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The 38 best things to do with your kids in Norfolk – In Your Area

Trampolining, zoos, outdoor activity centres and indoor swimming pools with slides are awaiting visitors in Norfolk.

This county is full of family-friendly activities and what makes it even more enticing is its ideal location along the sea, with plenty of beach front and outdoor attractions to visit.

The area overflowing with outdoor activities surrounded by nature and the coast but to help you sort through the mess we have put together your ultimate guide of the best things to do with kids, both indoors and outdoors!

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Best outdoor activities for your kids in Norfolk

BeWILDerwood

Where: Horning Road, Hoveton, Norwich, Norfolk NR12 8JW

Adventure awaits families at BeWILDerwood, full of magical characters, rides, activities and outdoor play grounds.

You can tackle the sky maze, take a swishy boat ride, brave the broken bridge, whizz down the wobbly wires and venture up to the trees among other excitement.

With an indoor soft play area and crafty tent - there is sheltered fun to be had in poorer weather.

The adventure park also offers a range of special events throughout the year including a handling session with The Curious Critters of BeWILDerwood.

Tickets booked in advance receive a discount with prices separated by height. There are also annual passes available.

Website: bewilderwood.co.uk/


Pettitts Adventure Park

Where: Church Road, Reedham, Norwich, Norfolk NR13 3UA

Animals, rides and play areas are waiting to be explored by families in Reedham.

Kids will be able to go wild in the beach play area, squirt each other with water blasters, dive into a ball pond, play crazy golf and ride rollercoasters, trains, flying elephants and mini go-karts among others.

When they aren't enjoy the thrills of the rides and play areas, your little ones will love exploring the monkey house, the bird house, lemur enclosure and if they dare visit the snakes!

There is plenty happening at family theme park complete with live entertainment and exotic animals!

Entry booked online in advance comes at a discount with prices set depending on age. Family tickets are available.

Website: pettittsadventurepark.co.uk/


Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure

The 38 best things to do with your kids in Norfolk - In Your Area

Where: Lenwade, Norwich, Norfolk NR9 5JE

Immerse yourself in the world of dinosaurs, your family will be transported back in time to see the creatures that once ruled the earth - up close and personal.

See what you can discover as you make your way through the dinosaur trail, have a go at high ropes, or tackle the assault course - all dino themed of course!

Families will find more than just pre-historic beasts, with a water splash zone, deer safari and animal garden full of pigs, chickens, reindeer, donkeys and more.

During poorer weather, families can make the most of Dippy-Ville an indoor play space with plenty of activities and interactive games.

Tickets booked online in advance come at a discount,

Website: roarrdinosauradventure.co.uk/


Gressenhall Farm

Where: Gressenhall, Beetley, Dereham NR20 4DR

Discover a world of tree houses, walkways and adventure suitable for all ages, plus the chance to see working horses in action on a real farm.

There are various activity days, and families are encouraged to visit, to wander through the apple farm, and explore the 50 acres of unspoilt Norfolk countryside the venue has to offer.

With a range of gardens to explore, plus an exciting outdoor adventure playground, your children will have a brilliant time.

When the weather isn't in your favour, families can head indoors to the Museum of Norfolk Life or visit the Workhouse Galleries among other indoor attractions.

Admission is based on age, with family tickets available and different on-off prices for special events.

Website: museums.norfolk.gov.uk/gressenhall-farm-and-workhouse


Thetford Forest - High Lodge

The 38 best things to do with your kids in Norfolk - In Your Area

Where: Thetford Forest, Norfolk

While this Forestry England straddles Suffolk and Norfolk - it isn't a great distance to travel for families who love the great outdoors.

Here you will find four walking trails, three cycling trails, space for archery, outdoor play areas and the chance to go wild at Go Ape or on Forest Segways.

Whether your taking to the forest by foot or on wheels, there is plenty to explore - so why not make the day of it? Pack a picnic, take your dog and make the most of nature.

There's also a family trail full of activities for your little ones.

Admission to the forest is free, but if you would like to take part in organised activities these do come at a cost.

Website: forestryengland.uk/highlodge


Lost World Adventure Golf

Where: Beach Road, Hemsby, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk NR29 4HS

Begin an epic crazy golf adventure in this fun seaside location.

Families can take on nine holes at this themed course which will see them navigate dinosaur bones, Aztec springs and water hazards.

When you aren't adventure golfing you may want to try you hand panning for gold or racing mini remote control jeeps.

Admission is a set price for all ages - with panning for gold and jeep races each having separate prices.

Website: lostworldgolf.co.uk/


Wroxham Barns

The 38 best things to do with your kids in Norfolk - In Your Area

Where: Tunstead Road, Hoveton, Norwich, Norfolk NR12 8QU

Enjoy an interactive experience at this family attraction that first opened in the summer of 1982.

Children will be able to take part in lamb feedings, cuddle rabbits, guinea pigs and chicks, meet the sheep and take part in egg collections among other experiences.

Families will get to know all about the farm animals and even have a go at milking a cow!

When the weather isn't on your side, you can take the fun indoors with the soft play centre, and the barn full of play houses, ride-on tractors, lego and more.

Admission to the farm is

Website: wroxhambarns.co.uk/


Snettisham Park

Where: Bircham Road, King's Lynn, Norfolk PE31 7NG

Take your family to explore the impressive 329 acres of farmland at Snettisham Park.

Here your little ones will be able to enjoy a spectacular 45 minute deer safari, see lambs being born as well as feed them, collect fresh eggs from the chicken coops ride ponies.

When you aren't wandering around the working farm, you may also find some adventure taking on three different trails, the options are farming, discovery and archaeology. The choice is yours.

The walks can be a little muddy, so make sure you pack your wellies!

Entry is separated into degrees of access, you can choose to buy tickets for the farm or deer safari only, or purchase a combination ticket. The walking trails are free, but guests are charged per car.

Website: snettishampark.co.uk/


Hilltop Outdoor Centre

The 38 best things to do with your kids in Norfolk - In Your Area

Where: Old Wood, Sheringham, Norfolk NR26 8TS

Young adventurers are in for the experience of a lifetime at Hilltop with an array of activities on offer.

Families can choose to take on climbing walls, high ropes, zip wires, archery or take a leap of faith with Air Jump!

There is plenty of activities to get pulses racing, with assault courses providing an extra challenge, and the chance to try out orienteering.

This is the ultimate outdoor location suitable for children from the age of eight upwards.

Booking in advance is essential, with prices based on age.

Website: hilltopoutdoorcentre.co.uk/


Cromer Treasure Trail

Where: West Street, Cromer, Norfolk NR279HS

Wander through the streets and discover hidden treasure along this one and 3/4 mile route through Cromer.

Trails can be done at your own pace with children as young as six able to participate, it's the perfect way to explore parts of Norfolk!

Answers to the clues will be found on objects such as gravestones, war memorials and information boards - so make sure you keep your eyes open!

The booklets are a set price, with one booklet enough for four to five people.

There are more than 50 other Treasure Trails spread across Norfolk, so if you fancy taking on a variety of trails check out the website to see what's on offer.

Website: treasuretrails.co.uk/norfolk/cromer


Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens

The 38 best things to do with your kids in Norfolk - In Your Area

Where: Filby Road, Thrigby, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk NR29 3DR

Discover a special collection of rare animals from Asia at this wildlife park in Great Yarmouth.

Families will see endangered tigers, huge crocodiles, noisy gibbons and many more exciting animals both reptiles.

The attraction is set up with a network of raised walkways allowing families to get a close to the action as they safely can.

Admission prices are reduced if you book online in advance, with all rates split depending on age. Annual season passes are also available to purchase.

Website: thrigbyhall.com/


Cromer Pier

Where: Promenade, Cromer, Norfolk NR27 9HE

Take a stroll along this Grade II listed seaside pier with your family, so they get to appreciate the coastline up close and personal.

Your kids will be able to see the water moving beneath their feet when the tide is out and take part in activities like getting a glitter tattoo!

Cromer Pier is also home to the Pavilion Theatre, so if you want to see a show this is the place to go.

Be sure to book your tickets in advance, as the productions book up fast.

Entry onto the pier is free, but you will have to pay for activities or shows put on.

Website: cromerpier.co.uk/


Wizard Maze

The 38 best things to do with your kids in Norfolk - In Your Area

Where: Hall Farm, Cromer Road, Metton, Norwich NR11 8QU

Race around on the go karts or take a tractor train ride through the Maze, this adventure is full of fun for your children.

With plenty of swings and slide, your children can play for hours - or try working on their target practice hitting people with sponges in the stocks.

When families aren't making the most of the electric quad bikes, zip wire, jumping pillow, climbing frames and swings they'll be able to meet sheep, cows, ducks, sheep and chickens.

As this is a seasonal activity - the field of fun is only open during the summer, make sure you check the website before visiting.

Admission is based on age, with family tickets also available to purchase.

Website: northnorfolkwizardmaze.co.uk/


Banham Zoo

Where: Kenninghall Road, Banham, Norfolk NR16 2HE

Be amazed by more than 2,000 animals roaming the 50 acres of beautiful parkland and gardens of Banham Zoo.

The zoo welcomed its first guests in 1968 and has been a popular family attraction since!

You'll be able to see zebras, parrots, snakes, tigers, monkeys, camels, llamas and everything in between.

When you aren't animal spotting, your kids can play in the adventure playgrounds, or take on a Sky Trek.

Admission to the zoo is based on peak and off peak prices, with voluntary donations added.

Website: banhamzoo.co.uk/


Amazona Zoo

The 38 best things to do with your kids in Norfolk - In Your Area

Where: Hall Road, Cromer, Norfolk NR27 9JG

Take a walk on the wild side at this unique zoo in Cromer, home to more than 200 animals from across South America, there is plenty to see.

Families can spend the day waving to jaguars, monkeys, flamingoes, parrots and caiman (pretty similar to alligators and crocodiles).

When not wander around the Flamingo Lagoon or traipsing through the Spider House your children can enjoy play areas both indoors and outdoors.

If they behave, maybe you'll pick them up a treat from the gift shop on your way out?

Admission is based on age, with memberships and family tickets also available. Guests can come and go from the zoo all day during their visit.

Website: amazonazoo.co.uk/


Joyland Children's Fun Park

Where: Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk NR30 2EH

Let your children loose themselves in a fun adventure in Great Yarmouth, with plenty of rides and activities to keep everyone entertained.

Hop aboard the world famous snails or tyrolean tub twist and explore a huge toy town mountain with a spooky express kiddie coaster.

While visiting, give the undersea fantasy ride a go, visit the pirate ship, or balloon wheel and get involved with so much more!

Rides are based on tokens, with all rides based on a one token per person basis. The Fun Park also offers token package deals.

Website: joyland.org.uk/


Congo Rapids Adventure Golf

The 38 best things to do with your kids in Norfolk - In Your Area

Where: Dunham Road, Easton, Norwich, Norfolk NR9 5GA

Grab your golf clubs and get ready to enjoy a Jurassic and jungle themed game of adventure golf.

Whether you're a golfing pro or are just looking for some family fun, this location offers obstacles and a range of fun decoration including giant mammoth tusks, a Jurassic house full of dinosaur surprises and giant dinosaur eggs.

The course has 18 holes - prices depend on age with family packages available and off peak offer prices.

Website: congorapids.co.uk/norwich/


Holkham Hall and Woodland Play Area

Where: Holkham Road, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk NR23 1AB

Families can explore the impressive Holkham Hall estate, walk through the walled garden and take in a bit of nature.

The calm tranquil location also has the perfect spot for kids to burn off some energy at the outdoor play area or the latest addition to Holkham the high ropes course.

Get your harness on and make your way through the trees or stay a little closer to the ground and enjoy the climbing frames in the play area - the choice is yours.

You'll also be able to walk through the Hall itself and learn all about how food makes it way from the field to your forks at the interactive experience all about food and farming at Holkham.

Website: holkham.co.uk


Karttrak Cromer

The 38 best things to do with your kids in Norfolk - In Your Area

Where: The Avenue, Hall Road, Cromer, Norfolk NR27 0JW

Race around the track at this outdoor karting venue guaranteed to thrill and excite adventurers of all ages.

You'll be able to take on sharp bends, straight stretches and put the pedal on blast for that extra bit of adrenalin.

With children as young as eight able to get involved and kart options for disabled drivers, this is truly an experience the whole family can enjoy.

Price is based on which session you select, with private bookings also available for groups who want the track to themselves.

Another option for racers is the Anglia Karting Centre in Swaffham, Norfolk which has a 1030 metre, adrenaline fuelled track for families to enjoy.

Where: karttrak.co.uk/


Sandringham Castle

Where: Sandringham, Norfolk PE35 6EN

Visit this historical landmark in Sandringham, offering families plenty to do and see within its estate.

Kids can clamber across the adventure play area, with more than 30 features part of the outdoor arena including slides, swings, a rope bridge, a wobble board and climbing wall.

Parents can also take their children around the estate on a sculpture trail, while spotting art see what else you can discover in nature.

As well as being the private home of Elizabeth II, the surrounding estate is full of things to do with the family, including exploring the grounds and museums on site.

Admission is priced separately for the museum and garden tickets, with combined access to the house, museum and garden costing more. You may also purchase season tickets.

Website: sandringhamestate.co.uk/


Bressingham Steam Experience

The 38 best things to do with your kids in Norfolk - In Your Area

Where: Low Road, Bressingham, Norfolk IP22 2AA

Hop aboard an old fashioned locomotive and enjoy the views as it rolls through the gardens and woodland of Bressingham.

You may not know them by name but there are 8,000 species of plants spread across 20 acres of nature, with four linking gardens that your family can wander through.

When you aren't taking in the scenery, or exploring nature why not jump on the carousal or attend a range of events throughout the year - including visits from Peppa Pig and Paw Patrol.

Prices vary depending on which event is being hosted, with basic entry also available for those not getting involved with the activities.

Website: bressingham.co.uk/home.aspx


Norfolk Snowsports Club

Where: Whitlingham Lane, Trowse Newton, Norwich, Norfolk NR14 8TW

Get active in the best way! Ski, snowboard and tube your way down the dry slopes in Norwich.

This exciting venue offers a range of activities for all abilities and ages, allowing entire families to get involved.

Price is based on which activity is chosen, whether lessons are private, or you're getting involved for fun as well as age. While membership isn't necessary it is available.

Website: norfolksnowsports.com/


Combat Paintball Ltd

The 38 best things to do with your kids in Norfolk - In Your Area

Where: Elmtree Farm, Thetford, Norfolk IP26 5LE

Fancy a bit of adventure? Combat Paintball is the perfect place for a war-like thrill.

Work together to survive a game of paintball, with a specialised option of 'low impact paintballs' to allow children as young as eight to get involved.

But it isn't the only activities on offer with guests able to take on laser tag, archery, laser clay shooting and a scarier game of zombie paintball if you dare.

Price varies depending on what activity you choose with varying packages for extra paintballs to keep the game going longer.

Website: combatpaintball.com/


Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden

Where: School Road, South Walsham, Norwich, Norfolk NR13 6DZ

Enjoy a boat trip, wander through the gardens and explore what Fairhaven has to offer.

Here families will find an eclectic mix of wild and cultivated plants with more than 95 species of birds also roaming the 130 acre site.

When not breathing in the beauty of nature, children can enjoy the high ropes course, den building and many more regular activities.

Admission to the garden is free, but organised events come at a cost.

Website: fairhavengarden.co.uk/


Merrivale Model Village

The 38 best things to do with your kids in Norfolk - In Your Area

Where: Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk NR30 3JG

Visit this incredible attraction full of detailed models, showcasing 350 metres of train lines perfect for budding trainspotters.

You'll be able to see model people heading to the theatre, exploring gardens spending some time at the beach, staring in awe at mini rocket ships and castles among other wonders.

You can spend the whole day exploring the attraction and challenging yourself to see just what you can spot.

Families can also step back in time and enjoy a wide range of vintage slot machines and really old pennies - genuine pennies of course.

Admission is a set price with children under the age of three allowed in free.

Website: merrivalemodelvillage.co.uk/


The Playbarn

Where: West Green Farm, Shotesham Road, Poringland, Norwich, Norfolk NR14 7LP

Take your kids to the ultimate location offer both indoor and outdoor fun!

The Playbarn offers indoor adventures in the form of a giant climbing frame, soft play area and a ball pool your kids want to dive right into.

Offering endless fun for children under the age of seven, Playbarn takes the fun outside when the sun makes an appearance with an outdoor climbing den, and a tractor courtyard.

Kids will also get to meet friendly animals at the children's farm including shetland ponies, alpacas, miniature donkeys and ferrets.

Admission is based on age, with memberships also available to buy.

Website: theplaybarn.co.uk


City of Norwich Aviation Museum

The 38 best things to do with your kids in Norfolk - In Your Area

Where: Old Norwich Road, Horsham St Faith, Norwich, Norfolk NR10 3JF

Aviation enthusiasts can share the passion with their children, taking them through wall to wall exhibits dedicated to all your favourite flying metal birds.

There are dozens of genuine aircrafts on display, with children able to explore the cockpit and nose of some of the models.

The museum hosts a range of events throughout the year, to encourage guests to enjoy its exciting and engaging collections.

Admission is based on age, with annual passes available and optional gift aid.

Website: cnam.org.uk/


Best indoor activities for your kids in Norfolk

Sea Life Sanctuary

The 38 best things to do with your kids in Norfolk - In Your Area

Where: Seagate Road, Hunstanton, Norfolk PE36 5BH

Dive head first into an underwater adventure you won't forget, with plenty to see and do with the whole family.

See the penguins waddle on the beach, seal splashing about in water, and watch a range of creatures in their element in underwater viewing areas.

Families will also be able to enjoy close encounters with lizards and snakes in the rainforest area for the creatures that rule the land.

Guests who book in advance received a 40 per cent discount, with tickets priced according to age.

You'll also be able to visit a Sea Life centre in Great Yarmouth.

Website: visitsealife.com/hunstanton/


Norwich Castle

Where: Castle Meadow, Norwich, Norfolk NR1 3JU

Explore a medieval royal fortification in the city of Norwich, rich with history and plenty to discover.

Founded after the Norman conquest of England, it has been standing tall for years - and is now home to a museum and art gallery.

Families will find galleries of archaeology, natural history, regimental history, fine, decorative and contemporary art.

To ensure your children get the most out of the experience, there are workshops and courses to keep them entertained throughout the year.

Admission is based on age, with discount applied when you book online in advance.

Website: museums.norfolk.gov.uk/norwich-castle


Jurassic Journey

The 38 best things to do with your kids in Norfolk - In Your Area

Where: Tower Complex, Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk NR30 2EW

Take a walk back in time for the Jurassic Journey and learn all about dinosaurs and see them come to life before your eyes.

This spectacular attraction has a range of interactive displays for families to marvel at, with up close encounters for those that dare!

The walk through exhibit stands out as being the most informative and fun location to learn about dinosaurs while taking on scavenger hunts, digging for fossils and becoming a trainee dinosaur expert.

Admission is based on age, with family tickets available.

Each ticket also means your little ones get free use of the dinosaur themed soft play area at neighbouring pub The Landmark.

Website: jurassic-journey.co.uk/


Strikes Family Entertainment

Where: Station Road, Dereham, Norfolk NR19 1DF

Aim for a strike, play a game of pool or run wild in the soft play centre, the choice is up to you at this location in Dereham.

Families can spend quality time together trying to beat each others bowling scores, or playing arcade games followed by a session clambering across the multiple level structure in Planet Zoom.

Which adventure will you choose?

Prices vary depending on what activity you choose with package deals available to purchase.

Website: derehamstrikesbowl.co.uk/


High Altitude Trampoline Park

The 38 best things to do with your kids in Norfolk - In Your Area

Where: Whiffler Road, Norwich, Norfolk NR3 2AW

Bounce the hours away at this trampoline park with wall to wall trampolines, slam dunk basket ball hoops and dodge ball areas for the perfect thrill.

It's an energetic way to pass time for families because now matter how many times you fall, you bounce right back up.

So get yourself prepared to dive and flip into the airbag, dodge, duck, and dip during a game of dodgeball - or for younger children, enjoy a gentle bounce in the special under five sessions.

Guests are charged a set price for a time-capped session with peak and off peak prices available.

Website: highaltitudepk.co.uk/


Quasar

Where: St Stephens Road, Norwich, Norfolk NR1 3SP

Get your targets on lock, steady and shoot!

It's thrill after thrill at this indoor laser range, with precision targeted quasar guns.

This combat arena brings the adrenaline for families, creating battle vibes for children as young as six - your whole bunch can get involved!

If you don't fancy joining in on the action, there are specialised under 16 sessions where you can let your kids run loose without you.

Admission is set per person, with prices ranging depending on how many games are played.

Website: quasarnorwich.com/


The Muckleburgh Military Collection

The 38 best things to do with your kids in Norfolk - In Your Area

Where: Weybourne Camp, The Street Weybourne, Holt, Norfolk NR25 7EH

A former military camp turned museum offers a historical look at the armed forces and its influence throughout the years.

From holding the UK's largest collection of privately owned tanks, guns and vehicles that have been gathered from all over the world.

You can even book to ride in the tank!

Opened to the public in 1988, it has become a favourite for families interested in warfare and the military as a whole.

Entry prices are based on age, with a range of free events hosted by the museum during the year.

Website: muckleburgh.co.uk/


Funkys Rollerskating and Adventure Play

Where: Burton Road Business Park, Spar Road, Norwich, Norfolk NR6 6AX

Get your skates on for hours of roller blading fun!

This venue offers the best of both worlds with a custom built roller skating rink and an amazing adventure play areas spread across three floors!

Children can enjoy skating around with their families, and spend even more energy clambering, sliding and climbing through the play area.

Admission is split for off peak and peak times, with prices varying depending on which activity is booked.

Website: skateandplay.co.uk/


Highball Climbing Centre

The 38 best things to do with your kids in Norfolk - In Your Area

Where: Twickenham Road, Norwich, Norfolk NR6 6NG

Challenge your children to a climbing adventure they'll love whether they're a beginner or a seasoned climbing professional it's heaps of fun!

There are various climbing clubs for keen youngsters, with the minimum age for getting involved being four.

The venue is made up of 600 square metres of bouldering walls, with its own unique difficulty to keep children excited.

Price is based on length of climb purchased, with day passes available alongside memberships and five and 10 days.

Website: highballclimbingnorwich.com/


The RAF Air Defence Radar Museum

Where: Birds Lane, Horning, Norfolk NR12 8YB

Learn all about like from World War Two to the Cold War and everything in between through twenty-five exhibition rooms and more than 10,000 display items.

This museum is a window into the past, both in terms of the RAF and life during war.

While wandering through the museum, families can choose to stop and listen to a range of talks and see genuine war artifacts.

Admission is based on age, with family tickets available to purchase.

Website: radarmuseum.co.uk/


Wroxham Miniature Worlds

Where: Station Business Park, Horning Road West, Hoveton, Norwich, Norfolk NR12 8QJ

Explore the largest indoor modelling attraction in the UK stretching over 10,000 square feet children can discover whole new worlds.

Within Wroxham families will find model railways in various scales, slot car displays, a whole city made from LegoTM bricks, model boat displays and a host of toys from across the decades.

If having one of the largest model railways isn't enough, kids can enjoy interactive flight and train simulators.

Admission is based on age - children under the age of five are allowed in free.

Website: wroxhamminiatureworlds.co.uk/


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