Special appeal of chalet holidays in Hemsby
A home from home is the dream of millions of holidaymakers. Relaxation, independence, comfort; plenty to do if you want, time to do nothing if you prefer. Ever heard of Hemsby? Possibly not – although thousands have.
The Norfolk seaside village is like an oasis to the north of the hectic holiday hub of Great Yarmouth, east of the bustling historic county capital of Norwich, and bordering on the tranquility of miles of rural waterways known as The Broads.
And Hemsby is a village where you can discover a range of delightful modern holiday chalets where a self-catering holiday gives you the freedom to roam miles of sandy beaches, explore the gentle surrounding countryside or enjoy the local cafes, shops, pubs and amusement arcades.
Or you can travel six or seven miles to sample the bright lights and nightspots of Great Yarmouth or around 20 miles to the city of Norwich with its castle, cathedral, heritage and array of modern high street shops mingling with the open market and specialist independent outlets.
You won't be the first to be attracted to the area. Hemsby makes much of its rather more daunting times when it was a target for the Vikings who were looking for precious materials and slaves.
We wonder if they also had time to savour the natural riches of the massive beaches, the restless waves, the wide and imposing skies and the healthy climate. Hemsby thinks they did – happily promoting 1200 years of seaside sun at the resort.
With an emphasis on slaves, perhaps the Vikings would have been less enthusiastic about self-catering. Yet with such a choice of luxury comfortable chalets where you come and go as you choose, set your own meal times, put your feet up, sleep, read, watch telly, play games or enjoy a quick change of attire between the beach and the adventure, there's a lot of pleasure and no pain.
The beaches are the major attractions of Hemsby, with miles of sandy coastline. Large sand dunes also form a natural barrier between the beach and the village behind it.
The village is mainly the quiet residential area, about a mile inland, and also the place to catch buses into Great Yarmouth. The tourist-focused part of the village is along Beach Road and is usually known as Hemsby Beach. At the beach end of the road are a number of cafes, shops and amusement arcades. Fun fairs, crazy golf courses and children's rides also feature on sites along the street.