crazy DJ). Yarmouth itself is 7 miles away (25 minutes on a Bus) and there's the Pleasre Beach, Piers, Clubs, Bars, And Market Street with loads of shops/malls. believe me, if you've never been, check it out, if you have, let these people know what i'm talking about!

Myself and family have holidayed at hermanus for the past 5 years. Between us we have 3 dogs who just absolutely love the dunes and the beach! The children also enjoy the walks in the village and the pub. We love it !

wendy whittington
just returned from winterton, staying a the valley chalet park. me and the dogs just loved it!!

tony tungate
Have you seen our own Winterton-on-Sea WEBSITE at

Philip Carter
My wife and I have been going to Winterton since 1976. In that time we have also spent time abroad,but there is nothing to compare with Winterton on Sea.


Samantha garrod
winterton beach is a lovely beach and it has a gorglous sea and the sea is very clean.

I am from Norfolk, but now I live and work in Angola,Africa. I spent many happy times at Winterton, I was last in UK in 2005, but just had to go and visit the pub in the village and have a stroll on the beach.

I have been going to Hermanus since i was 4 years old and as i am 13 years old now i still love going there! The beach just around the corner to it is lovely!

I have been to Winterton every year since 1998. It has been the best resort since we have been staying at the Hermanus Holidays accomadation. It is the quitest, most picturesque place I have ever been to as I am 12, and with Great Yarmouth, Hemsby, the Norfolk Broads and all the local attractions within 10 miles!!

June Hudson
Re: message dated Monday August 15th 2005 'Next to the cafe is the coastguard watch tower, which could soon fall into the sea, at the current rate of erosion'. Unfortunately the coastguard watch tower was demolished over 18 months ago for safely reasons before it tumbled over the edge. Last winter the beach cafe almost went the same way, and is now just a few yards from the edge. Sadly it may also be lost this winter as the erosion continues.

Set Mortimer
Winterton Beach is a sandy beach, tight up against the steep sand dunes that protect Winterton village from the sea. Access by car is along the narrow beach road through the village centre, which boasts a good fish & chip shop and a quality pub that serves food. The road continues through the dunes for about 300m until it is stopped by the sea. There is a spacious car park and a cafe. Next to the cafe is the coastguard watch tower, which could soon fall into the sea, at the current rate of erosion. The Winterton dunes are currently receding, especially during the winter, at a rapid rate. Each summer visit reveals changes brought about by erosion. Despite the erosion (or even because of it) Winterton beach is an exciting and beautiful beach that provides a great family day out. Because of its nature, only the car park and cafe are accessible for wheel chairs, not the beach proper. The access to the beach is steep, but this point provides good views and there are refreshments available here.

Harry, ex-long distance lorry driver
I just love Norfolk, as a county it has everything.

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