Things to do

Things to do Autumn 2020 – keeping up to date with changes due to covid and seasonal changes – this is a selection of our favourites, many require advance booking, please check online

National Trust

Felbrigg House, Blickling House, Sheringham Park and Horsey

The National Trust have introduced advanced booking to help manage visitor numbers and maintain safe, social distancing.  All visitors must book by 3pm the day before your visit, even if you’re a member.  Every Friday they release new tickets for the following week, so do think about advance booking.

Blickling: The house, gardens and parkland are currently open at Blickling Estate. Your booked ticket includes entry to the house, however they are unable to guarantee your entry as numbers are currently limited. The house closes at 3pm daily (last entry is at 2.30pm). The gardens close at 4pm on weekdays (last entry is at 3:15pm) and 5pm at weekends (last entry is at 4.15pm). The main car park will be locked at 4pm on weekdays and 5pm at weekends.

Felbrigg The parkland and gardens at Felbrigg are open daily, the house is open at the weekends

Sheringham Park is open

Horsey Windpump the tea-room and shop remain closed until further notice although the car park is open, no pre-booking required

Amazona Zoo

This lovely small zoo on the outskirts of the seaside town of Cromer is open all year round.  They have a wonderful variety of South American animals including tapirs, macaws and jaguars.  They are open daily from 10am to 5pm, tickets must be purchased in advance.

Wroxham Barns Leisure and shopping complex with boutiques, craft studios, a kids’ farm, funfair and restaurant. Open Daily 10am – 5pm

Mundesley Golf Course

We have teamed up with Mundesley Golf club to bring some very exciting deals to customers staying at the Beechwood Hotel.

On any Dinner Bed and Breakfast stay of 2 nights or more at the Beechwood Hotel call us to request your voucher for one full day golfing at Mundesley Golf Club.  Their bar is open.  Visitors are welcome throughout the year at Mundesley, where a warm welcome awaits. With exceptional panoramic views over the surrounding countryside, where the unmistakable red and white rings of Happisburgh lighthouse are visible on a clear day.

When booking please be aware that the course is reserved every week at the following times:

Wednesday         09:30 – 13:00

Saturday              08:00 – 09:00

Sunday  Up till 11:30

Norfolk Wildlife Trust

The Visitor Centre at Cley and Salthouse Marshes is open, with frequent art exhibitions on display

All bird watching hides remain closed

Hickling Broad is open

Ranworth Broad will not be able to open for the rest of the year

Henry Blogg Museum, Cromer

Celebrating the most decorated lifeboatman in RNLI history, who served for 53 years on Cromer’s lifeboats. With the assistance of his crew, he saved 873 lives from the North Sea. Opening hours October–November Thursday-Saturday 10am–4pm (last admission 3.45pm)  

Seal Viewing at Horsey

Horsey is about a 25 minute drive from the Beechwood Hotel, well signposted by brown signs from Stalham for the nearby Horsey Windpump (which remains closed).  There are seals on the beach and in the sea at Horsey all year round, and in the winter months the beach is cordoned off so that people do not disturb the pups being born there.  Instead you can follow a path along the top of the sand dunes where you can look down over the beach.

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden

130 acres of cultivated, wild and natural plantings, a haven for wildlife enthusiasts.  Please pre-book online.

Pensthorpe Natural Park

A true showcase for British wildlife, Pensthorpe is a Nature Reserve on the River Wensum with beautiful gardens and adventure play.  Closed Mondays and Tuesdays

North Walsham and Dilham Canal

There is easy parking at Ebridge Mill just a few minutes’ drive from the Beechwood Hotel.  Access to the canal has been improved in recent years, with weeds cleared and the canal opened up, there is a lovely path along the canal for a walk, with an approximately 1 mile journey to Mill Road.  There are plenty of opportunities to see wildlife and good fishing as well.  The group restoring the canal are always making improvements, with a restored lock, new gates and much more.

The Weavers Way

Named after the once important weaving industry, which flourished in the Middle Ages around North Walsham, Weavers’ Way runs for 61 miles between Cromer and Great Yarmouth.  If you come out of the Hotel and turn right, over the traffic lights and on the left hand side you will see an entrance to a footpath.  When you come to the road turn right.  Follow Skeyton New Road on the left and you will soon find the entrance to the Weavers Way, a footpath through fields which extends as far as Aylsham.  This part of the trail has been newly resurfaced and is suitable for cyclists and horse riders. 

Deep History Coast

North Norfolk’s Deep History Coast is the 22-mile stretch of coastline between Weybourne and Cart Gap which has revealed the most spectacular finds.  Happisburgh became the oldest archaeological site in northern Europe when a 550,000 year old flint axe was discovered there and West Runton has yielded the oldest and largest fossilised mammoth skeleton ever found in the UK. 

North Norfolk District Council has installed a Deep History Coast themed Discovery Trail with visitor points at Weybourne, Sheringham, West Runton, East Runton, Cromer, Overstrand, Trimingham, Mundesley, Walcott and Happisburgh

The North Norfolk Information Centre in Cromer has been refurbished to include a Deep History Coast discovery centre offering interactive displays, activities and signposting to local museums.

A Deep History Coast app has been created, where users are able to see what life was like for humans living in the area at that time.

The Sainsbury Centre Norwich

Art Nouveau: The Nature of Dreams exhibition. Artists and designers will include René Lalique, Edgar Degas, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, William Morris; Alphonse Mucha and Gabriel Dante Rossetti.  Tickets must be pre-booked before arrival.

The outdoor Sculpture park, situated across the university campus with 350 acres of attractive parkland is free and open to everyone to enjoy art, architecture and the natural environment.

Boat trips on the Broads

Day boat hire:

Broads Tours of Wroxham                          

Norfolk Broads Direct at Wroxham

Richardsons Day Boat Hire at Stalham and Horning

Herbert Woods at Potter Heigham            

Riverside Rentals at Horning

Guided Tours:

Southern Comfort Mississippi Paddleboat from Horning

Miniature Worlds Wroxham

The largest indoor modelling attraction in the UK stretching over 10,000 square feet with some of the largest model railways in the world on permanent public display.  The attraction is made up of many zones including model railways in various scales, slot car displays, a whole city made from LegoTM bricks, model boat displays, Vintage Penny Arcade, Interactive Flight Simulators, Train Simulators, new railway layouts some of which you can drive yourself, and a host of toys from across the decades there is something for the whole family to enjoy.