When the sea is out at Cromer there is a great area of rockpools that is uncovered.
My daddy says that you can catch little crabs here if you are quick when you pull back small r
He claims he caught a hermit crab here once and kept it in his bedroom for months, feeding it on fishfood. Called this first pet of his 'hermit'. Could explain alot that.
There are two buildings in Cromer that are worth seeing from an architectural point of view.
The first is the Parish church, which dominates the centre of town and with it's impressive 160 foot tower provides for fine views - open in the summer with all it's 172 steps to the top.
The church also was used in olden days by ships out in the North sea who could see the distinctive tower for many miles. Try to be around on a sunday morning when the peel of bells can be heard all over the town.
The second building is the now sadly under-maintained Hotel De Paris (also see hotels tip). The Architect, George Skipper is sometimes seen as the 'Gaudi of Norfolk'. It is certainly the most distinctive building in the town.
If I ver win the lottery, then I would love to restore the place to it's former glory. One day.
The promenade that extends both North and south of the pier has had a good deal of money spent on it in the last few years.
Now much smarter in appearance, the paving includes some nice little features such as quotations by famous people about Cromer. I especially like what Oscar Wilde said :
"I find Cromer excellent for writing, Golf better still.."
Extend any walk to the north by the Cliff tops to Sheringham (about six miles, return by train) or to the south along the cliff top past the golf course and through 'poppyland' to Overstrand (about four miles).
Both are very fine walks.
It must be sign of old age that I can remember when entry to the Cromer museum cost a mere 5 pence. These days a fully grown-up adult will have to cough up two pound 50p to get in.
It seems a pity that they charge at all when the great national museums of the UK are now mostly free.
The museum itself is well managed, and looks at various aspects of Cromer such as the impressive geology, the Victorian hotels, the 'scandalous' bathing machines of the same era, Henry Blogg the famous lifeboatman, and the fishing industry.
The best feature of the museum has always been the fisherman's cottages - exact to every last detail.
This was perhaps one of the more unsuccessful advertising slogans in history of the promotion of the town.
It is however the case that the most famous product of the town is the 'pie-crust' type of edible crab, which is often referred to as 'Cromer Crab' even if it has never been near Cromer in it's life.
Many people enjoy fishing for them with a long bit of string off the pier, but these will not noramally yeild the edible sort.
The Cromer Crab fleet can regularly be found dragging their boats over beach laden with pots by using winches attached to ancient battered tractors sat near the lifeboat museum.
You can but fresh one's from half-a dozen locations around the town, sometimes from the fishermen who caught them that very morning.
Many of the pubs and restaurants wil also sell dressed crab, although be warned, some of the taste combinations may be a little odd (see warnings and dangers)
Blog is a term that we are all familiar with nowadays, but Cromer was the home of the most famous Blogg (2 g's) of all time.
He was master of the Cromer lifeboat, and in 50 odd years at sea his crew says hundreds of lives.
2006 marks the opening of a 1.8 million museum named after him and dedicated to the work of the RNLI (Royal national Lifeboat institution). It stands facing the sea next to the inshore lifeboat station.
Cromer museum, next to the church certainly used to have exhibition space about him as well, but that may change withy the opening of the new museum.
In addition you can see a bronze bust of the great man in North Lodge Park, and also visit the main lifeboat on the end of the pier.
Whatever you do in Cromer, be sure to leave a donation somewhere to the RNLI. You never know, one day you may need one of these brave men to save tou from icy colds of the North Sea.
In polite Victorian and Edwardian Society the pier in any seaside resort became the place to promenade and socialise. The lower orders arrived with the extension of the railway lines, but entrance to the piers was restricted by cost and a dress code.
Cromer's pier was no exception, although relatively late on the scene as it is a 20th century construction, following the destruction of previous wooden jetties. The pier has had a turbulant history with East coast storms and various boats ramming into it. Despite this, it still stands proud today, and with the removal of the tacky amusement arcades it still retains the air of a bygone era - and these days it is free entry for all.
The pier also sports a theatre on the end with a tradional 'summer show' and other events throughout the year.
Best of all, there is a lifeboat station on the end. If you happen to hear a large bang when in Cromer, it might well be the signal to launch the lifeboat - run as fast as your little legs will carry you to see it being launched down it's slipway into the North Sea - it is quite a sight if you can catch it.
Sunday Club.... Every Sunday morning in Summer we meet under the pier and drink Sherry, watch the SURFY DUDES do there stuff... It's not sad It's tradition! See you there at 10 a.m. FUN THRILLS and EXCITEMENT.... NOT TO BE MISSED
The Great British Institution! There's not many around, so take in the glory of CROMER PIER!! Restaurant, Bar and Theatre! Panto, Comedy, Tribrute Bands, Rock from the Ages! Attracts the over 50's by the thousand!
Go crab fishing from the side or just enjoy your Fish & Chips.
Not spectacular, but come on this is Cromer!
Cromer has a typical seaside pier, which juts out into the North Sea. It's full of small cafes, pubs, and a theatre.
Cromer's coastline is rugged and beautiful. One can certainly have a fine afternoon simply strolling along the footpaths, taking it all in.