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60 Fabulous family days out in Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 10:02 19 July 2016 | UPDATED: 10:02 19 July 2016

Children at the RSPB event at Strumpshaw Fen

Children at the RSPB event at Strumpshaw Fen

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Avoid the call of the bored this summer with some of the best Norfolk days out, selected by Judith Palmer

Enjoy the beach at Hunstanton after a visit to the Sealife Sanctuary.Enjoy the beach at Hunstanton after a visit to the Sealife Sanctuary.

Going coastal:

Hunstanton Sealife Sanctuary

Open daily 10am–5pm

Discover what lives beneath the waves and enjoy Pirate Bay outdoor play area, with the beach just outside.

www.visitsealife.com/hunstanton

Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach

Open from July 1, 11am–6pm (4pm off-peak).

How Hill Trust are holding a family fun day in JulyHow Hill Trust are holding a family fun day in July

There’s a mix of big fun rides and traditional attractions to appeal to all the family.

www.pleasure-beach.co.uk

Blakeney Point Seal Trips

Book a trip to see the delightful seals around Blakeney Point - don’t forget your camera!

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Cromer RNLI Station

Open throughout the year

Wroxham Barns Junior farm staff Hannah Goodman and Catherine Flaxman with micro pigs named Toffee and Humbug.Wroxham Barns Junior farm staff Hannah Goodman and Catherine Flaxman with micro pigs named Toffee and Humbug.

Learn about the great work of one of our county’s lifeboat crews.

www.cromerrnli.org.uk

RSPB Titchwell Marsh

Visitor centre open daily, 9.30am-5pm

Walk, watch the birdlife and enjoy the views from the wheelchair-accessible hides.

www.rspb.org.uk

Rockpooling at West Runton

The RV8TORS and Spitfire MH434 at Old Buckenham Air ShowThe RV8TORS and Spitfire MH434 at Old Buckenham Air Show

August 3, 1-2.30pm

Investigate the secrets of the seashore with Norfolk Wildlife Trust (arrive 15 minutes early to sign up).

www.norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk

Sheringham Leisure and Fitness Centre

Open daily, 11am-6pm

Enjoy the Waterslide ‘n’ Waves sessions in the indoor heated pool.

www.placesforpeopleleisure.org/centres/splash-leisure-and-fitness-centre

Cromer Carnival Day Parade from Runton Road carnival ground then through the town centre.Cromer Carnival Day Parade from Runton Road carnival ground then through the town centre.

Wells Carnival

August 6, from 3pm

Get in the carnival spirit with a parade of floats, music and dancing.

www.wellscarinval.co.uk

Planes, trains and automobiles:

Bressingham Steam Museum

Norwich Puppet Theatre are hosting a family workshop where you can build a super heroe or a nasty villainNorwich Puppet Theatre are hosting a family workshop where you can build a super heroe or a nasty villain

Open daily, 10.30am–5pm (999 Day on July 24)

The 999 Day on July 24 has Fireman Sam plus retired fire engines and the Fire and Police services.

www.bressingham.co.uk

Muckleburgh Military Collection Display Weekend

August 20-21, 10am–4.30pm

See tanks and vehicles in action with military vehicles, re-enactors and living history groups.

www.muckleburgh.co.uk

Hop on and off the Norwich sight-seeing bus to all your favourite attractions.Hop on and off the Norwich sight-seeing bus to all your favourite attractions.

Strawberries and Steam with Bure Valley Railway

Weekends throughout July, 10am–5.25pm

Every fare-paying passenger who takes the journey between Aylsham and Wroxham stations will receive free, locally-sourced strawberries and cream.

www.bvrw.co.uk

Old Buckenham Air Show

July 30-31, 10am–8pm

See classic cars, ride in a tank, watch breathtaking aerial displays and enjoy the food village.

www.oldbuckenhamairshow.co.uk

Get your little ones enroled for fun at The Garage this summerGet your little ones enroled for fun at The Garage this summer

North Norfolk Railway Vintage Transport Weekend

July 2-3, 10am–4pm

From bicycles to Rolls Royce cars and tractors will be on show, with vintage buses giving free rides.

www.nnrailway.co.uk

Caister Castle Car Collection

Open daily (except Saturdays) until September 30, 10am–4.30pm

One of the largest private collections of motor vehicles in the country, including rare veteran, vintage, classic, sports and tour automobiles and motorcycles.

A few hours can be well spent at Castle Acre Priory.A few hours can be well spent at Castle Acre Priory.

www.caistercastle.co.uk

Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championships at Snetterton

July 30-31, 7.30am–9pm

The UK’s biggest car racing championship stars highly-modified saloons and hatchbacks.

www.snetterton.co.uk

Into the woods

Whitlingham Outdoor Education CentreWhitlingham Outdoor Education Centre

Bewilderwood, Horning

Open daily until October 2, 10am–5.30pm

Imaginations run wild in this woodland adventure park.

www.bewilderwood.co.uk

High Lodge, Thetford Forest

Open daily, 9am–7pm

The WildPlay area has a sound trail, climbing sculptures, sandplay, slides, swings and dens to build.

Head down the slopes at Norfolk Snowsports Club.Head down the slopes at Norfolk Snowsports Club.

www.forestry.gov.uk/highlodge

Fairytales and Fables at Mannington Hall

August 14, 12-5pm

Norwich Puppet Theatre stages two performances and a drop-in workshop at beautiful Mannington Hall and Gardens.

www.manningtongardens.co.uk

RSPB Strumpshaw Fen

July 21-31, 10am–5pm

Take the self-guided family trail to explore this beautiful reserve and complete the challenge sheet for a small prize.

www.rspb.co.uk

The Canterbury Tales at Sheringham Park

July 2, 6.30-9.30pm

Join the pilgrims for puppetry and poetry, music and magic. Bring your own chairs and a picnic.

www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Go geocaching

All year round

Join the fun of hiding and seeking boxes containing a log book to record your find and small items for trading.

www.geocaching.com

Fairhaven Woodland & Water Garden, South Walsham

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Explore the gardens, tearoom, gift shop and enjoy events including guided canoe trails (1.30-2.30pm) with Free Spirit Canoe Tours.

www.fairhavengarden.co.uk

Bacton Woods

Open daily

Choose between easy or moderate trails, with plenty of benches along the way for a picnic stop.

www.forestry.gov.uk/BactonWood

Go wild!:

Banham Zoo

Open daily, 9.30am–5pm

From cheetahs to red pandas, there is plenty to see in 50 acres of parkland and gardens. Enjoy the International Tiger Day celebrations on July 29.

www.banhamzoo.co.uk

Redwings Horse Sanctuary, Caldecott

Open Friday to Monday, 10am–4pm

Currently home to almost 120 horses, ponies, donkeys and mules, bring a picnic or treat yourselves in their café.

www.redwings.org.uk

Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens

Open daily, 10am

Home to tigers, otters, monkeys and crocodiles, plus lots of space for little ones to burn off some energy.

www.thrigbyhall.co.uk

Melsop Park Farm, Scoulton

Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am–5pm (closed Mondays during term time)

Outdoor and indoor play areas, and paddocks and ponds filled with animals.

www.melsopfarmpark.co.uk

Pensthorpe Natural Park

July 1 to September 4, 10am–5pm

Encounter bugs, cranes, flamingos and red squirrels, and run wild in WildRootz outdoor or HootzHouse indoor play.

www.pensthorpe.com

Pettitts Animal Adventure Park, Reedham

Open daily until October 30, 10am-5pm

See creatures great and small, enjoy the outdoor play area, miniature railway, rides and slides.

www.pettittsadventurepark.co.uk

Wroxham Barns Junior Farm

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Feed the lambs, cuddle a guinea pig, try out the fun fair and visit the shops and restaurant.

www.wroxhambarns.co.uk

Amazona Zoo, Cromer

Open daily, 10am–5pm

Meet the 200 animals who live at the zoo, and under-12s will love Jungle Tumbles Soft Play.

www.amazonazoo.co.uk

About town (and city):

Peppa Pig’s Surprise at Norwich Theatre Royal

August 31 to September 1

Enjoy fun, games and surprises in this new show, perfect for pre-schoolers.

www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk

Cromer Carnival

August 13-17

Events include a scavenger hunt, soapbox derby, fashion show, darts competition and the annual parade and carnival celebrations.

www.cromercarnival.co.uk

City Sightseeing

Running daily until October 1, from 10.30am–3.30pm

Take an open-top bus and enjoy panoramic views of Norwich with a fascinating recorded commentary.

www.awayadays.com

Downham Market Water Festival

August 14

The annual water festival and dragon boat race takes place on the Great Ouse Relief Channel.

www.downhammarkettowncouncil.org.uk

Visit your local library

Let the children choose some good reads for summer or take part in the many events run at libraries throughout the county.

www.norfolk.gov.uk/libraries-local-history-and-archives/libraries

Wroxham Miniature Worlds

Open daily until September 4, 10am–5pm

This indoor modelling attraction stretches over 10,000sqft, with some of the largest model railway displays in the world.

www.wroxhamminiatureworlds.co.uk

Festival Too

July 1-9

King’s Lynn’s free music festival line-up includes The Vamps, Phats and Small and Jake Morrell.

www.festivaltoo.co.uk

Make history:

Norwich Castle

Open all year, 10am–5pm Monday-Saturday and 1-5pm Sunday

Fantastic collections, from fine art and archaeology to natural history.

www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/visit_us/Norwich_Castle

Blickling Hall

Open daily, house 12-5pm, grounds 10am-5pm

Explore the estate and join in special events and trails.

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/blickling-estate

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse

Open daily until October 30, 10am–5pm

The historic former workhouse sits in 50 acres, and features a new exhibition, Voices from the Workhouse.

www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/visit_us/Gressenhall_Farm_and_workhouse

Grimes Graves, Lynford

Open daily until Sept 30, 10am-6pm

The only Neolithic flint mine open to visitors in Britain - descend 30ft by ladder into an excavated shaft.

www.english-heritage.org.uk


How Hill Trust Family Fun Day

July 26, 10am-4pm

Try your hand at thatching, dyke dipping and den building.

www.howhilltrust.org.uk

Bircham Windmill

Open daily until Sept 30

Climb five floors and on windy days see the sails and machinery turning. Children can bake bread in the baking corner.

www.birchamwindmill.co.uk

Thursford Collection

Open Sunday to Friday, 12-4.30pm

The world’s largest collection of steam engines and organs, plus fairground carousels, silent movies and back stage tours.

www.thursford.com

Castle Acre Priory

Open daily until September 30, 10am–6pm

A trail leaflet guides you around the priory, into the village to explore the bailey gate and castle.

www.english-heritage.org.uk

Summer of sport:

High Altitude Trampoline Park

Open daily

Making exercise fun for all the family, with play for toddlers through to adult fitness classes at Whiffler Road, Norwich .

www.highaltitudepk.co.uk

Bawburgh Congo Rapids Adventure Golf

Open daily, 8am–8.30pm

Full of obstacles including a real plane - turn up, pay and play.

www.congorapids.co.uk/norwich

Hire a tennis court

Various opening times

Let Wimbledon inspire your young tennis stars this summer and hire a court.

www.lta.org.uk

Whitlingham Outdoor Activity Centre

Open daily 9am-4.30pm weekdays, 9.30am–5pm weekends

With a range of courses to get you out on the water, or just visit for a walk around the broad on the edge of Norwich.

www.whitlingham.cinolla.com/whitlingham

Have a kick-about

Anytime

Grab a football and head to the nearest park for a game of five-a-side or see who can get the most goals past Dad.

Sportspark climbing wall, UEA

Open 7am–10.20pm

Climb The Peak – the largest indoor climbing wall in Norfolk, with a bouldering cave, overhang and routes to challenge all abilities.

www.sportspark.co.uk

Retroskate, Great Yarmouth

Open 11am–4pm school holidays (check website for term times)

With skate hire, under-fives play area and a roller tots rink and cafe.

www.retroskate.net

Norfolk Snowsports Club, Trowse

Open Sunday to Friday 10am–10pm, Saturday 10am–7pm

Try out tubing, and join the club members for freestyle sessions, as well as the junior club.

www.norfolksnowsports.com

Let’s get creative:

Doodle Pots, Holt

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Young and old can paint anything ceramic from a mug to a vase in the fun and creative studio.

www.doodlepotsnorfolk.co.uk

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia

Summer School: July 26–29 (10am–4.30pm)

Artists and scientists organise a popular two-week summer school for children, aged eight to 12.

www.scva.ac.uk

Time and Tide Museum, Great Yarmouth

July 14, 10-11.30am (open daily 10am–4.30pm)

At the Little Kippers Day pre-schoolers can enjoy the exhibitions, listen to stories and make things to take home.

www.musums.norfolk.gov.uk/visit_us/time_and_tide/index.htm

Norwich Puppet Theatre

August 13, 11am–12.30pm

The Super Heroes and Sneaky Villans workshop is the chance to let loose your creative side.

www.puppettheatre.co.uk

Natural art

Anytime

Make the most of your children’s imagination and see what art you can make with shells, sticks and stones.

The Garage, Norwich

August 1-13

A great place for young ones who love to perform, The Garage’s Big Summer Production is The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.

www.thegarage.org.uk

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