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Five family days out in Norfolk

If you’re visiting Norfolk, make sure these family-friendly day trips are on your itinerary!

If you’re looking to entertain the children now lockdown is easing, there’s plenty for the whole family to do in Norfolk. If you’re visiting the region, make sure one of these days out is on your itinerary.

BeWILDerwood

BeWILDerwood describes itself as a ‘curious treehouse adventure park’. Certainly, it’s designed to exercise and stimulate the mind as much as the body. It’s a magical place for children – forest folk like Mildred, the vegetarian Crocklebog who lives in Scary Lake, and the Twiggles, litter-hating goblin-like figures, are BeWILDerwood residents, as is a giant spider called Thornyclod.

BeWILDerwood, Norfolk by BeWILDerwood
BeWILDerwood is a magical place for children and is opening again on the 18th July © BeWILDerwood

BeWILDerwood’s environmental pedigree is certainly impressive too. The treehouses, ropewalks and boardwalks are all built from sustainable wood, while the 50 acres of marshland and woodland that make up the site are entirely pesticide-free, guaranteeing that no harmful chemicals leak into the broads. 

Snettisham Park Farm 

Snettisham Park Farm is a working farm that offers hands-on activities likely to appeal to children. Animals include what you would normally expect on a farm, plus deer and, even more exotically, llamas.

Snettisham Park Farm, Norfolk by Snettisham Park Farm
The farm offers hands-on activities that children will find appealing, reopening 4th July © Snettisham Park Farm 

Deer safaris feature a 45-minute commentated tractor and trailer ride, and there are a number of farm trails.

Holkham Beach

No question, Holkham Beach is one of the finest in all England: a wide swathe of glistening sand backed by dunes and a thick stand of Corsican pines; the sea, a softly lapping presence or a thin line on the horizon, depending on the tide. 

Holkham Beach, Norfolk by Holkham Estate
The beach is one of the finest in England, open from the 4th July © Holkham Estate 

Whatever the state of the tide, it’s a wonderful beach for bathing and about as safe as it gets for children. There is plenty of sand for everyone – the beach is a vast expanse that stretches as far west as the dunes at Gun Hill next to Burnham harbour creek, and east to The Run at Wells-next-the-Sea. 

Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery

Norwich Castle stands on a hill above the city centre, it’s Norman keep a serious square building that serves as the city’s historical museum these days. Inside the Castle Museum, there’s the usual dungeon display to frighten sensitive souls, as well as galleries devoted to archaeology and natural history.

Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Norwich, Norfolk by Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery
The castle stands on a hill above the centre of Norwich © Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery

An interesting room dedicated to the Iceni-Roman conflict in East Anglia has a virtual Roman chariot ride to delight children. The Castle Museum has a very sensible ‘Twilight Ticket’ policy, which allows visits during the hour before closing for just £2.

Note: this has not yet confirmed a date of reopening, but keep an eye on the website for more details.

Wells & Walsingham Light Railway  

Within Norfolk, there are short preserved heritage railways, offering visitors of all ages the chance to experience an interesting, slow way to travel. One example, the Wells and Walsingham Light Railway, plies the eight miles between Wells-next-the Sea and Little Walsingham.

Wells & Walsingham Light Railway, Norfolk by Wells & Walsingham Light Railway
The railway is one of Norfolk’s preserved heritage railways, reopening 4th July © Wells & Walsingham Light Railway 

The service operates between March and October and takes 45 minutes with halts made at Warham St Mary and Wighton en route. Christine’s Buffet Bar next to the signal box at Wells is handy for a cake and a cuppa while you are waiting.


Inspired to spend a day out in Norfolk? Our new Slow Travel guide to the region is out now: