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…
Roarr! 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: The addition of Hootz House indoor play area means you can enjoy this fabulous natural visitor attraction whatever the weather. There are rope bridges, tree towers to scale, winding slides and soft play equipment.
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.
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.
Amazona: Whatever the weather cheeky little monkeys can have a ball playing in the soft play centre Jungle Tumbles. It’s Brazilliant!
Norwich Cathedral: There’s lots to do on a rainy day in Norwich, but we recommend this fabulous Norman confection. There are regular guided tours. And once you’ve marvelled at its ecclesiastical elegance, head through the cloisters to the Refectory restaurant.
Railways: All aboard! Norfolk has some great heritage railways, and what a great way to see the beautiful Norfolk countryside and, on the north Norfolk Poppy Line, the lovely coast too.
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!
Musuem 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.
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 Oxborough, as well as Sandringham and Houghton.