I think we’re pretty lucky that we have so many different things to do in Norfolk. It’s quite a large county to live in and depending on which area you live in, you can find some amazing places to visit or go to for days out. With February half term just around the corner I thought I would share some of the great places you could visit in Norfolk.
Cromer is really just down the road from where we live (15 minutes by train) and we always love a day out there. Not only is there a great beach and the pier but there is also Amazona Zoo if you need something to do with little ones. The zoo has a year pass available and you only need to go 3 times to save money!
If you’re looking for somewhere that’s a little bit different you could try The Grove. Here you can pay to use their warm private pool, have afternoon tea and a massage or even stay in one of their yurts in the summer.
Of course, Cromer has a lot more to offer such as ice cream, arcades, shopping and some delicious cafes for cake!
Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure
Last year we went to Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure for the first time, and it was actually in February half term. Roarr! is in Lenwade so about a 20 minute drive outside of Norwich. This is somewhere to spend a whole day, with dinosaur trails, soft play and massive slides, outdoor play areas and a splash zone in the summer. Erin first went when she was 3 but there is plenty to do for children of all ages.
Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure isn’t really accessible by public transport however, last summer they put on a free ‘DinoBus’ from Norwich.
Pensthorpe Natural Park
If you’re looking for somewhere outdoors to have an adventure then Pensthorpe Natural Park would be a great choice. This is a 700-acre nature reserve with various different walks to follow, animals to spot and some absolutely stunning scenery. Not only do you get to be in a really beautiful setting but there is a huge outdoor play area for the kids, as well as an indoor one as well (book a time to go when you arrive).
Norwich Castle has quickly become a favourite of ours and we go a few times a year now. Norwich Castle has loads to see and do and there’s always something on for the kids in school holidays. So far we’ve discovered Vikings and had face painting over Halloween. One of the great things about Norwich Castle is that you get a sticker after you’ve paid and it means you can go in and out for the whole day. This is fab for little ones who might want a break or to go outside.
BeWILDerwood is in Wroxham and is a big outdoor adventure filled with treetop playgrounds, story time, face painting and magical light parades in certain months. There is a lot to explore and areas for both bigger and smaller children. Erin really enjoyed getting lost in mazes, making a den and then going on a boat ride down the Scaaaary Lake to be told all about the inhabitants of BeWILDerwood including Mildred the Crocklebog.
There’s plenty of parking and it’s not that far from Hoveton and Wroxham train station so you could get a taxi from there if like us you don’t drive. I’m looking forward to another adventure there this year, maybe in May half term!
Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden
Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden was somewhere that we discovered for the first time last year and it’s in South Walsham. Fairhaven has 30 acres of cultivated, wild and natural plantings and over 4 miles of walkways to explore. There’s a boat ride you can go on as well at different times during the day. One of the best things about Fairhaven, apart from it being absolutely beautiful, is that the majority of it is pushchair friendly and we had no problem getting around with Erin.
Norwich Millennium Library
Erin is such a bookworm and she loves a trip to a library to get new books. Norwich Millennium Library can be found at The Forum, which is right in the center of Norwich. The library had a refurb last year and it has lots of space to sit, mushrooms to sit on and a dressing up station as well as sensory areas to discover. Of course, there are lots of books to choose from and Erin loves to find some new ones to take home. The best thing about the library is that it’s free!
Holt Country Park
Unfortunately, we cannot control the weather and it’s not always possible to go on an outdoor adventure. However, on a dry day Holt Country Park is a great option and it became one of my favourite places last year.
In the warmer months you’ll find lots of butterflies, dragonflies and other creatures and there are lots of woodland walkways to enjoy. This year a new play areas has been built and you can also get some delicious cake in the tea rooms. Parking is £2 for the whole day and entry is free so it’s a cheap day out, especially if you want to take a picnic.
Sea Life Great Yarmouth
For the past couple of years we have had at least one holiday in Great Yarmouth at one of the Haven parks. To out out and about for a bit we usually head into Great Yarmouth for a day trip and Sea Life is somewhere we love to take Erin. Once you’ve paid your entry fee you can come and go as much as you like for the day. Sea Life Great Yarmouth has some awesome penguins to see, you can touch a starfish and there’s soft play and a cafe at the end as well!
Sheringham is another place you can get to really easily on the train and it’s about 30 minutes away from us. As a coastal town there is the obvious choice of the beach which is fantastic on a summer’s day. There is a museum close by as well as some lovely shops, small arcades and traditional chips and ice cream. If you fancy doing something different then you can always get the steam train to Holt and back!
Are you planning a day out in Norfolk any time soon? Which of these would you choose?