A stunning rural county featuring the Broads and some beautiful seaside towns, Norfolk is the perfect holiday destination for those looking for a relaxing break. Full of beautiful walks, historic attractions and traditional days out, it’s easy to tailor your break and plan some wonderful days out for your visit.
The Pleasure Beach
No holiday would be complete without a trip to the fair, especially if you have little ones. Kids just love the thrill of the rides and fairground attractions and there’s plenty of that at the Pleasure Beach in Great Yarmouth. Set right on the seafront it’s easily accessible and the perfect day out for any family holiday in the area!
From small children’s rides to thrilling heart-stopping roller coasters, the Pleasure Beach has it all, and it’s not just rides either, there are gardens to walk around, and the food court means you can grab some lunch and make your visit last the whole day.
As a seaside attraction the Pleasure Beach isn’t open all year, and they have low season and high season opening times so make sure you check the website before you set out to avoid disappointment. www.pleasure-beach.co.uk
Dinosaur Adventure Park
Taking small children on holiday can be hard work so having places to keep them entertained is essential! If your kids are dino mad then the Dinosaur Adventure Park in Lenwade is a must visit attraction!
Voted best large visitor attraction 2013, the Dinosaur Adventure Park is an action parked day out, full of fun, excitement and a bit of hidden educational value too. Come face to face with the dinosaurs in the 100 acre park, explore for fossils, race your friends on the Raptor Races circuit or play golf on the Jurassic Putt, and if you’ve had enough dino action, the deer park, fun barn and adventure playground offer plenty to do too!
The park is open all year, closing only for Christmas, and you can find full details of events at the park, and opening times on the official website. www.dinosauradventure.co.uk
There’s loads to do in the traditional seaside town of Great Yarmouth, and if you fancy getting closer to some of the marine life in the area, the Sealife Centre is a fantastic day out. With more than 60 displays including sharks, jellyfish, stingrays and more you can get up close and personal with the animals, join in at feeding time and view all the displays around the giant aquarium.
The Sealife Centre is big on conservation and big on education, making it a fantastic day out for all the family and as it’s right on the seafront in Great Yarmouth it’s easily accessible wherever you are holidaying in the local area.
The Centre offers discounts for those who book online, so it’s well worth checking the Sealife website before you set out. www.visitsealife.com
The Norfolk area is steeped in history and if you’d like to take in some of that local history during your visit to the area, then Norwich Castle, Museum and Art Gallery is the perfect place to do so. Built by the Normans as a Royal Palace 900 years ago, the castle is an imposing building, it’s no longer in royal hands but is a museum and art gallery, and there’s plenty to see and do during your visit.
You can find out about East Anglia’s very own Queen Boudica, visit the AngloSaxon and Viking Gallery and then grab a bite to eat in the Norwich Castle café. Climb the battlements, visit the dungeons and go on one of the guided tours around the castle to make the absolute most of your visit.
The castle is open all year, but if you’d like to see what’s on during your visit just head to the website and plan your trip. www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk