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Sailing on the Norfolk Broads

The Norfolk Broads

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The Norfolk Broads are a series of rivers and broads (lakes) that cover 117 square miles of un spoilt natural wetlands and together make up one of Britain's National Parks. Most of the area is navigable and consists of anything from small ponds through to large open areas such as Hickling, Barton and Breydon.

Obviously with so much water around one of the most popular things to do in Norfolk is sailing. The Norfolk Broads are best seen from a boat and it is quite common for visitors to have a week long break sailing along winding, reed-fringed rivers. Journeys are never tiring as you frequently stop for a cup of tea in a riverside cafe, or a pint in a local pub, or settle down to a first-class meal in a friendly restaurant along the way. The perfect way to chill out!

The Norfolk Broads is a great area for getting away from it all, seeing nature in it's natural habitat and exploring beautiful countryside. You don't need to have your own boat to enjoy the Norfolk Broads as there are many companies that have boats for hire, whether it is for a day trip, a short weekend break or a family holiday.

Bewilderwood - Wroxham

Crocodile at BewilderwoodTree houses at Bewilderwoodbridge at Bewilderwood in NorfolkBoat ride at Bewilderwood in Norfolk

Bewilderwood - Wroxham is a huge, award winning forest of family fun and outdoor adventure. Tree houses, zip wires, jungle bridges, Crocklebogs, Twiggles and Boggles, storytelling, boat trips, marsh walks and really yummy food! Bewilderwood is a wild and imaginative adventure park based on the work of author Tom Blofeld.

Pettitts Animal Adventure Park

Train ride at Pettitts animal adventure parkFeeding the goats at Pettitts Animal Adventure Park in NorfolkThe adventure playground at Pettitts animal adventure parkA bouncy castle at Pettitts animal adventure park in Norfolk

Pettitts Animal Adventure Park - Norwich Has lots of things to keep active kids happy: Bouncy Castle, Pettitts Driving School, Rocky Roller Coaster Mine Train, Cup and Saucer ride, tractors, flying Elephants, Robin Hood Adventure Playground, Snake Slide, Mini Pirate Ship, Giant Slide, Aquablaster, etc, etc. And then there are over 20 different types of animal, shows and events including clowns and magic. Great fun for young children.

Banham Zoo

A map of Banham zoo in Norfolk

Banham Zoo is home to over 2000 Animals and is set in over 35 acres of landscaped grounds and gardens. The zoo is the ideal size in that you can see everything on a single visit.

The zoo has a number of features that visitors enjoy. They offer several feeding talks and presentations where you can learn more about the animals. There is a farm animal petting and feeding area, an activities and education centre for children and a guided train ride through the park. Most visitors enjoy the walk through lemur enclosure as the animals mingle with visitors.

For the daring, there is Skytrek, an aerial adventure course within the grounds of the zoo. This is a joint venture and is paid for separately.

Amazona Zoo

One of the cats at Amazona Zoo

Amazona zoo in Cromer is a smaller zoo with over 200 animals. This is the ideal place to learn about South American wildlife.

Blakeney Point seals

A boat trip to Blakeney point to see the sealsBlakeney point bird colony

Visiting the Seals at Blakeney Point is almost a tradition in the area and has been enjoyed by holiday makers for generations. Although it is possible to walk out to Blakeney Point at low tide, the best way is by boat from Blakeney or Morston Quay. Many people stop off to have a coffee in the visitor centre, wander around to see the abundant bird life before returning later. About 20 minutes walk at low tide is Holkham Bay with a sandy beach, pine forest and nature reserve.

Hunstanton Sealife Sanctuary

A seal returned to the wild from Hunstanton sealife sanctuary

Hunstanton Sealife Sanctuary Combines a spectacular indoor aquarium with a seal hospital and rescue centre, penguins and otters.

Sealife Centre

A shark at Great Yarmouth sealife centre

The Sealife centre in Great Yarmouth has Sharks, Crocodiles, Penguins, Seahorses and Rays and walk through the shark tunnel under a million-litre tank.

Bressingham Steam & Gardens

Steam train at Bressingham Steam & GardensTrain ride at Bressingham SteamBeautiful gardens at Bressingham SteamFunfare ride at Bressingham Steam

Bressingham Steam & Gardens has four railways and 20 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens containing over 8000 plants species. The collection of working locomotives will take you round the magnificent gardens and woodland. The site also has locomotive sheds that allow you to see the power and the glory of mighty steam engineering up close. Bressington has 'The National Dad's Army collection' and some of the items in the steam museum are vehicles loaned to the TV show for filming.

Hippodrome Circus - Great Yarmouth

Water show at the Hippodrome Circus in Great YarmouthThe ride of death, motorbike riding inside a metal cage at the Hippodrome circus

Hippodrome Circus - This is one of the few places in the country were you are guaranteed to find a circus, as the Hippodrome circus has its own building. Visitors can enjoy the unique atmosphere of the Big Top in a fabulous 1903 landmark theatre; Britain's last surviving total circus building, one of only three still surviving in the world today.

Great Yarmouth Racecourse

Crowds at Great Yarmouth racecourse

Great Yarmouth Racecourse hosts a wide range of public events alongside horse racing including antiques fayres, craft fairs and music concerts. The track is a left hand course used for flat racing only and is shaped in a narrow oblong about a mile and three quarters round, with two long straights about five furlongs in length.

Fakenham Racecourse

Horse racing at Fakenham racecourse

Fakenham Racecourse race-goers can enjoy the excitement and buzz of a day at the races from autumn through to early summer. This friendly racecourse offers the very essence of National Hunt racing in a fantastic rural setting.

Pleasure Beach

crowds watching one of the rides at Pleasure beach theme park

Pleasure Beach has over 25 rides catering for all ages. The theme park is located on Great Yarmouth’s Golden Mile, dominating the seafront skyline with its famous Skydrop. Spread over nine acres, the Pleasure Beach offers huge family fun white knuckle rides to exhilarate and thrill, water attractions to catch your breath and fun rides to keep the children happy for hours.

Photo showing several rides at Pleasure beach theme parkThe Haunted house at Pleasure beach theme parkOne of the rides at Pleasure Beach theme pak

Glass Making Exhibitions

Glass making demonstration at Langham glass in Fakenham


Visit a Real Glass making Experience in Langham Glass in Fakenham. For a really unique memento why not have your child's hand or foot cast in glass?


Theatre Tickets

Norwich UEA

Norwich Arts Centre

The Forum - Norwich - The Comedy Store

Theatre Royal - Norwich

Pavilion Theatre - Cromer Pier

Britannia Pier Theatre - Great Yarmouth

Maddermarket Theatre - Norwich

Norwich Playhouse

Historic Buildings and Monuments


Sandringham, the Queens country retreat

Sandringham is the beautiful country retreat of Her Majesty the Queen. Many thousands of visitors come to see the House, Museum and Gardens or just to enjoy the Country Park. Sandringham is a well managed, thriving, self-sufficient estate with a mixed landscape that includes the tidal mudflats of the Wash, woodland, wetland, arable land, livestock, fruit farms, and some commercial and residential properties.

Norwich Castle

Norwich castle

 The castle now houses the Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, which holds significant objects from the region, especially archaeological finds.

Grimes Graves

Grimes graves

Grime’s Graves is the only Neolithic flint mine open to visitors in Britain.  Visitors can descend 9 metres (30 ft) by ladder into one excavated shaft to see the jet-black flint. Children under 5 years of age are not allowed into the mine shaft and visitors should be advised to wear sensible flat shoes.  

Walking Routes in Norfolk

Map showing some of the main walking routes in Norfolk

Golf Courses and Driving ranges

Walking Routes

Cycling Routes

Sports and Leisure

Splash - Sheringham


Victory Swim & fitness centre - North Walsham


Marina Leisure Centre - Great Yarmouth


Waterworld & Breckland Leisure Centre - Thetford

Things to do Norfolk

Dinosaur Adventure Park - Lenwade

Gran hiding inside the mouth of a large dinosaurKids riding on a dinosaur at the Dinosaur Adventure park in Lenwade

Dinosaur Adventure Park have provided a plan of action for the day: - "Armed with your Adventurers' Guide, explore and play in 100 acres of woods and parkland, discovering the amazing world of the dinosaurs. On arrival set off to explore the Dinosaur Trail, Meet the animals in the Secret Animal Garden, with educational activities and demonstrations, Discover tribes and creatures on the Neanderthal Walk, Lunch time with maybe some time to play in the Adventure Play Area, Enjoy the Raptor Racers, Jurassic Putt, Lost World A-mazing Adventure, Assault-o-saurus and Arachnophobia before heading back home."

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