Overstrand, North Norfolk
Overstrand is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty between Cromer and Mundesley and is a popular year round holiday destination. The village has a resident population of approximately 1,100 although this increases during the summer months and at other holiday times of the year.
The well stocked General Store and Post Office is located in the centre of the village next to the Village Information Point and the White Horse public house. The nearby Cliff Top Café offers splendid sea views from their tea gardens opposite Fisherman’s Green and the Crab Shed where you can buy fresh crab and lobster in season. Overstrand Garden Centre, located on Mundesley Road offers a complete range of garden material, plants tools and sundries it also has a tearoom and a pet food corner. The vibrant and busy Belfry Arts Centre, with regular exhibitions by local artists, workshops and events, is located on Cromer Road.
There are frequent bus services throughout the year, linking Overstrand to several north Norfolk towns, and the city of Norwich. A regular train service from Cromer via Norwich offers connections to the national rail network. If you arrive by car for a day visit there is a large cliff top car park just a few minutes walk from the village centre. The car park is situated next to the main beach access points allowing for an easy transfer to the wide sandy beaches offering the more adventurous the opportunity to walk the two miles along the shore to Cromer. The cliff top Car Park is also the location of the Millennium Children’s Playground.
Dogs are permitted on the beach, but are restricted to certain areas during the summer months. Dog waste bins are situated at various points both on the promenade and around the village.
There are good cliff top walks offering some splendid views to both Cromer and towards Mundesley. There are miles of well-marked footpaths to the neighbouring villages of Northrepps and Southrepps and along the coast to Sidestrand and beyond.
There is a wide range of both serviced and self-catering accommodation in Overstrand much of which is open all year offering a mix of summer holidays, short breaks and weekends away.
The Village Information Point next to the Village Stores and Post office has details on most of the accommodation available in the village.
The Village Primary School, ‘The Belfry’ is located on the main road behind the Arts Centre. A popular school with a good reputation teaches children from the age of 4 and currently teaches some 114 up to the age of 11. The school offers a range of clubs and extra activities including the 8am Breakfast Club. Details of all the schools activities can be found at The Belfry Primary School website
A walk around the village will give visitors a fascinating insight to its history and architecture much of which is mention on this web site as well as on the history board at the Village Information Point. The village walks leaflet available for outlets in the village is the ideal companion on your walk giving details and directions to some of the villages most interesting buildings.
There are also two DVDs available at local outlets and via this website which give even more insight into the village’s history and everyday life interspersed with some lovely stories by villagers, most of whom have lived here all their lives.
Overstrand has lots to offer visitors and almost certainly one visit to this lovely village will not be enough.
Village Walk Leaflets
These are available from shops and the cliff top cafe, for £1 or by contacting the Clerk.
“Overstrand Our Village Past and Present” is available from local outlets for £10
The New village DVD is out now. Please contact the Parish Clerk for details