Norfolk is officially the driest county in the UK, but occasionally it does rain! Luckily, Norfolk has loads of activities to keep your family entertained indoors, from medieval Norwich castle to an award winning, sustainable indoor play centre.
BabyBreaks has listed the Best Child-Friendly Things to do in Norfolk when it rains.
1. Norwich Castle
One of the city’s most famous landmarks, Norwich Castle was built by the Normans as a over 900 years ago. Visitors can walk through the ages as they explore galleries devoted to Boudicca, the Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings. Kids will love the Egyptian tomb’s ancient mummies, and the Natural History galleries’ taxidermy, fossils and butterflies.
There are lots of child-friendly events at weekends and during the school holidays, as well as tours of the dungeons.
Address: 24 Castle Meadow, Norwich NR1 3JU
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 10am-4.30pm. Sunday 1- 4.30pm
2. Sea Life Centre, Great Yarmouth
Children will love this amazing aquarium, home to over 1,500 creatures in its 250,000 litre Tropical Ocean Display and a Shark Nursery. Meet a huge array of sea life, from the tiny seahorse to colourful jellyfish and graceful rays. Animal talks and feedings take place throughout the day, where the kids can learn loads of cool facts to impress their friends.
BabyBreaks tip: Save up to 40% when you book your ticket in advance online.
Opening Hours: Open daily 10am – 5pm
3. Cromer Pier Pavilion Theatre
The last remaining last end-of-pier theatre in the world, a visit to Cromer Pier Pavilion Theatre is as much about history as it is entertainment. Consequently, the annual Cromer Pier Show entertains audiences with a line up of traditional variety acts for three months throughout the summer.
From comedians to jugglers, singers and dance troops from Britain’s Got Talent, there’s something for everyone here. Throughout the year there are also lots family friendly shows like “Horrible Histories” which brings famous figures to life, including King Henry VIII and Mary Queen of Scots.
Address: Promenade, Cromer. NR27 9HE
Opening Hours: Open daily 10am -5pm (show timings may vary)
4. Hootz House at Pensthorpe Natural Park
Hootz House is an indoor play area with a difference. Voted Best Sustainable Project 2015, this imaginatively designed indoor playground aims to blend adventurous play with a connection to the natural world. Furthermore, the wooden structures encourage children to move as they would outside- balance across rope bridges, climb up huge tree towers and race down winding slides. There is also a separate soft play area for little ones under 5’s.
If the weather brightens up you can explore the rest of the amazing Pensthorpe Natural Park – a 700 acre site nature reserve complete with lakes, woodland and abundant wildlife.
Address: Pensthorpe, Fakenham NR21 0LN
Opening Hours: Open daily 10am – 4:30pm
5. The Sandringham Estate
Where better to spend a rainy day than The Royal Family’s private country house? All the main ground floor rooms used by the royals are open to for the public to explore. You can also admire family portraits, priceless antiques and treasured family possessions. Some highlights in the museum include a 1900 Daimler and an Aston Martin used by Princes William and Harry.
There are also stunning manicured gardens, 600 acres of parkland and the Sandringham Church to explore.
Address: Sandringham, Norfolk. PE35 6EN
Opening Hours: Open daily from April to October. Opening times vary, check the website for more information.
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