There is a fantastic selection of tranquil beaches to explore throughout West Norfolk, from Heacham and Old Hunstanton to Brancaster and, further east, Holkham.
For a more lively seaside atmosphere, Hunstanton is a popular coastal resort for all ages with lots of beach-based activities, the guide below mostly pertaining to that particular beach.
Be safe while visiting West Norfolk’s beaches and coastline. Some safety tips:
Where available, black-and-white chequered flag indicate an area of water for use by water craft. DO NOT swim or bathe in this zone.
Children’s inflatables should always have a line connected, held securely by an adult on the shore.
Always check the tide before you enter the water.
Remember to protect yourself against the sun’s ray: ‘Slip – Slap – Slop’
- Slip on a shirt
- Slap on a hat
- Slop on sunscreen
Borough Council Safety Services
The Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk’s Resort Services team provide a range of services for the safety, enjoyment and welfare of visitors to Hunstanton and Heacham beaches during the summer season. They provide:
- A beach patrol service on the south prom at Hunstanton
- Beach office next to the Alive Oasis Leisure Centre
- First aid and a lost child service.
In the event of an emergency always dial 999.
Located along Hunstanton’s North Promenade, each chalet offers you wonderful sea views across The Wash and your own guaranteed space away from the crowds on the beach. Chalets are available to hire throughout the summer season on a daily, weekly or seasonal basis and the chalets are an ideal base for a family trip to the beach. More information can be found on the Resort Services dedicated chalets page.
Watersports are a popular pastime in West Norfolk. Hunstanton provides excellent conditions with its shallow sea and vast sand.
Look out for details of top watersports competitions and events. Most weekends Hunstanton has several kite surfers and wind boarders on the seas, great to sit back and watch or even have a go! If you are bringing your own personal watercraft to Hunstanton please check out the following information;
Launching of personal watercraft and powered boats in Hunstanton
If you are bringing your own personal watercraft to Hunstanton please remember that all users must obtain a permit before they can launch. Permits can be applied for through the Alive Oasis Sports & Leisure Centre or downloaded below. Powerboat owners can launch personal watercraft from the powerboat launch ramp in Hunstanton.
We have developed the following proposals in consultation with the relevant clubs and bodies in order to ensure effective management of personal watercraft and powered boats using the launching ramps:
All users must obtain a permit before they can launch
Permits can be applied for through the Alive Oasis Sports & Leisure Centre
Users must show data tag number (jet-skis), name of boat (powered boats) and valid insurance
For powered boats and jet-skis, RYA Level 2 must be held by each driver
SBDA certificate for British water-ski members
To apply for a powered watercraft permit please complete the application form and return it to:
c/o Alive Oasis Sports & Leisure Centre
Hunstanton PE36 5BD
Tel; 01485 535150
Dogs are not permitted on the beach, from the power boat ramp to the northern extremity of the promenade, between Good Friday and 31st October.
Dogs on the promenade, The Green, Esplanade Gardens and the town centre, must be kept on a lead at all times and, under the dog fouling legislation, dog owners will also be required to remove dog faeces deposited by their dogs wherever they are in Hunstanton.
In and Around West Norfolk
Dogs are welcome in West Norfolk, but please check information on dog ban areas, waste bins, leash orders and lost/found dogs before your visit.