Play (indoor) for Children
Closeby in Knapton, the Elephant Play Barn is a converted barn filled with plastic balls and other soft play items especially for very young children.
Or you can go swimming, in Trimingham, on the coast road towards Cromer. You’ll find the pool at Woodland Holiday Park There is also a family friendly restaurant and bar, to feed the hungry swimmers afterwards. Further away, you could try Splash at Sheringham, which has water slides and waves; or Victory Swimming Pool in North Walsham, which has a family fun session. The Woodland Holiday Park at Trimingham also has a snooker table, table tennis, pool table and tennis court; all available to use with a small charge.
For bowling, go to Strikers Ten Pin Bowling in North Walsham.
Nearest cinema is the Regal at Cromer.
Davenport’s Magic Kingdom in North Walsham is rated for its magic museum, which charts the history of conjuring.
Or try the Sticky Earth Cafe in Cromer, where you can design, create and paint onto ceramics, tshirts and mouse mats.
For more ideas, further afield, try the Day out with the Kids website, for indoor play areas.
Play (outdoor) for Children
I would recommend Bewilderwood: “A huge forest of wild family fun and adventure! Treehouses, zipwires, jungle bridges, Crocklebogs, boat trips, marsh walks and great yummy food!”
Wroxham Barns is another lovely place – a place where everyone can be happy. Ian Russell, owner, says “we pride ourselves on being the ‘must visit’ for ALL the family. There are craft studios and superb shopping facilities for the grown-ups, while the youngsters will love our Junior Farm and Children’s Funfair. We are constantly updating and extending the activities on offer so there is always something fresh to see and do.”
The Dinosaur Adventure Park is a must for all those budding paleontologists a place to explore and play in 100 acres of woods and parkland, discovering the amazing world of the dinosaurs.
There is Pettitt’s Adventure Park, where they say “come and spend the day, not a fortune”. There are rides galore for young children, family entertainment, exotic and domestic animals and birds to see as well as animals to feed and pet.
Closer to home there is the Happisburgh Owl Barn – situated very near the red and white lighthouse, the admission prices are very reasonable. They have 11 owls and offer their visitors a chance to handle the owls for a small fee.
Closer to home, the Woodland Holiday Park offers children the opportunity to take advantage of their nature trial (takes approximately an hour and a half). Once the kids have collected all their stamps, they can return their leaflet to reception and get stickers and a prize. There is also a fishing lake there.
For more ideas, check the Day out with the Kids Great Outdoors page.