North Norfolk is alive with activities for kids and grown-up kids alike. Take summer picnics and build sandcastles on beaches visited by Hollywood stars (think Keira, Gwyneth, Natalie); hop on a boat from Morston Quay to visit England’s largest grey seal colony at Blakeney Point or ride the rails of the steam trains of the North Norfolk and Mid-Norfolk Railways.
Who will scream the loudest on the tandem zipwire at Go Ape in Thetford Forest or master the twists and turns of the segway trail? Find ExTREEme Adventure in Weasenham Woods with an off-road quad bike trek or get muddy on the army style assault course.
Run wild at Bewilderwood – a curious treehouse adventure with walkways and a Skymaze. Look out for Twiggles, Boggles and Crocklebogs. There’s a choice of zoos: Banham with big cats, rare birds and baboons and Amazona where you can get up close to tropical South African animals.
There’s plenty of children’s trails and activities in the many National Trust Houses and stately homes which pepper the area or take a trip to Norwich Castle, one of the largest Norman keeps in England, and discover over 1000 years of history.
There’s action and adventure to be found or relaxing rambles for those seeking more solace with coastline, castles and cathedrals to explore. Hire bikes and make the most of this flat county to boost your Strava times. If you’re after a four-wheeled adrenaline rush, try Thunder Thursdays at Anglia Karting.
If pottering around shops is your desire, make Burnham Market your destination; nicknamed Chelsea-on-Sea, lose yourself in the village’s trendy boutiques and antique shops. Holt and Norwich are also ideal for retail therapy. Book a tasting at the Burn Valley Vineyard for its fine wines or take a trip to Woodforde’s Brewery to discover traditional local ales and modern beers.
Looking for history? Enjoy the royal parkland around Sandringham, the private country retreat to King Charles III and Queen Camilla. There’s National Trust in abundance here too with the impressive Halls of Blickling, Felbrigg and Oxburgh amongst others. Explore the centuries-old cloister of Norwich Cathedral with the second tallest spire in Europe.
If you enjoy watching the sport of kings, go racing at Fakenham or for golf, try a round at Sheringham or the Royal West Norfolk between Brancaster Bay and the salt marshes. Hire a boat on the Broads or have a yellow day and paddle a canoe downstream on the River Wensum past the football ground and the old Colman’s Mustard factory.