Date published: 6th February 2020

North Norfolk Visitor Centre re-opens its doors this weekend (Sat 8 Feb) after undergoing a complete redesign to showcase the special interest of the North Norfolk Coast and provide enhanced, accessible, facilities for visitors to Cromer. The Visitor’s Centre will feature an exciting “Discovery Zone,” as part of North Norfolk District Council’s (NNDC) “Deep History Coast” initiative.

In addition to its usual role of providing visitor information and signposting the District’s attractions, the Centre will feature audio-visual, interactive and tactile displays explaining the evolution of our coastline and the wealth of evidence that puts this area amongst the most historically significant in the world. The Centre welcomes explorers, young and old, and guides them on their trail to discover the Deep History Coast and enjoy the hospitality offered by our wealth of local businesses, many of whom are signed up as ambassadors to the project.

Working closely with the Norfolk Museum Service, the Centre will be a shop-window to the fascinating sites that can be discovered in north Norfolk. It will be a hub for activities and, alongside the Deep History Coast digital app, it will signpost visitors to where they can dig a little deeper, for example by visiting Cromer Museum’s geology hub or the fossil collection at Sheringham Museum.

The Centre is the perfect point from which to learn more about the “Discovery Trail,” a series of 11 interactive sites stretching along the 22 miles of coastline between Weybourne and Cart Gap. These installations reveal even more fascinating content when used in conjunction with the Deep History Coast app.

Cllr Virginia Gay, NNDC’s Portfolio Holder for Culture and Wellbeing, said: “I am delighted to announce the completion of our new North Norfolk Visitor Centre. It will give the perfect introduction to the story of North Norfolk's Deep History Coast, a story which stretches back hundreds of thousands of years.  But we're also very proud of the new facilities within the building, especially the new fully accessible Changing Places room which is the first in our District, meaning the new attraction is open to all to enjoy.”  

The public conveniences at the Visitor Centre, adjacent to Cromer’s Meadow car park, have been refurbished and redesigned, providing space for the new ‘Changing Places’ room, one of many being installed by NNDC across the District. Changing Places provide users with a height adjustable adult-sized changing bench and hoist system. They are sufficiently spacious and appropriately designed to meet the needs of those who are supported by up to two carers.

The Centre will re-open Saturday 8 of February and its official launch, alongside local Deep History Coast ambassadors, will take place on Monday 10 of February.

The works to transform the building were part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, with NNDC funding the remainder and meeting the costs of the refurbished WC’s.

Last updated: 6th February 2020