Summer is coming: Here are 9 ways to enjoy it in Norfolk!

Norfolk is not only a great place to live; it’s the perfect destination for a simple summer escape. From stunning landscapes to lively events and festivals, and plenty of historic attractions — Norfolk has something to offer even the most discerning visitor. I’ve picked nine must-dos for you to consider adding to your plan trips to Norfolk this summer.

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1. Walk on the beach

The UK’s answer to the Caribbean – Norfolk is blessed with almost 90 miles of award-winning, unspoilt coastline, making it the perfect destination for a simple summer escape. From Cromer in the north to Hemsby in the south, there’s a beach break to suit every taste and budget – here are just a few of our favourites.


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2. Visit Norwich Castle

Norwich Castle was founded by William the Conqueror in 1067. The magnificent Norman castle keep dates back to the 11th century and is one of the largest in the UK.

Today, Norwich Castle is a museum and art gallery displaying amazing Anglo Saxons and Vikings artefacts. Entry costs £9 for adults and £4.50 for children.

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3. Chill at the forum

The Forum is a cultural centre in the heart of Norwich, offering learning activities and free events, exhibitions and displays. With its striking architecture, it’s also a major landmark on the city skyline.

It is home to Norfolk & Norwich Millennium Library, one of the largest libraries in the UK which houses books, magazines, newspapers and computers. The library runs regular events for all ages including book clubs and coding classes, as well as English language courses.

At Forum, you can find a variety of live shows and events, including comedy nights and music concerts. There’s also an ever-changing programme of free exhibitions exploring themes from local and national history, science and nature.

You will be surprised by its unique design is a sight to behold, with its huge glass roof letting natural light flood into the building. There are several places to eat or grab a coffee overlooking the main atrium. The Forum also has an outdoor amphitheatre where you can enjoy regular pop-up shows and performances from local bands.

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4. Embrace your inner geek

If you’re feeling a bit geeky and want to lose yourself for a few hours in the world of comics, Norfolk have its own comic convention (24 – 25th Sept 2022), a dedicated comic book shop, and plenty of other shops that sell comics and graphic novels, the city has everything you need to enjoy this unique art form Kids Love it!

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5. Climb high at Go Ape

If you’re looking for a fun day out that won’t break the bank, Go Ape in Thetford. Offering plenty to keep both kids and adults occupied, it’s ideal for a day out that will tire everyone out so they sleep well at night.

A day out at Go Ape is a great way to get your whole family outside together, taking on new challenges and making memories that will last long after your holiday ends.

This award-winning attraction is situated in 250 acres of beautiful parkland, featuring stunning views of the Thetford forest.

6. Take a day trip to Sheringham

Staying in the city offers the added bonus of being able to take day trips to its surrounding areas. The Norfolk coast is only a short drive away, and its beautiful beaches are ideal for relaxing days out.

Sheringham makes an easy day trip from Norwich — it’s only about 20 miles away and takes less than an hour by car. This traditional seaside destination is perfect for families; with plenty of activities on offer, there’ll be no shirking the little ones on your trip there!

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7. Get outdoors at Pensthorpe Natural Park

What’s more, Norfolk is home to Pensthorpe Natural Park, a unique 700-acre nature reserve and garden boasting year-round events, wildlife conservation and five miles of paths and trails that are perfect for exploring.

As well as plenty of walking routes, the park’s Wensum Discovery Centre offers a host of fun activities for children of all ages, while the new play area is great for adventurous little ones.

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8. Explore Wroxham Barns

Eat: Wroxham Barns is a great place to enjoy a morning coffee, lunch or homemade afternoon tea. Take a leisurely stroll around the craft shops, before enjoying some delicious food in the onsite cafe.

Shop: With loads of shops selling everything from clothing to crafts, there is something for everyone at Wroxham Barns. Browse the homeware and interior shops for some unique finds for your home or find that perfect holiday outfit.

Play: The children will be kept busy with all of the fun activities available at Wroxham Barns. Many children rides and animals to see and even feed lams during the laming season.

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9. Visit Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden is an oasis of calm just a few miles outside the city. Explore the beautiful gardens with their surprising views across the broads, take a boat trip along with the river Ant or go pond dipping with the kids. The garden café serves delicious cakes and treats at very reasonable prices.

There are plenty of fun things to do this summer. These 9 suggestions should give you some ideas and help you have an amazing time in Norfolk. Take a trip out of the city, visit a museum, climb a tree, get lost in the woods…there are plenty of things for you to try!


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