Don’t let the rain spoil your exploration of Norfolk. We have popped a list together below of all our rain friendly adventures. Enjoy!
Hickling Barn is just 10 minutes walk from the campsite, a fantastic community centre with great facilities for weddings, corporate events, leisure activities and much more, including a professionally run community Gym that our campers can use on a £6 “Day Ticket” basis.
Full details of the Gym and its opening times as well as badminton, Zumba, Teenfit are available on their website.
They are also running a number of lovely community events this year including a village fete, village show and magnificent machinery show as well as monthly rural cinema.
Hop aboard the Poppy Line at Sheringham Station and discover the North Norfolk coast from the comfort of a glorious steam train. Whatever the weather, curl up under a blanket with a warm drink and take in the spectacular countryside outside including Kelling Heath and Sheringham Park to the south and an expansive stretch of the North Sea to the north. The journey stops at various stations where you can disembark and explore before heading back to base. Not only do you get a chance to see historic stations but there is a museum, an activity carriage and a museum signal box that kids will find fascinating.
Norwich Theatre Royal
The Theatre Royal is an art-deco theatre in Norwich, hosting an impressive range of international touring productions.
The Historic Hippodrome is Britain’s only surviving TOTAL Circus Building, built in 1903 by the legendary Circus showman George Gilbert.
Throughout the century the intimate arena has played host to an incredible variety of entertainment, from amazing water spectacles and stage variety shows to cinema and cine variety and even wartime use as a military practice shooting range!
Come and join us make history one show at a time!
RNLI Henry Blogg Museum
This interesting museum is dedicated to Coxwain Henry Blogg who was the RNLI’s most decorated crew member and served for 53 years on Cromer’s lifeboats. Having saved 873 lives with the help of his crew, the museum is full of fascinating stories of both Blogg and other local heroes. There are interviews with members, lifeguard uniforms to try on and the exciting opportunity to learn morse code! Pop along to the pier afterwards to take in the fresh sea air.
This adventure will most definitely get you brownie points – wall-to-wall trampoline courts, over 80 at the last count! You can join the kids (obligatory if they are under six) or watch them from the viewing gallery or coffee shop. Little ones can play in the soft play area and for sporty children, there is a dodge ball court and slam dunk lanes to keep them occupied when the weather isn’t playing ball.
Wells and Walsingham Light Railway
When you need to recharge your batteries but still want something interesting to occupy the kids, head to the world’s smallest public railway. You will wind your way through the gorgeous Norfolk countryside and through the prettiest villages in the county, all while enjoying the magic of steam travel. There is an abandoned platform on the way so make sure children know to look out for it and also get them to do a photo diary of all of the wildlife and livestock that they are sure to see on the way.
Sticky earth café
There’s nothing children like more than getting creative, especially if it involves working on something that they can take home. Here they can design and paint onto T-shirts, canvases and ceramics; the latter will be glazed and fired ready to be picked up a few days later. You can decorate cups, plates, tanks, unicorns and also put baby’s feet and hands onto heart-shaped plates as a keepsake or as a gift – the paints are non-toxic so it is perfectly safe. There is also the option to make jewellery, do some ‘decopatching’ or make a cuddly toy that you can name yourself.
One of the most majestic cathedrals in the country, kids will delight in finding out about its dramatic history – how it came through war and plague, as well as riots. You can take an hour-long tour during the day and go on one of the many trails with map which helps children to understand what they have learned. For nature-loving children, see if they can spot the Peregrines that nest in the Cathedral – you can get a better look from the observation point which is open in the day during April and June.
To continue with a historical theme, this magnificent castle is well worth a visit. Children of all ages will love this famous landmark, which was built as a Royal Palace by the Normans 900 years ago. There is so much to learn about, from its palace days to when it was used as a prison. There is a museum and art gallery too which older children will enjoy. They can ride on a recreation of a warrior’s chariot and browse the African and Indian objects in the second gallery. Book onto a trail guide or take them on a dungeon tour if you dare!
When the weather’s bad outside, kids will love to warm up at Funkys – complete with a maple wood roller skating rink and amazing adventure play area over three floors, all ages of children will find something to do here. You can even join them on the rink if you feel you are up to it! There are regular roller-discos which will take parents back to their youth – a live DJ and light show make this a really special day out. If children are hungry after all this activity, there is a large café on site selling hot and cold food as well as drinks and healthy snacks.
Wroxham Miniature Worlds, Hoveton
The largest indoor modelling attraction in the UK with some of the largest model railways in the world on display, this delightful place fills over 10,000 square feet. It is separated into different areas and the highlight is a city made completely from Lego, model boat displays, toys from all eras and doll displays. Better for older children, young ones will still enjoy it if you explain to them what everything is. There is an onsite café and a model shop to finish off this unique day out.
Modern multilane bowling chain with an on-site bar and diner, plus a dedicated games area and arcade.
State-of-the-art chain cinema for blockbusters in 2-D or 3-D format.
Sea life centre at Great Yarmouth and Hunstanton
Showcasing more than 50 dazzling displays and more than 1,500 spectacular aquatic creatures including tropical sharks, colourful reef fish, octopus, rays and sea horses, SEA LIFE Great Yarmouth is the perfect way to experience the wonders of underwater life without getting wet!