If you are in Norfolk this summer for a family holiday here are my top tips on what do to.
- I can recommend the How Hill Trusts family fun days Set in the most beautiful location in the middle of the Norfolk Broads these chilled out days are designed to engage you and your youngsters in the great outdoors and the magic of the wildlife of the Broads. We loved them and went two years in a row. Best for ages 5- 10. Booking essential. Dates available include 31st July, 2nd 6 and 8th of August. If that doesn’t suit How Hill is a lovely day out anyway. Activities include a nature reserve, water gardens, boat trips, visiting the tiny Toad Hole cottage and the best picnic spot on the Broads in the house’s garden (often open in the summer, you need to walk to the front of the house to check).
- BeWilderwood is a brilliant day out if your kids are between 4 and 10. Ideal for an overcast day, soak up the energy of the forest whilst your kids (and maybe you too) go wild on the rope swings, high level passes and tunnels. Watch out for the wasps towards the end of August and if the boat queue on entrance is too long – take the boat on the way back instead.
- Spend a day in Winterton on sea – come on a Saturday to go up the church tower as well as spend the day on the beach, eat at the dog friendly pub, café or the new tea rooms at the Post Office. And if you have kids, check out the play area just off Winmer Avenue – it’s great fun.
- Go crabbing – a typical Norfolk pursuit from Gorleston sea wall or Cromer pier. All you need is some bacon and bucket and some string – make sure you put them back afterwards.
- Get on a boat and experience the Broads National Park – you can go on a kayaking or stand up paddle boarding safari with the brilliant Norfolk Outdoor Adventures (you get 10% discount if you say you are staying with us) or hire an electric day boat or go on Ross’s wildlife tour from Horsey. All brilliant ways to experience the water.
- Visit a wildlife park such as Thrigby, near Great Yarmouth, or Amazonia Zoo near Cromer. Both allow you to get close and personal with some amazing wildlife and neither get that busy.
- Visit Great Yarmouth’s Pleasure Beach or Joyland for some classic seaside action. The Beach Hut is a brilliant pit stop and is near the beautifully restored Venetian Water Gardens. Also on offer in Yarmouth is the Hippodrome circus who’s summer shows are legendary.
- For little kids check out the Bure Valley Railway in Wroxham – you may only want to take it a couple of stops then return, particularly if you are tall!
- If it is fine dining and some adult time you want then book a table at the exquisite Ingham Swan
- Learn how to surf in Cromer
- Grab our Walking Guide and walk around Martham Broad or choose any of the other 4 walks on offer.
- Take a boat trip or do a butterfly tour with Norfolk Wildlife Trust. Their Hickling Nature Reserve is nearest to us. They run brilliant family events such as a regular Wednesday butterfly walk. They also have rock pooling events near Cromer. Their events calendar tells you more.
- Go up the Happisburgh lighthouse – open every Sunday in August and bank holiday Monday. Kids under 1m can’t go up and there are 112 steps to negotiate but this, coupled with a walk and a pit stop at the café in the car park, makes a great short day out.
Mill Farm Eco Barn offer 2 beautiful holiday cottages in Winterton on sea on the Norfolk Coast sleeping 8 and 2. Read our other popular blogs on the seals at Horsey, wet weather ideas (hopefully not needed) on our site and check for availability here.
Whatever you do, I hope you have a lovely summer 💚.