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Our favourite days out in Norfolk

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As a county filled with quaint villages, market towns, seaside retreats, and a procession of unique beauty spots, great days out in Norfolk are not hard to come by. Whether you’re looking for a thrilling day at a theme park or if it’s a day of relaxing at a seaside resort with unspoilt beaches unfolding in front of you, then Norfolk has got you covered.

With the wetlands of the Norfolk Broads also an option, there are plenty of places to take in the fresh air on an adventure with the family. The county is also home to four Haven sites so whichever day out you end up choosing from this list, you’ll never be far from one of the best holiday parks in Norfolk. Take a browse of these Haven-approved days out to get you excited about visiting this wonderful county.

Sandringham Estate

Sandingham Estate

This is a day out in Norfolk for the classier among us. Perhaps one the most famous country houses in the UK, Sandringham is one of the royal residences of Elizabeth II. The building was built in 1870 and is now a Grade II Listed Building. Standing in a 20,000-acre estate in the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, visitors are able to explore the magnificent, landscaped gardens, parkland, and woodlands.

The Royal Park has two marked trails winding through woodlands and parkland, so it is easily explored by foot, by bike or with your dog. Sandringham House and Gardens are open Saturday – Thursday to visit via pre-booked tickets, while the excellent restaurant is open for pre-booked afternoon teas in two sittings between 12-2pm or 2-5pm.

Great Yarmouth

Great Yarmouth

Great Yarmouth is a seaside town around 20 miles east of Norwich, and just under an hour’s drive from another fantastic Norfolk day out - Cromer. Having originally flourish as a fishing hub in the 1700s, Great Yarmouth has since become a popular family holiday destination with plenty of fun things to do.

The famed ‘Golden Mile’ is a paradise for lovers of all things seaside entertainment with venues lining the promenade that offer adventure golf, rides on giant snails and even rollercoasters, while the alluring smells of freshly friend doughnuts and fish and chips waft through the air. With several of the best holiday parks in Norfolk on its doorstep, Great Yarmouth is a classic Haven-approved destination.

Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure

Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure based in Lenwade, near Norwich, is one of the most exciting Norfolk days out. Dinosaur enthusiasts of all ages can enjoy the park’s many attractions at this fascinating park. They will escape the terrifying clutches of the T-Rex clutches in the treetops at Predator! High Ropes, navigate the woodland nature trail to discover 110 life-sized dinos lurking the Dinosaur Trail and cool off at East Anglia’s biggest outdoor waterpark, Dippy’s Splash Zone. Dippy’s Theatre, opened in 2021 and you can take in ‘The Dippy and Friends LIVE show’ or the much-loved film The Lost World here.

There are delicious dino-themed offerings to be had, including Dinomite Café, The Explorers Restaurant, Dippy’s Snack Shack and Nautilus Fish and Chips, with an indoor adventure playground a more than ideal setting to go and burn off all the extra calories.

Norfolk Broads

Norfolk Broads

As the UK's largest nationally protected wetland and an important area for wildlife, the Broads are an area of peace and tranquillity, but that’s not to say there isn’t plenty of entertainment at hand. Visitors can also try fishing, sailing, boating canoeing and seal watching.

If renting a boat seems like too much pressure, then there are plenty of ways two cruise the local waterways as well as the Bure Valley Railway as an alternative way to get around. There are two fantastic theme parks in the highly imaginative BeWILDerwood and the ever-popular Pettitts Animal Adventure Park, making the Norfolk Broads one of the best days out with kids in Norfolk.

Norwich

Norwich

The delightful county town of Norfolk fuses the modern and historic to create the perfect recipe for a day out. You can wander the ancient, cobblestone streets which are home to over 1500 historic buildings and 33 medieval churches, or gently drift down the River Wensum on a hired boat.

No visitor should miss the 1,000-year-old cathedral that boasts the second tallest spire in the country, the Victorian Royal Arcade, the traditional market, or the magnificent castle, all highlights of this fascinating city. Make sure to stop off at picturesque Elm Hill and the Plantation Gardens, Grade II English Heritage registered garden established over 100 years ago in an abandoned chalk quarry, as these are two of the most photogenic places in the city.