Long weekends offer the perfect opportunity to get away, and the upcoming May bank holiday is a great time to put your plans into play. Whether you’re looking to escape with your loved one for long walks and fine dining, get away with the family for an action-packed adventure, or enjoy a splash of luxury by the seaside this season, we’ve got something to suit. We’ve even matched each feature with a property to help you to plan the long weekend you’ve been waiting for…
Want to go boating on the Broads? Herons Quay is the perfect base for you to enjoy lazy days on the river with stunning views on one of the many boat trips, including self-hire options and river tours paired with live commentary and a licensed bar. Alternatively, canoe and kayak hire is readily available for touring the Broads during the day or early evenings. If you fancy heading out in search of golden sandy beaches, you’ll be spoilt for choice with the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
When you’re ready to head back to land, the well-known village of Wroxham offers a plethora of pubs, cafes and restaurants just a few minutes’ walk from the doorstep, and fine dining can be found just a few miles away in Coltishall and Norwich.
Best for groups: Dove Barn, sleeps 8, Garboldisham
This beautiful barn conversion is a fantastic place to celebrate or have a well-needed get-together. With its luxurious interiors, spacious layout and a large enclosed garden, there’s more than enough room for everyone to do their own thing.
If you’re all keen to get out and explore, there are plenty of local activities including fishing, boating on the Norfolk Broads, and plenty of open countryside full of walking and cycling trails for all abilities. The unspoilt haven of Waveney Valley and Redgrave & Lopham Fen in particular, are certainly worth a visit to spot the local wildlife and to try some of the most interesting walks in the area.
Situated in a charming coastal town, this cosy cottage offers a sublime seaside escape. The open-plan living space makes it a great option for couples and families alike, plus, with easy access to the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Pensthorpe Natural Park and the Sandringham Estate, there is plenty to keep you all busy.
For an extra special treat, you can rent out your very own iconic Beach Hut, equipped with all you need to enjoy a day by the sea in your own space. It’s the perfect way to make the most of your time at the beach, and comes with a selection of beach toys, deck chairs, a windbreak, and table/seating area!
Escape to the Norfolk countryside this spring and you’ll fall in love all over again on this idyllic studio break. Set within a 17th-century manor house, which has been lovingly restored for the perfect balance of traditional beauty and modern charm, Willow Tree View is a wonderful romantic retreat.
Be sure to open up the French doors to the patio area, where breakfast can be eaten with a beautiful view of a morning. Then, when you’re ready to head out of your humble abode, indulge in a picnic at Thetford Forest Park; visit the seals at Blakeney Point or head to the stunning seaside village of Wells-next-the-Sea; take your pick from the array of local eateries or wander off on a romantic trail together; all the activities nearby are perfectly suited for two.
With characterful cottage interiors and a spacious living area, this is a great base for anyone who enjoys the great outdoors. The Weavers’ Way foot and cycle path is easily accessed from the cottage, as are the beautiful beaches of Sea Palling, Happisburgh and Mundesley.
For many, the highlight of Honeysuckle Cottage is the private river where fishing experiences can be arranged for certain times of the year. Or for other experiences on the water, head to Wroxham to hire a boat and glide along the Broads on a sightseeing tour.
This family-friendly property is located in a pretty village, where a lovely pebble beach is just a few minutes’ walk away. Also within easy reach are two of the best family-friendly attractions in the area, BeWILDerwood and Amazona Zoo – here you’ll find endless hours of excitement, education and enjoyment. Add to this the coastal havens and quiet village life and you’ve got the perfect combination for all ages.
If you want to have a day to laze about in the cottage, the games room is equipped with a table tennis table, dart board and sound system to keep everyone entertained. Plus, this property is also dog-friendly, so you won't have to leave anyone behind.
Best for dogs: Chimney Cottage, sleeps 6, Gunthorpe
If you’re after a short break to Norfolk where you can bring your four-legged friend along too, then Chimney Cottage is a fantastic option as it allows two dogs alongside six guests. Outside, the enclosed courtyard means you can dine alfresco, before cosying up by the wood burner in the evening.
With a mixture of rural and coastal walks from the doorstep, you’ll all be able to explore to your heart’s content. Head to Cley-next-the-Sea, Blakeney or Morston for seaside charm, or to Pensthorpe Natural Park and Holkham Hall for the countryside bliss.
Treat yourself to a splash of luxury by opting for one of our hot tub cottages and you won’t be disappointed. Northrepps Manor Farm Apartment is just one fine example, offering total privacy for your relaxation in a peaceful countryside setting. With thoughtfully-designed interiors and a modern, contemporary feel, it’s a great escape for families and couples alike.
There are plenty of adventures in Norfolk’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Norfolk Broads and its many waterways, as well as Norwich’s history. Cromer, in particular, is a beautiful spot to spend the day.
Ready to book your short break for one of the upcoming May bank holidays? Take a look at all of our short breaks in Norfolk and find a cottage that meets your needs. Don’t forget, we also have a fantastic selection of dog-friendly cottages in the area too!