Now Summer is coming to an end and I am sorting through all the hundreds of photos from our holidays this year, I’m trying to narrow down which to print off and which would make lovely prints or canvas’ for our walls – there are so many lovely memories captured, the boys playing happily in the water together in the pool in Italy or even Jacob’s first ride at the funfair while in Butlins. It’s doing these little things which always set me off daydreaming about our next adventure and where that should be.
Now my mind has been changed about UK breaks and how much fun they can be for families I’ve been thinking of trying to sneak in a much quieter break towards the end of the year, or early next year and Norfolk is coming up top of my list for many reasons.
Many of my friends have posted beautiful pictures of their Norfolk breaks this summer so it got me planning and researching things we could do if we were to visit – almost like a pro’s and cons list without any cons so I can convince Ollie this is a perfect destination for us as a family.
Firstly, it’s roughly 2 and a half hours drive from us – with the boys in the car long we do try to stick to shorter trips or make a point of stopping somewhere to break up the journey.
Being in the UK means I can easily pack all the things I need into the car or purchase in a local supermarket the kids favourite foods – there is always the worry that I will over pack on foreign holidays and then face an additional fee, and since we purchased a roof box for the car for our camping trip I can easily add extra toys for the kids without the worry.
I’ve even begun looking at Norfolk country cottages which be perfect for our break with bedrooms for the boys and us and a home from home feeling means we could easily self cater and keep the costs down, meaning more money for days outs!
These are the places I would love to visit with the family
Snettisham Park is a 329 acre Working Farm. There is loads for the kids (and us adults) to do here such as seeing lambs being born, a 45 minute deer safari where you can meet the magnificent red deer herd. You can also bottle feed lambs, collect fresh farm eggs and ride ponies as well as taking a walk on one of three wonderful trails.
A 10.5-mile trip through beautiful parts of the region, hauled by a steam engine or heritage diesel locomotive. Steam trains run daily throughout the summer. With stunning views of the Norfolk coast between Sheringham and Weybourne, Sheringham Park and Kelling Heath. There are also special events which run throughout the year.
Time & Tide tells the story of Great Yarmouth from its Ice Age origins to the present day. Experience the heady atmosphere of a 1950s fish wharf and take the wheel of a steam drifter. Hear gripping tales of wreck and rescue and meet some of the colourful characters who made their living from the sea. Discover the town’s rich maritime heritage and its development as a popular seaside resort. Wander down a typical 1913 ‘Row’ and see inside the homes of a local fisherman and his neighbours. Explore the smokehouses, where the lingering aroma of smoked herring is a reminder of times gone by.
I am always keen to show the boys a little history when we go away and do something a little different from our norm.
I have seen so many friends visit here and I know it would be perfect for the boys who love to explore, climb and be outdoors.
A wild and imaginative adventure park with magical treehouses and hints of intriguing characters, bringing a curious difference to the Norfolk Broads. The setting for the book ‘A Boggle at BeWILDerwood’, by local children’s author Tom Blofeld, it’s a wonderful, mystical place. Parents are encouraged to play alongside their children, which makes for a fabulous and brilliantly exciting time for the whole family
A very cute model village with a railways and gardens. This would make a great day out for the kids with beautifully sculptured models even they can feel like giants for the day
I’m sure there are loads more adventures to be had which I’ll explore if we do book our next adventure here.
What are your recommendations?