Family Fun on the Norfolk Coast
I grew up in Hunstanton and I’ve always known that there are loads of things for you to do with the family in Norfolk, but until I sat down and started compiling a list I had no idea quite how long it would end up being.
We have an abundance of great Country Estates to explore and enjoy in Norfolk. We’ll start with the Queen’s holiday home of Sandringham, the house and gardens are open to the public from March to October. Holkham Hall is one of my favourite places to visit, they hold events throughout the year March – October, have an amazing playground, delicious café and bikes to hire. Houghton Hall is open May – September and is known for its outdoor sculpture collection. Other estates include Blickling Hall , Felbrigg Hall and Sheringham Park.
Beans Seal Trips is a dog/child friendly day out. The boats depart from Morston Quay daily and the time is dependent on the tides, it really is a wonderful way to see these beautiful animals. The seal pupping season is from November – February.
North Norfolk Railway The Poppy Line has steam and diesel trains that run from Sheringham, Weybourne and Holt, it’s a great way to see the coastline.
Beaches – We are completely spoilt for choice from Hunstanton all the way round to Cromer… There is a great guide of Norfolks 9 best beaches for different activities and all the beaches are connected by the Coastal Path which you can access via the Norfolk Trails site.
Hunstanton Sea Life isn’t the cheapest day out and really is only half a day out. But you can see lots of animals and enjoy the feeding times.
Snettisham Park Farm is a really lovely petting farm, there are some naughty llamas, pygmy goats, and everything else you’d expect. They also do a deer safari and have a great play area.
Dinosaur Park really is a day out, take a picnic and discover the dinosaurs whilst collecting the stamps to earn a medal. There is an indoor and outdoor play area and a cafe.
Bewilderwood is an amazing place where your imagination can run wild… It’s a full day out, and great family fun! Its a huge, award winning forest of family fun and outdoor adventure. Treehouses, zip wires, jungle bridges, Crocklebogs, Twiggles and Boggles, storytelling, boat trips, marsh walks and really yummy food! Take a picnic to keep the cost down. This is my favourite place to go with the kids.
Farmer Freds is the best indoor soft play that I have ever experienced. Great for a wet day. They make all their own food, and it’s really delicious. The whole space is clean and comfortable and great for blowing off a bit of steam. Get their early to grab a comfy seat.
Hunstanton is a proper seaside town there’s arcades, crazy golf, a funfair and bowling. Sit on the green, watch the world go by and enjoy your fish and chips and an ice cream for pudding, then take a pony or donkey ride on the beach. They have a great joke shop which is well worth a visit. Wells-next-Sea is another seaside town there is an arcade, a harbour Railway with small gauge train that runs from the Pinewoods up to the town centre. There are great fish and chips and ice cream shops, and it’s a fun place to do some crabbing.
Mable’s Paint Pot is another rainy day favourite and makes for a great holiday souvenir.
Pensthorpe is the perfect place to experience the beauty of the natural world on lakeside nature trails, woodland walks and has a new fantastic outdoor and indoor play area.
Norfolk Lavender has an animal centre, outdoor play area, lavender garden centre and lovely traditional tea rooms.
Pinewoods is great for a walk and a picnic, there are swings from the trees, den building areas, and great fun for any adventurous child. The beach runs adjacent and the woods are a great place to be when its a bit windy. There is a lovely cafe by the carpark and there is
also Abraham’s Bosom which is a 5 acre lake that you can rent boats, canoes etc.
RSPB Titchwell holds lots of events for kids throughout the year, it’s worth checking their calendar to see what’s on when you’re here.
I hope you have enjoyed reading through my Fun things for the family to do while staying in our bell tents.