Beach days (Holme, Brancaster & Holkham and many more) From 10 minutes’ drive. Norfolk offers many of the best beaches in the UK with miles of golden sands .You will find plenty of room for beach cricket, kite-flying or an undisturbed picnic in the dunes – even on the sunniest days in July and August.
Sandringham Country Park an area of 243 hectares of The Queen's private Estate at Sandringham designated as a Country Park. The park is open every day, there is no charge for entry and parking is also free. There are two waymarked Nature Trails, one 1½ miles long (2.4km) and the other 2½ miles long (4km), and there are many other woodland paths to explore either on foot or bike. Tractor and trailer tours also run daily.
Snettisham Farm Park King's Lynn, Norfolk ( 10 minutes drive) Farm activities, deer safari, scenic trails, adventure playground, craft, gift, leather workshop, horse and pony rides and tearoom.
Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary Inside you will find an amazing variety of animals from Otters and Penguins, to a full Seal rescue facility and hospital. Among the rich diversity of life in the displays are Sharks, Seahorses and Rays.
Crabbing this is a favourite Norfolk pastime with some of the best catches at Brancaster and Wells Quay all you need is some bacon, a line and a bucket and hopefully not too much patience. Never fails to enthral youngsters and horrify adults! Don’t forget to put them all back…
Traditional Seal Trips (40 minutes drive) Departing daily from the picturesque Blakeney harbour or Morston quay and great for older kids. Experienced captains guide you on their traditional clinker-built wooden boats which wind their way down the sheltered waters of the creek to the far end of Blakeney Point.
01263 740 753
Pensthorpe Nature Reserve and Gardens Fakenham, Norfolk (25 minutes drive) Visit the Host of BBC Springwatch and discover the beautiful Wensum Valley, stunning gardens, walks and numerous bird species. Children become detectives on the Bug Walk & Wild on Wildlife.
Banham Zoo A1067 near Norwich (40 minutes drive) is set amongst 35 acres of beautiful parkland and gardens with innovative and exciting enclosures, providing sanctuary for almost 1000 animals ranging from big cats to birds of prey and siamangs. Experience at close quarters some of the world's most rare and endangered animals. Plan your day around their fascinating daily animal feeding talks!
Peddars Way and the Norfolk coastal Path (access to it within 15 minutes walk) runs for 93 miles along a distinctive Roman road from Knettishall Heath Country Park to just beyond Sedgeford at Holme-next-Sea and then the path crosses wide sandy beaches to Cromer pier. It is an enjoyable mix of country lanes, footpaths and tracks through a varied landscape of open heath and meres, woodland, rich farmland and beachside walks.
Sea and Seal Tours. Operators Searles owns 3 vessels, two amphibious ones and an ex-diving boat moored near the beach at Hunstanton . The main tour lasts approximately 2 hours with a visit to 'Seal Island', which is located off the coast of Lincolnshire. There are around 3000 common seals in the Wash so you will 100% see some seals. There are two shorter trips of approx 30 minutes which explore the Norfolk coastline shipwrecks and all.
Coasthopper. ( Access at Thornham or Holme 10 mins drive, 30 minutes cycle & 60 minutes’ walk) The best way to explore the Norfolk coast. Buy a ticket and you can jump on and off all day long. Coast Hopper runs from King's Lynn to Cromer every 30 minutes til late. The bus stops in most villages along the coast and most local attractions can also be reached.
Amazona ZOO Cromer 45 minutes drive has taken 2 years to emerge from 10 acres of derelict woodland and the abandoned brick kilns just to the south of Cromer town. Now home to a wide range of animals from Tropical South America including Jaguar, Otters, Spider Monkeys and Flamingos.
01263 510 741
Bewilderwood Full day Activity (75 mins drive) BeWILDerwood is the amazing and international award winning WILD and imaginative adventure wood with magical treehouses and characters. The most curious day in Norfolk or maybe the whole of the UK. Don’t miss it!
Hunstanton Fun Fair Cracking fun at a traditional seaside funfair with everything from dodgems to carousel rides, ghost trains to candy floss. It’s what being young is all about! Entry is free but you pay for rides taken.
Mississippi Paddle Boat Horning (60 minute drive) The Southern Comfort is a luxury double-deck paddle boat which runs regular trips from the beautiful village of Horning, along the River Bure. Nature comes alive as you pass lovely old thatched houses, windmills and Norfolk reed beds.
Dinosaur Adventure Park 45 minutes drive Norfolk's Top Family Attraction with a full day of discovery, activity and entertainment confronting impressive dinosaurs from T-rex toRraptors as well as digging for fossils and following the Dinosaur Trail
Blackbeard’s Adventure Golf course, Hunstanton (10 minutes drive) An 18 hole golf course with a Pirate and Aztec theme. Donkey rides and other young fun can be found nearby
Oasis Lido Hunstanton (10 minutes drive) large child friendly indoor pool with long slide and separate toddler/baby pool. Lifeguards always on duty. Separate “fun Castle” large multi-level soft play area.
01485 534 227
Farmer Fred's Heacham (5 minute drive) The original indoor play barn which also has a cafeteria and restaurant. Perfect for sunny or rainy days when you want to let your under 12's burn off some energy. Booking ahead is a good idea as it an get very busy.
Cromer Karts Northrepps Cromer ( 60 minute drive) Beginner taster sessions for 8 years and upwards through to full team racing sessions on their tarmac 500 metre track.
Norfolk Ski and Snowboard Centre Norwich (60 minutes drive) The club is open all year round and provides for 12 years+ an extensive range of lessons and sessions for all disciplines and ability levels.
Planet Ice Drayton Norwich (55 minutes’ drive) A very different way to chill out with lots of different ice skating experiences for the absolute beginner through to expert level.
Bowlers Bowling at the Pier Hunstanton 10 lane full-sized alleys with bumpers for younger players an amusement arcade downstairs and child-friendly restaurant
Hilltop Outdoor Adventure Centre Sheringham (40 minutes drive) Loads of great activities from Climbing to Zip Wire and BMX to 3G swings. Aimed at children 8-14 years and parents can take part as well.
Extreeme Adventure Weasenham (25 minutes drive) Hours of adrenaline rushing family fun (must be 10 years of age plus) which takes aerial trekking to new extremes. Swing, climb and jump at 20ft or 40ft for the more adventurous! High up in the trees there are over 20 different elements to conquer. In addition there is a 3G swing, a 80ft fan descender jump and a 1,000ft zip wire.
Hillside Shire Horse Sanctaury West Runton (45 minutes drive) Take a nostalgic trip down memory lane and see these beautiful animals still working as they would have done all those years ago. Examples of orginal agricultural machinery as well as play area.
01603 736200 http://www.hillside.org.uk/OpenDaysatWestRunton.htm
Wells and Walsingham Light Railway Wells Next-the-Sea (25 minutes drive) The longest 10¼" narrow gauge steam railway in the world and with the Garratt locomotive "Norfolk Hero" as star attraction. A great adventure for all the family in the delightful countryside of the North Norfolk coast.
01328 711630 http://www.wellswalsinghamrailway.co.uk/
Muckleburgh Collection One of the UK’s largest working military museum of tanks, guns and vehiclesYou can even drive a tank o ride in a personnel carrier. Great historic exhibits, including uniforms, operating radios and loads of weaponry.
Sandringham Estate (15 minutes drive) The Royal Family's home in Norfolk. Come and see where the Queen has her dinner and run around in her back garden. Take a look at the fascinating museum including the first Royal motor car, a fire engine and a roaring lion!
Thursford Collection is now known for the scale of collection of steam engines, organs and fairground attractions its annual Christmas spectacular show draws over 100,000 people to the Norfolk countryside.
Doodle Pots Ceramic Cafe Holt (35 minutes drive) A ceramic café where you can paint pottery-anything from a mug to a moneybox to a gecko! It’s fun with stencils & sponge stamps to help or let your creative imagination run wild.
Majestic Cinema Kings Lynn (25 minute drive) 3 screen cinema with regular 3D showings.
Princess Theatre Hunstanton (10 minute drive) Theatre with some film shows, pantomime, tribute bands and family orientated seaside shows during the summer
01485 532252 http://www.princesstheatrehunstanton.co.uk/