Gorleston-on-Sea is just a short drive away from the Old Hall and is developing something of a reputation as a happening place. Don’t believe us?

Earlier this year, Danny Boyle appeared with hundreds of extras from the local population filming his new homage to the Beatles era. It’s a town, and beach, with lots going for it.

Let’s start with practicalities.

It’s about 6 miles from our hotel, along Caister Road and the A47 across Haven or Breydon Bridge (we’d recommend the Breydon route) and there’s numerous ways of approaching the beach once Gapton and Harfreys are passed.

What awaits often surprises visitors.

Gorleston is a broad expanse of golden sand that is stunning in every season. The sea is safe to paddle and swim in and near the harbour mouth, in summer, there are lifeguards on duty. You can wade out quite some distance and still not be covered as there is a coastal shelf that keeps adults well above water. There’s various eateries and amusements along the front, but it’s largely residential and unspoiled. It’s not the seafront attractions of Great Yarmouth, but lots prefer it.

Gorleston has another trick up its sleeve too.

Parking is free and plentiful.

You can park easily along Marine Parade or along Clarence, Avondale and Park Avenue without restrictions and from there you have access to tennis courts, a clifftop park, three tiers of promenade walks and a fitness trail. The views are compelling too – looking south past Hopton, Gulliver the giant wind turbine looms in the distance at Lowestoft, Britain’s most easterly point. There’s a member’s only golf course too on the clifftop – accessed via Links Road and Warren Road.

Gorleston high street and Bells Road have seen surges too in popularity. The shabby chic, vintage cafĂ©, Margo’s Lounge, is immensely popular on Bells Road and the high street has a new pub diner called the William Adams, named after the local lifesaver, who patrolled the beach daily and saved hundreds of lives over many years.

Beach huts are being assembled too – Gorleston is expecting perhaps to become the next Southwold?

It’s one of many reasons to staycate in east Norfolk – and when the Danny Boyle film is released, you’ll be able to nudge someone and say “I went there last year.”


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