• 60s Weekend | March 30th 2019

    60s Weekend | March 30th 2019To celebrate the 60’s weekend in Cromer there will be a day of music in North Lodge Park. Read more...
  • Mother’s Day Afternoon tea

    Mother’s Day Afternoon teaTreat your mum to afternoon tea in North Lodge, overlooking the sea, to celebrate Mother’s Day – show her how much she means to you on this special afternoon. Read more...
  • Waitrose Community Matters

    Waitrose Community MattersThe Friends of North Lodge Park have been selected by Waitrose North Walsham to be one of their charities for March, which means we will get a share of this month’s £1000, based on the ‘votes’ made with their token scheme. I don’t need to tell you that the more tokens in our box the ... Read more...
  • Skating Week February 2019

    Skating Week February 2019A huge thank-you to all the volunteers who stepped up to help out at this year’s skating event in the Park.  For 5 days the park was full of happy families taking advantage of the synthetic ice rink provided by Wonder Ice. This wouldn’t have been possible without the exceptional support from the community, both joining ... Read more...
  • Chinese New Year 2019 in North Lodge Park

    Chinese New Year 2019 in North Lodge Park On Tuesday 5th February we hosted a giant Chinese Dragon in the Park to celebrate Chinese New Year.  There were lots of children’s activities – making dragons and Chinese lanterns – with Chinese food very kindly domnated by the Kanton Restaurant in Cromer. Photos by Malcolm English Read more...
  • Chinese New Year Celebration

    Chinese New Year CelebrationTuesday, 5 February 2019 from 15:30-18:00   A Giant Dragon, floating lanterns, art activities & Chinese snacks. Come to North Lodge Park for this free event to celebrate the Chinese New Year. See the amazing floating dragon on the boating pond; make your own Chinese themed art; enjoy delicious Chinese finger food kindly donated by the Kanton restaurant. ... Read more...
  • Synthetic Ice Rink in Cromer – February half term 2019

    Synthetic Ice Rink in Cromer - February half term 2019IT’S BACK! With a NEW and IMPROVED skating surface! Read more...
  • North Lodge Park Cromer Gardening Festival May 18th 2019

    North Lodge Park Cromer Gardening Festival May 18th 2019May 2019 will be the 90th anniversary of the formation of North Lodge Park and the 10th anniversary of the Crab and Lobster Festival so as well as a GARDENING FESTIVAL on Saturday May 18th 2019 there will be lots of birthday celebrations making the day a much bigger event. Read more...
  • Co-op Local Community Fund

    Co-op Local Community FundFor the next 12 months the Friends of North Lodge Park are one of the causes you can select for your co-op membership donations Read more...
  • High Street Co-op

    High Street Co-opThe Co-op high street store in Cromer has been raising money for the Friends of North Lodge Park through sales of second hand books and at till collections. Read more...
  • Pumpkins

    PumpkinsPumpkin carvings is definitely worth queuing for and the toffee apples were a real hit.   Read more...
  • A playful connection

    A playful connectionNew ‘playful connection’ bridge for Cromer park’s 90th birthday? The latest proposals for a new ‘PlayBridge’ in North Lodge Park were revealed this week on Wednesday by the Friends of North Lodge Park. And if all goes to plan, it will open next year as North Lodge Park celebrates its 90th birthday – the park opened in 1929, ... Read more...

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Friends of North Lodge Park

The Friends of North Lodge Park AIM To protect, enhance and promote North Lodge Park as a place of recreation and enjoyment for the long term benefit of the local community and visitors OBJECTIVES To encourage wide community input and participation in improving the Park so that the Park may best serve the local community and visitors To manage and assist with current and future projects that will improve the Park To represent the interests of the community and visitors through a positive, co-operative approach, working in partnership with North Norfolk District Council Registered Charity Number 1169907
Friends of North Lodge Park
Friends of North Lodge Park
The new bridge (emerging from this mornings mist)
Friends of North Lodge Park
Friends of North Lodge Park
Week 3, and the new bridge is starting to take shape
Friends of North Lodge Park
Friends of North Lodge Park
Three hundred years ago North Lodge Park’s “upper lawn” was a field belonging to Cliff House on the Overstrand Road, owned by Dr Sidney Terry from 1772. Dr Terry could be credited as starting Cromer’s holiday trade: he let out lodging rooms in Cliff House, and as co-owner of a bathing machine business introduced the first ones to Cromer in 1779. Today his name is remembered in the “Doctor’s Steps” built in 1806 (converted to slopes in 1894) as a route from Cliff House to the beach. The “upper lawn” became part of North Lodge Park in 1946, with the connecting bridge built in 1956.

There is more about the development of the Upper Lawn on the website and in our Chronicles “100 years in the Park” available to purchase on the website.
Friends of North Lodge Park
Friends of North Lodge Park
Screw piling has started to form the bridge foundations on the upper lawn, while on the main lawn the corner has been cut off the path (and the railings removed from the side bed.
Friends of North Lodge Park
Friends of North Lodge Park
Work has started in the Park on replacing the old bridge with the new inclusive Playful Connection; fencing is up and the old bridge removed. Apologies for any inconvenience caused from the fencing. For those of you interested, you can still sponsor a plank (see for details).
Friends of North Lodge Park
Friends of North Lodge Park
With your tremendous support we have been busy fund raising to provide inclusive access to the Upper Lawn and improve the play facilities in the Park. I am pleased to report that on 1 June 2020 work will commence to install the fully accessible ‘playful bridge’ linking the two sections of the park divided by the sunken walkway.

We thought long and hard about whether to go ahead with this project in the current unprecedented times. After much deliberation, and with support from NNDC, it was decided to go ahead – so when the bridge is finished and we emerge from the other side of this pandemic Cromer will have something to celebrate

Inevitably it has taken time to research, develop and get approval for such an ambitious scheme, but the funding was finally in place just as the country locked down.

You rose magnificently to the challenge of helping the project financially by sponsoring a plank. Although successful grant applications contributed over £80,000 towards the project, with a significant contribution from Cromer Town Council and the Government Pocket Parks fund, most of the funding has come from the community, with a major contribution (£90,000) from café takings thanks to our customers, volunteer staff and bakers.

There was a fantastic response to our funding appeals, with over £25,000 raised from individual plaques for sponsored planks on the bridge, and from sales of our books of café cake recipes (Will You Marry Me?) and the Brief History of the Park.

Some of the periphery works - such as benches – are being delayed and still need funding: there’s still time to sponsor a plank or buy one of the books – see for full details – to help complete the project.

With the current restrictions in place, we can't be definitive on dates, it depends how much the suppliers are impacted over the coming weeks. But the contractor, Modern Method Construction Ltd will commence on June 1st, although some of the play equipment and landscaping outside the main contractors’ remit will be implemented later.

The new zig-zag wooden bridge will allow explorers of all ages and abilities to easily access the new play area which will include a range of new play equipment as well as areas of wild flowers and pathways to open up access to the cliff top path. The bridge itself will include some elements of play and will take approx. 6 weeks to construct. During this time the sunken walkway will be closed to the public with diversion notices in place.