The village of Happisburgh is pronounced 'Haisbro' and is located between the seaside towns of Great Yarmouth and Cromer, on the north Norfolk coast. Once a small agricultural village, Happisburgh has suffered significant coastal erosion and further loss in the future is expected. The lighthouse in Happisburgh is a striking feature and its distinctive red and white stripes can be seen for miles. Happisburgh church, St Mary, is a large building built in the 15th century.
In 2010 Happisburgh became a site of national archaeological importance, with the discovery of flint tools dating back over 800,000 years; the oldest evidence of human occupation in the UK. In 2013 a team of scientists led by the Natural History Museum, British Museum and Queen Mary University of London found early human footprints in ancient estuary muds that were left over 800,000 years ago. They are the earliest human footprints outside of Africa.
Happisburgh has a lovely sandy beach and visitors can walk from here to Sea Palling, taking in spectacular coastal views along the way.