Staycations are on the rise in the UK, and Brits are having their eyes opened to all the natural beauty that our country has to offer. East Anglia specifically has invited a lot of interest this year, with inquiries and bookings up by approximately 25%.
It is easy to see why people are so attracted to this part of the country. Norfolk in particular is steeped in culture, rich in history and provides so much in terms of entertainment. On top of this, a visit to the area will guarantee that you are surrounded by nature, picturesque views and fresh country air. With so many things to see and do, it’s an easy task to put together a daily agenda to keep the whole family happy.
Whether you’re heading to Norfolk on a quick, traditional weekend cottage break or you’re proactively planning ahead for the summer to come, we have put together a list of sights and activities for you to keep in mind while you’re out and about.
Norfolk’s adventure parks and tourist attractions
If there’s one thing we know about children, it’s that they have boundless energy. Allowing them to blow off some steam is essential if you are planning a calmer visit to a stately home later on in the day. Thankfully, Norfolk has a range of adventure parks on offer, so you won’t be short on choice.
If your children have a fascination with dinosaurs, you’ll be happy to know that Norfolk is home to Dinosaur Adventure Park. It’s a perfect blend of fun and education, with an indoor play area, tree houses and crazy golf. There is also a ‘dinosaur trail’, with dinos nestled among the trees, which will spark healthy curiosity. If your children are more into the magical, then you might want to pay a visit to BeWILDerwood adventure park — a place replete with strange creatures, zip lines, rope bridges and slides. On top of this, characters from Tom Blofeld’s book A Boggle at BeWILDerwood come to life, and you can enjoy a family story. If you’re still looking for ideas, consider the Bressingham Steam Museum and Gardens or the Go Ape & Segway Experience.
Exercise, walks and trips to the beach
With its many gorgeous coastlines, it would be a shame to visit Norfolk and not pay a visit to the beach. Regardless of the time of year, you can enjoy the views and the surrounding nature. Seals are a huge attraction for anyone visiting Norfolk, and the best places to spot them are on the east coast of Horsey, at Blakeney, or on the west coast of Hunstanton. The optimal time of year to catch a sight of a grey seal and their newborn pups is from November to the end of January.
If you’re looking for long family walks, then Norfolk is definitely the county for you. the Marriott’s Way, The Peddar’s Way, the Weaver’s way and Paston Way are just a few of the most popular Norfolk walking routes. You’ll have a great time, you’ll breathe in some revitalising country air and you’ll have miles and miles of nature to enjoy. Just remember to wear appropriate footwear!
Castles, culture and stately homes
Norfolk is a county with history around every corner, so there’s no reason not to incorporate education and cultural appreciation into your visit. There are a number of stately homes to take in, including Houghton Hall, Blickling Hall, Felbrigg Hall and Holkham Hall, to name a few. These are fantastic houses to visit if you have an interest in architecture and history. They also have sprawling grounds, many of which are very welcoming of dogs on leads.
While you’re in a cultural mood, don’t forget about the many Norfolk castles. Norfolk has seven castles that are currently open to the public: Norwich Castle, Caister Castle, Burgh Castle, Thetford Castle, Castle Acre, Baconsthorpe Castle and Castle Rising. Each is unique and, with so many on offer, it might be worth visiting one a day if you have a week to spare.
Where to stay while you’re in the area
Finding the right place to retire to at the end of an action-packed day is an important decision to make. You’ve got plenty of choice, too; there are a lot of last minute Norfolk cottages that offer a great price and are surrounded by nature. You might want to try your hand at camping with the kids. Wherever you go, make sure you make the most of your time in Norfolk and that you create memories that will last.
About the Author:
Diane Pearce is an entrepreneur who has been buying and letting holiday cottages for fifteen years. She is passionate about providing last-minute getaways to those seeking a retreat. She now owns BimbleBox, a popular cottage rental website that specialises in last minute cottage deals and exists to provide beautiful and affordable escapes to remember.