Out & About
Its full of holiday surprises and contrasts, as the area not only includes Great Yarmouth`s traditional seaside town, but twenty one villages set in beautiful coastal and rural surroundings, alongside the tranquillity of the national park of The Norfolk broads.
Not forgetting Great Yarmouth & Norfolk has some of the best weather and beaches in the country, with excellent results for this coast in bathing water quality.
Beachside Holidays is only 30 minutes from the fine City of Norwich - the most complete medieval city in Britain - enjoy a cosmopolitan, buzzing and beautiful city with over 1500 historical buildings, an exciting arts scene, wonderful outdoor activities, top shopping and delicious local food and drink.
Norwich offers a rare blend of historical interest and modern sophistication which will exceed the expectations of any visitor. Norwich is a top 10 UK shopping destination and boasts accessible shopping where visitors can walk from one corner of the city to the other.
Norfolk's tourist attractions have something for everyone! Endless opportunities for walks, cycling, boating, fishing, golf, sailing and bird watching.
The Broads National Park just 5 minutes away.
The big skies and sparkling landscape of marshland fields, feathery reeds and tangled woodlands are a perfect canvas for adventure and relaxation - time to reflect, space to explore, a magical opportunity to enjoy a fabulous break.
This is the Venice of the East – in fact, the Norfolk Broads has more miles of waterway than the Italian city! It also has more waterways than Amsterdam!
The Broads National Park offers visitors an experience unlike any other, both on its rivers and lakes, and alongside them, on peaceful paths and cycle ways. Lots of riverside pubs and eateries.
Beachside Holidays is situated between the two villages of Scratby & California. California has a nice pub, the California Tavern - serving food and providing live entertainment, fish n chip shop, lovely Chinese take-away during the season and a small amusement arcade. The Grange pub (The Smokehouse) and the popular East Coast family restaurant are also a walk away. In the village of Scratby, you will find; a mini-market, post office, fish n chips, garden centre, Whites wine bar, a family bakery baking fresh bread daily on site (in main season), Angelo's Café and another indoor swimming pool (Oasis Pool located on California Sands Park) Plenty to see and do in the local vicinity.
Just 2 miles distant is the famous Norfolk Broads, part of the National Park family, with its bustling Broadland waterside villages, providing a haven for boat lovers, walkers and wildlife enthusiasts. Have a look at the videos opposite. The Broads Authority website.
Norwich, just a short car drive away, with park and ride, provides one of the top 10 shopping centres in the country. Shop to you drop, plenty of eating places for all tastes and a lovely city to look around.
Local attractions here in East Norfolk include; Caister Castle & Car Museum, Yarmouth Stadium for greyhound & stock car racing, Great Yarmouth Race course for horse racing, Thrigby Hall Zoo, The Pleasure Beach, Tide & Time Museum, Africa Alive, Sea Life Centre, Hippodrome Circus, Somerleyton Hall, Pettitts Animal Adventures and many more throughout Norfolk.
You will be spoilt for choice for eating places in the locality, have a look at our Eating Out page.
The seals are the attraction of the beach at Horsey, just a short drive away and is something you really should see if you are here from November to about February. It’s a magnificent sight, with hundreds of grey seals having their pups right on the beach. You almost can’t believe what you’re seeing. There are hundreds of seals with their pups!
There are many different walks to enjoy in Norfolk; coastal paths, walks on the Broads and through the countryside for all abilities. The Norfolk Coast path passes our doorstep. Have a look at Walks in Norfolk
Norfolk is a flat county, making it an ideal destination for cycling, both on road and off road. The Sustrans National Cycle Network, using old railway paths, forest tracks, country parks, bridleways, quiet minor roads and traffic-calmed streets in urban areas, passes through Norfolk and is designed to make cycling fun, safe and simple. The quieter paths, including the Marriott's Way, are a great place for children and new cyclists to practice their cycling skills and many are just the right length for a day ride.