Holkham woodland play area, Norfolk

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Holkham Hall, Norfolk

Holkham woodland play area, Norfolk

With a stunning location on the north Norfolk coast and at the heart of a thriving 25,000-acre estate,  Holkham Hall is described as an exceptional place, rich in history, architecture and wildlife. Take a tour of the elegant 18th century mansion and enjoy the 'Field to Fork' interactive exhibition to learn all about food and farming.

Outside, designated walks allow visitors to explore the 3,000-acres grounds and take a closer look at prominent landmarks, such as the monument to Coke of Norfolk and the obelisk.  Should you prefer to cycle, bikes for all the family are available to hire. Don't forget to pop in to the lovely Walled Garden and take the little ones to the fantastic Woodland Play area with a tree house in the sky, high level walkways, rope ladders and zip-wire. 

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Banham Zoo


Banham Zoo is an award-winning family attraction and one of the most exciting zoos in the country with over 2,000 animals from around the world. Throughout the day there are plenty of activities to thrill and entertain families, including daily animal feeding talks and displays. Don’t miss the "Amazing Animals!" or Birds of Prey presentations. Visit the subtropical house "Eureka" to see free-flying birds and butterflies or the "Penguin Cove" to see the colony of penguins. Children will love riding the free Safari Road train and indoor and outdoor play areas.

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Based on the magical children's books written by local author and creator of BeWILDerwood, Tom Blofeld. This unique fantasy theme park with Boggles and Twiggles is sure to delight! Children are told the story of Swampy the Marsh Boggle on a lovely little boat trip. Children can explore mazes, zoom around on zipwires and listen to engrossing stories, with face-painting and crafts inclusive of the entry price. Adults will enjoy the relatively peaceful woodland setting of the park.

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Norwich Castle

Norwich Castle was designed to be a royal palace rather than a fortification. However, no Norman kings ever lived in it! It has previously been used as a prison but today is a museum and art Gallery. Climb the 62 steps of the Norman staircase and enjoy a 360-degree canvas of uninterrupted views high above Norwich. Descend into the bowels of Norwich Castle and feel the hairs rise on the back of your neck. Imagine yourself as one of the unlucky souls, forced to live in chains in the cold and dark, unsure of the fate awaiting you. Hear about the crimes of times gone by and how prisoners might be ‘pressed’ to give a plea; examine instruments of torture and punishment like the ducking stool, scold’s bridle and gibbet iron.
There is also plenty to explore in the museums Galleries.

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North Norfolk Railway

North Norfolk Railway

The North Norfolk Railway offers a 10.5-mile round trip by steam train (vintage diesel trains on some journeys) through a delightful area of North Norfolk designated as being of outstanding natural beauty. To the south are wooded hills and the Norfolk beauty spots of Kelling Heath and Sheringham Park. To the north, the sea. All within easy walking distance from the various stations. Enjoy a ride on an historic steam train - you can break your journey to look around the stations and marvel at the steam laden atmosphere from a bygone age.

But the North Norfolk Railway is much more than a train ride. There are historic stations, a museum of the railway's history, a museum signal box and a children's activity carriage. There are also buffets and souvenir shops.

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Pleasurewood Hills


With over 35 rides, shows and attractions, there is so much to do at Pleasurewood Hills. Adrenaline junkies can head to ‘Wipeout’, the only Vekoma Boomerang coaster in the UK, enjoy the views from the top of the Jolly Roger which stands at over 60 feet and attempt to stay dry on Timber Falls. For the little ones, Woody’s cub house is a brand new indoor soft play area and sensory room.

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RSPB Minsmere

Marsh Harrier at RSPB Minsmere

RSPB Minsmere is a fantastic coastal nature reserve where you can discover some of the UK's rarest wildlife. Choose an idyllic walk or head to the coastal lagoons to see an impressive variety of birds, including avocets, bearded tits and bitterns. If you're lucky, you might see an otter around the reedbed pools.

Families will enjoy the Wild Zone with fun activities including a play tree and child-sized nests or the Wild Wood, where you can build a den or look for minibeasts. Drop in at the Discovery Centre to take part in family-friendly activities or enjoy one of our many self-guided activities. You can hire a Wildlife Explorer backpack with a bug box, activities, spotter guides and more. We also have a child-friendly cafe.

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The Under the Pier Show

Southwold Pier

Tim Hunkin’s ‘The Under the Pier Show’ consists of wonderfully witty home-made coin-operated machines. First opening in June 2001, initially just with 5 old Cabaret machines and the pier still half built, today it is a Southwold institution and a trip to Southwold is not complete without visiting! It’s quirky good old-fashioned fun. Have plenty of change ready, you’ll want to try them all!

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Thetford Forest

Cycling Thetford

Thetford Forest is the UK's largest man-made lowland forest with 18,730 hectares to explore. It's patchwork of pines, heathland and broadleaves provide the ideal setting for a great day out offering a range of attractions from the exciting outdoor play facilities at High Lodge, the history and heritage of Mildenhall Warren and Lynford Arboretum and the peace and tranquillity of the walks around St Helen's.

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Lavenham Guildhall

Lavenham Guildhall

Lavenham Guildhall is formally known as the Guildhall of Corpus Christi and is one of the finest timber-framed buildings in England. Originally built as a religious meeting place for wealthy Catholic merchants, the Guildhall has also been used as a prison, a workhouse, a pub, a chapel and a social club for US troops stationed nearby during the Second World War. Today it is a wonderful historical attraction where you can learn the intriguing real-life stories of the people who lived and worked there. Located in the beautifully preserved medieval village of Lavenham where there is plenty more to discover.

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