The popular seaside town of Cromer located on the North
Norfolk Coast has a cliff-top setting, Cromer is an
Edwardian family seaside town famous for its succulent
Cromer Crabs and impressive summer carnival. It has long
sandy beaches, landscaped cliff-top gardens, Edwardian
style promenades, a boating lake, a mini-funfair,
putting greens, bowling green, pitch and put and of
course great fish and chip shops, Cromer has a lot to
attract the visitor.
The writer and poet Clement Scott
who thought up the name ‘Poppyland’ was responsible for
making Cromer and the surrounding area a fashionable
place for holidays in the late 1800s. Notable names
included Edward VII and Lillie Langtry who performed at
the Town Hall theatre during the summer of 1906.
The annual carnival held in August each year is
extremely popular with summer visitors. Some of the
events include:- displays by the Red Arrows; parachute
and motorcycle displays, parades, Antique Fairs, Bonny
Baby and Glamorous Grandmother competitions, clowns,
stunts, treasure hunt, torchlight processions and much
Cromer also remains special because it still has an
authentic end-of-pier show held in the Pavilion Theatre
on the pier. In addition to the Seaside Special,
there are regular one off shows, often on a Sunday night
or at the beginning or end of the holidays season.
The pretty gardens along the cliff are well stocked.
Here you will find the pitch and putt and bowling green.
Cricket fans can enjoy the facilities at Cromer Cricket
Club and for golf the Royal Cromer Golf Club. The fine
medieval church of St. Peter and St. Paul in the centre
of the town is a symbol of early prosperity its great
tower, 160 feet tall, served as a lighthouse for coastal
shipping until 1719 when the first lighthouse was
built. Cromer has a very good range of shops and
the town also has the benefit of a cinema and train
Read about one of Cromer's famous
personalities. The writer Arthur Conan Doyle
also spent time at Cromer and is said to have been
inspired to write one of his most famous stories by a Norfolk tale that
he learned of during one of his visits.
"Custom has established a certain fashion at this pretty
little waterside place and it is religiously obeyed: it
is the rule to go on the sands in the morning, to walk
on one cliff for a mile in the afternoon, to take
another mile in the other direction and at sunset to
crowd upon the little pier at night". Written by C.
byelaws 1898 - Strict byelaws on public bathing were
issued by the order of P.E. Hansell - Clerk to the
District Council in April 1898, after complaints were
received that men and women were bathing together in the
same area. It was therefore decreed that women only were
allowed to bathe before the hour of 8am in one area and
men in another area.
However, it appears that after 8am Mixed Bathing was
allowed, on the condition that gentlemen wore suitable
costumes that covered them from neck to knee. These were
the days of bathing machines, which were pulled into the
sea by small boys on horses.