If the kids need to let off some steam or you just fancy a change of pace and scenery during your holiday here are some ideas for a great day out.
RAF Air Defence Radar Museum, Horning
A fascinating introduction to the once “Top Secret” world of radar and air defence from 1935 to date. Housed in an original 1942 radar building, featuring the Battle of Britain, 1942 operations, Cold War operations, RAF Coltishall memorial rooms and more!
Museum of the Broads, Stalham
The only museum dedicated to the Broads, their formation, history, people, wildlife, crafts and industries. Tea room, picnic area, children’s playboat, quizzes and painting are all available. Also trips (50 mins) on the Victorian steam launch ‘Falcon’ on certain days. Open Easter to the end of October. Next door to the Richardson’s boatyard.
Pettitts Animal Adventure Park, Reedham
Pettitts is three parks in one. Superb fun rides, adventure play, animals galore and live shows too! There are large picnic areas and three catering units alongside a gift and candy shop! 10-15 min walk from the riverside.
Pleasurewood Hills Theme Park, Lowestoft
Pleasurewood Hills Theme Park is a great day out for the whole family! Set in 50 acres of coastal parkland in Lowestoft, south of Great Yarmouth. You’ll come for the rides and you’ll stay for the shows. 15 minute bus or taxi ride from Oulton Broad.
Richardson’s Family Entertainment Centre, Lowestoft
Including Richardson’s Family Bowl with glow bowling and amusements, the Galley Diner and Restaurant and the Cityscape Bar with Sky TV. For children there is an indoor play area offering soft play. 15 min taxi ride from Oulton Broad.
SEA LIFE Centre, Great Yarmouth
Dive into the under water world of SEA LIFE Great Yarmouth and be wowed by many strange, beautiful and fascinating creatures of the deep sea. Prepare for astonishing views of everything from humble starfish to tropical sharks and penguins. 30 min walk from quay.
See a renowned collection of Asian mammals, birds and reptiles in the pleasantly landscaped grounds and gardens of Thrigby Hall. Attractions for all age groups include snow leopards, rare tigers, gibbons, deer, otters, crocodiles, aviaries and waterfowl, alongside a gift shop, cafe, willow pattern garden and undercover tropical and forest houses. 10 min taxi from Stokesby.
Yesterday’s World, Great Yarmouth [Yesterday’s World has now closed]
Yesterday’s World offers visitors a unique insight into the past; cleverly created through a series of vividly recreated walk through displays, with over 150,000 artefacts on display covering 2 floors, there’s plenty to see and do.
Pet’s Corner, Oulton Broad
Pet’s Corner is a fun and friendly small zoo in Oulton Broad. Animals include meerkats, pygmy goats and parrots. There is also a bouncy castle for children under 8 years.
Africa Alive, Lowestoft
Africa Alive gives people the opportunity to get close to wildlife native to Africa, including giraffes, rhinos, zebra, lions, cheetahs and much more. There are also many birds and reptiles on display as well as a farmyard area. You can experience feeding times and take a tour of the “plains of Africa”. Other facilities at the park are a restaurant and indoor and outdoor play areas. Africa Alive can provide a full fun day out for people of all age groups. 15 min taxi ride from Oulton Broad.
Wroxham Barns, Hoveton
Wroxham Barns has something for everyone. The junior farm gives children real life experience of a working farm with the ability to pet and feed animals. There is also a children’s fun fair with numerous rides. Wroxham Barns also has gift shops and craft studios where you can experience crafts people at work. Before you leave sample some home-cooking in the table service restaurant. 10 min taxi ride from Wroxham.
Redwings Horse Sanctuary, Near Great Yarmouth
Redwings Horse Sanctuary was established in 1984 and today has grown to be the largest horse charity in the UK. The visitor centre in Caldecott is home to rescue horses, ponies, donkeys and mules. The centre also has a café and gift shop. 20 min walk from St. Olaves.
Bewilderwood, near Hoveton
BeWILDerwood is a wild and imaginative adventure park with magical treehouses and intriguing characters, bringing a unique experience to the Norfolk Broads. It’s the setting for the book ‘A Boggle at BeWILDerwood’, by local children’s author Tom Blofeld. A wonderful and mystical place, parents are encouraged to play alongside their children, which makes for a fabulous time for the whole family. 20 min walk from Horning or 30 from Wroxham.
Bure Valley Railway, Aylsham
Bure Valley is a narrow gauge steam railway line that runs between Alysham and Wroxham. The 18 mile round trip runs through the picturesque Bure Valley countryside. There is a shop and cafe at the Aylsham station. 10 min walk from Wroxham.
The Pleasure Beach, Great Yarmouth
Based on the sea front at Great Yarmouth, the Pleasure Beach is a popular tourist attraction with large rides, children’s rides and crazy golf. Being on the main sea front means you can also enjoy the buzzing atmosphere and bright lights that British seaside resorts are famed for. 30 min walk from quay.
Please check individual attraction websites for latest facilities, opening times and prices.