This blog post is about our Summer Norfolk Trip 2022 Day 4 in Brancaster Beach. It is a continual post from my Summer Norfolk Trip Day 4 Part 2 – Turnham Market & Socius (Michelin Plate restaurant) .
As I mentioned in my previous post, we went to Burnham Market and tried the Michelin Plate restaurant Socius .
After lunch we drove to Brancaster beach. My original plan was to go to King’s Lynn to take a look. But I searched for family attractions but did not find anything special. I tried searching for some town centre trails but either they are a bit too long for us or the shorter versions don’t have much interesting things to see. I was thinking if anything J would be interested in, but there was not much.
So two nights before, I decided to go to the beach again. J loved the beach. I checked the weather, it was going to be beautiful and warm. So let’s do it! The nearest, nicest beach from Socius is Brancaster Beach.
(For all the pictures shown in this post, you can simply click on them to enlarge)
When did we visit:
We visited on a Thursday afternoon in early August. It was very warm 29C. Sunny with no clouds and rain. The beach was not crowded.
What age is it best for:
From toddler to adult!
How long we spent at the venue?
We arrived at around 3pm and left at 5:30pm.
What are there to see or do in Brancaster?
Apart from swimming and playing with the sand, we also saw people doing some sort of kite sports .
Things that definitely worth to see or do:
For us, it would be the high and low tides. It was our first experience to see such a HUGE difference in the water level! Of all the times that I took J to the beaches in Hong Kong we never experienced it. I knew there are high and low tides, but never see it with my own eyes while we were in Hong Kong. Last year we were in Cromer and we also went to some beaches in Wales, but did not see the tides. Perhaps not the right timing?
When we arrived at Brancaster Beach it was low tide. We were very excited to see some “sand islands” half covered some water. We walked away from the shore, stepping into ankle-high sea water, to part of the sand island.
We played for a short while then realised the water level was increasing and people on the sand islands started walking back to the shore. So we walked back too. Only this time the water level was at the calf of our legs.
We settled near the shore. J was playing with the sand and sitting in the water letting the waves bashed on his face and body. I think we played for at least an hour. During this time we saw the “sand islands” slowly disappeared and then fully covered in sea water when we leave.
So yeah that was our experience with the high and low tides.
Easy to navigate?
It was easy to find where things are because there are not too much stuff. The car park, the shop and the toilets are next to each other.
In case of rain:
Oops, nothing there for you to hide except go back to your car.
How was the toilet?
Toilets were at acceptable cleanliness given the amount of visitors.
How about the food?
We did not have any food while we were there.
Any extra charges once I’m there?
Other things you need to know before you go:
Will I recommend it as a family attraction?
Based on the experience I had on the day I would recommend it as a family attraction. It was not crowded. The sand was lovely and the beach was clean. Love the close proximity of the toilets, car park, and refreshment kiosk. Very convenient, and save time walking.
Car parks: On site car park (parking fees applied)