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
The writer and poet Clement
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
. 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. Scott
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.