Cromer, Norfolk UK: Racing Boats, Planes & Rafts – North Lodge Boating Lake & Henry Blogg Museum

Yesterday the kids & I went up to Cromer to take part in the Children’s Week activities on the North Lodge boating lake.   Just a couple days before, we ran into Sheila, Maebh’s nursery teacher whose sister runs the Children’s Week stuff with her husband. She gave the kids some cute spotted teddies and suggested we go to this event and the ducks on the pier & disco events on Friday (but I had a Dr. appt in Norwich during the events on Friday – so we’d have to miss that day.)

We got there just in time to get the directions on how to build a paper boat – which was so fast I have already forgotten.  The kids were to put them into the water and the first one to blow over to Libby wins. Trouble was that there was no wind so it took much longer than hoped.   And as you expected, some overly competitive parents splashing the water and anything to assist their kids boat to win.

Next up was the task of building a raft with sticks, paper, four cups and tape.  I admit having never done it before it was pure rubbish, I now know for next time we have to build a raft – lol.

Next up was the planes… like the other things a quick demonstration on how to fold it and then the kids got into age groups to fly.  First up was under 5 girls.  Clearly mothers pictured here did the throwing of the planes so their kids would win or place.  This carried on for all age groups and if you asked me it was really bad.

The Greek photographer (and I think chef) who is always smiling & very well-know in Cromer was suddenly on the ground taking photos so I had a big chuckle at that until his big camera scraped across the ground as he was getting up – yikes!

When we had enough, we spent some time in the Henry Blogg Museum where the kids love to spell CROMER with the flags, then upstairs for some Fire Brigade bad design which Soren drew the Colorado forest fires – I’ll take a photo and post – it was awesome and 100% his idea!   I’ve been here so many times and each time you learn something new.

On the way out, Maebh says – “Hey mom, such a beautiful view, don’t ya think?”  One of my favorites!!

Cromer Pier & Henry Blogg Museum Visit

Once again, we took the kids up the hill behind our house, past the Cromer Light House, and down the steps to the lovely beach, which we have slowly named our own beach.   It was a bit rainy, so there were loads of fog and mist, so I didn’t take that many photos.  I really like how the colorful beach huts add a little happiness to even this dreary, chilly spring day!

Click for a map of the path so you can visualize it.







While the kids walked along with Nils, I meander along in search of sea glass. Our beach here doesn’t have many shells and is more a rocky, fossil beach.  So far I have a nice collection started of green glass with a few unique shells mixed in.   I have yet to find amber or blues, but I will continue to search on.  Funny, how relaxing it is to walk along looking at the millions of little pebbles below for a color to pop out, all the while the waves of the ocean pound on the surf when they crash.   We’re heading back today around 1 or so today as at 2:30 will be low-tide, and I can do some more glass hunting while the kids play with their buckets and spades.


As we walked along the beach towards Cromer, we came across a fishing boat being towed into the sea with a tractor.  We stopped to watch is as the tractor goes into the water rather deep.   While I realize the fisherman was probably not going too far and even probably just checking their nearby traps for local Cromer crabs, I am surprised to see him go out alone.    Not sure if it’s an overly-safe, American thing.







We stopped for a visit to the Hentry Blogg Museum -which tells the courageous history of saving lives at sea in Cromer.  The museum celebrates the life and achievements of Coxwain Henry Blogg (1876-1954), the RNLI’s most decorated lifeboat man during his 53 years of service.  With the assistance of his crew, he launched some 387 times and help to save 873 lives around the Cromer coast. Like so many things in the North Norfolk coast, it’s a very family-friendly place where the kids can take part in hands-on activities.  We tried on real equipment like life jackets and hats, learned how to write their names in Morse Code, learned how to measure crabs to ensure they are large enough and we even had a small puppet show put on my Maebh.



















After we walked across the promenade to the Cromer Pier where we met a few families crabbing.  They explained the right techniques to catching crabs including tying a Mackerel head and stones to the net to weigh it down.  They showed us the bottom of two crabs showing the triangle markings which is a male and a rounder type triangle on the belly.  Interesting and helpful as we’ll be doing it this too once it’s a little warmer.  In August during Carnival week there is a competition for kids on the pier.





At the end of the Cromer Pier is the very active and very important Cromer Lifeboat Station which also has free admission and have volunteers on hand to give some history and explanations.   Here you can see a cool launch of the lifeboat.





Maebh also did amazingly well and kept her underwear dry for the entire walk!  So many times, I thought she’d pee hearing the water next to her, but she’s didn’t!  But as usual the long walk tires her out and she falls asleep on Nils’ shoulders for the walk back.  Soren complains as we continue on for the mile or so walk uphill and finally when home, our legs are so tired, but it was fun and we’ll do it again the next sunny day!