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Hopton-on-Sea should not be confused with the village of Hopton which is in Suffolk but near to the Norfolk town of Diss. There is also a Haven Caravan Park, named Hopton Holiday Village, and a Hopton near Wirksworth in Derbyshire

Hopton beach in 2003.jpg
Hopton beach
Hopton-on-Sea is located in Norfolk
 Hopton-on-Sea shown within Norfolk
Area  5.63 km2 (2.17 sq mi)
Population 2,706 
   – density  481/km2 (1,250/sq mi)
OS grid reference TM5399
District Great Yarmouth
Shire county Norfolk
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district NR31
Dialling code 01502
Police Norfolk
Fire Norfolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament Great Yarmouth
List of places

Coordinates: 52°32′02″N 1°44′17″E / 52.534°N 1.738°E / 52.534; 1.738

Hopton-on-Sea is a village, civil parish and seaside resort on the coast of eastern England in the county of Norfolk. It is located some 8 km south of the town of Great Yarmouth and very close to the UK's most easterly point, Lowestoft Ness.[1]


The original church of St Margaret's burnt down in 1865 to be replaced the following year by a new church of the same name designed by Samuel Sanders Teulon. It is in the Victorian neo-Norman style and contains stained glass by William Morris and Burne-Jones. The old church ruins are being restored to form a cultural centre for the village.


The civil parish was, until 1974, in the county of East Suffolk. It has an area of 5.63 km² and in the 2001 census had a population of 2,706 in 1,166 households. For the purposes of local government, the parish falls within the district of Great Yarmouth.[2]


The village maintains a post office, two local convenience stores, a village primary school, and several amusement arcades, a bookmakers, a hair salon, take-away food venues and a chip shop.

It has a regular, if infrequent bus service to Norwich, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft. It once had its own station Hopton railway station, linking it to Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft, but this has now closed.

Notable former residents include comedians Joe Pasquale and Eddie Large, children's presenter Dave Benson Phillips, oil magnate Simon Martin and footballers Mark Noble and Laurie Sivell. Not forgetting ginger Simon.

Potters Leisure Resort[edit]

In 1914 solicitors clerk Herbert Potter won £500 in a newspaper competition. Called up to serve in World War I, on his return in 1919 he bought a 65 acres (26 ha) plot of land in Hopton-on-Sea. From 1920 he started developing a holiday camp by laying out rows of surplus former British Army Nissen huts.[3]

In the 1980s after cheap package holidays and consistent sunshine became available to all, Herbert's grandson Brian Potter began to redevelop the resort as a luxury leisure complex, marketed at families looking for a second holiday or luxury short break. This included full service, with food and theatre-style entertainment in specially created facilities as part of the package, providing year-round attractions for a variety of up to 700 residential visitors. As a result, in 2002 the English Tourist Council classed Potters as Britain’s first five-star holiday village.[3]

As part of its marketing, Potters sponsors and hosts the World Indoor Bowls Championship. Former politician David Blunkett was a keen regular, however he could not play bowls, as he is blind.

Potters Theatre School graduates include West End theatre stars Kerry Ellis and Lee Mead.[4] Prior to winning the first series of The Voice UK,[5] singer Leanne Mitchell had graduated from Potters Theatre School age 15, eventually working full-time as part of Potters Theatre Company.[6]


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey (2005). OS Explorer Map OL40 - The Broads. ISBN 0-319-23769-9.
  2. ^ Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council (2001). Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes. Retrieved 2 December 2005
  3. ^ a b Andrea Oxlade (15 November 2011). "Pottering around Norfolk: Back to the old days on a British family beach break". Daily Mail. Retrieved 2012-06-02. 
  4. ^ http://www.ianmcintosh.co.uk/pts/
  5. ^ "Leanne Mitchell is winner of The Voice". BBC News. 2 June 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-02. 
  6. ^ "Potters Theatre Company". Potters Leisure Resort. Retrieved 2012-06-02. 

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