This plus that equals…. our favourite Norfolk day trips
Here’s the latest instalment in my series of posts all about what makes our lives here at home tick. This week is all about our favourite Norfolk day trips (sometimes spilling into Suffolk). Those trips we make again and again.
In Norfolk we’re lucky to be surrounded by stunning coast, fab tourist attractions and activities that are fab whatever the weather. We have a few trusty fall backs though, so here they are.
We live literally 15 minutes away from the zoo, so it’s ideal. We have also been lucky enough to get money towards zoo passes every year from our family for Christmas.
When L was tiny the zoo was the place I could go and walk miles on nice paths and see something different and interesting on every visit. It stopped me going crazy. Now he’s bigger it’s the perfect place for him to go and let off steam and experience seeing different animals.
L loves a good castle. Norwich Castle is an easy visit. There also several ruined (and free) castles within easy reach for us. I love Castle Acre Castle, Baconsthorpe Castle is amazing and New Buckenham Castle is on my to do list.
We’ve recently used our Tesco Clubcard Vouchers to buy English Heritage Membership for the family. I’m so excited about this as it opens up some more pre-paid days out, just like our zoo pass does. We know we love Framlingham Castle in Suffolk and plan on making our way through every English Heritage site we can during our membership.
The Norfolk Broads
Fabulous nature trails and board walks. Brilliant pubs to stop at. Little hidden treasures. Ranworth Broad is one of my favourites, along with Barton Broad which is a little less well known. L always enjoys it as there is always something to see. A heron, ducks, boats, plenty of windmills, once even an otter. Not to mention the time the nice policeman showed him around their police boat, his little mind was blown!
For those rainy days soft play is an absolute life saver. However, as a general rule I hate it. Huge draughty industrial buildings filled with desperation, feral children and worse, feral parents.
Luckily we have found one that we love. The Wyevale Garden Centre at Bressingham offers a small soft play. It is really small, so not suitable for older children, they would get bored quickly and as such you never see them there.
It is clean, I have never once worried about what L will drag out of the ball pit. It’s cheap, only a few quid and you get money off and the odd free coffee if you sign up to the Garden Club. It’s never too busy. Best of all they serve some of the best scones I have ever tasted.
We love going to the beach because it is an easy day out for us.
The one beach we visit the most is Cromer. L likes a walk along the pier to see the lifeboats and watch other people crabbing. There’s a few arcades so he can play on the 2p machines, so that keeps him happy for ages.
A walk along the front is always enjoyable and the goats that have been keeping the grass on the cliffs in check are always an entertaining spectacle.
Finish the day with Fish and Chips, or in my case Battered Brie and Chips (too delicious for words thanks to The No1 Chip Shop) and everyone is happy.
This is by no means a definitive list of Norfolk day trips. Far from it, I could have so easily written about 50 places we love. It is simply a few that we do often and really enjoy.
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