Town Guide 2021/2022
Local Services • Recreation • Town Map • Attractions
Welcome to The Official Cromer Town Guide 2021/22 © Falcon Publications
Photo: Tina Ewart
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A Welcome from the Mayor
Diary of Annual Events
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RNLI Henry Blogg Museum
Health and Welfare
Cromer Town Map
The Arts in Cromer
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Places of Worship
Cover photograph by Brenda Stibbons
Clubs and Societies
Directory of Advertisers
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Welcome to Cromer
Photo: Paul Hurst
May I welcome you to Cromer whether you are
and Suffield Park. If you’ve visited Cromer before,
local or visiting our lovely town.
you may not know about the new Football Golf
It has been wonderful to see our town come back
course close to Amazona Zoo.
to life after a difficult time due to the Covid
For those that take sport a little more seriously
restrictions. Our amazing ‘end of the pier show’
we have some of the best grass tennis courts in
is back and better than ever, and our cinema is
the country at the Cromer Lawn Tennis and
now open as are our museums and other
Squash Club. And then there’s the Royal Cromer
attractions. You can find out about Cromer’s
Golf Club, Cricket at the Overstrand Road ground
most famous and decorated Lifeboat Coxswain
or you can join me watching the Crabs at the
at the Henry Blogg Museum and learn about the
Cabbell Park Football ground on Mill Road.
West Runton Mammoth at our Town’s Museum. The Amazona Zoo is well worth a visit, especially in these challenging times for nature and the Amazon in particular.
There is much to enjoy on the sea front, so why not take a stroll along the Prom and around our world class pier? If you go to the eastern end of the Prom at low tide you should look out for the
Do not forget our other exciting and fun
wreck of the SS Fernebo and, if it survives, our
attractions, the Crabstix Crazy Golf, our Pitch ‘n’
latest attraction: graffiti thought to be by Banksy.
Putt courses, and bowls at both Runton Road
You can watch the crab boats coming in in the
morning, go crabbing on the pier, have a swim or
shops are still with us, with some new
paddle, go rock pooling and build sand castles
businesses opening up. It is a sign of the health
on our Blue Flag beaches. All this is for free.
of Cromer that even in these times folk have
While mentioning crabs, ours at Cromer are
been prepared to risk a new venture.
world famous. They can be found at the shops
Sadly we have missed out on our Carnival and
run by our fishermen and, of course, on the
other events during 2020 and 21. However
menu in our excellent cafes, pubs and
things are looking brighter for the New Year’s Day
Fireworks, Crab and Lobster Festival and our
We are now very much aware that this part of the world was joined to Europe through what is called Doggerland. It is amazing to think that people and animals once lived and walked in an area now covered by the sea. The second oldest foot prints in the world were discovered just
wonderful Carnival next year. Also in 2022 we are planning a special event to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the reign of our Queen. We will be combining this with commemorations of other events that we have had to postpone, not least VE and VJ days.
down the coast from Cromer. This fascinating
I hope you find this Town Guide of interest and a
history is told in the Deep History Coast Project.
useful source of information.
Wreck of the SS Femebo
Do download the App and visit the Tourist Information Centre to find out more about this project.
Photo: Peter Stibbons
Do remember to share your adventures in Cromer with friends and family on Social Media. Those of us who are privileged to live here know
I am thrilled to be able to tell you that most of our
what a great place this is, and we are delighted
wonderful independent local coffee shops, cafes,
to share it with those who love it too.
pubs and restaurants have come through Covid and are doing well. They all deserve your support. We have now even added a McDonalds
Mike Bossingham Mayor of Cromer
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Diary of Cromer’s Annual Events January 1st - Fireworks on the Pier
August - Cromer Carnival
May - Folk on the Pier
September - Norfolk Open Studios
May - The Crab & Lobster Festival
November - Firework Display
June - Cromer Pier Summer Show Opens
November/December - Christmas Lights
July - Cromer Hall Concerts July/August - Soapbox Derby
Switch-On December - Boxing Day Dip in the Sea For more information contact The North Norfolk
July/August - Lifeboat Day
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Tel: 01263 513811 www.north-norfolk.gov.uk Responsibilities include benefits, council tax collections, environment and waste, housing, planning & design, street cleaning and leisure facilities amongst others.
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Office Hours: 10am-1pm - Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.
It is best to telephone or email to make an appointment before visiting the offices as the Clerk and Deputy Clerk are often in meetings.
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West beach Aug 1892 - On Cromer west beach with no west promenade and the jetty rather than the current pier.
At the time of King William's Domesday records,
traded far afield, and Cromer vessels crossed the
1086, there is no mention of the town of Cromer.
North Sea, sailed to the Baltic and even to Iceland
Instead, we read of Shipden, a town that now lies
beneath the sea. In medieval times we read of Cromer, alias Shipden. The natural break in the cliffs now known as the Gangway was the centre of the town, with fishermen and merchants plying their trade from the beach below, and sheep farmers keeping their flocks on the hills behind the town. In 1285 the king granted Cromer a Friday market
The trading vessels of Cromer continued to land on its open beach until almost the end of the 19th century, when the railways offered a more efficient means of transport. Undoubtedly sea trade declined over the centuries, with the general decline in the importance of the county of Norfolk as a centre for the wool industry. Fishing continued to be a mainstay of the town, with cod,
and a yearly fair of eight days. By the end of the
mackerel and other longshore catches providing a
14th century the town was sufficiently prosperous
year round return, before the move to the crab
for the large church of St Peter and St Paul to be
and lobster specialisation of today. Tourism began
built, replacing Shipden's lost church of St Peter.
to be of more importance from the beginning of
In 1565 Cromer is listed as a landing place with a
the 19th century, and it is from that period that
pier, with 117 householders. The merchants
the first written guide to Cromer dates. | 11
Pier Opening - A crowd gathers for the June, 1901 opening of Cromer pier
The end of the Napoleonic wars provided the
With the decline of the town after the medieval
opportunity for this influx of visitors. The members
period, the church itself had fallen into a
of the Gurney family of Earlham Hall were amongst
considerable state of disrepair. The Reformation
the earliest visitors of this sort to the town. The
and the time of Oliver Cromwell's Commonwealth
mixture of sea views and bathing, the woods and
had also contributed to the deterioration of many
walks behind the town and the activity on the
church buildings. The church windows had largely
beach brought those with leisure time and the
been bricked up and the chancel demolished. The
time to draw and paint to Cromer, including a
Reverend Thomas Gill had resorted to the use of
number of artists of the Norwich school.
gunpowder for this purpose in 1681. The
The coming of the railways and the accompanying publicity started by the travel writer and theatre critic Clement Scott - who coined the name
restoration of the church was undertaken in the reign of Queen Victoria, this work was substantially completed for the beginning of the 20th century.
Poppyland for the area - led to a further rush of
Cromer also became known because of its lifeboat
visitors in the final decade of the 19th century.
station. Today the offshore lifeboat station is at the
Many of those visiting the town chose to stay,
end of the pier, whilst the inshore lifeboat operates
contributing to local prosperity and building of
from the beach. In the 19th century, almost every
substantial houses. Others took the opportunity to
coastal town or village in Norfolk had its lifeboat.
develop businesses based on the holiday trade.
In the 1920s motor lifeboats began to take over
The great hotels, few of which remain, date from
from the pulling and sailing boats. The building of
the pierhead station at Cromer meant that the
lifeboat could launch in almost any weather, and
Visitors to Cromer can currently take a trail around
Cromer took over responsibility for much of the
town to see the selection of reproductions of
coastline to the east, and in particular for the
major art works that have been placed at various
Haisboro' Sands. The work of Coxswain Henry
locations - families can be seen with their leaflets,
Blogg and his crew became known nationally, and
tracking down the various images. Just to help
has been continued by his successors led by
matters, an original 'Banksy' appeared on one of
Henry 'Shrimp' Davies, Richard Davies, Billy Davies
the concrete breakwaters at the east end of town,
and John Davies, John being the last of the family
though how long it will survive as the sea and
line in this role, before handing over to today's
beach stones get to work is impossible to tell. The
next additions for Cromer's 'Blue Plaques' are
Cromer remains a very popular spot for visitors. Of course it is not possible to guarantee the sunshine and warmth of overseas destinations, but the summer can offer open beaches, country walks, safe sea bathing and a variety of interesting places to visit. A sunny weekend winter morning
currently being prepared, including those for our lady lighthouse keepers of the 19th century and for suffragette Emily Davison, who worked as a governess in Cromer and was renowned as a keen sea swimmer, even in the coldest of weather. The third plaque is for geologist and Cromer
will see hundreds of people take the walk out on
historian Alfred Savin, a regular collector of many
the pier and a number of other events are held
fossils from local beaches, a selection of which
throughout the year. The Boxing Day swim and the
are now in the Natural History Museum. The 'Deep
New Year's Day fireworks now bring thousands to
History' project looks back to those ancient times,
the seafront in the coldest of weather! Folk on the
with the installation on the west cliff and through
Pier, usually the second weekend of May and the
the displays at Cromer Museum and at the Tourist
Crab and Lobster festival on the third weekend of
Information Centre at the Meadow. There's plenty
May are now well established attractions.
to explore in the outdoors along Cromer's seafront
Writing in the summer of 2021, we have to report of course that most of the regular activities have not been able to operate for the past 18 months, but the net effect of the pandemic has been that the summer months have been even busier than usual, with overseas holidays being largely out of favour and staycations being the choice for many. However, organisations and societies are beginning to swing into action again and we trust
and along the north Norfolk coast by following the 'Deep History' project! Other new attractions are the developments at North Lodge Park, with the bridge and its access to another children's playground and the wild flower areas now being prepared by the Cromer Green Spaces project, complementing the carefully tended traditional flower beds of the town. Peter Stibbons
that 2022 will bring the regular events we mention above back. | 13
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Cromer Museum Cromer Museum offers the chance to step inside this cosy Victorian fisherman’s cottage and imagine what life was like in Cromer at the end of the 19th century. Browse in the Old Cromer Gallery with its huge archive of historic photographs and illustrations of the town.
role as the first official female war photographer. New for this year is the Shaped by You! exhibition which gives visitors the opportunity to have their say in the stories and objects the museum will display in the future.
Discover Cromer’s history as a Victorian seaside
The museum will be open from Monday-Friday
resort with its fine hotels and scandalous mixed
10.30am-4pm. Saturday & Sunday 12pm-4pm.
Last admission everyday 3pm.
Visit the Geology Gallery and see an amazing
Admission: Adult £4.40, Concession £4.20,
collection of fossils – all found in Norfolk on our
Child £4.10, Family (1 adult + 1 child) £7.65,
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Family (1 adult + 2 children) £11.34, Family
displays revealing why Cromer is renowned as a
(2 adults + 2 children) £15.30, Twilight ticket
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Primary Education Suffield Park Infant and Nursery School
Cromer Junior School
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Cromer Junior School is a medium sized school for
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The Arts in Cromer
Photo: Dave Hubba Roberts
Stunning Cromer, with its impressive beach,
Both music and theatre also play a large part in
picturesque coastline and iconic pier, has long
the life of the town. The town’s grade II-listed pier
provided artists and photographers with
is home to the Pavilion Theatre which has a
inspiration. The town itself is also home to many
varied programme of concerts and productions
artists and galleries with a range of exhibitions
throughout the year, including its famous End of
taking place over the year.
the Pier show which opens in June.
In May, the town’s Crab and Lobster Festival holds a very popular art trail, lighting up the town in a blaze of colour and creativity. Previously held in May but now moved to September, Norwich Open Studios offers local artists the chance to open their studios to the public, allowing people to see how they work. It’s a perfect opportunity to purchase work direct from the artist themselves while gaining an insight into the creative process behind the end product.
The extremely popular Folk on the Pier, in May, is a fantastic celebration of folk music. Cromer hit the headlines in August 2021 when elusive graffiti artist Banksy chose the town’s sea wall as the site for one of his famous pieces of work during what he has dubbed his ‘Great British Spraycation.’ The work depicts a group of hermit crabs with one in a shell holding up a sign stating ‘Luxury Rentals Only.’ North Norfolk District Council has applied a protective coating over the work to help preserve it from the elements for as long as possible. | 29
food and rooms by the sea
call: 01263 514 964
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Cromer’s All-Weather Lifeboat launching
Photo: Paul Russell
There are two lifeboats stationed at Cromer.
amongst those we remember with pride for their
The ALB (all-weather lifeboat) is at the end of the
years of service afloat and ashore.
pier and is launched down the slipway; it covers up to 100 miles out to sea and along the coast to the flank stations at Great Yarmouth and Wells. The ILB (inshore lifeboat) is kept in the renovated 1902 boathouse at the bottom of the Gangway. The ILB covers inshore services for swimmers and small boat sailors up to its flank stations at Sheringham and Happisburgh. The Cromer lifeboats have a long and distinguished service, with the names Henry Blogg, Henry 'Shrimp' Davies and Richard Davies standing out as long serving coxswains and Lewis 'Tuna' Harrison and Dr Paul Barclay
The lifeboat station at the end of the pier can be visited most of the year. It is normally manned from 10am to 4pm from Easter through to October, although it is often open at additional times. Groups wishing to visit should contact the Lifeboat Visitors Officer by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The shop at the pier lifeboat station offers a wide range of presents, including many of specific local interest. The station website at cromerrnli.org.uk has a wealth of other information about the station.
Photo: Tina Ewart
RNLI Lifeguards Keeping watch Through the summer season RNLI Lifeguard station operates to cover Cromer’s east and west beaches. They’re always happy to give safe swimming advice.
The north Norfolk coast is a beautiful place to
Red Flag: If this flag is raised at the lifeguard hut
visit in the summertime, its numerous beaches
or on the beach it means NO SWIMMING. It is
being one of the main attractions. RNLI
unsafe to enter the water if the red flag is flying.
lifeguards patrol on six beaches in the area during the summer months, keeping them safe for locals and tourist alike. Cromer east beach is patrolled by RNLI lifeguards from mid-May to midSeptember. Cromer west beach is patrolled from
Orange Windsock: This means that there are strong winds blowing out to sea, and that it is not safe to use inflatables. Do not take inflatables into the water if the windsock is flying.
early July until early September. During these
If you are going swimming or surfing in the sea
periods beaches are patrolled between 10am
this summer, make sure you always go with a
and 6pm, seven days a week.
friend. If you should find yourself in trouble or
If you are planning a day out at the seaside, it is important to remember to always swim at a lifeguarded beach. The lifeguards will operate a flag system to keep all water users safe: Red and Yellow flags: These flags will be raised to indicate the safest area to swim. Make sure you always stay in between the red and yellow flags when swimming or bodyboarding, where the lifeguards can see you.
out of depth, raise your hand in the air, shout for help and wait for a lifeguard to come to your assistance. If you have a bodyboard, surfboard or inflatable, do not let go of it as it is keeping you afloat. When you get to the beach, go and speak to the lifeguards and ask them about the tides, weather forecast and the best times for you to swim safely. They are very friendly and are happy to help! Emergency only calls for lifeboat
Black and White Flags: The black and white flags
assistance should be made by dialling 999 and
indicate the zone for surf craft. If you are surfing or
asking for 'Coastguard'.
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Places of Worship Cromer Church
For all enquiries please contact:
We are a group of people who have discovered the good news and transforming power of Jesus and seek to share that with others, to see lives transformed with Jesus Christ.
The Church Office, Cromer Parish Hall, 65 Church Street, Cromer, NR27 9HH
Cromer Church is in the Church of England Diocese of Norwich. We meet regularly in our three buildings. Services are held in the Parish Church in the town centre and at St Martin's in Mill Road. Many of our regular activities take place at the Parish Hall opposite Boots.
On Sundays we usually meet at the following times:
T 01263 512000 | E email@example.com
Twitter @cromerchurch The Church Office is manned on Thursday and Friday from 9am-5pm
Cromer Methodist Church
A warm welcome awaits you at the Methodist Church, Holt Road.
8.45 am COMMUNION | Quieter and more traditional
Minister: Rev. Colin Telfer (01692 218657)
10.30am MORNING SERVICE | All-Age and contemporary with groups for 0-16s Please call for information on evening service.
ST MARTIN’S 10.30am MORNING SERVICE | Smaller and more intimate We currently have a particular focus on families, children and youth, however, we run a variety of groups for people of all ages and backgrounds including parent and toddler groups, gospel choir, Alpha courses, Mother’s Union, regular adult socials and a group for vulnerable adults to name a few. We have a church coffee shop running throughout the week.
We offer: Sunday Service: 10.45am Lunch after Morning Service (First Sunday of the month: 12.15pm) Community Matters Cafe (Monday and Thursday: 10.30am-1pm) Messy Church for all the family (Third Saturday of the month: 10.30am-12.30pm) Women’s Fellowship (Tuesday: 2.30pm) Foodbank (Thursday, 1.30pm): www.cromerdistrict.foodbank.org.uk We are ‘all people’ friendly with level access and a loop system in both church and cafe. * Some groups or services are currently not taking place due to Covid but we hope to restart eventually. Please call for more information.
Photo: Brenda Stibbons
Places of Worship The Catholic Parish of Sheringham and Cromer The Catholic Parish of Our Lady and St Joseph, Sheringham and Cromer, has services at Our Lady of Refuge, on the Overstrand Road, Cromer (next to the golf club) and at St Joseph's on Cromer Road, Sheringham. Further details can be found online at www.ourladyandstjoseph.info. The parish email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and the Parish Priest can be contacted on 01263 822036. Weekend masses are on Saturday (anticipated) and 6pm at Our Lady of Refuge, Cromer and on Sunday at 9am at Our Lady of Refuge, Cromer and 11am at St Joseph's, Sheringham. When possible, a Mass is said at St. Andrew's (C of E), Holt on Thursday at 9.30am. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is on Saturday at 9.30-10am at St Joseph's, Sheringham and on Saturday at 5-5.30pm at Our Lady of Refuge, Cromer.
Cromer Baptist Church You will find that we now meet in a different building! We’re found on the main road in East Runton, at the far end of the village. We are still the same sort of evangelical Church, worshipping God and serving the Lord Jesus. Whoever you are, you will be welcomed. Services and activities: Sunday Mornings: 10.30am
The Church of God in Cromer The Church of God in Cromer, at the Chesterfield Hall, Cabbell Road is a Bible-based evangelical church, one of a worldwide Fellowship of churches. Our services, to which everyone is welcome, are: Sunday 10.15: The Remembrance of the Lord Jesus (Communion). Non-members are warmly welcomed to observe, but do not take Communion. Sunday apart from the first Sunday in the month: 11.30 Refreshments, followed by Family Service at 11.50, with Sunday Club for children at the same time – a good starting point for visitors. First Sunday in the month: Neighbourhood Tea at 5.15 Everyone is welcome to this free tea. This is preceded by a Bible study every month except June. Wednesday: 8.00 Prayer and Bible teaching. Third Thursday in the month: 2.30 ‘Chatterbox’ informal club for over-50s (although there is no real age limit!) Quiz, tea and short talk. Due to Covid restrictions, some meetings are currently on hold but we hope that things will return to normal as soon as possible. For more details, see our website at www.churchofgodincromer.info or the central website www.churchesofgod.info. For local contact phone the church Secretary Peter Hickling on 01263 515186 or e-mail email@example.com
Tuesdays: Bible study and Prayer: 4pm Thursdays (recommencing in Jan 2022): Friendship Group: 2.30pm Pastor: Jon Davies, 01263 576524 For more information on all activities please go to www.cromerbaptist.org.uk
Open 9am-4pm 6 days a week Local deliveries to Cromer
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Clubs, Societies and Associations Health and Welfare British Red Cross: 01603 426361 / 01603 253403 (Equipment loans only) Macmillan Cancer Support: 0808 808 0000 Parkinsons Disease Society: Ann Bowles, 01263 513892
Clubs and Societies Aylsham Chess Club (covering Cromer): Jonathan Reeve, 01263 733744 / firstname.lastname@example.org Cromer and Sheringham Brass Band: Jane Bussey, 01263 821013 Cromer Community and Hospital Friends: Mike Ayden, 01263 511146 Cromer Flower Club: Hazel Bright, 01263 513408 Cromer and Sheringham Operatic & Dramatic
Friends of Cromer Museum: Audrey Smith, email@example.com North Norfolk Model Engineering Club: Gordon Ford, firstname.lastname@example.org Royal British Legion: Hilary Cox MBE, 01263 513820 / 07704 971955 Royal Naval Lifeboat Institution: Paul Watling, 01263 512237 Sheringham and Cromer Round Table: Matt McKee, 07900 268311 Sheringham and Cromer Tangent Club: Laura Girling, 01263 514985 St John Ambulance Adults & Cadets Unit: Richard Earl, 01692 407069 Slimming World: Steve Little - 07585 702854
Private Members Clubs
Society: Amanda Howell, 01603 738356
Cromer Country Club: 01263 513833
Cromer Society: Stella Evans (Secretary),
Cromer Social Club: 01263 512542
01263 514314 Cromer Twinning Association: Jilly Boocock (Chairperson), 01263 512728 / Angela Wrighton (Secretary), 01263 577646 Cromer VEO Ltd: Tony Shipp, 01263 512591 Cromer WI: Judy Roberts, 01263 511372
Photo: Tina Ewart
Clubs, Societies and Associations Sports Clubs
Cromer Cricket Club: Club secretary,
Cromer Air Cadets: 01263 510873
1st Cromer Sea Scouts & Explorers (Beavers,
Cromer Football Club: Jenna Bedwell, 07984
Cubs, Scouts and Explorers). All groups for boys
and girls. www.scouts.org.uk
Cromer Lawn Tennis & Squash Association:
Cromer Rainbows, Brownies & Guides: Please
Matt Jordan, 01263 513741
register your interest at
Cromer Marrams Bowls Club: Neil Patrickson,
01263 513901 / 07814 060413
Cromer Youth Football: Katie Wade, 07788
Cromer Sports Centre: 01263 515669
Elderberries Sports & Social Club: Sheila Saunders (Badminton), 01263 761142 North Norfolk Beach Runners: Vinnie Purdy, email@example.com
Local Websites www.thisiscromer.co.uk from Cromer Chamber of Trade & Business includes business and ‘events’ listings. You can also read this information by using the Cromer App on your
North Norfolk Table Tennis League:
Apple or Android phone. The ThisisCromer
Facebook page also features local activities.
Northrepps Clay Shooting Club: Gary Frost,
www.cromercarnival.co.uk is the site to discover
all about Cromer Carnival.
Roller Skating (Cromer Sports Centre): 01263
www.cromerdictionary.co.uk has a wealth of
history on the town.
Royal Cromer Golf Club: 01263 512884
www.cromerrnli.org.uk has current and historical
Suffield Park Bowls Club: John Filby, 01263
information on the lifeboat stations.
Cromer’s East Side
• Florist • Eco Refill Room • Plants 2c Mount Street, Cromer NR27 9DB4 01263 511116 firstname.lastname@example.org www.seaofflowers.co.uk
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Picture Framing Service
Friendly, expert framing for paintings, prints, posters, photographs, cross stitches and just about anything else!
Members of the Fine Art Picture Guild
3 Church Street, Cromer, NR27 9ER 01263 515745
COFFEE SHOP & CAFE
Hand roasted barista coffee and leaf tea Breakfasts, brunch, lunch, Cromer crab, cream teas, afternoon teas & platters Private hire for celebrations, birthdays, small weddings and wakes Bespoke outside catering, afternoon tea delivery Tel: 07879338585 www.henryscromer.co.uk 2 Church Street, Cromer NR27 9ER Open 9.30am - 4.00pm
OPEN TUES – SUNDAY
Healthy food truly Thai Homemade & cooked to order using fresh local produce
Tel: 01263 513193 www.bannthai.co.uk 1a Church Street Cromer NR27 9ER
5pm to 9.30pm Fri/Sat
Booking advisable Last orders 9pm, Fri/Sat 9.30pm PRIOR BOOKING REQUIRED FOR LUNCH WEDNESDAY TO SATURDAY 12.00 to 2pm
Take Away available (Limited on Fri & Sat)
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Cromer’s East Side
SHILOAH BOOKS Independent Bookshop
Vintage and Modern Costume Jewellery and accessories Women’s Men’s Children’s 10 NEW PARADE, CROMER NR27 9EP
Browne’s On Bond Street
Daily lunch specials & Breakfast Serving good quality home cooked food Using, whenever possible, locally sourced produce. Warm and friendly service. We cater for vegan, vegetarian and gluten free diets. Find us on trip advisor. Open Monday-Saturday 8.30am-4.30pm Well behaved dogs welcome in our courtyard garden. Bond Street, Cromer. Tel: 01263 512320 email@example.com 44 |
Christian Literature • Gift items • Range of Bags 23 Church Street, Cromer NR27 9ES (opp Baptist Church Building)
Open 10-4.30pm Monday-Saturday
Now in it's 21st year • Pottery Painting • Decopatch • Canvas Painting • Foam Clay
Find us on the corner of Mount Street and Bond Street. Call 01263 514306 or scan the QR code
Doggie Diner Cromer
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Cromer Man or Woman and Van Tel: 01263 512436 Mob: 07766 986210
Art House Café THE
10 HIGH STREET... CROMER... NR27 9HG www. arthouse-cafe.co.uk firstname.lastname@example.org
House moves Business moves Collection & delivery
Van with two people Quotes on request
01263 649856 Great Food, Great Coffee
BRISBANE ANTIQUES Visit us for a good selection of Antique & Fine Jewellery, Moorcroft, Coins, Militaria. We buy gold, silver, coins, medals & quality items All jewellery repairs undertaken Kim & Phil 33 Prince of Wales Road, Cromer Tel: 01263 512996 Mobile: 07986 982216
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The Garden Street Grill Licensed Restaurant
Open Daily from 12pm Traditional English Menu Daily Specials
o1263 51511o 16 Garden Street, Cromer Fo you r all gea r sport r in s Nor North folk
Indoor & Outdoor Sports Equipment and Clothing Gift Vouchers now available Indoor ‐ Darts ‐ Pool ‐ Snooker ‐ Table Tennis Outdoor ‐ Badminton ‐ Basketball ‐ Bowls ‐ Cricket ‐ Football ‐ Hockey ‐ Netball ‐ Rugby ‐ Squash, plus Running Shoes & Swimwear
34 Church Street, Cromer, Norfolk NR27 9ES 01263 515888 ‐ 07786 552923
6 Garden Street, Cromer NR27 9HN 01263 516 802 email@example.com
Holiday Cottage. A warm and colourful welcome awaits you at Glory Days in Southrepps, just five miles from Cromer. Bookings via Booking.com or call us on 01263 711811 for further information. Booking.com/Glory Days. Rated Exceptional (as at September 2021)
P & S AUTOS FOR ALL YOUR MOTORING NEEDS
SERVICE, MOT REPAIRS, TYRES Coffee • Pastries • Cake • Deli • Smoothies Gluten & Dairy Free Options Available 58 Church Street, Cromer NR27 9HH • 07946 534144 www.coffeetherapycromer.com @CoffeeTherapyUK
TEL: 01263 515503 07771 864 676 Unit 2D Middlebrook Way, Holt Road, Cromer NR27 9JR | 47
Publishing is our business
Falcon Publications Units 10a -11 Red House Yard, Gislingham Road, Thornham Magna, Eye, Suffolk IP23 8HH Tel: 01379 773347 (Advertising), 01379 773348 (Editorial) 01379 851158 (Accounts), 01379 788648 (Subscriptions) firstname.lastname@example.org www.falconpublications.co.uk falconpublications@artseastmag 48 | |
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LEAFLET PRINT & DESIGN
p46 Amy’s Sweet Shop
p18 Falcon Publications
p47 Harald’s Fine Chocolates
p24 Lords Opticians
p28 Marlene’s School of Dance
PET FOOD & ACCESSORIES
p38 Coastal Pets
p43 Norfolk Framing
p10 JB Postle
PRINTING & COPYING
p8 The Copyshop
p2 Arnolds Keys
FISH & CHIP SHOPS
p48 Falcon Publications
p30 Will’s Plaice
p46 Cromer Man or Woman and Van
p42 Sea of Flowers
RESTAURANTS & HOTELS
p43 Bann Thai
p20 Happy Feet
p47 The Garden Street Grill
p38 The Grove
p8 Davies Fish Shop
p30 The Red Lion
p16 Jonas Seafoods
SEWING MACHINE SERVICES
p46 Norfolk Sewing Machine Service
p46 Cromer & District Independent
p34 Fox’s Funeral Services
p47 IC Sports
p47 Glory Days
p51 Amazona Zoo
p24 Contact Care
p10 Felbrigg Hall
p20 Extra Hands
WINDOW & DOOR REPAIRS
p16 C&M Glass Services
WINDOWS, DOORS & CONSERVATORIES
p16 Horsford Window & Conservatory
p22 Karttrak Cromer
Company Ltd p6 North Norfolk Plastics
Photo: Peter Stibbons