With new signage along Paston Way set to be fully in place by this Bank Holiday Weekend (Sat 23rd-Mon 25th Aug), why not take the opportunity to explore what’s on offer along the picturesque trail which runs between Cromer and North Walsham?
The trail has been rerouted in some points to make it more accessible and new way-marking discs have been added to help guide walkers as well as new bespoke posts installed to point people to nearby places of interest. The new signage has been erected using funding from the COOL tourism project.
Although best known for its beautiful medieval churches, quiet lanes, and charming towns and villages, Paston Way also offers an abundance of pubs, cafés and places to explore.
Combined with a leisurely walk, the following are all well worth checking out along the trail this Bank Holiday Weekend …
The Cromer Pier Show, Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 August
Cromer Pier, built between 1900 and 1901, marks the start of Paston Way. As well as being of historical and architectural interest, it’s also home to North Norfolk’s world-famous all singing, all dancing Cromer Pier Show. With performances throughout the Saturday and Sunday of the Bank Holiday Weekend, the show presents the very best in live variety and an all new cast. Expect an eclectic blend of great pop music, breath taking West End ballads, speciality acts and humour from top comedians. Tickets start from £10.
Grand Charity Auction & World Pier Crabbing Championships, Sunday 24 August
Also in Cromer, the organisers at the annual Crab and Lobster Festival are inviting crabbing enthusiasts to join them for what’s set to be an unmissable fun family day this bank holiday Sunday. Market and craft stalls will open and more than 60 ‘Bootiful Boat’ planters will be on display from around 10am. Bid for your favourite and you may be lucky enough to take home a unique piece of art, with all proceeds going to local good causes. Alongside the auction, the World Pier Crabbing Championships lets you register as a team or individual competitor, go to your assigned pitch and try to catch the most crabs. Kicking off at 11am, trophies and prizes will go to the ultimate crabbing champs!
Live band performance at The Ship Inn, Sunday 24 August
Take a short 4-mile walk along Paston Way from Mundesley to Paston and you’ll reach The Ship Inn, believed to be one of the oldest pubs in Norfolk at nearly 300 years old. As well as stunning views of the Norfolk coast (which means a chance to spot Harbour porpoises offshore) and a menu of locally-sourced food, this Bank Holiday Sunday they’ll be hosting a live band. Having performed last year with great success, five-piece rock covers group ‘Almost Angels’ are returning to put on a show not to be missed.
Bacton Garden Opening, Saturday 23 – Monday 25 August
Also along the Mundesley to Paston section of Paston Way, you’ll come across the little coastal village of Bacton. There a ¼ acre exotic garden opening is taking place this Bank Holiday weekend as part of the National Garden Scheme. Suil Na Mara in North Walsham Rd incorporates more than 200 plant varieties set in a series of garden rooms. Often described as a ‘Tardis’ of a garden, it also has a small photographic and Art Studio with photos and artwork featuring the beautiful North Norfolk Coast. It’s open from 11am to 5pm throughout the weekend with admission just £3.50 for adults and children going free. Light refreshments will be available.
The Aylsham Show, Monday 25 August
At the very end of Paston Way in North Walsham, the trail joins up with Weaver’s Way, which will be the next trail to benefit from new signage. From there the trail will guide you straight to Alysham, where this Bank Holiday Monday the Aylsham Show is taking place. A traditional one-day agricultural show, it is set in Blickling Park, a National Trust Estate known as one of the most beautiful sites in Norfolk. Expect a fun day out packed with showing classes for cattle, sheep, horses, goats and poultry, as well as show jumping, cookery demonstrations, food and farming marquees, a rural craft area, and much, much more! Adults go for £15, while children go free with discounted tickets available online.