The Town of Cromer in Norfolk

Cromer Norfolk Holidays

A visitors guide to the popular seaside town of Cromer located on the North Norfolk Coast. In its 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 much more. 

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 station. 

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.

For Norfolk or Suffolk Magazine Articles - Click the Articles Link. 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. Scott 1886.

For Norfolk or Suffolk Magazine Articles - Click the Articles Link. Bathing 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.

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