The best beaches in the east? Probably.
ust under a 10 minute drive away or 30 minute bike ride are some of the best beaches in England. Now this is not hyperbolic tourist nonsense but one based on years of living here and endorsement from none other than Danny Boyle who filmed “Yesterday” locally in Acle, the Broads and Gorleston beach.
Gorleston, if you don’t know it, was a favoured seaside resort from Edwardian times and, unlike so may resorts, has enjoyed a renaissance in the past ten years or so. Its high street and Bells Road areas have regenerated and the seafront itself is busy all year round, with free parking, an understated elegance and a golden beach that stretches south for miles.
In summer months, it’s manned by lifeguards and paddling and swimming between the flags is very safe as the seabed has a gentle slope.
Don’t be expecting Fairway Lakes hot tub temperatures though – at its peak it rises to 19 degrees in late August and September, half the measure of our jacuzzis!
The promenade is split into 2 sections – the lower section is completely traffic free, and a haven for children and dog walkers, with Jay Jay’s café providing a welcome break for food and drink halfway along.
The upper promenade is narrower and pedestrian only with fantastic sea views, along with tennis courts, a bowling green, a clifftop play area and an exercise trail.
We guarantee you’ll be impressed with it.
Gorleston is incredibly easy to reach too from us. Turn left out of the Caldecott Hall driveway, follow the road to Bradwell until you reach the first roundabout and new housing estate. Follow that new road and when you reach traffic lights at the A47, take the second exit down Links Road and the beach in all its glory lies at the end. There’s a free car park at this southern end or you can park anywhere along Marine Parade itself or the lower promenade near the Pier Hotel and Pavilion Theatre, with the beach just metres away!