The Best Things in Life

Walking on Hunstanton PromMost Sunday afternoons in the holiday season you can listen to music on Hunstanton Green at the bandstand for no charge. On a sunny day this can be combined with a spot of sunbathing or a walk along the prom. Perhaps the best things in life are free after all!

Hunstanton's Top Ten Places to See

Hunstanton Lighthouse through the Archway of St Edmunds ChapelHunstanton does not always live up to its local nickname - "Sunny Hunny". So on days when it is too cold or rainy to laze on one of the wide sandy beaches, here are ten interesting places to visit, and they are all an easy stroll from the town centre.

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Getting the Feelgood Factor at Hunstanton

Hunstanton Cliffs, Beach and LighthousA survey has shown that it's the simple things in life that make us happy. Time spent with family and taking a walk on a beautiful day were both near the top of the list. So to get the feelgood factor at Hunstanton take a walk along the base of the cliffs between the Prom and Old Hunstanton Beach. Look out for the petrels circling above, and oyster catchers at the water's edge. For the kids there's the remains of a shipwreck and rock pools to explore. It's an exhilarating walk at any time, and especially magical early on a fresh sunny morning.

Hunstanton Entertainments

Places of entertainment in Hunstanton and surrounding Norfolk, including social clubs, amusement arcades and the leisure centre.

Entertainment

Location/Description

Website

Phone

Old Hunstanton Social Club

36 Old Hunstanton Road, Hunstanton, PE36 6HS

Village hall with social club, bowls green, snooker table and sprung dancefloor

 

01485 532700

Conservative Club

24a High Street, Hunstanton

 

01485 532462

Oasis Leisure Centre

Seagate Road, Hunstanton, PE36 5BD

Warm swimming pools, slide, spa and cafe. Also fitness studio, squash court, bowling hall and aerobics studio.

Oasis Website

01485 534227

Pier Amusements

Pier Entertainment Centre, The Green, Hunstanton

 

 

Thomas's Showboat Amusements & Bowling

18 Le Strange Terrace, Hunstanton

 

 

United Services Social Club

Homefields, Homefields Road, Hunstanton, PE36 5HL

 

01485 533360

Vegas Amusements & Cafe

South Beach Road, Hunstanton

 

 

Hunstanton Markets

Hunstanton market day is Sunday.

Hunstanton Town Market

Hunstanton Market is held in the South End Market Car Park off Le Strange Terrace every Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays. Stalls are open by 8am and close around 3pm. The market is managed by the Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk - contact 01553 616202.

Docking Local Produce Market

Docking Local Produce Market is held every Wednesday from 10am to 3pm at Dr W E Ripper Hall, High Street, Docking, PE31 8NH. For more information, see Docking Local Produce Market.

See Also

Hunstanton Farm Shops

Hunstanton Watersports

Experience the power of nature in the Wash around Hunstanton. Its large open beaches and flat water make it an ideal location for kitesurfing, windsurfing and stand-up paddle boarding. 

If you are a sailing enthusiast, the Hunstanton Sailing Club promotes the sport and organises a racing programme. 

See the Hunstanton Ski Club website for information about jet skiing and ski racing.

See the Kite Eze website for kitesurfing courses from Old Hunstanton beach.

See the Hunstanton Watersports website for kitesurfing and windsurfing courses.

See the Hunstanton Kayaks website to hire sit-on-top kayaks.

Hunstanton for Cycling

Two long-distance cycle routes pass through Hunstanton: National Cycle Route 30 (Norfolk Coast Cycleway) and National Cycle Route 1. These both follow the coast slightly inland, as cyclists are not allowed to use the Norfolk Coast Path (however, they can use most of the Peddars Way).

For a list of Norfolk cycle paths and information about free cycling maps, see Sustrans Norfolk.

Hunstanton for Bird Watching

Norfolk is a top bird-watching area, and some of Britain's finest nature reserves are near Hunstanton.

  • RSPB Snettisham - 4 miles west of Hunstanton. Open at all times and car parking is free. A coastal reserve where you can see wading birds, ducks, gulls, terns and pink-footed geese.
  • RSPB Titchwell Marsh - 5 miles east of Hunstanton off the A149. Visitor centre and shop open all year except 25-6 December. Nature trails and hides. Free entry to reserve, car parking charge for non-RSPB members. A coastal reserve where you can see waders, including avocets, marsh harriers, reedbed birds and terns.
  • Holme Bird Observatory: Norfolk Ornithologists' Assoc - 3 miles east of Hunstanton. The seven-acre coastal reserve is a key migration point enabling migrants arriving, leaving or passing through the county to be observed. More than 300 bird species have been recorded here. The area is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
  • Norfolk Wildlife Trust Cley Marshes - 26 miles east of Hunstanton. Open all year except Christmas Day. Visitor centre open April to October. Coastal marsh and reedbed reserve where you can see wildfowl and waders including avocets and bitterns. For more information, see Norfolk Wildlife Trust Norfolk.

Kitesurfing at Hunstanton

Kitesurfing kitKitesurfing is a relatively new sport which has only been around for about 25 years. Hunstanton was involved right from the start, when kites were tested and developed by UK manufacturers on the local beaches.

The sport has grown locally, from a few hardy souls struggling to learn and progress with the first mass-produced kites, to the latest generation of equipment making learning this fun activity much easier. It is now a rapidly growing sport suitable for all ages - we have a local kite surfer of 75 years!

Hunstanton beaches have become a popular kitesurfing destination due to the large expanse of relatively flat unobstructed water. The prevailing south-westerly wind gives our beaches the cross-shore conditions kitesurfers prefer.

The two most popular kite launching areas are on the beach opposite the green in Hunstanton, and on the beach to the left of the RNLI building in Old Hunstanton.

For Hunstanton you can park at the pay-and-display car park on the promenade or join Hunstanton Sailing Club and use their facilities. If you go down the concrete slipway and bear to the left, pass over the first groynes - this is where the majority of local kitesurfers prefer to set up. For your own safety, it is recommended that you only launch your kite when you and the water are clear of the groyne. You will also need to check tide tables at easytide.ukho.gov.uk, as setting up and launching is not possible at high tide.

On a spring tide, sand bars form, creating large areas of butter flat water which give ideal conditions for both learners and the more experienced to practise the moves they are trying to master. Seals can be seen sunbathing on these sandbars so don’t be surprised if they appear in the water near you.

For Old Hunstanton you can park at the Cliff Top car park or behind LeStrange Arms Hotel. Most people set up and launch in the area between the RNLI access track and the cliff. Take care if launching at high tide with a SW wind, as the cliffs can create gusty conditions close to shore.

Once on the sea you can expect anything from smooth water to 2-3 foot waves depending upon tide conditions, making this an ideal area for all kitesurfing abilities. Be aware of the mussel beds towards the cliff end of the beach once the tide starts to drop.

Always introduce yourself to the local kitesurfers who are friendly and can advise on local conditions and hazards.

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