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The Norfolk village of Hemsby is home to over 22,000 accommodation beds for holiday makers and tourists, which is more than its neighbouring Great Yarmouth. Check out these 10 things to do in Hemsby to help ensure that you have a memorable visit to the area.
- Transport links for travelling to Hemsby
- 10 Things To Do in Hemsby
- Where to eat in Hemsby
- What else is there to do in Hemsby?
- Where else to visit in Norfolk
Transport links for travelling to Hemsby
- Car: Hemsby is located on the A149 Coast Road and is within easy driving distance of Great Yarmouth and beyond. Travelling from the West you will turn off the A47 at Acle and follow the road signs to guide you through to Hemsby. If you are staying locally within the lively village resort one of the many holiday homes or luxury lodges you will most likely have parking available to you on-site. If you are visiting for a day trip or staying further afield, then make use of the car parks located on Beach Road which are only a few minutes walk from all the family attractions.
- Bus: The Coastal Clipper bus service runs from Great Yarmouth through to Hemsby Beach, stopping at various points along the way it is a convenient and popular choice to access the seaside resort, especially during the school holidays when the area is busier than normal.
- Train: The nearest train station for Hemsby is located in Great Yarmouth, so you will need to arrange onward travel from the station. Taxis are available from the station, however, do make sure to check out the local bus timetable as you may be able to save yourself some money by walking into the town centre to catch a bus.
10 Things To Do in Hemsby
Located a few miles north of Great Yarmouth on the Norfolk coastline is the village of Hemsby. Home to a family friendly seaside resort, it can often be mistaken as a place where you stay ebfore heading off to explore other attractions in the local area, however, Hemsby offers it’s own fair share of family attractions, activities and fun. Take a look the 10 things to do in Hemsby, Norfolk.
Lost World Adventure Golf
Lost World Adventure Golf is a stunning 9-hole-themed crazy golf course situated in the picturesque seaside village of Hemsby in Norfolk. Putt past dinosaurs, fossils, water hazards, and even an ancient Aztec temple! Good value and fun for young and old alike. Priced at just £5 per person, reduced to £4 if you decide to have another round it is great value for money and a fun way to spend time with friends and family.
Hemsby Beach has been in the news quite a bit over recent years due to coastal erosion, however, a visit to Hemsby Beach is still a must-do activity if you are visiting the area, Enjoy walking along the grassy sand dunes, take in the wide sandy beach and make the most of deckchair hire during the summer months and have a fun day at the beach for the whole family.
Hemsby Fun Fair
The Hemsby Fun Fair is within easy reach of the main road, beach and family attractions. Home to a range of activities it is a great place for small children to enjoy children’s rides, a bouncy castle and outdoor fun.
Hirsty’s Family Fun Park
Hirsty’s Family Fun Park is a great place to visit for an action-packed day out for the entire family. Hirsty’s is suitable for all ages, with fun family quizzes and activities to enjoy as a team. Enjoy a day away from the beach and explore all the fun of the farm. Make a day of it exploring the Maize Maze, taking a tractor-trailer ride, bouncing the day away on the trampolines and inflatable pillows or see how much fun wellie croquet can be!
Hemsby Karting Centre
Located on Beach Road, Hemsby the Hemsby Karting Centre offers adults and children the chance to battle it out to see who will take first place. Prices start at just £7.50 for Junior karts 12 laps and £15 for Adult karts 17 laps.
Visiting amusement arcades goes hand in hand with a trip to the seaside and when visiting Hemsby this is no different. Visit the Oasis Amusements, enjoy a trip on the electric go-karts, try your hand at a game of prize bingo, attempt to win a teddy from one of the grabber machines or let the younger children help you feed coins into the penny arcade machines to see if you can win a treat or two.
It’s always surprising just how much energy children have, so if you are looking for a way to wear them out or hide from the British weather then why not take them to MB’s Funhouse. An indoor soft play centre that will allow them to enjoy running around, climbing and sliding into ball pits – all whilst you enjoy a few minutes to yourself. A chance to grab a drink, read a book, catch up with friends and family or simply scroll through social media.
Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens
Explore Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens using a network of wooden walkways and paths to guide you around the nature reserve. You can follow the bridges across the lake, climb the Jubilee Tree Walk to get magnificent views of the park and venture into the Tiger Tunnel. There is also the Tiger Tree Walk which takes you directly over the enclosure and the Tiger Machan Viewing Platform where you can be inches away from the magnificent Sumatran Tigers. Walk through the treetops with the Gibbons and follow the walkway around the trees over the Leopard enclosures. Discover Cats Cloisters, explore the Pool Garden and enjoy the Aviaries.
The Crow’s Nest
Challenge yourself and take on a high ropes experience, the Crow’s Nest, located at Richardson’s Hemsby Beach Holiday Park. You’ll be safely strapped into a climbing harness by the Go Active instructors, who will also show you the ropes – literally! The high ropes course has several levels at different heights, it will test your nerve and balance as you explore the course.
Stonehenge Mini Golf
Stonehenge Mini Golf is found at the end of Beach Road in Hemsby, just before you turn left to go to the beach or right to enjoy a delicious meal at the Lacon Arms. A uniquely themed crazy golf course sure to delight the young and young at heart.
Where to eat in Hemsby
- The Lacon Arms – If you are looking for the perfect place to stop and enjoy a family meal then look no further than The Lacon Arms. Get ready for big portions of delicious food with an array of menu options so you should be able to find something to suit all the family. The thick shakes are a must-have order and perfect for a summer’s day when you need to cool off a little. Make use of their large car park and let the kids burn off some excess energy in the outdoor play area.
- Fish & chip shop – If you are looking to sit down in the perfect spot and enjoy something quick to eat then a trip to one of the fish and chip shops will be an easy way to get you all fed and recharged for more family fun.
- Chinese restaurants – There are three Chinese restaurant and takeaways available within Hemsby; Hong Kong Chinese, Golden Dragon and China Boy.
- Ice cream and doughnut vendors – Is it even a visit to the seaside without indulging in ice cream? You’ll be spoilt for choice with an array of vendors available up and down Beach Road.
What else is there to do in Hemsby?
- The Big Tuesday Night Fireworks – Big Tuesdays (Every Tuesday at Hemsby Beach 25th July – 29th August) with Fireworks at 10pm and street acts at 5pm and 9pm. This summer in Hemsby, Tuesdays are BIG. Big on performance, big on fireworks, big on food, big on things to see and do
- Hemsby Longshore Herring Festival – The Hemsby Longshore Herring Festival is organised by Hemsby Lifeboat and celebrates the fishing traditions and heritage of the area. Sample delicious local Hemsby herring on the beach, cooked the traditional way covered in rolled oats and beef dripping.
- Hemsby Village – Hemsby is divided into two main areas: the village and the beach. The village of Hemsby has several shops and attractive buildings, including the 12th-century church of St. Mary the Virgin.
- St Mary’s Church – St Mary’s church in Hemsby near Great Yarmouth: a Medieval church and tower dating from the early 14th century, built by the Monks of Norwich Cathedral priory, with Medieval bosses retained in the roof and porch.
Where else to visit in Norfolk
- Great Yarmouth – Located on the Norfolk coast, the popular seaside resort of Great Yarmouth has a deep history in the fishing industry as well as entertaining holidaymakers and tourists with an array of traditional attractions, amusement arcades, sea views and miles of sandy beaches.
- Norwich – Norwich is one of England’s major agricultural and livestock markets and serves as a shopping and entertainment centre for an extensive area. Its football (soccer) club, Norwich City, plays at Carrow Road stadium.
- Norfolk Broads – Norfolk is possibly most famous for the man-made Broads, a National Park with over 125 miles of navigable lock-free waterways set in beautiful countryside and studded with charming and picturesque towns and villages such as Wroxham.
- Sandringham – Sandringham House is a country house in the parish of Sandringham, Norfolk, England. It is one of the royal palaces of Charles III, the house stands on a 20,000-acre estate in the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.