Some of The Best Places to Live in Norfolk as a Family
Earlier this year, The Telegraph voted Norfolk as Britain’s classiest county. But class isn’t all that Norfolk has to offer -with its beautiful coastlines, stunning Broads, trendy towns and relaxed lifestyle, Norfolk makes the perfect place to live for families of all sizes and ages. There are plenty of beautiful places in the county of Norfolk to choose from and if you are thinking about moving to Norfolk with the family, find out more about some of the best places to live in Norfolk.
The stunning Georgian town, Holt, situated in North Norfolk and not far from the coastal towns of Cromer and Sheringham, is brimming with character with lots of tea rooms, pubs & restaurants, independent shops, and places to keep the children entertained.
Not only is the town surrounded by a wooded area for your children to go exploring and get close to nature, but the surrounding area has plenty of places to visit for family days out – with just a few examples being Sheringham park, BeWILDerwood Adventure Park, Felbrigg Hall Gardens and Blickling Hall Gardens and not forgetting the seaside town of Cromer where you and the children can enjoy a day at the beach and have a go at crabbing whilst enjoying some traditional fish and chips.
If you decide that Holt is the place you want to live, you can guarantee that your children will get a good education too. For instance Gresham’s School Holt is an independent day and boarding school located in Holt town and is in the top 20 IB schools in the UK. Furthermore, the area is very safe with crime rates proven to be very low.
As you walk around the Holt town you can’t help but notice the warm family-feel the town oozes – whether it is the stunning Holt Festival in July or the festive Christmas light display between November and January, you’ll be proud to call the area your home.
South Norfolk, where Mulbarton is located is also a very popular place to live for young families. The area benefits from a friendly community feel, with peaceful surroundings, yet is only 6 miles away from the hustle and bustle from the city centre of Norwich – so you can feel like you’re in two very different areas within the space of just a 20 minute drive.
Mulbarton also has 2 schools that are situated right in the village, so walking your children to school will never be a big ordeal with everything within walking distance. What’s more there are plenty of places for your children to play with their friends with lots of Greenland and parks as well as ponds where you can take the children to feed the ducks. The community feel makes it a pleasant place for the whole family to live – there are regular community activities such as park runs, which means you can really get to know people who are also living in the area.
If you’re looking to live in a busier area, then perhaps the capital of East Anglia, Norwich, is the ideal place to relocate to for you and your family. The lively city has lots of places to eat as well as independent shops – for instance the Upper St Giles Street area in Norwich was named one of the “30 coolest places to live in Britain” with lots of boutiques, vintage shops and chic eateries. What’s more the area has plenty to keep you and the family entertained – from the Norwich Castle museum to bowling and the cinema, as well as gigs at the UEA and The Waterfront where your teenage kids can catch some of their favourite bands.
Norwich is also known for having some excellent schools, both primary and secondary as well as an excellent university (the University of East Anglia) if you’re children are slightly older and looking for higher education. Norwich is also one of the safest cities in the county, so it will put your ease at mind when moving your family there.
If you prefer not to live right in the city centre of Norwich, especially as family house prices can be quite pricey, there are charming areas just outside of the city that still have great links to the centre, making it easy to visit the city centre or commute to work or school if that is where you are based. For example, Abel Homes provide new houses in Norfolk that are close by to the centre of Norwich, such as Watton.
The beautiful market town, Aylsham, is located in the countryside yet is still close by to the city of Norwich, the Norfolk broads and the North Norfolk coast. Similar to Mulbarton, Aylsham is all about bringing the community together making it a great place to live for a family. The community vibe is reflected in the range of events that various community and business groups put on throughout the year in the town. For instance in 2013 Aylsham hosted “The Tour Series” which was a major cycling event that included professional riders racing through the narrow streets.
You and your family can also enjoy the two weekly markets and monthly markets as well as visit the many independent and locally owned businesses. Some say that Aylsham combines the best of country life with amenities of a large city like Norwich within easy reach.