Although Norfolk is one of the driest areas in the whole of the UK, it is inevitable that at some point the rain will fall. Rather than let a damp day ruin your holiday however, here are some great options for where to go whilst you wait for the skies to clear and the sun to shine again:-
If you are staying near to the city of Norwich then the Cathedral makes an excellent diversion whilst you wait for the rain to disperse. This 11th century cathedral is located right in the heart of the city and can boast more than 900 years of history. It is the most complete Norman history in the country and free guided tours are offered daily to visitors which will allow you to fully take in and appreciate this stunning landmark and its architecture.
RNLI Henry Blogg Museum
The Henry Blogg Museum in Cromer is dedicated to celebrating the most decorated lifeboatman in the RNLI’s history; Henry Blogg. Coxswain Henry Blogg served for 53 years on Cromer’s lifeboats and in that time he saved more than 870 lives from the North Sea. The museum doesn’t just focus on Henry Blogg however but on all the Cromer men who put their lives at risk to rescue others. Cromer is just a short drive away from The Harper hotel in North Norfolk so this would be an ideal rainy day option and there is also Felbrigg Hall nearby which is a 17th century country house owned by the National Trust.
The Poppy Line runs from Sheringham to Holt and covers just over 10 miles of the beautiful Norfolk coast. It is home to heritage steam trains and as well as being a wonderful and whimsical ride, the Poppy Line often also hosts special events from galas to murder mystery evenings. Regardless of whether anything particular is taking place; it is well worth escaping from the rain and riding along this stunning part of the Norfolk coastline and surrounding countryside.
Less than 15 minutes drive from the Harpers is the Thursford Collection, the world’s largest collection of steam engines and organs. The collection was begun around 50 years ago by a man called George Cushing and is now a fantastic day out. You can also enjoy listening to one of the world’s leading organists, Robert Wolfe, play a Wurlitzer twice daily as well as take advantage of the ‘olde worlde’ village of shops, the restaurant and the children’s play area.
Museum of the Broads
The Museum of the Broads is the only one of its kind, dedicated to sharing about life alongside this famous waterway. It covers the Broads from their initial construction in Roman times right through to the present day with lots of interactive and informative guides showing how people have used the land and the water for food, transport and leisure. There are lots of different activities to enjoy and the museum is suitable for people of all ages.
With over 3,000 acres making up the parkland alone you would be forgiven for thinking that Holkham Hall doesn’t make much sense for a rainy day option but the Hall itself is definitely worth a visit. This 18th century Palladian building is home to numerous treasures from works of art by recognisable names such as Rubens and Gainsborough to impressive statues and tapestries. Best of all, if the weather does clear whilst you are there then you can make the most of what is outside such as the adventure playground, the stunning coastal views and the nearby Holkham village and beach.
Farmer Fred’s Adventure Play Barn
There is nothing worse than a rainy day when you have children buzzing with energy and sometimes an indoor soft play is the only option open to you. Luckily Farmer Fred’s is a state of the art indoor play centre which offers activities for children aged 0-12 years. It consists of a 3D farming play experience with giant slides, ball mazes, a low ropes adventure course and a special area for those aged 2 and under plus a coffee shop selling high quality good and drink for parents.
Hunstanton SEA LIFE Centre
Norfolk can boast two SEA LIFE Centres and as you might expect from a SEA LIFE Centre there are a number of family friendly, interesting marine displays with lots of things to see and do in Hunstanton. The main draw however has to be the seal sanctuary which can be found here, the only one in the county which is open to members of the public. At the seal rescue centre you can see how the team rescue, rehabilitate and ultimately release the pups and seals they bring in back into the wild.
RAF Air Defence Radar Museum
This museum is located on the site of the world’s longest continuously operating radar site and offers visitors the chance to explore more about the history of radar and how it has been used. There are 20 different exhibition rooms with lots of interactive displays and the chance to get hands-on. You can sit in the Jaguar cockpit and try to imagine what it would be like to fly one of these aircraft, discover more about the Cold War and our air defence plans and see how World War Two changed and shaped the development and use of radar.
Of course one of the great things about Norfolk is that it can still be enjoyed even when its raining; make sure you pack a raincoat and your wellies and if you aren’t afraid of getting a little muddy then you can still head out onto the beach or into the surrounding woodlands and countryside and see what you can discover.