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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 2,970 (Census 2011)
• Density 528/km2 (1,370/sq mi)
OS grid reference TM5399
Shire county
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
List of places
NorfolkCoordinates: 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 East Anglia 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]


St Margaret's church

The original church of St Margaret's burnt down in 1865 was 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 Edward 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 2011 census had a population of 2,970 in 1,325 households.[2][3] For the purposes of local government, the parish falls within the district of Great Yarmouth.


The village maintains 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.

The village is also home to Potters Resort, the first permanent, mixed use holiday camp in the UK, founded in 1920. Potters Resort was also the first holiday village in the United Kingdom to be awarded five stars by the English Tourist Board in 2002. Potters remains family owned and is the last privately owned holiday village of its kind, employing approximately 560 permanent staff making it the largest private sector employer in the area.

Every January, Hopton-On-Sea hosts the World Indoor Bowls Championships at Potters Resort with players, spectators, the BBC and many others staying in the village for what is regarded as the biggest event in the bowls calendar.

Notable former residents include comedians Joe Pasquale and Eddie Large, children's presenter Dave Benson Phillips, and footballers Mark Noble and Laurie Sivell.


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey (2005). OS Explorer Map OL40 - The Broads. ISBN 0-319-23769-9.
  2. ^ "Area: Hopton-on-Sea (Parish): Accommodation Type - People, 2011". Office for National Statistics. 
  3. ^ "Area: Hopton-on-Sea (Parish): Accommodation Type - Households, 2011". Office for National Statistics. 

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