Ten things to do with kids on a rainy day in Norfolk

Fall into Winter, Family, February Half Term, October Half Term

The beautiful county of Norfolk is known for its stunning countryside and miles of beautiful coastline. While a holiday here should be filled with lots of fresh air and adventures, sometimes the weather lets you down! If the heavens open during your stay, take a peek at our top all-weather places to take the kids to keep them nicely entertained. The indoors choice need not be the second-best choice.

1. Poppy Line

Poppy Line

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.

Where is it? Sheringham

When is it open? Times and services vary, please see website for details

How much is it? Prices start from £5.50 per child

2. Thursford Collection

Children will be more than excited to head to this amazing collection of steam engines and organs. The Wurlitzer is played every day by a renowned organ player and there are fantastic shows put on throughout the year. The most famous is the Christmas Spectacular, where West End performers deliver an extravaganza of singing and dancing. Set in magical surroundings of mechanical organs and fairground carousels which children will delight in, there is also an enchanting winter wonderland in Santa’s Magical Journey if you can go later in the year.

Where is it? Thursford

When is it open? 11am to 4pm – last admission 3pm – Christmas hours vary

How much is it? Under 16 years free entry to the museum, excludes special events

3. RNLI Henry Blogg Museum

Cromer Pier

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.

Where is it? Cromer

When is it open? 10am to 4 pm February-March and October-November (last admission 3.45pm) and 10 to 5pm April-September (last admission 4.15pm). Open Tuesday – Sunday

How much is it? Admission is free

4. High Altitude

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.

Where is it? Norwich

When is it open? 9am to 8pm depending on activity

How much is it? Prices start at £5.00

5. 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.

Where is it? Wells next the Sea

When is it open? Open daily from March 18 until end October – times and service vary, please see website for details

How much is it? Prices start at £5.50 per child

6. Sticky Earth Café

Child painting ceramics

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.

Where is it? Cromer

When is it open? Monday, Thursday and Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 10am-5.30pm and Sunday 11am-4.30pm

How much is it? Prices vary

7. Norwich Cathedral

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.

Where is it? Norwich

When is it open? Daily 7.30am-6pm

How much is it? Free

8. Norwich Castle

Norwich Castle

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!

Where is it? Norwich

When is it open? Monday to Saturday 10am-4.30pm, Sundays 1-4.30pm

How much is it? From £7.30 per child

9. Funkys

Roller skates

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.

Where is it? Norwich

When is it open? Please consult website for details

How much is it? Please consult website for details

10. Wroxham Miniature Worlds, Hoveton

miniature railwayThe 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.

Where is it? Wroxham

When is it open? 10am-5pm (last admission 4pm)

How much is it? From £3.95 per child (under 3’s free)

Map of attractions:

Plan your family holiday in Norfolk by finding your favourite indoor family attractions from the list on the map below.

If you’re looking to stay close by and explore these indoor attractions in Norfolk, take a look at our full collection of cottages in cottages in Norfolk for some inspiration on where to base your next family holiday.

*Prices are correct at the time of publishing; however, they are subject to change.

Posted by Elianne Reed on 27th October 2017