A new 10 year management contract to run Cromer Pier, one of the nation’s most iconic seaside structures, has been awarded by Pier owners, North Norfolk District Council, to Openwide.
The celebrated and award winning Grade II Listed Pier which has been described as ‘fabulously English’ has become a national treasure and a ‘gem of the Norfolk coast’ since it was built in 1901.
Playing host to the world’s only remaining full season End of the Pier Show, the 495 ft long Pier has claimed its fair share of awards through the years, kick-started many entertainment careers and provided a stunning backdrop to numerous films and productions.
Holt Country Park, Sadler’s Wood, near North Walsham, and Pretty Corner Woods, near Sheringham, have again been named amongst the best open spaces in the UK, winning the right to fly the prestigious Green Flag for 2017/18.
This is the thirteenth year in a row that Holt Country Park has been able to fly the Green Flag, which denotes a welcoming, safe, clean and well-managed site.
The award demands year-on-year improvement for the status to be retained.
A large sea-life mural surrounding the new Cromer West Prom play area has been finished.
The 26m-long mural has been painted on the walls around the recently opened shipwreck play area. It depicts underwater flora and fauna local to North Norfolk’s coast, including seals, fish and seaweed.
The new mural is part of North Norfolk District Council’s £1m Cromer West Prom investment that includes the recently opened ‘futureproofed’ catering kiosk, toilets and showers, as well as the play area, that can all be craned to higher ground in the event of a storm surge.
Archery, street dance, multi-sports and football among a wide range of sports and activities on offer for youngsters this summer
A huge range of children's activities will be on offer at North Norfolk District Council-managed community sports centres during the Summer school holidays.
The sessions will offer healthy and fun activities for youngsters aged between 4 and 12.
Twelve revolutionary bins are being installed by North Norfolk District Council in Cromer and Wells to reduce litter overspill during busy times.
The ‘smart’ solar-powered litter bins are larger than a traditional street bin and when litter reaches a certain level inside, or at pre-programmed intervals, a hydraulic ram compacts the litter so levels do not overflow.
Restaurant businesses that create high volumes of packaging waste are contributing funds to the NNDC project, including Cromer’s No 1, and Platten’s and French’s fish and chip shops in Wells.
North Norfolk officially is the District with the best beaches in England, with no fewer than six of its beaches being awarded prestigious Blue Flags.
East Runton and West Runton beaches have joined Cromer, Mundesley, Sea Palling and Sheringham in the top tier of English beaches.
The awards are given out only to those beaches that have the highest quality of water, facilities, environmental education and management, with superb levels of cleanliness and safety. The only other district that has six Blue Flags is Thanet.
North Norfolk District Council’s new facilities along Cromer’s West Promenade will be ready for use by residents and visitors in advance of the 2017 summer season.
The ‘futureproofed’ catering kiosk, toilets and showers units, as well as the new play equipment, are able to be craned out of the area to higher ground in the event of a storm surge warning.
The Grove in Cromer, owned by three generations of the Graveling family for the past 81 years, is the winner of AA’s Bed and Breakfast with a Story for 2017-18.
Richard, Chris and Liz Graveling picked up the award at a gala lunch hosted by the five-star Landmark Hotel in London on Monday.
“We’re absolutely thrilled to win such a prestigious honour”, said Richard. “The standard of entries was apparently very high so to come out on top is a real compliment.”
Cromer’s 60s Festival drew big crowds on Sunday April 23 to North Norfolk’s iconic Cromer Pier.
The St George’s Day celebration organised by North Norfolk District Council welcomed in excess of 3,000 visitors over the course of the day. Many came on vintage scooters and motorcycles and even more got into the spirit of the 1960s by dressing in period clothing.
Investment by North Norfolk District Council in North Lodge Park, Cromer, has seen the yacht pond extensively refurbished and refilled in readiness for the main visitor season.
North Norfolk District Council contracted Thrower & Rutland Ltd to undertake the works, which cost £8,556.50.
The pond, which had been leaking, was drained and then lined with glass-reinforced plastic, giving a 25-year guarantee. The outside of the pond was given a coating of non-toxic mineral paint.
A herd of eight Bagot goats have been moved back into their spring and summer residence on Cromer’s cliff. The goats have been clearing land in recent months at Happy Valley. Their move back into the heart of Cromer was made today thanks to NNDC officers.
The Bagot billies, which have appeared on television and in newspapers, will be joined by another eight Bagots from Cumbria sometime in May.
Simon Hunter Marsh has taken over as Head Chef at the Grove in Cromer and hopes to build on their reputation as one of the best eateries on the Norfolk coast.
Simon started his career at Green Farm working with Phillip Lomax, before travelling to the capital to take up a prestigious post at the Hilton, one of the world’s iconic hotels. But the call of Norfolk was never far away and Simon came home as the head chef role at the George Hotel in Cley, putting this wonderful Norfolk restaurant firmly on the map.
Every month we’ll be featuring a much loved part of Norfolk which owes its continued existence to the independent business and organisations which are devoted to encouraging and serving customers.
This month, and with the recent sad loss of one of our most famous local residents, we are focusing on Cromer and will bring you news of local events and what’s on offer in the area.
When you think of Cromer do your thoughts turn to piers, crabs, Poppyland, lighthouses and lifeboats? Obviously the answer’s yes, but there’s so much more to this delightful Victorian seaside town which was recently adopted as the home of one of Britain’s most popular and sadly recently departed thespians, Sir John Hurt.
Leaders at North Norfolk District Council have said a big thankyou to the wide range of agencies, individuals, rescue services and volunteers who have contributed to the clean-up following the storm surge of January 13.
With several communities affected to different levels of severity along the coastline, the project has been wide ranging and involved many organisations.
Work is still ongoing and the latest news as of Wednesday is that Cromer promenade is fully open from east to west with public access along its entirety. Among various elements of today’s efforts, clean up works have continued and a rope access team has been working under the pier to conduct repairs.
A programme to refurbish Cromer Pier’s box office, gift shop and the restaurant following the significant damaged caused by December’s tidal surge is nearing completion.
Work has been completed since the surge to make significant structural repairs to the areas underneath the box office, gift shop and the restaurant and a full refurbishment programme of these facilities is almost complete. These areas felt the full force of the storm as waves hit the sea wall and were propelled up underneath the structure.
Glamping- glamorous camping - has swept the nation as the perfect way to relax, unwind and enjoy the country under canvas, yet with all the luxuries one expects from a high-class hotel. And the craze is heading Cromer in Norfolk as one of town's oldest accommodation providers, the Grove joins forces with Magical Camping to provide wonderful holidays in the most beautiful surroundings.
The Grove, owned and run by the Graveling family since 1936, only opened its doors to the public for lunch and dinner under two years ago... and now, under chef Charlie Hodson, has been awarded a straight two rosettes for culinary excellence.
It’s a far cry from the traditional seaside guest house image with which Cromer has long been associated and is a further indication that the town is firmly on the rise.