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Norfolk Beach Cleans

Management Plan strand: Recreation

Brief project summary:

For those who wish to help keep our beaches clean and safe, and to contribute to research on marine litter – this page lists regular beach cleans taking place along the Norfolk Coast.

If you organise beach cleans or regularly take part please let us know the details so we can promote them for you. Email the information to [email protected]

Project aim and objectives:

Encouraging people to take part in organised beach cleans to keep our beaches free from litter, protecting wildlife and the environment.

Partners involved: Please see full list below.

Start date & finish date: Ongoing


Norfolk Beach Cleans on Facebook

Emma Sturman is the founder of ‘Norfolk Beach Cleans’, a Facebook page created in January 2021 to advertise beach clean events to local communities to encourage people to get involved.

The area they are active in is East Norfolk (Caister-On-Sea, Great Yarmouth and Gorleston-On-Sea), but there are plans to venture further around the coast in the future.

All their future beach clean event details can be found on the Norfolk Beach Cleans Facebook page on the event section: https://www.facebook.com/NorfolkBeachCleans 

To give Emma an idea of the number of people to expect at the event, please RSVP as ‘Going’ or contact her via email at: [email protected]

Sponsored 2 minute beach cleans


#2minutebeachclean boards, which encourage people to spend 2 (or more) minutes picking up marine litter and plastic pollution, are positioned around the Country and each has a guardian who looks after it day to day. See Norfolk coast locations below.

Use the #2minutebeachclean tag on social media to spread the word and tag us too if you’ve taken part within the AONB on @NorfolkAONB

    Funded by Norfolk Coast Partnership small grant fund;

  • Bacton – guardian is Café Carmel
  • Brancaster – guardian is National Trust                                    Sponsored by North Norfolk District Council;
  • East Runton – guardian is NCI Coastwatch
  • Walcott – guardian is Kingfisher Café
  • Cromer West – guardian is Reef Stop Café
  • Sheringham East – guardian is The Mo
  • Sheringham West – guardian is RNLI                                       Sponsored by Anglian Water;
  • Hunstanton promenade – guardian is Oasis Leisure Centre
  • Old Hunstanton – guardian is Beach Café                               Sponsored by Norfolk Wildlife Trust, who are also guardians;
  • Cley Marshes at NWT Beach Car Park                                     Sponsored by Norfolk Waste Partnership;
  • Overstrand                                                                                       Sponsored by Sandy Hills Caravan Park, also guardians;
  • Mundesley at Sandy Hills Caravan Park
  • Sea Palling – guardians are Sandy Hills Amusements
  • Winterton – guardian is Winterton Dunes Beach Cafe
  • Hemsby – guardian is Hemsby Beach Cafe

The #2 Minute Foundation is a registered charity that is devoted to cleaning up our planet 2 minutes at a time and believe that simple, achievable acts can add up to make a great difference. Further details are on their website https://beachclean.net/

Sheringham Beach Clean

Depending on national and local covid-19 restrictions, the monthly beach cleans at Sheringham will be held on the dates below, at 10 am on the West Prom.

Contact Bob Smith

[email protected] for more information on meeting place and times and news of date or time changes due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Bob’s message in January 2022 is as follows:

The following dates are currently scheduled for the Sheringham beach cleans. Usual time of 10.00 and meeting outside the Tidal Wave cafe on the West Promenade.

Sunday 9 January, Sunday 13 February, Sunday 10 April, Sunday 22 May, Sunday 26 June, Sunday 31 July, Sunday 21 August, Sunday 11 September,      Sunday 16 October, Sunday 20 November, Sunday 18 December. 

You will note that I have deliberately not included a March date as I will not be available during the month.



RSPB Titchwell Beach Cleans

These events are free to attend, but RSPB Titchwell do require you to let them know that you’re coming by booking a free ticket via Eventbrite:


 RSPB Titchwell may need to contact you in case of cancellation or change in timings. Please bring suitable outdoor clothing. Litter pickers, gloves and litter disposal will be provided. There are public toilets and café facilities on site, although please note that these are a 1km walk from the beach. Children are encouraged to attend, but they must be accompanied by an adult. Dogs on leads are welcome too.

Snettisham Beach Clean

Trinity Rotary Club and Snettisham villagers organise beach cleaning at Snettisham Beach starting at Snettisham Beach car park.

Contact Hazel Bloor [email protected] for more details if you wish to support their next event.

North-East Norfolk beach cleans

For information on the latest community beach cleans at Bacton, Sea Palling, Walcott, Ostend, Happisburgh and Mundesley, go onto the North Norfolk Beach Cleans Facebook page.

West Norfolk beach cleans

Erna Gotyar in King’s Lynn also arranges beach cleans – see article: https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/environment/erna-gotyar-rooting-for-earth-1-6158444

She can be contacted for future dates by email: [email protected]

Cley & Salthouse beach cleans

There are beach clean events suitable for all ages throughout the year. Help the Norfolk Wildlife Trust to clean up the shore to benefit coastal wildlife. In the event of adverse weather please contact the Cley Visitor Centre in advance to check for cancellations. All equipment provided.

Please call the visitor centre to book: 01263 740008

Holkham Beach cleans

Help keep the shores of Holkham clean, tidy and free of plastic. Contact Holkham on 01328 713111 or check the website at https://www.holkham.co.uk/job-vacancies/list/category/volunteering

Litter clearing equipment

North Norfolk District Council; contact on 01263 513811 or email [email protected]. There is a report about one of their beach cleans at https://www.northnorfolknews.co.uk/news/new-beach-clean-gear-at-north-norfolk-district-council-1-5750280

Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk; ten-person kits are available to book by calling 0800 2532687. Groups that have been booking kits regularly in the past will be presented with equipment to keep. There is information about two local conservation groups that have benefitted from these at https://www.west-norfolk.gov.uk/news/article/642/the_community_clear_up_continues_in_west_norfolk

Beachwatch Big Weekend

The MCS link will keep you updated on the Big Weekend event and others – go to Marine Conservation Society website and find out which Norfolk beaches are taking part this year.

National Trust, Blakeney and Brancaster sites usually take part each year. Details of their sites can be found at https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/days-out/regioneastofengland/norfolk-coast

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