Perfect days out for Mothers' Day in Norfolk
PUBLISHED: 16:50 18 March 2019 | UPDATED: 16:52 18 March 2019
Steve Adams 2017 : 07398 238853
Many families looking for Mothers’ Day treats need to find something to suit more than one mum. Try these days out with appeal across the generations
Let the train take the strain and make the most of the coast.
For Mum – A walk along the coastal footpath is a joy. A walk along the coastal footpath with the promise of a reviving hot chocolate and cake in a coastal café is even better. Go west and then up to beautiful Sheringham Park and its National Trust shop and café, or east to West Runton and the beach café, seafood café or hotel bar.
For Nan – The Sheringham Museum, on the seafront, reopens on March 30. From the lifeboats and fisherman’s cottage of the boat hall to the work of pioneering female photographer Olive Edis and intriguing embroideries of John Craske, the museum is packed with interest. Trains will also be running on the North Norfolk Railway to take older grandparents back to their youth and give the whole family a glimpse of the age of steam.
For the children – travel by train if you live near a railway station, to make the journey itself part of the treat. Then if the tide is right hit the beach. A game of boules, a hunt for the prettiest shells and sandcastle-building are all classic all-generations fun. While walking there’s the chance to scale Beeston Bump to the east, or the giddy heights of the gazebo in Sheringham Park.
Treat mum like a queen at Sandringham
For Mum – Two short nature trails, of 1.5 and 2.5 miles, are an ideal way to enjoy the royal country park. The house and gardens are not open until April, but the country park is open all year round for free, including free parking, and beautiful woodland footpaths which take you to a bird hide and past picnic areas and a viewing platform.
For Nan – Pick her something from the plant centre or gift shop and treat her to afternoon tea in the restaurant – all open daily. There are houseplants, shrubs and perennials, as well as gifts ideal for any gardening grans. And the apple juice comes from the orchards planted by King George VI.
For the little princes and princesses – the outside play area is packed with equipment including slides, swings, a rope bridge, a climbing wall and wobble board. A sculpture trail winds through the arboretum with some wonderful wooden exhibits, carved by chainsaw from tree trunks, See dogs, horses, pigs, a squirrel, an owl, and even St Felix carrying his boat, each with an information panel.
For mums who love culture, shopping, meals out and riverside wanders.
For Mum – For a full-on fabulous treat book an afternoon tea at the sumptuous Assembly House (holder of the EDP Norfolk Food and Drink Awards best afternoon tea award.) Or visit Jarrold for mothers who like a side of shopping with their lunch out. Both are easy detours and for a chance to appreciate Norwich as a tourist take the three-mile Riverside Walk.
For Nan – Norwich’s Riverside Walk is a chance to enjoy some of the hidden gems of the city. Quiet lanes, streets and footpaths run past the Wensum with views of architectural wonders such as St James’ Mill, Dragon Hall and Norwich Cathedral. Special Mothering Sunday services will be held at the cathedral and several of the churches along the route.
For the children – The Viking exhibition at Norwich Castle sparkles with stories of battles and buried treasure. See ancient treasures which were hidden away as Viking armies rampaged across Norfolk – and not rediscovered for more than 1,000 years. And the twilight ticket, for the hour before closing (3.30-4.30pm on a Sunday) is just £2 per person.
Thetford Forest, High Lodge
Swing through the trees, spot deer while walking through tranquil woodland or explore miles of fun trails on a mountain bike – Thetford Forest has it all.
For Mum - Swing, climb and slide your way through the treetops on the exhilarating Go Ape high ropes course. Or, get on your bike and explore the forest with the rest of the family. If some of them fancy branching off on to more adventurous routes, pedal back at your own speed, enjoying the tranquillity.
For Nan - Walk in the beautiful sun-dappled woodland or join everyone else on a bike ride, choosing one of the more gentle flat trails. Back at High Lodge, treat yourself to a well-deserved coffee and cake and sit and watch the world go by.
For the children - If you aren’t big, or daredevil, enough for the main Go Ape course, the junior equivalent is equally thrilling, just not quite as high. A huge wooden play area hidden in the trees has slides, swings and adventurous climbing equipment for toddlers to teens, and of course, what better place for biking? Tots can practice their cycling skills in safety while big kids can attempt jumps and daredevil turns as they race through the trees.
Oh, we do like to be beside the seaside, especially in a fun-filled resort like Great Yarmouth.
For Mum - Stroll on the beach; head to the solitude of the dunes at North Denes or for some traditional seaside fun, walk along the prom on the famous Golden Mile. Visit the Time and Tide Museum and embark on a fascinating interactive journey back in time through the town’s fishing, tourism, wartime and social history. Best of all, it has a great café!
For Nan - Let your imagination run wild at Merrivale Model Village, see castles and village greens, churches and sports arenas, theatres and even burning buildings and a space rocket, along with pretty gardens and a miniature railway. Hit the amusement arcades, while the children have fun on the 2p slots, play prize bingo. Then show everyone who’s the boss and be first in the queue for the Pleasure Beach’s scenic railway, the famous, record-breaking and scream-inducing wooden roller coaster.
For the children - Head to the Pleasure Beach for fairground thrills, or Joyland for the little ones and its famous snails (you will be fighting mum and Nan for a go). See sharks and all sorts of weird and wonderful undersea creatures at the Sea Life centre, play crazy golf and finish the day with piping hot fish and chips.