Rainy days in Norfolk
Norfolk is the combined sunniest/driest county in the country, but we occasionally get a little precipitation from other places as it's passing over to go somewhere else. So, what to do when we get some liquid sunshine? Here's some of our favourite things to do…
Museums: Norfolk has just BRILLIANT museums, and they're all over the county. In King's Lynn you can see Seahenge. In Great Yarmouth you can discover Nelson and the fishing industry. At Gressenhall you can learn about our agricultural heritage. The history of Norwich can be discovered at the Bridewell and you can see mummies (Egyptian ones, not those that go with daddies), a Snapdragon, a polar bear and more at the Castle. In Cromer you can see the bones of a mammoth. And that's just for starters!
Dinosaur Adventure: A great day out any time, but there's also the recent addition of Dinomite, an indoor attraction with climbing nets, bridge, massive slides and ball pools as well as café.
Pensthorpe Natural Park: In summer 2015 Pensthorpe opened their new Hootz House indoor adventure attraction.
Wroxham Barns: In the Junior Farm there's a Hen House, Poultry Pens, Piggery and Pony Stable as well as the Piggy's Play Sty children’s play and party centre. Plenty of stuff for the adults too and the restaurant does groovy local grub.
Sealife Centre: We have TWO in Norfolk, at Great Yarmouth and Hunstanton. You can stay dry from the rain as you watch amazing underwater life, from sharks to turtles, while learning lots more about our fishy friends.
Amazona: Whatever the weather cheeky little monkeys can have a ball playing in the new soft play centre Jungle Tumbles. It's Brazilliant!
Historic houses: We've got a bundle of these, all packed with artefacts, paintings, history and amazing stories. Our favourite is why there's a roundabout by the obelisk at the approach to Holkham Hall. Carriage passengers, arriving as guests, would only see out of the sides of their transport so wouldn't be able to see what was coming up. Putting in a roundabout ensured they'd see the splendour and magnificence of the hall before they arrived. Simples! We've got the National Trust's Felbrigg, Blickling and Oxburgh, but here's the Earl of Leicester of Holkham's faves.
Norwich Cathedral: There's lots to do on a rainy day in Norwich, but we recommend this fabulous Norman confection. And once you've marvelled at its ecclesiastical elegance, head through the cloisters (the largest in England) to the Refectory restaurant.
Museum of the Broads: We know we've already done museums, but this one at Stalham Staithe deserves a particular mention because it's where you can discover that the Norfolk Broads are actually MAN-MADE! Yes, really! There are also displays, films and a playboat.
Green Britain Centre: If you've travelled on the A47 you've probably seen the towering wind turbine at Swaffham. Well, it's the only one IN THE WORLD you can go up, and it has spectacular views across the Brecks! Admission to the centre is free and you'll learn about what we need to do to save the world!