Over the weekend we headed to Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure Park for some family fun. It’s nice and close to us and we try to visit at least once a year, so on a cold and blustery Saturday, after two days cooped up n the house feeling unwell, it was the perfect destination.
When it comes to days out with the kids in Norfolk Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure Park is a classic, it is jam packed full of things to do for all ages and all weathers. It’s also changing and growing which is lovely to see. I used to visit as a child when we stayed with family in Norfolk over our Summer Holidays and it is lovely to take L now and see some of the same dinosaurs I used to love whilst enjoying all the lovely new facilities. It will always have a soft spot in my heart and I feel I need to disclose that more than the fact we were gifted our tickets at the weekend!
Things to do
The list of things to do is extensive and I will probably miss something, for which I can only apologise. Here goes.
Splash Park, obviously not open this time of year, though it won’t be long now. It is a child’s heaven, a play area with so many waters sprays, slides and good splashy fun that will keep them occupied for ages. L wanted to use it at the weekend despite the chilly climate, if they did open it up and he could run around in wellies and his waterproofs he would. We made full use of it last summer, letting the kids cool down and get absolutely soaked, adults may need to be prepared with a change of clothes as well.
Outdoor Adventure Play Area, there are swings and slides and things to climb and balance on a plenty. With loads to do and nicely spread out there is something for children of all ages. Slides that seem to reach to the sky and slides that come out of dinosaurs, small slides for littlies too. There is a trampoline in the under 7’s area which is lovely as it is separated out from the bigger kids area and one of L’s favourite things spend time on. Bouncing away merrily.
Indoor Soft Play, this is massive and one of the best in Norfolk. It was all I could do at the weekend to stop supposedly adult husband from going down the giant slide when we popped in to eat our lunch at the cafe inside Dyno-Mite. As L was only just feeling better after two days off school I didn’t feel it was fair to let him play on everything, thankfully there are so many other great things to do he was easily distracted.
Mini Golf. A classic. All included in the admission price, just help yourself to a club and ball and have fun exploring the little eight hole course. It’s really good fun, though for our visit it was in need of a bit of love and upkeep. Two holes our ball got stuck in the various tubes and we managed to free them, also releasing multiple balls from previous players. One hole it was just stuck with no way of retrieving it, hopefully this will be sorted out quickly as it’s a real giggle to have a round and something a bit more quiet and relaxed after lots of running around playing.
Pedal Karts. With double seaters for adults and kids or smaller pedal karts for young children to use by themselves this was a massive hit! Usually when we visit over the summer it’s quite busy and has a line of people waiting to use it. A cold and windy Saturday morning was a different matter. I don’t know who had the most fun, L or my husband? They were both giggling gleefully and asking for more!
Excavation Zone. We will always have to visit this area at least twice. With two giant sandpits that the kids can crawl about in, hidden fossils and lots of stiff brushes this is a lot of fun. There are also three smaller raised areas to look for fossils in. L takes this task very seriously, maybe it’s a good sign for his future. All under cover this is a great one for some shade on a hot day or for a break on a wet day.
Dinosaur Walk. Down through the woods, winding back and forth you get to walk among the giant dinosaur models, there are some sound effects, a few ranger points to stop of at and interact with, loads of information boards to read. Mainly it is just a really fun walk and a great way to spend some time. It is always my favourite part of a visit and if I left without seeing the dinosaurs I would be really sad.
High Ropes. The Predator High Ropes are a new addition to the park and a lot of fun! L is still a little small for them but it won’t be long until he is challenging his daddy to a race. You can have two people, side by side, on the course which gives in a real element of fun. It wasn’t open for our visit but will be soon.
Deer Park. For a little extra fee you can join a ride out to the Deer Park and feed the deer from the side of your vehicle. Again this isn’t open all the time, but it can be fun. It doesn’t last too long and for L the main appeal is the journey itself, he’s not fussed by seeing the Deer at all!
Goat Village. I love the goat village and seeing them climbing about having fun. You can walk up into the treehouse style viewing point and then if you fancy it there is some climbing to be done to get some different viewing areas. It’s really cute.
Gardens and Pond. These can be quite easily missed, but it’s one of my favourite parts. Down behind the mini play area and the picnic benches, just behind the new Wishing Well, which I love by the way. There is a little walk behind the walled gardens and next to some lovely ponds with a little stream. It is peaceful and so pretty and even during the height of summer can be a lot quieter than the rest of the park, a great spot for lunch or a quiet stroll. It doesn’t take long and it’s not large but it’s worth a look.
Small Animals. At the bottom of the park there is a lovely little zoo area. Wallabies, goats, pigs, ducks, ferrets and more. Inside there are reptiles, rabbits and guinea pigs. There are often chances to get hands on with the animals during the day and it adds yet another element to the park. We always stop to take a look, not just because I love the running ducks, but I do love the running
Neanderthal Walk. A second, shorter walk back through the woods. You get to see Woolly Mammoths, Sabre Tooth Tigers and a Neanderthal Tribe. It’s another lovely walk and on Saturday the Snowdrops were out in full force which was really delightful.
There is a great choice of places to eat. Outside of the main seasons not everything will be open but there will always be at least one food outlet open, if not two.
There are also lots of spots to stop and have a picnic if you’d like, with plenty of seating areas and areas of lawn.
There are bathrooms scattered throughout the park and the changing facilities are very good.
The gift shop is huge and very well stocked, but and this is important as a parent, you do not have to go through it to leave!
The paths are all good for pushchairs and plenty wide enough which is good to know.
As you wander round the park there are various dinosaur models to see, a couple of animatronics that are really fun and worth a look at. It is a large park, with lots to see and do, if you are unsure of how far your child can walk, I would land on the side of caution and bring a buggy or something. It is also very pretty and a nice place to just enjoy being outside.
The activity guide is also excellent, there is a stamp trail around the park and you get a medal for completing it which L loves to collect, but there are also a few puzzles you can do afterwards or if you stop for lunch they can be a good distraction. You also get to stamp in and out of the dinosaur trail as you help the park rangers ook for T-Rex. I like this and how it helps you get the kids to look round the whole park, even if they are getting tired.
February Half Term
Families can expect a half-price half term as ‘Fantasy February’ arrives at Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure in Lenwade from Monday 18 February.
Children under the age of 16 are invited to dress up as their favourite fantasy character or dinosaur to get 50% off the gate admission, reducing the ticket price to £8.47. The offer, which comes after the success of the park’s half term Halloween fancy dress promotion, will apply from 18 – 24 February
Fairies, ogres, trolls, unicorns and dragons are just some of the costumes the adventure park is hoping to see throughout the week and prizes will be given to those dressed in the most impressive costume.
Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure will also be hosting daily workshops in partnership with the local charity Fairyland Trust, which aims to connect children and families with the magic of nature.
The educational workshops, which cost £1 per child and last 15 minutes, will provide natural materials for children to make butterflies in the morning and ‘bug bling’ in the afternoon with the ‘Fairyland Fairy’ crew.
Disclosure – We were guests of the park in exchange for an honest review and to share details of the February Half Term plans. All thoughts, opinions and images are my own.