The tourism industry in North Norfolk has really matured in recent years, and there is now a great range of attractions to keep the whole family busy and entertained…
The Dinosaur Adventure park (12 miles) is a themed adventure park which, as well as the woodland dinosaur trail, has a deer park, animal petting barn and garden, go-cart track, adventure playground, and mini golf. Check out their website for opening times and prices.
Pensthorpe Nature Reserve (9 miles) provides attractions for all ages. For younger visitors, the Wildlife Tracker Trail, bug walk, bird feeding, and pond dipping are the main attractions, while the Wensum Discovery guided Land Rover safari is popular with all ages.
Bewilderwood near Wroxham (approx 19 miles) is another themed adventure park, this time with a fantasy theme – sure to be a hit with any Harry Potter fans! It includes the obligatory adventure playground, but also tree-top walkways, a maze, boat trips over the ‘scary lake’, and rides. It’s hard to do it justice in a paragraph, so do check out their website to get a feel of it (it is Trip Advisor’s No.1-rated attraction in the area), and check opening times and for special events.
While you’re at Bewilderwood, you may also like to visit Wroxham Barns which has a children’s farm and children’s funfair, as well as retail outlets for the grown-ups.
For the adventurous from 10 years to adult, Extreeme Adventures in Weasenham (18 miles) is a tree-top high-wire course with 20 different challenges to tackle, and the longest and highest zip-wire ride in Britain (1000 ft).
Zoos, Wildlife and Other Animals…
There is plenty for the animal lovers too.
Amazona Zoo near Cromer (13 miles) is one of the new generation of zoos with a strong emphasis on conservation. The main attraction for most is the big cat forest, but there is a good range of species from the cute to the spectucular.
The Shire Horses animal rescue centre in West Runton (12 miles) has a rather less exotic, but no less impressive collection of animals. While the focus is on the shire (and other working) horses, there is also a collection of other rescue animals including llama. Visitors may adopt an animal (but not take it home, in case you were wondering!).
For a more interactive experience, then a seal trip out to Blakeney Point from Morston (10 miles) should be on your itinerary. The boat trips allow you to get up close and personal to Common and Grey Seals, while they bask on the sand bars, or play in the water.
Trips are subject to tide and weather, so please check before travelling. Beans (www.beansboattrips.co.uk), Temples (www.sealtrips.co.uk) and Bishops (www.norfolksealtrips.co.uk) are the three companies operating out of Blakeney and Morston.
Other Local Attractions
The Muckleburgh Collection of military vehicles in a former army camp near Weybourne (8 miles) will appeal to boys of all ages. It is the largest private collection of working military vehicles. You can also ride around the camp on a Gama Goat all-terrain troop carrier along the coastal cliff tops, and over 18s can even experience the thrill of driving a tank around the off-road course.