Norfolk’s miles of wide sandy beaches and acres of unspoiled countryside is what attracts so many families each year, in search of seaside relaxation, fresh air and family bonding time.
Whether you’re after an action packed experience in bustling Great Yarmouth, or a more remote stay surrounded by the wild beauty of The Norfolk Broads National Park, BabyBreaks has done the hard work for you and put together a selection of the best child-friendly Outdoor activities in Norfolk.
1. Pensthorpe Natural Park
Winner of Norfolk’s Best Large Attraction (EDP Norfolk Tourism Awards), Pensthorpe Natural Park is the perfect day out for active families who love the outdoors. The 700 acre nature reserve has woodland walks, interactive nature trails and amazing outdoor and indoor adventure play areas to explore. You can spend the whole day here – bring a picnic and see if any wildlife comes to say hello!
Address: Pensthorpe, Fakenham NR21 0LN
Opening Hours: Open daily 10am – 5pm
2. Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure
A dinosaur-themed adventure park that the kids will love, Roarr! offers hours of fun for a wide range of ages. Aside from the huge, life size models of dinosaurs hidden around the park, there’s a Victorian Walled Garden home to a range of farmyard animals, a Lost World Maze, High Ropes Course and a Deer Safari to spot the red and fallow deer who live here.
If the weather turns wet, there’s an indoor play area too, which of course is also dino-themed!
Address: Lenwade, Norwich NR9 5JE
Opening Hours: Open daily 9:30am – 5pm
3. Day at the Beach
Norfolk’s coastline is some of the UK’s most unspoiled, so a day at the beach is an absolute must when you visit the area. Some of our favourites are below:
Great Yarmouth, Norfolk’s most popular family resort has a large beach and lots of entertainment on the Golden Mile – a promenade between the two piers lined with amusements arcades, ice cream shops and cafes. It does get very busy in the school holidays though.
Wells-next-the-Sea is one of the most photographed beaches in Norfolk, thanks to its row of 200 colourful beach huts which line the sand. This picturesque stretch of beach is ideal for dog walking and birdwatching, and it’s never likely to feel crowded.
Holkham Bay recently won “Beach of the Year” (BBC Countryfile magazine awards 2018) and “Best Beach in the UK”(in a survey of travel writers on 101 Holidays) so your family are bound to love it as much as we do. Stretching for more than four miles, it is part of the Holkham National Nature Reserve, and is home to a fascinating array of flora and fauna. Unspoiled Norfolk beauty at its best.
4. Holkham Estate
This 25,000 acre estate on the north Norfolk coast is an exceptional place to explore with your family, rich in history, architecture and wildlife. 18th century Holkam Hall is home to the Earl of Leicester and his family, who take great pride in sharing their house and grounds with visitors.
Designated walks allow visitors to explore the extensive grounds, where you can spot the free roaming fallow deer, as well as lots of other wildlife. There are lakes, a farm, woodland and a walled garden to discover, as well as a high ropes course, cycle hire and boat hire.
Opening Hours: Opening times for individual attractions vary, check the website for more information.
Be WILDerwood is an award-winning Adventure Park based on the series of children’s books written by local author, Tom Blofeld. Your kids will love spotting characters from the books as they enjoy a Lazy River boat ride, or tackle the Sky Maze treetop trail. There are always lots of activities happening throughout the year, from storytelling to treasure hunts, puppet shows and craft workshops.
Opening Hours: Open daily 10am – 5:30 pm from February to October
Visiting Norfolk with children is a great idea for a Family Break. The area features great kids-friendly restaurants, exciting outdoor activities, indoor attractions for young children and last but not least a great selection of accommodations that will satisfy parents with a large family or with their toddlers.
At BabyBreaks, we have kept a limited choice of activities, restaurants and hotels so that you can prepare your trip to Norfolk without browsing the Internet for endless hours. So if you are looking to be inspired to visit Norfolk for your next family weekend, just visit our different Norfolk pages to find what this destination has to offer.
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