Sheringham is made up of two parishes, Upper Sheringham and Lower Sheringham. Lower Sheringham was the original Sheringham which was a North Norfolk fishing village. Herring and line caught Cod were among the earlier catches but, along with Whelks, they became less important in the later half of the 20th century. Nowadays the focus is more on crabs and lobsters, hence the Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival, held annually in May.
The fishing industry was boosted with the coming of the railways in 1887 making it possible to transport the catches more efficiently to the London fish market. The railway is still very active in Sheringham with The Bittern Line Community Rail Partnership operating between Sheringham and the main line at Norwich and the North Norfolk Railway, known as The Poppy Line, running preserved trains both steam and diesel to Holt.
The coming of the railways also made Sheringham a popular destination for visitors and it gradually developed into the seaside town we see today. However, whilst it has changed with the times it still retains much of its olde worlde charms and character. It is now a thriving town which proudly boasts of winning eleven consecutive Blue Flags for the cleanliness of its beaches as well as a number of other awards for its floral displays.
Sheringham is sandwiched between the sea and pine forests which led in 1953 to it being granted its own motto which is Mare Ditat Pinusque Decorat which is Latin for “The sea enriches and the pine adorns”. It enjoys hot summers, glowing red sunsets, sandy beaches, cliffs, rock pools and streams. Its people are warm, friendly, honest and approachable.
The town has a diversity of shops centered around a traditional high street including second-hand books, antiques and bric-a-brac, arts and crafts, fishing tackle, models and computers. There is a market on Saturdays located in the car park next to the station. Sheringham also boasts a wide selection of places to eat. As well as the traditional Fish and Chip shops and restaurants you will find establishments offering European, Indian, Chinese and Thai food and a selection of pubs.
Sheringham offers plenty for the visitor to see and do. The Little Theatre has a wide range of productions throughout the year with a well established repertory season from July to September – there is a coffee shop in the foyer with displays of works by local artists. The museum, now known as The Mo, houses a number of old lifeboats including three of Sheringham’s original lifeboats, various displays, a viewing tower and the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm visitor centre.
Other site to visit include The Oddfellows Hall, which is the original lifeboat station, where fishermen and boat builders used to gather. Since the completion of its refurbishment in 2007 it has been home to a number of organisations. Another place to visit is the hill known as Beeston Bump which is the site of the World War II secret y-stations.
With an excellent Golf Course nearby and a wide selection of Bed and Breakfast and Self Catering accommodation to chose from, including hotels, homes, apartments, cottages, guest houses and caravan parks, Sheringham really is the perfect place to set up base for a memorable Norfolk holiday.