Child-friendly Activities in Norfolk

You’ll find plenty of child-friendly things to do in Norfolk – all within easy reach of Cranmer Country Cottages.

Pensthorpe Adventure Play Fakenham – 6 miles

Children with energy to burn will relish the challenge presented by our impressive outdoor eco-play area, WildRootz. The high-quality play equipment is both innovative and challenging in equal measure. There is also an excellent indoor play area, Hootz House.

01328 851465


Gilly Crabbing, Wells-next-the-Sea – 8.1 miles

Get kitted out with an eco-friendly natural crabbing line, steel bucket and some bacon! You can hire or purchase the essential equipment at shops in Wells-next-the-Sea, Blakeney, Brancaster and Burnham Overy. Try Blakeney Quay, Burnham Overy Staithe, Wells Harbour Quay or any of the bridges on the marshes at Morston.


Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure, Weston Longville – 18.6 miles

Life size dinosaurs hiding in the undergrowth plus activities for children and a playground. Perfect for little ones. Indoor and soft play areas, dinosaur-themed trail and play area Dippy’s Splash Zone! ,Ages 0-12.

01603 876310


North Norfolk Railway – Holt 31 miles

This steam railway takes you through some lovely Norfolk countryside on the trip from Sheringham to Holt.

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Wells & Walsingham Light Railway 8.3 miles

Another great day out for railway fans on this narrow gauge steam railway from Wells. Just a 20-minute drive from our family friendly cottages at Cranmer.

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Blickling Hall – 20.9 miles

With gardens, walking trails and more, there’s plenty to do outside at the Blickling Estate with children of all ages – over 4,600 acres to explore, so you won’t run out of walks, with maps of routes to pick up at reception to help you discover Blickling landmarks, views and wildlife. 


North Norfolk Riding Centre in Holkham – 5.6 miles

The North Norfolk Riding Centre offers lessons for all ages from beginners upwards and hacking in beautiful countryside. Occasional rides at Holkham for experienced riders only.

01328 820933


Seal spotting off the north Norfolk Coast – 14.1 miles

Take a boat trip to see the SEALS in their natural environment basking on BLAKENEY POINT. The trip is suitable for all ages and can only be described as A “MUST DO” EXPERIENCE!


Snettisham Park – 14.9 miles

 A Very popular destination for our regular visitors, take part in a deer Safari, horse and Pony rides and the discovery trail.  

01485 542425


Bewilderwood Family Adventure Park – 35.6 miles

Age 7 years and above. An award-winning attraction and very popular with young families however it is a complete day out as it is near the Broads with a longer car journey.  BeWILDerwood is a huge forest adventure crammed full of fun things for kids from 1-81 to see and do


Kayak hire at Burnham Overy Staithe  

Kayaks can be hired from Burnham Overy Staithe Boathouse from Easter through to September speak to Tim for details T 01328 738 348.  Kayaks maybe hired to adults and supervised children between 8 – 16.


Extreeme Adventure – Age 10 years +.  

Extreeme Adventure is a high ropes course, built in some of the tallest trees in Eastern England, in the beautiful “New Wood”, part of the Weasenham Woods, High House Weasenham Kings Lynn Norfolk PE32 2SP Tel: 07775593477 or 01328 838720   


Glandford Shell Museum

The Shell Museum was built to house a collection of shells made over a period of sixty years by the late Sir Alfred Jodrell.

01263 740081


Nostalgic bucket & Spade trips

Fabulous sandy beaches within easy reach: Wells-next-the Sea, Holkham Bay & Brancaster. Wells-next-the-Sea has a café, toilets, lifeguards, shaded dunes and tide pools to paddle in. The car park gets booked up fast in summer. 


If it rains …

Mable’s Paintpot – Burnham Market

A ceramic craft and pot painting centre where people of all ages can get creative with ceramics in a truly enchanting and inspiring setting.

They provide all the materials you’ll need and are always on hand to offer friendly advice and encouragement. Just choose a pot, let your imagination run wild and get creative.

01328 730379 


Farmer Fred’s Play Barn

Farmer Fred’s play barn is close to Norfolk lavender so if you are planning a trip to Hunstanton this may be worth a detour. 


Hootz House at Pensthorpe

Indoor play with nature discovery at its heart. 


Sherringham Lifeboat Museum 


Tales of the Old Gaol House – Kings Lynn

Experience an atmospheric visit to the old cells, hear tales of local witches, murderers and highwaymen or try out the stocks in the old market square.

Saturday Market Place, King’s Lynn

01553 774297


Norwich Castle Museum