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3 things to do on a family holiday in Norfolk

Norfolk holidays have long been a family favourite; particularly for those looking for somewhere serene and tranquil to camp. However, the area is rich with great experiences for the whole family, whatever type of activities or attractions you might be looking for. 

Joyland Great Yarmouth
Great Yarmouth Joyland featuring the last operating (mini) Virginia Wheel in the world by John D Fielding licensed under Creative Commons 4.0

We’ve gathered up a few of our favourites for you to peruse before your next trip.

1. Days out on the beach

Norfolk has some of the best beaches in the country, as well as the traditional seaside resorts of Great Yarmouth, Cromer and Hunstanton. There’s also Holkham, which is regularly voted the best beach in Britain, and Wells-next-the-Sea, which is home to 200 beach huts. 

Whichever beach you choose, you’ll find unspoiled sand and wonderful views. The kids can have a paddle in the shallow surf, build sandcastles and even play some popular beach games, like cricket or volleyball. The beautiful sands at Gorleston-on-Sea star in the new Beatles-inspired film ‘Yesterday’, so be sure to check out this hotspot during your stay. 

2. Visit one of Norfolk’s fun parks

Pleasurewood Hills Family Theme Park in Lowestoft is a great day out for all the family, with kids, family and thrill rides to enjoy. Take a ride on the Big Train, which stops at different points around the park, or head to the pirate ship, a firm favourite which swings up to 45 people at a time. 

Alternatively, head to Joyland in Great Yarmouth. It is renowned for its heritage rides, which have remained unchanged throughout the years. Popular rides include Snails and the Tyrolean Tub Twist. 

3. Explore the Broads’ nature reserves

There are over 30 nature reserves in Norfolk, with sites both inland and on the coast. Some of the most popular spots include Foxley Woods, Winterton and How Hill, and there’s something for everyone to enjoy, including walking and birdwatching. 

There are so many more places we know you’d love in Norfolk, but we hope these have got your creative juices flowing when planning your next UK holiday. To explore the Norfolk Broads by boat, get in touch with us at Waveney River Centre today.