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PUBLISHED: 08:05 05 May 2014

50 childhood things to do

50 childhood things to do

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1 Ride the snails at Yarmouth’s Joyland; still fabulous fun after 60-plus years.

Norfolk Snowsports ClubNorfolk Snowsports Club

2 Explore the rock pools at West Runton.

3 Go biking through Thetford Forest for exciting, muddy fun.

Building sandcastles at CromerBuilding sandcastles at Cromer

4 Jump in and out of the dunes at Winterton beach.

5 Walk to the end of the pier at Cromer or Great Yarmouth, while eating freshly-made sugary doughnuts.

Driving tanks at MuckleburghDriving tanks at Muckleburgh

6 Visit the polar bear (and all the wonderful exhibits) at Norwich Castle Museum.

7 Let’s go fly a kite . . . on Holkham beach.

The snails at JoylandThe snails at Joyland

8 Take a wintery walk to see the seals and their pups at Horsey Gap and Winterton, or a summertime trip from Morston to see them swimming at Blakeney Point.

9 Stretch your legs on the 300-step climb to the top of the Ecotech wind turbine at Swaffham.

10 Decorate a sandcastle with drift wood and shells from the beach. We love the vast Gorleston sands.

11 Be a bug-hunter! Search for caterpillars and butterflies at RSPB Strumpshaw Fen.

12 Swing through the trees with the Go Ape trail in Thetford Forest.

13 Cycle off-road between Norwich and Reepham along Marriott’s Way – the Victorian railway engineers have even smoothed out all the hills for you.

14 Cheer the Canaries at Carrow Road - Norwich City is a great family club. Keep an eye out for friendly pre-season matches that are a great introduction to watching football.

15 Take the summer foot-ferry out to Scolt Head Island, off Burnham Overy Staithe, and feel like you’re at the edge of the world.

16 Learn about our military history and see wartime tanks at the Muckleburgh Collection, at Weybourne.

17 Pick-your-own fruit from a Norfolk farm. Bet it won’t just be the kids who are unable to resist eating a strawberry or two straight from the field!

18 See the snowdrops at Walsingham in February or the rhododendrons in May in Sheringham Park - plenty of space and super views.

19 Visit all the Norwich 12 buildings – including the two cathedrals - see the map at www.norwich12.co.uk.

20 Hire a canoe on the Broads and play at Swallows and Amazons.

21 Visit the beautiful shell museum at Glandford, near Blakeney.

22 Ride the wooden rollercoaster at Yarmouth Pleasure Beach.

23 Marvel as the circus ring transforms into a pool at Yarmouth Hippodrome Circus.

24 Climb aboard at a wherry open day, during the summer around the Norfolk Broads.

25 Search for fossils (and maybe our ancient ancestors) on Happisburgh Beach.

26 Wrap a beach towel around your shoulders and tuck in to fish and chips on the seafront at Mundesley.

27 Sssh! Tip-toe into a bird hide (try by the river near Surlingham or head to Cley and Titchwell) and see what winged wonders you can spot.

28 Take a trip on the mighty Wash Monster amphibious vehicle at Hunstanton.

29 Build a brilliant den at Holt Country Park.

30 Watch thousands of rooks whirl in the autumn dusk and roost in trees at New Buckenham.

31 Stargaze at the huge Norfolk night sky, far from the glare of the city lights.

32 See the Queen and members of the Royal family visiting church on Christmas morning at Sandringham.

33 Start the New Year with fireworks – every New Year’s Day at Cromer.

34 Visit the fascinating Denver Windmill, near Downham Market.

35 Roam the atmospheric (and free) castle ruins at Castle Acre or Baconsthorpe.

36 Go back to Roman times with a visit to Burgh Castle, Caistor St Edmund or Brancaster.

37 Have you seen a pingo? Walk the Great Eastern Pingo Trail near Watton to find out about this strange Ice Age landscape.

38 Go crabbing on the quay at Wells - who’ll catch the biggest?

39 Do you still fit under the claw of that fierce dinosaur in the scary woods at the Dinosaur Adventure Park in Lenwade?

40 Tree-houses, zip-wires, boats, Boggles and Twiggles are part of the magical Bewilderwood experience, near Wroxham.

41 Cook a lunch using as many Norfolk ingredients as possible.

42 Celebrate farming, food (and collecting a host of stickers and freebies) at the Royal Norfolk Show, June 25 and 26, 2014 at the Norfolk Showground, Costessey.

43 Take a picnic to a Norwich park - have you tried the splash pad at Waterloo or the skate park at Eaton?

44 See sheep shearing, tractors and food and farming fun at the Spring Fling - a great family day out at the Norfolk Showground, this Wednesday, April 9.

45 The world of the workhouse comes to life at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, near Dereham, where you can discover the glories of the countryside too.

46 Take a trip on one of Norfolk’s beautiful heritage railways – try the North Norfolk Railway between Sheringham and Holt, the Bure Valley Railway between Aylsham and Wroxham or the Wells and Walsingham light railway. Look out for Santa specials later in the year!

47 A day at the races is great fun at Fakenham, where the racecourse welcomes families (17s and under go free with an adult).

48 Marvel at Seahenge, the mysterious Bronze Age timber circle found at Holme and recreated at Lynn Museum.

49 Watch the floats at Norwich’s Lord Mayor’s Procession, on July 5 this year.

50 Under-10s will love the rides, entertainment and pets at Pettitts Animal Adventure Park, Reedham.

51 For more animal fun and great days out, visit the brilliant Banham Zoo and the charming Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens.

52 Little ones can burn off energy at The Playbarn in Poringland with plenty of indoor and outdoor climbing and playing areas.

53 Pony-mad children will be in their element at Redwings horse sanctuary at Fritton.

54 Make Christmas complete with a visit to Santa’s Magical Journey at the Thursford Collection.

55 Who says Norfolk’s flat? Get them skiing or tubing at Norfolk Snowsports Club at Trowse.

56 WildRootz is the amazing two-acre activity area at Pensthorpe Natural Park - and there’s pond-dipping, nature walks and much more.

57 Got a child who loves magic? Davenport’s Magic Kingdom at North Walsham will fascinate them, and you, with amazing exhibitions and entertainment.

58 Take your turn at feeding the lambs at Junior Farm at Wroxham Barns.

59 Discover unexpected Norfolk heroes like revolutionary thinker Thomas Paine, at the Ancient House Museum of Thetford Life.

60 Celebrate summer with ice cream from Norfolk’s own Lakenham Creamery, Norfolk Farmhouse Icecream, Parravanis, Alburgh, Ronaldos, . . . mmmm!

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