Bacton village is on the North Norfolk coast, about twelve miles east of Cromer and twenty miles north of Norwich. The beach is sandy with some shingle, very spacious, never overcrowded even on hot summer days. The beach is popular with young families, and also with walkers, who can go a long way in either direction, and at night with sea-fishermen. Bacton has a general store, pub, restaurant and two cafes, all within walking distance of the beach and cottage.
The North Norfolk coast has many problems with erosion, as the nearby village of Happisburgh shows. But Bacton is safe; a defensive promenade runs the entire length of the coastline. There are fine walks along the coast and inland, in Bacton Wood and at nearby villages such as Honing, on the Weaver's Way. There is a range of activities for children and adults. As well as the beach, children can enjoy the crazy golf in Mundesley, or the model village and fairground rides in Great Yarmouth. Adult entertainment ranges from variety on Cromer pierhead, through cinema in Cromer and Norwich to visiting stately homes such as Blickling and Felbrigg Hall. There is a leisure centre with swimming pool a short drive away at North Walsham. Those who love wildlife or boating, will find the Norfolk Broads an easy drive from Bacton.