Top Things To Do With Kids in Norfolk
If you’re looking for a staycation but want a huge spectrum of different scenery, towns and coastline then a holiday in Norfolk should be top of your wishlist. With a National Park, picturesque waterways, stunning beaches and historic market towns, there really is something for the whole family. But what to see and do first – especially if you have little ones to consider? After all, Norfolk is huge, so here are 5 Things To Do With Kids Norfolk if you’re stuck for ideas:
Discover fairytales at BeWILDerwood
There are treetop adventures, jungle bridges, mazes and zip wires and at BeWilderwood in Hoveton. If you don’t know what Twiggles and Boggles are, you’ll soon discover on a visit to this magical forest adventure for the whole family – and there’s no excuse for grown-ups not to get involved, from marsh walks, storytelling and face painting, a fun day out is guaranteed.
BeWILDwood, Horning Road, Hoveton, Norfolk, NR12 8JW; Tickets from £16.50 per adult and £14.50 per child
Build sandcastles on the beach
An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty the Norfolk coastline spans from Great Yarmouth all the way north to Hunstanton – one of three unique beaches in the UK that are on the east coast but actually face west. With 93 miles of sandy coastline, you’ll be spoiled for choice.
Cromer is a popular spot – and while the Pavilion Theatre on the pier holds annual shows, the beach itself is sandy and flat and perfect for paddling. And, of course, it’s imperative that you try the infamous Cromer crab before you leave.
If you’re looking for a little more seclusion, then head to Winterton-on-Sea which is considered probably one of the best in Norfolk. It has a wide, sloping beach which is fantastic for sandcastles and picnic, while there is a great cafe nearby.
Hide in Dens at Oxburgh Hall
There are several National Trust sites in Norfolk including Blickling Estate – which covers 4,600 acres of woodland, parkland and farmland. If you’re looking for children’s trails then Oxburgh Hall, a few miles from King’s Lynn, is a must-see. This 15th-century moated manor house is not only surrounded by beautiful gardens, but there is also plenty of activities including mini-beast hunting and den building.
Oxborough, near Swaffham, Norfolk, PE33 9PS; Tickets from £6.10 per adult and £3.05 per child
Go wild at Pensthorpe
With four gardens, Pensthorpe Nature Reserve is home to many habitats and many species of birds, mammals, invertebrates and plants. It was also where the popular BBC series Springwatch was based for several years back in 2008-2010. Not only can you discover all this by walking the trails, but there is also a huge indoor and outdoor play area which will keep the kids extremely happy.
Pensthorpe, Fakenham NR21 0LN; Tickets from £10.95 per adult and £9.95 per child
Explore the Norfolk Broads
The Norfolk Broads is a National Park with over 125 miles of navigable manmade lock-free waterways and is surrounded by stunning countryside and picture-perfect postcard towns and villages. While going boating along these waterways is a great way to take in the gorgeous landscape, it’s also just as easy to hire bikes, enjoy a picnic, visit one of the many pubs, or go out on a boat trip for the day.
Playing Knights at Norwich Castle
The historic town of Norwich is teeming with fascinating attractions including several museums and one of England’s greatest cathedrals – one of the best examples of Romanesque architecture in Europe. However, for little ones, a visit to Norwich Castle means there is ample opportunity for some imaginary play. Not only are there tours of the keep, battlements and dungeons, but lots of activities including mystery plays and criminals on trial in the courthouse.
Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Castle Hill, Norwich, NR1 3JU; Tickets from £9.50 per adult and £8.10 per child
Where to stay in Norfolk
There are many accommodation options in Norfolk, including cottage and self-catering properties. SALT Norfolk has a wide choice of boutique coastal retreats which spans the entire Norfolk coastline. Not only do they offer luxurious and unique bases to explore all Norfolk has to offer but they also have been personally-selected and are suited to families, couples or larger groups. Do check out their website to find out more.
*This is a collaborative post with SALT Norfolk