Cromer Pier Reviews
Cromer Pier, including crab fishing! May 27, 2010
Cromer Pier is a short, pretty pier in Cromer, North Norfolk. I cannot for the life of me imagine how most travellers would randomly find themselves in Cromer, but if you ever do, the trip will be rewarded.
Cromer pier has a little theatre, and a nice shop selling icecream, and another lovely little shop selling postcards and homemade fudge. The resort in general has pitched itself as a quiet, family resort, so this isn't the sort of slot machines and fairground gambling attraction that other piers in the UK have become (Southend and Blackpool, here's looking at you!). But the pier is nice, and pretty, and the town itself is just lovely and there is a sandy beach.
The main attraction of the pier is, believe it or not, crab fishing. This sport takes no skill at all - you buy a bucket and a string, and some bait (usually bacon), and the crabs bite the bait and there you are. There are crab fishing competitions from time to time. Cromer crab is a famous delicacy to eat, but I don't know if you are allowed to eat the crabs you catch or not. Still, every child on the pier seems to catch a small bucket of crabs, and then throw them back, and this seems to make it more fun than regular fishing.
The other nice thing to do on Cromer pier is look at the lifeboat. The Lifeboats are an entirely voluntary service in the UK, funded by charity, that rescue people from the sea. They'll go out for everyone from children swept away on inflatables, through yachts and small fishing boats, to full size cargo ships. The crews get no pay and are incredibly brave, and frequently have to risk their lives rescuing the sort of bloody idiots who take rowing boats out into storms. The lifeboat itself is very very cool, and admission is free but please donate something to keep the service going. There is a larger lifeboat museum in the town too, but I didn't visit that this time.
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