There are several riding stables in the area where you can go riding for a day or enjoy a lesson. Bridge Farm Stables are nearby in Gimingham orThwaite Common Riding and Livery Stables can be found near Cromer. For details of these and more go to the Norfolk Coast AONB site. Also check Norfolk Horse Riding for details of more around Norfolk.
Perhaps not the most obvious sport in Norfolk, but a small swell (up to four feet) means it can be enjoyed by beginners and experienced surfers alike. Here’s a list of all the surf spots around the Norfolk Coast. Glide Surf School, based in Cromer is open every summer from April to the end of October and you can hire all the equipment you need or join them for a lesson. If there’s no surf then you can try paddleboarding instead!
Norfolk is a brilliant county for cycling, whether you’re want a slow Sunday pedal or something more energetic. With beautiful rolling countryside, gentle river valleys, stunning north Norfolk coastal areas, the magical Broads, big skies of the Fens, and the forest and heath of the Brecks and more, you’re spoilt for choice. There’s even the odd hill or two! Norfolk County Council have details of many routes on their site. Check this site for GPS cycling routes of varying distances. If you want to hire bikes rather than bring your own check the Visit Norfolk site
With the sea on your doorstep the fishermen amongst you can get stuck right in. Bacton Fishing can be contacted to have a lesson for complete beginners at beach fishing. For coarse fishing check out Norfolk Coarse Fishing. Fancy a trip out to sea? Then Norfolk Fishing Trips & Charter can be found at Brancaster Staithe during the summer months or Lowestoft Marina during the winter to maximise the daylight hours without being restricted by the tide. Many angling venues can be found on the Go-Fish pages. There are lots of free fishing places and angling platforms along most of the river banks of the Norfolk Broads and you can also fish from a boat. There are also Private Broads that offer fishing by prior arrangement and Day Ticket Bank Fishing Spots.
There are numerous lovely golf courses that are happy to welcome visitors in the area. Mundesley Golf Club is the nearest, sitting on the rolling hillside of the River Mun valley and enjoying panoramic views over the surrounding countryside. Royal Cromer Golf Club is regarded as one of Norfolk’s finest courses. Mainly cliff top in character with spectacular views and boasting a wealth of sandy hills, grassy valleys and abundant gorse and bracken. Further north up the coast you will find Sheringham Golf Club, another spectacular coastal course. For links to these and all the other gold course and ranges in Norfolk, check the Golf Today website
There are also driving ranges to enjoy and for a family day out why not try Glen Lodge & Bawburgh Golf Club that has a driving range, an 18 hole practice putting green, Adventure Golf and a family friendly Sports Bar.
Birdwatching & Wildlife
Norfolk is a very popular place to go bird watching. Browse the RSPB site to learn more about the local reserves; Sutton Fen, Strumpshaw Fen, Surlingham Church Marsh, Buckenham Marshes, Rockland Marshes, Berney Marshes and Breydon Water. The famous RSPB Snettisham is a little further afield around by The Wash.
Try a wildlife day tour, guided by a qualified ornithologist. From birdwatching, a safari, photographing wildlife, butterflies, flowers to a badger evening, there is a day out for every interest. Browse Wildlife Tours and Education for more details.
How about viewing Norfolk from the air? Breckland Balloons fly from Earlham Park in Norwich or Old Buckenham Airfield off the A11, South West of Norwich. Broadland Balloons fly from three different sites in Norwich. Alternatively book a gift package from Virgin Balloon Flights
For something really different, how about purchasing a Treasure Trail before you arrive? Treasure Trails create fun and unique ways for you to get outside and explore, with 49 walking, 4 cycling, 4 driving Trails, as well as 2 boating Trails, all based in Norfolk. If you forget to buy in advance, then some trails are stocked at these stockists, for you to buy once you’re in Norfolk.