Days Out with the Grandchildren in Norfolk
Treating the grandchildren to a holiday at Hemsby Beach Holiday Park? There’s plenty of fantastic things to do in the nearby area if you fancy a day out during your stay with us on the beautiful Norfolk coast, you’ll be spoilt for choice. From the ocean’s beautiful and bright inhabitants to traditional spills and thrills on the seafront, days out with the grandchildren in Norfolk are aplenty! Here are our top picks.
Great for a bit of education as well as imagination, Norwich Castle is an imposing 900-year old castle which sits atop Norwich’s skyline. With a flint core and a creamy Caen limestone facing, the Castle is a medieval royal fort, which William the Conqueror ordered to be built after the Norman conquest of England in 1066. The grandchildren will love this one, as they can explore a real-life Castle Keep, battlements and dungeons! This one is great for grandparents, too, as there are plenty of exhibitions to see alongside Norwich’s medieval history. When looking for days out with the grandchildren in Norfolk this is a fantastic choice!
For grandkids who are more thrill-seekers than castle-explorers, consider the Pleasure Beach on Great Yarmouth’s Golden Mile. Great for all ages, the Pleasure Beach offers a ride for all tastes and ages! From kiddie rides to thrill rides, retro to family, there’s something for everyone! Grandparents and grandchildren alike will especially enjoy the Pleasure Beach’s historic wooden rollercoaster, which opened at the seaside park in 1932. Younger children will enjoy Snails and Fairy Tales, riding in snails through fairy tales, nursery rhyme and cartoon characters! The snails are another classic ride, having been at the Pleasure Beach since 1966! Another great choice when considering days out with the grandchildren in Norfolk.
Pettitts Animal Adventure Park
Another good choice when looking for days out with the grandchildren in Norfolk is Pettitts Animal Adventure Park. Especially popular with younger children, the park is 3-in-1, with gentle rides, animals and adventure play! Meet the meerkats or make believe in the Robin Hood adventure playground! There are a number of gentle rides for young ones to enjoy, from classic Cup & Saucers to the Alice in Wonderland ride. The park also as a miniature railway which passes by birds of prey, lemurs, racoons and the rides! Children will also enjoy the petting area, where there are goats and chickens to feed.
Sea Life Centre
A great way for kids to discover ocean life without getting wet is the Sea Life Centre on Great Yarmouth’s sea front. Consider this when looking for days out with the grandchildren in Norfolk, as kids will love getting up close with the sharks in the centre’s Tropical Ocean Display as well as meeting the Humboldt penguins and African dwarf crocodiles! They’ll be amazed by the Ocean Tunnel which features 250,000 litres of natural seawater which houses the centre’s largest inhabitants in a lost city of Atlantis themed display. Great fun for grandkids and grandparents!
Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens
If mammals are what your grandchildren are interested in, then look to Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens. With a pair of critically endangered Sumatran Tigers, Red Pandas, three varieties of leopards, meerkats, gibbons, otters, reptiles and much more, there’s plenty for little ones to see. Kids will love the network of walk ways which brings them close to the animals, including just inches away from the Sumatran Tigers. The keepers feed the animals throughout the day, which is also popular with kids! There is also a large play area with a 3D Adventure Maze, climbing frames and undercover toddler soft play area for smaller ones. Great when looking for days out with the grandchildren in Norfolk!