The best days out for kids in Norfolk

Norfolk is one of the country's most popular holiday destinations, where beautiful long sandy beaches meet windswept marshes. Wherever you go, you will be near to coast or country and not far from pretty little villages with wonderful historical buildings and monuments to visit.

However, we understand that when you are looking for things to do on holiday with children, you also need activities that will keep them interested and engaged. We have put together some of the best days out for tiny tots up to teenagers, all of which should see them happy and tired out, ready for another exciting adventure the next day!

Bewilderwood, Wroxham

Based on the book series, ‘A Boggle at BeWILDerwood’, this adventure in the heart of the forest is great at bringing parents and children together for an amazing day out. Magic can be had by all as you meet the dwellers of the forest including Swampy and pals. There are zip wires and a sky maze for adrenaline seekers and marsh walks and jungle bridges to tree houses if you prefer something (slightly) more sedate. Pop onto a Bewilderboat along the river or attend one of the daily special events like fancy dress parties and puppet shows. This woody wonder is one day out you won’t forget!

Snacks: Yes – yummy food from the Master of Mud Stew

Toilets: Yes

Baby changing: Yes

Mamas and papas: Easy for pushchairs and lots of opportunities for you to have fun too!

Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach, Great Yarmouth

Loved by thrill-seekers from all over the country, this funfair is a great summer day out for all the family. Exciting rides such as the white-knuckle Skydrop Freefall which stands 22 metres above the beach sit alongside traditional funfair rides such as the colourful dodgems and the spooky ghost train. For a touch of nostalgia, sit with the little ones on the glorious carousel with its 30 magnificent horses and two gilded chariots which date back to 1901. Tiny tots will adore the cups and saucers and who could resist a ride on Flying Dumbo, little child-friendly elephants for those who have started to be a little more independent from mum and dad. There are fun water attractions and the roller coaster has just celebrated its 85th birthday and is still the star of the show! The park is suitable for all ages but bear in mind that some rides have a height restriction.

Snacks: Yes

Toilets: Yes

Baby changing: Yes

Mamas and papas: Great bonding time as you show the kids how it’s done on the dodgems! Also you can book wristbands in advance so that you don’t have to queue with excited children.

Dinasaur Adventure Park, Lenwade

If your little ones love big scary monsters, head to the brilliant Dinasaur Adventure Park in Lenwade. Set in 85 acres of parkland, you will see all your favourites come to life including the famous T-Rex and his pals T-Bone and Allosaurus – just watch out that they don’t catch you as they escape their enclosures and ravage the park while you are there! As well as living the experience, the kids can also learn all about fossils and go on the Dino Trail. There is a splash zone, a maze, karting tracks - so many things, you won’t know what to try first! There is a mixture of indoor and outdoor activities so whatever the weather, they will find something fun to do.

Snacks: Yes

Toilets: Yes

Baby changing: Yes

Mamas and papas: Seats available to relax in play areas and buggies to rent for tired little legs.

Woodland Park Equestrian Centre, South Walsham

Whether your child already rides or is a budding equestrian, there is no better way to spend time on holiday than with an equine pal. If the nearest your child has got to a horse is playing with My Little Pony, don’t worry as lessons are available for all levels and the cheery staff will help you with whatever you need. Hacking in the surrounding countryside is also available so just give them a call to find out more. Children from 4 years old can ride here which is a perfect age to start learning. You can hire hats as well so no need to buy one if you are not sure your child will like it. Extra exciting is that there is a swimming pool on site that you can book for an hour to cool off after all the fun exertion!

Snacks: Not on site but Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden is only half a mile away

Toilets: Yes

Baby changing: No but staff are helpful and will help you find somewhere to change your baby

Mamas and Papas: This is your chance to shine as well – now’s the time to impress the children!

Holkham Hall and Woodland Play Area, Wells-next-the-Sea

Not only is this the most stunning building, it is brilliant for all ages of children, especially those with a passion for our furry friends! The Field to Fork exhibition shows children where food comes from with brilliant interactive activities and there is a great Discovery Trail quiz so that they remember to use their brains while there! You can hire bikes to whizz around the various trails or water babies can hire a canoe or kayak to get around. You can have a virtual tractor driving experience, great for budding farmers without any of the risk!

Snacks: Yes – including scrumptious local ice-cream

Toilets: Yes

Baby changing: Yes

Mamas and papas: Easy for pushchairs and the Hall is gorgeous to visit, rich in history and architecture.

Pirates Island Adventure Golf, Blofield

There is nothing more exciting (in our humble opinion) than pirates and this adventure combines not only pirates but putting too! As you make your way around the golf course, you will meet hungry crocodiles in treacherous waters as well as coming across caves and exploding cannons while you look for hidden treasure with Captain Albert Ross and his crew! It is pushchair friendly so you can take tiny tots around with you too, no need for them to miss out. As an extra adventure, why not get the children to dress up as pirates before you go, it will only add to the sense of excitement!

Snacks: Yes

Toilets: Yes

Baby changing: No

Mamas and papas: Where else can you play a bit of golf pretending that you are Captain Jack Sparrow?

High Altitude, Norwich

This is the one that the kids are not going to need any persuasion with! With wall to wall trampoline courts, they can jump and fly around as much as they like on the 80 interlinked trampolines. Over 6s can jump without an adult but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t accompany them anyway, it’s great fun! If that isn’t for you, take a break and watch them having fun from the viewing gallery or coffee shop. For tiny tots, there is also a soft play area and when tired of the trampolines - if that’s possible - there are also Slam Dunk Lanes and a Dodge Ball court for children to get sporty.

Snacks: Yes

Toilets: Yes

Baby changing: Yes

Mamas and papas: Remember that solitary trampoline you bounced about on as a child? Things have moved on – time to show the kids how it’s done!

Wells and Walsingham Light Railway, Wells-next-the-Sea

When you are tired of bouncing about, being thrown up in the air and having to zip wire against your better judgement (and ability), what better than a sedate activity to bring the heart rate down? Grab the children and head over to Wells-next-the-Sea where you can hop aboard the world’s smallest public railway. Choo-choo through the magical Norfolk countryside and villages and enjoy the sounds and smells of traditional steam travel. The children can look out for an abandoned platform on the way, and try to spot all the different types wildlife and livestock. Get them to take photos and write up a train journal when they get home. This is definitely a holiday adventure to remember.

Snacks: Yes

Toilets: Yes

Baby changing: Yes

Mamas and papas: There is a lovely gallery shop at Wells Station offering hand-made local crafts and art and at last, you will get a chance to sit down while somebody else does all the work!

If these adventures sound too good to be missed, why not have a browse through our Norfolk cottages for somewhere to stay in between days out?

Posted by Elianne Reed on 7th September 2017