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Things to do with children in Norfolk

Fun stuff with the young ones

Whether it’s sunny or wet, there’s plenty to keep all ages smiling, so when they pipe, ‘What are we doing today?’, here’s a list to tempt them Norfolk is a fantastic destination to fire up young people’s minds. Our own children have loved each of these places and activities, so we hope your family has just as much fun creating memories here too.

It’s raining…

There are plenty of places to hang out until the sun shows its face again. If little ones need to let off steam, head for an indoor play park. A long-sleeved shirt and trousers are advisable when climbing and sliding, and don’t forget a pair of socks (easily done in the height of summer) as most locations insist on covered feet.

Farmer Fred’s
Heacham PE31 7JE tel: 01485 579526
With soft play areas for 0-4 years, and a farm-themed adventure area for 4-12 years with slides, mazes and interactive game areas, Farmer Fred’s keeps them entertained for hours.

Captain Willie’s Activity Centre
Searles Leisure Resort, South Beach, Hunstanton PE36 5BB
Captain Willie’s two-level play area is perfect for little ones. The centre often puts on arts and crafts activities.

Fakenham Superbowl and MegaFun
Bridge Street, Fakenham NR21 9AX tel: 01328 856650
Alongside six, 10-pin bowling lanes there is a large three-level soft play area for children under 5ft.

High Altitude
91 Whiffler Road, Norwich NR3 2AW tel: 01603 567200
Further afield, but if you’re looking to fill a rainy day head to Norwich’s trampoline park to let them literally bounce off the walls!

1-5 Lynn Road, King’s Lynn PE30 4PR tel: 01553 760333
Also offering 10-pin bowling and soft play with separate areas for little ones and older children.

Thursford Collection
Fakenham NR21 0AS tel: 01328 878477
The world’s largest collection of steam engines and organs, along with fairground carousels and a Wurlitzer show.

If you have a budding artist, encourage their talents by putting their mark on a pot or two…

Mable’s Paint Pot
16 Overy Road, Burnham Market PE31 8HH tel: 01328 730379
In addition to ceramic painting, try decopatching as a fun way to layer up an item with beautiful papers and varnish. Bag some traditional sweets downstairs too.

Doodle Pots
1A-2A New Street, Holt NR25 6JJ tel: 01263 713135
Alongside your own painted ceramics, Doodle Pots will decorate a commissioned piece too.

Should you want to catch a movie while you’re on holiday, check local listings as many villages now have cinema clubs which offer fun nights out on your
doorstep. If you’re looking for the latest releases, here are details of local cinemas and regional theatres.

King’s Lynn Corn Exchange
Tuesday Market Place PE30 1JW tel: 01553 764864

Majestic Cinema, Tower Street
King’s Lynn PE30 1EJ tel: 01553 771918

Central Cinema
Market Place, Fakenham NR21 9BP tel: 01328 258956

Princess Theatre
13 The Green, Hunstanton PE36 5AH tel: 01485 532252

Sheringham Little Theatre
2 Station Road, Sheringham NR26 8RE tel: 01263 822347

Theatre Royal
Theatre Street, Norwich NR2 1RL tel: 01603 630000

Let’s adventure!

If the sun is shining, but they’re tired of building sandcastles, here are places to visit and things to do

Amazona Zoo
Hall Road, Cromer NR27 9JG tel: 01263 510741
A Brazilian Zoo on the Norfolk coast! Enjoy over 200 South American animals, an aquarium and play zone.

Horning Road, Hoveton, Norwich NR12 8JW tel: 01692 633033
An amazing adventure park with magical treehouses and curious characters created by Tom Blofield.

Bircham Windmill
Great Bircham PE31 6SJ tel: 01485 578393
Still a working windmill, at Bircham Windmill you can climb five floors, watch the sheep being milked, learn to bake bread, pet the animals at the farm and enjoy something to eat and drink at the fabulous tea rooms.

Church Farm Stow Bardolph
Fincham Road, Stow Bardolph tel: 01366 382162
Alongside farmyard animals, Church Farm has a rare breeds centre making it a fantastic family day out for all ages.

Norfolk Lavender Animal Gardens and Play Park
Caley Mill, Lynn Road, Heacham PE31 7JE tel: 01485 570384
Take a tour of the rare breed animals and see how many unusual species you can spot, then head to the outdoor play area and let the kids run off some energy on its zip wire, swings and slide.

Pensthorpe Natural Park
Pensthorpe, Fakenham NR21 0LN tel: 01328 851465
Along with its stunning nature trails, Pensthorpe is a great place to let the kids run off some energy at its WildRootz outdoor play and indoor Hootz House.

ROARR! Dinosaur Adventure
Weston Park, Lenwade NR9 5JW tel: 01603 876310
Fire up their imagination at this themed adventure park, where life-size dinosaurs lurk in the woodland, waiting to be discovered by budding explorers. Complete the trail, find all the animals and receive a reward.

Sea Life
Seagate Road, Hunstanton PE36 5BH tel: 01485 533576
A marine aquarium which follows an undersea odyssey. Depending on the season, you may see some of the seals which the centre’s hospital looks after.

Snettisham Park
Bircham Road PE31 7NG tel: 01485 542425
Get up close and hands-on with farmyard animals. In spring, feed orphaned lambs or take a deer safari.

Watatunga Wildlife Reserve
Watlington Road, King’s Lynn PE33 0RG tel: 01553 396007
Take a safari tour and spot endangered species from your golf buggy in the wilds of Watlington.