Norfolk is the ideal family holiday destination with miles of pristine coastline and diverse landscapes to explore. There are loads of things to do from visiting its many attractions to exploring its numerous museums and historic sites.
Finding suitable accommodation in North Norfolk is never a problem as there are many family friendly hotels in the area.
One of the best places to stay with the family on a trip is The Harper North Norfolk hotel popular with families and travellers to the area. With excellent facilities, superb customer service and cosy ambience, it is like staying at a home away from home.
Some of the top things to do with the kids in Norfolk are:
Visit the How Hill Trust
The Trust is mainly an environmental educational group that works with schools in the area to promote awareness of saving the environment. They even offer residential and adult courses among other activities. Visitors can drop in at either Toadhole Cottage or How Hill Staithe visitor centres to get detailed information. They can also get their tickets for the exciting Electric Eel boat trips in the area. It offers visitors a rare opportunity to see the eels in their natural surroundings and the tour includes commentary by a local guide. A variety of seasonal events organised include the Nature Tots programme (2-4 years) with activities like den building, hunting for mini-beasts etc. Visitors can also explore the grounds of How Hill Staithe at leisure.
Take a boat trip to Blakeney Point
One of the more enjoyable activities is to go on a boat trip to Blakeney Point to see the seals in the area. The kids will love to see the seals that are as curious about humans as we are about them. There are boat tours to the Point, which is home to a colony of seals that can be seen frolicking about the place. A great place for photography, the seals are playfully curious and even might swim up to the boat to investigate and say a hello. Apart from the charming seals, the location itself is stunningly picturesque with a variety of migratory birds and an old boathouse.
Enjoy a Norfolk tour
One of the best ways to explore the area is to opt for a guided tour of Norfolk. The guides are locals with a thorough knowledge of the place, its history, culture and top attractions worth visiting. The tour can be personalised to cover the main spots that you want to visit. Some of the historic places you could add to your itinerary are Sandringham Estate’s massive grounds and the derelict but impressive Walsingham Abbey. There are local artisans’ workshops to visit like blacksmiths and glassblowers at work, both of which will captivate the kids.
Try the Go Ape experience
Kids love adventure and they certainly get a lot of adventure on a visit to Go Ape. Completely outdoors they will delight in the off –road experience of riding self-balancing scooters in the area. It begins with the staff giving the basic safety measures and then the riders get to explore the trails in Thetford Forest. Apart from the famous Segway Tour there are treetop adventures including riding a zip line down the trees and swinging on rope bridges. A terrific place to spend an afternoon with the kids!
Explore the famous Broads
There is nothing quite as exciting as paddling a canoe together along the waters of the Norfolk Broads. There are canoe tours of the place that teach the basics of canoeing and then take visitors to outlying stretches of water that are not accessible by speed boats. It includes travelling along serpentine bends and narrow waterways while admiring the abundant wildlife that populates the Broads. A variety of mammals inhabit the waterways including the rather elusive otters. The trip is completely safe with all necessary safety measures including buoyancy jackets provided. Adults and kids can share a vessel that makes it even more exciting an experience.
Learn ceramic pottery making
There is nothing kids love more than to paint and Paint Me Ceramics offers them just the perfect opportunity to do that. Thos kids who love handicrafts will be taken in by designing their own personal crockery. The team at Paint Me Ceramics offers a diverse choice of items to decorate ranging from cups to clocks. Once the kids decide their chosen pieces to decorate they can have a whale of a time creating their masterpieces. For those who are not as artistically talented the staff is there to guide them (the session must be booked beforehand). From sharing useful tips to making available stencils to create the perfect design help is always available at hand. The younger ones who have not yet started to paint can leave their prints on ceramic.
Visit Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens
The Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens are a very popular attraction with families that visit Norfolk. Located in a stately mansion the kids get to see a wide variety of birds, primates and big cats. Despite not being too large, the sheer diversity of wildlife in the area makes it unique and interesting to visit. There are Bengal Tigers and the elusive Amur leopards that are seen roaming freely in their habitat. Among the smaller animals there is the red panda that is charmingly fluffy and the equally adorable otters. Apart from the animals the gardens also house primate areas, a large reptile house and an equally impressive aviary to explore on a trip. The gardens promote the conservation of nature and wildlife including endangered species and the kids will be motivated to develop a strong appreciation of nature and to protect it.