The Leas Beach Park

The Local Area - Page 1

Our caravan holiday park is in Bacton, a small seaside village on the North Norfolk Coast between Cromer and Great Yarmouth with the beautiful cathedral city of Norwich, the Norfolk broads and numerous other attractions, within easy driving distance. Our site provides a lovely, peaceful base from which to explore the attractions of Norfolk.

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Bewilderwood - A Curious Treehouse Adventure Park
Bewilderwood web site
Horning Road, Hoveton/Wroxham, Norwich, NR12 8JW Telephone 01603 783900

A huge forest of wild family fun and adventure! Treehouses, zip wires, jungle bridges, Crocklebogs, boar trips, marsh walks and great yummy food! Crammed full of fun things for kids from 1-81 to see and do.

The Norfolk broads Cycling Centre is located in the car park at Bewilderwood and you can hire quality bikes and tandems from broadland Cycle Hire and obtain all the information you need to enjoy a pleasant ride along the country lanes around the park. They have tandems, children's cycles, baby seats and tag-alongs. Helmets, baskets, locks, pumps and puncture repair kits are all available on request.

Pubs, Cafés, restaurants, take-aways...

The Oriental Garden Chinese Restaurant and take-away (phone 01692 650080) is around the corner on Coast Road, a walk of less than five minutes, so any food you bring back to your caravan should still be lovely and hot.

A five minutes walk will take you to the Village Kebab and Pizza House Turkish restaurant (phone 01692 650076), to eat in or takeaway, open 1-11pm, and the Bacton Fish Shop (phone 01692 650450) offering freshly cooked fish and chips (including gluten free battered fish and chips that are fried separately).

A ten minute walk into the village will take you to the Sugar and Spice Café/Restaurant (01692 218118) offering home cooked food and comfortable lounge seating. A half mile walk along the lane will give you an appetite and take you to Café Carmel, a small café serving vegetarian and vegan food such as homemade soup, crepes, sandwiches, icecream and hot and cold drinks.

The Poacher's Pocket (telephone 01692 650467) is a pub and restaurant less than a miles walk along the sea front. Dogs are welcome in the bar. The upstairs restaurant overlooks the sea. Lunchtime and evening bar snacks also available. Entertainment on most Friday and Saturday nights.

See this TripAdvisor page for a fuller list of restaurants in and around Bacton.

Seals at Blakeney Point

Blakeney Point is a National Nature Reserve and consists of 581 acres of shingle spit, saltings and dunes. On the sand spits west of Blakeney Point and occasionally on the Far Point there is a permanent colony of common seals often numbering over 300. Common Sea Lavender can be seen flowering during July and you can also find the Marsh Samphire whose succulent shoots are edible and prized as a salad vegetable. Over 260 species of birds have been sighted, including the rare Blue-Throat and Wryneck.

Access can be gained by foot along a three-mile shingle bank from Cley Visitor Centre or by ferry boat from Morston or Blakeney Quay. Morston: John Bean's Boat Trips, 12 The Street, Marston 01263 740038 or Temple's Seal Trips, The Street, Marston 01263 740791. Blakeney: Bishop's Boats, Paul Bishop, Turnstone Cottage, Old Post Office Yard, Westgate Streetn, Blakeney, NR25 7NQ, Telephone: 01263 740753

Mundesley Maritime Museum

Museum web page
The museum is housed in the former Coastguard Lookout on the sea front, is probably the smallest museum in Britain and is run by volunteers. Exhibits include rocket pistols, breeches buoy, ships wheel and navigation lights and many other items. They relate to Mundesley's maritime history from the beginning of the last century covering fishing, trade, lifeboat activity and the growth of Mundesley as a seaside attraction. The first floor has been reinstated as a Coastguard lookout of the 1930/40 era and includes modern equipment such as radar.

It's possible to walk along the beach from our caravan site to Mundesley. It takes about an hour and is an enjoyable walk. Mundesley has a pleasant sea front, tourist shops, cafés, penny arcade and fish and chip shop as well as the museum.

Walks & Cycling

Various companies offer coach tours around the area:-

Norwich Cathedral
Norwich Norwich Cathedral web site

Visit the beautiful and historic Cathedral in Norwich. See their web site for details of guided tours and services.

North Norfolk Railway - Steam Railway
The North Norfolk Railway web site
The Station, Sheringham. Tel. 01263 822045

Travel on a full size steam railway by the sea. Run mainly by volunteers the railway runs between Sheringham and Holt stopping at Weybourne and Kelling Heath Park. The journey takes about 25 minutes by steam train. There are many special events through the year including Day's out with Thomas the Tank Engine and Santa Specials. It is also possible to book a range of Railway Experiences such as 'A day on the footplate', 'drive a diesel loco' or 'a day in the signal box'.

The Muckleburgh Collection - Britain's Largest Working Military Collection
Muckleburgh Collection web site
Weybourne, Holt. Tel. 01263 588210

Privately owned and all under cover in eight large exhibition halls. The collection includes 16 tanks, all in working order, 54 model ships, uniforms and medals, 120 vehicles, guns and missiles, and the exhibitions include The Suffolk and Norfolk Yeomanry, The Weybourne Room which traces the history of the camp from 1588, The RAF Today and The Anti-Aircraft Hall. There are also working tank demonstrations and rides in a USA personnel carrier on certain days. There is also a licensed restaurant and large gift shop on site.

Bure Valley Railway
The Bure Valley Railway web site
Norwich Road, Aylsham. Tel. 01263 733858

Norfolk's longest narrow gauge heritage railway running from Aylsham to Wroxham. A 15" guage railway built in 1990 and mainly operated by steam locomotives. It runs for 9 miles between Aylsham and Wroxham with intermediate stations at brampton, Buxton and Coltishall. There is free car and coach parking at Wroxham and Aylsham Stations. Special events include 'Day out with Thomas', 'Santa Specials' and 'Steam Driving Courses'.

It's also possible to buy a combined ticket for the train and the broadland Boat Train. After your train journey from Aylsham through the picturesque countryside, broad Tours will have your boat waiting for you only a short stroll away from Wroxham station. After your cruise, normally an hour and a half, you can return to Aylsham on any train, giving you time to explore the village of Wroxham. Please book for the combined ticket to avoid disappointment.

Norfolk Motorcycle Museum
Norfolk Motorcycle Museum Facebook page
Station Yard, Norwich Road, North Walsham. Tel: 01692 406266

Over 100 Motorcycles from the 1920's to 1960's. Open 7 days a week 10am-4.30pm.

Happisburgh Lighthouse
Happisburgh Lighthouse web site
Tel. 01692 650803

Happisburgh Lighthouse is the oldest working light in East Anglia, and the only independently run lighthouse in Great Britain. See their web site for open days and events programme.

Norfolk Shire Horse Centre
Norfolk Shire Horse Centre web site

A collection of different breeds of draft horses and ponies native to the UK, as well as rescued horses and ponies, pigs, goats, cattle, chickens, rabbits, birds, etc. Also, an indoor collection of traveller/gypsy caravans and old horse-drawn machinery wagons and carts. See heavy horse working demonstrations, feed the animals and children can take a ride in a cart.

North Walsham
North Walsham web site

North Walsham is the nearest town to Bacton. The town developed from an Anglo Saxon settlement and survived Viking and Norman invasions. The 12th century brought Flemish weavers to the town and North Walsham became an important cloth producer. 'Walsham' is a summer-weight cloth whilst neighbouring Worstead was responsible for the heavier 'Worstead' fabric. The towns wealth is reflected in its 14th Century 'wool church'.

A North Walsham man, Cubitt, assisted the local leader, John Litester, of the 1381 Peasants' Revolt. Thousands rebelled against the Poll Tax and seized the city of Norwich, second only in importance to London in those days. The rebels were driven from the city by the King's forces led by Henry De Spenser, Bishop of Norwich who finally defeated them at the Battle of North Walsham. The rebels attempted to gain sanctuary at the incomplete church in North Walsham but were refused and Litester was captured and publicly executed.

The town also survived a fire that destroyed over 190 homes, shops and other buildings on 25th June, 1600. The rebuilding after the fire included a Free Grammer School built by Sir William Paston. The schools best know pupil was Horatio Nelson and his brother William who attended the school as boarders for two years. Nelson left in 1771 to join the crew of HMS Raisonable and began his illustrious naval career.

The church, being built of stone, survived with little damage. The ruined tower of the church today did not result from the fire. At one time, the tower and spire reached 180 feet, second only to Norwich Cathedral, probably as the result of inter-town rivalry. However, on May 15th, 1724, after many hours of bell ringing for the town's Ascentiontide Fayre, the verger fled after noticing a vibration in the tower when on his way to wind up the clock. The following morning the steeple fell. There were further falls, the final one happening in 1836. There is talk now and then of rebuilding the tower but many value the ruined tower as a landmark.

The town was granted a royal charter in the 14th century by King Henry III enabling a weekly market to be held, the Market Cross dating from 1391. Market day is currently Thursday. The town centre shops include gift shops, bakers, antique shops, a Tourist Information Centre, fishing tackle shops, fishmongers, restaurants and florists alongside more nationally known shops such as Woolworths and various banks, building societies, chemists, estate agents etc. There is also a Sainsbury's store on the road into North Walsham from Bacton.

Happisburgh Owls - Sandra and Phil's Owl Barn
Happisburgh Owls on Tripadvisor

Open weekends and bank holidays, a friendly, welcoming and calm place to visit on your own or with your family. See a variety of owls, some you will recognise and some you may not. They are all friendly and will be very happy to see you! Located at the North Walsham Garden Centre, North Walsham NR28 0DR. Telephone 01692-651501

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